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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Vizi – Visual Customer Intelligence – Bringing your Data to Life
    University College Dublin UCD Hilary Kenna a lecturer in Design and Digital Media at IADT was the principal researcher from IADT on the project Her expertise in visualisation graphic design principles and usability was a direct fit for the requirements of the software development process in this project The project involved the research development commercialisation and successful market launch of an online data visualisation platform Hilary Kenna engaged with Twelve Horses and their customers to determine key user profiles ascertain requirements and prototype user interface designs and visualization applications The collaboration between Twelve Horses IADT NDRC and UCD resulted in Vizi This is a web based business application that uses the latest research in data visualisation web design and usability to enable business users to interrogate large multi dimensional datasets in real time in a visual web based user interface Vizi is currently being commercialised via Twelve Horses This partnership has resulted in a long term sustainable relationship between Twelve Horses and IADT In November 2010 the Vizi collaboration was shortlisted for and successfully awarded the Irish Software Association Award for Best Industry Collaboration with an Academic Institution In addition Twelve Horses has hired two IADT graduates from Visual Communication Design and Multimedia Programming in the last year Testimonials The Vizi project has enabled Twelve Horses to utilise internationally recognised R D practices in data visualization software design and usability to build a new product that solves an identified business need These skill sets would not have been available to us outside the scope of the project This kind of collaborative project is a great way for an SME to undertake innovative translational research in conjunction with academic institutions We have no hesitation in recommending academic collaboration as a gateway to innovation to the SME sector Gabrielle Stafford Managing Director

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | CIT supports RedMere Technology Ltd, a highly successful Irish Start-up Company
    offers access to excellent research capability and facilities Residency within The Rubicon Centre provided RedMere with the assistance and flexibility to ramp up quickly and to concentrate on the development of their product range RedMere s product range includes innovative HDMI cables that contain a self powered chip This chip technology results in cables that are ultra thin and light and are therefore easier to bend route and disguise after installation RedMere wished to develop the capability to test the integrity of the signal transmitted by these high speed cables but lacked the embedded systems expertise required The TEC Centre forms part of the NIMBUS Centre for Embedded Systems research at CIT and has experience in applied research projects in partnership with industry RedMere partnered with the TEC Centre in a research project partly funded by an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher This partnership resulted in the development of a prototype component which is now integrated in to RedMere s new V200P product This is a second generation advanced tester designed to measure the performance characteristics of the cable assembly and confirm whether they meet the signal integrity requirements The partnership between CIT and RedMere has resulted in the establishment of an investment ready company with a high technology product range In 2010 RedMere received the prestigious Irish Technology Leadership Group Irish Times Innovation Award at a ceremony held in Stanford University California The ITLG is a prominent independent organisation that supports Irish start ups and creates visibility among US technology companies RedMere has become a quality research partner for CIT and Dr Horan is actively involved as an industry advisor for CIT s NIMBUS Centre Testimonials CIT has been a very important supporter and partner for RedMere The facilities and support provided by the Rubicon Centre helped accelerate the growth

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Development of a Energy Monitoring System for a Renewable Heating Solution
    to green sustainable technologies Eurotech decided to develop a prototype remote monitoring system that would demonstrate the superior performance and cost benefits of the Smart Heating System The TEC Centre at Cork Institute of Technology CIT conducts research into the use of wireless sensor networks and optimal decision making tools in the management of energy usage in buildings TEC has completed numerous prototyping and innovation projects in partnership with industry Eurotech partnered with TEC in a project funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme During this project TEC developed a new prototype remote energy monitoring system that could be used to prove the performance of the Eurotech Smart Heating System The prototype is capable of monitoring in real time the source temperature air temperature in the case of air to water heat pumps internal building temperature flow rate flow temperatures and the electrical power consumption of the heat pump These parameters can be used to evaluate the true efficiency of the Smart Heating System In 2010 the energy monitoring system developed by TEC was deployed in a crèche in Co Meath and is currently gaining valuable data which is being recorded for further optimisations Eurotech aims to have a product ready for the global market in 2012 providing job opportunities for ten people when in production Due to the success of the Innovation Voucher project the Eurotech Group is in the process of submitting an Innovation Partnership proposal to Enterprise Ireland The proposal involves the evolution of the previous design with greatly increased functionality to a complete real time energy analyser system encompassing electrical energy and various forms of heating systems Testimonials The TEC Centre engineers allowed our mechanical engineers exploit every opportunity to expand and improve the development to achieve the best possible results This combination of academia

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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Real-time Traffic Information Services
    routes and requiring traffic information services such as journey times in a visual format on touch screen phones The TSSG s research focus is on the dramatic changes occurring in the telecommunications software industry and indeed on the wider converged communications industry particularly in managing networks and in developing innovative new services for those networks Software engineering in the above contexts is the underlying core expertise of the group Initial research conducted by the TSSG indicated that drivers consume traffic and travel information in three phases before they travel route planning as they travel via satellite navigation systems after they travel route information stored for use in planning future trips or for expense reporting This research led to the specification of a mobile application which would provide information to the user across all three phases The resulting application provides real time travel times on all main commuter routes in Dublin This information is intended to become an integral part of journey planning The application has also been developed with the potential to display relevant advertisements to users thus creating the potential for advertisers who are interested in reaching consumers who are car drivers and technology oriented The application has been developed with a framework that will accept commuter times for other international capital cities Through its network of partners content is currently available to iTraffic for London s M25 commuter belt and cities including Brussels Munich Rome and Paris Testimonials The reaction to the new application from our test users has been very positive Working in partnership with TSSG has been very productive and worthwhile and has helped us to bring this product to market very rapidly We had access to a team of skilled software engineers and their process allows for high quality software to be delivered quickly and

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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 | 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 | Doctorate in Business Administration – Linking Theory and Practice
    to contribute to the enrichment of trans disciplinary professional practice in management and to lead organisations and communities facing a complex global business environment DBA participants are senior executives from both Public and Private Sector organisations The programme is based on an innovative three stage model which guides each participant through the doctoral process It incorporates a number of residential and campus based workshops physical and virtual informal meetings and independent research maintaining a balance between peer and self led learning within the programme This programme benefits from an interactive web based learning environment that was developed in liaison with the WIT eLearning team This allows participants to contribute to live discussions and share insights on their research A comprehensive review of prevailing literature allowed Outside Thinking to gain a better understanding of stakeholder engagement in the creative process This engagement has informed Monica s research model Monica also maintained a reflective log throughout the research cycle chronicling both the research journey and her own personal journey of self development Through bridging the gap between theory and practice this research will add to the field of place branding knowledge and will seek to provide guidance for further studies in this relatively new discipline Testimonials My participation in the DBA programme has yielded enormous benefits in my approach and contributed to the strategic direction of my business research In coupling a newly gained knowledge of the current literature and best practice in my field of study with my day to day experience on the ground I have gained new insights and seen my understanding of the complexity of stakeholder engagement result in breaking new ground On a personal development front the practice of reflection in my business life and decision making has been very valuable learning Monica Leech CEO Outside Thinking

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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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