ESPRIT, a Tunisian school of engineering with multiple disciplines and different educational entities, and the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) at the Qatar Science and Technology park have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ESPIRIT to adopt QMIC’s Labeeb IoT platform and to provide the platform as a service for its students and startups in support of IoT related academic courses and projects. .
Labeeb™ IoT is an Internet of Things applications enablement platform which has been developed by QMIC and initially launched in March 2016. The platform together with an extensive set of development kits and enablers will play a significant role in enabling developers, startups and enterprises to develop and deploy new IoT services and applications that serve different vertical markets quickly and at a lower R&D cost.
As part of the agreement, ESPRIT will be using Labeeb™ IoT platform in its IoT related programs and will work with QMIC on specific use cases that can lead to commercial solutions to the benefit of both parties.
Prof. Tahar Ben Lakhdar, CEO of ESPRIT said, “Esprit has been forging strategic partners with key actors in ICT, Eletromecanics, and Civil Engineering. These latter have greatly contributed to the excellence of our academics, most importantly, to a better preparation of the next generation of engineers and paving their way for a brilliant professional career. That is why we consider QMIC as a strategic partner in a booming and important field which is the Internet of Things. We are sure that the Labeeb IoT platform will help our students and instructors in mastering the IoT fundamentals and contribute in the improvement of this platform by adding innovative functionalities. This approach strengthens our motto “alternative learning”.”
Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya, Executive Director & CEO of QMIC said, “We are excited with our partnership with a leading university in Tunisia such as ESPIRIT so that students and entrepreneurs in Tunisia can benefit from our easy to use and rich IoT platform and to join our growing eco-system of users and customers. As one of the leading pure-play IoT enterprises in the Arab Work, QMIC fully understands the complexity of and the opportunities associated with building IoT solutions and services. Hence, we are glad to deliver such expertise to university students and entrepreneurs in order to make it easier for them to take their ideas and projects to the market.”
The Labeeb IoT platform can facilitate the collection and storage of data from any object (or device), translate the data into actionable insights, and enable delivering a wide range of IoT services to various market segments like smart homes, healthcare, utilities, smart cities, and many other verticals.
In addition to the platform, the Labeeb IoT initiative provides different SDKs (software development kits), an application development environment, and online and customized training to facilitate the development of IoT services and to eventually create a community of developers and adopters of IoT services in the MENA region.
The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) is the first independent innovations center in the region with a focus on developing and deploying smart mobility systems and services. QMIC’s main goal is to use locally engineered innovations and knowledge to create technology-based industries that address regional challenges and grow with mega projects in Qatar and the region. Since 2009, and through its focus, on distributed sensing, data collection & management, services creation and delivery, QMIC is becoming a national leader in the area of Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, QMIC has been leading in delivering IoT platforms, and IoT solutions and services in vertical domains including Intelligent Transport, Logistics & Telematics, Road Safety and Environment. Through its offices at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), QMIC is working closely with key national partners and stakeholders to realize a market-focused innovations ecosystem in Qatar.
The school of engineering “Esprit”, French acronym for “École Supérieure Privée d’Ingénierie et de Technologies”, was founded in 2003, and, in 2013, it got its engineering programs accredited by the CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieur) and then awarded the EUR-ACE (EURopean ACcredited Engineer) Label, a certificate that reflects the highest quality in Engineering education. ESPRIT has built its reputation on excellence in Tunisia and in several sub-Saharan African countries; a stature undeniably bolstered by its close partnership with the business community and foreign universities. Esprit has adopted an original pedagogical approach named “Project/Problem Based Learning” and is member of an international initiative launched by Harvard and MIT named CDIO (Conceive Design Implement Operate). Esprit has also a Research & Development (R&D) Division, named Esprit-Tech, where various projects are undertaken under several advanced themes such as IoT, cloud computing, Pervasive computing, Sensors network, etc.