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TSSG/WIT delegation in Mumbai, India.

 

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology - TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Nolan, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

(l-r): Prof. MP Gupta, IIT Delhi, James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG, Coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy SG of Dept. of Education and Skills, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland (based in New Delhi), Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Dept. Engr. Technologies, Waterford Institute of Technology. Missing from photo: Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project, which is coordinated by Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group, was featured during the Education Ireland Fair taking place around a number of cities in India and was presented to a Delegation from Ireland, when they arrived to Mumbai, India on 21stFebruary, 2017. The Irish delegation included Mr. John Halligan, TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Ms. Mary Doyle, Deputy Secretary General of the Department of Education and Skills, Irish Government, Mr. Brian McElduff, Ambassador of Ireland in India (based in New Delhi), Mr. Giles O’Neill, Enterprise Ireland, Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Enterprise Ireland, and Dr. Albert Byrne, Head of Department, Engineering Technologies, Waterford IT.

 

The Irish delegation were highly impressed with the presentation of the EU-India FI-Media project, especially in the approach on insisting the clusters have both research and innovation as well as industry actors on board. They were also impressed in the selection of clustering themes around prioritized  topics of importance to Ireland like smart cities/villages, Smart Agriculture and Internet of Things and linkages to H2020 and I2020 and they have specifically requested to follow up with us when back in Ireland. The Irish ambassador has also asked for the India partners to come visit him in New Delhi to discuss the project in more depth. In the question and answers session, we further discussed some approaches towards funding across the knowledge triangle (research and innovation (R&I), industry and society) and the gaps and barriers that currently exist within Irish and EU programmes, and how it is being addressed in Indian R&I programmes.

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Irish-designed software is a game changer for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste

Aphex-chemical-wasteKevin Walsh’s research carried at Waterford Institute of Technology has led to engineering consultancy Aphex developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry

The aim of this literature review is to critically examine current practices within the pharmaceutical/chemical industry regarding handling transportation and disposal of chemical waste generated. Despite rules and regulations for their use, storage and transportation, hazardous chemicals may be involved in industrial and transportation incidents at anytime and anywhere (Chen et al, 1997).

This raises the question of whether or not regulations and directives are effective tools in preventing chemical accidents from occurring. Also, what consequences could hazardous chemicals have on the environment if such incidents were to transpire?

Additionally, what type of impact do regulations and directives have on generators of hazardous chemical waste? What authority is responsible for ensuring compliance? What are the consequences of being non-compliant? Regulations and directives are put in place to safeguard human, animal and environmental health. The Environmental Protection Agency, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and European Union are the competent authorities for certifying that generators of such waste are held accountable for their actions.

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5G: Is latest technological revolution already a missed opportunity?

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The perceived need for speed is pulling 5G away from its game-changing promises

Barcelona is the capital of the tech world as policy makers, technologists and analysts descend on the Catalan capital for the Mobile World Congress. 5G (fifth-generation wireless), the successor to 4G LTE, is again a major theme as companies showcase their latest technology and panellists discuss 5G’s potential economic value.

While it’s clear that technical progress is being made, there is also a problem: the seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G. This quest for speed is influencing much of the research and development.

5G is supposed to be about more than speed. It is supposed to be a game-changer, a “network of networks” capable of facilitating the internet of things revolution and supporting a myriad of new applications, such as self-driving cars.

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Successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project

The TSSG is proud to announce the successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project. The European Commission fully endorsed the review findings for the project and concluded that this successful project reached all of its stated aims and objectives.

PRISTINE was funded by the EC to carry out systems research and build on the Recursive Inter Networking Architecture (RINA). RINA is an emerging clean-slate programmable networking approach, centring on Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which supports high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments.

PRISTINE has developed practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to address existing 5- layer networking limitations. PRISTINE results highlight the relevance of RINA as a virtualisation (including network slicing) architecture that can best support the distributed computing infrastructure of existing Internet platforms, which are currently being augmented with Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN). Furthermore, PRISTINE hints at potential applicability to emerging network architecture and applications, including: 5G, Mobile Edge Computing, Internet of Things, and Internet of Everything.

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It’s time to replace the internet, warns researcher

TSSG researcher and chief architect Miguel Ponce de Leon said the internet as we know it is not fit for purpose and he wants to replace it with something better.

De Leon is part of an EU-wide research project called Pristine to develop a RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture), a computer network architecture that unifies distributed computing and telecoms.

When you think about, when the internet was designed originally back in the late 1960s, we never thought about mobility or security, which are huge issues that we see currently’
– MIGUEL PONCE DE LEON

De Leon believes that the current internet architecture that we are used to with broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi is inefficient.

 

De Leon warns that the internet will be utterly useless when it comes to deploying 5G in the future.

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