Research centres TSSG and PMBRC account for two of the 30 shortlisted entrants to the annual Waterford Business Awards on Friday, 4 March 2016.

Two WIT centres are among 30 Waterford organisation’s shortlisted for the second annual Waterford Business Awards, organised by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLRfm and taking place on Friday, 4 March.

Three businesses have been shortlisted for each of the ten categories and the winners of those categories will then go head to head in the hope of claiming the Overall Waterford Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council.

The TelecommunicationsAwards nominee web decal Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation, has been shortlisted in the Innovation & Technology category (sponsored by Coillte Panel Products). It will be up against WIT spin out NearForm, now based in Tramore, and FundRecs a company based in WIT’s ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre, WIT West Campus, Carriganore

The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) an applied research centre which aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the south east of Ireland is shortlisted under the Manufacturing & Industry category (sponsored by Waterford Institute of Technology). It is in competition for the title with Q1 Scientific and TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

Dr Niall O’Reilly, PMBRC Centre Manager said that the team is delighted to be shortlisted for a Waterford Business Award this year. “Over the past 5 years we have worked with over 60 companies in Ireland, approximately half of which have been in the South East region. This nomination recognises the impact of our work on companies, both small and large, in the region over this period. The past 12 months have been our busiest to date in terms of research output and we have successfully grown all aspects of our operations from basic to applied research activities”. Last year PMBRC was shortlisted for 2 awards at the Pharma Industry Awards 2015.

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TSSG attends ACM NanoCom 2015

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Pic. Kriti Bhargava, TSSG

The 2nd ACM International Conference on Nanoscale Computing and Communication (NanoCom) was held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on the 21st and 22nd of September, 2015. The aim of the conference was to bring together researchers from diverse areas to increase the visibility of this emerging research area and encourage them to develop communication and computing paradigms at the nanoscale.

Kriti Bhargava, a PhD student at the Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is the main author of the paper titled ‘Internet of Nano Things for Dairy Farming’. The paper discusses the feasibility of using Internet of Nano Things in a dairy farming scenario along with the challenges and benefits associated with its deployment. The paper was accepted under the ‘Work-in-Progress’ session of the ACM NanoCom 2015 conference (to be published by ACM).

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Waterford Institute of Technology is bringing the EU’s FIWARE program to India

Fiware photoThrough their EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software & System Group (TSSG) group has recently organised two events in India in relation to building of EU – India cooperation, including  an event dedicated to bringing the EU’s FIWARE program to India in the context of smart environments including smart cities, smart villages , and smart campus.

FIWARE  is an EU led initiative that was started 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.

A number of the major differential features of FIWARE are available including those related to Cloud, Data, IoT, Smart city / energy related apps, MiWi, Security, privacy and others.


Pic. James Clarke

According to the EU-India FI-MEDIA coordinator, James Clarke, “Although born in the EU, through the FIWARE Mundus global component, FIWARE is being extended towards other regions around the world who share the ambition, including India and via our EU-India FI-MEDIA project activities, there is a welcomed opportunity to form a FIWARE Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership with the important stakeholders and key topics in India, such as smart cities, smart villages, smart campus, M2M, IoT, etc.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project has recently organised two successful C2C partnership workshops in India, during December, 2015 and January, 2016:

1. 18 December, 2015: EU-India FI-MEDIA – Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) workshop on the C2C topic Smart Villages Ecosystems; venue: IIT Delhi. Report available HERE 

2. 22 January, 2016: FIWARE – Smart environments workshop on the necessary underlying framework for the setting up of a FIWARE region in India, and how FIWARE can concretely be used for the development of “smart environments” in India (e.g., smart cities, smart villages, smart campus). This event was co-located with a larger scale event being held in IITD entitled International Conference on Smart Cities (ICSC 2016) held on 22nd – 23rd  January, 2016, venue: IIT Delhi. The full report can be found at HERE

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RINA and next generation protocols reveal insights to bring the Internet beyond 2020.

TSSG researchers are leaping that chasm from abstract research concept to having its work reviewed and considered by an industry standards body.
ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, has launched a new Industry Specifications Group (ISG) to start work on Next-Generation Protocols (NGP). It is a process to look to evolve beyond what the current TCP/IP Protocol suite can provide. The NGP group had its kick-off meeting in London during January 2016 with a follow up meeting to be held in  March 2016.
Amongst the topics discussed was RINA, a key research topic of TSSG for the past 5 years, with PRISTINE co-ordinator Miguel Ponce de Leon participating in this inaugural meeting of the NGP group.
RINA was presented as an architectural framework that has the potential to solve the problems that this group want to tackle. Interesting discussions have been ongoing since the meeting and there’s a view that specifications and recommendations on the infocomms protocols for beyond 2020 should come out of this group, with a white paper due to be published Q4 2016.  Progress updates will be made over the coming months.

mo-bizz mobile cloud ecosystem in review

EU is committed to foster and nurture the European cloud ecosystem of software vendors and developers, providing the market with fine-tuned products. mo-bizz is European in its roots and emphasis, but global in its reach.

mo-bizz targets the web-based and mobile applications space, where there still are not many offers. Its focus on web services and applications independent of any OS (e.g., being browser-based), fosters library enrichment with APIs and other web services promoting continuous improvement and fine-tuning. Thus, it offers an attractive value proposition for both developers and customers.

mo-bizz is built around the vision of letting developers focus on application building while facilitating every other process, including marketing and payments.

mo-bizz is an EU project funded under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). Bringing together nine experienced partners from Industry, SMEs and Academic institutes. Spread across six countries, mo-bizz launched in January 2013 and finished in December 2015. mo-bizz will develop a platform that will offer advanced mobile services and business applications, fostering the use of existing network infrastructures.

As we reach the end of this initial collaboration, the MO-BIZZ magazine has been launched with further details and information regarding the fantastic platform.

For further information explore the mo-bizz magazine.

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