gle device, 5G and augmented reality innovations at this year's Mobile World Congress

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 16:53

The Mobile World Congress 2023 was held in Barcelona from Monday, 27 February, to Tuesday, 2 March, with 88,500 visitors, gradually approaching pre-pandemic levels.

Several innovations and technological advances were presented at the Mobile World Congress. These included an increase in the number of IoT solutions based on 5G with bandwidths ranging from 20 to 200 MHz below 6GHz, which aids in and enables the availability of services with complex applications such as robotics, drones, and options such as the Smartgrid, which ensures an energetic and sustainable system.

With sustainability and the environment in mind, manufacturers’ commitment to incorporating recycled materials into mobile devices to reduce their carbon footprint was on display, particularly at the Samsung stand. Artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities could also be seen and experienced, as well as different mobile workplace scenarios visualised under a single device.

Another area of emphasis was Digital Health, a discipline that includes digital care programmes, technologies with health and healthcare, and other initiatives to improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery and make medicine more personalised and accurate. This year has seen a significant increase in the number of solutions in this area, with projects such as Nixi for Children, an augmented reality project for children to combat pre-operative anxiety with a virtual doll and to be able to explore the operating theatre from the inside, as well as visit the pre-operative room and the recovery room. Another project presented was a prototype of an intelligent blister pack that registers pill intake and sends alerts in the event that pills have not been taken. Other projects focused on developing various 3D printing applications for making prostheses.

The project for the America’s Cup sailing event to be held in Barcelona in 2024, with the deployment of a robust communications network to provide service to the organisers and the thousands of visitors expected, was one of the year’s novelties. The Municipal Institute of Information Technology is collaborating to strengthen this network so that excellent data quality can be enjoyed by attendees of the event, while the citizens of Barcelona can enjoy the same in their day to day lives.

The Municipal Institute of Information Technology took part in the presentation of three projects: Celeste, IRIS, and communications network reinforcement for the future America’s Cup event.

The Celeste project was presented in collaboration with Seat and Gellify at the Barcelona City Council’s BEAT space, displaying project results and an existing platform on the market. Celeste enables real-time speed recommendations to drivers based on traffic conditions. This recommendation comes from the city’s TCM (Mobility Central) and is sent directly to the vehicle without depending on any physical infrastructure on the road, such as information panels or variable signs, though they may be compatible.

The European IRIS project employs  artificial intelligence (AI) to assist CERT in assessing, detecting, responding to, and sharing information about threats and vulnerabilities in ICT systems.

Following this year’s success, the focus is now on Mobile 2024, which will be held from 26 to 29 Februar

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