Institute of Communication and Computer Systems – National Technical University of Athens (ICCS/NTUA), Greece
The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems of the National Technical University of Athens (ICCS/NTUA) was founded in 1989, as the research arm of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the NTUA (SECE-NTUA), with which it is associated, in the field of telecommunications systems and computer systems. The primary mandate of ICCS/NTUA has been to provide the facilities and organizational environment through which research could be performed and through which post-graduate students could receive research stipends and researchers could be employed. At present ICCS/NTUA employs more than 500 researchers including SECE faculty staff, senior research scientists, and PhD students.
Since its foundation ICCS/NTUA has evolved to exploit the strengths of the discipline of electrical and computer engineering, based on the quality of the students and faculty of SECE-NTUA. SECE-NTUA has been consistently the top choice for school leavers and ranked as the first or second, hardest university school to enter in all 93 schools in the national university entrance exams. SECE-NTUA faculty, have equally impressive scientific profiles, having had graduate tuition in having served in top US, Canadian and European universities as Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Imperial College, etc. or research organizations as AT&T Bell Laboratories. In recognition as technology innovators several of the faculty members of SECE-NTUA have been appointed to key national and European posts. ICCS/NTUA participates in a broad range of EC funded subjects that essentially reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of electrical and computer engineering.
ICCS/NTUA will participate in Int5Gent through the Photonics Communications Research Laboratory (PCRL) research group. PCRL (www.photonics.ntua.gr) was founded in 1995 as a research group of NTUA. It is led by Prof. Hercules Avramopoulos and currently numbers 5 Senior Researchers and 12 PhD students. Its research activities span within the following thematic areas:
- design, implementation and system- & network-level testing of photonic devices and subsystems for optical communication networks and datacom/computercom applications, including innovative solutions for high-capacity, flexible optical transmission networks, all-optical signal processing systems/subsystems, multi-wavelength sources for wavelength division multiplexing systems, and novel optical network architectures for datacenters.
- development and FPGA implementation of digital signal processing algorithms for 5G and optical communication systems, including modulation/demodulation of bandwidth-efficient and/or impairment-resilient formats (PPM, QPSK, M-QAM, M-PAM, DMT, OFDM, etc.), dynamic transceiver functionality for flexible optical networks, transmission impairment monitoring/mitigation, and advanced equalization techniques.
- design and testing of integrated photonic components on various integration platforms (e.g. silicon, polymer, glass) with particular focus on the development of coupling interfaces between different platforms.
- design and implementation of photonic devices and subsystems for various sensing applications including food and drug analysis.
PCRL runs a fully equipped laboratory with state-of-the-art test and measurement systems and a broad range of passive and active photonic devices. The group has worldwide links and collaborations with top research institutes and industrial research organizations and its activities are supported by industrial grants as well as national and EU funded research programs. PCRL has significant presence and a proven track record with successful participation and leadership in a number of European projects like ICT-5G-COMPLETE, ICT-TWILIGHT, ICT-SEER, ICT-5GPHOS, ICT-3PEAT, ICT-TERRIFIC, FET-Flagship UNIQORN, ICT-QAMELEON, ICT-ORCESTRA, ICT-NEPHELE, ICT-HAMLET, ICT-SPIRIT, ICT-PANTHER, ICT-POLYSYS, ICT-MIRAGE, ICT-PHOXTROT, ICT-PLATON, ICT-BOOM, ICT-APACHE, ICT-EUROFOS, ICT-BONE, CRAFT-MULTIWAVE, IST-LASAGNE, IST-MUFINS, IST-e-Photon/One, ESPRIT DO-ALL.
Mellanox Technologies Limited (MLNX), Israel
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) is a supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox offers a broad portfolio of interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon for a range of markets including computing, enterprise Data centers, Web 2.0, Cloud, Storage and financial services. Mellanox’ top notch equipment is preferred among HPC cluster managers: Mellanox connects 39% of TOP500 systems (192 systems) as well as all of 25G, 40G and 100G Eth. systems in the TOP500 list. Mellanox accelerates 2 of the TOP5 supercomputers. The company has over 2500 employees globally and 2/3 of its global workforce is hosted in Israel, with a significant portion (~1400) conducting research and development. Mellanox has several R&D centers in Europe with main HQ being in Denmark, UK, Czech Republic and Sweden.
