Network Investigation and Innovation
1. Presentation 04 4. Main 2008 Activities 12 6. Projects 26
2. Introduction 06 4.1. Research 14 6.1. Research Area 27
3.Organizational Structure 08 4.2. Innovation 15 INTERNET DEL FUTUR 28
3.1. The Board 09 4.3. Project financing with 17 SEGUR@ 30
competitive funds UBI-nETRICAT 31
3.2. The Delegates Committee 10 MOB-ETRICAT 32
4.4. International collaboration and 18
3.3. Directorship and Staff 10 presence 6.2 Innovation Area 33
Network Technologies Cluster 33
3.4. Clusters 11 4.5. Involvement in initiatives in order 19 FEDERICA 33
to promote the technological ARGIA 34
development in Catalonia IAAS FRAMEWORK 34
MANTICORE II 35
4.6. Promotional and Dissemination 20 PHOSPHORUS 36
Activities DREAMS 37
4.7. i2CAT in the Media 21 Assessoria al desplegament 38
de la Xarxa Oberta de la
Generalitat de Catalunya
5. Platforms 22 PIT-CAT 39
5.1. Network Platform, NOC 24 HPDMNET 40
5.2. Audio-visual Platform, 25 GLIF 41
MEDIACAT ARENALIFE 41
Audio-visual Cluster 42 Health and Dependence Cluster 53 Education and Industry Cluster 62
ANELLA CULTURAL 42 ONLINE CARERS 53 CATLAB 62
PORTAL ANELLA CULTURAL 43 HOSPISEGUR 54 Prova Pilot de l’ANELLA INDUSTRIAL 63
LINGUAMON AUDIOVISUAL 43 AGEDA 55 IDAT 64
HDVIPER 44 INREDIS 56 IP 64
I3MEDIA 45 URGENLOC 56 e-PI 65
FURIA 2 46 ATTENTIANET 57 CLUSTER e-LEARNING CITILAB 65
PAT.MAPA 47 EYE HEALTH 57 FREE SOFTWARE 2008 65
Projecte pilot en noves 48 LINKCARE 58
tecnologies en TDT VISUAL-SALUT 58 7. Budget Evolution 66
INFOPOINTS LIVE 48 XARXA TELE-ICTUS CATALUNYA 59
INFOPOINTS.NET 49 LIVINGLABS4CARERS 60
NUSIS 2 49 CONTINUA HEALTH ALLIANCE 60
VISION 50 MIRALIA 61
MEDIA MANAGER 50 ZIG – VIC 61
DMRSOLUTION NG 51
i2CAT’s team is comprised of (from left to right):
Last row: Carlos Baez, Josep Pons, Xavier Barrera, Jordi
Ferrer, David González, Joan Antoni Garcia, Jandro Berna,
Second row: Antonio Santoyo, Carme Dengra, Susana
Otero, Albert Domingo, Jaume Benseny, Joan Carles Castro,
Sergi Fernández, Pedro Lorente,Vicent Borja, Sergi Mari,
Eduard Grasa, Fco. Javier Iglesias.
First row: Flaminio Minerva, Josep Maria Colomé, Xavier
Peiró, Sebastià Sallent, Joan Manel Martín, Albert Vidal, Sergi
Josep Casanovas, President of the Delegates Com.
Artur Serra, Direction Assistant
Xavier Peiró, Executive Director
Sebastià Sallent, Director
i2CAT has intensely developed its research, development participation of more than 65 companies and 14 research In the next years, i2CAT wants to continue promoting the
and innovation activities in the field of ICT and the Future groups of the universities integrated in i2CAT’s board, research and the collaborative innovation in the field of
Internet throughout 2008. The projects carried out have highlights the vitality of the entity and the huge promotion of Internet together with the different agents and institutions,
made possible the expansion of the collaboration between the innovation of the ICT sector. The activity, locally (with the both at a local and international level, with similar purposes
the companies and the research groups, both from the companies and the Catalan public administration) as well and aimed to contribute to the transference of knowledge
Foundation itself and the Universities. Furthermore, they have as globally, has been large and there has been important and the promotion of the development of the ICT sector of
also promoted a new model of Open innovation which international projects with the main research centres in the our country.
involves the implication of the users in the innovation field of Internet from USA, Canada, EU and Korea. Finally,
procedures from its very beginning. there has also been a close collaboration with the public
administration in innovative and strategic projects for the
During this year, in which we have been affected by the technological development of Catalonia.
credit crunch, there have been several signs regarding the
importance of an innovation aimed to create new products, The research in the fields of Optical Networks, P2P, Sensor
services and activities which enable a new and more Networks, Virtualization, High Definition Services and New
sustainable development based on activities with a high Models of Network Innovation has borne important fruits and
level of specialisation whose objective is a global market with has also enabled the different innovation areas of the
a high level of competence. In this framework, the research Foundation to apply their results to a great amount of
and innovation in the ICT sector, and especially Internet -the projects carried out together with companies and institutions.
field in which i2CAT focuses its activity- is essential for the
development of a productive and strategic network for the During 2008, there was also the creation of a new technology
country. transference and product commercialisation area, which will
enable to value in a faster and more efficient way the
The significant growth of i2CAT throughout 2008, which was performed developments and will facilitate the relation
close to 20%, and its implication in several projects both at between the companies in the field of the transference of Jordi Bosch i Garcia
national, European and international level with the the technology and the knowledge. President of the Board
“During 2008, i2CAT car-
ried out a lot of activities as
well as research and inno-
vation projects in collabora-
tion with companies and
university research groups,
aimed to promote the inno-
vation and to contribute to
the technological develop-
ment of Catalonia”
Throughout 2008, the i2CAT Foundation has clearly main- definition media services, network management, access Participation in standardization international forums as
tained a positive growth tendency, standing out the raise and transport optical technologies, mobility and sensors, well as in national and European R+D platforms.
regarding the research and innovation activities and the and high capacity P2P architectures.
number of projects carried out together with the companies Promotion of the diffusion activities regarding the
and the different departments of the Administration. Inititation of the research project UBI-nETRICAT and developed projects and the results of the reseach and
MOBETRICAT on mobility and sensors networks with ETRI the innovation.
