13th Annual NGN Signalling Evolution Forum 2012

The Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) worked closely with Eircom, Ireland’s largest fixed line operator, on a collaborative presentation for the NGN Signalling Evolution Forum in Berlin on 31st January 2012.

The collaborative presentation, entitled “IMS Signalling Design and Customer Experience” was presented by Brendan Kearns, Network Architect IMS & Service Network Eircom. Shane Dempsey, Telecoms Software Architect, TSSG worked closely with Eircom to develop ideas and content for the presentation. The collaboration with Eircom stemmed from the IMS-ARCS project where TSSG was a lead partner. IMS ARCS is an industrial and academic cooperative program conducting research in the area of IMS technology with a view to creating a body of intellectual property for the use by project partners, and serving as a case study on how to develop IMS Applications software for the future.

The NGN Signalling Evolution Forum is the 13th Annual forum on Advancing SIP and IMS Networks Interconnection and Integration, and ran from 30 Jan-1 Feb 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

This exclusive conference brings together key industry experts and gives clear insight into the main challenges of telecom network providers when it comes to signaling systems Experts from various telecom operators present their case studies focusing on successful projects and effective solutions regarding signaling systems for future telecom networks.

The strong momentum in the telecom industry forces carriers to make the shift to providing voice and other services over an emerging SIP network infrastructure. One of the challenges for carriers is to transition in stages to a SIP-based core network and related applications, while leveraging existing infrastructure and providing a package of services for both traditional and IP phone users. This creates, in turn, the need for interworking of protocol variants and the need for multi-generation products as well as causing pricing pressure in all aspects of the service providers’ business. The migration from traditional systems into new architectures has become a prominent topic of discussion.

The issues covered within the TSSG/Eircom “IMS Signalling Design and Customer Experience” presentation included deployment issues such as understanding & ensuring voice quality, tools that enhance call quality, and reasons why post dial delay issues arise. The presentation was met with much interest and positive feedback from attendees of the event.

For more information on the presentation, please contact:
Shane Dempsey, Telecoms Software Architect, TSSG
Ph: +353 (0)51 306142

For more information on IMS-ARCS project, please contact
Robert Mullins, TSSG
Ph: +353 (0)51 302964

Cyber Security & Privacy EU Forum 2012

Cyber Security & Privacy EU Forum 2012

The CSP EU Forum is a European conference on Cyber Security and Privacy organized by Effectsplus, in coordination with the Trust and Security Unit of DG INFSO. The CSP EU Forum will bring together Cyber Security and Privacy experts in academia, industry and government as well as practitioners, standards developers and policy makers to engage in discussions about common goals for Europe and explore important research directions in the field.

BERLIN: 24 -25th April 2012, Science & Conference Centre “The Dahlem Cube”, Seminaris Campus Hotel, Dahlem Dorf, Berlin.


DAY 1 – Aimed at Industry practitioners, researchers and policy makers.Key note speakers from leading technology firms will provide insight into needs, developments within security and privacy from a broad market perspective. View Programme Day 1

Day 2 – Aimed at Academic Researchers and Developers actively working on cutting edge collaborative European Research projects
focused on Security and Privacy. This is an opportunity to discover, discuss and learn about new research ideas and concepts within Europe. View Programme Day 2.

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Dr. Ruairi de Fréin attends TIDA Workshop

Congratulations to Dr. Ruairi de Fréin, a TSSG Postdoctoral Research fellow and member of the SFI funded strategic research group FAME, one of twelve applications selected to attend the Technology Innovation Development Award Programme (TIDA) organised by the Science Foundation of Ireland (SFI). The TIDA 2012 entrepreneurship training course will take place at the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship located at the Citywest campus in Dublin.

The TIDA 2012 entrepreneurship training course will run four, two-day workshops.Its target audience is postdoctoral researchers in active SFI funded research projects. The course aims to educate postdocs on a variety of subjects pertaining to commercialisation and entrepreneurship. The modules include topics such as Technology Entrepreneurship, Market Feasibility & Exploratory Research, Managing Legal Aspects of Start-Ups, Technology Assessment & Commercialisation Opportunity, New Product Development and Innovation, Venture Capital & Funding Models Finance and Cash Flow, Intellectual Property, Trade Marks and Copyright, Sustainable Competitive Advantage and Positioning, Technology Sales, Marketing & Branding with the final module session entitled “From Lab to Product” consisting of elevator pitches to groups of Venture Capitalists.

