IPACSO presents Cybersecurity Innovators at the recent CSP Forum in Brussels

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes - Intrinsic -ID

Pictured; Paul Timmers Director for Digital Society, Trust & Security, DG CONNECT, Zeta Dooly, WIT, IPACSO Coordinator presenting to Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Richard Coady, Sedicii, Boris Kannes – Intrinsic -ID

IPACSO had a busy 2 days in Brussels @CSPForum 2015, we had a stand, which facilitated one on one discussions, I had the pleasure one morning to meet Ogus Yilmaz of Labris Networks! IPACSO hosted a double panel session on ‘Incentivising Innovation in Cybersecurity & Privacy Markets’ which included insights from Phillip Mills, CSIT, Belfast, Mark Carolan, ESPION, Nicola Jentzsch, DIW and Bart Renard, VASCO. The CSPForum was co-hosted by the European Commission presenting the info sessions on upcoming Digital Security Calls for H2020. The NIS platform presented its results and input to the Strategic Research Agenda of which IPACSO was a major contribution. In addition it provided an opportunity for demos and success stories from previous FP7 funded research toward investment and widespread implementation. Another stream of NIS WG3 provides deliverables on the Cybersecurity Landscape and Business perspectives.

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Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defends her PhD

TSSG PhD student Annie Ibrahim Rana successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Semantic Technologies for User-Centric Home Network Management” in Waterford on June 16th. Annie was supervised by Dr Brendan Jennings and Dr Steven Davy, and previously by Dr Mícheál Ó Foghlú. For the PhD defense the internal examiner was Dr Alan Davy and the external examiner was Prof. Filip De Turck from Ghent University, Belgium.


Pictured (L-R) are: Prof. Filip Dr Turck (external examiner), Dr Alan Davy (internal examiner), Annie Ibrahim Rana, Dr Brendan Jennings (supervisor).

Annie started as PhD student in TSSG during 2008, initially working on data mining techniques. She then changed research focus to address management techniques for communications devices within the home. Her dissertation presents a framework that harnesses semantic technologies including ontolological models and reasoning processes to simplify the process of managing access to and prioritization of networking devices within a home context. In particular Annie showed how these technologies can be used to shield non-technical users from technical jargon and implementation details, allowing them express their preferences for configuration of their devices using familiar terminology. Since 2012 Annie has been working as a data scientist with Dublin-based company Fleetmatics. Everyone in TSSG wishes her well in her future career.

Ireland’s ‘Blue Economy’ going swimmingly it seems

aquacultureIreland’s ‘Blue Economy’ is flourishing of late, however a lack of awareness of potential careers is holding people back from getting involved.

It was recently reported that 10,000 jobs were expected to be created in Ireland’s maritime industry by 2020, and the latest growth figures lend authority to that.

The current marine economy employs 18,480 people in Ireland, and that number actually has the potential to hit near 30,000 by 2020, owing to growth in the industry as a whole.

Latest indicators show that Ireland’s maritime economy grew by 9pc between 2010 and 2012, double the Irish economy’s overall growth. Indeed, employment figures rose almost 6pc between then and now, showing just how out of kilter it is with many parts of Ireland’s, and indeed Europe’s, stagnated industries.

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Global Hackaton, TADHack, comes to Dublin in June.

TADHack taking place on June 13 & 14th.

TADHack taking place on June 13 & 14th.

TSSG Spinout, Kodacall, heads up TADHack a multi-location hackaton taking place in 14 Countries worldwide on 13 – 14th June.

In 2014, TADHack was held with close to 700 global registrations, 60+ hacks generated across Madrid and 5 satellites locations and 126 simultaneous viewings of the live streamed event.

TADHack is a grass roots initiative focused on building a software centric telecom application developer ecosystem. This ecosystem will bloom in Dublin as it connects live into 14 other locations across the world to participate in TADHack Global 2015 on the 13th and 14th June.

Miguel Ponce de Leon, Founder of TSSG spin out Kodacall said “We are rapidly moving away from the world of a simple person to person phone call, to an immersive online world where the context of a conversation is shared through audio, video and live media within an application, this world is bringing a ton of innovation to the web/telco ecosystem.”

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Things that make you go ‘WOW’

Barry Downes, chief executive, TSSG: IoT is a major technology trend that will define future generations

Barry Downes, chief executive, TSSG: IoT is a major technology trend that will define future generations

With a focus on agri-tech and smart cities, Barry Downes of TSSG tells Killian Woods why his organisation is excited about the new hype around the Internet of Things. 

With a focus on scientific research into software and applying such analysis towards innovation and commercialisation of services, Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an Irish company at the cutting edge of developing fresh Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and predicting future concerns within the sector.

Through its work with startups and other companies in Ireland problem-solving projects through the Enterprise Ireland Vouchers programme and engaging with IDA clients, TSSG has been able to fine-tune what areas it should be focusing its research on.

Many years ago, Barry Downes, chief executive of TSSG, earmarked the Internet of Things as a significant space to explore. He feels that it, as a sector, is one of the major technology trends that will define future generations.

“There are a couple of major technology trends that are really going to shape the future over the next number of years,” he said. “The Internet of Things is one of those. I also happen to believe virtual reality is as well but, in terms of IoT, we are focused on a number of areas with our partners. One of those areas is consumer IoT, such as smart cities, but for us agriculture is also a sector we would to like to bring more tech innovation into.”

Agriculture was also earmarked as a key sector to address by Professor Willie Donnelly, President of the Waterford Institute of Technology and chairman of TSSG. Through numerous initiatives, TSSG aims to put brand new technology innovations into the hands of farmers, with dairy one area specifically being researched. “We have a number of agriculture projects where we are looking at bringing agri-tech into the dairy space and develop agritech in the IoT space, through sensors on farms to have an impact in terms of efficiency and the utilisation of resources. Also, we want to get data out of the farm for alerts.”

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