Concerning the research field, there has been a continuous (Korea) and different Spanish and Korean companies.
promotion of the collaboration and the execution of Promoting the Sectorial Rings of broadband infraes-
projects with other international research projects. It is worth Promotion of the activities aimed to carry out innovation tructures which enable the sector dynamization (Anella
pointing out the beginning of the development of the sensor projects with city councils and towns. Cultural, Anella Industrial).
and mobility network projects with ETRI of Korea.
Development of 53 innovation projects with different Balance the financial sources of i2CAT Foundation by
During 2008, there has been a significant increase regarding companies and entities of the public Administration, increasing the revenues coming from competitive funds
the dissemination activities of the obtained results in the among those that stand out: 5 European projects, 4 and service charges.
different developed projects. The main activities carried Cenit projects and international projects developed
were the following ones: together with Canada, Korea and USA. Promotion of the Health, Dependence and Education
clusters with the increase of the number of projects and
Adaptation of the members of the Board with the Assist and give continuity to the different I+D+i coope- the full-time incorporation of the responsible for the
incorporation of the Ajuntament de Barcelon (Barcelona ration agreements with research centres and national Education cluster.
City Council) and the leave of the Fundació Catalana and international companies (Standford Univ., EVL, Univ.
per a la Recerca i la Innovació (Catalan Foundation for of Illinois, CRC Canada, ETRI and KAIST from Korea). Improvement and expansion of the support platform
Research and Innovation). towards the innovation and research projects,
Promotion of the products commercialisation by in- MediaCAT and NOC, by promoting its international
Development of the research project called Trilogy creasing the trade agreements with different com- connectivity and the participation in new projects.
(2007-2009), based on five different work areas: high- panies and entities.
3. Organizational Structure
The Delegates Committee of i2CAT, from left to right:
Above: Carles Salvadó, Guillermo Cajigas, Francisco Ro-
dríguez, Xavier Martí, Miquel Oliver, Xavier Peiró, Antoni
Comerma, Andreu Huerta, Francisco Javier Marcos, Silvia
Below: Sebastià Sallent, Josep Casanovas, Gonçal Bon-
homme, Artur Serra.
Throughout 2008 there were two main changes in the Board (Abertis Telecom) Al-Pi, Catalana de Comunicacions SOX Furthermore, we have proceeded to modify the statutes
of the Foundation. On the one hand, the Ajuntament of Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals Mediapro incorporating the following variations in the statutory text:
Barcelona (Barcelona City Council) became a new Alcatel España, S.A. Fujitsu España Services, S.A. Servei
member. On the other hand, the Catalan Foundation for Català de la Salut Vodafone España, S.A. Cisco Modifying the references of the FCRI.
Research and Innovation left i2CAT due to guideline chan- Systems, S.A. Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies
ges that progressively limit its presence in organs of entities de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya (CTTI) Granting independence to the statutes from possible
which normally do not take part in collaborative activities. Interoute Iberia, S.A. Cromosoma, S.A. Ajuntament de organizational modifications of the Generalitat.
3.1 THE BOARD Increasing the number of members of the Board
The Directorship had conversations with the different proposed by the companies and institutions that will
The entities which take part in the Board of the foundation companies in order to analyze the possibility of their participate with the Foundation.
up to December, 31st, 2008 are the following ones: incorporation in the Board, with the goal of promoting the
participation of new companies in the Foundation. It is worth All these modifications have been protocolized, communi-
Secretaria de Telecomunicacions i Societat de la Informació pointing out the following ones: Juniper Networks cated and approved by the Registre de Fundacions de la
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya CIDEM, ACC1Ó Telefónica I+D Generalitat de Catalunya (Register of Foundations of the
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Universitat Ramon Llull Tradia Catalan Government).
3.2 The Delegates Committee 3.3 Directorship and Staff 2 people for the development of the European project
The government agency of the Foundation is the Delegates Following the same increasing activity line as well as the
Committee. It is in charge of carrying out the entity projects carried out in the Foundation framework, during 1 person to support the coordinador of the Network
administration functions and monitors the activities 2008 new personnel has been hired in order to develop the Technologies cluster.
developed by the Foundation Directorship. projects:
1 person for the development of the Cenit SEGURA
The Committee has participated in the analysis of the main 2 people for the Sensors and mobility projects. project.
action guidelines. It is worth highlighting the following ones:
2 people for the Health and Dependence Cluster. However, the collaboration with research groups and the
Definition of the tractor projects proposed to the number of researchers who collaborate with the Foundation
Administration. 1 person for the coordination of the e-Education cluster. has increased.
Monitoring of the projects which are currently being EVOLUTION OF THE i2CAT FOUNDATION RESEARCH PERSONNEL
TOTAL 82 TOTAL 89 TOTAL 93 TOTAL 103
Approval of the proposal regarding the Program 80
60 68 70 72 73
Definition and guidelines of the 2008 project budget. 40
This Committee meets twice per month. It is currently chaired 19 21
by the vice-chancellor of the UPC, Mr. Josep Casanovas
Garcia. The vice-president, Mr. Josué Sallent, is the director 2005 2006 2007 2008
of the STSI. i2CAT's own personnel Collaborating Personnel
3.4 CLUSTERS platforms by increasing the efficiency and optimizing the The foundation’s organizational structure did not make any
resources. modification throughout 2008. This is showed in the following
The most important activities concerning the clusters are the diagram:
following ones: Continuation of the activities in the Network Technolo-
gies and Audiovisual clusters, with more than 20 active
Expansion of the activities in the Health Cluster with the projects of national, European and international scope.
incorporation of dependence activities by modifying the
name in order to formally include the two fields of
performance. THE BOARD
Remarkable increase of the activities in the Health and
Dependence Cluster, with 13 active projects at the end The Delegates Committee
of 2008 and new proposals currently being studied.
Promotion of the e-Education Cluster, whose site is Administration Executive Committee Technical Management
placed at Citilab of Cornellà de Llobregat, with the
incorporation and exclusive dedication of the
responsible for the cluster and the increase of the
number of projects in early stage.
