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Waterford Institute of Technology is bringing the EU’s FIWARE program to India

Fiware photoThrough their EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software & System Group (TSSG) group has recently organised two events in India in relation to building of EU – India cooperation, including  an event dedicated to bringing the EU’s FIWARE program to India in the context of smart environments including smart cities, smart villages , and smart campus.

FIWARE  is an EU led initiative that was started 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.

A number of the major differential features of FIWARE are available including those related to Cloud, Data, IoT, Smart city / energy related apps, MiWi, Security, privacy and others.

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Pic. James Clarke

According to the EU-India FI-MEDIA coordinator, James Clarke, “Although born in the EU, through the FIWARE Mundus global component, FIWARE is being extended towards other regions around the world who share the ambition, including India and via our EU-India FI-MEDIA project activities, there is a welcomed opportunity to form a FIWARE Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership with the important stakeholders and key topics in India, such as smart cities, smart villages, smart campus, M2M, IoT, etc.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project has recently organised two successful C2C partnership workshops in India, during December, 2015 and January, 2016:

1. 18 December, 2015: EU-India FI-MEDIA – Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) workshop on the C2C topic Smart Villages Ecosystems; venue: IIT Delhi. Report available HERE 

2. 22 January, 2016: FIWARE – Smart environments workshop on the necessary underlying framework for the setting up of a FIWARE region in India, and how FIWARE can concretely be used for the development of “smart environments” in India (e.g., smart cities, smart villages, smart campus). This event was co-located with a larger scale event being held in IITD entitled International Conference on Smart Cities (ICSC 2016) held on 22nd – 23rd  January, 2016, venue: IIT Delhi. The full report can be found at HERE

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RINA and next generation protocols reveal insights to bring the Internet beyond 2020.

TSSG researchers are leaping that chasm from abstract research concept to having its work reviewed and considered by an industry standards body.
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ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has launched a new Industry Specifications Group (ISG) to start work on Next-Generation Protocols (NGP). It is a process to look to evolve beyond what the current TCP/IP Protocol suite can provide. The NGP group had its kick-off meeting in London during January 2016 with a follow up meeting to be held in  March 2016.
Amongst the topics discussed was RINA, a key research topic of TSSG for the past 5 years, with PRISTINE co-ordinator Miguel Ponce de Leon participating in this inaugural meeting of the NGP group.
RINA was presented as an architectural framework that has the potential to solve the problems that this group want to tackle. Interesting discussions have been ongoing since the meeting and there’s a view that specifications and recommendations on the infocomms protocols for beyond 2020 should come out of this group, with a white paper due to be published Q4 2016.  Progress updates will be made over the coming months.

mo-bizz mobile cloud ecosystem in review

EU is committed to foster and nurture the European cloud ecosystem of software vendors and developers, providing the market with fine-tuned products. mo-bizz is European in its roots and emphasis, but global in its reach.

mo-bizz targets the web-based and mobile applications space, where there still are not many offers. Its focus on web services and applications independent of any OS (e.g., being browser-based), fosters library enrichment with APIs and other web services promoting continuous improvement and fine-tuning. Thus, it offers an attractive value proposition for both developers and customers.

mo-bizz is built around the vision of letting developers focus on application building while facilitating every other process, including marketing and payments.

mo-bizz is an EU project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Bringing together nine experienced partners from Industry, SMEs and Academic institutes. Spread across six countries, mo-bizz launched in January 2013 and finished in December 2015. mo-bizz will develop a platform that will offer advanced mobile services and business applications, fostering the use of existing network infrastructures.

As we reach the end of this initial collaboration, the MO-BIZZ magazine has been launched with further details and information regarding the fantastic platform.

For further information explore the mo-bizz magazine.

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TSSG features on RTE’s EcoEye with Duncan Stewart

Eco Eye recently spoke with Eric Robson of Telecommunication Software & Systems Group (TSSG) to discuss PRECISION DIARY.

With beef & diary farming now dominating the agri food sector and an agri food sector employing in excess of 150K, 100 Billion in export of beef and diary products annually this market is anticipated to grow in excess of 50% in the next 10 years.

As a result TSSG have teamed up with Teagasc on a major project called Precision Diary which uses smart technology to increase the economic and environmental sustainability of dairy farming.

Immersive VR Education wins fourth international competition in a row for Apollo 11 VR

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Pic Dave Whelan, Immersive VR Education

Immersive VR Education an Irish based company dedicated to providing educational content through virtual reality devices such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have now won a fourth major award for their upcoming VR documentary experience based on the Apollo 11 mission which took astronauts Neill Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the Moon back in July of 1969. The documentary called “Apollo 11 VR” places users into a virtual reality simulation where they get to experience the mission from the point of view of the astronauts which is the first time a documentary have been done in such a way.

On February 10th at the Unity Vision Awards which took place in Hollywood Apollo 11 VR won the award for “Best Film / Interactive Story”. In his acceptance speech C.E.O of Immersive VR Education “David Whelan” stated “ Apollo 11 is the most important journey that mankind has ever embarked on and now for the first time you can see it through the eyes of those who were there. It is my belief that there is a child alive today somewhere on this planet that will on day set foot upon mars. I hope that they get to try VR in school as part of their education and that they get one day to experience Apollo 11 and that this experience sets them on the path to becoming one the next generation of astronauts, engineers and scientists. “

Winning the Unity Vision Award is a major achievement for a new startup. The judging panel was made up of key people from Sony, Google, Oculus, Microsoft and Unity Technologies. What’s more remarkable is that this is the fourth award given to the team within the past few months. Previously the team have won the TimeWarner – Future of Storytelling Award in New York, Best VR Movie at the VR Festival in Las Vegas and the Public Choice Award at the FIVARS conference in Toronto Canada.

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