Best of Mobile World Congress Connected Cars C-V2X, Facial Recognition, 5G, Mercedes, Octo, Cisco, McLaren & u-blox

Along with demonstrations from Qualcomm’s C2VX,  a Porsche is  driven by a smartphone, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 the must-see technology for connected cars at Mobile World Congress include McLaren, 5GAAA, u-blox, IDEMIA and Cisco.

Alonso Speaks for McLaren

McLaren Formula 1 Driver and double World Champion Fernando Alonso will be a featured speaker in a keynote session taking place on Tuesday, 27 February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Widely regarded as one of F1’s most talented drivers of all time, Alonso has also challenged himself by competing in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 24 Hours in the past year. This season, Alonso is focused on returning McLaren to the front of the grid and will also compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Alonso will be joined onstage by Zak Brown, Executive Director of McLaren Technology Group. In this session, Alonso and Brown will share their perspectives on the intersection of motorsport and cutting-edge mobile technology. McLaren increasingly relies on connectivity and sensors as a critical tool in optimising the performance of all of their cars, both F1 and road, and collaborates with a broad ecosystem of companies from the technology and mobile industries to provide these solutions.

Today Huawei unveiled its first chip to enable mobile devices to access 5G internet speeds at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona


At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona  Mercedes-Benz is presenting innovations and initiatives from a variety of fields as part of its overarching digitization strategy. The press conference is to be held on 26 February from 11 a.m. to 11.20 a.m. at the Mercedes-Benz stand in Hall 6.

The focus here is on systems with artificial intelligence (AI), such as the multimedia system MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience. The new A‑Class with the intuitive, teachable MBUX is celebrating its show premiere in Barcelona. MBUX can be individualised and adapts to suit the user. Map display supplemented by augmented reality is a new feature.

For Daimler the use of artificial intelligence is a central future topic, be it in Development, Production or the use of vehicles and in mobility services.

The start-up fair “Four Years From Now” (4YFN) takes place in parallel to the MWC in Barcelona, and Mercedes-Benz also has its own stand there too. As a conclusion to the Hackathon series “DigitalLife Campus”, which enjoyed global success, Hack.IAA, Hack.Singapore, Hack.Berlin, Hack.TechCrunch and Hack.Bangalore teams can present their ideas there and chat to the experts.

Up-to-date information about the presence of Mercedes-Benz at the WMC can be found under the hashtag #MBmwc18.


5GAAA will be reedefining transportation with C-V2X Technology.  5GAA’s will update its dialogue with regulators on how C-V2X and 5G represent a strategic opportunity to affect our transportation ecosystem. The organization will introduce the next era of intelligent mobility with 5G.

First Streetlight-Powered Small Cell

Ubicquia, the global leader in simply smart, simply connected network and IoT platforms for smart cities, announced today the launch of Ubimetro, the mobile industry’s first streetlight-powered small cell.  Ubimetro’s omni-directional antenna and NEMA socket plug & play platform make it compatible with more than 300 million streetlights globally.

Ubimetro is designed to help operators more rapidly densify their networks, improve wireless network capacity and increase macro network efficiency.  The product’s Qualcomm FSM-based architecture delivers enhanced mobile broadband, supports fiber, ethernet, broadband powerline and wireless backhaul while leveraging features including LAA and V-RAN, that lay the foundation for ultra-dense 5G networks.

The Ubimetro product, along with the recently announced Ubicell network and IoT router, will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

CellMining for Connected Car Market

CellMining Ltd, a leading provider of behavior-based network analytics and optimization,  announced that it has changed its name to Continual, to reflect an expanded strategic focus towards the Connected Car market, and to better serve customers in the emerging Intelligent Mobility ecosystem.

“We have been seeing a rapidly-growing demand for our technology expertise from the Connected Car market,” said Greg (Giora) Snipper, CEO of Continual. “The decision to change our name marks a new commitment to fully embrace the benefits our innovative network experience analytics solution can bring to this exciting new market sector. At the same time, Continual will offer mobile operators its advanced subscriber experience solutions.”