Audio-visual Health Education Network Network Research
Cluster Cluster Cluster Technologies Technologies Area
Reorganization of the Audiovisual Cluster with the goal of Cluster
developing more ambitious projects.
Improvement of the organization of the project support
4. Main 2008 activities
“Anella Cultural is one of the
most emblematic projects of the
year.This new broadband plat-
form has provided the simulta-
neous and live distribution of
cultural events in different cen-
tres of Catalonia, facilitating and
promoting the decentralization
and accessibility in cultural
events from different places of
the Catalan geography”
The research and innovation activities throughout 2008, in the During 2008, i2CAT’s different activities and developed COMPANIES COLLABORATING ON THE PROJECTS
different i2CATS’ areas of activities, have experienced an projects contributed to the technological development of
important increase despite the credit crunch which, even Catalonia as well as the promotion of innovation between
though it has received a low impact, it has also had a the companies of the sector. 70
significant effect on the ICT sector.
Concerning the field of social projects oriented to ICT which
The research projects have been developed according to enable to improve the quality of live to people with disabilities
the scheduled plan and the innovation projects developed or to improve the formation of people throughout their work
in collaboration with the different companies and entities history, projects which are part of the Health and Depen- 50
have experienced an important increase concerning the dence clusters as well as the ones from the Education clusters
volume and thickness of i2CAT’s participation in the which have experienced a highly positive evolution and the
implementation of the projects. increase of the activities of both clusters has been very
The research carried out on Optical Networks, P2P, Sensor 30
Networks, Virtualization and High Definition has enabled The collaborations with the other innovation and research
important challenges which have facilitated the subsequent centres and the integration of local entities in the CatLab
development of innovation projects based on the obtained project have enabled the initation of the development of the 20
results in the research activities. The Trilogy and ETRICAT concept “Open Innovation” with the participation of the users
projects, the latter carried out together with a Korean in the innovation process from the very beginning of the
Research Centre, have facilitated the introduction to the project.
new technologies which could be used in local companies.
2005 2006 2007 2008
4.1 RESEARCH The area of network management is dedicated to the Participation and preparation of international research
network virtualization, based on the improvement and project proposals, mainly in the 7th Framework
Throughout 2008, some steps were taken regarding the introduction of new facilities of UCLP: Programme.
implementation of the TRILOGY project, which started in
October 2007 and ended in March 2009. During this year, Designing and understanding UCLP at a link (2) and Participation in the different standardization bodies (IEEE,
most of the planned research activities have been carried network (3) level and GRID environment. IETF, ISO).
out. Therefore, they represent some great steps forward,
which have been presented in several congresses and Introducing new provision facilities with security and Participation in different technological platforms both at
scientific journals It is thought that this project’s final results availability. an European and state level.
will definitely have an effect on the different innovation
projects based on the developed technologies. Enlarge the international pilot. SIGNED AGREEMENTS AIMED TO THE IMPLEMENTA-
TION OF INNOVATION AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
Similarly to the TRILOGY project, there are two reasearch The main objectives achieved are the following ones:
areas which are managed by the Foundation staff. 73
Around 40 publications in journals and international 60
Development of the high definition contents aimed to: conferences.
Propose new protocols to transmit high definition Cooperation agreements and research activities at an 40 45
contents, digital cinema, and 3D in IP in a multicast international level with Stanford (USA), KAIST (Korea), CRV
mode both by diffusion and video conference. (Canada), EVL (USA), Cannarie (Canada), ITRI (Taiwan),
among others. 20
Build mechanisms of high-resolution content visuali-
zation. Agreements with the three Departments of the
Generalitat regarding the development of the applied 0
Build international pilot settings. research projects. 2005 2006 2007 2008
4.2 INNOVATION that i2CAT has achieved an important funding from National funds, CIDEM calls: 9
other departments of Generalitat de Catalunya, such as 9 presented projects / 8 endorsed projects
Last year, 2008, represented the year of expansion regarding Culture and Media or Industry ones, City Councils and
the activities and the innovation projects in all the clusters. It other entities like “La Fundació la Caixa”. E-HEALTH, PIT-CAT, HDVIPER, NUSIS II, DREAMS, VKM,
was also the start of the expansion in the e-Education cluster. DIONIS, SECUREHEALTH, URGENTLOGIC.
During 2008, and organizative adaptation in the e- Regarding the innovation projects, there has been a
Education cluster (currently located in Citilab, Cornellà) was participation of 15 research university groups and more State funds, calls from the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and
carried out. than 60 companies and entities. Trade, PLAN AVANZA: 18
It is worth pointing out the following activities developed Throughout 2008, there was a continuation of the FACTORIA DIGITAL DE TALENTS, ARENA, FURIA I, FURIA II,
throughout the year: extensive use of the support platforms towards the AGEDA, LIVINGLABS4CARERS, e-PI, e-TURISME,
projects and the 10 Gbytes international connection INFOPOINTSNET, INFOPOINTSLIVE, NUSIS II, MEDIA
The number of accomplished innovation projects in 2008 available with the GLIF which enable the development MANAGER, UAMNII, DREAMS, ENIGMA III, HOSPISEGUR,
was 28. The number of projects in progress is 49, of important research and innovation projects at an NPSS, LINKCARE.
compared to the 43 of 2007. The number of projects on European and international level.
analysis stage during is 18. CENIT Programme: 4
Among the accomplished projects, it is worth highlighting
There was a balance concerning the number of a project called Tele-ictus which was carried out in the VISION, I3MEDIA, INREDIS, SEGUR@.
developed projects in each cluster: Network framework of the Health and Dependence clusters and
Technologies 20, Audio-visual 23 clusters, Health and it was actually awarded in the Bdigital congress. European funds, VI/VII Framework Programme: 6
Dependence 13, Education 12 and Industry 2.
