In an article published recently in Silicon Republic, John Kennedy talks to Professor Willie Donnelly and other key players about Ireland’s smart agriculture future.

smartagriMost Irish people have ties with the land. Many don’t realise it, but if you go back through the family tree far enough, you will find a farming tradition in their genes.

While most of us gleefully complain about the weather – it is the nation’s number one conversation starter – the truth is that the island of Ireland owes its lush greenness to the abundance of rain.

‘Ireland is in a unique position because we are one of the leaders in ICT and we have all the big players here like IBM, Google, Amazon and Cisco. But, on the other side, our main indigenous industry is agriculture, so if you combine the two you really get a unique environment’, says Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT and founder of TSSG.

And so, this has meant not only a fertile soil but fertile imagination and ingenuity.

In fact, Irish farmers are the most prodigious users of technology and the internet. Going back to the 1990s, they used their phones and SMS to compare milk prices and grain yields. They are combining infrared camera technology with high-speed broadband to ensure cows and calves survive the calving season. And, as crime from the cities spreads into the countryside, they are at the forefront of using smart new security technologies and the power of smartphones to keep their communities on alert.

Researchers from TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), and organisations like Teagasc are working on new technologies that will utilise the best of ICT, analytics and sensors to increase quality and quantity of dairy and beef production.

Last year, a €446,000 collaboration between major Irish dairy producers Glanbia and Dairygold, and Irish researchers, was announced. It will employ data analytics and big data to help boost milk production.

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aquaSmart ready to increase fish farming performance

AquaSmart-LogoOn Thursday September 15th, ’16, Dublin, Ireland, – The aquaSmart consortium ( are pleased to announce the launch of its aquaSmart platform. In addition to this, the data analytics solution will be unveiled at the Aquaculture Europe 2016 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 20th.

So what can aquaSmart do for you?

Well a number of things. For example, one of the important questions that aquaculture producers face today is: how to select the feeding rate and thus decide on the appropriate feeding strategy in order to get the most beneficial business results. Significant divergences in feeding values can lead to either overfeeding or underfeeding, which is uneconomical, and not what fish farmers need. The wrong feed parameters will reduce production performance and therefore profit margins.

aquaSmart addresses this issue; it uses data analytics and predictive modelling to reliably predict the Feed Conversion Rate, capturing the underlying inter-correlations between the feed attributes, the feeding rate and the fish growth. The analysis is based on periodic, sampling to sampling, datasets.  In short, aquaSmart makes science work for fish farmers.
Hence, what aquaSmart aims to provide is a radical new way for providing fish farmers with software and services that is aimed at helping them to improve their productivity, reduce cost (including feed) and increase their profit margin while at the same time support the environment.

The aquaSmart team will be demonstrating at Aquaculture Europe 2016, booth 97 and we would be delighted to invite you along to see how aquaSmart can better manage your processes and costs significantly.
Should you like to arrange a time to meet at booth 97, please contact Gary McManus email: or phone: +353 51 302920 or Kostas Seferis email: or phone: +30 6944 546711.

TSSG attends National Ploughing Championships

ploughingThe 85th National Ploughing Championships returns to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 20 – 22 2016 and once again TSSG  will be participating in one of the world’s leading agricultural trade shows.

TSSG will be exhibiting within Enterprise Ireland’s  ‘Innovation Arena’ where a collection of research centres and start ups display some of the new technologies and innovation that we will see entering into the Agricultural industry in the coming years. Please do call to see us we are located in Block 3 Row 11 Stand 270


Mobility as a Service (Maas)

Maas logo

It’s the big news item on the ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) circuit these days.  We are told its coming, it’s definitely going to happen and it’s going to change the way we travel. That’s all ok but just what is MaaS? And is it really feasible to change the way we travel? For me, one of the most innovative things about MaaS is that it could mean saying goodbye to owning your own car!

The basic idea of MaaS is that you will no longer own a car but will satisfy your transport requirements with a mobility package comprising unlimited access to public transport services, limited access to taxi services and a rental car for a specified number of kilometres. This is only one model of a MaaS package and there will be numerous versions made available to business and domestic markets. Service providers will also cater for the transportation of goods so you will be able to have items delivered to you on your MaaS package saving you the need to travel to pick them up.

MaaS is the concept of a distributed transport provision model where all modes of transport required for a journey are provided and coordinated under one central control system. MaaS services/ apps will take care of ticket purchase and payment, journey scheduling and vehicle pooling on the fly. It is intended that MaaS will offer unlimited access to transport, for a set price ensuring a personalised plan tailored to precisely suit a customer’s needs. With MaaS, the complexity and choice permutations of the above will be analysed, optimised and dispensed from one interface.

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MSc by Research Position

MSc by Research Position
Telecommunications Software & Systems Group,
Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Closing date for Applicants 30th of September.

Applications are invited for MSc by Research positions with the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) ( at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Waterford, Ireland. The start date is currently set for 1st December 2016, however this may be flexible. The candidate will work as a member of the EU H2020 funded COGNET project, comprising TSSG and research groups from European partners including IBM, Telefonica, Franhoufer FOKUS, Interoutes, VicomTech, NOKIA, Polytechnic University of Madrid, University of Trento and Technical University of Berlin.

The candidate will investigate an autonomous solution for policy creation, management, and sharing for the cognitive-based network management architecture that is being developed in the project. The work will take place in close collaboration across with most patterns and dedicated a reasonable amount time in working closely with them.

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