Continual’s competences-network experience analytics on travel routes like highways and railways, analysis of communication patterns, and correlation between network quality indicators and customer perception-are being enthusiastically sought by car manufacturers, automotive electronics vendors, and forward-thinking mobile operators. These are essential capabilities to be able to market vehicles with the promise of excellence in communication experience, in addition to the more conventional automotive performance benchmarks.

u-blox F9 GNSS

u-blox (SIX: UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, has announced the u-blox F9 technology platform, delivering high precision positioning solutions for mass market industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multi-band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high precision algorithms, and compatibility with a variety of GNSS correction data services to achieve precision down to the centimeter level. u-blox F9 paves the way for the next generation of high precision navigation, augmented reality, and unmanned vehicles.

The u-blox F9 platform will underpin the next wave of u-blox positioning modules targeting mass market industrial and automotive applications. It uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (Fast TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time. Stand-alone u-blox F9 solutions robustly achieve meter-level accuracy.

To achieve centimeter-level accuracy, u-blox F9 offers optional on-chip Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services, taking RTK high precision positioning to mass markets for the first time.

The u-blox F9 platform’s technology benefits will be showcased at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany from February 27 – March 1 at Booth #3-139. Product samples will be available in the course of 2018.

Octo with SAS

Octo Telematics (Octo), the number one global provider of telematics for the auto insurance industry, has announced that it will be attending the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018.

Octo will be present at the booth being hosted by SAS, the global leader in analytics. SAS and Octo partnered on the development of Octo’s Next Generation Platform (NGP), its unique IOT insurance platform. Built on best-in-industry telematics software, the NGP provides seamless integration of any API and a fully-modular insurance telematics structure.

A key foundational component of the NGP is its ability to deliver multi-dimensional analytics and real-time data services. Octo and SAS have delivered new risk scoring services, leveraging the large volume of driving behavior data gathered by Octo, as well as external data to transform insurance business processes. The NGP transforms big data analytics into actionable, flexible intelligence and risk analysis for all insurance verticals, starting with automotive. The partnership leverages Octo’s big data and IT infrastructure, as well as SAS’ advanced analytics to drive and support the digital transformation of new IOT services that meet the growing demand to deliver new customer experiences for policyholders.

The NGP was also developed with support from Salesforce, Software AG and SAP, as well as consulting firms Deloitte and Capgemini. It represents an ecosystem of companies that is directly connected to insurers. In addition to the core telematics services provided by Octo, companies accessing the platform will be able to benefit from a range of products and offerings available from third-parties. These offerings are designed to improve the insurance and UBI experience for consumers and insurers. This includes companies such as Whoosnap, whose Insoore product allows insurers to request community-sourced photographs of accident sites and incidents, reducing the costs of claim investigation. The NGP also provides analytics and integration of data from the growing number of connected cars, and is at the cutting-edge of connected and IOT-ready insurance.

Facial Recognition EasyOpen for Mobility

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity for an increasingly digital world, announces today that it has implemented facial recognition technology on EasyOpen, a solution previously developed with its partner Omoove, a wholly-owned Octo Telematics company, Europe’s leading Shared Mobility technology provider. The digital enrolment process combined with facial recognition technology will securely enroll and authenticate the driver before EasyOpen automatically opens the car.

You will never rent a car the same way thanks to EasyOpen solution that combines IDEMIA’s expertise in secure service enablement and Omoove’s experience in Shared Mobility platforms and on-board technology.

The first version of the solution was launched last year and allows drivers, who have already registered on the application, to use their smartphones as a key to open their cars in a secure way.

This year, both companies have just announced the introduction of a new process for the digital enrollment of the driver combined with facial recognition technology, which will be implemented into EasyOpen solution.

This solution uses the smartphone to create the identity of the driver by registering ID documents in a fast and user-friendly way, while afterwards granting access to the car through a selfie thanks to IDEMIA’s facial recognition.

Innovation City

The GSMA Innovation City will be at Mobile World Congress 2018 once more, offering visitors with an opportunity to discover how mobile products and services are helping to create a better future for citizens and businesses around the world. The interactive exhibition space, which welcomed over 30,000 visitors last year and is one of the key attractions at Mobile World Congress, covers the latest innovations in mobile from artificial intelligence (AI) to 5G through a range of hands-on, experiential demonstrations that illustrate how mobile impacts virtually every aspect of our lives in sectors such as transport, health, agriculture, industry, home and retail.

Popular Exhibition Space Showcases How Mobile Products and Services are Creating a Better Future; Includes Immersive Experiences from Cisco IoT, Huawei Wireless X Labs, KT Corporation, Sierra Wireless and Turkcell/Lifecell Ventures and Zain.

