Through LTI’s CSR initiative, fellowships are provided to doctoral and master students of VJTI from financially weaker backgrounds
Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd. (LTI), a global IT solutions and services company, and Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), announced that they have implemented several projects, which are the outcome of their alliance’s unique Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) test bed.
The IIoT lab was introduced three years ago as a part of LTI’s CSR focus for supporting education of meritorious students from marginalised backgrounds.
The advanced lab was established at VJTI Mumbai and is focused on new age technologies like IoT, deep learning, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and cyber security.
Some of the successful projects implemented by the alliance include:
- Water Treatment Plant: An industry 4.0 test-bed for effluent treatment plant (ETP) with acid dosing process fully integrated with industrial IoT panel comprising of PLCs and DCS.
- Waste Management: An IoT project build on LoRaWAN deals with timely maintenance of geo-tagged bins across facilities by indicating when they are nearly filled and need to be cleared.
- A Blind Navigation Project: To help visually challenged people move around without assistance.
- Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) Development: The project is for IT+OT integrated log management and analytics for IIoT applications.
- Wind Turbines Maintenance Systems: For condition monitoring and predictive maintenance of wind turbines.
By establishing the IIoT lab, the alliance of LTI-VJTI is aimed at increasing awareness and creating interest in putting into use the cutting-edge and emerging technologies to solve social problems. This IIoT lab consists of a future-ready test bed having new-age devices and simulators. The lab uses numerous standard IoT platforms for instant use cases that involve energy sector and smart cities.
Support to students
Commenting on the development, Dr Faruk Kazi, Dean of Research & Development, VJTI and Coordinator, VJTI-LTI Lab said, “The IoT lab has provided a platform for students to explore their potential and learn new skills to solve problems faced by society. It is one of the more successful academia-industry partnerships in our country. This model has the potential to be replicated to other institutes to bridge the gap between the aspirations of researchers and industry needs.”
Currently, the lab is accessible to more than 70 students including BTech, MTech and PhD students. Through LTI’s CSR initiative, fellowships are provided to doctoral and master students of VJTI from financially weaker backgrounds. Till now, 1 master and 3 doctoral students are provided with the fellowships for pursuing research in the advanced technologies. In addition, the research facilities established under VJTI-LTI alliance are made available to other students and researchers by way of internships.