The MERIT project, present at MWC Barcelona 2023

The UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC), one of the consortium partners in the Digital MERIT project, presented the UPC’s technological capabilities and avant-garde projects at MWC Barcelona 2023, the world’s largest and most influential connectivity event. It was held from 27 February to 2 March and registered participation of over 88,500 visitors from 202 countries and territories, of whom 56% came from sectors adjacent to the mobile ecosystem, including policymakers and business leaders from the mobile ecosystem and beyond. MWC Barcelona 2023 included more than 2,400 exhibitors, sponsors and partners and over 1,000 speakers and thought leaders, and was covered by more than 2,400 journalists and industry analysts from around the world.

The technology and innovation that the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC) presented at MWC Barcelona 2023 is the result of the work of the university’s research centres and groups in various application areas. The solutions that were showcased range from an application to predict the number of passengers traveling on public transport by road, a system for anonymising data with applications in the mobility sector and an application to predict the mode of transport used by citizens, through deep learning techniques. 

One of the projects displayed on the UPC stand was the Digital MERIT project. CIT UPC had the chance to present the project, consisting of a new pan-European learning ecosystem focused on improving the training of digital specialists in emerging areas such as AI, IoT and Cybersecurity.

Other initiatives that were also presented at the MWC Barcelona by the UPC include a solution to optimise the charge level of electric batteries that uses latest generation technologies, a gamified virtual reality application for the rehabilitation of patients with chronic injuries, a solution applied to the autonomous car to detect obstacles in foggy conditions and so improve the safety of driving, as well as a technology based on the Internet of Things (IoT) to monitor the state of the sea and improve safety in the bathing area of beaches and an open code library to implement a data routing protocol that enables the interconnection of IoT applications on LoRa wireless technology.

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