10 Aug

Occam Technology Group and Major Florida Research University Create World’s First Wall-Less IoT Laboratory

Occam Technology Group and Major Florida Research University Create World’s First Wall-Less IoT Laboratory

TAMPA, Fla. –  August 10, 2017 – Occam Technology Group – a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart product design and development for medical, commercial and military devices, has partnered with a major Florida research university to create the world’s first “wall-less” IoT laboratory.

While media has extensively reported in recent years on the estimated 30 billion devices or “things” that are expected to be connected to the Internet by 2020, there has been little discussion regarding the development and education of the next generation of engineers who will need to be trained to meet the market demands and challenges these devices will create. The university’s main campus covers 1,700 acres, with 300 buildings exceeding six million square feet in space and serving more than 40,000 students. The size and density of the campus makes it an ideal testing ground for real-world IoT development scenarios utilizing and experimenting with emerging and cutting-edge IoT wireless standards, such as the LoRaWAN protocol and LoRa-based technologies. This is why Occam Technology Group, a LoRa Alliance™ member, has partnered with the university’s information technology team and the engineering college to bring the world’s first “wall-less” IoT laboratory to this Florida educational facility, effectively turning the entire campus into one of the largest IoT labs in the world.

Through a donation provided by Occam Technology Group, the underlying technology infrastructure consisting of industry standard gateways, a long-range antenna mounted at 200 feet on the university’s communications tower, access to Occam Technology Group’s custom LoRaWAN server software and remote endpoints, enables the collection of sensor data to be used in a variety of industry-leading IoT platforms, such as Amazon’s AWS IoT Cloud, Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite, and IBM’s Watson IoT platform.

The first real-world application being tested on the university’s network is a pilot project to track capital assets allowing for easier locating and inventorying of the equipment.

“Being directly involved in the industry, we at Occam Technology Group can see the ever-increasing need for skilled embedded systems and computer engineers. Real-world experience will be critical in providing the necessary expertise the industry seeks,” Gordon Ryerson, Occam Technology Group’s managing director stated, adding: “Providing future engineers and programmers with access to the technologies that are currently being developed and deployed around the world offers a huge leap toward making sure that the next generation of engineers will be able to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving market.”

Occam Technology Group has over the last few weeks conducted extensive testing on campus regarding coverage and distance of the deployed LoRaWAN network under varying conditions and scenarios which it plans to release in a white paper in the coming months.

About the LoRa Alliance™

The LoRa Alliance™ is an open, non-profit association that has grown to more than 400 members since its inception in March 2015, becoming one of the largest and fastest growing alliances in the technology sector. Its members are closely collaborating and sharing their experience to promote the LoRaWAN™ protocol as the leading open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity.

With the technical flexibility to address multiple IoT applications, both static and mobile, and a certification program to guarantee interoperability, the LoRaWAN™ is already being deployed globally by major mobile network operators and is anticipated to widely expand in 2017.

About Occam Technology Group

Occam Technology Group, a LoRa Alliance member™, is an industry award-winning product design and development firm with expertise ranging from medical devices and military applications to commercial products.

Occam Technology Group can take a device from concept or next generation development through software/hardware design, verification and validation, quality, prototyping, and simulation. Located inside University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa, Florida, Occam Technology Group’s team has helped many of the most innovative companies in the world achieve extraordinary results.


For more information, visit https://www.occamtechgroup.com or call +1 844 622 2663.

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