"Àmbit B30: The documentary"
In 2018, the television ‘Vallès Vision’ and the ‘Local Communication Network’ made the weekly outreach documentary Àmbit B30, a series of 13 chapters that includes reports and interviews with protagonists from the different areas of innovation, research, innovation, entrepreneurship and company that make up the Association and the scope of the B30.
The objective of these reports is to publicize the importance of the B30 Area as an economic pole in southern Europe and to bring to all audiences, in a didactic way, the keys to the future of knowledge and its practical application, showing that it is part of the fourth industrial revolution is brewing in the territory of Scope B30.
The Alba synchrotron is one of the protagonists of the first chapter of Area B30. Thus, in this first installment we will have the opportunity to delve into an infrastructure of high scientific value, as it is the only source of synchrotron light in southwestern Europe. At the same time, we will discover some of the applications of this super microscope, which can be very useful for companies, as we will see from the hand of Henkel.
The premiere of Àmbit B30 will also help us to present the association that gives the series its name and to understand the keys to the knowledge economy, thanks to the explanations of the professor of Economics and Regional and Urban Policy at the UAB , Joan Trullén.
In addition, entrepreneurship will have its place: we will live the session Cafè Aventura, a forum that gives impetus to new companies, such as Sensing Solutions, a success story in which its founders have developed an intelligent system against legionella ·the.
Zanini is one of the companies we will visit in this chapter of Area B30. This automotive components industry will open the doors of its R&D department to us and teach us the manufacturing process of one of the latest innovations it has developed to beautify and improve the operation of car radars. During the same chapter, we will also have the opportunity to approach two technology centers: Leitat and Eurecat, where we will discover the shared laboratory Eurecat-B.Braun, with equipment that allows research on new types of plastics that can have good applications curious, such as the surgical thread with which surgeons suture.
On the other hand, we will see a natural deodorant capable of ending the bad smell produced by a water treatment plant, run by Aeris, the UAB spin-off responsible for creating the technology that makes this possible. And, in addition, we will talk with Antoni Garrell, general director of the Fundació del Disseny Tèxtil and vice-president of Fundació per la Indústria, who will talk about robots and much more.
This edition, Area B30 will show examples of the use of digitization and 3D printing, by the hand of Asorcad, an engineering expert in the application of these technologies, which are part of Industry 4.0. However, in order to delve deeper into this concept and understand what it represents, we will interview Joan Guasch, a Eurecat expert in this field. Guasch will talk about what is already considered the fourth industrial revolution, while, on the other hand, Núria Aymerich, general secretary of the Sabadell Manufacturers’ Guild and the CIESC, will give us her vision of leadership in this new paradigm.
In this chapter we will also have the opportunity to visit Amber, a unique laboratory in Europe, where the UPC and companies such as SBI Connectors research the new challenges in energy transport. And, in addition, during our stay in Esteve, we will accompany a student of the master’s degree that this pharmaceutical company and the UAB are carrying out in collaboration.
Àmbit B30 proposes, on this occasion, to reflect on architecture, accompanied by the director of the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV), Albert Cuchí; in addition, we will go into some of the prototypes of homes designed from Sant Cugat and we will discover that it is possible to build self-sufficient buildings with the capacity for social transformation.
In this chapter we will also interview the general director of the Business Association of Hospitalet and Baix Llobregat (AEBALL), Rosa Fiol, and we will go to the Seat, where we will see the company’s commitment to the connected vehicle and industry 4.0 .
Finally, the company derived from the ICN2, Paperdrop Diagnostics, will show us the development it has promoted: strips of paper that allow analytics, thanks to nanotechnology.
In this chapter of Area B30 we will immerse ourselves in the circular economy. The coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainability will explain the main characteristics of this model and, to exemplify some practices, we will visit a research center that is a reference: the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the UAB. In addition, we will approach one of the companies that ICTA has helped to ecodesign: Santa & Cole, which is already working on urban elements for smart cities.
At the same time, Area B30 will witness a different type of innovation, that which is experienced in the laboratory of the Valloperes Library in Sant Cugat del Vallès; a town where we will also interview the former mayor and former president of the Diputació de Barcelona, Mercè Conesa.
This edition, Area B30 will bring us a hopeful discovery: the drug developed by the spin-off Nanoligent. It is a nanomedicine designed to end metastasis, and arises from research carried out in collaboration by researchers from the UAB and the Sant Pau Research Institute. In addition, in this chapter we will meet Yumi, a collaborative robot created by the multinational ABB; from its headquarters in Sant Quirze del Vallès we will be introduced to this new family of robots, designed to become human colleagues. We will also talk about technology and research with Lluís Gil, Deputy Director of Business and Research at the ESEIAAT of the UPC, a campus from which we will learn about the possibilities of innovation offered by computing; it will be shown to us by the Tuareg group, which performs simulations with applications for the automotive and aviation industry. Finally, Àmbit B30 will approach Martorell to talk with the former president of Localret, the mayor of the town, Xavier Fonollosa, who will assess the situation of telecommunications infrastructures in the territory.
