mCommunity Roll Out to Waterford SME’s

The mCommunity project has developed an eLearning communications platform for teaching and learning based on mobile technology and integrates with social media and Moodle. The project is a 3 year Interreg 4A Ireland Wales Programme that has identified a new and effective way to engage with the unemployed as well as to facilitate remote learning for SME’s. The mCommunity technology has been completely developed at the TSSG group in Waterford and is being rolled out successfully using experienced tutors with project partners in Wales.

To emphasise the cross border goals of the Interreg program, it was decided to expand the roll out of the technology to interested SME’s in Waterford. The app and tutor interaction allows employees to complete extra training and further education at a time that suits them without interference with their working day. Rob Murphy, who is a tutor with one of the project partners Gower College Swansea, came to the TSSG in Waterford in May of this year for 2 days to begin a Level 3 qualification in Leadership & Management with a number of local SME’s. This course is certified by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). Each participant was furnished with a smart device with the app loaded on it which outlined the course content, assignments, goals and targets and the ability to have instant access to the tutor. This enabled the remainder of the course to be delivered remotely at convenient times for the participants. The course has progressed very well with learners on schedule to complete all modules during October. There is an mCommunity Project Steering and Operational meeting for all partners planned for late November at the TSSG and an awards ceremony will take place in Waterford in conjunction with this event whereby the ILM certificates will be presented to the successful candidates.

For more information, contact Sean Lyons +353 51 302761

EFM at ‘Kick Starting’ Automated Testing

Kevin McGrath from the EFM group attended the inaugural ‘Kick Starting’ Automated Testing conference held in Belfast recently. The event was hosted by SOFTTEST Ireland – The Irish Software Testing Special Interest Group. The 1 day event consisted of a series of speakers and demonstrations of test tools.

Paul Gerrard talked about how to identify features of a product and how scenarios can be derived using the Gherkin language. He also described the DeFOSPAM method which involves taking a requirement and identifying the feature it describes.

Tom Roden from SQS gave a presentation entitled ‘Building a lean mean, BDD test automation machine. The experience of working with a client in the financial space that dealt in FX, Bond, Equities was used as an example. Using FitNesse they captured test cases. From this they built a Framework called ‘Safia’ which is an executable documentation system.

Dorothy Graham presented ‘Intelligent mistakes in Test Automation’ (or it seemed like a good idea at the time). The Effectiveness and Efficiency of both Manual and Automated testing must be considered.

Finally Graham Abell who is the Test Lead at Paddy Power gave a very detailed presentation on how Paddy Power has automated most of their iOS apps using the ios-driver tool. This allows automation on iOS devices using Selenium Wire Protocol. The presentation included a number of videos to show the automation testing in progress.

Kevin also attended a demo of Microsoft’s ALM tool suite.

TSSG to showcase at Enterprise Ireland Big Ideas Event 2013

The TSSG will be participating in Enterprise Ireland’s annual technology transfer gathering at the Big Ideas Technology Showcase at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on 25th September. This year Miguel Ponce de Leon will present an on-demand cloud–based “Platform as a Service” for Web Real Time Communications (WebRTC).

A 2 minute overview of the technology can be seen on this You Tube clip.

This event provides an opportunity for Irish universities and Institutes of Technology to get together and to exhibit their latest and greatest technologies to a wide audience that includes company executives, investors and entrepreneurs.

So how is this new platform different, Miguel will present a solution that allows non-specialists to create and adopt realtime communications easier and faster into their website. The platform brings two major enhancements to WebRTC technology. Firstly, at the front-end, it simplifies the in-browser communication interfaces, allowing developers to incorporate WebRTC into their own application by literally applying a couple of lines of code. Secondly, at the back-end, the platform has taken away the complexities of setup, billing, signaling and termination of voice, video and multimedia calls, by integrating its own carrier-class call processing platform into its PaaS offering.

The platform makes browser-to-browser and browser-to-phone communication seamless to the developers, and truly empowers them to bring rapidly and effectively, multimedia communications to their applications. As an acknowledgement of this unique value it brings to the industry, Miguel is glad to say that this WebRTC PaaS platform is already in trial phase with two major Mobile Network Operators in Europe and North America, and is being adopted by a growing number of developers.

EFM article published in ‘Journal of Software: Evolution and Process’


A paper written by Phelim Dowling of the EFM team was recently invited for publication as an article in the Wiley special issue of ‘Journal of Software: Evolution and Process’.
The article entitled ‘Successfully Transitioning a Research Project to a Commercial Spin-out using an Agile Software Process’ is a case study of the FeedHenry project. It describes how it matured from a funded research project to a successful company with a focus on the agile software process that supported this transition. Emphasising the benefit of an early grounding in the TSSG’s agile process, the article explains how a more lean and aggressive release cycle methodology was implemented to enhance the projects commercial viability. A description of how the highest quality standards were maintained during this rapid evolvement is outlined with a focus on the automated test framework employed.

An early view of the online publication is available here
For further details contact Phelim Dowling

FINESCE attends XIFI Security workshop

TSSG Security Workshop

On Tuesday 27th August, members of the FINESCE WP5 team successfully participated in a XIFI workshop to evaluate security requirements from an electricity grid operator’s perspective, with an additional crucial objective to determine a potential use case to be trialled between the projects.

TSSG, members of both XIFI and FINESCE, hosted the meeting at their premises in Waterford, and members of ESB and RWTH Aachen were in attendance.

During the workshop, both projects familiarised themselves with the content and context of the respective work plans. FINESCE outlined the various Smart Grid trials that are being developed in WP5 and XIFI provided details of their platform and network rollout, and also the availability of their resources to support the FINESCE trials.

The projects successfully identified a potential Use Case – to utilise XIFI resources to run large numbers of emulated EVSEs (charge points) to exercise the Charging Optimisation System (COS) and associated APIs being developed in FINESCE. In this Use Case, it is envisaged that XIFI will host the emulated VM images (supplied by FINESCE WP5) and XIFI will establish secure network connectivity to the FINESCE WP5 energy management system.

John Howard, WP5 leader for FINESCE, summarised the event: “A great opportunity to get a heads-up on the wider FI-PPP world, and to deepen our collaboration with the XIFI Project.”

Eamonn Power, XIFI manager for TSSG and host of the workshop, said: “We’d like to extend official communication channels of the XIFI consortium and help the FINESCE contribution to requirements and use cases (shared goals of both projects). Our primary goal was getting to know the ESB team and their work in FINESCE. We also wanted to promote awareness of the XIFI federation. I thought it was great for the teams to meet and gain a common understanding.”

For more information on XIFI, contact Eamonn Power or go to

For more information on FINESCE, contact Jesse Kielthy or go to

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