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Technology Insights – Energy Optimisation and Innovation for Business

‘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 fifth webinar in the series takes place on Thursday 24th June 2021 and will focus on ‘Energy Optimisation and Innovation for Business’. Presented by Dr. Paul MacArtain and Dr. Fergal O’Rourke from CREDIT Technology Gateway at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

The drive to decarbonise business will see the halving of emissions each decade to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services. Better environmental performance will also increase the agility and resilience of the company to climate change impacts. The steps through energy efficiency, renewable energy, corporate sustainability and circular economies are linked and businesses can identify opportunities to address each of these areas.

The CREDIT gateway specialises in the technical feasibility, development and testing of energy technologies aimed at addressing these drivers. Dr. Paul MacArtain will outline how energy storage can assist with decarbonisation and efficiency and Dr. Fergal O’Rourke will describe some examples of energy product developments developed at DKIT which SMEs have commercialised.

Presenters

Fergal O’Rourke, BE (Hons), PhD

Dr Fergal O’Rourke holds a BE (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD (Mechanical Engineering) in design optimisation and evaluation of energy systems and technologies, with a particular focus on hydrodynamic performance prediction of tidal current turbines operating in unsteady fluid flow conditions. Fergal’s primary field of research is fluid mechanics, particularly the development of numerical and analytical algorithms for external flow aerodynamic and hydrodynamic calculations for rotodynamic machines. Dr O’Rourke is PI on a number of research projects and the principal supervisor of five PhD students all in the energy domain. Fergal is the programme director for the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems programme delivered at Dundalk Institute of Technology and delivers the wind energy modules and supervises projects on this programme. Fergal also lectures fluid mechanics modules on the BEng (Hons) and BEng in Mechanical Engineering programmes in the School of Engineering. In his capacity as a lecturer at Dundalk Institute of Technology, he has collaborated with industrial partners on numerous energy and renewable energy projects over the past decade.

Paul MacArtain, Ph.D.

Dr Paul MacArtain holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from NUI Dublin and has worked in industry and at the Centre for Renewables and Energy at DKIT as Senior Research Fellow. He was Director of the Centre from 2017 to 2021 and is co-PI with Dr. O’Rourke on the Enterprise Ireland CREDIT Technology Gateway. He is DKIT PI on the INTERREG VA SPIRE2 project led by Ulster University with specific focus on distributed energy storage and is supervising one Ph.D. student in this project in collaboration with Dunleer Sustainable Energy Community. Dr MacArtain is also PI on the SEAI RD&D Dundalk Virtual Energy Microgrid Project in partnership with Energy Trading Ireland and DKIT PI on the INTERREG VA FASTER project on rapid EV charger rollout in the Cross Border region. He has completed more than 10 EI Innovation Vouchers with industry and 2 InterTrade Ireland Fusion projects as well as contract research in energy topics.

CREDIT Technology Gateway

The Centre for Renewables and Energy Technology Gateway at Dundalk IT (CREDIT), is focused on energy efficiency and optimisation as well as Energy Storage and Supply Optimisation. The Gateway has expertise in solar, wind and ocean energy and will assist companies to make both their products and their manufacturing operations as energy efficient as possible.

The CREDIT Gateway provides a place for industry and experts to work together with a particular focus on helping start-ups and SMEs explore product innovation, source applied research opportunities and leverage tech solutions for their needs.

Over the past number of years there has been a growing demand from industry for detailed Energy Performance Measurement of products, prototypes and process innovations. The CREDIT Gateway delivers these assessments as a mechanism to help companies to optimise and decarbonise their energy and other Green House Gas emissions.

Date: Thursday 24th June 2021

Time: 11.00am – 11.45am

For further details and registration please see 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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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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“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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CIT Research Team win SFI Research Image of the Year 2020

Cork Institute of Technology is delighted to announce it has won the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Image of the year award for 2020. The winners of the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland Awards were revealed today at the annual SFI Science Summit. The research image competition celebrates images captured by Science Foundation Ireland funded researchers during the course of their research. The winning image was titled “Talking Heads” and was taken as part of the SFI funded project titled MASK which focuses on Making Aerosol Safety Known. CAPPA Researchers Dr Krishnakumar Chullipalliyalil and Dr Steven Darby along with Danielle Wilcox from Blackrock Castle Observatory took this image during their work on the Making Aerosol Safety Known Project.

The image above shows a red laser sheet illuminates the particles emitted from a medical dummy head. The red sheet is aimed at the dummy’s nose. We can clearly see the difference between a mask and no mask.

