Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mobility for innovation

The importance of mobility is revealed by figures on use gathered in our environment: mobile traffic accounts for 17.4% of total web traffic, and growth in this area is exponential. In a country like Spain, there are 22 million app users, and 4 million apps are downloaded per day. Readers who are interested in this kind of data can find more information here.

From 24 to 27 February, Barcelona will host the Mobile World Congress, an international event that brings together manufacturers and developers, and has made the city into the world capital of mobile technology since 2006. CIT UPC, the UPC Technology Center, will be there.

The concept of mobility is one of our main areas of activity, within the technological capabilities and developments on which we work. We focus on 4G solutions, operating systems, NFC, Wifi and cloud computing, among other technologies, which are applied in fields as diverse as e-commerce, smart cities, e-health and geolocation systems.

As a result of this work, the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya has registered 29 patents and launched five spin-offs, in addition to collaborating with a considerable number of companies to develop mobile technologies.

At this year’s Mobile World Congress, we will present three new products that are ready to be marketed by companies interested in their implementation. The products are SportALERT and uTalk, both developed by inLab FIB UPC, and SPARKsee, which is the result of the work of DAMA UPC. inLab FIB and DAMA are members of the CIT.

SportALERT is an application designed to monitor the movements of sportspeople through geolocation via a mobile phone. The application detects unplanned stops and sets off an alarm. If the user does not cancel the alarm, the system will send a message with the sportsperson’s exact location to previously indicated recipients. This tool has already been tested in collaboration with a company dedicated to winter sports and with an open sea swimming club.

The second of the applications is uTalk, which is conceived as an instant corporate messaging system that similar to WhatsApp. UTalk is a multiplatform, multidevice tool that functions without the personal data of the individual using the terminal. It is managed by the company’s head office, and functions as a channel of communication with employees. The possibilities of this application range from training to the sectors of insurance and pharmaceutical companies, among others. UTalk has been developed by inLAB FIB in collaboration with UPCNet.

The third application is SPARKsee, a high performance, graph-based database with a small software footprint and high compression. SPARKsee enables data to be managed in a compact way and provides graph analysis in mobile devices with limited resources. The latest version of this application, SPARKsee 5 mobile, improves the performance of other applications that use databases, such as social networks, and enhances the safety and analysis of the data. The application has been developed by DAMA UPC.

We will take part in Mobile World Congress 2014 to present these and other mobile tools, and to make contacts with companies and organizations that are interested in their commercial development. We hope to see you at stand 8.1K48 in the App Planet Hall (Hall 8.1).

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Analytics and mobile devices

The analysis of data in mobile devices will become an increasingly important issue in the coming years. Hardware improvements such as more efficient batteries, larger memories and more efficient energy consumption will have a considerable impact on data analytics. Situations will arise in which mobile devices will require an analytics infrastructure, for example Graph Databases, to solve different problems.

This is due to the fact that Web Apps will start to carry out analytics on mobile devices, to make considerable savings in deployment (i.e. energy, cloud costs, and the staff required to manage services), by transferring expenditure to mobile devices and computational costs to owners. Thus, mobile devices will store data and analyse it, and will only pass interesting results onto the Web App provider.

Another interesting area will be information privacy. A significant amount of analytics business will be generated in this area in the future. Those who are reluctant to provide their own information to other companies may find a good alternative to third party recommendations and analytics, thus avoiding undesired data leakage to third party service providers. Finally, in some situations where the mobile device cannot be connected to 3G or a Wi-Fi network, the off-line analysis of data stored in the device will be required, for autonomy and better service provision to Apps’ users.


DAMA UPC, a member of CIT UPC, is shifting its strategy towards mobile technologies in conjunction with its spin-off company, Sparsity Technologies. This will be achieved through Sparksee 5 mobile (formerly called DEX), with versions for Android, iOS and BB10. This mobile database can manage data in a very compact way and supply graph analytics in resource-restricted mobile devices. DAMA-UPC provides knowledge in the applications area, while Sparsity provides its expertise in analytics technologies, including self-social network analytics, security, medical environments and travel.

Sparksee 5 mobile will be presented on CIT UPC stand, at the Mobile World Congress 2014 along with other technologies developed by our teams. You can find us in the Hall App planet (hall 8.1 stand 8.1K48). We look forward to meeting you there!

Josep-L Larriba-Pey
Director DAMA UPC