Mellanox is a vertically integrated company developing in-house a broad range of network interface cards (NICs), switches, network processors as well as the associated management software. Mellanox has a breadth of research activities in the fields of High-Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence, storage, Network Function Virtualization, advanced network acceleration technologies (RDMA, DPDK), switch programmability, Big Data, virtualization and cloud. Mellanox has pioneered the development of an end-to-end commercial offering for 200 Gb/s combining its photonics and systems developments in a consolidated solution and has recently showcased its first 400 Gb/s products.
Netcompany-Intrasoft is a leading European IT Solutions and Services Group with strong international presence and expertise, offering innovative and added-value solutions of the highest quality to a wide range of international and national public and private organizations. As of November 2021, Netcompany-Intrasoft became a member of the Netcompany Group, a Denmark located IT company founded in 2000. Netcompany is the fastest growing and most successful IT services company in the Nordics, owning vast technology experience and deep industry-specific knowledge, creating innovative solutions tailored to meet business goals.
Netcompany-Intrasoft employs more than 2,800 highly skilled professionals, representing over 50 different nationalities and mastering more than 30 languages. With headquarters in Luxembourg, Netcompany-Intrasoft operates through its operational branches, subsidiaries and offices in 13 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Jordan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Romania, RSA, UK, UAE and USA.
More than 500 organizations in over 70 countries worldwide (Institutions and Agencies of the European Union, National Government Organizations, Public Agencies, Financial Institutions, Telecommunication Organizations, and Private Enterprises) have chosen the company's services and solutions to fulfill their business needs.
Netcompany-Intrasoft's expertise and strength lies in its proven capacity and successful track record in undertaking and delivering, complex, mission - critical projects. Netcompany-Intrasoft's professionals have developed the ability to combine their technical expertise with thorough understanding of each customer’s individual business needs.
Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo SA, Spain
Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (TID) is the innovation company of the Telefónica Group. Owned 100% by Telefónica, this subsidiary was formed in 1988, with the aim of strengthening the Group's competitiveness through technological innovation. TID employs over 600 persons, of whom 93% hold a University degree. Telefónica’s innovation process, which is largely based on the activities of TID, is based on four fundamental lines of work: infrastructures, development of new services, and deployment of the so-called “personal digital environment” and, a series of common elements which play the role of for the rest of activities. All the activities in TID are carried out conforming to an in-house Project Development and Management Methodology, which has been awarded an ISO 9001 Certification since 1994, updated to the new ISO 9001:2000 in 2001. Core and Transport group in TID is and has been involved in various national and international research projects. In the near past, the Core and Transport group led the FP7 IDEALIST project, which was focused on elastic optical networks. Moreover, TID was involved in FP7 STRAUSS, PACE, INSPACE, 5GEx, 5G-Crosshaul and ACINO projects. TID is now working in MetroHaul, 5G Transformer and PASSION projects within the H2020 framework.
TID as a part of the Telefónica Group is in charge of innovation and strategic vision of emerging network technologies. Core and transport division in TID is also part of the Global CTO. One of the objectives of the Global CTO is to exploit the project’s research results in Telefónica. Telefónica sees this project as an opportunity to maintain its worldwide network with a lower CAPEX and OPEX and to deploy network services to end-user customers and companies.
The role of TID in the project is focused on the definition of use cases selected according to the project vision and the extraction of the necessary network and systems requirements that will guide the project. Particularly, requirements will be provided in terms of cost-efficiency, flexibility, network resources and optical/radio/network impairments tolerance in order to deal with Int5Gent node capacities. TID will also contribute to techno -economic analysis of the Int5Gent technologies and solutions, and on the other hand, will provide a roadmap for the migration towards future 5G backhaul networks. Both CAPEX and OPEX will be considered, for the techno-economic evaluations. The main TID objective will be to estimate the total costs of ownership (TCO). From the technical design perspective, TID will actively participate in the definition and technical validation of SDN solutions enabling standard interoperability among vendors.
COSMOTE KINITES TILEPIKOINONIES A.E. (COSM), Greece
|COSMOTE is a member of OTE Group and a member of Deutsche Telekom Group (since March/09) and was commercially launched in April/98. Within a short period COSΜΟΤΕ succeeded in becoming the leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Greece. Today COSΜΟΤΕ accounts for more than 50% of the Greek subscribers’ base exceeding 7,6 million (Q2/2019). COSΜΟΤΕ holds the leading market position in Greece since 2001, having an impressive record of very important firsts: HSDPA (June/06), HSPA+ (May/09), MBB at 28.8 Mbps (Mar/10), MBB at 42.2 Mbps (adopting HSPA+ Dual Carrier) in real network conditions (May/10), demonstrated speeds of 100 Mbps (DL)/45 Mbps (UL) using commercial LTE terminals, 4G/LTE services (Nov/12), 4G+/LTE-A services with speeds above 300Mbps (Feb/15) and 500Mbps (Dec/16). In addition, COSΜΟΤΕ supports and participates in the 5G pilot conducted in the Municipality of Zografou, Athens (2019).
