By Megan Johnson, Uloop
If your student is an aspiring engineer, news of the launching of the LoRaWAN Academy is sure to excite you!
Leading technology companies Kerlink, LoRa Alliance™, Microchip Technology, myDevices, Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), and the Things Network came together to launch LoRaWAN Academy, a comprehensive, global university program connecting next-generation engineers with applied learning and innovative research.
According to a recent press release, LoRaWAN Academy connects to LoRaWAN™ standard-based low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology and includes an online course library, LoRaWAN network packages, and an IoT network infrastructure.
LoRaWAN Academy aims to give universities out-of-the-box, state of the art LoRaWAN networks through which it can educate the next generation of hardware and software engineers and computer scientists. The Academy also hopes to advance LoRaWAN standard-based IoT research while allowing top university scholars to use cutting-edge technology to real-world problem solve.
Through the Academy, university engineering programs receive the coursework, network equipment, development kits, software, and other tools to teach students about LoRaWAN protocol-based LPWANs and applications. The program has 10 weeks of online courses (self-paced) with video lectures, supplemental reading materials, hands-on assignments, and access to peers in a global LoRaWAN forum. Students use the LoRaWAN hardware kits and network infrastructure to build real-world IoT applications to apply their learning at the end of the program.
“The LoRaWAN Academy fills a void for students and teachers that want to learn about IoT and LPWAN technology from the ground up,” said Kevin Bromber, Chief Executive Officer of myDevices, in the article. “The coursework and tools provided by the LoRaWAN Academy enable hands-on learning that is critical for preparing students for a career in IoT.”
The companies previously listed offered specific expertise to the Academy to offer students a robust learning experience. Kerlink contributes outdoor Wirnet™ iBTS Compact gateways and indoor Wirnet iFemtoCell gateways. LoRa Alliance gives universities complimentary membership and access to the global open LoRaWAN standard. Microchip Technology supplies development kits for students and researchers. myDevices made Cayenne, an IoT prototyping and solution builder platform, available. Semtech oversees the curriculum and coursework development, as well as hosting the website. Lastly, the Things Network gives universities access to a private LoRaWAN network server and built the curriculum, as well as created the coursework.
“Giving the next generation of developers an understanding of LPWAN technology and the foundational skills for the real world offers them a solid start in their professional life,” said Charles Paumelle, Co-chair of the LoRa Alliance Marketing Committee. “The LoRaWAN Academy will deliver this, giving students and professors access to a vibrant and dynamic professional network. It will also offer participants the opportunity for mentoring from the 500+ members of the fastest-growing IoT standards alliance.”
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