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Industry Partners

We aim to develop technologies that have genuine socio-economic impact; that is to say, projects that deliver value and that can be transferred to the society through a variety of mechanisms including licensing agreements and other forms of IPR arrangements with companies.

In order to ensure that our focus remains on addressing real-world problems and that our development activities result in generating value, we continue to build on our strong links with the business community both in the Madrid region of Spain and in the rest of the World.

Joint research projects enable us to establish solid ties to business. We are engaged in various funded research projects and collaborative agreements with private sector collaborators. These companies currently include:

The Institute faces challenges which are essential to its short and long term success, as they define our strategy of competitive placement within the international scientific community as well as the achievement of our socio-economic objectives. We direct our work towards strengthening collaboration ties with industry, particularly through joint participation in projects and technology transfer. We aim to develop technologies that have genuine socio-economic impact; that is to say, projects that deliver value and that can be transferred to industry and, ultimately, to society. In order to ensure that our focus remains on addressing real-world problems and that our development activities result in generating value, we continue to build on our strong links with the business community both in the Madrid region of Spain and in the rest of the World.

Our technology transfer strategy is aimed to ensure that the Institute’s research activities remain relevant, that its innovations are diffused and their full value to society realised through various transfer processes such as licensing, the sale of patents and support to spin-off companies in the region that seek to commercialize products exploiting innovations developed within the Institute.

We carry out several forms of collaboration, including direct contracts with industry, as well as participation in joint projects financed by public entities. The projects listed here include both types of partnerships with specific listings of those enterprises and organizations currently working with us.

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On May 2014, IMDEA Networks Institute and Telefónica Research and Development created a Joint Research Unit (JRU) named “Telefónica - IMDEA Networks Joint Research Unit in 5G technologies”. The development of 5G has already become a landmark in the global competition for technological leadership. Over the next seven years, this private-public alliance will share a wealth of know-how and in-house capabilities to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technology and the standards that are to define future ICT networks.


D:\Perfil Usuario\csm65\Configuración local\Archivos temporales de Internet\Content.Word\2014-05-08-news-img-160x120px.pngThe aim of the JRU Telefónica I+D - IMDEA Networks is to establish a strategic partnership that provides an operational framework for close interaction in a varied set of scientific activities. In particular, the JRU will bring together a team comprising highly specialized multidisciplinary profiles ready to work collaboratively on externally-funded R&D projects.  One of the main areas in which this collaboration will be reflected is the program “Advanced 5G Network Infrastructure for Future Internet PPP", sponsored by the EU Commission within the "Horizon 2020" program.

Both entities are strongly involved in the European effort to create 5G, the next (and fifth) generation of mobile networks.  In effect, they are part of the 5G Infrastructure Association, a body whose membership is limited to 36 key stakeholders from industry, academia, independent organizations and SMEs. This partnership operates with a 1.4 billion euro program budget up to the year 2020. It intends to deliver solutions, architectures, technologies and standards to create Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures and intelligent communication networks that are ubiquitous, robust, flexible, interoperable and cost effective.

Located at IMDEA Networks’ headquarters in Madrid, the private-public alliance Telefónica I+D - IMDEA Networks will share a wealth of know-how and in-house capabilities to tackle the challenge of creating a blueprint for the new technology and the standards that are to define future ICT networks. Work led by experienced researchers  Diego R. López and Pedro Aranda Gutiérrez, from Telefónica I+D and Arturo Azcorra, Joerg Widmer and Albert Banchs, from IMDEA Networks, will focus on key 5G enablers such as flexible functional split, joint handover optimization, 60GHz wireless networks, network function operating systems, secure virtual computing and green networking.

We continue to build firm relationships and sound collaborative arrangements with these companies and other key players in the field, including various regional, national and international bodies.

IMDEA Networks Institute collaborates with the Madrid-region network of Scientific Parks and Clusters (Madrid Network) that brings together industry and research institutes in the region. We are members of the ICT Audiovisual Cluster (Cluster Audiovisual) and of the ICT Security and Trust Cluster (Cluster de Seguridad y Confianza). We also collaborate with RedIRIS, the Spanish National Research and Education Network, and with REDIMadrid, the Research Network of Madrid.

The Institute plays a very active role in the Telematics Association ATEL: Asociación de Telematica. IMDEA Networks maintains relations with a wide variety of research institutions, leading renowned scientists and companies in the sector. The Association seeks to promote, motivate and improve science and technology’s deployment in support of the Information Society.