Concerning the participation in competitive calls, the PHOSPHORUS, FEDERICA, HDVIPER, DRMSOLUTION, VEP,
Regarding the type of funding, it has to be taken into relation of projects that have received support are the COLLABS.
account that national (9), state (18) and European (6) following ones:
competitive funds have been obtained. It is worth noting
PARTICIPATION IN INNOVATION PROJECTS
TOTAL: 48 TOTAL: 71 TOTAL: 79 TOTAL: 95
OM 24 23
18 18 18
2005 2006 2007 2008
FINISHED PROJECTS PROJECTS IN EXECUTION PROJECTS UNDER STUDY
4.3 PROJECT FINANCING WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS It is worth pointing out that 60% of the obtained funds were The upturn of the billing services to companies and entities is
acquired in 2007 calls. Furthermore, the percentage of motivated for the participation in different high-scale Cenit
Throughout 2008, there has been an important increase of granted projects of the total presented decreased projects and for the orientation in taking part in the projects
the financing obtained with competitive funds and billing considerably in 2008 calls. Concerning the billing services, as subcontractors instead of doing it as collaborative
services. there was a significant upturn with regard to 2007. The participants.
total amount exceeds 1,000,000 euros, which represents
Developed actions an increase of more than 40% regarding 2007.
Submission of proposals in different calls at national, state
and European level. The obtained funds among the PROJECTS DEVELOPED WITH COMPETITIVE FUNDS
different submitted forms in 2007 and 2008 for projects in
order to be carried out last year were 918,259 euros, which
represents an increase by 69’8% regarding the ones
obtained in 2007.
The obtained funds in each call have been the following 15
European Union: 343, 370 euros 5
Plan Avanza MITYC: 439, 020 euros
CIDEM: 135, 869 euros 0
2005 2006 2007 2008
4.4 COLLABORATION AND PRESENCE AT AN Participation in Terena congress by presenting different Participation in the ISO/IEC JTC of “Future Networks” and
INTERNATIONAL LEVEL international projects. the creation of a national group via AENOR.
The link with the organizations and the European and Continuity of the cooperation agreeement with ETRI
international research groups has been kept and reinforced (Korea) for the development of UBI nETRICAT and MOB-
in order to: ETRICAT projects.
Enlargement of the relation with the international Cooperation agreeements with the CRC (Canada).
research centres, by reaching cooperation agreements
for the research personnel exchange and the Participation in the European platforms NEM, Foton21
development of joint projects. and LivingLabs as well as international platforms such as
GLIF and CINEGRID.
Increase of the participation in European research
projects and the participation in standardization and Enlargement of the 10 Gbytes international connection
research committees. through Red Iris and Geant.
The most important milestones achieved in 2008 in the field Participation in the ICT-KIK (European Institute of
of collaboration and presences at an international level Innovation and Technology).
were the following ones:
Participation in the CONTINUA Alliance of certification “Demonstration of the Phosphorus project results during the ICT Congress 2008,
Collaboration agreement with Juniper for the and endorsement of the ICT solution applications to held in Lyon (France), from the 25th until the 27th of November”.
development of the Manticore-OpenSphere framework. health and dependence.
Collaboration with the IEE’s 802,21 standardization Integration in the Telemanagement Forum.
committee in the Plenary Meeting.
4.5. PARTICIPATION IN INITIATIVES AIMED AT PROMOTING Continuity of the collaboration with the CTTI (the Center Collaboration with the Centre de Vida Independent
TECNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN CATALONIA of the Telecommunications and Information Tecnologies (Center for Independent Life) in order to apply the TIC to
of the Generalitat) the home.
One of the cornerstones of i2CAT’s strategy has always been
the cooperation with the different bodies of the Generalitat Development of digitalization projects of the Cultural Development of innovation projects together with
(the govern institution of Catalonia) and other competent Heritage in collaboration with the Cultural and Audiovi- different Councils (Sant Vicenç dels Horts, Cornellà,
entities which form part of our nation. This is intended to sual Media. Viladecans and Sabadell)
create strategies which enforce the research activity, the
innovation and the industrial sector and which are based
on the evolution and the new Internet generation.
The most relevant actions fulfilled are:
Development of the collaboration agreement with ETRI
Development of the CATLab project with the STSI (the
Telecommunication and Information Society Secretariat
of the Generalitat).
Elaboration of the White Book of the Future Internet.
Establishment of a collaboration framework with the TIC
Center depending on the CIDEM (the Center for Innova-
tion and Business Development of the Generalitat)
4.6 PROMOTIONAL AND DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES Participation in the national congress of the Red EVOLUTION OF THE PUBLICATIONS CARRIED
Nacional de Pesquisas in Rio de Janeiro. 26th and 27th of OUT FROM 2005 UNTIL 2008
During these months, the Foundation has carried out a wide May.
range of activities, in order to disseminate the goals and the
results of the innovation and research projects, as well as Participation in the European Mobile Summit. 10th- 12th 26
round tables regarding the different aspects of the Internet of June.
Collaboration with the e-NEM Assembly. 21
These have been the most remarkable activities:
Presentation of the different papers in the NEM Summit 15
Participation in the Mobile World Congress 2008 (11th- 2008. 13th – 15th of October.
14th of February), by presenting the Living Labs project
and the sensor networks developments. Participation in the Aslan Fair. 28th – 29th of October. 10
Conferences about TDT in Catalonia. 28th of February. Red Iris Conference. 20th of November. 5
Conferences regarding the optical technology in Conference on TV in Catalonia. 26th of November.
Vilanova i la Geltrú. 11th-14 of March.
Diffusion of the Sabadell Ciutat de la Música project in 2005 2006 2007 2008
Bdigital (IGC 08) in Barcelona. 19th- 22nd of May. Valencia. 5th of December.
Mercat Audiovisual de Catalunya. Granollers. 25th – 26th II Spanish Audiovisual Clusters Forum in Bilbao. 11th of
of April. December.
4.7 i2CAT IN THE MEDIA
“The technological platforms of
i2CAT are essential for the testing
and development of research and
innovation projects.These platforms
consist of an experimental infra-
structure of 50 km of optical fiber,
a latest generation commutation
and transmission equipment and
an advanced multimedia laboratory
which enables the processing in dif-
ferent formats and codifications of
the video signal”.
