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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/930-sharebiotech-strengthening-the-atlantic-area-biotechnology-sector (2016-02-11)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/931-real-time-traffic-information-services (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Performance of an Air Source Heat Pump in the Irish Climate
    a short term collaborative project funded under the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme The aim of the project was to monitor and evaluate the performance of the IGEN OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump in the provision of hot water and space heat over one year This was particularly important to the company as the application of Air Source Heat Pumps is relatively new to maritime climates such as Ireland s CREDIT monitored the performance of the IGEN OCHSNER GMLW 19 air source heat pump during one of the coldest winters in Ireland on record They used this data to produce an independent and detailed report which also provided details of the economic performance and the CO2 emissions of the system compared to conventional fossil fuel systems The collaboration with CREDIT has helped Igen to become even more competitive due to the experience gained during the partnership by highlighting the importance of using firstly an Ochsner air source heat pump which is specifically designed for heating as opposed to using air conditioning technology as a heat pump and secondly a specialised installer like Igen to ensure optimised performance of the complete heating system The company has also used the information in the report to showcase the benefits of using such a system to potential clients Crucially the data and information gathered during the partnership with CREDIT will assist Igen to develop its business in the UK which has a similar climate to Ireland Testimonials The benefits of working with a research partner on this project was the added knowledge and expertise that became available to the company This helps inform and increases the in house knowledge and expertise of the company which enhances commercial outcomes The research partner brings independent and impartial evaluations which support the company s efforts

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/932-performance-of-an-air-source-heat-pump-in-the-irish-climate (2016-02-11)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/933-letterkenny-institute-of-technology-assists-pramerica-with-specialist-training-programmes (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Workplace
    and support to all learners completing portfolios Before this novel initiative could be promoted to employers and employees LYIT had to ensure its RPL methodologies were professionally developed and aligned to international best practices This involved developing an RPL policy that was approved by LYIT s Academic Council designing RPL training materials for learners delivering RPL training sessions to staff at LYIT preparing RPL assignments and assessment tools To promote the RPL initiative a well planned marketing campaign was undertaken which combined direct marketing attending education fairs visiting and presenting information sessions to larger companies and representative groups including IBEC Skillnets Chambers of Commerce Trade And Industry Associations hosting public information and training sessions held at LYIT and via local media The RPL initiative at LYIT proved very popular with more than 350 portfolios submitted during the first 3 years This was the first experience of Higher Education for the majority of these learners and a significant number have decided to continue their studies at LYIT LYIT has progressed from offering single subject certificates for learning acquired in the workplace to jointly developing and delivering customised accredited programmes at levels 6 7 8 and 9 of the National Qualifications Framework with numerous local regional and national employers These programmes have significant RPL and Work Based Learning components making them more attractive to both employers and employees Testimonials I am currently completing a Higher Certificate in IT Support through LYIT which will allow me to apply for positions that become available in the QA and Development departments The RPL initiative allowed me to produce RPL portfolios in my own time without having to attend classes RPL was definitely one of the key attractions for me in completing this programme It was great that LYIT recognised the learning and training I obtained

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/934-recognition-of-prior-learning-rpl-in-the-workplace (2016-02-11)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/935-eire-knits-the-irish-knitting-club (2016-02-11)
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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

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/936-ittktp-connect-programmes (2016-02-11)
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  • Institutes of Technology Ireland | Smarter Living for an Ageing Society – Great Northern Haven
    environment Part of the challenge of this project was the ability to monitor and predict any changes in physiological emotional or cognitive state that would negatively affect an occupant s quality of life The Netwell Centre at DkIT is an active research centre that develops innovative ways to enhance the quality of life and well being of older people The centre has expertise in an array of disciplines including the social and behavioural sciences health sciences computer science engineering and design The Centre for Affective Solutions for Ambient Living Awareness CASALA is the commercialisation arm of the Netwell Centre and conducts applied research in collaboration with industry Innovative technologies being developed at CASALA can be used to monitor changes in the physical condition and emotional state of occupants and can introduce interventions that may improve their wellbeing This technology is now being used in the Great Northern Haven development to test and trial new AAL prototypes The Great Northern Haven forms an important element of the CASALA Living Lab now part of the European Network of Living Labs ENoLL The outputs of this project will influence the quality of new housing provision and the adaptation of existing homes and related support services for ageing in place This will result in the more effective and organised delivery of services to older people in their homes As a result of the collaboration Louth is now leading a national programme as Ireland s first age friendly county Testimonials Louth is experimenting with change at a broad range of levels Working through the County Development Board the County Economic Forum and the Age Friendly Alliance we are seeking to apply innovative technologies to re configure services to enhance the quality of life of our older people delivering more effective efficient and sustainable services and

    Original URL path: http://www.ioti.ie/rdi/delivering-impact-for-industry/2011-case-studies/937-smarter-living-for-an-ageing-society-great-northern-haven (2016-02-11)
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