Extend your R&D capability with an Innovation Voucher

€5k-innovation-voucherAre you an Irish SME looking for help with research and innovation? Have you a product or service that requires expertise currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? The Technology Gateway Network, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers, can help!

Technology Gateways

The Technology Gateway Network is composed of 15 specialist gateways, situated within 11 Institutes of Technology around Ireland. We focus on key technology areas which are aligned to industry needs in areas such as polymers, photonics, mobile, coatings, industrial design, mechatronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, wireless technologies and precision engineering. Each centre works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of specialised engineers.

Technology Gateway Clusters

To boost the power and knowledge of the Gateways, three unique gateway clusters have been developed to enhance the delivery of research and innovation for Irish SMEs. These clusters are in the areas of Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT), Engineering, Materials and Design (EMD Ireland), and Food and Beverages. Each cluster consists of relevant specialised gateways and a dedicated support office, which can assist you with any questions you may have about the Technology Gateway Network or the upcoming Innovation Voucher call.

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Web-based IoT solution for monitoring traffic lights

WCCC-imageA Web-Based IoT Solution for Monitoring traffic lights Using MQTT Protocol and Embedded system through GPS zone transition

Traffic is a major concern for most metropolitan cities throughout the world. This is a new GPS-based system that is more efficient than current traffic control systems, also it has zero infrastructure cost. This system integrates an Android application and communication modules with an embedded system and power supply. The intelligent traffic control system (ITCS) is based on a simple principle; the principle being that, “an ambulance can only move ahead if there is space for it” and “the signal remains green until the present vehicles have passed”. This is achieved by creating zones at traffic junctions and whenever there is a transition of a vehicle from one zone to another, there is an alert message sent to the traffic light to turn green. The alert message will be sent to other traffic lights at a distance of 40-50 meters away from the current traffic lights so that all other vehicles can move freely and traffic can be controlled in an emergency situation.

Working principle: Zones are created around the traffic junction. Whenever the vehicle is travelling from one zone to another in the traffic junction, there will be an alert message generated by the Android application. The alert message generated is published to MQTT broker (Message Queue Telemetry Transport broker) with a specific topic name. The embedded board is then programmed to subscribe to a specific topic from the central server. Once an alert message is received, the embedded board will start communicating with the traffic lights and they will be controlled according to the requirement.

 Conclusions & Future work : This technology can be used mainly during emergency situations for ambulances and fire engines etc. and provide traffic free movement inside busy cities. Further, going ahead it can be used in buses to mirror bus timetables and reduce delays/waiting times. Also, we are trying to integrate this developed embedded system with SCATS (Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System) which uses a responsive approach to control urban traffic in Ireland.

The Conversational Interface Conference, Dublin May 4.

ConverCon-Dublin-Science-Gallery-My-4thWhen is it on?

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How many years has it been going?

First ever ConverCon

What was the inspiration to start it?

Organiser, Paul Sweeney from artificial intelligence experts, Webio, is anxious to get the tech and business communities together so that everyone can understand and maximise the potential offered by artificial intelligence and conversational interfaces and be ready for a very different communications environment in the not too distant future.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

The world’s leading software technology companies, designers and business executives will get together to figure out the best way of making ‘conversational interfaces’ work in real life for businesses, brands and customers.

It includes a practical, pragmatic focus on why conversational interaction is a problem worth solving. They will look at achieving the right messaging; why companies need conversational interfaces and will get advice from experts on what to avoid and how to deliver amazing experiences in a real world.

Practical guidelines for digital strategy leaders will be shared and delegates will be catapulted into the future with a look at the world beyond mobile and into the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) conversation. All the conversations will focus around building brand loyalty and awareness, winning and retaining customers and ultimately, going where we’ve never gone before in terms of harnessing the potential of artificial intelligence, AI.

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Research And Innovate With €5,000 And Applied IoT

Collaborative expertise in IoT for businesses of all sizes


The A-IoT (applied Internet of Things) Technology Gateway Cluster has reams of expertise in all thinks IoT, and will work with entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses.

The A-IoT Cluster is a consortium of five Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, providing a single point of contact for companies looking to access technical capabilities for ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) research and development. Via the cluster, industry can avail of 300 engineering professionals who work extensively with companies who have requirements for technology innovation.

Whether you are an entrepreneur with an idea, a startup or an established business, the A-IoT Cluster makes it possible to rapidly move from product concept to commercialisation stage. It maintains the highest standards of support and provides world-class collaboration with industries in all sectors who are moving securely into the future of IoT. The A-IoT Group is open to all companies of any size, nationally and internationally.

The A-IoT Cluster has a support office based in Dublin and consists of:

TEC Technology Gateway (Cork Institute of Technology)

IMaR Technology Gateway (Institute of Technology Tralee)

WiSAR Technology Gateway (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)

MSTG Technology Gateway (Waterford Institute of Technology)

COMAND Technology Gateway (Athlone Institute of Technology)

The A-IoT Cluster is a registered knowledge provider of Enterprise Ireland’s €5,000 Innovation Voucher funding initiative. The Innovation Voucher programme is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Ireland.

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Ireland risks sending a dangerous message to its innovators

In the 21st century, it will be the innovators that generate the jobs and wealth. They need to be encouraged, writes John Kennedy.


The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. Image: EQRoy/Shutterstock

On a sun-showery spring day in 1999, I had a conversation with an academic at UCD Business School in Blackrock. It started pleasantly enough, but set alarm bells off in my mind. He said that “tech transfer” – the conversion of academic research into industry and, ultimately, businesses that create jobs – at that time in Ireland was virtually non-existent and that most research projects just gathered dust on professors’ shelves.

This contrasted with the US where tech giants such as Cisco had emerged as campus companies, only to become industry giants laying the plumbing of the internet. Around this time, people were starting to use Google for the first time. The company was founded on the campus at Stanford University in California by two PhD students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, just a year previously in 1998.

‘The world is changing and higher education is facing a disruptive revolution, and we need to make sure that we are ready by pushing the boundaries and creating an integrated ecosystem, where civil society, industry and academia collectively participate in the process of economic development’

It was a surprise revelation by the professor because at that very time, Iona Technologies – a company founded on the campus of Trinity College Dublin that bootstrapped itself most of the way –was the darling of Nasdaq, and inspired other tech founders to pursue the IPO dream.

Remember, this was four years before Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) was created and given a war chest of around €1bn to correct the anomaly, whereby the Irish academic landscape was a cosy, sleepy career path for lecturers, and PhDs pushing boundaries were in the minority.

In 2003, SFI came onto the scene and laid the foundations for a turnaround that can only described as miraculous, if such a word can be used in the scientific community. In the intervening years, thousands of PhDs have been created in Ireland. Proof of the pudding, if there were such metrics, can be seen in the continuous cycle of breakthroughs from various research centres around Ireland.

To read more on this article by John Kennedy, Editor please visit Silicon Republic website HERE

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