Connected Car, Autonomous vehicles, Electric and Hybrid Car models and the technology that will populate the future automotive landscape

CaptureTSSG’s attends first Electronomous Conference in Ireland on 27th of April 2017.

This event was hosted by and chaired by former Top Gear host Qunetin Wilson. Attendees included representatives from the automotive industry across Ireland. Speakers included the Managing Directors for BMW and Volvo Ireland and also academics from Trinity College, University of Limerick, University of Ireland Galway and University of Surrey. Talks were also given by members of ESB Ireland, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and leading Irish tech companies VALEO Vision Systems and Cubic Telecom.

The main topics of the conference were ADAS (Advanced driver assistance sytems) and Autonomous Vehicles, Electric fuel residue values and Commercialisation of connected vehicles. The conference focused on the advancement in autonomous vehicles to date and the progress expected in the next 5 years, while also highlighting the challenges the industry will likely face in the coming years that could slow the progress being made towards autonomous vehicles being introduced on Irish roads. The overriding theme was the lack of legislation and the need for government to work in conjunction with the major car manufacturers to embrace this new technology and offer subsidies to potential owners of autonomous/electric vehicle.

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TSSG attends ITS Ireland and ITS UK Enforcement Interest Group Meeting

its_irelandOn April 27th the annual meeting was hosted at ARUP in Dublin. The conference had speakers from both Ireland and the UK in the ITS sector. Superintendent O’Donohue gave a presentation on safety cameras in Ireland. He explained how the use of marked safety camera vans on known dangerous stretches of road are used to reduce the number of speed related collisions and increase compliance with speed limits. Ken Pierce and Riobard Pierce gave presentations on the Eflow tolling system on the M50.  At the time it was launched it was one of the first free flow tolling systems in the world.  They described the challenges in promoting the system to the public and getting people to pay the toll.

John Jones from Atkins gave a presentation on the Smart Motorway System used on the M25 in England.  Smart Motorways use a series of speed cameras and speed signs where the speed limit can be varied.  This allows the speed limit to be reduced while road works are being carried out and the speed limit is enforced with the cameras.  The smart motorway operates over four lanes with no hard shoulder.  This gives a 10% increase in traffic volumes.  Luke Macauley from Transport Scotland gave a presentation on the Average Speed Enforcement System used in Scotland.  Average speed cameras are used on three routes in Scotland. The installation of this system has seen a reduction in speed on the road where they are installed.

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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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