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Computing Department at Institute of Technology Tralee Open First Open Device Lab (ODL) in Ireland

Apr 29, 2014

Computing Department at Institute of Technology Tralee Open First Open Device Lab (ODL) in Ireland

The Computing Department at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, is living up to its aim to become a Technological Hub for the region in opening up the first Open Device Lab (ODL) in Ireland.  The Open Device Lab was officially launched during Tech Week in early May, with Industry Reps from the ICT Industries attending talks, demos and tours of the facilities available.

Mary Lucey, Head of Department of Computing, said “There are currently 111 Open Device Labs (ODLs) across 26 countries around the world.  The Institute of Technology, Tralee is very proud to announce that it has established the very first one in Ireland.   This is another step that the Computing Department has taken to further enhance Industry links and engage students on real-live projects producing industry ready graduates.  This production of industry ready graduates appears to be one of the main reasons why CAO applications to undertake computing programmes at the Institute of Technology, Tralee are very strong and continue to increase steadily”.

The Computing Department recognise that the range of devices used to access websites and use applications is constantly changing and fast growing. No one Company is in a position to buy and own all those devices. This is where the ITT Computing Department comes in.  Claire Horgan, Computing Department Coordinator and main driver behind the Lab explained that the fragmentation of operating systems and browsers as well as the diversity of internet-enabled devices makes it impossible for the vast majority of developers to personally own a representative pool of test devices. Nevertheless, quality assurance across real devices is a must to ensure a pleasant user experience, sufficient stability and security. Although online emulators will allow developers to do some degree of testing they are not a true reflection of the real device.  Using the ITT Open Device Lab, a free resource for ICT Students, Industries and Communities, they can test their developments on a growing range of internet connected devices. As a result, ODLs lead to an ultimate improvement of the web and app experience both for developers and for consumers.  

3rd Year Work Placement Computing Students Carolyn Murphy and Joe O Flaherty have worked on the design, development, registeration and promotion of the ITT Open Device Lab as their work placement since January and are both delighted with the success of the launch. Keith O Faolain PostGrad Research Student was also a major contributor as part of the development team.

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