TSSG Host Workshop – Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture, Brussels January 14th 2016

On Thursday January 14th Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) with their SFI CONNECT partners are holding a workshop in Brussels with major leaders in policy, industry and academia to explore and discuss “Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture”. Speaking on the day will be EU Agricultural & Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan and other leaders from the European Commission. Also attending is Mario Campolargo, Director of DG CONNECT, WIT’s President Prof Willie Donnelly and Prof Linda Doyle of Trinity College Dublin and CONNECT.  The afternoon will be a platform for networking and dissemination of H2020 successes and opportunities from National Contact Points, Project Officers, industry and other interested parties who want to get involved in EU research & innovation.

Horizon 2020’s multi-actor and innovation focus requires research institutions, industry and society to come together in new ways. In supporting the drive towards smart farming as an important contributor to feeding growing populations and in line with the overall CAP objectives, “Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture” specifically aligns with long-term strategic objectives for EU rural development policy from 2014-2020 by:

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Enterprise Ireland’s 2016 E5,000 Innovation Voucher call opens 20th January

Banner_InnovationBox_NewBranding-01TSSG are please to announce the first call for 2016 Enterprise Ireland Innovation voucher applications opens on Wednesday January 20th and closes at 3 pm on Wednesday February 3rd.   The innovation voucher was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses.   Innovation vouchers  are worth E5,000 each and are available to assist any registered limited company to explore business opportunities or problem.  Vouchers can be used for a wide range of innovation or knowledge transfer projects. The knowledge gained from a project may be used to solve business problems or to innovate a product, process or service.   Companies that have work with TSSG over the years as part of Enterprise Ireland innovation voucher include RedSquared, WeddingDates and Musinc Ltd. For further information on case studies please click HERE

TSSG leads EU funded EU-India project workshop in India

On 18th December, 2015, Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG-led EU funded EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project joined together with the India funded Unnat Bharat Abhiyan initiative to organise a joint workshop, hosted by IIT Delhi  and dedicated to the building of an EU-INDIA Cluster to Cluster (C2C) Partnership on ‘Smart Village Ecosystems.

The objectives of the FI-MEDIA / UBA C2C workshop was brainstorming from the perspectives of both EU and India to develop clarity on various research and innovation challenges and potential solutions related to the development of ‘Smart Village Ecosystems’, including Pilots. The program contained the following sessions: Inaugural session, Presentations on Rural projects by IIT Madras, Clustering opportunities for Smart Village Ecosystems in India, Clustering with EU initiatives to enable solutions for Smart villages, and Sustainability: Aligning with existing Programs: Reflections on Policy.

Through the 50+ workshop participants, a wide range of stakeholders were in attendance, including research and innovation organisations, academia, industry, NGO and Government of India and EU.

Pic. Jim Clarke

Mr. James Clarke, the WIT coordinator of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project, states, “In the first year of the FI-MEDIA project, the team members set out to identify real world themes for clustering activities within the areas of interest for C2C partnerships in relation to Future Internet and Media, firstly in India, where the contribution from EU members would be of mutual benefit in the present setting as well as future growth, research, innovation, and sustainability”.

Clarke continued, “The first area for clustering that emerged in India was related to the research and innovation (R&I) for the development of ‘Smart Village Ecosystems’, which is a prominent component of the Digital India programme.  With this in mind, the FI-MEDIA partners made contact with relevant clusters and organisations, in both the EU and India, in order to promote this topic as one for the building of a C2C partnership that would be of mutual benefit to both EU and India and this is what has brought us to this important workshop centred on clustering for R&I for Smart Villages Ecosystems. At the forefront of this topic in India is the IIT Delhi coordinated Unnat Bharat Abhiyan initiative, whose vision is to foster a transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging higher educational knowledge institutions to help build the architecture required for an Inclusive India. Likewise, in the EU and indeed in our own research group and Institute, there is ongoing work in leveraging Future Internet for smart agriculture and farming activities of the future”.

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10 pioneering leaders helping to build a world of IoT

SPE WillieDiving headfirst into emerging technologies, these 10 leaders will not be left behind in the next digital revolution. In fact, they are already leading the charge.

Joining an esteemed list of sci-tech influencers in and from Ireland, these next additions are all influencers in the internet of things (IoT), an emerging space in technology considered to be as significant as the dawn of the internet.

Hyperbolic as that may be, the vast potential of connected devices is the kind of stuff that inspires hype, and those already getting their hands dirty are laying the foundations of what is to come.

For something with such broad reach, we have a wide-spanning selection of leaders. Some are researching and developing the communications and infrastructure required for a world filled with connected devices, some are building the smart devices and wearable technology that are transforming industry and agriculture, and others are bringing IoT to the masses with smart home technology.

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Watch Dr. Steven Davy’s interview about TSSG’s project ‘AquaSmart’

AquaSmart-LogoThe AQUASMART project is about enhancing innovation capacity within the aquaculture sector, by helping companies to transform captured data into knowledge, and sharing this knowledge to improve efficiency, increase profitability and carry out business in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.

The project is based in the real world, addressing actual problems that aquaculture producer’s face, carrying out work in the areas of data analysis, data exchange between aquaculture companies and its related stakeholders and global knowledge access.

To view Dr. Steven Davy’s video please click HERE

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