According to Gartner, 8.3 billion devices are now connected to the Internet. Cisco expects this figure to rise to 50 billion devices by 2020. IoT solutions are typically used to increase the productivity of processes, improve product quality and/or create innovative products such as sensors and wearables.
Recent polls show that around 70% of Flemish technology companies need IoT solutions like these to remain competitive, but keeping up with the latest developments is no easy task. Companies with insufficient knowledge of expected IoT developments run the risk of investing in outdated technologies. What’s more, realising new IoT solutions successfully requires interdisciplinary teams with both technical and socioeconomic skills. This combination of expertise remains underrepresented in Flemish companies.
This postgraduate programme aims to respond to the increasing demand in Flemish industry and research for people who can play an innovating, leading role in this rapidly evolving technology. This demand is clear when we look at the companies and research institutes who have already lent their support to the postgraduate programme through funding or the Resonance Council: Agfa-Gevaert, Atlas Copco, Cronos, imec, Nokia, Orange, Port of Antwerp, Proximus, PSA, Rombit, Telenet, UAntwerp, UGent, VUB, the City of Antwerp, and more.
“The fastest growing industry. Five years ago it did not exist. In five years you cannot imagine being without.”
Gert Pauwels – Orange