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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Enhancing the Professionalisation of the Irish Prison Service
    develop the new induction course In partnership with the IPS a tailored programme of training was developed that incorporates a range of flexible and innovative teaching and learning strategies including work based and problem based learning and distance education The Irish Prison Service and IT Sligo commenced delivery of the HETAC accredited Higher Certificate in Custodial Care HCCC in September 2007 The programme is delivered over a two year period and provides a mix of professional and vocational training A key feature of the HCCC is that of co delivery whereby IT Sligo staff lead in the academic delivery while staff from the IPS lead in applying theory to practice This ensures that the programme is applied to the complexities of modern prison work To date 700 students have enrolled on the HCCC and are studying while working in the prison service Almost 300 participants have graduated successfully with a recognised certification and an academic award from IT Sligo Due to the success of this programme IT Sligo is currently developing level 7 and 8 awards in this field for graduates of the HCCC who wish to continue their studies with IT Sligo A level 6 award is also being developed to up skill existing prison officers who are not required to undertake the HCCC In addition members of staff from both institutions are currently engaged in research activities that will assist in creating greater awareness of current practice in this wide ranging field of study Testimonials The Irish Prison Service IPS has since 1 September 2006 been working closely with IT Sligo on the development and delivery of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Custodial Care HCCC What has emerged during this period of time is a model academic employer partnership As a third level institution IT Sligo has

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Developing a Marketing Strategy for Instore Ltd.
    to help to address their marketing and management challenges In 2010 students on the LIT Masters programme engaged with Instore Ltd to help the company to develop a new marketing strategy and development plan The students were divided into four PBL teams and presented with a marketing challenge to overcome for Instore Ltd The challenges were centred on building consumer loyalty increasing conversion rates enhancing brand perception and developing a competition strategy Over a period of five weeks the students conducted research to establish the key factors underpinning Instore s marketing strategy in the required areas of analysis This helped the students to uncover areas of opportunity within this current marketing strategy for performance improvement and business growth The students presented their findings to Instore in presentation format accompanied by a detailed report and technical drawings where relevant Instore found the process to be both beneficial and insightful and has given the company the motivation in the current climate to commit to a new marketing strategy Many of the strategic recommendations from the groups have already been implemented by Instore and have resulted in the generation of additional revenue streams Other recommendations have provided Instore with a reinforced rationale for redeveloping their existing core market Testimonials I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with the Masters in Marketing and Management Strategy students at LIT in that the project enabled me to identify and create a comprehensive marketing strategy for Instore Ltd The group provided terrific insights into how to target additional customers as well as develop new ways of fostering in depth relationships with our existing customers The students were a pleasure to work with and I found them hugely engaging and motivated Having LIT as a project partner proved highly beneficial to my business Oliver Moloney

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Improvement of New Product Development
    facilitating the development of collaborative business networks The limited human financial and technological resources available to Allsop Europe and the current economic climate created difficulties in the development of new product concepts Indeed these problems in the management of the innovation process in Allsop Europe were proving detrimental to the overall product success and were resulting in an unacceptable time to market Allsop Europe approached the RIKON Group for help to reintroduce innovative thinking and practices into the company and to improve the management of New Product Development In collaboration with Allsop Europe the RIKON Group designed and implemented a structured New Product Development process and a shared information system that supports and manages people time and expertise across all departments of the organisation The introduction of a shared information system in the company and specialised job roles to monitor it allows Allsop Europe to update track monitor and manage the status and timely flow of new product concepts projects It has also led to a more effective collaborative environment and improved New Product Development process within the company Testimonials Allsop Europe has benefited greatly from the input and the support of The RIKON Group It has been very interesting for our organisation to get an objective input from outside the company in assessing our New Product Development process Over the period of the project to date the benefits to our organisation have come in the form of a a more dynamic and flexible brainstorming process b a more streamlined method for assessing new product ideas and c an updating of our teams project management skills The opportunity cost saving of removing non feasible ideas earlier in our New Product Process has saved both time and resources allowing us to concentrate more fully in bringing to fruition our best ideas

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Smart Space Guidance System
    3CS Zolk C had previously developed technology that enabled a user friendly interpretative experience for visitors to the Culloden Battlefield in Scotland Following from this award winning innovative project the company recognised that the wide spread adoption of smart phones could provide an opportunity for an enhanced tourism experience Zolk C approached 3CS to develop a framework that would allow companies to create tours that visitors could access from mobile phones Through an Enterprise Ireland funded Innovation Partnership Zolk C can provide the hardware on the tourist site along with a personal solution that can be accessed directly by tourists and is sufficiently cost effective for small tourism enterprises The project has assisted Zolk C in developing an R D strategy for end user device based interpretation It has given the company a clear technical advantage and a significant market advantage by offering a solution that will serve a new section of the tourism market Testimonials The Innovation Partnership with Zolk C provides 3CS with a conduit to technology users who can validate the work of the research team This validation is essential to ground and direct the research efforts into the most commercially rewarding sectors of the tourism and heritage market Feedback from the market and the individual users of the technology gives the research team a clear focus on where the market sector is going provides an immediate test and deployment arena for the technology under development and provides current accurate information on the latest technologies being deployed by competing research bodies Tom Curran Product Centre Manager TSSG WIT Being able to access the powerful research capability of WIT has enabled Zolk C to stay one step ahead of it s competitors on the world stage Through WIT s indepth understanding of emerging mobile technologies Zolk C has

