On July 12 we been invited to the final presentation of ‘Classe Virtuale‘ program at Loccioni group.
Classe Virtuale is a great initiative of Loccioni group, a company specialized in custom automatic machines for automotive, healthcare and more. This company is extremely active on investing on human capital, starting from students. Classe virtuale is a 3 weeks hands-on program for 28 students selected on 4 technical high school in this italian region called Marche.
The students have the opportunity to create a technological product and they follow the whole project starting from team building,tech development, suppliers coordination and economics/marketing.
It’s project that in 4 weeks transforms 28 students in a complete company where they learn about working in team, reach objectives and put hands-on technology in practical, not just on book.
This year the project they developed is ‘People counter’. Basically it’s an RFID WiFi enabled network of scanners connected to a central server. This was designed around a need of schools: monitor students at room level and manage security on panic conditions.
Loccioni group pushed the students to use open source technology and they decided to create the People counter using Arduino, Flyport Wi-Fi and a 13.56Mhz tag reader from Adafruit.
They made the system working together using Arduino as coordinator and Flyport as intelligent gateway to the Internet.
On server they developed an application where it’s possible to assign a tag to a student and enable his access on certain areas.
The presentation was amazing. These students (17 years old) made a nice show for teachers and families. Enrico Loccioni, founder of Loccioni group, was there sure that this kind of events are helping young guys to understand better what a company is and to boost their enthusiasm. A amazing phrase was: if I see I forget, if I read I remember, if I do I learn.
Claudio Carnevali was there to represent openPicus, here are his impressions: ‘It has been a real pleasure for me to be at Loccioni group for this great event for several reasons.
First of all this company is from my native region and actually where our products are manufactured.
Second reason is that one of the 4 high schools is the school where I study electronics (ITIS Volterra, Ancona).
The third reason is that when I was 16yo I also was selected for a similar project when and I remember this as an inspiring moment where my passion to create companies made of people and technology was unvealed.
I had also the opportunity to meet mr Enrico Loccioni who is a real visonary. His company was for years the winner of the prize called ‘best working place’ in Italy.
Our relationship with Loccioni group will continue thanks to Marco Giammarini who contacted me and visted openPicus Lab in June. Marco and his team are working on a very nice project (Wi-fi enabled by Flyport) that aims to measure and increa the comfort level of a working place.
It a real satisfaction when a company of this level chose and open source technology like openPicus, it means the world is changing, even big companies are more and more interested to shrink their time to market using open hardware, well tested and with am active community behind.‘