Wipro also hosted a two-day hackathon on Industrial IoT from March 12-13 at its Kochi development centre, which saw active participation from leading engineering colleges in Kerala.
IT major Wipro Limited on Thursday announced the launch of its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Kochi, India.
It is Wipro’s third global IIoT lab, the other two are located at Mountain View in California and Bangalore.
Leveraging artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotics, the new lab will develop Proofs of Concept (POCs) and market-ready IoT solutions in an iterative agile development model, the company said.
Kerala IT Secretary M Sivasankar, who inaugurated the centre said, “Congratulations to Wipro on setting up an IIoT lab in Kochi. Kerala has focused on technologies, which are critical to the Industry 4.0 concept and IoT is an integral part of this proposition. The State has endeavoured to address skill-related issues in emerging technology areas including IIoT by fostering a vibrant hardware-based start-up ecosystem and a skilling framework that connects technical institutions.”
“With the rollout of the Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON), the ambitious fibre2home/enterprise/institution network in the next 18 months, local economy stakeholders will increasingly benefit from IoT deployments. So, Wipro’s decision to set up its third global IIoT lab in Kerala is a timely one and I hope it grows into a major development centre in a short period of time,” he added.
Hackathon on Industrial IoT
Separately, Wipro hosted a two-day hackathon on Industrial IoT from March 12 to 13 at its Kochi development centre, which saw active participation from leading engineering colleges in Kerala.
Wipro said it will extend pre-placement offers to the winning participants in the final year of their engineering degree course while those in the penultimate year of their degree program will receive internship opportunities. The new hires will join Wipro’s IIoT research and development team in Kochi.
Jayraj Nair, Vice President & Global Head – IoT, Wipro Limited, commented, “Over the years, Kerala has grown into a technology hub that offers access to a dynamic talent pool with an aptitude for new-age technologies. IoT presents a huge opportunity for industries in a hyper-connected world and we are confident that our end-to-end services and offerings will help our clients leverage IoT as part of their digital transformation goals.”
Wipro said the new centre marks its commitment to developing innovative IIoT solutions that span across the technology stack for its customers in the industrial manufacturing, automotive, healthcare and pharmaceutical, consumer products and goods, and utilities space.