Co-projects between Teleste & Tampere University of Applied Sciences
Collaboration, Innovation, and Technology Development
Collaboration, continuous learning, innovations, and experimentation guide Teleste culture. Therefore, we are especially proud to have been able to continue our partnership with Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) for the second consecutive year. This autumn, our collaboration has materialized around two exciting projects: ERFT (Error Reduction Function Tool), a tool that can calculate different products of mathematical functions and START (Smart Train Application for Route Testing) dealing with the simulation of rail routes.
ERFT – Precision in Train Journey Measurement
The ERFT project, implemented by computer software engineering student Timo Eskola, created a tool for experimenting with different functions, for example calculating the right moment to switch from the odometer to GPS to ensure the best possible location information. The result was impressive, and Eskola personally presented it at Teleste.
The project was realized in Flutter, originally a mobile development language which has later been modified to include desktop applications.
START – Simulation of Rail Routes
Our second project, START, which is still ongoing, provides a tool for creating and simulating train-runs in both fictional and real rail routes. The tool generates relevant data (speed, location, door signals etc.) from simulating a train-run on a drawn track.
START’s project group Marko Metsola, Marko Sulkunen, Sami Saastamoinen and Timo Siuruainen, all students of the ICT-department of TAMK, have been excited about the cooperation and opportunity to bring their knowledge to the benefit of the project. The project has also given the participants important lessons about working life and successful project implementation. “Teamwork and planning are essential in technology projects. Good communication goes a long way,” summarises the entire student group involved in START. – “The course has given a clearer picture of the real interfaces of work. We learned a lot about technology and map manipulation.”
START was implemented with C#, familiar from the Microsoft world, but, as in the ERFT project, the application was also required to work on all desktop environments.
In addition to being important research projects, the collaboration between Teleste and TAMK has provided meaningful opportunities to bring the working world closer to the students’ daily lives. “The weekly project meetings were effective and ensured that we quickly received feedback and comments from Teleste,” Timo Eskola recaps his experiences about the cooperation during the ERFT project noting that it was easy for a student to join the community.
Leevi Sulonen, an Embedded Systems Engineer at Teleste and Project Manager in the co-op projects, emphasises that for him, as a TAMK alumni, it has been particularly important to foster collaboration between future experts and companies. – “A collaboration like this always opens up new perspectives. I would also like to thank Teleste’s Product Manager Tiia Järvenpää and Chief Architect Sami Silvennoinen for their invaluable mentoring in the projects.”
“One of the values of TAMK is work-life orientation, and the collaboration with Teleste has met well to that. It’s good that the gap between theory and practice is bridged in this way. I appreciate Leevi’s work on behalf of the students,” says Mr. Louis Botha, Senior Lecturer at TAMK. Mr. Botha was responsible for the projects on TAMK’s side.
At Teleste and TAMK, we eagerly anticipate future collaboration, recognizing that through working together, we build the foundation for inspiring opportunities that shape the future.