Asia Pacific University Sets Up First Internet of Things (IoT) Center of Excellence in Malaysia in Partnership with IBM
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Malaysia’s premier education institution, Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) announced the establishment of an Internet of Things (IoT) Center of Excellence to develop, facilitate and promote IoT education by leveraging IBM Watson IoT platform. This will also support the Internet of Things (IoT) degree offered at Asia Pacific University (APU).
This first of its kind IoT Center of Excellence in Malaysia will further extend the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that comprise the IoT.
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First Internet of Things Centre of Excellence in Malaysia Set Up by Asia Pacific University
“IoT is the next wave of innovation that will transform our world. Whether in smart homes, in connected
cars, in smart factories or healthcare industries, many developments are related to IoT. The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively to prepare professional graduates for significant roles in business and society globally. I am confident that the establishment of IoT Center of Excellence will make our students more competitive and employable in the job market.” said Prof Ron Edwards, Vice Chancellor APU.
Asia Pacific University will develop, facilitate and promote IoT education though its state-of- the-art cloud-based IoT infrastructure used by students, researchers and faculty members. APU faculty and students will be able to develop IoT apps, products and services using the IBM Watson IoT Platform, which securely connects devices to applications using cloud-based services and rich analytics. This includes:
- Assistance in IBM Watson IoT courses being taught at APU by providing the educators & guide, labs, tutorials and other supporting resources to assist with the IoT curriculum;
- IBM-led Watson IoT hands-on workshops to students and faculty as needed to build in-demand IoT skills; and
- Extended Bluemix trial to help students and faculty become proficient with IBM Watson IoT.
IBM will also provide relevant IoT resources, training the trainers and assistance in building a workforce
with high-demand IoT skills. This will also equip APU with current expertise and knowledge in line with the latest IT industry requirements, as well as prepare students to meet future industry requirements.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is predicted to have an economic impact of more than $11 trillion by 2025. IBM, a global innovation leader in Internet of Things, is working to accelerate the development of cognitive IoT solutions and services in order to help clients and partners make sense of the growing volume and variety of data in a physical world that is rapidly becoming digitized.
Establishment of this CoE will assist Asia Pacific University to create a multidisciplinary learning and research environment in the field of IoT and related disciplines in Malaysia, including Advanced Analytics, Cloud Computing, Mobile Development and Embedded Systems.
“IBM Watson IoT platform will provide students at APU the skills to develop applications which could
make use of the data gathered from sensors and devices. And in turn, the ability to make sense of the overwhelming amount of data created from the proliferation of these IoTs will encourage and lead to the culture of innovation,” said Chong Chye Neo, Managing Director, IBM Malaysia.
Asia Pacific University has a long-standing collaboration with IBM. In 2011, APU signed an agreement with IBM to embed IBM Rational software in its IT courses. The university’s lecturers and students leveraged IBM Rational to design, develop and test software. In May 2015, IBM Malaysia and APU announced an academic collaboration to develop the next generation of technology savvy graduates through the sharing of skills, best practices and knowledge. Under this memorandum of understanding, APU expanded the scope of the curriculum to include IBM technologies in mobile application design and development, cloud computing, analytics and security.
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