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Roadmap to Funding & Supports for Innovation – Galway LEO & MET Gateway Webinar

Galway Local Enterprise Office, in association with the Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering (MET) Technology Gateway presents ‘Roadmap to Funding & Supports for Innovation’ webinar on Friday 30th April, 11am – 12pm.

With insights from LEO Galway Head of Enterprise, Breda Fox, and MET Technology Gateway Manager, Sharon White, this webinar will provide key information on funding, supports, and guidance on how to engage with the LEO and the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, along with a testimonial from Rockfield Medical Devices.

Who should attend?

This webinar is suitable for anyone seeking support with an idea for a new product, process or service.

Overview

The Enterprise Ireland Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Gateway is an interdisciplinary applied research centre, dedicated to supporting Research, Development and Innovation activities in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors. Located in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology’s Galway campus, the MET Technology Gateway provides open access for industry to the academic expertise within GMIT, generating solutions for close-to-market needs to companies.

Working within the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network of 16 specialised Gateways and sectoral clusters, we deliver innovation, expertise and solutions for Irish industry. The Applied IOT, Irish FoodTech and Engineering Materials and Design (EMD) clusters, comprise of multiple gateways working together to provide specialist support and expertise. Operated in partnership with the Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities, these clusters offer access to the academic and technological expertise within each institute.

Rockfield Medical Devices is an innovative medical device company based in Galway. The mission of the company is to focus on human centered design process as its main R&D driver in all areas of healthcare. Rockfield have developed a strong pipeline of innovative products and built strong partnership with end-users, academia and healthcare staff.

Further details and registration available here.

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Technology Insights – Process Monitoring and Automation for SME’s

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network. 

The fourth webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 13th May 2021 and will focus on ‘Process Monitoring and Automation for SME’s’. Presented by Ciaran Doyle, Senior R&D and Business Development Engineer (Mechatronics) and Tanmay Swaroop, Research Assistant at IMaR Technology Gateway.

Process monitoring and automation are the principle means of reducing production costs, improving process continuity and product quality.  At the core of any process monitoring system are sensors, a means of communicating and analysing sensor data and initiating appropriate corrective actions.  The availability of low-cost, wired or low power wireless smart sensors which are both robust and accurate make process monitoring a compelling, low-risk opportunity for many industries. It is the basis for both predictive maintenance which enhances OEE, and real-time avoiding or controlling process deviations which enhances product quality.  Monitoring and sensor technologies are also vital components in automated processes. 

Evaluating the potential for process automation involves an assessment of how to make the process Lean, eliminatingmura, muda and muri and an understanding of the need for consistency and quality in tasks which may be repetitive or ergonomically challenging.  Automation will reduce waste, improve quality of work and will provide a basis for continual improvement within SME’s. 

Automation and process monitoring technologies are readily accessible to SMEs, are essential aspects of Industry 4.0 and can underpin future competitiveness in terms of cost and quality. This webinar will explore the methods and technologies required for implementing or enhancing monitoring and automation in SME’s. 

Presenters

Ciaran Doyle, Senior R&D and Business Development Engineer (Strand Leader), Mechatronics

Ciaran Doyle is a researcher at IMaR, specializing in instrumentation solutions for industry; and a part-time lecturer in MTU in Instrumentation and Analog Electronics. He has 25 years experience working in the telecommunications industry and as an engineering contractor including ten years managing his own business. Ciaran was awarded an M. Eng degree in 2016 by the (then) Institute of Technology Tralee, for research on instrumentation and measurement theory, a BAI degree from the Engineering School at Trinity College Dublin in 1980 and has industry qualifications in IT and accountancy.

Tanmay Swaroop, Research Assistant

Tanmay is actively working on the development of mechatronics and automation methods and poka yokes in the field of automobile, pharmaceutical and general manufacturing, addressing problems relating to repetitive manual work and ergonomically difficult tasks on assembly lines. Tanmay has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, product quality, process engineering, facility installation and commissioning. He holds a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and bachelors in Mechanical engineering.

IMaR Technology Gateway

The IMaR Gateway, based in MTU Kerry, applies its core expertise in providing electronic and mechanical hardware, software, IoT and data analytics innovation for increased productivity in the manufacturing, agriculture and process sectors. IMaR provides expertise in hardware, software, IoT and data analytics innovation for increased productivity in the manufacturing, agriculture and process sectors. Offering a range of services to industry such as project development and specification, prototype/proof of concept development, consultancy and industry collaborations, as well as assistance in sourcing funding for research and development projects.

