Artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) have become a hot topic in Prague in recent years. In the interest of making Prague an AI hub, technological companies and scientific institutions joined forces with the City of Prague and created PRG.AI initiative, a national strategy that aims to attract world scientists to the Czech Republic, expand the base of Czech AI talents and help the emergence of new technology companies.
To advance research in the field of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, Czech Software Company Avast opened IoT Lab, an advanced research facility for scientists and analysts, located in their headquarters in Prague. The lab is equipped with a super-fast internet connection, 180 IoT devices, 30 Wi-Fi routers, three 3D printers, 100 outlets and 6 kilometres of cables and can provide the visitors with an insight into how IoT technologies work. The strong internet connection of 10-gigabytes-per-second allows researchers to download large data in seconds and streamline the research. A unique device – Faraday Cage, a metal enclosure used to block electromagnetic fields, is a part of the lab. The cage can be used for radio frequency experiments that only a small number of laboratories in the world can conduct because it blocks electromagnetic signals that could illegally interfere with public frequencies such as broadcast, government or military networks.
The IoT lab provides the opportunity to bring together top experts from Prague and abroad and develop modern tools with high added value. New know-how and solutions can be implemented not only in further academic research but also in everyday life. The project can help to raise awareness about new technological opportunities that artificial intelligence and Internet of Things presents and promote international cooperation and public debate in this matter.