IoT Center Gains Momentum As Top Tech Companies Log On

Georgia Institute of Technology has always had a reputation for being one of the top US universities for scientific innovation. Resulting from the numerous research projects in progress, Georgia Tech has always had close ties to the industrial world. Various programs are in place that connect the university’s student researchers and professors with cutting-edge technology companies. These include cooperative education and internship programs and an undergraduate cooperative education program, a five-year program in which undergrads alternate between classes and full-time employment with participating companies.

One such program/initiative is the recently established Center for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT). According to the university, the purpose of the center is to encourage a wide variety of research and education in Internet of Things (IoT)-related domains while connecting sponsors and industry with Georgia Tech researchers and faculty. Essentially, CDAIT’s broad overall goal is to expand, promote, and profit from IoT’s huge potential and transformational capabilities.

It’s no revelation that IoT is probably the hottest topics on everyone’s radar, and has been so for quite some time. Pair the IoT with one of the hottest tech colleges and you’re bound to get more than a little attention. And such is the case with the CDAIT.

Georgia Tech’s CDAIT already has some heavy hitters from the industry with the program. For starts, AirWatch by VMware, AT&T, and Samsung Electronics are among the founding members. Recently announced, the latest group of high-tech companies to sign on include Flex, IBM, Stanley Black & Decker, and Wipro.

Andrew Gerber, Georgia Tech Senior Vice President and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute where CDAIT is housed states, “With the addition of these powerful corporate innovators, this new center will help build critical mass to solve some exceedingly complex problems in ways that could have significant impact on the way that we live our lives, and could have a shaping influence on multiple market sectors. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining with our industry partners as we embark on this enterprise.”

It looks like the center is off to a very productive start and will continue forward into the future, or until someone changes the buzzwords from IoT to something else. For more details, visit ~MD

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