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TSSG researcher: ‘We truly stand upon the shoulders of giants’

Bernard Butler, Postdoctoral Researcher, TSSG.

Bernard Butler, Postdoctoral Researcher, TSSG.

For data centres to work to the best of their abilities, a great amount of research has to go into digital communications. But who is behind that research?

A massive part of being a researcher is being able to talk about your research and explain it to those less familiar with the scientific field.

Bernard Butler is a postdoctoral researcher at TSSG at Waterford Institute of Technology, focusing on digital communications.

Here, he talks about his background, his work and what a typical day is like for him as a researcher.

What is your role within TSSG?

I am a postdoc researcher, assigned to the Connect research centre, which is looking at the next generation of digital communications between people, between people and machines, and even between machines.

I supervise PhD students and carry out my own research. The Connect project I work on is concerned with intelligent transport systems (ITS) and is jointly funded by Intel. ITS offers the promise that road transport could be made more energy-efficient and less subject to traffic congestion if we could share information collected by sensors in vehicles and in the roadside infrastructure.

We could then use the information to help drivers make better choices regarding speed, lane changing and avoiding dangers in the road ahead.

Currently, I am off Connect and on a three-month secondment in a large company in the South of France that manages critical IT systems for transport customers. I am looking at how to identify and triage issues in its data centre.

Sometimes, when lots of user requests come in at once, a problem arises and those requests get backed up. The data centre operations staff need to find and fix the problem, otherwise there could be transport chaos for holiday/travel companies and their customers. I bring an alternative perspective and complementary expertise – we learn from each other, so everyone wins!

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Published by  Silicon Republic on 12th July 2017.

Dell Helps Future Proof Customers Globally With Internet of Things Technology

IGDell Inc., provider of the industry’s broadest Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure portfolio from edge to core to cloud, is helping new customers across the globe, as well as its own manufacturing facilities, to future proof their businesses through embracing IoT technology. New customers span a broad range of industries, from building and industrial automation to video surveillance and security, and include global automation technology provider Emerson; energy management software provider Talisen Technologies; video surveillance experts Innodep; and ICT research and innovation organization TSSG. Additionally, Dell is deploying its Edge Gateways across several manufacturing facilities after seeing productivity improvements during recent proof of concepts in Brazil.

According to a new report published by Dell Technologies and the Institute for the Future (IFTF), emerging technologies such as IoT, along with massive advancements in software, big data and processing power, will reshape society. In 2030 every organization will be a technology organization and, as a result, businesses need to start thinking now about how to prepare their infrastructure for digital transformation. 

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Software quality is the key to TSSG’s success

V&VVerification and validation unit focuses on quality at TSSG.

TSSG’s Catherine Cunniffe says that verification and validation (V&V) are key to deriving quality software from research.

Cunniffe said that the V&V group works with both internal research and external clients, ranging from innovation partners in Ireland to companies in Europe and Silicon Valley.

Practical work includes code reviews, studying the software configuration management, and testing the software before it can be released to market.

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Written by Luke Maxwell, Published by Silicon Republic on 26th July 2017.

Irish IoT platform start-up Wia gets €750,000 in seed funding

Wia chief executive Conall Laverty, Mike Brennan of Enterprise Ireland and Suir Valley Ventures managing partner Barry Downes.

Wia chief executive Conall Laverty, Mike Brennan of Enterprise Ireland and Suir Valley Ventures managing partner Barry Downes.

‘Stripe for Internet of Things’ to double headcount and expand into enterprise space

Wia, a Dublin-based start-up that aims to be the “Stripe for the Internet of Things” (IoT), has raised €750,000 in seed funding as it looks to expand globally.

The company has come up with a cloud platform that enables developers to turn sensor-based hardware into IoT devices.

The funding round was led by Waterford-based venture capital (VC) firm Suir Valley Ventures, with participation from Enterprise Ireland.

Established in 2015, Wia’s platform is used by developers in more than 85 countries to turn sensing devices into smart applications.

The company, a former participant in the National Digital Research Centre’s LaunchPad programme, has partnerships in place with a number of leading technology companies including Sigfox, PubNub and Twilio.

Founder and chief executive Conall Laverty (28), who comes from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, has previously designed software solutions with Big Motive, Channel 4, BBC, Net-a-Porter, Cambridge Silicon Radio and Deezer.

Mr Laverty said Wia, which won the Best Start-up award at the Irish Internet Association (IIA) awards last year, will use the seed investment will be used to fund its expansion and for further investment in R&D.

“We intend to use the funding to grow the team out in Dublin and make a big move into the enterprise space,” Mr Laverty said.

The company currently employs six people with plans to double headcount over the coming months.

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This article was published by The Irish Times on August 3rd.

Waterford group leading €1.8m Ireland-Wales fisheries project

Included in the photo are Senator Paudie Coffey, Tim James - Energy Director MHPA, Marie Harnett - Senior First Level Controller, Southern Regional Assembly, Tomas Cooper - Energy Engineer, BIM, Sean Lyons - Project Manager, WIT, Dr Monjur Mourshed - Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Engineering Cardiff University.

Included in the photo are Senator Paudie Coffey, Tim James – Energy Director MHPA, Marie Harnett – Senior First Level Controller, Southern Regional Assembly, Tomas Cooper – Energy Engineer, BIM, Sean Lyons – Project Manager, WIT, Dr Monjur Mourshed – Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Engineering Cardiff University.

Waterford IT-based TSSG will orchestrate a new international programme to improve Irish and Welsh fisheries, with €1.8m of EU money.

In a rarity for things like this, Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT), Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) will lead an actually cleverly named research study.

Pisces (Smart Cluster Energy System for the Fish Processing Industry) will see TSSG orchestrate a €1.8m investigation into opportunities and risks posed by climate change on both sides of the Irish Sea.

The funding will be used to develop and test a new “smart grid” electricity network to help reduce energy costs for the fisheries industries of each country.

The fish processing industry is generally centred around coastal fishing ports, which is fine in theory but these can often be isolated, cut off from complementary services and communication lines.

The programme suggests that this “imposes inherent competitive disadvantages in the market” compared with the likes of farming, or other food production industries.

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