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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Facilitating more effective mobile operating systems via development of new product
    ChattyApps is a commercial project undertaken to address the issue of signalling overload in modern mobile networks which has been introduced by the proliferation of smartphone devices and their need to be constantly connected ChattyApps attempts to reduce the resource demand on the Radio Access Network by only allowing full bearer services to Applications running in the foreground Modern mobile operating systems manage the lifecycle of applications in order to conserve resources on the device Once a user finishes interacting with an App it is often shifted into background mode where the App relinquishes the User Interface of the device but is still able to perform tasks such as networking Many Apps rely on In App advertising to generate revenue and constantly poll back end advert servers to check for new ads to display They do so when they are interacting with the user and also when they are in background mode This requires the setting up and tearing down of TCP sessions on an ongoing basis between the device and back end server which in turn causes a signalling load in the SS7 network of the mobile operator The Software Research Institute at Athlone Institute of Technology conducts applied research in digital media communications and applications and network and infrastructure management With the support of Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership funding it began to work jointly with Openet on the project ChattyApps which aimed to alleviate this problem The approach taken in this project is to deploy agent software on the Android OS that mediates the data flows between the device and back end servers Background data is permitted in certain cases for whitelisted Apps but in general data generated from background Apps is blocked The software Agent is controlled via policies set up on a backend server to which

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3421-2014-facilitating-more-effective-mobile-operating-systems-via-development-of-new-product (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Developing a new design process and new products for a luxury textile manufacturer
    different sectors of the economy including the craft industry DesignCORE s philosophy and expertise in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing technologies encourages the development and implementation of new product development methodologies within small to medium sized enterprises The Centre s facilities provide access to digital design technologies introduce industrial design principles and encourage experimentation and engagement as process Jem Textiles and DesignCORE collaborated on a number of research design projects putting in place an augmented approach that merged the industrial design and craft design methodologies By building on traditional craft methods modern materials were combined with digital techniques and incorporated the company s textile and interior knowledge to develop and produce innovative designs By then deploying DesignCORE s rapid manufacturing techniques fabric designs were translated to acrylic opening up a potential new product range to take to market The collaborative research activities between DesignCORE and Jem Textiles were supported by Carlow County Enterprise Board CCEB through the Industrial Design Partnership Programme The collaboration resulted in a new approach to the design development process combining craft and industrial design methodologies through the development of an innovative lighting design using laser cut acrylics which are side lit with LEDs The partnership also produced a new product range combining 3D printing with fibre optics expanding Jem Textiles product portfolio and increasing their exposure in the market place both in Ireland and abroad The new designs developed were chosen by Pantone as part of their Radiance Mood Board for 2013 Trends while another design was featured in the Spring issue of What s Hot in Irish Interiors Following the collaboration Jem Textiles has increased their product lines and exhibited two new lighting ranges at 100 Design the UK s largest design trade event in London The partnership has resulted in expanded business opportunities for

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3431-2014-developing-a-new-design-process-and-new-products-for-a-luxury-textile-manufacturer (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Identifying bacteria strains for application in industrial bioremediation
    and thus do not perform the bioremediation process effectively Microgen Biotech s technology allows site specific microbes to adapt quickly to their soil environment and facilitate a slow release system for the introduction of huge numbers of highly active pollutant degrading cells ensuring a highly effi cient remediation process EnviroCORE at IT Carlow is involved in strategic applied research and education in innovative environmental biotechnology with a view towards sustainable economic and social development Through collaboration with the researchers and technical expertise in EnviroCORE Dr Germaine identified a number of bacteria strains She believed that these strains developed via her own work as a student and by other researchers at IT Carlow could be applied to industrial bioremediation projects in China Microgen Biotech was set up as a spin out company to commercialise these strains in addition to providing technical know how and site specific project management through collaborations with Chinese companies To help further develop her business acumen Dr Germaine participated on the IT Carlow New Frontiers programme for entrepreneurs which focused on structuring the business model and developing an investor ready business plan for the new enterprise Following completion Dr Germaine was awarded assistance from Enterprise Ireland s Competitive Start Fund in recognition of the potential of the new business Microgen Biotech is currently in negotiations with a number of Chinese companies to secure contracts to develop the infrastructure necessary for bioremediation projects and to provide their microbial bead technology product development and project design services Microgen Biotech chose to initially enter this market as China has many environmental issues which severely affect its biophysical environment eco system functions and impact adversely on human health The Chinese government has acknowledged the seriousness and scale of the environmental problems and has made national commitments to tackle these issues As

