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Sep 14, 2020
Spark, Tech Futures Lab to offer IoT post-graduate course Monday, 14 September 2020 10:06 Spark, Tech Futures Lab to offer IoT post-graduate course 0 Pixabay New Zealand telco Spark has partnered with tertiary education provider Tech Futures Lab to launch the country's first post-graduate certificate in connected environments. In a statement on Monday, Spark said students would get first-hand experience in the IoT industry with a view to boosting the use of the technology in New Zealand and create career pathways in the sector. Frances Valintine, the founder of Tech Futures Lab and a judge on Spark's 5G Starter Fund panel, said the new course was designed specifically to support discovery of future technologies and the innumerable ways in which connected environments and IoT systems could be of value. "We're so well placed here in Aotearoa to design, develop and create connected environments that truly adds value to our businesses and industries," she said. "By placing students in the heart of digital transformation driven by IoT and data they can start to realise how this technology can create a more resilient and sustainable country." The course was structured using industry insights highlighting the importance of the intersection between networks, hardware, software and data. It was developed in consultation with leading industry experts and will be delivered in a blended learning model of live-online sessions and hands-on practical workshops. Spark said its involvement would be key to delivering real-world experience through access to 5G and IoT developers, business leaders and innovators. Spark IoT Lead Tony Agar said the company was committed to increasing the use of IoT across businesses in New Zealand. "A real practical step in making that happen is ensuring there are easier pathways to specialise in the industry," he said. "Partnering with Tech Futures Lab to deliver the first post-graduate qualification in this space means recent graduates, business leaders and entrepreneurs can take the next step to future-proof their careers by immersing themselves in technology which will soon be standard to implement in every business. "As the world becomes more digitally driven and industries evolve at pace with technology, people also need to upskill and stay up to play with the latest tech. This is breaking new ground for us and we are extremely excited and proud about the opportunity co-deliver this course." Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here Active Vs. Passive DWDM Solutions An active approach to your growing optical transport network & connectivity needs. Building dark fibre network infrastructure using WDM technology used to be considered a complex challenge that only carriers have the means to implement. This has led many enterprises to build passive networks, which are inferior in quality and ultimately limit their future growth. Why are passive solutions considered inferior? And what makes active solutions great? Read more about these two solutions, and how PacketLight fits into all this.