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Tomáš Záruba, student of the Electrical Engineering, Power Engineering and Management study program at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, had founded the Byzance (Byzantium) startup together with his other colleagues. It focuses on the rapidly growing market for Internet of Things (IoT). Members of the team deal with tools for development and long-term management of IoT, including security. To achieve the significant development of this technology that they have planned for upcoming year, they have developed an universal hardware kit, which will help overcome the difficulties between the development of prototype and mass production.

After two years of development, the team of Tomáš Záruba managed to get technologies focused on the IoT from academia to the real commercial use. The Byzantium startup aims is to develop a universal platform and tools that would be deployable globally and could operate safely while managing millions of devices without extensive user experience and need for large number of specialists.

The team of fourteen consists of graduates and students of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology and Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies. At Byzantium, they are proud that after a year and a half, their progressive firmware which will greatly facilitate development of the Internet of Things in the future and make it cheaper in an order of magnitude, has visible results. The main difference from the offer provided by the international corporate-management is hardware approach that the team understands to be primarily a service. This is what their business plan is built on. It is not based on high sales figures for the Embedded Hardware, but from the management fee for connected elements of IoT, their development support, firmware operation , data service and security. It stands out particularly in excellently mastered linking of the development of elementary end devices with the cloud. All this is possible thanks to the  "industrial operating system" for smart devices, developed from scratch.

In the near future, Byzantium plans to cooperate very closely with CTU and high schools of the faculties. The plan is to build a laboratory where students would have functional hardware at their disposal.