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That marks the end of this seminar.
See you all again, real soon.
diGIT team, signing off.
Panelists are thanked and are being giver tokens of appreciation.
Roopika, from EDB will deliver the vote of thanks.
Feel free to contact us if you have a good business model. – Srinath
Ajith- the eco system is there and the uni is ever supporting.
We have to come out of the concept ‘frog in the well’ and yes as Lankans we can go further. Nihal, sharing the same somewhat Sankalpa said.
Dr. Ajith invites everyone to their open day at the department and to get to know more about Internet of things.
A voice from the audience raises and says ‘it is high time that we all as professionals come as one and shake the government or at-least let them know that we shouldn’t miss this coming bus.’
Mano: Yes we agree with you. But it is the academia which should come up and create that demand which we can facilitate.
Practically, patenting is very costly. – Sankalpa
Mr. Sankalpa shares some tips on how they practice patenting at Zone24x7 and believes this might be useful to many out there.
At MIT Global Startup Labs Pitch Day we saw 5-6 electronic convergence products/startups. Which is a good sign. – Harsha
Professor Dileeka Dias says that there is a lack of knowledge on how to prepare a business model. Nihal adds some.
Harsha wants Dr. Ajith to elaborate more about this electronics and engineering facility which will open to everyone, so that they can make use of it.
The panel discussion happening right now. Panelists on stage.
Ajith- We do have the technology to deploy traffic sensors around the country but the issue we are facing is the initial investments.
Rest of the panel shares the same experience.
And now we have the panel discussion. Harsha Purasinghe will be moderating this session.
approach the problem, with the back of the business card approach. – Nihal
Dont recruit merely based on paper qualifications, look for skills.
Go deeper into the technology.
recognize human achievements.
recognize team work withing the teams.
Continues development should go on.
One should come up with a practical oriented, commercial and valuable project. – Nihal
Practical skills along with lot of common sense brings out the best in you.
Learning is a life long game. – Nihal
Think with a global meaning to add value to you products. – Nihal
Nihal recalls an incident where they came up with a patented technique and earned money from a simple idea.
Battery run-time is an issue with almost every portable device.
Lightning damages to the electronics.
Energy wastage in automobile industry.
These are the challenges we are facing regarding electronics.
The important things is identifying the need. You should not start something which just looks like a bright idea because it may not last longer.
Nihal says that he wanted to develop a DC bench power supply.
And over the years, he have writter articles for UK and USA journals.
When and where to start working on your creative work?
the moment you finish your studies,
you don’t have to be a masters holders or a PhD holder.
Eng. Nihal Kularathne, Senior Lecturer at University of Waikato in New Zealand is up next on stage.
Dr. Ajith says they can provide access to the world class tools if you are willing to add some value or to start a start-up.
he winds up.
From Uni side, we want to promote startups. promote electronics startups. – Dr. Ajith
Create a value addition to Knowledge base industry
help new startups
Dr. Pasqual from University of Moratuwa talks about finding talent & resources
(Pic courtesy Harsha Purasinghe on twitter (@harshap)
Advanced Electronic Design could be implemented
For medical devices
robotics/ industrial automation
safety and security
Do we have the manufacturing facilities?
Dr. Ajith shares some local companies pics and says these are world class facilities.
From a Uni point of view there are 450 new graduates each year who graduate from electronics and telecommunication engineering. – Dr. Ajith
Yes we have the resources and the expertise we need to
we are moving from traditional software to embedded software.
What does it take to move into IoT development?
Small footprint sufficient software
ultra low power communication
ultra low power electronics
Srinath concludes. Now, Dr. Ajith Pasquel – Head of Department of Electronics and telecommunication Engineering at UoM, will share his thoughts. .
Srinath Perera delivering his speech.
these devices can be mounted on traffic lights.
in a soccer match, to track ball possession of each player. – Srinath
In this new world, AI will play a major role. If you are still learning, this is a good subject to have a look around. – Srinath
Real time analytic are important to make sense of data.
Srinath categories data into 3
1. Th know what happened
2. To explain why
3. To forecast tomorrow
Srinath ask this rather philosophical question.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
Next up, we have Srinath Perera, Director of Research at WSO2. Who will talk further on Internet of Things.
What would be the next cool thing? it is up to you. it is up to your wildest imagination.
Vipula concludes as well.
Now, there so many open source hardware companies which allows you to build your our IoT device. And these are very cheap. Such as raspberrypi and pandaBoard.
Now, you can harvest energy from your day to day activity. Like by walking and sprinting.
Vipula’s session is a rather technical one as Harsha said. Vipula now talks about power sources.
These tiny things which can be connected to the internet, can be called computers since they have a processor.
Communication link could be physical or even wireless. wifi or even via USB ports.
There are many things which can’t be sensed exactly the same way the way humans sense it. There are researches going on and developments too. – Vipula
These things will definitely will have a sensor, a processor to process and of course the power source to power the device. – Vipula
Harsha hands it over to Vipula Liyanarchchi, Manager at Motorola Solutions.
One should try to get their business in IoT.
Integrate with each other. (hardware companies with software and software companies with hardware companies)
With that note, he concludes.
Challenges in Internet of Things
lack of common standards
cost and energy in some applications
security, privacy and governance
Internet of Things will be integrated parts of future internet. They will be self configurable.
It would have a virtual personality.
Chill Box is also another innovation by them. Which keeps the air-condition on a proper temperature according to the needs in the room, monitored by a sensor.
If you don’t have the proper eco-system to innovate, you can’t achieve what we are looking today. – Sankapla
Remote Cheque Deposit, E-signs and etc are some of the projects they have done which ave their own identity. an IP so basically these devices are connected to internet.
We have done 200+ events in the past few years at Zone 24×7. And most of them were related to things connected to internet.
Sankalpa says he joined this evolution, when we were in the PC era. Even to write a small business application you would have to write tons and tons of codes.
Harsha now introduces us to the first speaker for the day.
Dr. Sankalpa Damwarige, Vice President and General Manager – Engineering , Zone 24×7 pvt ltd
The entire physical world will be connected to the internet. – Harsha
Harsha recalls an incident where he says that people around him started asking him about the device on his wrist which is a health tracking device.
Harsha says he is delighted to be here since he is moderating the session today morning.
Mano now introduces the Moderator, who is none other than Harsha Purasinghe, CEO and Founder of MicroImage.
innovation and entrepreneurship are the only two things to go forward in order to come up. – Mano
Now we have Mano Sekaram, to address the gathering.
Today, we are in a fantastic junction where Sri Lanka’s economy is concern. – Mano
All the stake holders should come with a common action plan to achieve this common goal. – Director.
She welcomes all the dignitaries to this event.
Director, EDB delivers the welcome address. She says that she did not had an idea what all this is about.
We are just about to start. Stay tuned. Detailed updates from the event, as soon as it happens, are on their way.
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