The organizers of FITUR 2018, the annual international tourism fair celebrated at IFEMA (Madrid, Spain), interview Arturo Azcorra, Director of IMDEA Networks, Telematics professor at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and Vice President of 5TONIC.
King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia inaugurated last week the IFEMA LAB 5G presented at the International Tourism Fair, FITUR 2018, held in Madrid from January 17th to the 21st. During the opening visit to the fair, the Spanish Monarchs visited the stand of the IFEMA LAB 5G, an initiative launched by IFEMA and 5TONIC to explore ways of applying 5G technology to the tourism and trade fair sectors.
FITUR 2018 will be the presentation platform for a series of technological solutions aimed at the tourism industry and fair management, ready to spring into action with 5G technology- still in the standardisation process-,, in the near future. This is a line of prototypes developed by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers who have been working since last September at the IFEMA LAB 5G laboratory, set up by IFEMA and 5TONIC, a company founded by Telefónica, IMDEA Networks Institute, and ERICSSON.
If they are to achieve data rates exceeding 10Gbps, 5G networks will demand an extended range of frequencies allowing for large continuous bandwidths. The solution could arise from mm-wave bands within multi-RAT deployments.
Rohde & Schwarz, one of the world's leading manufacturers of information and communications technology products for professional users, has become a new Collaborator of 5TONIC, the leading Open 5G lab founded by Telefónica and IMDEA Networks.
The IFEMA LAB 5G research team is working on the development of 5G prototypes based on four applications: “Augmented Trade Fair”, “Time Travel”, “Translator” and “Teleport”. The prototypes will be presented at the forthcoming staging of the International Tourism Trade Fair organised by IFEMA from 17 to 21 January at Feria de Madrid.
The new generation of 5G mobile networks is the future of the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector - a true technological revolution that will deliver the Internet of Things and is being driven by R&D+i initiatives like '5TONIC', Spain’s leading 5G innovation laboratory.