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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | ShareBiotech – Strengthening the Atlantic Area Biotechnology Sector
    is the creation of strong links between the key biotechnology industry and academic stakeholders within the ShareBiotech regions This will allow companies to leverage the research expertise and facilities within academia thereby accelerating R D and innovation in the life sciences The project is being implemented by a consortium of 10 partners from France Ireland Portugal and Spain The Biosciences Research Institute BRI at Athlone Institute of Technology AIT is one of the Irish representatives in the consortium The BRI led by Dr Paul Tomkins has expertise in toxicology biomedical sciences microbiology and cell and molecular biology The BRI group is co located with the Materials Research Institute MRI at AIT The two groups collaborate closely particularly on industrially focussed projects relating to medical engineering and biotechnology Researchers at AIT are in the process of gathering information from the biotechnology sector in the Atlantic Area through the use of surveys interviews and other data sourcing This will help to reveal the current needs of researchers and companies as regards access to core facilities advanced technologies and specialised training This information will be used by AIT to develop a model for the widening of access to life science technology core facilities implementing new management models and to facilitate connection of the main biotechnology stakeholders in the region These measures are intended to replicate benefits of formal cluster models It is anticipated that one direct output of this research will be a website through which biotechnology companies can access key information on core technology facilities expertise and equipment in the Atlantic Area The website will also facilitate the collaboration of research centres and companies to support their R D activities The ShareBiotech project has the potential to significantly strengthen the European biotechnology sector and facilitate the generation of much better resourced partnered

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Creation of a Virtual World for Driver Simulation
    A driving simulator is a key component of these driver education programmes Its location at the Enterprise and Research Incubation Centre has allowed the company to access a high level of technological and business expertise as well as the R D facilities and know how at IT Carlow The Driver Education Centre wished to improve their driver education programme by expanding and improving the driving scenarios presented by the driving simulator and by providing virtual access to customers Software development expertise was needed to address these requirements IT Carlow provided two students from the Department of Computing and Networking to work with the company on 6 month student placements With appropriate guidance and oversight in place the students worked with the company to develop test and implement software to give enhanced capability to the driving simulator and improve the driver education programme As part of the technical solution the students have developed a non fixed database that supports the custom creation of driving scenarios for the driving simulator This allows driving scenarios to be changed depending upon the specific training requirements The students also delivered virtual access This allows clients to use the driving simulation programme from a remote location In follow on work IT Carlow is also helping the Driver Education Centre in creating driving lessons that will be available for download from the iTunes website For the company the student placements have resulted in a much improved driver education programme as well as increased ease of access to a broad customer base that extends outside of the region It has given the students valuable experience of the workplace and an opportunity to put their software development skills to practical commercial use The placements have also contributed to the Institute s ability to offer programmes that are closely aligned

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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 | Advances in Medical Technology through Convergence
    The Regulated Software Research Group RSRG at Dundalk Institute of Technology DKIT is an internationally recognised research group led by Dr Fergal Mc Caffery a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator and Stokes Lecturer The group performs innovative applied research that is focused on improving medical device software development processes making them safer and more efficient This expertise in software development positioned the RSRG as the perfect partner in this collaboration Over a period of several months the RSRG collaborated with the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and the Applied Optics Group to develop a suite of courses called Advances in Medical Technology through Convergence AMTC Funding for the development of the AMTC was provided through the Life Sciences Skillnet training programme for industry All three research centres are funded through Science Foundation Ireland There are currently 15 courses offered by the three partner colleges which are designed to help participants understand the latest advances in medical technology Participants can attend the courses as stand alone courses or complete the full suite The RSRG at DKIT is responsible for the delivery of three courses that are focused upon introducing cutting edge regulatory compliant medical device software processes into the Irish medical device industry The AMTC currently forms part of the Life Sciences Skillnet and is being run in association with the Irish Medical Devices Association IMDA The AMTC courses that have been delivered so far have been well received by members of the medical device industry In addition to transferring knowledge from the research groups to industry these courses also provided additional opportunities for collaboration between each of the research groups and the industry participants Testimonials Through working with Dr Fergal Mc Caffery from the Regulated Software Research Group we were able to include medical device software process courses within the AMTC programme

