RIT Croatia students are developing a web and mobile solution for monitoring air quality and pollution in cooperation with A1 Croatia
RIT Croatia and A1 Croatia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Zagreb campus and announced the first project: RIT students from Croatian and American campuses will develop a software solution for monitoring air pollution.
It is a project on which four teams of IT / web and mobile computing students will work as part of the Senior Development Project course at RIT. This course includes work on real projects for real clients – companies in Croatia and America. Project teams consist of six to seven students from RIT campuses in Zagreb, Rochester, Dubrovnik and Dubai, and each team includes students from different RIT campuses.
One of this year’s clients is A1 Croatia. This company is part of the A1 Telekom Austria Group – a leading provider of digital services and communication solutions in Central and Eastern Europe. A1 Telekom Austria Group operates in seven countries providing services to around 24 million customers.
Students will work on the development of a web and mobile solution for the business user (system administrator) and the public, which will measure in real time the concentration of solid particles and air quality, its pollution. It will connect the mobile application to the A1 Digital IoT platform that collects and analyzes data collected via sensors on cloud IoT devices. These sensors communicate with the A1 platform thanks to the NB IoT network (Narrowband Internet of Things) which enables the flow of information from locations where the standard mobile signal has no penetration, and currently A1 Croatia is the first and only national NB IoT network provider.
“Working on real projects with real companies using the latest technologies allows students to gather immensely important real experiences and knowledge that they can apply in the future. Working on such a project results in much easier and faster adaptation of students to new business environments, and give their future employers insight in the real competencies of students, which is a win-win situation for everyone “, said Dr. Martin Žagar, who drives and leads this course.
Teams working on the A1 project will research, develop, design and test a functional A1 software solution, including meetings and communication with clients, cost and time frame assessment and project evaluation, focusing on overall software development, as well as user experience and accessibility solutions.
“We are happy to work with RIT Croatia to raise the interest of the student population in the field of software solutions of this type, but also to support young individuals who bring the future of our business. for students to improve their theoretical knowledge and supplement it with practical experience in creating the latest technological solutions that bring real benefits to society.Work on a real business case will allow them a high degree of understanding of business processes during application development, resulting in greater competitiveness upon graduation and entry In addition to the development of student competencies, this cooperation also brings a very important benefit of a fresh look at the process of mobile application development.We are also glad to have the opportunity to expand the brand and experience of ort A1 Croatia know-how outside our country through cooperation with international student teams , ”Said Iva n Gabrić, member of the A1 Leadership team and Senior Business Customer Director.
In addition to the A1 Croatia-sponsored project, student teams will work on three other software development projects for business clients around the world. One of them, also sponsored in Croatia, will focus on developing a solution that will raise the profile of Croatian health tourism. The other two are located in the U.S. where students will work on document management software and toy distribution software for children of lower material status.