TSSG at TechConnect Live 2016

On May 25th TSSG attended one of the largest Tech events of the year, TechConnect Live at the RDS Dublin which was made up of key decision makers from the Irish and international tech sector along with start-ups and investors.

Throughout the day there was over 200 talks from leading global and Irish investors, technology companies and corporations with 3 presenters representing TSSG, who included Dr. Steven Davy, PAS Research ,Unit Manager presenting “Accelerating the connected society through Internet of Things (IoT), Denise Manton, Mobile Services Research Unit Manager, presenting m-Health and Christine O Meara, Commercialisation Specialist, TSSG presenting Wizeoni, The Connected Self, making the Internet of Things work with sensitive data.

The day offered participants a unique opportunity to interact with start-ups, active investors, as well as senior executive such as Founders, MD’s CIOs, CTO’s, marketing directors etc. from the largest most innovative and disruptive companies in the world.

Following are Steven and Denise’s talks from TechConnect Live

Dr. Steven Davy, Accelerating the connected society through Internet of Things (IoT)

Denise Manton – mHealth

TSSG’s Horizon 2020 Proposals include Logos designed by WIT Students


Pic. Keith Flynn; Eric Robson, Research Unit Manager, Data Mining & Social Computing, TSSG; Nathan Burke; Milada Bellova; Leon Murphy; Niamh O’Mahony, Creative Development Unit, TSSG;
Dr. Ethel Claffey, Lecturer in Marketing, WIT.

Driven by Dr. Ethel Claffey, Marketing Lecturer, School of Business, WIT, the objective of this year’s project was to place students in a realistic business setting in order to measure their business skills relevant to the design industry. This gave students a taste of real-world company engagement and the opportunity to interact with multiple research units in TSSG in a professional context, with outcomes that could see their final designs placed on European projects. The competition involved interpreting a complex research brief, developing a design, and pitching a logo for a specific market and technology. The final project outputs were reviewed by members of TSSG’s Creative Development Unit, Data Mining & Social Computing, and Mobile Services Research Units.

Kevin Doolin, COO, Director EU Programmes, at TSSG felt that the impact of strong logos along with the high quality of research propositions could aid proposals in standing out amongst heavy competition from throughout Europe. He went on to say, “Over the past three years of this competition, logos developed by the student cohort from this course ended up being selected and used in some of our fund-winning proposals. This not only provides support to the ongoing work in TSSG, but also provides students with much needed experience of interpreting and understanding a research brief and stamping their personalities on it in a commercial setting”.

Dr Ethel Claffey said “The competition has given the students the opportunity to deal with real customers, enabling them to gain professional experience. This is a highly engaging process in which students engage with multiple senior staff members from TSSG. The students can take this experience with them outside of academia”.

This year’s overall winning team included Leon Murphy, Nathan Burke, Milada Bellova and Keith Flynn. Leon Murphy said “We were delighted to get the opportunity to learn and gain experience working with a real company over a set period of time. The experience we gained from this live project enabled us to learn and develop practical, commercially applicable skills”.

TSSG at the 8th IFIP Wireless Days conference, Toulouse, France

Kriti photoThe 8th edition of IFIP Wireless Days conference was held from March 23rd to 25th, 2016 in Toulouse, France. The conference aimed to bring together researchers, technologists and visionaries from academia, research centres and industry, engineers and students to exchange, discuss, and share their experiences, ideas and research results about theoretical and practical aspects of wireless networking.

Representing TSSG, Kriti Bhargava participated in the conference and presented their paper titled “Collaborative Edge Mining for Predicting Heat Stress in Cattle”, later published in the conference proceedings. The paper discusses a fog computing approach for performing data mining tasks on wireless sensor devices in order to predict significant events in near-real time. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated in the context of a precision farming application for Heat Stress prediction in dairy cattle. The approach is shown to outperform the existing sensor analytics techniques and is primarily beneficial in latency-sensitive scenarios.

The program was split into 7 conference tracks including Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks, Vehicular and Delay Tolerant Networks, 5G and Beyond, Wireless Security and Wireless Communications. A total of 15 sessions, including 3 poster sessions, were held across the 3 day period for authors to present their accepted work. The program also included keynote speeches by Clément Dudal titled “Philae, are you talking to me?”, Stefano Basagni titled “Beyond Duty Cycling: How to Wake-up Radio Technology”, and Ram Ramanathan titled “Scalable Multi-Hop Wireless Networks”. Further, a welcome reception was held for all participants in the city Capitol on the 23rd evening while an Airbus tour and gala dinner was organized on the evening of 24th March.

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TSSG and South East BIC urge entrepreneurs to come forward with ideas and bring innovative products to market


Pic. Patrick O Callaghan, TreyBro, Aidan Shine, HBAN, Barry Downes, CEO, TSSG, Niall Olden, Kernel Capital, Ian Mills, TSSG, Dave Whelan, VR Immersive Education, Michael Maddock, CEO, South East BIC

BUDDING entrepreneurs with technology project ideas which could revolutionise the world are being encouraged to reach out for support from local experts that can bring them to market in the shortest possible timeframe.

The Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) has all the necessary expertise needed to help technology entrepreneurs and working in partnership with  South East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) and others, it has completed over 110 direct projects for start-ups all over Ireland over the past three years, according to TSSG CEO, Barry Downes.

Addressing the ‘Driving Business Forward’ workshop is co-hosted by the TSSG and South East BIC at Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, Downes said: “The TSSG is very much open for business and we can leverage our technological expertise to help business. Working with South East BIC, innovators now have access to a very broad range of expertise and support on their doorstep.

“If a tech innovator has an idea and the need a product delivered within 18 months they really should be talking to our technology gateway. We can deliver leading edge, Silicon Valley-grade support and Silicon Valley grade work at cost through a whole range of supports.

“The next call for Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers is May 4 and we would strongly encourage tech entrepreneurs to look into the funding support scheme and note that date,” he said.

Addressing the session, WIT President and TSSG founder, Prof Willie Donnelly said: “The South East is an extraordinary area of intellect and innovation. Working collectively we will make sure South East is right up there as one of the leading regions not just in Ireland but across Europe.”

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Waterford-based entrepreneur’s ‘Digital Test Tube’ selected for EU event


The winner of the eDIGIREGION call for ‘Innovative ICT Concepts’ is Daniel Thewlis. He will now represent the South-East Ireland region at an international two-day workshop to be held in Bucharest, Romania.

The call for concepts was organised by the Waterford Institute of Technology- coordinated, EU-funded eDIGIREGION project (

Daniel presented his concept ‘Digital Test Tube’ at the recent TSSG/South East BIC Business & Industry Workshop held in Kilkenny on 19April. The concept was adjudicated on by a panel of experts drawn from Enterprise Ireland, Kernel Capital, Waterford Institute of Technology and South East Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee.

In a three-minute pitch, Daniel outlined his idea to provide a software solution targeted at solving issues experienced by scientists performing PCR testing in laboratories around the world.

Based in Waterford, Daniel is a past pupil of The Abbey Community College in Ferrybank and recently graduated with a BSc in Genetics & Cell Biology from Dublin City University. Daniel is currently participating on the Enterprise Ireland (EI) New Frontiers programme at Waterford Institute of Technology’s ArcLabs incubation hub, which recently announced plans for a €2.5m expansion.

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