Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT Dubai, took top honours for their application on Smart Pipelines: Remote Monitoring and Control of Pipelines at Software AG’s inaugural Future Disruptors Award competition. The winning project will enable real time monitoring of pipelines, instant leakage detection and remediation in addition to increased resource efficiencies.
The contest is a showcase of smart city innovations by University students of the UAE to further accelerate living connections via digital infrastructure software. It aims to address real-world challenges via tech based innovative models and further provide the future workforce a platform for broader exposure. The finalists shared their innovations, with industry leaders as part of the judging process, to compete for the Future Disruptors Award.
The panel of judges was headlined by Hamad Karam, COO, DigitalX, Moza Suwaidan, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Smart Dubai, Keith Kiely, Manager LE Propositions and Base management at du Telecom and other industry stalwarts.
The contest invited UAE Universities to submit IoT based innovative ideas in line with building the future of UAE and that could enhance student experience. The maiden trophy in the debut year of the programme was awarded to students of RIT Dubai for their project, Smart pipelines: Remote control and monitoring, which was announced as the most innovative industrial project for the year.
The contest invited UAE Universities to submit IoT based innovative ideas in line with building the future of UAE
During their three months journey in this programme, Software AG provided the students with technological trainings, project guidelines as well as the funds to create prototypes that could be implemented with immediate effect in industrial settings. The three remarkable showcases demonstrated air quality monitoring, automate pipeline management as well as smart recycling.
Future Disruptors Award aims to foster a close working relationship with workforce of tomorrow by educating and training university students in different fields of IoT and emerging technologies to create Smart City projects. The award has been introduced by Software AG to nurture innovation provide opportunities for university students to create realistic creations in addition to academic knowledge and bridge the University-Workplace gap. Software AG will provide career opportunities to the winning students with a chance to work for the tech giant upon completion of their academics.
Rami Kichli, Vice President, Gulf and Levant, Software AG said: “It has been inspiring to see innovative smart city prototypes developed by students. They have demonstrated optimal creativity using technologies for a digitised ecosystem. We’re humbled to be leading this role in providing students with this first-hand opportunity to develop innovative new models and learn actual industry practices. We eagerly look forward to the next edition of the programme and continue playing a role in bridging the gap between academic and industry.”
Dr Ali Raza, Assistant Professor of Networking and Computing Security, RIT Dubai commented on his students win: “The collaboration between RIT Dubai and Software AG, provided our students with a real experience of the challenges faced in a professional working environment. The academic rigour and competence of the students coupled with professional mentorship led to a successful outcome for the project which was challenging at the outset with the COVID-19 pandemic. To see the combined team from the electrical engineering and computing science programmes come this far, overcome the challenges and win is really humbling.”