Irish-designed software is a game changer for safe disposal of pharmaceutical waste

Aphex-chemical-wasteKevin Walsh’s research carried at Waterford Institute of Technology has led to engineering consultancy Aphex developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry

The aim of this literature review is to critically examine current practices within the pharmaceutical/chemical industry regarding handling transportation and disposal of chemical waste generated. Despite rules and regulations for their use, storage and transportation, hazardous chemicals may be involved in industrial and transportation incidents at anytime and anywhere (Chen et al, 1997).

This raises the question of whether or not regulations and directives are effective tools in preventing chemical accidents from occurring. Also, what consequences could hazardous chemicals have on the environment if such incidents were to transpire?

Additionally, what type of impact do regulations and directives have on generators of hazardous chemical waste? What authority is responsible for ensuring compliance? What are the consequences of being non-compliant? Regulations and directives are put in place to safeguard human, animal and environmental health. The Environmental Protection Agency, the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) and European Union are the competent authorities for certifying that generators of such waste are held accountable for their actions.

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5G: Is latest technological revolution already a missed opportunity?

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

“The seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G.” Photograph: Reuters/Eric Gaillard

The perceived need for speed is pulling 5G away from its game-changing promises

Barcelona is the capital of the tech world as policy makers, technologists and analysts descend on the Catalan capital for the Mobile World Congress. 5G (fifth-generation wireless), the successor to 4G LTE, is again a major theme as companies showcase their latest technology and panellists discuss 5G’s potential economic value.

While it’s clear that technical progress is being made, there is also a problem: the seductive lure of achieving super-fast wireless speeds distracts from the broader vision originally envisaged for 5G. This quest for speed is influencing much of the research and development.

5G is supposed to be about more than speed. It is supposed to be a game-changer, a “network of networks” capable of facilitating the internet of things revolution and supporting a myriad of new applications, such as self-driving cars.

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Successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project

The TSSG is proud to announce the successful conclusion to the PRISTINE project. The European Commission fully endorsed the review findings for the project and concluded that this successful project reached all of its stated aims and objectives.

PRISTINE was funded by the EC to carry out systems research and build on the Recursive Inter Networking Architecture (RINA). RINA is an emerging clean-slate programmable networking approach, centring on Inter-Process Communication (IPC) paradigm, which supports high scalability, multi-homing, built-in security, seamless access to real-time information and operation in dynamic environments.

PRISTINE has developed practical, demonstrable, and commercially exploitable solutions to address existing 5- layer networking limitations. PRISTINE results highlight the relevance of RINA as a virtualisation (including network slicing) architecture that can best support the distributed computing infrastructure of existing Internet platforms, which are currently being augmented with Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN). Furthermore, PRISTINE hints at potential applicability to emerging network architecture and applications, including: 5G, Mobile Edge Computing, Internet of Things, and Internet of Everything.

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It’s time to replace the internet, warns researcher

TSSG researcher and chief architect Miguel Ponce de Leon said the internet as we know it is not fit for purpose and he wants to replace it with something better.

De Leon is part of an EU-wide research project called Pristine to develop a RINA (Recursive InterNetwork Architecture), a computer network architecture that unifies distributed computing and telecoms.

When you think about, when the internet was designed originally back in the late 1960s, we never thought about mobility or security, which are huge issues that we see currently’

De Leon believes that the current internet architecture that we are used to with broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi is inefficient.


De Leon warns that the internet will be utterly useless when it comes to deploying 5G in the future.

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Student Entrepreneurship Bootcamp February 28th

imageArclabs, the research and innovation centre at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is behind this exciting event for WIT students.

The Arclabs Student Entrepreneurship Bootcamp aims to assist in developing WIT students innovative ideas into viable business opportunities by providing them with tools for future business growth.

The Bootcamp will run in ArcLabs on 28 February from 1- 7pm and will be followed up by 1-to-1 mentoring meetings with the students on 6 and 7 March to help students get direction on the next steps to take to develop their business.

This bootcamp events will partner with and feed into:

To register for this event please click HERE

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