A mobile phone apps’ test center unique in the Baltic states is open at Mektory
On February a test center unique in the Baltic states for mobile applications – Smart Lab – was opened at TUT Mektory.
Students’ newest applications are available for trying out at the opening. Solutions of start-ups such as FreePee, Rentmarket, Qminder, Lingvist and Code2Kids are presented on the smart devices of the lab. It is also possible to ride an electric bike – parameters of its battery can be observed on a smart device.
The purpose of Smart Lab is to make top conditions available for Estonia’s undertakings and the students in order to create new and globally successful applications.
“For the first time, there has appeared an environment in Estonia, where it is possible to seriously test the applications of smart devices. We are waiting for the environment to bring together the best developers, which will in turn increase the number and quality of apps created in Estonia. The Smart Lab is outfitted with top quality devices, which enable the testing of created applications on any platforms,” commented Tiit Tammiste, Eesti Telekom’s Director of Technology.
“The app lab creates the students studying in Estonia globally competitive conditions for putting together new applications. Tallinn University of Technology and also the IT College have the opportunity to use the environment for study activities and thereby also bring practical know-how to university’s subjects. However, for the undertakings, this is an environment where they can test their product before marketing it,” said Tea Varrak, Vice-Rector of Innovation and International Relations.
The Lab is located on the mobile and media floor of the Mektory Innovation Center. In addition to the lab there is also a corner for brainstorming and holding meetings, the development work is supported by the mobile and media lab.
There are tens of different smart devices at the new testing lab, which enable testing new applications manually as well as run automatic tests and thereby guarantee the users best experiences. The environment is meant for software developers, students, scientists, testers, mobile companies and undertakings ordering apps.
At the end of November of 2015 TUT Innovation and business center Mektory, the IT College and leading Estonian IT undertakings Eesti Telekom, Samsung, TUT, ASA Nortal, StagnationLab, Applaud, MobiLab and NGO IKT Demokeskus signed a cooperation agreement, which created the apps’ testing environment at Mektory. The Center is also sponsored by Microsoft, HP, Valge Klaar and LG. The idea of creating an app lab came about due to IT undertakings’ common interest to increase the capabilities and business potential of applications created by Estonian undertakings. The center was created as it is not feasible for each undertaking to build a separate center and the universities lack the necessary infrastructure for a large-volume study activities. By now the creation of the lab has been completed.
Photo gallery by Heidi Pihlak, TUT Mektory
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