The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and its partner, the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, through the Institute of Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK), have won a project competition for Dipper project on Distributed Internet of Things (IoT) Platforms for Safe Food Production. The team members from KNUST are Professor Abdul-Rahman Ahmed, Dr. James Gadze, Dr. Eric Tutu Tchao, Professor Fred Nimoh and Mr. Andrew Selasi Agbemenu.
The combined project funded by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), would grant both institutions a research budget worth 750,000.00 EUR for a period of four years.
The project includes a teaching and research infrastructure that will significantly contribute to the state-of-the-art application of “Internet of Things” (IoT) and Blockchain technologies for safe food production. The Dipper project would be hosted at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KNUST.
Professor Abdul-Rahman Ahmed, Dean of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KNUST, said ‘this huge project with our friends in Germany would be an excellent steppingstone to advance applied technologies, build up spin-offs and help our communities and companies’.
Professor Dr. Ing. Axel Sikora, the Scientific Director at ivESK and the coordinating partner of the Dipper project is based on experience from previous projects necessary to provide IoT and blockchain solutions for retrofitting existing industries both in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Germany.
Dr. Eric Tutu Tchao, Lead of the Ghana demonstration and the Faculty Grants Coordinator, also expressed excitement with the prospects the Dipper project offers for training world class engineers to solve the peculiar challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. James Gadze, the Head of Telecommunications Engineering Department believes that the setting up of the Dipper Lab at KNUST and the collaborative PhD/MSc research would be a game changer for post graduate education in the faculty. The prospects of technicians being trained through faculty. With this, they will be able manage and use the Dipper lab for the purposes of Research and Development to have a multiplier effect on knowledge transfer within the sub-region, he added.
Mrs. Christiana Selorm Aggor, the Project Manager, believed the Dipper project would bridge the gap in equipping women with the necessary skills in Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and sensor-based technologies needed to enable Ghana to achieve the objectives of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Industry 4.0.