Vilanova i la Geltrú participates in the project to deploy the Penedès 5G Area, promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya, through the Department of Digital Policies and Public Administration, and within the framework of the 5G Strategy of Catalonia . This is a project that has the involvement of the City of Vilanova i la Geltrú through Neàpolis, as well as the Mobile World Capital Barcelona, the i2CAT Foundation, the Diputació de Barcelona, the City of Igualada, TICAnoia and Telefónica.
In the initial phase, the Penedès 5G Area will have coverage areas in Vilanova i la Geltrú and Igualada, where the presentation took place today, taking advantage of the commercial deployment planned by Telefónica. However, the project includes the whole of the vegueria, which covers the counties of Anoia, Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and Garraf.
Impulse for existing projects
The aim of the Penedès 5G Area is to take advantage of the deployment of Telefónica’s commercial 5G network in order to promote training and dissemination, the holding of workshops, the use of a laboratory and the promotion of pilot projects and concept about this technology. In the case of social and health care, there are already different projects in Garraf that can be driven by the arrival of 5G, such as the Projects of specialization and territorial competitiveness (PECT), “Active and healthy aging and dependence” or the work carried out from theInstitute of Robotics for Addiction (IRD).
In the field of media and entertainment, Vilanova i la Geltrú already has several initiatives: a degree in professional training in video games and virtual environments or the European project MedGaims , focused on virtual reality and gamification in tourist environments, as well as a virtual reality laboratory, led by the I2CAT Foundation and under the umbrella of Neàpolis, from where new holoconferencing systems are being investigated. Added to the arrival of 5G, all of them can foster the retention of talent, as well as attract new digital professionals and generate the need for qualified ICT profiles.