Date: Thursday 13th May 2021 

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am 

For further details and registration please see here

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Utilising Blockchain for your Business – a COMAND Gateway Webinar

COMAND Technology Gateway based in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) invites you to a free webinar titled ‘Utilising Blockchain for your Business’. Presented by Dr. Yuansong Qiao AIT, ‘Utilising Blockchain for your Business’ aims to investigate how Blockchain can be utilised for Business & Industrial needs as well as provide industry with a discussion platform to discover how to implement innovation, grow their business and avail of funding and supports.

Presenter:
Dr. Yuansong Qiao is a Senior Research Fellow in the Software Research Institute at Athlone Institute of Technology. He is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator in the CONFIRM Smart Manufacturing Centre. He was the PI of an SFI SIRG project – VidSDN from 2015 to 2018. He was the PI of Enterprise Ireland funded COMAND Technology Gateway and SUNAT Applied Research Enhancement projects from 2007 to 2014.

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Who should attend?

This webinar is open to all interested industrial groups, businesses and those needing guidance on obtaining support through Funding and Partnerships, from Start Up’s, SMES’s, Large Industry Groups to Multinationals.

About COMAND

COMAND Technology Gateway based at AIT works with a range of SME’s & Multinationals across various industries in the IT, Software and Connected Media Fields. COMAND concentrates on the research and development of prospective interactive media technologies focusing on Augmenting User Interactions, End-to-end Applications and Intelligent Infrastructure.

Through its experienced engineers, the centre provides extensive research outputs, troubleshooting, conducts research on the design, development and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation of Immersive and Interactive multimedia experiences. COMAND currently focus on multi-sensory media (olfaction, haptic etc.), augmented and virtual reality as well as wearable sensor systems. COMAND delivers ready to launch market product solutions as well as focused research on multimedia solutions within the following domains:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Entertainment
  • Gamification
  • Quality of Experience
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and wearable sensor systems in Smart Manufacturing – Industry 4.0

COMAND has extensive experience & in delivering both Research & Applied Research projects funded by Enterprise Ireland through their various Partnership grant schemes with Industry or direct funded project from Industrial or Business owners from start-up, SME’s through to Multi Nationals.

Event details

Date: Thursday 15th April 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00

For registration please see here

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MET and PEM Technology Gateways announce 5k Innovation Voucher Clinics

Are you an SME currently looking for help or guidance with research and innovation? Perhaps your product, service or process requires expertise which is currently outside of your existing R&D capacity? Do you know that your regional Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway can help?

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network delivers innovation expertise and solutions for Irish industry. Our network of 15 Gateways are located nationwide and focus on key technology areas, aligned to industry needs. Technology Gateways provide valuable Innovation assistance and support services to industry, playing a significant role in the innovation ecosystem nationwide.

Each project is viewed as unique and as a result the assistance provided by each Gateway team is tailored to its specific needs. Specialist gateway teams ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget and provide a wide variety of support and assistance ranging from prototype production, business model development, process optimisation, customer interface, technical specification, new service development and technology audits.

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher Programme

Enterprise Ireland have a range of supports and funding available through the Network. One such initiative is the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher which was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and provides Irish SME’s with a pathway to Innovation solutions..

Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. If you are a company thinking about Innovation or want to find out more about the programme, our expert Technology Gateway teams will bring you through the application process, criteria and suitability. They can even help with the application process itself.

Innovation Voucher Clinics

Innovation Voucher Clinics are being run by PEM and MET Technology Gateways throughout March. Registration is required but clinics are free to attend and take place online.

Details of available Innovation Voucher clinics are below:


PEM Technology Gateway in partnership with Sligo Local Enterprise Office are holding an Innovation Voucher Clinic during Local Enterprise Week on Friday 5th March 2021.

PEM Gateway based in IT Sligo has a technology offering for industry in precision engineering, manufacturing and materials. PEM works with companies at all stages of their research and innovation journey in the North West and nationally.

