Kimberly-Clark Joins Georgia Tech Research Centre
Kimberly-Clark has announced that it is joining Georgia Tech's Centre for the Development and Application of Internet-of-Things Technologies (CDAIT), furthering its commitment to technological innovation.
Kimberly-Clark will take a seat on the executive advisory board of the global, non-profit research and development centre. It will help to ‘guide research into the rapidly evolving 'internet of things' (IoT) marketplace that addresses critical societal issues including privacy, trust, ethics, regulation and policy’.
This coincides with Kimberly-Clark’s new Onvation technology. It is a restroom management system that harnesses the machine-to-machine connectivity of IoT to provide customers with up-to-the-minute monitoring of restroom conditions from any device or location, 24 hours a day.
This allows building managers to monitor restroom problems, and fix them before they become complaints.
Renee Pearson, global director of IT innovation, said "By joining CDAIT, we are taking an active role in shaping the future of IoT innovation and better understanding how to continue leveraging the convergence of the physical and digital worlds to bring actionable data, analytics and insights to businesses."
Alain Louchez, managing director of CDAIT, added, “We are looking forward to actively collaborating with Kimberly-Clark's experts in the IoT space".
"In particular, their significant involvement in the IoT security and privacy working group will provide a very useful perspective in a complex and critical area."
Currently, CDAIT's activities are focused on horizontal domains through six working groups - education and training, start-up ecosystem, thought leadership, security and privacy, standards and management, and research.
The two organisations have partnered together for over 35 years, and Kimberly-Clark sponsors key programmes within the institution including Women in Engineering, the Renewable BioProducts Institute, the Centre for Bio-Inspired Design, and the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology. Kimberly-Clark employs more than 100 Georgia Tech alumni.
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