The goal of the training course is to provide entrepreneurship skills to postdoctoral researchers to enable them to effectively assess the translational and commercial potential of their research, to develop a commercial case around a researched technology and to create a network of researchers who will interact regularly with each other, with SFI, Enterprise Ireland and the Technology Transfer Office of their host institute.

As a member of the FAME strategic research cluster, Dr. de Fréin expressed a personal desire to further develop his own commercialization skills in order to complement the work he is undertaking as part of TIDA feasibility study award which is being led by Dr William Donnelly. The TIDA feasibility study award funds the development of a commercialization ready prototype. Dr. de Fréin is certain that the knowledge and insights gained at the TIDA 2012 entrepreneurship training course will also have an enormous indirect benefit for other FAME SRC members wishing to exploit research ideas. Dr. de Fréin attributes his successful application to both the international standing, reputation and timeliness of FAME’s research.

The TIDA 2012 entrepreneurship training course commenced on Friday 27th, and included postdoc researchers from SFI’s research priority areas and from a number of universities including UCC, DCU, UCD and TCD.

Find out more information on FAME please visit

Find out more information on the Technology Innovation Development Award Programme (TIDA) .

Find out more about Dr. Ruairi de Fréin here .

mCommunity Launch

Representatives from Welsh small business were present to support the launch of the mCommunity smart phone application at Liberty Stadium in December. A cross-border partnership between Pembrokeshire College, Gower College Swansea in Wales and TSSG, part of the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, the mCommunity project focuses on using mobile technology to positively engage two target groups, learners and businesses. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Ireland Wales Programme.

The project aims to work with small businesses to pilot how technology can improve their business effectiveness. mCommunity has also engaged adults not in employment, education or training by using mobile technology to help establish positive social networks. The project will pilot the delivery of learning, skills and qualifications to improve employment and educational opportunities through mobile technology.

Small businesses are benefitting from the development of the mCommunity app, which is has been developed by the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology. It is currently loaded on to Samsung, Google and Motorola android devices.

The event was an opportunity for all project partners, beneficiaries and contributors to discuss developments and share their experiences and ideas for future developments

MCommunities Launch from TSSG on YouTube.

For more information:

Twitter: @mCommunityPro
Facebook: mCommunity

Maximise Clean Energy Usage for Data Centres

Pictured Left, L to R: Dr.Raymond Carroll, Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam.

Researchers within the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) recently published a paper titled ‘Application of Genetic Algorithm to Maximise Clean Energy Usage for Data Centres’.  The paper was co-authored by researchers within the Bio-Inspired Networking Research Unit.

The focus of the paper is the investigation of the heavy energy usage within the ICT industry, with estimates that the industry now contributes 2% of the worlds CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to the worldwide aviation industry. The need for smart energy systems is driven by climate change and limited fossil fuel resources.

A significant part of this heavy ICT energy consumption can be attributed to data-centres, which house a large number of energy-intensive servers that host a variety of internet services. Much of this energy consumption is driven by the increasing popularity of the Internet, which continues to attract growing numbers of users annually. The internet has moved from being at the periphery to a central part of our daily lives. As a result of this increased energy usage, the research community has become focused on finding innovative solutions to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of data centres.

Dr.Raymond Carroll, Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Dr. William Donnelly and Dr. Dmitri Botvich respectively, presented their solution for delivering energy efficient green data centres. The proposed green data centre solution uses a Genetic Algorithm to place services in Data-Centres by targeting those in countries with the highest production of renewable energy and the best conditions for cooling. To validate this proposed solution some demonstrative simulations were carried out by gathering data regarding the renewable energy production and temperature profiles of each country, and implementing a genetic algorithm that aims to maximise the quantity of renewable energy consumed and minimise cooling energy expended. From these simulations they were able to demonstrate that by employing this technique, it is feasible to make significant improvements in the proportion of renewable energy utilised in data centre operation, thus reducing the quantity of fossil fuels burned and ultimately carbon emissions. It was also demonstrated that cooling energy could be reduced in circumstances where there is significant variance in the country’s temperature profiles. At the same time, the research carried out showed that this improved renewable energy utilisation did not come at an increased monetary cost for the operator.

Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Research Unit manager for Bio-Inspired Networking was very optimistic about the work they had carried out “We hope that this research will create a new approach towards developing green ICT systems in the future, where systems can be aware of the source energy (renewable or fossil fuel based) and adapt its usage in order to minimize long term carbon emissions” he said.

The research carried out is sure to have an impact on the way we build and maintain data centres.

To view the full methodology and outcomes of the paper please click here

Additional Information

For more information on Bio-Inspired Networking Research Unit: click here

For more information about TSSG Active projects: click here

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