Love the fact that they're tapping student brain power to get this done. Solves the ever-present budgetary challenges all of these countries face in terms of channeling dollars towards new projects while giving students a real opportunity to get hands-on learning and do some good in the process.
Are these real apps, meaning they run on smart phones or tablets, or are they Web-based applications for traditional laptops?
Beth, I agree - I think its great that this task has been placed with university students. I am also appreciative of the global initiative - it's great to see countries working together to solve a problem. Piracy is a very real problem and this is yet another opportunity for technology to make a difference.
Beth, I would suspect they are targeting smartphones and tablets, using those interfaces to get real-time information almost anywhere. Students would be ideal for this task, as the design of some web apps are using emerging technology solutions using a combination of web technologies primarily HTML5 & CSS3 style sheets along with databases to speed development.
Good point, Al, that student's modern skills in HTML5 and the like make them natural candidates to get this job done. I'm wondering, though, if the screen size and processing power of the smart phone/app combination is enough to provide enough actionable data to make any kind of difference.
Elizabeth, we know that pirate attacks are more in African coastal areas and most of the countries like US, India etc are trying to safe guard the vessels passing through these area. What I would suggest is instead of web application they have to use surveillance cameras; GPRS based systems and satellites for keeping a watch over the entire area and for safe guarding the ships.
Beth, such crucial projects has to be getting done through professional and not by students. Ofcource as a part of cost control they can use student's knowledge and skills. But I don't think they can do it in a professional way unless and until some professionals has to do the design works and guide them.
@mydesign: No doubt there needs to be some professional oversight to make student-based innovations/projects commercial, yet tapping their brain power to get the idea and to give them hands-on experience is really important. But you are absolutely right that it's highly unlikely they won't get to the commercialization stage without a hand--that is unless you are Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or dozens of other enterprising enterpreneurs!
Beth, I agree that for fresherís and college students needs hands on experience and it matters a lot for their career development. But I donít prefer studentís involvements in any mission critical or vital security application developments for the account of hands on experience. I think you are aware that the procedure for recruitments with any of the government or defence labs. The main intention and reason for such thorough back ground security is to make sure that non involvements of un trusted strangers (Am not blaming any students in particular but generally).
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