PEM Technology Gateway can offer expertise with the following;

  • Product Design and Additive Manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation and Optimisation.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing.
  • Enhancement, Optimisation & Control of Polymer Processes.
  • Precision Engineering and Micro-Machining.
  • Laser-based prototyping and Manufacturing technologies.
  • Nano-Materials and Nano-Technologies.

What could a €5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business? Book a 30-min Consultation to find out more! Not sure who to work with or how to apply? No problem! We are part of a nationwide network of Technology Gateways, each with their own set of expertise, we can help you find the right partner to support your research needs and help you to prepare for your funding application.

Date: Friday 5th March

Duration: 30 mins

Time: 9.30am – 1pm

Book your session here


MET Technology Gateway are holding Innovation Voucher Clinics on March 10th and 11th 2021.

MET Gateway, based in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, offers technology solutions targeted at medical device, life-sciences and engineering companies. The Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre is an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. The Centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and MedTech companies operating in the design application phase. MET supports RD&I activities for industries throughout the west of Ireland and nationally.

MET Technology Gateway can offer expertise with the following;

  • Medical Imaging Technologies
  • Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication
  • Data Analytics and Visualisation
  • Design Engineering and Verification
  • Medicinal Nutrition and Sport

If you have an idea for a new product or service, and need support to develop it, the team at the Medical and Engineering Technology Gateway, Galway are here to advise and support you in developing your idea.

This FREE one-to-one Innovation Voucher online consultation will take you through the process from start to finish. We are part of a nationwide network of Gateways, each with their own set of expertise and we can help you find the right partner to support your needs.

Date: Wednesday 10th & Thursday 11th March

Duration: 60 mins

Time: 10am – 3pm

Book your session here

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Technology Insights – Essential technical tools to enable a successful bioeconomy

‘Technology Insights’ brings together a range of relevant and exciting industry topics highlighting current, new and emerging technologies in sectors such as MedTech, Software, Biotechnology, Food and Manufacturing. The series aims to provide Irish industry with a platform for interesting and engaging discussion on a wide range of current and future technologies, presented by industry experts within the Technology Gateway Network. 

The third webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 25th March 2021. Presented by Dr Tim Yeomans, Technology Gateway Manager at Shannon ABC, the webinar will explore essential technical tools to enable a successful bioeconomy.   

The bioeconomy describes the sustainable production and use of renewable biological resources from land and sea, like crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms; to produce food, materials and energy. To do this successfully, technical and scientific tools are essential in terms of defining what is in the resource, what its function is and the commercial process to achieve this. This webinar will outline a range of technologies that can contribute to these goals 

Dr Tim Yeomans 

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim currently holds the position of Centre Manager with Shannon ABC. Within this role he is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research. 

Shannon ABC Technology Gateway 

Shannon ABC  Technology Gateway is based on the MTU Kerry and Limerick IT campuses. The Gateway delivers solutions to the challenges faced by industries by developing new processes and products from bio-resources. These solutions are delivered to the biotech, food and life science industries. Shannon ABC develops state-of-the-art processes, using ingredients and biological products from natural resources. The results of these processes include drug development, and value-added food, flavour and medicinal products. 

Event details 

Date: Thursday 25th March 2021 

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am 

For further details and registration please see here 

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Enterprise Ireland announce 2021 Capital Equipment Call for Technology Gateway & Technology Centre programmes

Enterprise Ireland are pleased to announce a call for applications from members of the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes for a new Capital Equipment Fund. Applications should be send to GA-CapitalCall2021@enterprise-ireland.com to arrive by 12pm (noon) on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021.

The purpose of the funding is to increase interaction of the Technology Gateways and Technology Centres with industry in Ireland.

Therefore, the intended outcomes should include, but not be limited to:

  • More companies engaging in R&D
  • Pilot manufacturing capability for new product / process development
  • Enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities
  • Test bed generation
  • Enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies

Each eligible Technology Gateway or Technology Centre will be limited to a maximum of 3 applications.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is restricted to members of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes.
  • The successful proposal must possess a strong track record of industry engagement and demonstrate a significant industrial need for the new equipment.
  • The host institute must provide space for the equipment and confirm that it will insure, service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.
  • Individual applications will be restricted to sums greater than €25,000 and less than €250,000 (more costly items may be considered on an exceptional basis).

Closing Date for Applications

The closing date for applications is 12pm (noon) on Wednesday the 14th of April 2021.

