CDAIT Selected as International Advisor to New IoT Center in Mexico

Monday, January 30, 2017
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico

Atlanta, January 30, 2017 – The influence of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) is growing as the Center provided guidance last week to a new Internet of Things (IoT) center in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Back in June of 2016, the state of Jalisco, Mexico, approved the creation of the Centro de Innovación, Desarrollo Tecnológico y Aplicaciones de Internet de las Cosas, or “Center of Innovation in Internet of Things" (CIIoT) in English. The first center of its type in Mexico, it is located in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second most populous city – often called “the Mexican Silicon Valley.”

This initiative is backed by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología [Conacyt]) and the Fondo Mixto [Fomix] of the State of Jalisco. CIIoT-Jalisco (CIIoT) is a consortium formed by leading Mexican institutions of higher education and research including Tecnológico de Monterrey; the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Guadalajara; and Tecnológico Superior de Jalisco José Mario Molina Pasquel y Henríquez (TSJMM). Its business model is effective collaboration among government, academia and industry.

Alain Louchez, managing director of CDAIT, which is housed at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, was selected during the bid process to become an international advisor to CIIoT.

The first meeting took place Jan. 22-25 in Guadalajara (CINVESTAV). Louchez met with various CIIoT researchers and professors with expertise in IoT-related domains such as computer networks and telecommunications, computer science, decision control, embedded systems and cyber-physical systems, power generation and energy harvesting, mechatronics, stochastic processes, and human computer interaction. Distinguished CIIoT members included Dr. César Cárdenas (principal investigator) of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara campus; Dr. Pedro Mejía, Dr. Mario Siller and Dr. José Luis Naredo of Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) in Guadalajara; and Dr. Héctor Rodríguez and M.C. Alejandro Aguilar of Tecnológico Superior de Jalisco José Mario Molina Pasquel y Henríquez (TSJMM) among others.

The team reviewed in detail CIIoT’s master plan, which should lead CIIoT to become fully operational and self-sufficient within two years. Technological and non-technological dimensions of the Internet of Things were both addressed, with an emphasis on developing a sustainable original value proposition that meets both government and industry objectives.

The paramount importance of putting the customer and the user at the core of CIIoT’s work was one of the most distinct outcomes of the review. They also identified key IoT drivers to leverage, and challenges to overcome. The possibility of CIIoT becoming an engine of regional economic growth was an important element of the discussions. Different forms of collaboration with CDAIT were also explored.

During his visit, Louchez toured several laboratories focused on IoT-related topics and gave a talk to students and researchers on selected IoT-related policies and activities in the United States and around the world. Louchez has been invited to keynote during the Digital Economy Show 2017 in June in Guadalajara, and CDAIT will participate in further reviews of CIIoT’s plans in 2017 and 2018.