“From chatbots to 5G, the GSMA Innovation City includes the very latest developments and innovations in this fast-moving industry and frames them in a consumer context via immersive, interactive demonstrations,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “One of the most popular destinations at Mobile World Congress, the City is a one-stop shop for the latest developments in our industry and we encourage all attendees to visit this year’s showcase.”

Cisco IoT will enable visitors to experience firsthand how businesses globally are using the Cisco IoT Data Control platform to maximise the value of their IoT data. Visitors will get to see how Cisco IoT solutions can enable them to connect, extract, compute and move their IoT data to deliver the best business outcomes. Attendees will:

  • See how Departments of Transportation are using the Cisco Kinetic IoT data platform to connect their roadways and act upon data in real time at the edge in order to save lives
  • Learn how businesses across the globe are utilizing Cisco’s IoT device connectivity management platform – Cisco Jasper Control Center – to monitor and automatically reduce water waste to help combat drought conditions
  • Experience how NB-IoT connectivity management is enabling smart lighting solutions that help keep citizens safer while making smart cities more efficient
  • Get live, on-demand demos of the entire Cisco IoT solution set, and learn how Cisco enables the IoT ecosystem globally


  • Experience how Turkcell/Lifecell Ventures takes the communication and entertainment experience to the next level by offering a wide array of services like BiP, fizy, Tv+, lifebox designed exclusively for today’s digital lifestyle
  • See how Turkcell/Lifecell Ventures is using LPWA NB-IoT networks to support smart agriculture
  • Learn how Turkcell/Lifecell Ventures uses their big data analytics tools to respond instantly to humanitarian crises with smart city simulations

Huawei will demonstrate its innovative mobile applications jointly developed by its Wireless X Labs and vertical partners with highlights including:

  • Moon Landing Cloud Virtual Reality: Enter the ‘Lunar Lander’ and experience a moon landing via a wireless Virtual Reality headset
  • Flying Car Connected Drone: See the future of transport with a flying connected drone
  • Wireless Factory: Participate in a real manufacturing scenario constructed by Huawei and Denso

KT Corporation, one of Korea’s leading telecommunication service providers, will showcase its 5G network service for the first time ever. They will also demonstrate their first commercial 5G technologies and allow guests to experience futuristic 5G-based experiences including virtual reality, mixed reality and the connected car.

The Xperi Experience at MWC

Xperi Corporation will present its latest audio, broadcast, imaging and semiconductor bonding solutions from its subsidiaries, DTS, FotoNation and Invensas, at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. The Xperi booth will be located in the Fira Gran Via’s Hall 1, Stand 1E60. Company executives and demonstrations for media and analysts are available by appointment.


Xperi’s automotive and broadcast solutions that will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2018 include DTS Connected Radio and FotoNation’sDriver Monitoring System (DMS).

Utilizing the embedded modem in the vehicle or a brought in paired device, DTS Connected Radio platform combines both over-the-air analog/digital AM/FM radio content with IP-delivered content to create an innovative AM/FM experience in the vehicle. DTS Connected Radio receives metadata, such as artist and song title, directly from local radio broadcasters, which is then paired with IP-delivered content, creating an engaging in-vehicle hybrid radio experience. DTS Connected Radio is planned to be commercially available in the second half of 2018.

At the core of FotoNation’s DMS are leading computer vision technologies that enable attentiveness assessment, fatigue detection and driver drowsiness, as well as cabin security and customization options based on driver identity. On display will be the FotoNation DMS Core Library, fully operating off the Texas Instruments TDA-3x ADAS platform from a single-camera. Demonstrated feature sets include face detection, head positioning in 3D, eye position in 2D and 3D, and eye opening levels.


At Mobile World Congress 2018, Invensas will showcase its DBI technology in sensor enhancement applications in automotive and mobile devices at the Xperi booth. Invensas’ DBI and ZiBond semiconductor bonding solutions are foundational technologies for next-generation electronics. These solutions currently enable the image sensors in billions of smartphones and tablets around the world.

DBI technology is a low-temperature hybrid wafer bonding solution that allows wafers to be bonded with scalable fine pitch 3D electrical interconnect without requiring bond pressure. ZiBond is a low-temperature homogenous direct bonding technology that forms strong bonds between wafers or die with same or different coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE).