3CS at TSSG secures a further €1.7m funding

Five projects led by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) researchers from the Centre for Converged Services (3CS) at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have secured Enterprise Ireland funding of €1.1m in the latest endorsement for the high-achieving international group.
TSSG researchers have also secured support worth €600,000 from Enterprise Ireland for two other projects, bringing the total secured by TSSG and 3CS researchers in the current round of Enterprise Ireland funding to €1.7 million.
The TSSG is the only research group within the Institute of Technology sector to lead a Science Foundation Ireland strategic research cluster and has also received funding from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for a research programme defining the Future Internet, FutureComm, with partners from NUI Maynooth and University of Limerick.
Commercially, the TSSG/3CS has built strategic partnerships with major international telecommunications companies such as Cisco, Ericsson, eircom, Alcatel-Lucent Bell and IBM Tivoli. TSSG/3CS also leads a consortium of Irish companies under an Enterprise Ireland industry-led research programme, IMS-ARCS, which will help position the companies’ products in the emerging mobile services market.
Based at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus at Carriganore, TSSG/3CS has created a mobile services cluster of high potential start-ups, creating over 55 extra jobs in addition to the core 150 at the TSSG in Waterford Institute of Technology.
According to Barry Downes, Executive Director, 3CS: “Our core activity involves gaining a deep understanding of the challenges faced by industry and in turn using knowledge to fully exploit a range of commercialisation opportunities in the marketplace. In many respects, the TSSG and 3CS researchers are helping build the ‘smart economy’ that can, in time, steer us to economic recovery.
“At a time of considerable economic difficulty for Ireland and the southeast region where we are based, the sustainable skilled employment created by TSSG/3CS and our successful spinout/spin-in companies is especially important. We currently have 15 active commercialisation projects and this latest Enterprise Ireland funding will support a series of opportunities to be moved to the next stage of development as we continue to work on translating research outputs to new products and services.”
The latest funding takes the amount competitively secured by TSSG since its foundation in 1996 to almost €60m. The group now has some 150 researchers and other personnel engaged in cutting edge projects that see them partner with other higher education institutions and prestigious technology companies.
TSSG researchers are among the leading telecommunications and software engineering experts in the country and their work involves partnerships with academic and global industry leaders.
Under Enterprise Ireland’s latest round of technology development funding, all three information and communications technology (ICT) proposals approved for funding originate in Waterford Institute of Technology with three of the nine ICT proposals approved for proof of concept funding in the same round also coming from Waterford.
TSSG conducts research in telecommunications network management and mobile services. It is recognised as one of the top 10 European institutes (industry or academic) driving the specification of the Future Internet. The group is the leading Irish participant in the EU-funded FP7 Information & Communications Technologies research and development (R&D) programme where it is active in 14 projects worth €5m.
Currently nominated for a second prestigious award for a major project completed for the National Trust of Scotland at the historic Culloden battlefield, Zolk C is a prime example of a commercial spinout company from TSSG/3CS.
The company has provided hand-held units that use GPS technology to trigger appropriate multimedia, video, audio and text content suited to the position a visitor is at during their tour of the 1746 battle site. The location-triggered guide provides character accounts, archaeological evidence and real-life sound effects. Having won a UK-wide Museums & Heritage Award last year for innovative use of technology, the handsets created by Zolk C for Culloden have been shortlisted for a Scottish Thistle Award for Innovation.
Further information is available at www.3CS.info and www.zolkc.com.
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