People in charge:
Throughout 2008, the network (NOC) and media In 2008, there was an achievement regarding the
(MediaCAT) platforms increased its services and values: reinforcement of the network platform which enables the
deployment and management of a layer of high-definition
Consolidation of the network capacity and connectivity audiovisual services (videoconference and diffusion) in rates
to 10 Gbps. up to Gbps:
Consolidation of the optical transport technologies and with international scope;
the IP access level network, understanding the
operability and flexibility of the NOC. with multiservice and multiuser capacity;
Introduction of new technologies of virtualization and open to new protocols and flexible for new experiments;
server management systems in order to increase the
service benefits and meet the demand of the project ready to endure new high-definition audiovisual
resources. applications and to give an added value to the projects
of the Foundation.
Introduction of a communication platform of SIP
telephony and H.323.
Improvement of the high-definition content visualization
environment, with international connectivity.
5.1 NETWORK PLATFORM, NOC
Used and/or available technologies
Metro-Ethernet, MPLS & GMPLS, ROADM, UCLP, DWDM,
Improvements throughout 2008
Update and enlargement of the network core
(backbone) to 10 Gbps with new equipment.
Improvement and optimization of NOC’s physical space
for machines with a new rack especially for servers.
Implementation of a network monitoring server system.
Introduction of a cluster of servers for the implementation
of virtualized machines.
5.2 AUDIO-VISUAL PLATFORM, MEDIACAT
Used and/or available technologies
HDTV, HDVTS, SIP, HD-SDI, MPEG-x, VoIP, VoD, videocon-
ference H.323 and Flash, P2P, Web Services and SAGE.
Improvements throughout 2008
Integration of the different audiovisual services of the
platform through suitable signaling protocols (SIP,
WebServices) with P2P architectures.
Creation of a telephony platform through SIP, assisted by
H.323 and other protocols.
Improvements of the infrastructures and services aimed
to projects and demonstrations.
Creation of a virtualization platform with its own mana-
Person in charge:
6.1 Research Area
TRILOGY (fuTuRe Internet technoLOGY)
Research groups: GCO-UPC (Gabriel Junyent), NeTS-UPF The objectives set in this project have a dual approach: on were developed in order to enable an abstraction of the
(Miquel Oliver), TAM-URL (Gabriel Fernàndez), GXO- the one hand, the scientific research results such as physical network infrastructure. It also enables the users as
BAMPLA-UPC (Cristina Cervelló), LCFIB-UPC (Rosa M. scientific articles and patents; on the other hand, the logical independent joint entities to manage it, with an
Martín), MEDIAENTEL-BAMPLA-UPC (Jesús Alcober) and results of the development close to the innovation such as added flexibility to the network.
WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) demonstrations and prototypes.
Budget: 506,028 €
Duration: 01/10/2007 – 31/04/2009 Most important innovative and research elements
Participants: i2CAT, UPC, URL and UPF Regarding the Optical Networks, the main innovative
elements are the improvement of the ROADM nodes and
the enhancement of the control plan and other functions
for Optical Burst Switching architectures. Concerning the
study of the Audiovisual Live Streaming Peer-to-Peer, the Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
main aim is optimizing the source codification
mechanisms, together with the live video transmission This project not only develops the knowledge but the
systems and the integration with P2PSIP overlays. prototypes and concept testings of technologies and
Regarding Internet of Things, the aim is the optimization of protocol which will be applied in new innovation projects
General description and goals the main protocols and network functions taking into in the five technologic clusters of the i2CAT Foundation.
account the limitations of the nodes (processing, memory,
TRILOGY is a multidisciplinary research project aimed at cost and battery). The most important steps taken on High Other important aspects
five specific thematic areas: Smart Optical Networks, Quality Video Systems are the design and implementation
Audiovisual Live Streaming Peer-to-Peer, Internet of things, of a capture, transmission and visualization platform of any Each of the issues developed in this project have genera-
High Quality Video Systems and Infrastructure as a Service kind of audiovisual content. Finally, concerning the ted a series of articles published in several divulgative
and Virtualization. Infrastructure as a Service and Virtualization, three tools activities.
INTERNET DEL FUTUR
Person in charge: Albert Vidal models are not enough; we have to set out the debate on Other important aspects
Budget: N/A the new Internet based on an innovation model.
Duration: 01/01/2008 – 30/06/2009 The result of this project has been the writing of several
Financing: i2CAT i2CAT Foundation organized the first conference opened reports and the organization of several events. You can
Participants: i2CAT to researchers, companies, administration and Internet actually find all the information on this website:
users in order to think about the future of Internet at home. www.internetdelfutur.cat.
This conference was focused on the discussion of the
General description and goals European Commission specialists contributions and the
document called “La Internet del Futur: Anàlisi retrospec-
INTERNET DEL FUTUR is an exit iniciative of i2CAT tiva, reflexió i posicionament estratègic” (“The Internet of
Foundation, which tries to put together the several the Future: Retrospective analysis, reflection and strategic
Catalan actors related to the activities regarding Internet positioning”) devised by the Technological Committee of
in order to analyze the recently network changes and its i2CAT Foundation.
services and then try to put Catalonia on the map so as to
face the future changes, through the elaboration of a Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
joint country strategy.
The results of this project are thought to cause a direct
Most important innovative and research elements impact on all the actors of the Internet environment: users
communities, companies offering services, organizations
Internet has to be designed by everyone. In fact, the that develop technology, companies which ara
contribution of Internet’s innovation model is the open consumers of the services, the public administration,
innovation. Web 2.0 is the sign that traditional research among others.
and innovation models of the industrial age, must start
turning into others which give way to the users. Triple helix
SANVI-SENS (Sensoritzation of the City)
Person in charge: Albert Vidal project we have choosen the applications that, accor- Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
Research Groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) ding to us, are more suitable for the urban environment of
Participants: Ajuntament de Sant Viçens dels Horts Sant Vicenç dels Horts, taking into account the type of city, The SANVI-SENS project offers, both the entity that
Budget: 40,000 € the requests of its citizens and the grade of technology administers the city and the citizens, a pilot test which is
Duration: 01/10/2007 – 31/12/2007 innovation of each of the proposed application: autono- able to show the possibilities of the new technologies
Financing: Ajuntament de Sant Viçens dels Horts mous irrigation system, monitorization of the public transport, applied to the local management, optimizing its
collection of stored data, measurement of the vehicular performance. It also develops a modular experimental
General description and goals traffic and automatic application form of selective collection. platform which can be easily exported and used again in
other cities, both parcially or fully.
