On June 25, a new IoT laboratory was opened at Lviv Polytechnic, which was launched by Lviv IT Cluster together with IT companies. From now on, students of the Internet of Things program have unlimited opportunities to design and build IoT devices. We will tell you more about the capabilities of the laboratory and the importance of IoT direction.
This is the second Internet of Things laboratory in Lviv Polytechnic. The creation and arrangement of the laboratory was joined by 7 companies of Lviv IT Cluster: general partners Sigma Software and SoftServe, exclusive partner PLVision LLC, gold partners Intellias, Perfectial, Conscensia, and silver partner Vakoms. The cost of the laboratory equipment exceeded UAH 600,000, which was used to purchase a laser engraver, robotic machines and laptops, as well as a 3D printer.
Igor Salamin, Head of Human Capital at PLVision, tells more about the capabilities of the new IoT laboratory: “The lab has all the necessary equipment to work on projects in the field of the Internet of Things. For students, this is a space where they can experiment, test their ideas, and create something for the first time. You can design and manufacture parts for smart devices yourself. For this purpose, the laboratory has a laser engraver and will soon have a 3D printer. There are robotic machines for developing skills in programming, working with sensors and controllers. In the laboratory, you can go through the entire process of creating a smart thing – from writing code to its manufacture. What can be created here is limited only by imagination. You can make everything from a cool decoration for the Christmas tree to a device for controlling a smart home or factory. We at PLVision specialize in Embedded Software Development, Networking and IoT, and work in particular on creating solutions that are designed to prevent losses in industrial enterprises. To work with projects of this level, you need to master the base well. And this is quite possible to do in the IoT lab. “
IoT technologies are now a very popular area, as evidenced by both the requests of companies and the number of students seeking to study in this specialty. Volodymyr Chyrva, Managing Partner at Sigma Software, explains why their company decided to join the project: “Supporting education in Ukraine is an important part of Sigma Software’s CSR (Corporate social responsibility) strategy. We initiate educational programs and meetings with students; internships for those who want to gain experience on real projects; open high-tech classes and promote the development of future IT professionals. IoT is a trendy direction, it is the future. The speed at which the number of Internet-connected devices is growing is impressive – 30 billion in 2020. If once we were surprised by smart home technologies, today the emergence of smart cities no longer surprises anyone. Therefore, this direction has great prospects.
Sigma Software has extensive experience in projects that combine Embedded Software Development, IoT and Cybersecurity. Today we help our partners in implementing lighting solutions for large cities, develop equipment for controlling heating, electricity and water for smart homes, and many other interesting projects that are currently being implemented in our Embedded Software Development lab in the company’s Lviv office. Investing in the opening of the IoT laboratory is a step towards the development of future highly qualified specialists who will come to our offices in a few years and develop new solutions that will change the future for the better side by side with our experts. And this is perhaps the main reason why we became general partners and supported the opening of an innovative laboratory for students of the Department of Computerized Automation Systems.
The results of Lviv IT Cluster’s educational initiatives are impressive: more than 700 students are enrolled in modernized educational programs. Oleg Denys, Vice President of SoftServe and a graduate of Lviv Polytechnic, tells about the results of cooperation between IT companies and the Cluster in education: “There is not a single educational project of Lviv IT Cluster that SoftServe would not support. Together we are changing the educational eco-system of the city. We see how initiatives to modernize education give a fairly quick result: new university IT programs opened over the past few years are in great demand and, most importantly, prepare graduates of a fundamentally new level. As a result, everyone will benefit – students who will find it easy to find a job; the IT industry that attracts these talented young people to work; universities that become more competitive and attractive among others; and finally, Lviv, which year after year strengthens its position as a powerful IT center of Ukraine.”
We remind you that the 2019 admission campaign starts on July 10. Applicants have the opportunity to apply for 14 educational programs from Lviv IT Cluster. Read more about the programs here and on the pages of Lviv Polytechnic, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Lviv State University of Civil Engineering and Architecture.