TSSG co-ordinates successful EU India FI-Media Project


Pic TSSG’s Jim Clarke, EU-India FI-Media coordinator

Waterford Institute of Technology ‘s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) coordinates EU-India FI-Media project with aim to create partnership between EU and India counterparts regarding issues related to Future Internet

TSSG coordinated EU-India FI-MEDIA project, a project supported by the Delegation of the European Union to India, whose mission is to create cluster to cluster partnerships (C2C) between EU and India counterparts within important topics related to Future Internet, has created a C2C partnership on the use of the EU’s development platform FIWARE in the India setting, and, more specifically, in the settings of smart cities, including smart villages. On 19th September, 2016, an FI-MEDIA C2C partnership event was held bringing together stakeholders from EU and India entitled “Smart Cities Lab India- FIWARE – Industry Workshop”.

FIWARE  is an EU led initiative that was started in 2009 as part of a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which is comprised of an Advanced OpenStack-based Cloud + rich library of Generic Enablers (GE) that make the development process much easier by hiding complexities (e.g. protocols) from the developers.

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Mohit Taneja, a fog computing researcher with TSSG, explains smart agriculture at the National Ploughing Championships 2016

Mohit Taneja

The main challenge facing the Ag/Dairy industry in Ireland is Having a proper integration with the tech industry— to be on the same page and getting mutual benefit from each other for a greater benefit.

Mohit Taneja, a student, Masters of Science (by Research)

Home is India/Living in Waterford, Ireland

Working on – I am currently researching in the field of Fog Computing, which aims to provide intelligence at the edge of the network, based on QoS (Quality of Service) requirements. Various areas such as Agriculture, Dairy Farming can get benefit from this by seamlessly leveraging Fog and Cloud resources, which in turn reduces the operational costs for providers and pricing utility cost for users by a significant margin.

The main challenge facing the Ag/Dairy industry in Ireland is Having a proper integration with the tech industry— to be on the same page and getting mutual benefit from each other for a greater benefit.

My vision for the future of the Ag/Dairy industry is An active and viable interplay in utilizing resources with maximum efficiency using the Internet of Things (IoT) and related high end technology for not just solving the problems in the Ag/Dairy industry, but also to make the mundane day-to-day tasks in the sector easier and faster.

Smart Agri is seamlessly integrating technology into the Ag/Dairy sector to reap maximum benefit from the resources at hand.  To not just solve the problems, but also improve. To not just prevent, but also be able to predict.






In an article published recently in Silicon Republic, John Kennedy talks to Professor Willie Donnelly and other key players about Ireland’s smart agriculture future.

smartagriMost Irish people have ties with the land. Many don’t realise it, but if you go back through the family tree far enough, you will find a farming tradition in their genes.

While most of us gleefully complain about the weather – it is the nation’s number one conversation starter – the truth is that the island of Ireland owes its lush greenness to the abundance of rain.

‘Ireland is in a unique position because we are one of the leaders in ICT and we have all the big players here like IBM, Google, Amazon and Cisco. But, on the other side, our main indigenous industry is agriculture, so if you combine the two you really get a unique environment’, says Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT and founder of TSSG.

And so, this has meant not only a fertile soil but fertile imagination and ingenuity.

In fact, Irish farmers are the most prodigious users of technology and the internet. Going back to the 1990s, they used their phones and SMS to compare milk prices and grain yields. They are combining infrared camera technology with high-speed broadband to ensure cows and calves survive the calving season. And, as crime from the cities spreads into the countryside, they are at the forefront of using smart new security technologies and the power of smartphones to keep their communities on alert.

Researchers from TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), and organisations like Teagasc are working on new technologies that will utilise the best of ICT, analytics and sensors to increase quality and quantity of dairy and beef production.

Last year, a €446,000 collaboration between major Irish dairy producers Glanbia and Dairygold, and Irish researchers, was announced. It will employ data analytics and big data to help boost milk production.

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aquaSmart ready to increase fish farming performance

AquaSmart-LogoOn Thursday September 15th, ’16, Dublin, Ireland, – The aquaSmart consortium ( are pleased to announce the launch of its aquaSmart platform. In addition to this, the data analytics solution will be unveiled at the Aquaculture Europe 2016 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, on September 20th.

So what can aquaSmart do for you?

Well a number of things. For example, one of the important questions that aquaculture producers face today is: how to select the feeding rate and thus decide on the appropriate feeding strategy in order to get the most beneficial business results. Significant divergences in feeding values can lead to either overfeeding or underfeeding, which is uneconomical, and not what fish farmers need. The wrong feed parameters will reduce production performance and therefore profit margins.

aquaSmart addresses this issue; it uses data analytics and predictive modelling to reliably predict the Feed Conversion Rate, capturing the underlying inter-correlations between the feed attributes, the feeding rate and the fish growth. The analysis is based on periodic, sampling to sampling, datasets.  In short, aquaSmart makes science work for fish farmers.
Hence, what aquaSmart aims to provide is a radical new way for providing fish farmers with software and services that is aimed at helping them to improve their productivity, reduce cost (including feed) and increase their profit margin while at the same time support the environment.

The aquaSmart team will be demonstrating at Aquaculture Europe 2016, booth 97 and we would be delighted to invite you along to see how aquaSmart can better manage your processes and costs significantly.
Should you like to arrange a time to meet at booth 97, please contact Gary McManus email: or phone: +353 51 302920 or Kostas Seferis email: or phone: +30 6944 546711.

TSSG attends National Ploughing Championships

ploughingThe 85th National Ploughing Championships returns to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly from September 20 – 22 2016 and once again TSSG  will be participating in one of the world’s leading agricultural trade shows.

TSSG will be exhibiting within Enterprise Ireland’s  ‘Innovation Arena’ where a collection of research centres and start ups display some of the new technologies and innovation that we will see entering into the Agricultural industry in the coming years. Please do call to see us we are located in Block 3 Row 11 Stand 270


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