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December 07, 2016
Digitus II Awarded By Barcelona Synchrotron Park As Best Business Idea Of The UAB University Research Park
The Ideas Generation Program organized by PRUAB, the UAB University research park, is an original initiative supported by Barcelona Synchrotron Park that sponsors the top prize: every year, it aims at offering companies the benefit of the UAB researchers’ wealth of creativity to get proposals to their technological challenges.

Cultural industries are the focus of the 5th edition: 12 challenges from this field coming from local city councils, cultural companies and multinationals were gathered and presented to about 50 researchers in early October. From then onwards, 7 projects have emerged thanks to the help of 9 experts in coaching, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, intellectual property etc.

On December 1, the 3 best projects were rewarded by a panel of 5 experts in promotion of business ideas. Top prize (€ 2,500 and a six-month stay in the PRUAB business incubator) was awarded by Barcelona Synchrotron Park Director Mr. Pere Solà to the Digitus II project presented by Pau Ribau, Marçal Rossinyol and Juan Ignacio Toledo from the UAB Computer Vision Center (CVC). These researchers have developed a piece of software that automatically transforms any image of hand-written documents into a digitalized and indexable file.

Congratulations!
November 29, 2016
​The European Commission awards the “Business & Biodiversity” label to Barcelona Synchrotron Park
Parc de l’Alba that includes the so-called Barcelona Synchrotron Park (BSP) business area pays particular attention to nature conservation and ecological restoration. 
 
In that way, the Business & Biodiverstiy” label awarded last month to BSP by the European Commission is encouraging news:
  • On the one hand, it is recognition of the relevance of the actions carried out by BSP from the very beginning to date in order to improve biodiversity.
  • On the other hand, this European label gives BSP an opportunity to participate to work groups to share experiences and explain at the European level what is implemented in the park. By the way, BSP participated to the annual B&B annual meeting organized in The Hague (Netherlands) last week where the Park could explain its actions program for the first time.
  • Lastly, this label strengthens BSP in its commitment with nature and the territory to create jobs and improve the quality of people’s lives.
 
From the very first design, urban planning has defined a harmonious ensemble where business and residential areas share a common space with crops, watercourses and woods, including a preserved large ecological connector: among other actions, two wildlife crossings were built across the Cerdanyola-Sant Cugat road completely renovated by the park.
 
Green areas (50% of the 400-hectare park), which are home to wild flora and fauna, provide both a natural and healthy environment to nearby residents and BSP companies employees that can find in the park recreation areas in contact with nature.
 
BSP’s actions program to support its Green Infrastructure comprises 5 axes: 1) Ecological restoration; 2) Implementation of nature-based solutions; 3) Ecological management of green spaces and pending building areas; 4) Support for agriculture; 5) Healthy and pedagogical network of paths.
 
This EU “Business & Biodiversity” award has been possible thanks to the advice and guidance of Minuartia, a wildlife consultancy in the fields of biodiversity and wildlife management.
November 21, 2016
​Barcelona 2nd Smart City in the World
With 600 cities represented, 590 exhibitors, 420 speakers, 17,000 visitors, Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 held in Barcelona last week is one of the most important world events in this field. This congress gives a good opportunity to mention the Global top ranking smart cities 2016 carried out by Juniper and released in last May.
 
According to some 40 metrics, covering technology, transport, energy, open data and economy, it was found that Singapore is a world leader in applying smart mobility policies and technology. Barcelona ranks 2nd ahead of London, San Francisco and Oslo. The Catalan capital was found to be particularly strong with regards to its energy and sustainability policies.

With its tri-generation power plant, Barcelona Synchrotron Park fully embraces this smart dynamics: the centralized production of electricity (for ALBA synchrotron) and heat and cooling distributed across the park reduces by 35% CO2 emission and saves companies money, by simplifying air conditioning systems.
November 15, 2016
Barcelona Synchrotron Park Sponsors the PRUAB Ideas Generation Program
The Ideas Generation Program initiated by PRUAB, the UAB University research park, is an original initiative supported by Barcelona Synchrotron Park: It aims at offering companies the benefit of the UAB researchers’ wealth of creativity to get proposals to their technological challenges.

Cultural industries are the focus of this year: 12 challenges from this field coming from local city councils, cultural companies and multinationals were gathered and presented to about 50 researchers in early October. From then onwards, 7 projects have emerged thanks to the help of 9 experts in coaching, entrepreneurship, innovation, management, intellectual property etc. With this support, the 7 corresponding teams are currently working until the end of November on the design of their proposals: on December 1, these projects will be presented to a panel that will award the 3 best ones.

It should be noticed that in the last four editions focused on ICT technologies, biotechnologies, environment and aerospace sectors, respectively, 52 projects have been generated and 8 of them have been transformed into currently operative companies that could get a global amount of 900,000 euros founds.
November 09, 2016
​Barcelona, a Bright Spot in the European Digital Landscape
In a special report commissioned by Huawei, Science Business examines 10 European tech clusters, which provide case studies on the integration of information and communications technologies (ICT) into economy (Science Business is a consultancy company set up in Brussels that publishes original research and analysis on European innovation policy).

This report is not a ranking but, according to its authors, an effort to highlight some especially bright spots in the European digital landscape. Barcelona is among the 10 cities selected: the authors point out, among other things, the policymakers’ willingness to support research, trials and pilots, and not just by providing funding.

It is worth noting that this report mentions the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) as one key player of the city. In this recent alliance of six top Catalan research centres, two of them are located on the campus of the UAB University, the Barcelona Synchrotron Park strategic partner: the High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).
November 02, 2016
​Malaysia Comes to Discover the Barcelona DC Cluster Initiative Set Up In Barcelona Synchrotron Park
With Cyberjaya close to Kuala Lumpur and SIDH project in Sedenak near Singapore, Malaysia has two new parks specially designed to host Data Centers (DC) that make the country a key DC player in South East Asia.

In order to know about similar initiatives, a 7-person delegation representing 3 Malaysian agencies from the DC sector was in BSP on last October 27 to exchange experiences, in particular about the Barcelona DC Cluster project that aims at positioning BSP as a DC hub in South Europe. This delegation was headed by the MdEC state agency in charge of the Malaysian ICT strategy.

Among the 7 companies currently set up in BSP or about to be in (all international, two foreign firms), three of them are DC companies with more than 200 million euros already invested in BSP. In addition to these DCs, BSP completed a new 42,000 sq m plot specially designed to host DCs and provide companies with district cooling, seven telecommunication networks already installed etc. In this project, BSP draws on the technology assessment of B-Barcelona Consulting/BGC, an engineering company specialized, among other things, in the design of mission critical infrastructures and the implementation of energy efficiency strategies as free cooling, direct-to-chip water cooling etc.

It is worth mentioning that INCASÒL strategic analysis director Ramon Forcada and Catalonia Trade & Investment advisor Marc Puyuelo also took part in the meeting (INCASÒL is the public agency in charge of the management of Catalan public lands and Catalonia Trade & Investment aims at attracting foreign direct investments in Barcelona and Catalonia).

Image: during the visit paid to ALBA synchrotron
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