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Eire Knits – The Irish Knitting Club
    knitting it lacked the technical knowledge and skills to deliver the multimedia online content needed to develop this facility The company partnered with Letterkenny Institute of Technology LYIT which has expertise and facilities in computing and multimedia Staff at the Institute conducted research into the various web technologies required for delivery of the knitting lessons The Institute then allocated the services of a web and graphic designer and a web programmer to work closely with the company to develop the website A series of video tutorials designed to teach knitting skills were developed using specialised equipment in the Institute s dedicated audio visual studio Experts in the development of e learning content at LYIT formatted the content of these tutorials ready for online delivery The final output of the project was Eire Knits the Irish Knitting Club which was launched in January 2011 and is available at www eireknits com The Irish Knitting club comprises a series of 50 multimedia lessons on traditional Aran knitting These lessons include video tutorials digitally rendered knitting patterns close up images and textual descriptions of the steps required to knit the perfect Aran Sweater The partnership was funded initially by an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher and subsequently by Líonra under the Business Mentoring for Winners Innovative Actions Programme The Irish Knitting Club is a commercial subscription based service which is heavily targeted at the American market This website fulfils an important cultural role facilitating the passing on of Rosaleen s experience in Aran knitting to current and future generations Testimonials The Irish Knitting Club would not have been possible without the skills and knowledge from the staff in Letterkenny Institute of Technology We know a lot about the area of Aran Knitting and we already have good experience of the Internet through our other

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Improving the Development Process for e-Commerce Software
    software quality and software process improvement SToRC has a long track record of working with industry and in solving challenging technical problems for both small and large organisations Mr Fergal Downey a member of the management team within the retail bank embarked on a direct funded research project in partnership with SToRC The focus of the project was to define the existing software development practices in the company and to identify potential areas for improvement This research identified that the sooner the QA team becomes involved in the process the quicker they can provide valuable feedback to the development team This enables the identification and removal of defects in the software soon after they are introduced and reduces the time needed to develop and test a product The practice identified during this project continued after the research was concluded and was adopted by teams within the organisation other than those involved in the original research It has led to an improved quality and time to market of the e commerce software products within the bank Mr Downey used this project as a means to gain a postgraduate qualification He completed his M Sc by research and graduated from DkIT in 2010 He is now employed in another start up organisation where he has implemented many of the practices that he learnt during his partnership with SToRC Testimonials There were numerous benefits to my organisation of working with SToRC Firstly we were able to leverage the experience and knowledge that SToRC staff had gained on previous similar research Secondly we found that the initial industry based approach lacked the rigour in terms of evidence and methodology that was provided through the partnership with SToRC Finally the work was carried out within the context of other industrial and academic research current and

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | ITT/KTP Connect Programmes
    Broadcasting assume the role of Media Consultants for companies within the Park This model of student placements differs from the traditional model in that the students will work as an autonomous group providing a range of media and creative services to a suite of companies as opposed to an individual student working with a single company Organisations who are working with the college on this programme include Assess Ireland Ltd Altobridge Continuum Commerce Solutions DCS Energy Savings Donseed Ltd Neotech Software Solutions Ltd PulseLearning Unique Voice UVLI YouComply and Neustock Media The student projects conducted during this programme will include the development and production of on line promotional material through the use of media tools such as Twitter Facebook and YouTube production of multimedia demonstrations of company products and website design and development The companies will benefit from the skills set that the students have acquired during their academic studies The companies will also be able to leverage the resources and facilities of the ITT Digital Media Centre which include a digital video editing suite radio studio recording studio TV studio and a music technology lab During these work placements the students will gain a valuable insight to the dynamics of the multi media sector This experience will greatly enhance the students employment prospects on graduation The programme further enhances the ongoing collaboration between ITT Kerry Technology Park and the Park companies Testimonials This is one of a number of initiatives currently underway to further strengthen links between ITT and Park companies The companies at the Park along with the various people and departments at the Institute work regularly on a collaborative basis ITT KTP Connect further enhances this process while providing students with a valuable insight to the dynamics of the multi media sector These work placements will greatly

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Letterkenny Institute of Technology assists Pramerica with specialist Training Programmes
    Pramerica recognised it needed to further strengthen the expertise of its workforce by providing them with mainframe technology skills to meet its growing business requirements At that time no higher education institution in Ireland or the United Kingdom filled this training gap As a result Pramerica contacted the Letterkenny Institute of Technology LYIT for assistance Pramerica partnered with the Department of Business at LYIT to develop a Level 8 programme in mainframe technologies The goal was to create a pool of skilled graduates in the northwest region that Pramerica could recruit to address its professional development needs Pramerica and LYIT leveraged virtual access to IBM s mainframe technology environment which is still a key feature of the e learning programme To date more than 50 individuals have graduated from this programme and Pramerica employs most of them Pramerica also recognised the need to provide its employees with specialised educational opportunities in technology As a result LYIT s Department of Computing partnered with Pramerica s software development business to create a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Information Technology In addition its Department of Business partnered with Pramerica to create a Level 6 Higher Certificate in Financial Services which is scheduled to produce its first graduating class in May 2011 These Level 6 customised programmes provide a pool of skilled staff and have helped Pramerica recruit individuals who have specialised skills More than 50 of Pramerica s existing employees have leveraged these opportunities which have strengthened their opportunities for advancement within the organisation Testimonials Talent Management is Pramerica s primary focus It distinguishes us in the employment market These programs have provided our company with individuals who have specialised skills and have provided our staff with opportunities to reach their potential and fulfill their career aspirations Claire McDermott Human Resources Pramerica Systems

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