Adelaide-based network support and monitoring company, MIMP Connecting Solutions, has forged a partnership with Flinders University to create an advanced telecommunications lab that will equip students, researchers and academics with some of the latest technology.
The quarter-million-dollar MIMP Edge Lab, located at the Flinders University Tonsley Park precinct in Adelaide, aims to provide an interactive showcase of the latest technology from MIMP and its partners – including NEC, Aviat and CommScope.
MIMP has signed a memorandum of understanding with Flinders’ entrepreneurship arm, New Venture Institute (NVI), to set up the MIMP Edge Lab within the next three months.
The partnership will enable about 100 students from Flinders’ network systems, computer science, software engineering and information technology streams with access to this new equipment, as well as to senior MIMP engineering staff who design innovative wireless networks.
NVI director, Matt Salier, said the MIMP Edge Lab was a “win-win” for both organisations.
“As well as MIMP’s R&D team interacting with our research people, MIMP will have access to a talent pipeline that provides a natural self-selection of people who may end up getting employment with the company. So the benefits will flow both ways,” Salier said.
According to MIMP CEO, Allan Aitchison, the MIMP Edge Lab would help solve the budgetary challenges that prevented universities buying the latest technology each year.
“A lot of students don't get to use technology until it's several years old because of CAPEX constraints,” he said.
“This lab will give them access to the latest kit from MIMP and its partners. More importantly, they will become part of our R&D discussions about how to deliver the best communication solutions for our customers,” Aitchison said.
Aitchison added that the equipment, provided by both MIMP and its channel partners, would progressively build up to more than $250,000 in value.
“The kit will keep changing as new equipment is released, so students will have a constant window to the future. Everyone here is on board about creating a chance to engage students in a real-life business to increase their long-term ability to get a job,” he said.