OTE Group is the largest telecommunications provider in the Greek market and one of the leading telecom groups in SE Europe, offering a full range of telecommunications services: from fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband services, to pay television and ICT solutions, while it is also involved in maritime communications, real-estate, energy, insurance services and professional training.
OTE Group is a pioneer in technological advances and by far the largest investor in telecommunications infrastructure in Greece. OTE Group promotes consistently research and development through its continuous and devoted participation in R&D EU funded projects in selective domains, with focal interest in the 5G-PPP initiatives. During 2019, the OTE Group participated in 37 innovative funded R&D EU projects, in various technological areas; 18 5G-PPP ongoing among them. By participating in R&D projects, the OTE Group is expected to boost its technological excellence and upgrade the services provided to its customers, as it gains expertise in cutting-edge technologies from the early stages of development and actively participates in shaping future technology solutions, market applications and innovative business models in areas such as, smart cities,
UBITECH is a leading, highly innovative software house, systems integrator and technology provider, established to provide leading edge intelligent technical solutions and consulting services to businesses, organizations and government to allow the efficient and effective secure access and communication with various heterogeneous information resources and services, anytime and anywhere. UBITECH enables real-time valid information processing and decision-making, the realization of intelligent business environments, and B2B and B2C transactions by providing high added-value business –oriented and –based solutions. UBITECH LIMITED is the youngest member of UBITECH Group that has been established in 2005, concentrated initially in the Balkan market and acquiring several EC and national grants for novel R&D initiatives. Currently, UBITECH Group has extended its operations with targeted international activities through its subsidiaries, representation offices, business partners and affiliated companies in Limassol (UBITECH LIMITED), Madrid (Business Development Office), Buenos Aires (UBITECH SRL targeting mainly Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia) and Guayaquil (Business Partner and Representation Office for Ecuador and Panama), concentrating mainly in the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and Latin America.
Siklu Communication Ltd (SIKL), Israel
|SIKLU Communications Ltd. is an SME that has been founded in 2008 with a vision of dramatically reducing the cost of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions operating in mm-wave spectrum. SIKLU is a manufacturer of carrier-class E-band (70/80 GHz) and V-band (60 GHz) radio solutions for delivery of Ethernet based wireless backhaul links. Being a system house, Siklu is an expert in all aspects of point-to-point mm-wave link design and deployment, starting from radio coverage and interference analysis, commencing with antenna, radio chip and modem design, and including layer 2 and layer 3 networking specifics typically used in commercial networks. Siklu is a leading vendor in worldwide millimeter-wave link deployments and as such has rich field experience with commercial deployment of mm-wave communication technology.|
Sinowave AB, (Sweden)
Millimeterwave hardware and technology consultant.
Nextworks (NXW), Italy
Nextworks S.r.l., located in Pisa (Italy), is a dynamic R&D SME that was created in 2002 as a spin-off company of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Division of the Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR–DITEL). Nextworks was created by a group of engineers and computer scientists who gained high experience in National and International research projects and industrial consultancies since 1995. Nextworks operates in the ICT sector, collaborating with some of the major European manufacturers and operators (e.g., Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Wind, Interoute, OpenFiber). The company’s team boasts long-term experience and proved skills in the frameworks of Control Plane technologies for wired and wireless transport networks, design and development of complex software on both traditional and embedded platforms and in Quality of Service (QoS) in packet networks, IP telephony, digital video encoding and streaming. The specific nature and technical position of these activities require a leading-edge, up-to-date know-how and technical expertise.
In order to fulfil this requirement, Nextworks participates actively in EU-funded research projects (within H2020, FP7 and FP6), cooperating with both academic and industrial partners, as an important and preferential investment to develop and update know-how on selected topics. Nextworks has a solid background on design, development and integration of full networking protocol and SDN/NFV/MEC stacks. Nextworks has also strong expertise in design and development of control component and network security architectures, offered as consultancy service to renowned vendors (Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent/Nokia, Italtel) and operators/agencies (Interoute, ESA).