One signed electronic copy to be sent to GA-CapitalCall2021@enterprise-ireland.com to arrive before the closing date. A signed hard copy original should follow immediately addressed to Capital Call 2021, Grants Administration, Enterprise Ireland, Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin 3, D03 E5R6.

All queries should be directed to mark.whelan@enterprise-ireland.com.

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Opportunity in Times of Challenge: Adopting Innovation – a WiSAR Gateway Webinar

Join WiSAR Technology Gateway on Friday March 5th, 2021, to explore access to research expertise and funding in response to times of challenge. Explore how to embrace opportunities for technological change, research, and innovation, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. Discover how businesses can access research expertise through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network, across all sectors, and the funding and support mechanisms available. 

The event will be hosted by John Andy Bonar, VP for Research, Equality and External Affairs at LYIT. 

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Network offers three industry focused research & development clusters specialising in the areas of Internet of Things (Applied IoT), engineering, materials & design (EMD Ireland) and food & beverage technologies (Irish Food Tech). Accessible through a single point of contact, the clusters employ in excess of 300 research and engineering professionals and to date have successfully delivered over 4000 innovation projects with 2500 Irish companies. Dedicated Technology Gateway managers are available within each cluster to assist with all aspects of your next R&D or innovation project including the development of a tailored project plan, advice on the various direct and Enterprise Ireland funding mechanisms available and delivery of the completed project on time and in budget. 

Hear from Sharon White (EMD Ireland), Stephen Seawright (Applied IoT), and Tim Yeomans (Irish Food Tech) as they explore various funding supports and the adoption of research and innovation, across all sectors, in response to an increasingly challenging business environment. 

Speakers 

Stephen Seawright- Technology Gateway Manager, WiSAR, LYIT 

Dr Stephen Seawright has a distinguished track record in business development holding senior roles across several multinational businesses throughout his career. Stephen is Technology Gateway Manager at the WiSAR Lab at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, providing solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems, and power electronics.Stephen engages with idea owners across many sectors to apply hardware and software skills to advanced working prototypes. 

Sharon White- Technology Gateway Manager, MET, GMIT 

Sharon graduated from Dublin City University in 2004 with an honours degree in Medical Mechanical Engineering. In 2005 she took up a position at Cook Medical, where she worked in the Regulatory Affairs department for 2 years before moving to the Research and Development department as an R&D Engineer. For the ensuing 11 years, Sharon worked in the design and development of medical devices for use in endoscopy and has seen several devices to launch. Sharon has been also been awarded two patents. Sharon is currently Gateway Manager at the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre, an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world class solutions for the Medtech and general manufacturing sectors. 

Tim Yeomans- Technology Gateway Manager, Shannon ABC, MTU – Kerry and LIT 

Dr Tim Yeomans received his Degree in Industrial Biology from the Institute of Technology Carlow and subsequently completed his PhD in Microbiology at University College Cork. Tim has previously held the position of Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Centre for Medical Genetics, Crumlin and the Dublin Dental School and Hospital. He has held various industrial based roles and more recently provided technical and commercial input as Laboratory and Research Manager for a contract research and development company. Tim has held the role of Centre Manager of Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre for 10 years and is responsible for on-going engagement with industry, scientific direction of the Centre as well as commercialisation of research. 

WiSAR Technology Gateway 

The WiSAR Gateway, based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, provides solutions to Irish industry for the Internet of Things (IoT) using expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics. 

The WiSAR Gateway uses expertise in wireless, embedded systems and power electronics to provide solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The primary goal of this Gateway is to achieve ultra-low power consumption in Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). Expertise is provided to Irish industry across many sectors, including sports and tourism, marine, and renewable energies, relating to wearable technology, remote monitoring, power electronics and communications. 

The facilities at WiSAR allow for a very high standard of research and development to be carried out on collaborative projects with industry. WiSAR’s collaborative services provide companies with a flexible and expert R&D resource, allowing them to examine the potential for wireless technology within their businesses without demanding a large initial investment from their own resources. WiSAR’s competencies allow clients to develop and build prototypes, undergo feasibility studies and perform proof of concept exercises. 

Further event details and registration are available here. 

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‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’ – a COMAND Gateway Webinar

COMAND Technology Gateway based in Athlone Institute of Technology invites you to a free webinar titled ‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’.