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Identification of Impurities within an Anti-Cancer Drug
    and biotechnology The Centre has a range of analytical equipment to support this research Pharmaceutical impurities can arise during the manufacture and or storage of the drug and can influence the efficacy or safety of the product For EirGen Pharma an impurity problem represented a significant barrier in the development of their Eir 010 drug as international pharmaceutical regulations require that impurities present above a certain level should be identified Supported by Enterprise Ireland s Innovation Voucher scheme EirGen Pharma engaged the PMBRC to analyse and identify three unknown impurities in Eir 010 which were observed to form under storage conditions The PMBRC used a combination of analytical techniques separation and spectroscopic techniques to determine the structure and identity of the three impurities EirGen Pharma was able to use the data generated by the PMBRC to support the filing of Eir 010 with the European Medicine Agency EMA Eir 010 was subsequently approved by the EMA and will be commercially launched in key European markets with sales worth 20m forecast over the next five years Testimonials We hear a lot of commentary about the Smart Economy and the need for Ireland to move up the value chain the research work of the PMBRC is a firm example of that going beyond rhetoric in the pharmaceutical sector Our partnership with the Centre is a key part of our vision for EirGen Pharma and the working relationship has already been a very productive one on several levels perhaps most starkly when research at the Centre allowed us proceed with a key drug in our portfolio that might otherwise have been abandoned Tom Brennan Technical Director and Co founder EirGen Pharma Ltd Partnerships with industry are a huge part of the Centre s work and we very much see our mandate as being

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Tourism Learning Networks
    memorable experience Irish tourism supports over 17 000 separate enterprises most of which are SME s or micro enterprises To support these companies Fáilte Ireland established Tourism Learning Networks TLN action orientated network learning environments aimed at developing business capabilities in the tourism industry Since 2006 the School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology WIT has designed and delivered Fáilte Ireland TLN s for the South West and South East Regions A team at WIT s School of Business designed and delivered a twelve month programme that combines interactive workshops e learning residential events themed seminars mentoring and network meetings A Delivery Team based in both regions at WIT and Cork Institute of Technology CIT also works to understand learning requirements and customise the training to individual needs Between 2006 2009 over 540 businesses participated in the TLN programme with 209 graduating with a Level 6 Certificate in Tourism Business Practice awarded by WIT A further 91 participants will graduate in January 2011 Participating businesses gained enhanced managerial competencies and skill sets and benefitted from networking opportunities such as cross referrals cooperative marketing enhanced business practice and connections Representing a unique approach to training for the Tourism and Hospitality sector the TLN has had a wider impact through the larger national network This has helped Fáilte Ireland to achieve its strategic goal of improved small firm competitiveness in Irish tourism Testimonials The relationship between Fáilte Ireland and Waterford Institute of Technology was further strengthened through the collaborative approach adopted by the Institute in the design and delivery of the programme enabling us to bring our expertise in the area of tourism and hospitality capability development to the fore in a structured action oriented practical manner The benefits and commitment of the participating enterprises was recognized through the HETAC Level

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Improving the Sanitation Process within a Dairy Farm
    of Technology Tralee IT Tralee is a platform for the convergence of engineering and science research The research interests of CIMSS include the integration of intelligent electro mechanical systems robotics and sensors for applications for the agricultural biomedical and energy industries Its main aim is to interact with regional and national industries to generate sustainable flexible solutions Dairymaster produces an auto washer for the cleaning and sanitisation of on farm milking machines Supported by an Enterprise Ireland Feasibility Study grant Dairymaster commissioned CIMSS to carry out a feasibility study for the redesign of the auto washer to produce an intelligent automated system that would reduce water usage detergent and energy consumption during the washing process Having analysed the current system within the farm environment CIMSS studied the automation of these results using a turbidity sensor which monitors and adjusts conditions according to changes within the system The feasibility study showed that an intelligent automated auto washing system is possible and that such improvements would be of benefit to the dairy industry As a direct result of this feasibility study IT Tralee and Dairymaster were successful in a full Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership application and this will allow the company to continue its R D work to bring an intelligent solution to market Testimonials Dairymaster were very pleased to engage with the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensors CIMSS at the Institute of Technology Tralee and we were very pleased with the expertise service and results that the centre provided us with Working with external personnel who can deliver results and bring their expertise to a project allows us concentrate on our core activities in the manufacture and marketing of milking equipment We hope to continue with this successful collaboration in the future Dr Edmond Harty Technical Director Dairymaster CIMSS at

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Re-Design and Prototyping of Key Products
    address practical industrial challenges With an ongoing relationship already in place Kelsius engaged the EpiCentre to assist in developing a new more functional and aesthetically pleasing enclosure graphics and user interface redesign of their wireless HACCP product The objective of the project was to develop design specifications that would include an easy wipe clean design antibacterial properties and specific ergonomic functionality and aesthetics The project was privately financed by the company and involved product design integration of capacitance sensing touch technology and embedding silver nanoparticles into the front PET cover EpiCentre delivered the redesign and prototyping of two Kelsius products They also remained involved with the company up to the manufacture stage New product design features have allowed a leaner in house assembly process thereby delivering new efficiencies The integration of a capacitance touch sensor for human machine interaction HMI has allowed a cleanable front cover to be incorporated This has eliminated opportunity for bacterial contamination and resulted in an unforeseen Unique Selling Point for the company The partnership has improved Kelsius s product innovation productivity and the integrated design and technology has reduced the number of returns increased reliability complimenting the current growth of the company and its entry into new markets Testimonials Having a partner that you can trust to work with and achieve project deliverables ultimately has a direct impact both on business and company success which is critical for effective growth LYIT EpiCentre offers this level of partnership and we have already begun discussions for future potential collaboration and look forward to strengthening our ongoing good working relationship Dr David Gray COO Kelsius Kelsius is a dynamic company which is working hard to achieve their aims in their respective food medical and healthcare sectors The project presented both challenging and rewarding aspects and has helped to

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