IoT evaluation kit launch

03 February 2015

ARM has partnered with UCL (University College London) to develop student’s knowledge of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a new evaluation kit.

With the help of the student friendly IoT evaluation kit, ARM and UCL are aiming to encourage more STEM students (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) to stay within related professions as figures have shown that up to 36% of male engineering students and 51% of female engineering students do not pursue a career in their subject. 

The ARM IoT evaluation kit is easy to use either in the university environment or at home. Including an ARM mbed IoT device platform and software licenses, students can create Android apps and use them to control and program various end devices. Also packaged are teaching notes and coursework for the user to complete. The evaluation kit is set to inspire more STEM students, both male and female, to take up a career in engineering and other related sectors. 

UCL provides all first year undergraduates with ARMs evaluation kit. There are plans for a new course, designed to specifically target the Internet of Things, to be under way in September 2016. 

ARMs donation of the kits to UCL has already seen students undergo exciting projects, sparking enthusiasm for the engineering world. Using the evaluation kit, students have created an easy way of monitoring and reporting real time heart rates. With a heart rate monitor attached, the students were able to send the information to an app they designed, with the kit, on an Android phone via Bluetooth. This app, in turn, would transfer the data onto a laptop/tablet to help monitor the results using simple Microsoft programmes. The data collected can then either be sent, for example, to a doctor for a medical report or a coach to monitor the player’s progression. 

Mike Muller, chief technology officer of ARM notes, “students with STEM skills are in high demand. The growth in the IoT has helped to spark more of an interest for the younger generation to get involved and start creative projects of their own. 
ARMs IoT evaluation kit, coupled with UCL students, will hopefully see a rise in the number of students taking an interest in the latest technology and realise the potential both the kit and themselves have in creating devices and programs that will help enhance everyday lives.” 

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