Latency management for the Financial Services sector

13th February, 2013

A research team at the Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group have developed a novel system for accurately monitoring the latency of ultra fast communication networks used to provide latency sensitive services such as voice over IP (Viber), video conferencing (Skype, Facetime, Hangout) and data services (Facebook, Internet Banking). The team are initially using the technology to aid Financial Services, where a competitive advantage is gained by providing ultra low latency connections for transactions. However the technology is also applicable to a wide range of applications which are latency sensitive such as voice over IP and video conferencing.

Within the Financial Services sector, good latency management can mean a competitive advantage, however bad latency management can directly impact on revenue streams. LANTERN will empower system administrators with detailed and high-resolution latency information of network paths using novel measurement algorithms developed by Dr. Alan Davy, namely the Effective Bandwidth – Effective Capacity estimation system. This will allow for improved traffic management tailored to financial applications with specific latency requirements. This enables service providers to maintain ultra low latency guarantees on service offerings and to preemptively resolve issues of congestion.

The algorithms central to the product have been developed over 5 years of research carried out during Dr. Davy’s PhD studies and postdoc fellowship. The current technology has resulted in the filing of a patent with the European Patent Office.

LANTERN is an Enterprise Ireland funded commercialisation project led by TSSG that will run for 18 Months from Dec 1st 2012.  The objective of the project is to develop a production ready system and to carry out a number of customer trials to validate the technology.

For More Information, please see links below:

For more information on Dr. Alan Davy, please click here

For more information on LANTERN, please click here

For more information on Enterprise Ireland, please click here



The most famous jacket on the planet

6th February, 2013.

A smart jacket developed by SINTEF and NTNU as a collaborative effort between the EU R&D projects SOCIETIESand MIRROR is making headlines.

We reported on this jacket in an earlier post here. The smart jacket is built to assist rescue workers in the event of a crisis such as a fire, an earthquake or similar. The jacket can communicate with remote rescuers through mechanisms used in social networking sites such as Facebook. The first version of the jacket was in fact implemented to communicate messages between the jacket and Facebook. The latest version of the jacket is integrated with the SOCIETIES social computing platform and allows a group of rescuer to communicate with a rescue coordinator in the field.

The jacket first appeared in the Norwegian national research portal Later on it made an appearance in the Norwegian research magazine Gemini and in an article in the popular online gadget (the Norwegian Engadget). From there the jacket was described in various articles in e.g. the Swiss magazine soaktuell.chScience DailyEcouterre and a number of other online sites. made an article and a video reportage about the jacket.

Recently the jacket appeared in a whole page article in Norway’s most prestigious engineering magazine Teknisk Ukeblad. A video reportage was made by Trondheim’s largest local online newspaper and a two-full-pages article appeared in the most-read local newspaper in Trondheim Byavisa. The jacket is invited, which is a large and popular inventors’ gathering in Trondheim, and a number of schools have asked for help building Facebook jackets!

Proceedings from SOCIETIES Aml4CM workshop published

6th February, 2013

The Workshop on the Application of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) to Crisis Management (AmI4CM) was held at AmI 2012 conference in Pisa as a collaborative effort between the EU projects SOCIETIESBRIDGE and MIRROR. The proceedings of the workshop are now published as Vol-953 of CEUR proceedings. SOCIETIES partners presented two papers in the workshop. The proceedings summary describes the results of a SWOT analysis done during the workshop.

As a follow-up to the theme of the workshop, a special issue of the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE) is planned, to be published in 2015. Call for papers for this special issue will be published in 2013.

TSSG attend RINA Workshop in Barcelona

29th January 2013

RINA stands for the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture. Proposed by John Day in his book “Patterns in Network Architectures”, RINA is an alternative architecture that could support communications on the scale of the Internet, but in a way that overcomes many of the major problems with the current Internet architecture, TCP/IP.

Bringing together academia and industry, the RINA workshop targeted an audience of seasoned experts in the current Internet architecture and students seeking to develop their research topics. The purpose of the workshop was to present the current state of RINA, and to promote discussion on the key challenges related to progressing RINA. Most interestingly, demonstrations of currently working versions of protocols built on RINA principals were shown.

One of the key topics of discussion was that of security and scalability of the architecture. As pointed out by John Day, “Security comes for free in RINA”. The basic concept of RINA is that network communications is an extension of Inter Process Communication seen in all popular operating systems. The TSSG was represented at this event by Dr. Steven Davy, Joe Tynan and Miguel Ponce de Leon.

RINA is currently being developed in the FP7 IRATI project, which is Investigating RINA as an Alternative to TCP/IP. RINA is also supported by the Pouzin Society.

Miguel Ponce de Leon is currently Chief Architect and 3MT Unit Manager at TSSG.

Joe Tynan is currently a Cloud Infrastructure Researcher with the 3MT unit at TSSG.

Dr Steven Davy is currently a research fellow with the Emerging Networks Laboratory at TSSG.

For More Information, please see links below:

For more information on Miguel Ponce de Leon, please click here.

For more information on Joe Tynan, please click here.

For more information on Dr. Steven Davy, please click here.

For more information on RINA, please click here.

TSSG Attend Wireless Days 2012

5th February 2013

Dr Alan Davy, Researcher at the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) attended and chaired at the Wireless Days 2012 Conference from the 21st to 23rd November 2012 which was held in the Burlington hotel in Dublin, as part of the Dublin Wireless Week event.

The Wireless Days Conference is a major international conference which aims to bring together researchers, technologists and visionaries from academia, research centers and industry, engineers and students to exchange, discuss, and share their experiences, ideas and research results about theoretical and practical aspects of wireless networking. The conference has six technical tracks including ad hoc and sensor networks, Broadband wireless and mobile network management.

Dr Davy was invited to chair two technical sessions, in the Wireless Broadband track on Scheduling and Management of Radio Resources and the Wireless Applications track as his own current research focuses on delivery of multimedia services over wireless networks.

Dr Davy is currently a research fellow with the Emerging Networks Laboratory at TSSG

For More Information, please see links below:

For more information on Dr. Alan Davy, please click here

For more information on Wireless Days 2012, please click here

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