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Catalonia chooses the University of Bristol as new smart city partner

Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Erik Lithander with Jordi Puigneró, Catalonia's Minister for Digital Policies and President of i2CAT.

16 December 2019

Catalonia’s Minister for Digital Policies and president of the i2CAT Foundation has signed a new partnership with the University of Bristol to advance smart city and 5G research and innovation in their city regions.

A smart city uses digital technology to improve the lives of its people and environment. And both the University of Bristol and i2CAT Internet Research Centre in Catalonia are already world leaders in this field of research.

In 2018, the two cities became the first in Europe to create urban 5G testbeds. This, combined with widely connected city infrastructure, has transformed them into living labs, where smart services can be created and tested in a real-world environment.

This allows citizens to experience new forms of transport, healthcare, education, waste collection, air quality and other critical services, enhancing the quality of life for a growing number of city dwellers.

The 'memorandum of understanding' between the University of Bristol and i2CAT will help create new technologies and provide a blueprint for urban centres around the world.

Smart technology in both cities is already making an impact. The University of Bristol's 5G test-network has supported the digital transformation of key sectors including public safety, transport, tourism, energy and health and social care.

To read the press release in full please see here.

Further information

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol and our 5GUK Test Network

The Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol is a hub for internet research which addresses grant societal and industrial challenges. We perform cutting edge research on optical and wireless communications and offer a unique holistic approach to hardware and software co-design, solving critical problems in the global internet evolution.

We are world leaders in 5G convergence research and have deployed 5G capability in Bristol city centre focusing on the convergence of fibre infrastructure and 5G wireless access. The University of Bristol's 5GUK Test Network is the UK’s first urban 5G End-to-End Testbed.

Bristol Digital Futures Institute

The Bristol Digital Futures Institute will transform the way we understand and create digital technologies for economic and social prosperity in future societies. University of Bristol’s researchers from across disciplines will work with business, local government and community partners to look at how technologies might be developed, used and experienced in the future.

New facilities will combine social and technical research to study a wide range of future scenarios, including emerging challenges in future cities. This knowledge will be shared to help us create a better world and one that benefits the whole of society.

About i2CAT

i2CAT Foundation is a research and innovation centre which promotes mission-oriented R&D activities on Internet and advanced digital technologies. The centre stands up for a new open innovation framework, fostering the collaboration between companies, public administration, the academic environment and end-users.

Through its 16 year-history, i2CAT has gained a solid experience thanks to the multiple national and European R&D projects carried out and the leading research lines in new fixed & mobile network architectures, wireless sensor networks and content-based multimedia technologies. i2CAT is applying this wide expertise to the development of new products, services and solutions in the fields of Health & Social Care, Smart Cities & Regions, Advanced Manufacturing and Digital Social Innovation.

This knowledge is shared in order to benefit companies, citizens and public administrations, with the aim of converting the Catalan territory into a leading global smart region in a Smart Europe, with a flourishing added-value economy and an innovative society.

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