This project consists of the pilot test deployment of a sensor
network in the city of Sant Viçens dels Horts in order to show Other important aspects
an improvement of the municipal management, as well
as offering value added services to the citizens. From this This project is being considered as strategic for i2CAT to
pilot test on, we will be able to develop and try new demonstrate that sensors technology is applicable to
services in the future, for example the measurement urban environments, in matters of interest on the rise such
systems in selective garbage containers, automatic as the Smart Cities. We are currently preparing proposals in
management of irrigation systems in parks and gardens, order to pull off different derived proposals of this pilot test.
measurement of the vehicular traffic or information Furthermore, this pilot test has been developed in order to
services of the urban public transport. attract the companies of the sector in the town of Sant
Vicenç dels Horts.
Most important innovative and research elements
The technology of the sensor networks applied to the cities
enables an unlimited number of new solutions. In this
SEGUR@ (Safety and Trust in the Information Society)
Person in charge: Josep Paradells Most important innovative and research elements solutions in this field include specific and integrated
Budget: 31 M € mechanisms for threat searches in the network and the
Duration: 01/07/2007 – 31/12/2010 The studied technologies include new multiplatform implication of all the actors and its resolution.
Financing: CDTI CENIT autentification mechanisms, new modalities of biometric
Participants: Telefonica I+D, Alcatel-Lucent, Atos Origin, identifications, new outlines electronic signature,
Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, Ericsson, Garrigues, ISDEFE, developments for the use of the e-ID card and other
Panda Software, S21sec Gestión, Safelayer, Secuware, cards, new localization technologies, and mathematical
Sermepa. models for several cryptographic models such as the
graphic and chaotic cryptology.
General description and goals Specifically, it has been defined a meta-system of identity
and privacity management which incorporates different
The SEGUR@ Project is aimed to generate a trust and current or future sub-systems. Moreover, we are working
safety framework for the use of ICT in the e-Societat at a on the integration of semantic technologies, new models
state level. There are 12 companies and 15 research for the autentification and identification processes and Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
organizations from 6 autonomous regions which take part finally, a total identity, security and trust model through the
in this project. creation of a super ontology which takes into account The appearance of users, data sources and source
and relates all these concepts. networks which are not reliable are capable of
generating, conciously or unconciously, a great range of
Additionally, it has been carried out the development of damages, both the rest of reliable users and the network
the systems of quick monitorization, detection and solution which offers or consume the services. This project is
of problems and threats in the network based on intended to offer a security frame which supplies the
collaborative performances between all the elements necessary security required at all levels, and therefore
and entities that take part in this project. The reached guarantees an appropriate use of the information systems.
UBI-nETRICAT (Collaborative research in Unbiquitous Sensor Networks)
Person in charge: Albert Vidal General description and goals • Agriculture: monitorization and optimization of the
Research groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) automatic irrigation systems.
Budget: 2,700,000 € This collaborative project develops new protocols,
Duration: 01/10/2008 – 30/09/2011 algorithms, configurations and adaptations which enable • Emergency Services: localization and sending of critical
Funding: STSI, Orange, Departament d’Agricultura, the optimization of the sensors network technology data for police and firemen.
Alimentació i Acció Rural, Departament d’Interior, performance in order that the companies which develop
Relacions Institucionals i Participació, Departament de these solutions can benefit from the technology and all its • Environmental: Monitorization of environmental parame-
Medi Ambient i Habitatge, CDTI KSI (Korea and Spain potential applications. ters and alarm systems for forest areas.
Participants: Orange, ETRI (Electronics and Telecommuni- Most important innovative and research elements Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
cations Research Institute), Sensing&Control, ADTEL.
The main objective of the UBI-nETRICAT is to develop new The results are oriented towards the development of new
protocols, algorithms, configurations and/or adaptations services and products as well as seizing the advantages
which enable the improvement of the performance of this offered by the ubiquitous sensor networks, obtaining a
technology. In order to achieve this aim, we consider series of viability demonstration pilot test at the end of the
choosing certain application fields which enable the project and in the intermediate objectives.
validation of the considered technological solutions
through real experiments. Furthermore, it also facilitates Other important aspects
and makes the transmission of these innovations into the
market possible. This project has taken into account the challenge of
integrating universities, companies and public administra-
After analysing the reality of the Catalan industry business, tion in the same project, together with the participation of
the sensor networks technology can be applied. Korean entities which provide additional technological
Consequently, it can benefit three particular sectors: value.
MOB-ETRICAT (recerca col·laborativa en mobilitat de xarxes d’accés)
Person in charge: Albert Vidal Most important innovative and research elements transparent service to the user as the access technology
Research Groups: WNG-UPC (Josep Paradells) (WiFi, 3G, WiMAX and DVB-H) changes.
Budget: 280,000 € MOB-ETRICAT is the consequence of the collaboration
Duration: 01/01/2008 –30/09/2011 initiatives between i2CAT and ETRI, the main public Other important aspects
Financing: STSI, Orange research institution in the field of ICT in South Korea. It
Participants: Orange, ETRI basically consists of two activities in the mobility area The collaboration of the Korean institutions provides value
between access networks: the development of a pilot test to the project due to their vast knowledge of wireless
in order to demonstrate that a current mobility problem applications and technologies. Moreover, they offer the
can be solved in Catalonia and that it actually develops possibility to know the reality of similar experiences in their
a mobile IPTV platform which enables a continuous and country.
General description and goals
This project studies and develops device mobility solutions
through heterogeneous networks based on the IEE 802.21
future standard or Media Independent Handover and its
possible extensions or derivations. The results of this project
will cause an impact on the development of services of
the involved industrial partners and the other ones who
might be interested in it in the future.
