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Since 1988, the Wireless Networks Group (WNG) of UPC-BarcelonaTECH and WNG’s joint research unit with i2Cat Foundation has been carrying out consulting, research and innovation activities in ICT domain, specializing in wireless communication and networking areas.


WNG has developed numerous projects for industry, such as for Vodafone, Endesa (Enel), Alstom, HP Labs, Orange, Nokia and Simon. Moreover, through publicly funded projects from European Commission and Spanish Government, WNG has been improving the state of the art in key ICT areas.

Current projects

  • A unified soLution for buiLdINg wireless sensOr NEtworks, ALLINONE (MINECO, 2016). This project proposes a solution that offers a way to provide interoperability between different radio frequency technologies and, at the same time, the reduction of energy consumption, another aspect of capital importance on the deployment of IoT. The focus of the project is on Wi-Fi, but results are generalized for other technologies.
  • 5G-XHaul (H2020, 2014). Small Cells, Cloud-Radio Access Networks (C-RAN), Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) are key enablers to address the demand for broadband connectivity with low cost and flexible implementations. Small Cells, in conjunction with C-RAN, SDN, NVF pose very stringent requirements on the transport network. Here flexible wireless solutions are required for dynamic backhaul and fronthaul architectures alongside very high capacity optical inter-connects. 5G-XHaul proposes a converged optical and wireless network solution able to flexibly connect Small Cells to the core network.
  • TRESCIMO (FP7, 2014). The project aims to develop a Smart City platform and a Machine-to-Machine communication framework that will target the cities in underdeveloped countries. WNG contributes to this project on the development of an on-board smart platform (e.g., a public bus) that collects information from the sensors located in the city. Sensors and the embedded devices of the sensors are designed and developed by WNG.
  • Smartphone and Vehicle Integration (Car Manufacturer, 2013) This project develops a system that collects information from the car, the wearables of the driver and sensors in the smartphone and fuse them for a decision control. The system developed is able to for example detect vital health problems of the driver and alert the surrounding vehicles and emergency services, and possibly controls the vehicle for a safe pull-over.
  • Intelligent Home Switch (SIMON, 2014) Project developed for SIMON, a leading company in the Spanish market for low-voltage electrical materials. The WNG is contributing to the development of the hardware and software of a new product line of Internet connected switches and plugs.
  • I2Cat The government of Catalonia together with the UPC has promoted this project with the aim of centralizing the promotion of a second generation of Internet efforts in Catalonia. The WNG is in charge of proving the Internet access possibilities from mobile systems. The work has been focused on the WLAN utilization and, localization and voice over IP (using SIP protocol) applications have been developed.

Finished projects

  • RESCUECELL (FP7, 2013). Developing a unique, easy-to-use, cost-efficient, safe and reliable tool in order to locate victims who are buried under debris or snow, providing accuracy of their position in a swift way. As experiences from disaster situations show that most of the victims carried mobile phones with them, the aim of the RescueCell project is to develop a novel accurate location system based on mobile signal measurements in order to create a cost-effective and portable kit for emergency search services, easy to be to be installed and used.
  • Atomic Services-based Internet Architecture for Constrained and Ubiquitous Networks (MINECO, 2013). Designing, building and evaluating a proof-of-concept prototype of a new Internet architecture in order to satisfy the requirements of constrained networks. In this way, an architecture suitable for these networks would naturally be suitable for less constrained links and devices.
  • Sensoring and Mobile Communications (ORANGE, 2011). This industrial R&D project consisted of developing a health care platform based on a mobile terminal that can be used as a gateway for medical sensors worn by the patients.
  • Infrastructureless Smart City (ORANGE, 2011)
  • IP Connectivity for Train Monitoring (ALSTOM, 2010)
  • Nuevas Arquitecturas para Internet Ubicua: Diseño y Evaluación (2009). Proposal of a new modular network architecture without layers that allows to select the capabilities for each specific communication as they need.
  • I2sensa (2009). Using multi-hop sensor networks for environmental monitoring.
  • ArenaLife (2008). Precision Positioning Systems for use in the synthesis of images in sporting events.
  • Segur@ (2008). Outsourcing S21SEC to assess the repercussions of the use of security mechanisms in the performance of wireless networks.
  • Inredis (2008). Collaboration with the Vodafone Foundation to facilitate access to mobile terminals disabled and analyze these terminals as a device that improves accessibility.
  • Media Móvil (2006). Project granted by CIDEM (autonomous administration) by means of I2CAT. Testbeds and studies about DVB-H, streaming over mobile phones, interactivity with mobile devices, localization and presence control and instant messaging also over mobile phones will be developed.
  • Infopoints (2007-2009). Collaboration with the Futurlink company to perform characteristics detection of mobile terminals, formats adaptation, mesh network prototype and streaming.
  • Hospisegur (2007). Collaboration with MicroArt to develope a solution for the identification and monitoring of patients in hospital environment using a sensor network.
  • Interconexión de redes Heterogéneas malladas Autoconfigurables (TEC 2006-2009). Design and evaluation of the capabilities of mesh networks using a multilayer approach (the physical, MAC, network and application layer) to identify and implement cross-layer mechanisms. Offering solutions to extend the conventional networks (fixed and mobile) anywhere and anytime.
  • Atenttienet (2006-2007). Participation in the European project Atenttianet, subcontracted by I2CAT Foundation, collaborating on developing a solution that would optimize the location of people subscribed to a telephone helpline (teleassistance) based on videoconferencing and mobile terminal.
  • Performance Evaluation of Wireless Proxies (2004). Agreement with the Israeli company Flash Networks which purpose is to evaluate and compare the evaluation of wireless proxies for the improvement of GPRS/UMTS system features.
  • RUBI: Ubiquitous IP-Based Network (TEC 2003-2006): Analysis and development of a prototype focused on resource optimization with terminal location.
  • UMTS services and localization advanced techniques (2003-04). The WNG was awarded with one of the five PPT (UMTS technological promotion plan) projects that Telefónica Móviles grants.
  • IST RIU253 (2003). European project aligned as an accompanying measure. The objective is the elaboration of recommendations for the improvement of Internet access features on the 2,5G and 3G networks.
  • IST WIU253 (2003). It is an European Commission grant dedicated to the organization of a conference. The conference is focused on the dissemination of recommendations for the improvement of Internet access features on mobile GPRS and WLAN systems.
  • IST ELIN (2002-2005). European project based on the development of a multi-format digital newspaper application. The UPC project’s part is focused on the information delivery in a efficient way, adapting contents, to a mobile devices.
  • IST EMILY (2001-2003). European project that proposes the utilization of a hybrid localization system which combines the localization from terrestrial cellular systems and GPS.
  • IST INTERNODE (2000-2002). This project, financed by the European Commission, proposes the development of a provisioning VPN for mobile GPRS and WLAN systems.
  • COMESVA (2001). Project developed for RSE Aplicaciones Territoriales within the framework of a PROFIT action. It is focused on the development of applications and utilities intended to sale cartography and localization information. An application to visualize vectorial digital cartographies over a PDA and PC platform is based on the rental of the cartography for a temporal use. Its operation can be controlled by SMS.
  • Wireless IP (2000). A wireless LAN IEEE802.11 simulator, entrusted by ALCATEL, has been developed in order to emulate an access IP network for Internet access.
  • TCP features improvement over GPRS (2000). In this study, developed for Vodafone, recommendations about how to improve the features of the Internet over GPRS protocols family are presented.