June 2014

Pioneering Harlow college creates a 'smart environment' for learning

Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (SCK UTC) in Harlow, the UK's first UTC for medical technology and smart environments, has selected MASS to deliver its cutting-edge information and communications technology (ICT).

MASS, a Cohort plc company, will design and build the innovative ICT to support teaching and learning at the College. The College will feature an "intelligent flat", supported by the MASS ICT solution, which is a studio apartment and bathroom, networked and fitted with sensors for data capture.  The information provided will help in supporting the elderly or disabled in their home and even explore what changes technology can bring into all homes.  MASS will also provide ICT equipment for the College's Computer Aided Design studios, light engineering and manufacturing centre with 3D Printers, and a Smart Box – a unique resource that mirrors the building management and infrastructure that produces smart environments.

The ICT solutions will make use of the latest industry technology, minimising the gap between education and industry for students.  The advanced network will support the college's curriculum when it opens to 14-19 years olds in September 2014.

SCK UTC intends to preserve the legacy of its founder, Sir Charles Kao, who pioneered the development and use of fibre optics in telecommunications during his time in Harlow.

Mike Mckeaveney, Principal Sir Charles Kao UTC, said "I'm delighted to be working with such a professional organisation as MASS with a strong track record of delivering highly focused solutions that promote student achievement. MASS is fully aligned with our vision and values at Sir Charles Kao UTC and I really can't wait to get cracking."

Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS, said "We meet the demands of UTCs by taking a partnering approach and developing solutions that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each customer.  By using the latest technology and business solutions, we will enable SCK UTC to work at the cutting edge without increased risk to the students' education or the delivery of the curriculum."

Artist's impression of the SCKUTC building