Andrew Pestano

FIU Looks to Future With ‘Internet of Things' Degree

Florida International University is helping current and future students engage with the digital world by offering a degree in the Internet of Things.

As gadgets and gizmos become ever-more integrated with daily lives, such as smart watches and glasses, the phrase Internet of Things truly makes sense.

"That's why we call them Internet of Things. They are part of the internet through that connection and they are huge," FIU professor Kemal Akkaya said. "Maybe Internet of Things is a little weird but when they see 'IoT' everybody’s used to it."

About 20 billion "Internet of Things" devices are projected to be used throughout the world in about five years.

The 120-hour Internet of Things degree will focus on technology involved in machine-to-machine communication, as well as to prevent hacking.

Classes start this spring and the full program kicks off in fall.

"We’re giving a comprehensive knowledge so that they can learn everything about 'IoT' and when they graduate they can easily get the job," Akkaya added.

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