6.2 Innovation Area Person in charge:
NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES CLUSTER
FEDERICA (Federated E-infrastructure Dedicated to European Researcher Inno-
vating in Computing network Architectures)
Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola which enables the management of the virtual Most important innovative and research elements
Research groups: Network Technologies Cluster (Sergi environment that, consequently, facilitates the execution
Figuerola) of a great range of experiments to the network • Offer an experimental infrastructure where any kind of
Budget: 5,179,645 € technologies research comunities. The researchers will application can be tried out.
Duration: 01/01/2008 – 30/06/2010 have a full control of the virtual nodes that belong to their
Financing: European Project FP7 network partitions, apart from an access to the • The users (researchers) will have full control of their virtual
Participants: GAAR (coordinator), CESNET, DFN, FCCN, information for the monitoring. Finally, this project will nodes and their network partitions (slices).
GRNET, NIIF, PSNC, Res.es, SWITCH, TERENA, i2CAT, KTH, provide research information for technical discussions in
ICCS, UPC, Juniper, Martel, HEAnet, DANTE, PoliTo, order to contribute to real cases and obtained results in • Allow the access to information for the monitoring.
NORDUNET standardization organizations such as IETF, ITUT, OIF and
Ipsphere (TMForum). Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
FEDERICA gives way to important and new possible
innovation areas for the Future Internet and the
technological industry. These areas include: adressing and
identification, network virtualization, routing and traffic
General description and goals engineering, separation of data and control plans,
composition and discovery of services, among others.
The main aim of this project is to deploy a virtual infras- FEDERICA also enables the interaction of the researchers
tructure composed of routers, network switches and with Europe and the whole world, provides contributions
computers which must be versatile and scalable for the to the standardization organizations (IETF, ITU-T, OIF, TMF)
researchers of the Future Internet. This infrastructure has and develops new models of business optimized for virtual
been deployed on the existing substrate of the NREN and infrastructures.
GEANT2. Furthermore, there’s an offer of a series of tools
ARGIA IAAS FRAMEWORK
People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa
Research Group: i2CAT Foundation Research Group: i2CAT Foundation
Budget: 180,000 € Budget: 100,000 €
Duration: 01/04/2007 – 31/12/2008 Duration: 01/07/2008 – 31/12/2009
Financing: Self-financed by each participant Financing: Self-financed by each participant
Participants: i2CAT Foundation, Inocybe Technologies Inc., Communications Research Participants: i2CAT Foundation, Inocybe Technologies Inc., Communications Research
The infrastucture as a Service is an The infrastucture as a Service (IaaS) is an
emerging concept which consists in emerging concept which consists in
offering the own infrastructure control offering the own infrastructure control to
to third parties, and then, they pay for third parties, and then, they pay for their
their use. Argia is a software tool which use. This new service is different from a
enables the application of this hosting service, because users access the
concept to the networks and optical control of the infrastructure through
equipments (TDM, WDM and Fiber). software services available on the
Through Argia, an organization can network. IaaS Framework is a free-code
deploy its own optical network using modular software based on Java and
equipments of other organizations OSGi which enables the design and the
(infrastructure providers). The current building of IaaS solutions applicable in
version of Argia is actually being used several technologies: computers, net-
for IST FP7 PHOSPHORUS and HPDMnet works, sensors, applications.
MANTICORE II (Making APN Network Topologies on Internet COREs)
People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Eduard Grasa Most important innovative and research elements
Research Groups: Network technologies cluster.
Budget: 210,000 € The support in iPv6 and protocols is improved, apart from
Duration: 15/01/2009 – 30/06/2010 enabling internal or external routing protocol configu-
Financing: 170,000 € ration. Furthermore, it will enable the establishment and
Companies: i2CAT, HEAnet, Juniper, RedIRIS, NORDUnet, destruction of VPNS and paths with QoS. Users will be able
Cisco, University of Essex to divide the physical routers into different logical routers.
Besides, they will be able to visualize/edi the status of each
kind or several infrastructures.
Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
IP network, either physical or logical. The main idea is that
an infrastructure provider can give permissions to part or •It contributes to the test and results regarding the routing
the entire own infrastructure to a third one, delegating the protocol standardizations.
control and the management of the devices for a period
of time. Then, new business models between the •It enables new business models between the services
infrastructure providers and the ones from the services are providers and the infrastructure.
established. This service has to be strong enough to be
General description and goals used in network production by real users. In order to carry •Interoperability between the different authentication
out these aims, we use the new verstion of IAAS framework and autorization infrastructures.
The MANTICORE II project is developed on the satisfactory (with all the avantages provided by the new
results achieved by its predecessor. This project is aimed implementation: modurability, extensibility, compatibility •It establishes a strong system which enables the creation
to create a network operator and end-user service in and interoperability with the other solutions based on of logical resources in order to be deployed in a
which they can customize the configuration of their own IASS). commercial network.
PHOSPHORUS (Lambda User Controlled Infrastructure For European Research)
People in charge: Joan Antoni García Espín, Sergi through multiple heterogenic domains, by interconnecting
Figuerola the different advanced optical communication networks
Research Groups: Network technologies cluster.(CTX) from all Europe. The project enables the transparent
Budget: 5,512,00 € / i2CAT: 396,280 € interoperation between the different existing resource
Duration: 01/10/2006 – 30/06/2009 provisioning systems (NRPS – Network Resource Provisioning
Financing: European Union FP6: 396, 280 € System) and a new Grid-GMPLS control plan, for the Grid
Participants: PSNC (Coordinator), i2CAT, FZJ, IBBT, CTI, AIT, applications and the Middleware. Furthermore, Phos-
SARA, SURFnet, UniBonn, UvA, UESSEX, UWS, MCNC, LSU, phores wants to achieve the interoperability with other
CRC, CESNET, FHG, Nortel, RACTI similar initiatives from all over the world, such as AutoBAHN
from Géant2 or IDC from Internet2 and the compatibility
with the future supply standard interfaces, such as the
Network Service Interface of the Open Grid Forum.
Most important innovative and research elements Grid applications, in an abstract way, and it enables us
to make reservations.
