TSSG PRISTINE project awarded for the Cleanest Perfect Pitch at Net Futures 2015

The TSSG lead PRISTINE project was one of 8 exemplary European projects showcased during the recent Net Futures 2015 Perfect Pitch Panel, and PRISTINE came away with the award for the cleanest pitch.

Net Futures is a European event which brings together a community involving companies, organisations and people, in Research & Innovation, Market Validation, Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy, to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry.

The perfect pitch panel was a great opportunity for the PRISTINE project to exhibit to a wide audience how it is designing and implementing the internals of an innovative clean slate recursive inter network architecture (RINA) a solution which is getting closer to being market ready.


The pitch was presented by TSSG PI and PRISTINE coordinator Miguel Ponce de Leon, who said, “the preparation for the panel was a little nerve racking, the goal of presenting such a deep networking project such as PRISTINE in a 3 minute window was a tough one, but with assistance from PRISTINE partners, the event organisers, an entertaining and informative pitch was put forth, highlighting the truly disruptive nature of the work being carried out by PRISTINE”.

As the pitch was being presented an artist drew a live representation of the pitch.


The Net Futures event was also an opportunity for TSSG to work and collaborate with EC projects and researchers in the same field, and there was lively discussion at the Future Internet cluster meeting, with SDN and NFV the hot topics of the day.

Clearly there is a new market emering in the networking space, by 2018 analysis shows that the SDN/NFV market will be a €1 billion market place, and the TSSG PRISTINE project is clearly creating innovate components for that market segment.

Slides from the PRISTINE perfect pitch can be seen on slideshare.

Irish Academia and Industry poised to lead the Development of Next Generation Internet

TSSG Testbeds, based at WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.

TSSG Testbeds, based at WIT West Campus, Carriganore, Waterford.

Software Defined Networks (SDN) is a highly topical, yet still emerging, network management architecture. While its adoption is increasing, many firms have yet to fully appreciate the capabilities offered by SDN, the means by which it can be deployed, and the benefits it provides. In brief, SDN directly address issues such as provisioning of network-wide policies, scalability, vendor lock-in, and complexity.

Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) in association with the IDA hosted an event at Wilton Park House yesterday, Tuesday 31st March on ‘Driving Innovation for the next Generation, SDN Workshop’

This event brings together key industry players and SDN researchers with a focus on presenting SDN trends, challenges and deployment solutions. Culminating in a pan-Ireland call to action to establish an industrial-academic working group focused on SDN/NFV research, development and deployment.

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A Waterford technology startup company will announce 65 new software jobs in Tramore today.

The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. Photo: Thinkstock Images

The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. Photo: Thinkstock Images

Three-year-old Nearform says that the new jobs, which will bring its workforce to 100, are due to strong demand for its software design services.

The company, which was founded by Waterford programmers Cian Ó Máidín and Richard Rodger, has grown to 35 people already and has landed contracts with Condé Nast, Universal, DPD UK and Permanent TSB. The new staff are to be recruited over the next 18 months, according to Mr Rodger. He said that the company will recruit software developers and designers.

“They’re high-end jobs,” said Mr Rodger. “We’ve just taken over the old offices of Waterford County Council in Tramore and plan to house them all there.”

The company also has a development office in Romania, where it has relationships with local software contractors.

Mr Rodger said that the company took a decision to stay in Waterford despite most of its clients being in Europe or the US.

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The Citizen – Negotiating Life in the Digital World

Left to Right: Jacques.Bus (Advisor, NL) Dara Murphy T.D., Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, Prof Willie Donnelly (Vice-President Research WIT and Founder of TSSG, IRL) and Georges Metakides (prof Univ of Patras, GR)

Left to Right: Jacques.Bus (Advisor, NL) Dara Murphy T.D., Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, Prof Willie Donnelly (Vice-President Research WIT and Founder of TSSG, IRL) and Georges Metakides (prof Univ of Patras, GR)

The Digital Enlightenment Forum 2015, was held in the Newpark Hotel on Wednesday March 25th and Thursday March 26th the forum was a unique opportunity to explore the many questions that the topic of the ‘digital citizen’ brings to mind.

As the role of technologies across communities become ever more widespread, as imagined futures are increasingly cast in terms of technological innovation and development, and, as the boundaries between the human and the digital continue to blur, a growing array of diverse actors are bringing insights, comments, positions, questions, and knowledge on where, when, in what ways, and with whom technology intersects and entwines.

Social media has brought us many benefits; for example, we can easily keep in touch with friends and family on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, we also see the downsides of its impact; cyber-bullying is becoming an issue of growing concern for parents and teachers.

We need to take ‘time-out’ in today’s society, and participate in a conversation about the challenges faced by the individual in this digital age. As technology continues to become more ubiquitous and personalised, data privacy has legitimately become an increasing concern for citizens.

Wearable technology, driverless cars and smart meters in our homes all have the potential to change how we live our lives. A key challenge for us is to ensure that regulation keeps pace with these changes.

Dara Murphy T.D., Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection spoke at the Digital Enlightenment Forum.  He began by saying “We need to put people in control of their data by integrating privacy into our policies and practices. This approach is known as ‘Privacy by Design’ and focuses on the privacy concern of citizens from the beginning and minimises the collection of data.”

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PhD Studentship

01TSSGlogo60mmThe successful PhD applicant will join the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group and Teagasc and work at the intersection of Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data Analysis in distributed systems and Bioinformatics. The Internet of Things enables an increasing connectivity of everyday devices and objects. These connected devices provide us with new insights into our daily life and we rely on Big Data Analysis to extract these insights. One aim of this PhD position is to develop new learning algorithms and compression techniques that may be applied to mid-range infrared spectroscopy measurements of milk to detect the presence of different components in the sample. However, these learning protocols will have to be amenable to efficient deployment on resource constrained sensing devices, in order to meet the requirements and applications of the Internet of Things, specifically, large scale farm deployments. This PhD will also combine these techniques with Big Data Analysis to enable, for example, improved use of resources and sustainability in agri-food environments and to underpin decision support systems of the future. This PhD’s work will interface with a prototype platform which is being developed in collaboration with research teams from the disciplines of sensor and biosensor development, communication protocols and bio-informatics. The overall objective of this collaboration is to increase the environmental and economic sustainability of Irish pasture based dairy farms (The project is a collaboration between Teagasc, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG), and commercial partner True North Mapping from Shannon, Co Clare. It has been awarded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funding within the Future Agri-Food research theme.) The PhD student’s major responsibility will be to pursue their own doctoral studies. The student will be expected to develop their own scientific concepts and communicate the results of their research verbally and in writing to both a national and international audience. Read More 


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