WIT on the crest of the next wave of Technology

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Pictured Dr James O’Sullivan, TTO Manager WIT, Eamonn de Lester, IoT Course Leader and TSSG co-founder: Prof Willie Donnelly, President WIT and Chairman TSSG, Kathryn Kiely, Industry Services Manager WIT, Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú, CTO FeedHenry and Barry Downes, CEO TSSG.

A new course which explores the disciplines, technologies, tools and business opportunities in connecting people, places and things has been developed by WIT and world renowned research group, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in the Internet of Things will prepare graduates for the next wave innovation in computing. The programme will explore the software and devices that are transforming the way we live, work and interact. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to become a new type of Software Professional. They will possess an in-depth understanding of how connected devices can interoperate with mobile and cloud applications to deliver new categories of product and services.

According to Eamonn de Leastar, joint Course Leader of the programme, “WIT is very excited about the introduction of the new honours degree programme. The Internet of Things degree embodies a fusion of skills previously seen as separate disciplines: programming and the world of digital and analogue electronics. While our primary focus will be in first class software skills, understanding devices, sensors, networking and communications technology will offer fascinating insights to our students. We believe they will be able to envisage, design and implement the future!”

Eamonn added, “Powerful, connected, always-on devices and sensors, combined with sophisticated cloud infrastructure are fast becoming a major focus for new products and services.  The graduate will be ideally positioned with a unique combination of knowledge in a new and exciting field.”

Dr. Paul O’Leary, also joint Course Leader of the programme said “We can already see this in action with the proliferation of new ways of measuring, tracking and visualisation health and fitness activities via smart phones, watches and various other sensors. We are also seeing major developments in the smart home arena, with new ways for monitoring the home for comfort, energy efficiency and security. Many of these products and services are already in the mainstream, with innovations in the pipeline for whole range of industries including agriculture, tourism, the environment, construction, local government and many others.”

The programme has been jointly developed by Department of Computing & Mathematics and the Department of Engineering Technology at WIT. In addition, the development team encompasses expertise from the WIT research community active in the IoT domain.   In particular, the combined expertise of research teams at TSSG, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation, the Convergence Technologies Research Group (CTRG), a multi-disciplinary research cluster combining expertise in various next generation technologies and the Automotive Control Group, very active in Automotive research, with a particular focus on the Connected Car of the future.

Further details of the Internet of Things course can be found on www.wit.ie/wd197.  WIT will hold a Computing Information evening from 5pm to 6.30pm on Thursday, June 25th at A02, Main Campus, WIT, Cork Road, Waterford.

Alternatively, you can chat online live with computing lecturers between 2pm and 4pm on June 25th.  To log onto the event, visit http://www.wit.ie/iotlive

Today FM Last Word with Matt Cooper on Internet of Things – Listen back to Eamonn de Lester speak about the new course and the internet of things – Listen Back HERE