ITS Irelands’ seminar on Transport Strategy & Trends

blog pic 1TSSG attends Transport Infrastructure Ireland group seminar which was presented by Steve Kanowsky, Chief Economist & General Manager of Strategic Policy, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland.

Mr Kanowsky opened the talk with the eyebrow raising revelation that Queensland have actually begun building a mock-up of a town complete with traffic systems within which they will trial test some 500+ Automated Vehicles. In Queensland they look at transport plans in a 30 year context and are heavily invested in the future of ITS. With an annual transport budget just south of 7 billion Australian dollars! (33% of total state budget), Queensland can afford to be selective in the areas of transport it invests in. There is a strong involvement at University level into AV (Automated Vehicle) research and planning and one area under the spotlight yet again is Big Data. Capture and especially real time analysis of transport data is crucial to being able to act on problems as they occur such as traffic accidents and congestion. Incidentally the good folk in Queensland prefer to label these transport headaches a little more positively as …Journey Time Reliability! (JTR)

Interesting points on road safety were discussed and it transpires that an increase of even 1 meter in central divide on main roads results in a significant drop in serious accident outcome. The cost of this central divide increase has been shown to be sufficiently less that the cost to the health system of the alternative. Freight is restricted to one lane, similar to our bus/taxi lane system in Dublin. Interestingly the policing of this has been farmed out to technology partners and freight over 4.5 tons is monitored and tracked by GPS and if any driver moves even slightly off of an allowed network they are punished immediately with the issuing of severe fines.

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Research Unit Manager – AR/VR

Job Title: Research Unit Manager (Ref. No.017758 )

Employer: Waterford Institute of Technology

Department: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) AR/VR Unit TSSG (

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required: Degree or MBA in Business Studies or equivalent and minimum of 10 years commercial/research experience.

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The five-minute CIO


Pic.Jerry Horgan.TSSG Infrastructure Manager

Infrastructure Manager at WIT’s TSSG Jerry Horgan, was interviewed by website where he discussed Information Technology strategies

The five-minute CIO: Jerry Horgan, TSSG by John Kennedy

“The IT strategy is to move away from being perceived as a cost centre and to be a value centre for the other business units,” said Jerry Horgan, infrastructure manager at Waterford Institute of Technology’s celebrated Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG).

TSSG is a jewel in Ireland’s R&D crown, establishing the country on the map for breakthroughs in wireless systems and software.

The research arm of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is currently leading the charge in developing internet of things (IoT) technologies in areas such as smart agriculture.

Focused on everything from broadband to 4G and even 5G, it is one of Europe’s foremost research groups focused on the future of communications and how it impacts our world.

The TSSG also has an established pedigree for spinning out highly successful start-ups.

The best example of this has been FeedHenry, which was acquired in 2014 by Red Hat for €63.5m.

Can you outline the breadth and scope of the technology rollout across your organisation and what improvements it will bring to the company?

We’ve recently deployed OpenStack across the organisation. It was 18 months in test and development, with trial versions running for the last six months. We had a lot of work to do on the networking side of things to get satisfactory performance levels and to also leverage the existing network and storage infrastructure that we had.

We have already seen a threefold uptake in the usage of virtual machines, a 60pc reduction in the number of tickets raised, with the majority of new tickets resolvable by either providing access or training, and the mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) dropping from 90 minutes to 30 minutes.

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TSSG shaping the future of EU-Brazil co-operation on cloud computing.

 TSSG amongst experts to shape future of EU-Brazil co-operation on cloud computing, Big Data and IoT at events being held in Porte Alegre, Brazil.

eubrasilcloudforum WCN_CSBCThe EUBrasilCloudFORUM  project, which has Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG group as a partner, organized an interesting EU-Brazil (EUBR) workshop and conference held on 6-7th July, as part of the much larger annual Conference of the Brazilian Computing Society (CSBC 2016) event in Porte Alegre, Brazil over the last days.

On 6th July, 2016, the first edition of Workshop on Cloud Networks – WCN 2016 was held, bringing  together well-experienced researchers, engineers, and practitioners from academia, industry and government to discuss and advance the state-of-the-art research in the emerging area of cloud-based networks and applications.

Policy makers and thought leaders from Brazil and Europe will be on hand to set out their mutually agreed priorities moving forward. Key players from Brazil include Priscila Solis Barreto, Professor at University of Brasília, Wanderson Paim de Jesus, R&D Project Manager at RNP (the Brazilian Research and Education Network), Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, President of the Brazilian Computing Society, (SBC),and Maximiliano Martinhão, SEPIN Secretary at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications. Representing Europe will be Augusto Alburquerquefrom the Delegation of the European Union to Brazil.

James Clarke, the WIT participant to EUBrasilCloudForum in attendance, was a co-chair with Professor Moacyr Martucci Jr. from the Department of Engineering and Digital Systems of Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo, in a session entitled Working Group on future scenarios and research challenges.

The project uses the concept of Working Groups (WGs) that will support the project’s efforts in collecting information from the wider expert communities in EUBR activities related to cloud computing, including security aspects. The objectives of the WGs were presented:

Objective 1. To define a research roadmap for future WPs/Calls;

Objective 2. To provide expert information for Policy Dialogue workshops;

Objective 3. To form into a Special Interest Group (SIG) on Cloud Computing for SBC;

Objective 4. To promote the EUBR projects results together in a collective and louder voice.


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TSSG presents at mHealth Conference 2016

Denise Manton (Research Unit Manager, Mobile Services) attended the international mHealth conference in Galway,  June 16th.

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Pic. Denise Manton with fellow speakers & committee members at the mHealth Conference

The conference hosted by the mHealth Research Group proved to be a great success, drawing leading academic researchers and industry members from multiple disciplines to come together to present various aspects of their mHealth evidence based research and case studies. An impressive line-up of speakers included Professor Sean Mackey and Dr. Beth Darnall (Stanford), Dr. Jennifer Stinson (Associate Professor, University of Toronto), Professor Susan Michie (University College London), Avril Copeland (Tickerfit), Eamonn Costello (patientMpower), Dr. Felix Naughton (University of Cambridge), Professor David French (The University of Manchester), Dr. Leanne Morrisson (University of Southampton), Dr. Conor Linehan (UCC), Angeline Traynor (NUIG), and Jim Gregg (The Irish Computer Society).

Denise presented on mHealth from a technology perspective, and how the role of technology and TSSG can help meet mHealth expectations. This topic proved to be a good complement between other keynote speakers focussing on behavioural science studies carried out specifically in mHealth areas.

The broad area of mHealth can have a direct impact on how we live and how we both prevent and fight disease. TSSG is proud to be paving the way for creating innovative and safe mHealth software that will ultimately contribute to better health outcomes.

Listen to Denise present at mHealth


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