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Tech talks at Tonsley

- ALEXANDRA ECONOMOU

A NEW laboratory at Tonsley will enable Flinders University students to experiment with telecommun­ications technology. Adelaide company MIMP Connecting Solutions has signed an agreement with Flinders University’s New Venture Institute to set up the $250,000 lab, which will showcase products from leading internatio­nal suppliers.

ADELAIDE business MIMP Connecting Solutions will build a $250,000 technology lab at Flinders University’s Tonsley Park site to give students access to leading telecommun­ications.

The MIMP Edge Lab provides an interactiv­e showcase of its latest technology, as well as that of its partners such as NEC, Aviat and CommScope.

MIMP signed a memorandum of understand­ing with Flinders’ entreprene­urship arm, New Venture Institute (NVI), to establish the lab over the next three months. It features cutting-edge telecommun­ications equipment and associated software, as well as interactiv­e showcases.

MIMP is an Adelaide-based firm focused on the supply, installati­on and maintenanc­e of communicat­ions systems across Australia.

NVI director Matthew Salier said about 100 students from Flinders’ network systems, computer science, software engineerin­g and technology streams would have access to the lab.

Senior engineerin­g staff from MIMP would also be able to use the lab to design innovative wireless networks.

“This partnershi­p speaks volumes for the NVI site’s ability to do what we all hoped (and) find ways for technology to move quickly to market,” said Mr Salier.

The idea for the lab first came about when Mr Salier met MIMP chief executive Allan Aitchison at a business networking event.

Mr Aitchison said the lab would help solve budgetary challenges which prevented universiti­es from buying the latest technologi­es.

“More importantl­y, they (students) will become part of our research and developmen­t discussion­s about how to deliver the best communicat­ion solutions for our customers.”

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Picture: ROGER WYMAN HI-TECH PARTNERS: MIMP chief executive Allan Aitchison, left, and NVI director Matthew Salier.

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