Mobile World Congress Wrap Up:  60,000 Attendees, Upbeat Exhibitor Attitude

Petal Maps:watch coordination navigation

BARCELONA—The final numbers are in: more than 60,000 people attended the Mobile World Congress here, according to organizer GSMA.  While that’s a big drop from the 109,000 attendees the smartphone trade show drew in 2019, those numbers were more than CES drew in January.

On the last day at MWC, Huawei unveiled Petal Maps, a map navigation system that leverages mobile phone hardware and intelligent algorithms.  The mapping capabilities include indoor and outdoor positioning, lane guidance, offline maps, 3D architecture, multi-terminal collaboration between smartphones and watches.

Huawei said that the Petal Maps platform will be open its map services and capabilities to developers and partners worldwide.

Petal Maps Unveiled at MWC (Image: Huawei).

The company said that Petal Maps Platform comes with 22 service capabilities including indoor positioning, altitude and map editing for developers and operators in the taxi, food takeout, logistics, e-commerce, hotel, restaurant and social networking sectors.

While saying Petal Maps was launched at MWC, it really has been out since 2020 through its app, which has 20 million monthly active users in 160 countries, Huawei said.

In other conference news, Wipro Limited [WIT] launched its “Cloud Car” platform at MWC, which was unveiled during the Engineering the Cloud Car Ecosystem panel.  Wipro’s Cloud Car platform will bring together its Wipro FullStride Cloud Services and engineering capabilities with a 40-partner ecosystem as well as consortiums.

The platform, marketed to automakers who seemed not to attend MWC this year, features an integrated, cloud-native software solution for software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

“Today, most SDVs come with pre-set features that are difficult and time-consuming to upgrade, rendering them outdated as new technologies come to market,” said Thomas Mueller, Wipro CTO, engineering and R&D services, in a statement.  “By 2030, the vast majority of new vehicles will be SDVs.”

In other MWC news:

  • Taoglas, which partnered with Swift Navigation at MWC, announced its smallest 9-in-1 combination antenna with dual-band GNSS and 5G/4G, the Taoglas MA990 Guardian.


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