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3441-2014-identifying-bacteria-strains-for-application-in-industrial-bioremediation (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Development of technology for an animal health monitoring system
    commercial product The Centre is home to 60 researchers and houses the TEC Technology Gateway As a result there is a broad range of research expertise including radio frequency programming user interface design mechanical and biomechanical engineering Alanya were able to dip into this wide range of resources as and when required As Alanya is based in the Rubicon Incubation Centre which is co located with Nimbus on going dialogue was possible In addition to access to Nimbus staff Alanya utilized lab space rapid prototypers environmental chambers and pressure plates for product prototyping and commercial product testing The project with Nimbus was successful and a prototype animal health monitoring device was produced which comprised of an electronic unit on a collar fitted to a cow This device collected a variety of information markers including movement and temperature This was tested on a local farm The data was communicated wirelessly or by 3G to a base station and then forwarded to a cloud application where it was analysed Realtime alerts were then sent to the appropriate farm management outlining necessary actions to be taken The commercial product was then developed based on the specifications from the prototype designed by Nimbus Nimbus personnel attended presentations to potential distributors as far afield as USA showing the depth of the partnership between the company and the research centre Attending these presentations ensured that any technical questions posed were answered effectively and added considerable weight to the overall Alanya proposition This work with the Nimbus Centre enabled Alanya to bring a project from concept stage to working prototype through to a fully functional commercial product with a worldwide partner distribution network In addition to this support from Nimbus Alanya also benefited from a range of other assistance from CIT As a start up business in

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3451-2014-development-of-technology-for-an-animal-health-monitoring-system (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Supporting development of new Point-of-Care diagnostic technology
    no limits in the choice of optical components or subsystems with respect to cost or performance Therefore the challenge is to provide the required performance in a cost effective manner The Centre for Advanced Photonics Process Analysis CAPPA engages in industry focused applied and fundamental research in optics and photonics CAPPA s expertise and facilities in optical design numerical modelling and advanced optical characterisation were of particular relevance to Radisens research needs The research focused on investigating novel integrated optical schemes designed to meet the needs of the next generation of Point of Care PoC diagnostic technologies currently under development by Radisens Diagnostics The activities were concentrated in a number of key technical areas Laser sources for optical excitation of the sample under test Numerical modeling design realisation and testing of candidate optical schemes Design and modeling of approaches to increase the efficiency of fluorescent light extraction Realisation of a novel micro optic array element using a low cost injection moulding process Integrated testing of the micro optic array in Radisens cytometer test bed This project was jointly funded by Radisens Diagnostics and Enterprise Ireland under the Innovation Partnership programme Apart from the financial contribution to the project costs Radisens also provided dedicated engineering resources equipment and facilities as necessary during all stages of the research The research has demonstrated low cost optical schemes required to develop a PoC flow cytometer Specifically a novel micro optic array capable of direct integration into the microfluidic flow channel has been designed modelled realised and tested The micro optic array was fabricated using a standard injection moulded process and is capable of scaling up to high volume manufacturing Initial tests have demonstrated increased collection of fluorescent light for the array over standard channels The developed technology has the potential to be commercially exploited