In this installment, Àmbit B30 will visit Eurecat, the most important technological center in Catalonia, and will interview its director, Xavier López. At the same time, one of the most important fashion groups in the world will open its doors to us: Mango. The firm will explain some of the initiatives it has begun to implement in favor of sustainability; some of them are part of the circular economy, a model that we will also deal with through the Environmental Forum Foundation and the project promoted by the Àmbit B30 association.
On the other hand, Area B30 will explain what we mean by smart cities and, to illustrate this, we will approach the technological network created by the cooperative Xobbcoop, which allows blind people to have better information about their environment. In this way, we will discover the potential of smart cities and also reflect on the challenges they pose, with the help of the UAB’s social psychologist and researcher, Miquel Domènech.
This chapter will show that it is now possible to make fully customized glasses; the company Horizons Optical has achieved this with a groundbreaking project, based on knowledge and technology, such as 3D printing. Applied research is also the object of work of Inkemia IUCT; in this chapter we will interview one of the people in charge of the center, who will help us understand what biotechnology is. In addition, we will take the opportunity to visualize an example of this field of knowledge, CRAG’s area of expertise; we will visit this leading research center, where we will discover that, in the future, vegetables could change color to increase the benefits they bring us.
Finally, in this delivery of Area B30 we will take stock of the situation of the polygons in Catalonia and we will travel to Seròs to accompany a group of students of Engineering of Aerospace Vehicles of the UPC of Terrassa; there we will have the opportunity to witness his experiment, based on the launch of a balloon probe into the stratosphere.
In this chapter of Area B30 we will talk about the autonomous vehicle to try to find out when it will be a reality and what it will represent. We will approach the Circuit de Catalunya to address it with industry and the UAB Computer Vision Center, a research center where the eyes are replaced by cameras and the brain by artificial intelligence.
On the other hand, the technology-based company Neos Surgery, owned by the Eurecat technology center, will tell us about its latest innovations in neurosurgery, showing us some of the amazing devices they have developed.
At the same time, we will also interview the director of the Parc de l’Alba, Pere Solà, and learn about the latest investments that the Merck pharmaceutical industry has made in Mollet del Vallès. Finally, we will talk to a representative of Workers’ Commissions to ask, among other things, how the unions are experiencing the current changes.
In this installment, Àmbit B30 will reveal some of the great advances that scientists are making at the hands of plants, through two start-ups that the Inkemia group has helped to finance. On the one hand, Bioo, which has managed to generate electricity through the photosynthesis of plants; and, on the other, Vytrus Biotech, which grows large-capacity plant stem cells.
We will also visit the ICN2 to get closer to nanotechnology and we will interview Ramon Alberich, vice-president of the Sabadell Chamber of Commerce.
Finally, this chapter will allow us to know an example of industrial symbiosis, where a waste becomes a raw material, through a company in Granollers, a city where a program has been promoted to promote this branch of the circular economy.
In this delivery, Area B30 takes us to the Advanced Factories, an annual fair that brings together industry leaders and the most advanced technologies in the sector. The meeting will help us to know what new professional profiles the industry needs, lack of workers prepared to accompany the changes towards digitalization. At the same time, in this chapter we will open the doors to a leading company in this field: HP. The company will show us its 3D printers, which already allow manufacturing in three dimensions, and which have been developed in Sant Cugat del Vallès.
In addition, we will go to the UPC campus in Terrassa to meet Beamagine, a spin-off of the university, which has created a camera that scans the environment in real time; a technology that brings closer the arrival of the autonomous vehicle.
On the other hand, we will talk with the regional secretary of the UGT in the Vallès Occidental, José Luis Fernández, and we will listen to the reflections of the current rector of the UAB, Javier Lafuente, on the social role of research.
In this installment, Àmbit B30 will show a new decontamination system devised by the UPC, which allows the dyeing water of the textile industry to be discolored, as explained by the company Grau SA, which is validating it. This is an example of knowledge transfer, precisely the goal of Hub B30; in this chapter of Area B30 we will also have the opportunity to attend an Innovation Brunch driven by this node, where researchers, technology experts and entrepreneurs will address the trends and future needs of the packaging of fresh products.
In addition, we will interview Caterina Biscari, the director of the Alba synchrotron, a first-class scientific infrastructure. And we will know an example of the service that technology can provide to people, through a development driven by the citizenry: the explorer chair, a device that allows children with multiple disabilities to gain autonomy and mobility.
In this chapter Area B30 will be introduced in the Empenta program to support innovative emerging companies; we will go to Esade Creapolis to attend the day in which entrepreneurs present their projects to potential investors, and we will learn about one of these initiatives, that of Pista Negra Sports: boots suitable for both skiing and walking. At the same time, we will visit a success story: Manzaning, a start-up that participated in the 2017 Impenta with an application aimed at small businesses, which already use 150 neighborhood stores and 8 municipal markets.
In this installment we will also interview the manager Innovation of ACCIÓ, Joan Sansaloni, and we will be able to see the neural device created in the IMB-CNM of the CSIC, a graphene development that can open the door to know the brain like never before possible state. Finally, this week we will also talk to UAB professor Jordi Marquet, an expert in technology transfer and innovation.