Research And Innovate With €5,000 And Applied IoT

Collaborative expertise in IoT for businesses of all sizes


The A-IoT (applied Internet of Things) Technology Gateway Cluster has reams of expertise in all thinks IoT, and will work with entrepreneurs, startups and established businesses.

The A-IoT Cluster is a consortium of five Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, providing a single point of contact for companies looking to access technical capabilities for ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) research and development. Via the cluster, industry can avail of 300 engineering professionals who work extensively with companies who have requirements for technology innovation.

Whether you are an entrepreneur with an idea, a startup or an established business, the A-IoT Cluster makes it possible to rapidly move from product concept to commercialisation stage. It maintains the highest standards of support and provides world-class collaboration with industries in all sectors who are moving securely into the future of IoT. The A-IoT Group is open to all companies of any size, nationally and internationally.

The A-IoT Cluster has a support office based in Dublin and consists of:

TEC Technology Gateway (Cork Institute of Technology)

IMaR Technology Gateway (Institute of Technology Tralee)

WiSAR Technology Gateway (Letterkenny Institute of Technology)

MSTG Technology Gateway (Waterford Institute of Technology)

COMAND Technology Gateway (Athlone Institute of Technology)

The A-IoT Cluster is a registered knowledge provider of Enterprise Ireland’s €5,000 Innovation Voucher funding initiative. The Innovation Voucher programme is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Ireland.

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Ireland risks sending a dangerous message to its innovators

In the 21st century, it will be the innovators that generate the jobs and wealth. They need to be encouraged, writes John Kennedy.


The Old Library at Trinity College Dublin. Image: EQRoy/Shutterstock

On a sun-showery spring day in 1999, I had a conversation with an academic at UCD Business School in Blackrock. It started pleasantly enough, but set alarm bells off in my mind. He said that “tech transfer” – the conversion of academic research into industry and, ultimately, businesses that create jobs – at that time in Ireland was virtually non-existent and that most research projects just gathered dust on professors’ shelves.

This contrasted with the US where tech giants such as Cisco had emerged as campus companies, only to become industry giants laying the plumbing of the internet. Around this time, people were starting to use Google for the first time. The company was founded on the campus at Stanford University in California by two PhD students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, just a year previously in 1998.

‘The world is changing and higher education is facing a disruptive revolution, and we need to make sure that we are ready by pushing the boundaries and creating an integrated ecosystem, where civil society, industry and academia collectively participate in the process of economic development’

It was a surprise revelation by the professor because at that very time, Iona Technologies – a company founded on the campus of Trinity College Dublin that bootstrapped itself most of the way –was the darling of Nasdaq, and inspired other tech founders to pursue the IPO dream.

Remember, this was four years before Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) was created and given a war chest of around €1bn to correct the anomaly, whereby the Irish academic landscape was a cosy, sleepy career path for lecturers, and PhDs pushing boundaries were in the minority.

In 2003, SFI came onto the scene and laid the foundations for a turnaround that can only described as miraculous, if such a word can be used in the scientific community. In the intervening years, thousands of PhDs have been created in Ireland. Proof of the pudding, if there were such metrics, can be seen in the continuous cycle of breakthroughs from various research centres around Ireland.

To read more on this article by John Kennedy, Editor please visit Silicon Republic website HERE

“Connected and Automated Driving – Together, shaping the future”

EUCAD_1TSSG’s DURGA PRASAD KAKOLLU attends first European conference on “Connected and Automated Driving – Together, shaping the future”.

This event was hosted by the European Commission, with the support of the EC-funded projects CARTRE and SCOUT, and its first European conference on connected and automated driving.  Major road transport stakeholders that are automotive and telecom industry, users, road operators, public transport operators, regulators, research centres, universities and representatives of both the EC and EU Member States were present. The four main themes at the conference were transport policy issues, technological challenges, legal and regulatory frameworks and digital transformation. The conference focuses on the significant progress made in developing automated road transport technologies, such as advanced vehicle control, vehicle localization systems, data processing, artificial intelligence or user interfaces, fostered by Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

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Could VR be used to battle brain diseases?

TSSG is changing the game with a VR approach to rewire the brain.


Image: Beto Chagas/Shutterstock

Researchers at TSSG in Waterford are on the cusp of a major breakthrough where virtual reality (VR) could be used to help rewire human brains and tackle Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and depression.

TSSG researcher Ian Mills is exploring how VR games can battle major brain diseases and disorders.

‘The system learns the brain and the person learns the experience, and we gradually see more improvements’

Focusing on the connectome, Mills is looking at the brain in the same way technologists would look at a topological map of a network.

“It can be thought of as a wiring map of the brain. In real-world network terms, this is the full network graph of the functional brain network and can be thought of on a micro scale as individual neurons as nodes, and synapses as edges. On the macro scale, nodes can be considered regions of interest, and the exons between these regions considered as the network edges.”

Training the brain to battle disease

Mills said that the key is to look for the outliers of brain diseases in an neurological sense and, in a virtual context, feed VR experiences to the brain.

“We are looking at how we can adopt those contexts to the users themselves, and allow them to change their brain function neural network to a common pattern and thus, alleviate the conditions that would be caused by a neurological disorder or disease such as depression, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.”

So does this mean we can create VR games that could help people mitigate the effects of depression, for example?

“Yes. You are looking at VR-adapted content that is very immersive to a person but if you learn their brain functional networks and start to change the context, it will allow you to change their neural state.

“So, not only are they feeling more immersed and getting a better experience out of the game, they are also learning to fix their mental state and alleviating the conditions of depression or anxiety. So you are gradually curing the person of their ailments.”

To read more on this interview and see a video interview with Ian Mills please visit Silicon Republic by clicking HERE



Artificial intelligence’s future role examined at ConverCon gathering on May 4

ConverCon uncovers the next generation of the internet in a post-mobile app world

ConverCon Dublin Science Gallery My 4thApple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon Echo’s Alexa are changing how we interact with technology and now business owners and managers  have a unique opportunity to learn how to survive, grow and increase their market share with the help of experts from Intercom, Google, Facebook, Webio, Microsoft HoloLens and more.

 The landmark ‘ConverCon’ gathering is Dublin’s Science Gallery on  Thursday, May 4, is where the world’s leading software technology companies, designers and business executives get together to figure out the best way of making ‘conversational interfaces’ work in real life for businesses, brands and customers.
The ticketed event gets underway from lunchtime on May 4 and is billed as an absolute must for anyone managing customer experiences or call centres, digital transformation directors, heads of design and anyone who wants to ensure their company is tech fit for a very different future.
Conversational interfaces such as Siri, Cortana and Alexa are transforming everything we do and knowing how to capitalise on their multi functionality is critical for business for the future, according to ConverCon organiser, Paul Sweeney of Webio.

A conversational interface is any user interface that mimics chatting with a real human, he explained. Instead of communicating with a computer on its own inhuman terms – by clicking on icons and entering syntax-specific commands – you interact with it on your terms, by telling it what to do, whether by voice or by text, he added.

“With rapidly evolving technology impacting how we are engaging with each other, now companies must think about how they, in turn, should interact with their customers. Companies need to deliver more engaging, simple and effortless interactions. At the forefront of these changes are conversational interfaces.

 “When we ask Amazon Alexa to put an item on our shopping list, dim the lights or turn the music up or we’re using one of those new chatbots on Facebook messenger to check when a bill is due, we are using conversational interfaces. Many see them as the next generation of the internet in a post-mobile app world.

“The implications of these changes will be profound and the move to new ways of interacting could happen very quickly,” he said.

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