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3461-2014-supporting-development-of-new-point-of-care-diagnostic-technology (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Building energy management solutions: national sustainable building energy test bed
    systems and facilitates the demonstration of whole building energy management solutions in areas of controls optimization diagnostics and power electronics UTRC is relying on CIT s proficiency in Wireless Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems which are a key element of those solutions In that regard the objective is to develop a middleware platform that supports self configuration of wireless constrained devices providing a set of basic resources used in HVAC lighting and access control applications The Nimbus Centre for Embedded Systems Research overseen by Dr Dirk Pesch is a 60 person research centre on the CIT campus see www tec centre ie and www nimbus cit ie The proficiency of Dr Pesch and his group includes wireless sensor network design and tools communication protocols for wireless sensor networks middleware platforms for embedded systems cloud based service platforms In the area of building energy management solutions the work with CIT has primarily involved the development of a National Sustainable Building Energy Test Bed for integrated thermal electrical energy management systems However other collaborative activities between UTRC and CIT include research into communication protocols and middleware for automatic discovery of machine to machine communication services in wireless embedded systems and development of wireless network design tools The activities with UTRC were funded directly through the company as well as through two FP7 project awards e g FP7 SCUBA co ordinated by CIT and FP7 COOPERATE CIT and UTRC also collaborated on the SFI strategic research cluster ITOBO and are actively involved in joint International Energy Research Centre projects The key output from the partnership to date is the National Sustainable Building Energy Test Bed based at CIT This has served as the demonstration platform for a number of awarded proposals for Irish and European funded research projects e g FP7 COOPERATE GENIC

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3471-accelerating-development-of-best-business-start-up-9 (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Improving access to clean drinking water in Uganda
    proposed research has drawn on lessons learnt from already well established projects here in Ireland ensuring a fast track approach to outputs The Water is Life project is funded by the HEA and Irish Aid as part of the latter s Programme of Strategic Co Operation This aims to promote innovative research across a range of subjects in support of Irish Aid s mission and develop higher education capacity in Ireland and Uganda for developmental research The project involves a consortium of Irish and Ugandan Higher Education Institutes and NGOs with a goal to conduct research that supports sustainable water resource management as a catalyst for sustainable economic and social development in rural Uganda Irish Aid HEA awarded a total of 1 5M to DkIT for this project In addition funding was secured from Irish Aid s Simon Cumber Media Fund in 2010 for dissemination purposes a photo exhibition took place in 2011 which documented the activities of the project both in Ireland and Uganda Funding was also awarded by The Science Gallery in TCD to one of the PhD research projects hand pumps and this resulted in the development of an exhibit Water Wear which formed part of the hugely popular The future of water exhibition which ran in the gallery in 2011 Outcomes from the project include PhD theses 8 Geographical Information Systems GIS database Jointly developed all academic partners Certificate in Sustainable Water Management Contribution to a Master s in Development Studies Makerere University Project Publications Project book published Peer reviewed papers Community water improvement programme Participation at international and national conferences The experience of the PhD researchers and their research outputs will provide case studies that can be built into courses both in Ireland and Uganda at primary secondary and third level across a wide range

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3472-2014-improving-access-to-clean-drinking-water-in-uganda (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | 2014: Process assessment and improvement of medical device software
    improvement model for the medical device domain His initial focus was on the development of two capability assessment models one for Configuration Management and the other for Risk Management These both addressed specific industry requirements and were successfully implemented With the help and cooperation of Dundalk Institute of Technology DkIT the Regulated Software Research Centre RSRC was established Work is commencing on the development of the full domain specific software process assessment and improvement model Medi SPICE In addition innovative research in a number of related areas also commenced Three lightweight process assessment methods for the medical device software industry have been developed and implemented both nationally and internationally Development of Medi SPICE is ongoing and an industrial trial of 11 Medi SPICE processes has been performed Dr McCaffery is a member the IEC 62304 international standards development team and the RSRC is currently developing a technical report based on Medi SPICE for assessing compliance against IEC 62034 Other research undertaken by the RSRC includes development of software process roadmaps effective traceability processes for Medical Device software a model for assessing medical IT networks against IEC 80001 1 Medical Device Security Assurance Cases and medical device products External funding was secured to support these activities including SFI Stokes Lectureship Principal Investigator and Lero CSET2 funding Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Commercialisation Fund and Innovation Partnership support IMDA Skillsnet funding HEA ICT Skills Programme resources and EU FP7 support via the Artemis CHARTER project Many of these projects directly leveraged industry support The RSRC is internationally recognized as a leader in medical device software development research Collaborators include world class experts in the areas of medical device software development software process improvement and international medical device standards The three lightweight assessment methods have been successfully implemented in industry Commercialisation funding has been

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2014-case-studies/3473-2014-process-assessment-and-improvement-of-medical-device-software (2016-02-11)
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