The project defines an architecture and all the needed
interfaces which ensure the creation of end-to-end Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
optical paths between different resource provisioning
systems (Argia/UCLP, Argon, DRAC and GMPLS/ This project has enabled the interconnection of i2CAT’s
General description and goals G2MPLS). Similarly, this project improves the great network with the main provisioning networks and systems,
amount of GMPLS protocols and consequently it present in Europe and America. Phosphorus enables the
Phosphorus is a European project focused on the supplying enables the management of the Grid resources directly signaling between the different domains and creates an
of optical on-demand network resources (both in from the control plan (Grid-GMPLS or G2MPLS). GMPLS control plan with extensions for the absolutely
immediate availability and in advance), end-to-end and Moreover, the project offers network resources to the innovative GRID.
Person in charge: Carles Bock nodes. There is going to be two implementations of the Industrial and/or social benefits of the project
Research groups: CTTC control plan: one based on GMPLS and another one
Companies: W-onesys, Tecsidel, Al-pi, Tradia based on ARGIA (the ancient UCLP) software. Besides, DREAMS gives us an approach of the model of the future
Budget: 1,148, 316, 25 € there will probably be an implementation of three telecommunications network: agile, dynamic, intelligent
Duration: 01/10/2007 - 31/12/2008 ROADM nodes, creating a ring network through two fibers and reconfigurable networks. The option of the GMPLS
Financing: CIDEM 2007 - 2008, PROFIT 2007 with protection and automatic restoration. control plan provides intelligence and automatism to the
network, as well as optical connections in a dynamic way
Most important innovative and research elements and with the required QoS. The version based on ARGIA
provides a remote management of the equipments and
• Development and elaboration of three ROADM nodes: the virtualization of the physical network resources, then
these nodes enable the commutation of the optical any ARGIA user will be able to manage his virtualized
channels through the extraction ports (drop) and the resources in order to created and adapted network to his
“colorless” insertion (add) (capable of operating with requests. Thus, there is an achievement of the implentation
any group of optical channels). of optical networks with reduced maintenance and
• Development of GMPLS software: it will consist in pro-
viding the network of an on-demand bandwidth system Other important aspects
The DREAMS project will evolve in order to create a
• Argia: a system which enables users to virtualize and permanent test network through the installation of
General description and goals manage network resources so that several users can ROADM nodes in a scenario distributed with nodes in
also operate independently and simultaneously on their different places of the metrolopitan area of Barcelona.
The main objective of DREAMS project is to develop an assigned resources and without interfering in the other
optical network with DWDM technology and ROADM ones.
Projecte d’assessoria al desplegament de la Xarxa Oberta
CHRONOS (Advanced Reservation Resource System)
de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola People in charge: Sergi Figuerola, Carles Bock
Budget: 16,000 € Research groups: i2CAT, UPF, UPC
Duration: 01/09/2007- 31/09/2008 Budget: 106,000 €
Participants: i2CAT Duration: 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008
Participants: i2CAT, CTTI
The project is based on the creation of a
reservation resource system, which
enables the users to carry out immedia- The project is based on the advising of
te and advanced reservations of these the CTTI in the selection of suitable optical
resources without having to know the technology for the deployment of an
network internal typology. The user just optical network (“Xarxa Oberta”) project
have to indicate the two ends of the all over the country. The aim must
connection, the bandwidth, the start guarantee a technologically strong
and end time, and the system will take design, capable of growing with the
care of finding the shortest path as well needs of the user traffic and with future
as activating or deactivating the vocation. A design that, on the one
connection whenever needed. The hand, uses the latest technologies which
final users of Chronos are both physical are available on the market and, on the
people or middelware grid. In order to other hand, gives way to enlargements
activate and deactivate the connec- based on the current reserach. The
tions, Chronos communicates with the project also includes the assessment of
Argia system. the start of the art of the proposed
solution by the different manufacturers.
PIT-CAT (Punt d’intercanvi ToIP a Catalunya) DICOBI (Digital Content on Broadband Internet)
Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola
Research groups: i2CAT, UPF, UPC Research Groups: UPC, URL
Companies: Alpi, Voztelecom, Alcatel, 22@, Tecsidel, Interoute, Cesca, i2CAT, Cesca Companies: Vodafone, i2CAT
Budget: 491,000 € Budget: 55,000 €
Duration: 01/2007- 04/2009 Duration: 09/2007 - 04/2008
Funding: CIDEM Financing: Vodafone, i2CAT
The aim of the PIT-CAT project is The aim of this research is to analyze the different steps, functions and implicated
related to the design, development technologies in the distribution of the digital content regarding the mobile networks, as
and exploitation of a ToIP (ToIP well as the relations with the actors and the participants in the lifecycle of the digital
neutral point) neutral exchange content. Generally, the lifecycle is divided into four main areas: production,
platform between voice operators. management, distribution and consumption.
It is worth pointing out that the
neutral point is aimed to enable the
interoperability between different
VoIp platforms (SIP, H323) and
codecs in order to facilitate the
voice traffic exchange between
private networks of VoIP operators.
This voice exchange neutral point will enable the different VoIP operators to try and
validate it so that they can also propose business models regarding the VoIP
HPDMNET (High Performance Digital Media enabled LOCALRET
Person in charge: Sergi Figuerola Coordinator: Sergi Figuerola
Budget: 16,000 € Research Groups: i2CAT
Duration: 01/07/2007 – 30/12/2008 Companies: Localret
Participants: i2CAT, Inocybe Technologies, Nortel, Canarie, CRC, iCAIR, UvA Budget: 5,000 €
Duration: 05/2007 – 05/2008
HPDMnet is an international
research testbed focused in the
network technologies. It was
created in order to develop the
first high performance and high
quality international service for
media digital applications that
use high bandwidth. The testbed
provides dynamic connections
between the nodes through the
This project main objective is to carry out studies and analysis in bandwidth
Argia and Chronos system, and it
telecommunication projects. The project, named Study of Bandwidth Scenarios, consist
is deployed in several nodes in
of a series of studies to be carried out by i2CAT Foundation, such as:
the GLIF infrastructure in the USA,
• Prepare one of the Localret BROADBAND publications (an electronic bulletin).
the UE and ASIA.
• Write-up of an article regarding net neutrality.
• Write-up of an article which reflects the impact of the cost per user/person of the
backbone network and bandwidth access deployment.