Bosch and Singapore Polytechnic collaborate to advance Smart Nation capabilities
Bosch has signed an agreement with Singapore Polytechnic (SP) to develop a Smart Connected Solutions Lab and an Innovation Lab on the latter’s campus.
The $800,000 labs, with a combined area of almost 260 square metres, will be equipped with high-tech Bosch equipment and technologies.
These include a unique scaled-down version of an actual “Smart Factory” system that reflects the future of production and distribution in the manufacturing companies. Students will learn to programme and integrate smart sensors with augmented reality into the Smart Factory System.
They will also analyse and tap on big data to further optimise the manufacturing processes such as production and storage that are being used in the industry today. This marks a new practical approach to training students in advanced manufacturing.
It is expected that around 800 students from the Diploma in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Diploma in Computer Engineering will benefit from the two new labs annually.
Both organisations will also jointly develop short courses or advanced diplomas for industry professionals to enhance their understanding of advanced manufacturing technologies and processes using the new facilities in the two labs.
Currently, about 400 industry professionals have been trained in Digital Technologies for Smart City and Digital Transformation. By March 2019, an estimated 1,000 industry professionals will be trained in advanced manufacturing.
The agreement will also see both organisations explore more avenues for collaboration – such as the Enhanced Internship Programme at Bosch for SP’s students, to help them gain industry-related skillsets and experience.
“As we lend our expertise to budding talent, we hope that it will enable them to shape the future with new innovations that are truly ‘Invented for Life’ and in turn, accelerate Singapore’s digital journey towards a Smart Nation,” said Martin Hayes, President, Bosch Southeast Asia.
“In a new environment of constant technological disruption, our graduates will need to learn how to learn while acquiring deep skills, so as to become life-long learners to stay ahead of the curve,” said Soh Wai Wah, Principal and CEO, Singapore Polytechnic.
“We are happy to work hand-in-hand with a technological leader like Bosch, so that we can continue to develop students who are able to contribute effectively and add value to the advance manufacturing sector, and at the same time shape Singapore’s economy," added Soh.