The Internet of Things (IoT) has created thousands of jobs related to the development and management of connected objects. These objects, already integrated in almost every sector, require engineers and technicians that will develop their software, their connectivity and their security.
In view of the shortage of specialized personnel, the SMARTSEA project is an opportunity to do a specialization course in IoT within the maritime and surveying industry. The course provides students with the knowledge they need to develop their professional career in the growing "Smart Maritime & Surveying" industry.
The course follows the guidelines of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and is therefore recognized by all European Union countries. Since the IoT project, we have been preparing the course, which we divided into four phases:
- The preparation of the teaching material and the laboratory apparatus.
- Student Exchange between universities during the course.
- A dissertation done by the students.
- An internship programme with the maritime partners to give the students a more direct experience.
The SmartSea project will develop an e-learning platform with interactive laboratories, distance knowledge exchanges and multiple study opportunities.
The consortium will offer the students the possibility to get practical experience through the use of a remotely operated submarine, enabling them to work with submarine IoT devices, thereby bringing them closer to the work of large industries and research centres in this field.
Furthermore, augmented reality techniques will be used in hands-on practice laboratories.
Six European universities are currently collaborating in the SmartSea project: University of Salamanca-BISITE Research Group, University of Ljubljana, International Hellenic University, Maritime University of Szczecin, Tallinn University of Technology, Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique, a research centre (National Institute for Marine Research and Development Grigore Antipa), two SMEs: Cerca Trova Ltd, ECQA GmbH and three companies involved in environmental studies and maritime transport: Creocean, RINA Hellas SA, Danaos Shipping Company Ltd.
The plan is to introduce the course in the curricula of European universities. In addition, publications will be made continually, providing new materials and encouraging discussion among students and teachers. Thus, SmartSea will form a community specialized in ICT in the maritime sector and it will develop a learning methodology with open educational resources.