Presented by Dr. Niall Murray AIT & founder of tIIMEx (truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences), ‘Utilising Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality for your Business’ aims to investigate how AR/VR can be utilised for Business & Industrial needs as well as provide industry with a discussion platform to discover how to implement innovation, grow their business and avail of funding and supports.

Presenter:

Dr. Niall Murray B.E. (Hons), MEng, PhD.

Dr. Niall Murry is a lecturer in the Dept. of Electronics and Informatics, School of Engineering, Athlone Institute of Technology. He is Founder and Principal Investigator of Truly Immersive and Interactive Multimedia Experiences (TIIMEx), Dept. of Electronics and Informatics / Software Research Institute, at Athlone Institute of Technology. Dr. Murry is also a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator for Confirm Centre for Smart Manufacturing as well as Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Funded Investigator for Adapt: the Global Centre of Excellence for Digital Content and Media Innovation.

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About COMAND

COMAND Technology Gateway based at AIT works with a range of SME’s & Multinationals across various industries in the IT, Software and Connected Media Fields. COMAND concentrates on the research and development of prospective interactive media technologies focusing on Augmenting User Interactions, End-to-end Applications and Intelligent Infrastructure. Through its experienced engineers, the centre provides extensive research outputs, troubleshooting, conducts research on the design, development and Quality of Experience (QoE) evaluation of Immersive and Interactive multimedia experiences. COMAND currently focus on multi-sensory media (olfaction, haptic etc.), augmented and virtual reality as well as wearable sensor systems. COMAND delivers ready to launch market product solutions as well as focused research on multimedia solutions within the following domains:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Tourism
  • Entertainment
  • Gamification
  • Quality of Experience
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and wearable sensor systems in Smart Manufacturing – Industry 4.0

COMAND has extensive experience & in delivering both Research & Applied Research projects funded by Enterprise Ireland through their various Partnership grant schemes with Industry or direct funded project from Industrial or Business owners from start-up, SME’s through to Multi Nationals.

Who should attend?

This webinar is open to all interested industrial groups, business’s, support organisations in health & education in developing AR/VR & Connected Media Solutions in IT and those needing guidance on obtaining support through Funding and Partnerships, from Start Up’s, SMES’s, Large Industry Groups to Multinationals.

Event details

Date: Thursday 25th February 2021

Time: 11.00am – 12.00

For registration please see here

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“Digitise or Die” – The Beyond IoT Podcast

Beyond IoT is back for its fourth consecutive year in January 2021. Like most conferences it has had to adapt to the constraints of a global pandemic and has decided to go virtual. Whilst the virtual experience is in itself exciting the biggest change to the Beyond IoT brand is the introduction of it’s very first podcast series.

Beyond IoT 4.0 is extending its offering to a limited podcast series that will launch two podcast episodes a week, in January, on the run up to the virtual conference on the 25th.

What began as a desire to offer more than just a conference, quickly evolved into a platform to showcase, in particular, start-ups and entrepreneurs working in the Tech for Good space. Each episode offers insights from exceptional women and men who saw a problem or identified a need in society that could be solved with a digital, tech innovation. This not only highlights the importance of Technology Research but also the necessity for mentor programmes such as “New Frontiers” National Programme for Developing Entrepreneurs and UCC’s “Ignite”. Not to mention the long list of funding grants from Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. to name but a few.

The podcast is hosted by Nimbus Research Centre’s marketing team Laura Blake and Emily Stickland, who, have only recently learnt to immerse themselves in the tech world. Having Laura and Emily navigate the digital revolution with their guests creates an atmosphere on the show of organic, honest, and for the most part hilarious conversation where guests and hosts alike learn from each other and at times surprise themselves on what they discover.

“The name ‘Digitise or Die’, stems from a Forbes quote stating that in 2021 40% of businesses that don’t adapt their offering online or transform their business practices digital, will fail”, says Emily. “It’s a provocative title aimed to evoke a sense of urgency for rapid transformation”.

Having the guests be primarily female was by accident rather than design however it does highlight, the real, growing female presence in the tech world as well as the entrepreneurial one. Laura adds “The Revolution of Females in Tech is so inspiring and when recording the podcasts we see the same themes come from each conversation, that women tend to be drawn to pragmatic problem solving of emotional based, social issues.”

