TSSG wins €6m EU 5G PPP project to catapult Ireland into premier league in European telecoms industry

Dr Steven Davy and Robert Mullins, Project Co-ordinator of CogNet IRISH telecommunications software experts have won a project worth almost €6 million in EU funding to help build the global technical infrastructure for a faster, better fifth generation (5G) telecommunications network and mobile internet. Current telecom providers have just started the process of rolling out the fourth generation of such networks and the fifth generation are likely to start appearing around 2022.

The 30-month CogNet (Cognitive Networks) project, co-ordinated by the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology, is the only Irish-led project approved under the Horizon 2020-financed, 5G Public, Private Partnership programme (5G-PPP).

CogNet will develop solutions to provide a highly automated and more intelligent level of network monitoring and management, improve operational and energy efficiencies, quality of experience for the end user and facilitate the requirements of 5G.

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TSSG Uncovered: Irish Research Centres Rule

In the first of a series on Ireland’s research centres and their role in the Irish startup ecosystem, we profile TSSG (Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group) and speak to CEO Barry Downes, founder of FeedHenry, along with three of TSSG’s Spin Outs.

Irish startup FeedHenry made news recently, with its sale for an impressive €63 million to US firm Red Hat. With branches in England, America and Dublin, the mobile app development platform has become a global player. FeedHenry is a ‘Spin Out’ originating at TSSG, the research centre based at Waterford Institute of Technology; founded in 1996, TSSG focuses on telecommunications software and applied research, and is 100% self-funded through EU research contracts and R&D work with EI startups

Over the years the research centre has grown from a handful of employees to a staff of 143, working with IBM, Cisco, Science Foundation Ireland and entrepreneurs like Dragons Den’s Barry O’Sullivan (O’Sullivan’s ‘predictive communications’ startup Altocloud began with R&D at TSSG). They also conduct R&D for smaller companies through Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership programme which sees EI cover up to 80% of the cost.

“The core of it all is leveraging science and technology to have an impact, and that impact is measured in jobs,” says Barry Downes, founder of FeedHenry and CEO of TSSG. “We run a PhD programme, and the graduates go into other programmes both locally and nationally. We have a pretty open ecosystem: we see ourselves as a catalyst. A lot of traditional companies would try to hold on to all their graduates, but we try to encourage our staff to go and join startups regionally and nationally.” Graduates leave, start companies, return and leave again to rejoin the Irish startup ecosystem, with TSSG positioned at its centre. “We have the skills in-house to solve problems end-to-end,” Downes explains. “We can put together a team for their whole innovation life cycle. A typical research project will last from 12 to 18 months. These tend to be large budget R&D programmes, anything from 100k to 500k.”

And then there are TSSG’s ‘Spin Outs’, companies formed from ideas generated within the research centre before being judged worth developing in their own right. We spoke to the founders of three of these companies, each in different stages of development, about their startups and the research behind them.

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Recruiting for ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager

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Position:       ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager 

(Ref. No. 015038)

Applications are invited for the post of ArcLabs Incubation Centre Manager at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).  WIT’s ArcLabs ( centres in Waterford and Kilkenny support a community of early-stage technology and service companies and are focal points for the Institute’s engagement with industry. Established 10 years ago ArcLabs has supported more than 60 start-up companies since its foundation.

We seek a dynamic and motivated individual with the necessary skills and experience to lead and grow our Incubation Centres through the next stage of development. The role involves hands-on support and mentoring of early stage companies as well as operational management and marketing of ArcLabs. The person plays a critical role in facilitating interaction between WIT and the start – up and SME communities. The Incubation Centre Manager is also a key interface with investors and enterprise support agencies.

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Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG part of the Irish delegation at the annual Brazilian CONFAP National Forum held in Brasilia, Brazil on 26th May, 2015.

RBI_logoWaterford Institute of Technology’s, Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) was recently represented by James Clarke as part of the Irish Delegation to make a dedicated presentation on success stories of the Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) project to the annual forum of the National Council of State Foundations for Research Support of Brazil (CONFAP).  CONFAP is the council of all national funding agencies throughout all of Brazil.

The Irish delegation was led by Sarah O’Sullivan, Director of International Collaborations, with Research Brazil Ireland, research colleagues from Dublin City University, the lead university in the RBI consortium of 11 Irish universities and Institutes of Technology, James Clarke from Waterford Institute of Technology, and researchers from Dublin Institute of Technology, and Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. 

Mr. Clarke’s presentation focused on the establishment of results oriented working groups (WGs) related to Future Wireless Telecommunications & Networks, co-coordinated by TCD and WIT, and Trustworthy ICT, coordinated by WIT, and a recruitment drive for recruitment in another WG related to ICT for Agriculture. In addition to presenting the success stories of ICT-related WGs of RBI, Mr. Clarke highlighted plans for the future Ireland – Brazil collaborations in both the next stage of RBI and the EU’s H2020 program.

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Cybersecurity & Privacy Forum & CSA project attend Cloud World Forum 2015

world cloudWaterford Institute of Technology, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) represented by 2 projects  Cybersecurity & Privacy Forum (CSP Forum  funded via SecCord EU funded CSA project)and IPaCSO EU funded CSA project, attended and exhibited at the Cloud World Forum 2015, London 24-25th June.

With their joint exhibiton located in the dedicated security zone (G205), this proved to be a prime and opportunistic event and location to disseminate EU funded success stories and the IPaCSO ICT Security Innovation Framework to a wider community of interested parties, going beyond the normal EU Trust and security research community.

The CSP Forum responsible for collaboration, networking and creating synergies amongst EU funded trust and security research projects, actively promoted the successful stories and innovations coming from this research domain. Supporting the clustering community CSP forum as part of the exhibition promoted the following EU funded cloud focused trust and security research projects (SecCord,A4Cloud,PRISMACLOUD,SPECS,TREDISEC,CUMULUS,TRESCCA,WITDOM).

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