New solutions by i2cat at Mobile World Congress

Once again i2cat will be at the main mobile world fair held in Barcelona from 24th to 27th February 2014, the Mobile World Congress. This time we will present two demos, one for monitoring vehicles by using smartphones sensors, and one for indoor localization by using light. These two projects will be demonstrated by the Ubiquitous Internet Technology Unit of i2cat Foundation together with the wireless networks group of UPC Barcelona Tech, at the App Planet Hall, geared towards the mobile applications world.

The first demo will show how, through a mobile phone, you can not only get geopositioning data but also interact directly with a vehicle to obtain and record many parameters related to driving, such as immediate fuel consumption, braking and acceleration or even the presence of bumps in the road. It is expected that this technology could lead to the development of fleet management applications, analysis of driving patterns to generate recommendations or security applications that can automatically make an emergency call in case of accident.

On the other hand, it will also be demonstrated a new system for indoor localization, one of the "weaknesses" of geopositioning. Currently, there are indoor positioning systems on the market, based on radiofrequency, but these are too imprecise and their installation is very expensive.

To overcome the limitations of current products, i2cat is studying how to use visible light generated by LED lighting as a positioning system, technology known as VLC (Visible Light Communication). Through an application, the information generated by light can be captured by a commercial mobile device. This opens a wide range of possibilities for localization in spaces such as museums, hospitals, stores, maps of shopping malls, airports, hotels and other places where the user can receive information from its environment.

Come to i2cat stand at Mobile World Congress (Hall App Planet - Hall 8.1 Stand K48), and see these systems demonstrations and other projects. 

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