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Silesian University of Technology

Considering that the apps would be connected to the systems of critical infrastructures like power plants, they require appropriate security, which is why we chose the BlackBerry platform.
Dr. Adam Cholewa professor, Silesian University of Technology
  • Industry: Education
  • Region: EMEA
  • Company Size: Large
  • Solution: Mobile programming
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Challenge

  • Dr. Cholewa is interested in the possibilities of using smartphones and tablets as data interfaces and monitoring terminals for machinery and other devices
  • He believes that mobile devices will have a significant impact on the field of mechanical engineering and wanted a reliable platform and set of devices to teach his students the basics of programming in Java and well as how to develop some simple projects using smartphone technology

Solution

  • BlackBerry® Academic Program
  • BlackBerry® smartphones
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets
  • Eclipse BlackBerry plug-in
  • WebWorks for BlackBerry PlayBook

Benefits

  • Using the Eclipse BlackBerry plug-in, as well as WebWorks for the BlackBerry PlayBook, students have been able to create impressive monitor and control apps
  • One graduate student developed a telemetry monitoring application using Adobe AIR for PlayBook to help monitor the systems of an energy efficient vehicle that engineering students from the university entered in the Shell Eco Marathon 2012
  • Another application to use a BlackBerry PlayBook to help control a robot was tweeted about by Alec Saunders, VP for developer relations at Research In Motion
  • The first semester of the course was attended by 90 students and the second by 60