Nextworks will participate to the activities related to the design and development of the 5G MANO solution for network slicing and orchestration of virtual functions and applications services, with particular focus on extensions to efficiently support the deployment of distributed services across multi-domain and multi-technology edge infrastructures. In detail, Nextworks will participate in WP2 for the design of the orchestration platform, based on vertical services requirement. In this context Nextworks will contribute to the analysis of the latest standard developments in the ETSI NFV, MEC and ENI groups, also relying on its participation to relevant ETSI Specialist Task Forces, with the objective of guaranteeing the compatibility of the project solution with the current standards and industrial directions. The major contribution from Nextworks will be in WP5, where the company will participate in the design, implementation and integration of the service/infrastructure orchestration and network slicing platform. In this area, Nextworks will rely on its wide experience in the development of open source Network Slicing and NFV MANO stacks for 5G infrastructures, possibly re-using and extending some of the prototypes developed in the context of previous projects (e.g. the multi-domain Network Slicer developed in 5G-TRANSFORMER, Slicenet, 5G-CroCo and 5GROWTH; the 5G-App and Service Catalogue developed in 5G-MEDIA, 5G-City and 5G-EVE; the NFV Orchestrator developed in 5G-Crosshaul and blueSPACE). Nextworks will also be active in WP6 and WP7, respectively, to support the integration, validation and demonstration of the prototypes to be developed in WP5 with the rest of the platform and with service-oriented applications, working on the customization of the system as required for specific use cases, deployment scenarios and infrastructure/technological environments. Finally, Nextworks will participate in WP8 for the dissemination, communication, standardization and exploitation activities.
Internet Institute, Communications Solutions and Consulting LTD, Slovenia
INTERNET INSTITUTE Ltd. (ININ, www.iinstitute.eu) is an innovation-intensive SME, highly specialized in Future Internet, Internet of Things, and WEB solutions and services, with a particular focus on e2e measurement and monitoring of QoE and QoS, quality assurance systems and services, and on Emergency Response and Intervention Management tools, application and solutions for corporate and public domains. A young and propulsive team of highly qualified experts is engaged in industrial-grade research and development, as well as product and solution integration and management. They have tight cooperation with University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering as well as with a broad portfolio of industrial partners in telecommunications and public safety areas. Being a young SME, ININ projects its growth primarily in quality assurance systems and services and FI WEB products through well-established industrial cooperation of its members and market sales of their in-house products, with their primary customer group being vendors, telecom operators and public safety organizations.
In this project, ININ will build on their existing expertise in design, development and operation of solutions and services for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) in cloud based 4G/5G environments, as well as on their experience in NFV-based and programmable application provisioning environments and virtualised cloud-based distributed infrastructures. They will be primarily involved in implementation and validation of the 5G SAFETY DEMONSTRATOR with a focus on the on-site deployment of a Portable 5G Edge node for reliable drone-based video streaming in the Public Safety operations. The Int5Gent framework will be introduced into ININ’s 4G/5G-enabled PPDR ONE portable node for the PPDR operations to support enhanced on-site 4G/5G network and services setup automation and life cycle management.
Worldsensing SL, Spain
Worldsensing, founded in 2008, currently employs more than 100 people in Barcelona and London. Its core expertise is in providing sensing and machine-to-machine technologies and services to specific industry verticals. It has two product portfolios: one being Smart Traffic solutions for Smart Cities; and the other being Heavy-Industry Monitoring solutions. As for smart traffic, it counts on its own smart parking product; and a journey-time monitoring solution through its recent acquisition of smart traffic giant Bitcarrier. As for heavy-industry monitoring, it instruments critical infrastructures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, ports, wells, etc. It also offers seismic monitoring capabilities for engineering, oil/gas/water acquisition and CO2-sequestration purposes.
WSE will support the Barcelona Use Case in collaboration with CTTC and FGC. The two main contributions of WSE within this proposal are:
- Provide the Smart Railway use case with a real application and related IoT requirements
- Support the use case validation and evaluation processes focusing on 5G benefits.
Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics and leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec is an independent research center, founded by the Belgian Flemish Government in 1984. The Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of Ghent University (UGent) acts as an associated division of IMEC since 1984. As from October 1, 2016, imec merged with iMinds, resulting in one of the largest digital ICT research institutes in Europe. The imec-IDLab Design research group in this proposal is very active in optoelectronic front-end and (sub-) system design since the early nineties. The IDLab-Design group is currently one of the leading groups in the research and development of high-speed, low-power transmitter and receiver integrated circuits for next generation transport, metro, access, datacenter and radio-over-fiber networks. Developments are ongoing in the frame of H2020 (Flex5Gware, Teraboard, Streams, WIPE, Optima and 5GPHOS, QAMeleon, ERC ATTO). In Nov. 2014, the Design group was awarded the 3rd biannual Greentouch 1000x award together with Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent and Orange Labs
In Int5Gent, the imec-IDLab Design group will be responsible for the design, prototyping and testing of the Multi-stream Sigma-delta modulated radio over fiber transmission. IMEC will extend its current single-stream FPGA-based prototypes to support multi-stream transmission. Furthermore, it will develop specialized clock-and-data recovery circuits, which are optimized for recovering a low phase noise clock from a sigma-delta stream. As such, the recovered clock can be reused for frequency conversion and specialized jitter cleaning can be removed. This clock can also be reused for sampling the uplink signal using an integrated return path. These innovations will significantly simplify the overall remote radio units. These designs will be built further on the work that has been performed in the H2020 ERC project “ATTO” and its derived proof of concept project “BI-SDMoF”. The developments are planned in task T3.x and will be integrated in the baseband unit and remote radio unit in tasks T3.x and T3.x respectively.
Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (AUTH), Greece
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, established in 1925. Today the main campus extends over an area of 429 metric acres in the heart of the city and comprises 12 Faculties organized in a total number of 42 Schools that cover the full range of scientific disciplines. More than 70.000 undergraduate and 8.000 postgraduate students are working towards their degrees at AUTH, while more than 2.200 Faculty members are employed as Teaching and Research personnel.
AUTH will participate in Int5Gent through its Wireless and Photonic Systems and Networks (Win.Phos) research group, established in 2016 at AUTH’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation (C.I.R.I.) as a common facility of the Departments of Informatics, Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The main research activities of Win.Phos extend along a broad area in the field of wireless and photonic technologies with the main focus being on converged Fiber-Wireless networks for 5G networks, wireless scheduling and resource allocation, embedded systems for 5G networks, disaggregated computing, optical interconnects, οptical RAM architectures, and network-on-chip technologies and architectures. It is a fully equipped laboratory with a range of high-speed test and measurement systems for the characterization of passive and active photonic devices at bit rates up to 64 Gbps. Win.Phos has already participated in several FP7 and H2020 research projects (5G-Complete, 5G-PHOS, PLATON, RAMPLAS, Mirage, COMANDER and PhoxTrot, ICT-STREAMS, PlasmoFab etc), having significant experience as project co-ordinator (5G-PHOS, COMANDER, RAMPLAS, PLATON, ICT-STREAMS, PlasmoFab etc.). More information about Win.Phos can be found in http://kedek.auth.gr/?q=el/node/1069 and in http://winphos.web.auth.gr/index.php.
AUTH will contribute to Int5Gent by developing and demonstrating Fiber Wireless small cell network architectures relying on reconfigurable optical fronthaul interfaces and millimeter Wave antennas. More specifically, AUTH will experimentally evaluate demonstrate analog radio over fiber transmissions towards multi-element 60GHz antennas to demonstrate Point to MultiPoint Fiber Wireless links with beamsteering or isotropic transmission functionalities for ubiquitous 90o-degree sectorial coverage, as well as four optical multiplexed WDM RoF transmissions for full cycle 360o-degree sectorial coverage. AUTH will also implement multi-wavelength Fiber Wireless transmissions using Int5Gent transmission formats, transmitted and reconfigurably Added or Dropped by a low-loss mini ROADM, in order to demonstrated co-existence of all interfaces and fronthaul traffic in a unified and reconfigurable transport node. AUTH will also develop and evaluate a flexible any-to-any interconnect architecture for fronthaul networks based on an all-passive AWGR, interconnecting any Edge Base Band Processor interface to any antenna site, while demonstrating bandwidth steering to a congested antenna site by wavelength tuning multiple transceivers so as to steer and multiplex more than one fronthaul channel as a MIMO antenna site. Finally, AUTH will evaluate the scalability of the proposed reconfigurable fronthaul network through experimentally verified circuit level simulation, to accommodate the expansion studies and deployment scenarios.
