The IBM Smarter Planet Lab is an innovative collaboration between the Digital Art and Technology course, i-DAT (the Digital Art and Technology research group) and information technology giant IBM.
The lab is used
by Digital Art and Technology students to develop their ideas around a
networked culture where everyone and everything is connected. The Smarter Planet
Lab is a test bed to explore how The Internet of Things is transforming our
relationship with the world, building a more sustainable and stable
What do we mean by a Smarter Planet?
IBM's concept of a
Smarter Planet refers to the way that intelligence is being infused into the
systems and processes that make the world work - into things no one would
recognise as computers: cars, appliances, roadways, power grids, clothes, even
natural systems such as agriculture and waterways. Trillions of digital devices,
connected through the Internet, are producing a vast ocean of data. And all this
information – from the flow of markets to the pulse of societies – can be turned
into knowledge because we now have the computational power and advanced
analytics to make sense of it. With this knowledge we can reduce costs, cut
waste, and improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of everything from
companies to cities.
The technology to build a smarter planet is here, but often instigating the
use of these systems into industries that have been around for decades, even
hundreds of years, would be complex and involve huge political and economical
decisions. It is clear that we need new skills and fields of expertise, new ways
of working and thinking. A smarter planet will require a profound shift in
management and governance toward far more collaborative approaches.
The IBM Academic Initiative is
a global programme that facilitates the collaboration between IBM and educators
to teach students the information technology skills they need to be competitive
and keep pace with changes in the workplace. It allows students open access to
full versions of hundreds of IBM programmes and software, providing real world
experience on industry-proven software.
In addition, IBM are offering work placements to Digital Art &
Technology students and graduates and offer a prize for work created using their
software at the Graduation Ceremony. This unique and valuable partnership is an
example of the University's commitment to supporting new enterprise and
dedication to giving students the best possible training to prepare them for the
competitive life of the working world.