01TSSGlogo50mmWIT requires an experienced Senior HR Business Partner to partner with managers and offer coaching and guidance on HR matters within TSSG. (Telecommunications Software & Systems Group).

The successful candidate will maintain and enhance the Institute’s human resources by providing HR guidance and support to TSSG in areas including: 1) People Development and Recognition (2) Recruitment and Manpower Planning (3) Performance Management (4) Policies, Procedures and Systems and (5) People Support.

Waterford Institute of Technology – TSSG Senior HR Business Partner – 2 Year Contract – €45,000 to €61,400 PA

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IPACSO Cyber Security and Privacy road trip Ireland

zeta1Over the month of June the IPACSO Bootcamp Roadshow travelled the length and breadth of Ireland providing highly interactive innovation, dissemination and support sessions. Participants included PACS specific and ICT-Security SMEs, start-ups targeting R&D and commercialisation supports and researchers in the area of privacy and cyber security.

The Arclabs Innovation Centre in Waterford hosted the inaugural Irish Bootcamp on Monday 8th June 2015.  The local innovators (Primeur, Soloton and Sedicii) joined us for our workshop which facilitated the first introduction to the online version of the IPACSO framework.  Adopting one of the product ideas we used this interactive session to get some tangible results on where the product currently sits in its innovation cycle as well as recommendations for the next steps towards a robust business driven implementation and investment strategy.  The second leg of the Irish Bootcamp tour was held on 16th June at IBM’s Dublin innovation centre which is a most fitting venue for nurturing innovation in the domain of ICT security. Participants hailed from Adaptive Mobile, Moqom, Systemlink Technologies, ITB and IBM’s security innovation team. This group had a lot of diversity in their market offerings (e.g. smart water heating system) and it provided an excellent stage for our interactive sessions utilizing the IPACSO templates and building toward different business cases and models.

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Ireland’s smart agriculture future is on a fertile plain (video)

One of the biggest problems the world will face in the 21st century is food supply. This is where Ireland, with its expertise in agriculture and ICT, could be a world leader, according to WIT president and TSSG founder Prof Willie Donnelly.

Donnelly said that the world will need to increase food production by 70pc by 2025.

Ireland has the advantage of land, expertise and technology.

Researchers from TSSG, WIT and organisations like Teagasc are working on new technologies that will use 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 that will see data analytics and big data employed to help boost milk production.

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Sensors to give drivers inside track on cyclists

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Vehicle roundabout in Norwich with cars, cycle and traffic lights viewed from above (Alamy)

SENSORS that can detect cyclists on roundabouts and alert motorists to their presence have been developed by researchers at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and trialled in the city in recent weeks.

The sensors use Bluetooth low-energy wireless transmissions, already used for short-range communications utilised by hands-free technology in cars.

“We use the technology to identify the position, direction and speed of cyclists on roundabouts, and relay this information to digital signs positioned on roundabouts,” said Steven Davy, researcher at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at WIT. “[The system] allows motorists to be quickly informed about approaching cyclists and where they are on the roundabout.”

In trials of the technology, standard portable digital signs were used, with warning notices to motorists including messages like “cyclists approaching from behind”, “cyclist approaching from right”, or “cyclists ahead”, said Davy.

In 2014, two cyclists were fatally injured on Irish roundabouts, the majority of which do not have cycle lanes.  Even on those roundabouts where cycle lanes do exist, cyclists are encouraged to leave the road and share a footpath with pedestrians, which increases the risk of accidents between cyclists and pedestrians.

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European Collaborators arrive in Ireland for Kick Off Meeting of CogNet, which will bring over €5 million of research funding into Ireland

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First CogNet meeting takes place in Ireland

The COGNET (Cognitive Networks) Project which received funding of €5.97m under Horizon 2020′s call for 5GPPP will see industry and research collaborators arrive in Ireland today from Spain, Italy, Germany and Israel to particpate in the first ‘kick off’ meeting, one of many meetings which will be held over the coming 30 months.

The goal of the project is to make a major contribution towards autonomic management of telecoms network infrastructure through using the available network data and applying Machine Learning algorithms to yield insights, recognise events and conditions and respond correctly to them.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications and Software Systems (TSSG) will lead the European consortium in a European Union (EU)-funded project in the 5G telecommunications area. The project recognises that 5G technology will support billions of connected devices, and that conventional IT systems and architectures are not currently designed to handle this scale.

IBM in Ireland, one of the collaborators on the project, will host the kick off meeting at its Technology Campus in Dublin. One of the key goals of the project is to develop machine learning, data mining, autonomic technologies and algorithms that will be applied to enterprise scale 5G deployments, delivering self adapting solutions that will adapt centralised architectures to distributed solutions that can handle substantial scale.

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