The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) is a non-profit research institution based in Castelldefels (Barcelona), resulting from a public initiative of the Regional Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya). Research activities, both fundamental and applied, are organized onto four research divisions: Communication Networks, Communication Systems, Communication Technologies and Geomatics.
Since its creation in 2001, CTTC has participated in more than 150 projects funded by European, Spanish or Catalan administrations or by direct contracts with industry, in the fields of, among others, 5G broadband communication systems, next-generation optical transport networks, embedded systems, software defined networking, satellite communications, positioning systems, M2M communications, smart grids. CTTC also develops strategic internal research projects for proof of concept and experimental prototypes.
In terms of scientific production, the CTTC annually produces over 60 and 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, respectively. Currently more than 100 people work at CTTC. In addition, CTTC hosts a pre-doctoral research program that since its creation has provided scientific guidance to more than 50 students, and produced more than 35 PhD thesis, many of them awarded with prizes from academic institutions or technical societies. CTTC also manages an IPR portfolio of 67 granted patents, belonging to 20 families, awarded in different countries in EU, USA, Japan, Hong Kong, and China. A portfolio of Products & Solutions (P&S) in the fields of: Communication networks, technologies, systems, position, navigation, and remote sensing, in different technology readiness levels (TRL) is available. Within the CTTC Communication Networks Division, the Optical Networks and Systems (ONS) department participating in this proposal has broad experience in the deployment of vertical field trials due to its participation in several 5GPPP Phase1 and Phase2 projects, closely collaborating with leading operators, vendors and vertical industries in Europe. The CTTC ONS department is also participating in the 5GPPP phase 3 5GCroCo.
The main contributions of CTTC in INT5GENT will be related to two different aspects: the transport SDN controller and the ADRENALINE testbed. The first is an evolved form of an SDN controller that is able to configure and monitor all the optical/packet transport network in order to manage the overall life cycle of the connectivity services. Regarding the testbed, its main duty will be to incorporate part of the technologies developed in the proposal in order to support the use case dealing with monitoring, maintenance and emergency response services for critical infrastructures (physical railway infrastructure).
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya FGC, Spain
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) was founded in 1979 to operate two historical lines with their origins in 1863 in the introduction of the Barcelona – Sarrià suburban train service. Over the years, new lines have been added to FGC and these historical lines have been improved and have grown with new passenger and freight services in Barcelona and the surrounding areas. This continuous growth, together with the diversification of the business into other sectors such as leisure and tourism, has made us an efficient public company distinguished by its high quality of service and efficiency in infrastructure management and transport operation:
- 82 million passengers/year and freight transport.
- Workforce over 1800.
- 1301 circulations per day with minimum frequency of 112” in Barcelona-Vallès line.
- Rail network stretching over 290 km of track with international, narrow and Iberian gauges.
- 107 stations.
- The only 2 rack railways existing of Spain.
- 4 funicular cable cars.
- Tourist activities: 47 ski lifts and 146 km of ski runs.
The two main railway lines, Barcelona – Vallès (BV) and Llobregat – Anoia (LLA), have metro services inside Barcelona city and commuter services with Barcelona surrounding areas. BV has 53 km of double track with international gauge, 46 passenger trains, 62 million passengers per year and 32 trains at peak hour with a frequency of 112”. LLA has 140 km of double and single track in some sections with metric gauge, 42 passenger trains, 22 million passengers per year and freight transport. FGC has 100% of their installations adapted to people with reduced mobility.
Regarding freight transport FGC is an important local operator which manages transport of mining products from Suria mine to Bacelona Port, new vehicles from SEAT factory and Bacerlona Port, and car pieces between Barcelona Port and SEAT factory.
FGC does and manages infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance. There are two workshops with one of them approved for interoperable equipment maintenance.
FGC is member of the International Suburban Rail Benchmarking Group (ISBeRG http://www.isberg-web.org/), a prestigious program led by Imperial College of London. This program monitors and evaluates the efficiency of 16 worldwide operators using 27 Key Performance Indicators. During the 4 years of study FGC appears first, second or third in the 10 main indicators:
- FGC is first in: revenue train hours per driver hour, peak fleet availability and total injures per pax journey.
- FGC is second in: train delay per operated train, trains operated on time per trains operated, overall reliability, pax journeys on time per pax journeys.
- FGC is third in: trains actually operated per trains scheduled, rolling stock reliability, trains service operation cost per train hour.