TSSG to present on new way to delivery on NFV, with RINA

The culmination of 2 and half years research work on the TSSG co-ordinated PRISTINE project, will be presented at the upcoming RINA Workshop (12th of October 2016),  which will be an integral part of the SDN World Congress 2016, in The Hague, Netherlands (10 -14 October 2016.

The RINA workshop is an annually organised event, allowing researchers interested in the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) to present their work and discuss advances relating to their research on RINA. The PRISTINE project and the TSSG work on network management has been an intrinsic part in advancing the design and implementation of the innovative internals of the RINA clean-slate architecture. This includes the programmable functions for: supporting congestion control, providing protection/resilience through load balancing, and facilitating more efficient topological routing, and multi-layer management for handling configuration, performance and security.

RINA is a new way of delivering on network function virtualisation (NFV) providing clean:

  • Layer 2 Agnostic Networking.
  • Global layer 2 vLANs for Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs), Cloud Providers and Network Service Providers.
  • Application Specific Name Spaces for Billions of IDs.
  • Inherent Application Security for Distributed Services.
  • Isolated ‘Network Slices’ for End to End Services use that can really Guarantee QoS per slice.
  • Pro-Active Congestion Control.
Miguel Ponce de Leon leading the PRISTINE project on RINA

Miguel Ponce de Leon leading the PRISTINE project on RINA

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TSSG participates in successful event at National Institute of Oceanography at Dona Paula, Goa

James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology ‘s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), recently invited to speak at the EU-India STI cooperation Days 2016 conference, held on Sept 21 & 22 in Goa, India.


EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 at National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India

The event was held at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), within its headquarters at Dona Paula, Goa.  NIO is a premier marine science research institute and one of the 37 constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Organised by the Indigo Policy and Inno Indigo projects, the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 event brought together EU and India based researchers, SMEs and policy makers to discuss the latest policy, research and innovation developments in the field of bio-economy and offer extended networking opportunities.

The conference covered four topics:

  • Sustainable Food Security – research and innovation all along the food chain, from primary production, food processing to healthy and safe foods and diets;
  • Blue Growth –Testing, demonstrating, scaling-up and bringing to the market innovative marine and maritime technologies, products and services, as well as exploring the interactions between the oceans and human health, and strengthening the capability to observe and map oceans and seas basins;
  • Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services – Securing sustainable biomass supply for biobased goods and services and the future development of bio-based markets, for example by promoting stakeholder engagement;
  • Rural Renaissance – Innovation as driver for rural development, with a particular emphasis on developing framework conditions for innovation and new business models adapted to the rural context, and support for skills development in rural communities.
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TSSG co-ordinates successful EU India FI-Media Project


Pic TSSG’s Jim Clarke, EU-India FI-Media coordinator

Waterford Institute of Technology ‘s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) coordinates EU-India FI-Media project with aim to create partnership between EU and India counterparts regarding issues related to Future Internet

TSSG coordinated EU-India FI-MEDIA project, a project supported by the Delegation of the European Union to India, whose mission is to create cluster to cluster partnerships (C2C) between EU and India counterparts within important topics related to Future Internet, has created a C2C partnership on the use of the EU’s development platform FIWARE in the India setting, and, more specifically, in the settings of smart cities, including smart villages. On 19th September, 2016, an FI-MEDIA C2C partnership event was held bringing together stakeholders from EU and India entitled “Smart Cities Lab India- FIWARE – Industry Workshop”.

FIWARE  is an EU led initiative that was started in 2009 as part of a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which is comprised of an Advanced OpenStack-based Cloud + rich library of Generic Enablers (GE) that make the development process much easier by hiding complexities (e.g. protocols) from the developers.

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Mohit Taneja, a fog computing researcher with TSSG, explains smart agriculture at the National Ploughing Championships 2016

Mohit Taneja

The main challenge facing the Ag/Dairy industry in Ireland is Having a proper integration with the tech industry— to be on the same page and getting mutual benefit from each other for a greater benefit.

Mohit Taneja, a student, Masters of Science (by Research)

Home is India/Living in Waterford, Ireland

Working on – I am currently researching in the field of Fog Computing, which aims to provide intelligence at the edge of the network, based on QoS (Quality of Service) requirements. Various areas such as Agriculture, Dairy Farming can get benefit from this by seamlessly leveraging Fog and Cloud resources, which in turn reduces the operational costs for providers and pricing utility cost for users by a significant margin.

The main challenge facing the Ag/Dairy industry in Ireland is Having a proper integration with the tech industry— to be on the same page and getting mutual benefit from each other for a greater benefit.

My vision for the future of the Ag/Dairy industry is An active and viable interplay in utilizing resources with maximum efficiency using the Internet of Things (IoT) and related high end technology for not just solving the problems in the Ag/Dairy industry, but also to make the mundane day-to-day tasks in the sector easier and faster.

Smart Agri is seamlessly integrating technology into the Ag/Dairy sector to reap maximum benefit from the resources at hand.  To not just solve the problems, but also improve. To not just prevent, but also be able to predict.






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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