Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH


Through its Technology Center, the UPC presented its technological capabilities and advanced solutions at the third edition of the IOT Solutions World Congress in the Generalitat’s Pavilion, on 3–5 October in Barcelona. Two prototypes for the health and industry 4.0 fields respectively were presented: WOMEN-UP, an integrated device for rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles and treating urinary incontinence at home, with remote medical monitoring, and a smart monitoring system for the predictive maintenance of industrial plants. 

WOMEN-UP was designed by researchers at the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB UPC) and the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona as part of a European project of the same name. WOMEN-UP is comprised of three elements: two wireless biofeedback devices, one mobile application for serious games and a web platform. The biofeedback devices capture contractions of the pelvic floor muscles and send the signal to the mobile application to interact with the games that are used for training. The results of the patient’s sessions are sent to the web platform so that both therapist and patient can assess the treatment’s progress. 

The system, which has already been tested on patients, is designed to motivate women with urinary incontinence to complete the programme of exercises they must do at home every day, and enables remote medical monitoring to ensure treatment effectiveness, and save time and money for both patients and health services. The WOMEN-UP project also involves the participation of the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam and Kuopio University Hospital (see the related news item).  

The smart diagnosis system for monitoring industrial machinery with remote control, developed by the Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) research group, is designed to monitor critical elements of industrial plants such as gears, bearings and electric motors that tend to wear out, become misaligned and less efficient. Through the smart processing of acoustic emission signals, vibrations and electric currents, the local sensor system can automatically extract data on the machinery’s operating conditions. The centralization of the information means that diagnostic data and recommendations for control can be obtained in real time, as well as forecasts of future performance. This represents a significant advance that can support decision-making and the optimization and management of resources.


Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Industry 4.0 Forum

Luis Romeral, codirector of the Centre Motion Control and Innovation Applications (MCIA UPC) chaired ‘Innovation and experiences to promote smart factories’, one of the round tables at the ‘Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Industry 4.0 Forum’, organised by the enerTIC platform. The event was held on 4 October as part of the IOT Solutions World Congress.

CIT UPC is a member of the network of institutional partners in the enerTIC platform.

Internet of Things
InLab FIB was also present at the fair with a stand in Barcelona City Council’s Pavilion. The group presented projects based on cybersecurity, simulation and data science, such as the European project BIG IoT, funded through the H2020 programme, and other transport-related initiatives.