That’s not to say the male guests haven’t been equally inspiring. The ‘Digitise or Die’ podcasts illustrate to anyone out there who has a business idea, to quite simply, take that idea seriously. Each guest identifies all the help that is out there and readily available but most importantly discusses the real challenges with running a start-up and the opportunities out there to overcome them.

In terms of Digitisation, technology is not something that is here to replace humans, it is a tool for society and industry to utilise to enhance and transform day to day life. The podcast guests have each done this and have proved that digitalisation is the future and absolutely anyone is capable of it.

The podcast will start being aired on the 4th of January 2021. For more information on the podcasts go to: https://beyondiot.ie/ or check out the Beyond IoT social platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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State-of-the-Art Mixed Reality Innovation Lab now available to companies in the South East

Companies and individuals who need to run simulations or test prototypes now have access to a state-of-the-art, €160,000  mixed reality testbed lab and research team at Waterford Institute of Technology’s West Campus.

Available for free to qualifying projects through the Technology Gateway, the lab is now open and accessible for companies and access to the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) campus will be in line with COVID-19 regulations.

The new facility allows clients see how mixed reality can transform education, training and awareness and monitor movement, immersion and interaction through a variety of technologies, including wireless headsets, a VR treadmill, 360-degree video capture, live performance and acoustic capture, physiological sensing and eye tracking equipment and so much more.

Funding for the landmark testbed facility was secured through the Enterprise Ireland Institutes of Technology Capital Call 2019 and although remote working has limited access to the equipment for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (ARVR) team, Frances Cleary, Research Unit Manager in TSSG, said it’s now open and available for use:

“Mixed reality innovations need to be experienced by clients and interested stakeholders in order to fully understand and appreciate the potential it can bring to a company. The mixed reality innovation lab allows organisations to immerse themselves in virtual or augmented experiences providing the opportunity to develop an impactful research and development strategy for a particular product or service. This helps a company plan for a market impact at an earlier date, therefore increasing their chances of success of getting to the market in order to generate revenue.”

The team can be contacted on techgateway@tssg.org for more information and an appointment.

The Mixed Reality Innovation Lab at TSSG has a dedicated space located in Arclabs Research and Innovation Centre and also includes a portable element that can be brought to a client’s premises.

Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation at TSSG said: “TSSG have been working in the Mixed Reality sector for a number of years and this lab allows the team to advance their research capabilities to showcase and enhance our developed applications and to support the visualisation and demonstration aspects of this technology to our industry partners in multiple sectors such as Health, Education and Pharma.”

Speaking about the importance of mixed reality technologies in industry, Miguel Ponce de Leon, TSSG Technology Gateway Manager said: “The applications of mixed reality technologies are endless. The nature of mixed reality lends itself well to a whole host of experiences as it offers a combination of movement, immersion and interaction. The experience and capabilities that it provides has many applications outside of its presumed entertainment value.

“We have seen an increase in mixed reality solutions being applied to industry since people are working remotely and the demand for online shopping has increased. Companies are using AR to allow their customers visualise a product in their home and others have applied VR to remote training programmes. We are very excited to see what the future holds for the mixed reality sector” he continued.

The Mixed Reality Innovation Lab provides four key components to industry:

  • A dedicated multi-user Mixed reality (MR) environment utilising the latest in wireless transmitted desktop grade and all in one VR experiences, enterprise grade AR as well offering consumer level alternatives featuring depth and Lidar technologies. Local and remote GPU processing for digital photogrammetry, digital twin and high intensity AR/VR applications.
  • A dedicated multi-user Augmented Reality (AR) environment with high-fidelity, full environment scanning (360-degree video capture, live performance capture, and acoustic capture), and visualisation capabilities.
  • Human-centric monitoring to study the impact of AR and VR environments on an individual. This includes a high-precision EEG headset, haptic devices for physiological sensing and eye tracking equipment.
  • Portable and mobile equipment that can extend the AR and VR environments beyond their dedicated lab spaces and push the current boundaries into multi-room and very large spaces, and outdoor spaces using a mix of traditional sensors, body sensors, visual odometry, drone-based 3D scanning and kinematic tracking.

Further information on TSSG available here

This article was first published on the TSSG website

Image: Ian Mills, Tech Lead, TSSG ARVR team

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