Visitors to the Government of Catalonia's "Catalonia" stand at the thirteenth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), to be held from 7 to 9 November at Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, will be able to travel back to the last century to review some of the discoveries and technological developments based on quantum physics without which today's digital society would not be possible and, in the same space, discover the impact that photonic and quantum technologies will have in the near future in key areas such as communications, mobility and health in Catalonia.
Organised by the Catalan Ministry of Business and Labour, the “Catalonia” stand covers a floor area of 621 m2 in space D60, in Hall 2, and includes an enclosed demonstration space of some 45 m2, the venue for this year's demo by the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), a world-renowned Catalan technology centre and key player in the European quantum community. This "quantum zone" will be complemented with an adjoining space, the "Quantum Point", where the ICFO and the companies Quside and LuxQuanta will offer information on the research, development and applications of quantum technologies in Catalonia.
The demo consists of a 360-degree immersive audiovisual experience that aims to show visitors the transformative potential of quantum technologies and their importance in improving the lives of citizens. The demo invites visitors to explore the past, present and future of quantum physics and to discover, through everyday scenes such as online shopping, charging an electric vehicle or telediagnosis of a sports injury, how this innovative field will, in 10 years' time, provide benefits in the form of ultra-safe and fast communications; real-time medical treatment and diagnostics with revolutionary devices and technologies, and more efficient, sustainable and cleaner mobility.
With this proposal, and under the slogan "Catalonia is ready for the next quantum leap", the Government wants to show the impact that quantum technologies will have on the cities, territories and citizens of Catalonia within a decade, and, at the same time, to highlight the Government's pioneering role, in collaboration with the country's quantum ecosystem, in the promotion and development of innovations in this revolutionary field of technology.