Calgary, AB (May 8, 2017) – Zedi is pleased to announce today that it recently closed Donor Agreements with both the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). In the agreements, Zedi will provide its Smart-AlekTM electronic gas flow measurement devices combined with access to Zedi AccessTM, Zedi’s award-winning cloud-based software solution, to support course development and delivery in Instrumentation and Petroleum Engineering technology programs.
“We employ many graduates of Alberta’s polytechnic Institutes, and are honoured to play a supportive role in the educational community by providing lead-edge technology for students and staff to support,” said James Freeman, Zedi CTO and President, New Ventures.
“We are thrilled to have Zedi’s continued support in providing our students with leading-edge technology that they can expect to use when they enter the workforce. Through hands-on experience with Zedi’s devices and software, our instrumentation, petroleum engineering, computer engineering and wireless systems engineering students will be acquainted with the future of the industry. They’ll be primed to hit the ground running and make an immediate impact,” said Stewart Cook, Dean, School of Applied Sciences and Technology at NAIT.
“Student success is at the core of SAIT’s global leadership in applied-education. We are grateful for the support from Zedi. Incorporating innovative industry partnerships into SAIT learning helps us keep our programs relevant, ensuring our students are career-ready when they graduate,” says Heather Magotiaux, Vice President, External Relations, SAIT.
Zedi is also providing LoRa Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) gateways for installation on the main campuses of both NAIT and SAIT. These gateways will consist of a MultiTech MultiConnect® Conduit™ gateway running Zedi’s Field Gateway Edge Server Software (FGES). They will create an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) hotspot on both campuses to support applied research into IIoT sensors, prototyping, pre-commercial work, and student projects. Sensors and devices connected to the LPWAN will report their data into Zedi AccessTM. “Creating a work-force and economy around IIoT is a strategic growth opportunity for Alberta. Zedi is pleased to be lending its years of experience in running a large IIoT network for customers in the Oil & Gas industry to help the next generation of knowledge workers solve practical real-world problems”, said James. “We recently completed a Capstone project with NAIT students, and there was a real aptitude and appetite for working with these technologies”.
As a final contribution to both institutions, Zedi is contributing additional funding to support Capstone project work and Bursaries or Scholarships.
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc., NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta. NAIT was named Best Overall Workplace (750 or more employees) in 2016 by Alberta Venture Magazine. www.nait.ca
Established in 1916, SAIT was the first publicly funded technical school of its kind in North America. Today, SAIT is a global leader in applied education and offers more than 100 career programs and more than 1,400 part-time courses. Action-based learning, solution-focused research and enterprising collaborations with industry partners ensure SAIT students are career-ready when they graduate. SAIT is honoured to be selected by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2017 and to be awarded Best Workplace for Volunteerism and Community Involvement for 2016 by Alberta Venture Magazine. sait.ca
Zedi is a leading oil and gas technology and services company in the field of production operations. Through technology backed by expert consultation and services, we help our customers realize their production potential. With our unique combination of award-winning automation, data management and field and professional services, we offer complete solutions for the challenges our customers encounter.
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