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TSSG attending 5th International Cycling Conference, Bologna, Italy.

Intelligent and Safer Junctions, Supporting Safer Cycling presented at the 5th International Cycling Conference

safer cycleFrom 2 – 4 of November ICSC2016 took place in the medieval city of Bologna Italy.  Researchers and experts in the area of cycling safety from all over the globe attended the conference, with some coming from as far a field as New Zealand and Canada.  Some of the topics covered in the conference ranged in genre from the psychology of cyclists to technological solutions like active safety systems.

TSSG ‘s  David Ryan presented Intelligent and Safer Junctions, Supporting Safer Cycling paper in the Active Safety Systems session on behalf of the TSSG team who wrote the paper which was based on a safety system that alerts motorists on the presence of a cyclist at a roundabout junction.

Overall, the feedback on presentation was very positive with the main comments complimenting the low cost, easy deployable nature of the system.  It was also many researchers first time to hear of TSSG and they were very complimentary on the range of projects undertaken by the organisation and also the ability of TSSG  to attract talented researchers from all over the globe.

To summarise, it seems that the Cycling Safety research area is very active and judging from the head of unit in the H2020 Transport group Marcel Romerts’ comments in his keynote speech the focus from an EU level remains on making cycling safer for all.

 

Nasc Technologies (Nasctech) announce engagement with TSSG

Nasc Technologies (Nasctech)Nasc Technologies (Nasctech) announced today that it is engaging with Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology to kick off a programme of R&D around telecommunication operations. The Research and Development will be carried out under Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership programme. The aim of the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme is to support Collaborative Research where companies and academics come together and undertake high quality, innovative collaborative projects. Say Nasctech COO Peter McEntee “our customer base has indicated to us certain areas of innovation they would like us to pursue, and TSSG is the ideal partner to help us quickly deliver”.

The Innovation Partnership Programme encourages Irish-based companies to work with Irish research institutes, resulting in mutually beneficial co-operation and interaction. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. “Nasctech are an excellent example of the capabilities of Irish companies on the global stage, and we are delighted to be working with Nasctech on adding further innovation to their already impressive offerings”, says Robert Mullins, Principal Investigator with TSSG

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3D ARTIST (REF. NO. 018318)

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Job Title:                                3D Artist (Ref. No. 018318)
Department:                          AR/VR Unit, TSSG (www.tssg.org)
Location:                                Waterford
Commencement Date:          Immediately (twelve month contract)

Applications are invited for the position of 3D Artist to work on a range of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality projects.

Minimum Qualification Requirement: Degree in Art or equivalent professional experience (Fine Art, Digital Media, Game Design etc.).

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Institutes of Technology should be lightning rods for entrepreneurs

Ireland’s Institutes of Technology need to be seen as the cornerstone of regional economic recovery through entrepreneurship. Image: Morrison/Shutterstock

Ireland’s Institutes of Technology need to be seen as the cornerstone of regional economic recovery through entrepreneurship. Image: Morrison/Shutterstock

Undermined by financial problems, Ireland’s Institutes of Technology have a powerful role yet to play in the country’s entrepreneurial journey, writes John Kennedy.

At the end of the working week, I had time for one more phone call. I spoke to David Whelan from a company called Immersive VR Education. I had met him a year earlier at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) R&D campus, known as the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), which is nestled in a river valley on Ireland’s south-east coast.

On that earlier occasion, Whelan told me to wear a VR headset and suddenly I was in a different world, one where I was Neil Armstrong and I was boarding Apollo 11 on its historic mission to the moon.

‘The ITs should be assembly points where knowledge can be gleaned, talent accessed, deals done and problems solved’

Last Friday, Whelan informed me that the Apollo 11 game has been bought by 10pc of all Oculus and HTC Vive VR headset owners worldwide, and he is anticipating a similar outcome with the new PlayStation VR headset. New Immersive VR Education titles are in the works; the company is attracting talent from Silicon Valley and it could one day be a global brand name in the gaming world.

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Deliver fast and scale: meeting the demands of a tech savvy society

TSSG hosts successful Internet of Things (IoT) event at Conrad Hotel, Dublin, Wednesday November 2nd where they outlined demands of a tech savvy society.

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Pic. Dr. Steven Davy, TSSG

Current trends show that hitting the market with a new concept fast will be critical, and with the emergence of IoT, the potential possibility and opportunities to gain overnight success are huge.

Hurdles that typically delay early MVPs from “hitting the shelf” can include poorly set up development environments, inflexible software architectures, ineffective development, staging and production pipelines and lack of large scale testing.

Below are TSSG’s tips to ensure your next MVP and scaling product will be a success.

Virtual Development Environments:

When you have a fast growing team of developers, you need to make sure they are all developing code on a level playing field. Using technologies such as vagrant and docker can allow your developers to get coding faster, with less time wasted configuring development environments

Message Oriented Architectures:

If you expect you software architecture to change from MVP to full scale product, considering using a message oriented architecture, with a message bus such as RabbitMQ or commit log such as Kafka. In future releases you will not need to throw out as much early code.

Micro Service Architectures:

A micro service allows you to make more effective use of cloud computing resources, where you just need to scale the most popular services, rather than spinning up many virtual machines with redundant services. Micro services also force you to think about using the best technology for each service, so not everything uses the same stack. This can benefit the fault tolerance of your system. Have another look at docker

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