Neville Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Communications Engineering, Southampton Solent University (left), Antony Lane Technical Support Engineer, Westermo (right).
Westermo industrial Ethernet extenders and managed Ethernet switches enable students to develop solutions for typical industrial networking-related problems.
Westermo specialises in the design and manufacture of industrial networking equipment for use in demanding environments. It has supplied the university with networking equipment including industrial Ethernet extenders and managed Ethernet switches with routing functionality. The equipment enables students from within the university’s computer networking courses to develop solutions for typical industrial networking-related problems based on real-life installations provided by Westermo.
“The equipment donated by Westermo enables a complete industrial networking scenario to be configured within a dedicated computer networking laboratory at the university,” said Neville Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Communications Engineering at Southampton Solent University. “The partnership with Westermo will play an important role in diversifying the education and possible career paths of our students. Previously, our focus has been mainly on data communications technology within office environments, but the experience gained with Westermo’s industrial technology will ensure that graduates are better equipped to handle roles within industrial environments.”
Antony Lane is one of the university’s Computer Network Management graduates who is already working in the industrial data communications field, as a Technical Support Engineer at Westermo. “The idea behind the lab exercises is to assist the students in thinking as industrial network engineers rather than as commercial network engineers,” Antony said. “With their ‘industrial hat’ on, they need to think about why products need to last for extended periods of time without failure and why they are manufactured differently. The students are in the process of completing a test to become Westermo certified engineers. This knowledge and qualification can assist their employability prospects over the coming months – something that has been underlying this project from the beginning.”
* The Solent, from which this university gets its name , is the strait between the south coast of England and The Isle of Wight.
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