On May 3, 2022, the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour inaugurated the “Very High Speed” hall of the Networks and Telecommunications Department of the IUT des Pays de l’Adour on its Mont-de-Marsan campus. , in the presence of:
- Françoise TAHERI, prefect of Landes;
- Alain ROUSSET, President of the Regional Council of New-Aquitaine;
- Xavier FORTINON, President of the Landes Departmental Council;
- Charles DAYOT, President of the Agglomeration Community of Marsan and Mayor of Mont-de-Marsan;
- Laurent Bordes, President of the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA);
- and Bertrand Charrier, director of the Pays de l’Adour University and Technology Institute.
A very fast technological hall
The network and telecommunications department of the IUT des Pays de l’Adour in Mont-de-Marsan has benefited from modern equipment since June 2019, a super-high-speed hall (THD) of 442 m². This hall is equipped with various physical supports that allow the construction of complete architectures of very fast internet networks (optical fibers and 5G) and related services such as virtualization and cloud computing.
This project was funded by the State, the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, the Landes department council, the Marsan agglomeration community and the UPPA.
“Thanks to the support of the State, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, Department of Landes and Mont-de-Marsan Agglomeration, UPPA is now equipped with new innovative equipment that allows the networks and telecommunications departments‘ IUT des Pays de l ‘Adour to train the technicians that France needs in the digital age and in the UPPA computer laboratory to develop high -level research for the benefit, in particular, of integration”, underlined Laurent Bordes, president of UPPA.
An ambitious project for training and research
The technology hall supports the teaching and research activities of the Networks and Telecommunications Department of the Pays de l’Adour IUT.
Creating five new innovative practical work rooms
The new equipment now acquired makes it possible to develop distance and/or telepresence training actions for the professional world or in the context of lifelong training.
- A datacenter, consisting of both a production component (set of servers and data storage used to support the teaching and research activities of the site) and an educational component (material resources needed for learners, during their practical work, to “develop” virtualization / cloud solutions: repetitive servers, excessive data storage, air conditioning, electrical backup);
- A specialized FTTH (Fiber To The Home) fiber optic room: the room is arranged to allow end-to-end reproduction of the operators’ “optical fiber local loop” architecture (connecting all subscribers to a geographical operator area), from the Internet socket in the subscriber area to the operator’s central office (core network connection point). In addition to the possibility of architectural construction described above, the specificity of this room is the use of buried and aerial fiber optic cable running around the building, so that students can work on the architectures nearby. to what we see in reality. .
- A wireless network room that allows the study of high-speed transmission of the Hertzian channel. This room is particularly suitable for studying 5G, as well as very high speed wifi, but also satellite television. Its specificity is the presence of a technical terrace, equipped with a mast where students can go to position and configure the antennas, to work directly with the operator’s networks.
- A teletraining room to conduct hybrid or distance learning. This room is equipped with telepresence robots, to allow distant students or a teacher to tele-present during lessons. Integration with the IT team’s research activities is essential: a tool for capturing learning data (Learning Analytics) and tracking students ’progress in educational sequences is in under development, to be implemented, and allow the development of a database of study traces useful for future research work.
- An open-space room for research to accommodate both doctoral students, post-doctoral students, trainees, engineers working on research projects in Halle, but also partners socio-economic where partnerships are woven.
This hall allows the development of new training focused on very high speed technology:
- Bachelor’s degreeProfession in computer networks and telecommunications
- Network and telecom project manager (CART)
- High -speed networks (RTHD)
- University Bachelor of Technology (BUT) Networks and Telecommunications
- Network project management
- Operator and multimedia network.
Technical platforms to promote the work of researchers
From a research perspective, High Speed Hall aims to provide the team of computer scientists from LIUPPA (UPPA computer science laboratory) with several technical platforms (telepresence, distance training) and IT support (datacenter). . These tools should make it possible, on the one hand, to develop new lines of work (telepresence, university 4.0), and on the other hand, to initiate or strengthen partnerships in the socio-economic world. Several projects have already been started.
At the local and regional level
- The partnership with the PEP40 (SAPADHE service) association has existed since 2015; it became possible to promote the use of telepresence in middle and high schools in Landes, by students who had long been absent from their school for health reasons (inclusion tool); it relies on the part of our fleet of robots (4), but also on the technical support of an engineer and a technician from the R&T (robot maintenance) department, as well as students from said department (learners). project, civic services) to accompany student users (installation, training, follow-up and support; approximately one hundred student beneficiaries). This collaboration is largely supported by CD40 (purchase of robots, operational support: € 30k).
- Several publicity actions were held as part of the Science Festival, specifically a telepresence Escape Game in the technological hall, to introduce the approximately twenty CM2 students visiting Lubet Barbon’s college, telepresence robotics.
- A regional training of trainers on the use of these robots by all stakeholders (students, family, teachers, classmates) was designed using Canopé Landes.
- The collaboration with La Rochelle’s L3I Laboratory (Computing, image, Interaction), is being finalized within the framework of the Regional Research Network on Robotics (R4) initiated and supported by the New Aquitaine Regional Council. A thesis will support this project in 2023.
At the national level
- Preparation of details for the TED-i plan, a project of the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports. The goal of this project is to deploy 4,000 robots in all French schools, at the service of students with disabilities; this is partly based on the results of the collaborative project in PEP 40.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the TED-i plan, entrusted by MENJS. This is a question of evaluating the impact of using these robots on school learning.
On an international level
- A collaboration is underway with UCompensar University of Bogota (Colombia). The framework of this project is to study the impact of the digital divide on education in Colombia: demonstrations of the use of robots from the THD hall from Colombia were conducted and a Colombian delegation was received in April in Mont-de- Marsan.