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Barry Downes, chief executive, TSSG: IoT is a major technology trend that will define future generations

Barry Downes, chief executive, TSSG: IoT is a major technology trend that will define future generations

With a focus on agri-tech and smart cities, Barry Downes of TSSG tells Killian Woods why his organisation is excited about the new hype around the Internet of Things. 

With a focus on scientific research into software and applying such analysis towards innovation and commercialisation of services, Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is an Irish company at the cutting edge of developing fresh Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and predicting future concerns within the sector.

Through its work with startups and other companies in Ireland problem-solving projects through the Enterprise Ireland Vouchers programme and engaging with IDA clients, TSSG has been able to fine-tune what areas it should be focusing its research on.

Many years ago, Barry Downes, chief executive of TSSG, earmarked the Internet of Things as a significant space to explore. He feels that it, as a sector, is one of the major technology trends that will define future generations.

“There are a couple of major technology trends that are really going to shape the future over the next number of years,” he said. “The Internet of Things is one of those. I also happen to believe virtual reality is as well but, in terms of IoT, we are focused on a number of areas with our partners. One of those areas is consumer IoT, such as smart cities, but for us agriculture is also a sector we would to like to bring more tech innovation into.”

Agriculture was also earmarked as a key sector to address by Professor Willie Donnelly, President of the Waterford Institute of Technology and chairman of TSSG. Through numerous initiatives, TSSG aims to put brand new technology innovations into the hands of farmers, with dairy one area specifically being researched. “We have a number of agriculture projects where we are looking at bringing agri-tech into the dairy space and develop agritech in the IoT space, through sensors on farms to have an impact in terms of efficiency and the utilisation of resources. Also, we want to get data out of the farm for alerts.”

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TSSG gives young designers at WIT the opportunity to place their work on European projects.

 L – R : Dr. Ethel Claffey, Paula Kavanagh Dunne, Tom Cronin, Sara Cosgrave, Kelly O' Dwyer and Gavin Hogan

L – R : Dr. Ethel Claffey, Paula Kavanagh Dunne, Tom Cronin, Sara Cosgrave, Kelly O’ Dwyer and Gavin Hogan

TSSG’s winning H2020 proposals included Logos designed by WIT Students

A pilot competition between TSSG and WIT, to give final year students from the BA (Honours) in Design (Visual communications) the opportunity to design a logo for European project proposals, began last year.

TSSG entered the first round of the H2020 funding process in January, 2014, and a number of their proposals used the logos/branding from the WIT students. Kevin Doolin, COO at TSSG felt that “the impact of strong brands/logos along with the high quality of research propositions could aid proposals in standing out amongst heavy competition from throughout Europe – (i.e. getting a good logo might just give us an edge or might just stick in a reviewer’s mind) – with such high competition in the European Funding Rounds every little bit helps”.

He went on to say, “Last year, while we had one winner we selected some additonal logos to include with our H2020 proposals. Two of the logos were used on proposals which resulted in significant research funding for TSSG while also giving the students the exposure required to stand out from the crowd going forward”
Driven by Dr. Ethel Claffey, Marketing Lecturer, School of Business, WIT, the objective of the project was to place students in a realistic business setting in order to measure their business skills relevant to the design industry.

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ENL researcher wins prize for Three Minute Thesis presentation

BernardBernard Butler, a PhD candidate in the Emerging Networks Laboratory (ENL), TSSG, was awarded first prize in the Three Minute Thesis presentation competition at WIT Research Day 2015.

The title of his presentation was Enterprise IT access control evaluation performance, or “How quickly can the system decide that Alice can join a secure group chat?”.

He was up against stiff competition from PhD researchers from other WIT research groups. All entrants were limited to 3 slides, with the presentation advancing automatically to the next slide after 60 seconds.

Mike Donohoe, Radhika Loomba and Ali Saleem (all from ENL Research Unit at TSSG) and Kriti Bhargava (from DM&SC Research Unit at TSSG) participated in the poster competition and each gave a 1-minute presentation inviting attendees to visit and discuss their poster. Michael Barros (from ENL Research Unit at TSSG) gave a 10-minute presentation entitled Smart disease detection with molecular communication.

For more details see WIT Research Day 2015.

The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) hosted world leaders in a debate on “The Internet of Energy Things”

Mr Paul Malone, a project manager and security researcher for TSSG’s Data Mining and Social Computing Research Unit. Paul is Principal Investigator for the SocialGuard project and also the BUSPrime project.

Mr Paul Malone, a project manager and security researcher for TSSG’s Data Mining and Social Computing Research Unit. Paul is Principal Investigator for the SocialGuard project and also the BUSPrime project.

The International Energy Research Centre held their 2015 conference in Cork on Wednesday 13th May.  The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) (http://www.ierc.ie/) is an industry led, world-leading, collaborative programme of research and innovation in integrated sustainable energy system technologies.  The yearly conference brings together members from the energy industry, policy makers as well as academic researchers within the energy domain to discuss emerging trends and examine medium- and long-term future trends within the domain.

Paul Malone of TSSG spoke at the IERC debate entitled “The Internet of Energy Things will deliver a Secure, Cheap and Sustainable Energy Future”. Four speakers, two for and two against the motion, gave a five-minute pitch and then took questions form the audience.  Paul was on the “against” side and his argument revolved around the security issues still inherent within the emerging Internet of Things paradigm. Although the arguments were strong from both sides, it was agreed almost unanimously among the audience that the motion was largely aspirational and should be amended to indicate this “The Internet of Energy Things will can deliver a Secure, Cheap and Sustainable Energy Future”.  And that there were multiple caveats that need to be considered before this can be realised.

Please view Paul’s Slides here

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT becomes the new Chairman of TSSG

Prof Willie Donnelly,  President of WIT, Chairman of TSSG.

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of WIT, Chairman of TSSG.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), a leading global ICT research and innovation centre, today announced the appointment of Prof Willie Donnelly as Chairman of TSSG.

Prof Donnelly was Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT as well as Director and founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally-renowned mobile services and communications management research centre which has grown from 3 to 130 researchers, winning over €80m in competitive funding.

This new role comes shortly after his appointment as President of Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT)

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