CIT received funding from SFI for research into barrier masks to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the project is to quantitatively determine how well commonly available face – mask materials supress the transmission of exhaled droplets. Given that the reproduction rate of COVID-19 is linearly related to both the efficacy of a mask and the percentage of a population wearing masks, a small change in either makes a large change in disease transmission rates. It is therefore critical that large-scale mask usage, will involve optimally suppressive materials that are comfortable to wear for extended periods, can be produced in large quantities and are re-usable and inexpensive. Importantly such masks will not negatively affect medical supplies.

The project will use imaging techniques to directly measure the range of droplet sizes that penetrate the materials under examination. This direct imaging approach improves upon many other studies and is capable of single – droplet detection and sizing from at least the five-micron threshold level and with no physiologically significant upper threshold. The project approach will measure the brightness of each droplet exhaled by participants through face masks composed of different materials as they pass through a light curtain generated by a laser. Using high-speed photon-counting imagers and a photometry reduction pipeline, previously developed for an astrophysics context, the team will be able to deal with overlapping and non-spherical point sources and extend the dynamic range of brightness’s which can be analysed. By repeating the experiment for different materials, we will rapidly obtain an accurate estimate of the differential absorption of these materials as a function of droplet volume.

This research involves a multidisciplinary approach and brings together researchers from a variety of research departments in Cork Institute of Technology including the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA), Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO), BioExplore Research Centre and the MeSSO research group.

You can learn more about the research CAPPA has conducted around COVID – 19 here or you can contact CAPPA directly here for more information.

This article was first posted on the CAPPA website.

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Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways announce new webinar series

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways are delighted to announce a new webinar series. ‘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.

Pushing the boundaries of in-vitro testing
The series commences on 12th November 2020 and explores the current capabilities in Medical Imaging, Anatomical Modelling and Physiological Replication. Titled ‘Pushing the boundaries of in-vitro testing’, Sharon White, Technology Gateway Manager at MET, GMIT will discuss how existing and new technologies can be used individually or together to produce an accurate, clinically-relevant, simulated use environment.

Sharon has significant and diverse experience in the medical device industry and brings extensive knowledge of the medical device development process to the centre. Her 13 years of industry experience includes Regulatory Affairs and Research and Development, and she has seen several devices to launch. She has an in-depth understanding of design controls and risk management and has been involved in all aspects of the development process from concept development right through to design verification and validation and product launch.

MET Technology Gateway
Based at GMIT’s Galway campus, the Medical and Engineering Technologies Gateway (MET) offers a range of applied technologies relevant to companies in the product engineering and design application phase. These technologies include Medical imaging technologies that allow for companies’ prototypes to be tested under simulated conditions and anatomical modelling and physiological replication technologies, which includes the translation of medical data (MRI’s, ultrasounds, etc.) into engineering data and then into clinically endorsed anatomical models with accompanying simulation system. The Gateway personnel offers a unique conduit between medical product engineering and an in-depth knowledge of internal anatomy.

Who should attend
This webinar is ideal for companies, who may wish to find out more about in-vitro testing, and what can be achieved through bench-top device evaluation and testing.

Event details
Date: Thursday 12th November 2020
Time: 11.00 – 11.45am
For further details and registration please see here

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TSSG offering tech solutions to business and industry in a very different, post-lockdown world

An internationally-renowned technology research centre with over 80 staff specialising in areas from Future Health and Intelligent Transport Systems to Agri-Tech and Cybersecurity is reaching out to industry, businesses and entrepreneurs bidding to service existing clients and attract new consumers with new needs, habits and concerns in a post-lockdown world.

The move by the TSSG Technology Gateway team comes in the wake of their comprehensive Industry Insights Report investigating the impact of COVID-19 on our economy and what the future will look like in a post-COVID world. The Technology Gateway team at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) have already nurtured and supported global players such as ESBNetworks, nearForm and Immersive VR Education and are anxious to continue to support industry within and outside of the region.

TSSG in partnership with Enterprise Ireland have been building technological solutions for industry across the south east and beyond as well as helping combat much of the disruption caused by COVID-19. The world-wide pandemic highlights the importance of businesses being agile and flexible, being able to innovate to meet dynamic demands brought about by interruptions, disruptions as well as rapidly changing consumer needs and habits.

Together, the TSSG Technology Gateway team is giving businesses and organisation of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to access decades of knowledge and hands-on industry expertise and the expert staff want to hear now from those with an idea, with a problem that requires a tech solution or from those with a prototype that they’re struggling to get to the next level. Brands and retailers need to invest in technology from ecommerce and digital payments through to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and virtual reality (VR) to attract consumers with new needs, habits and concerns.

They’re also reaching out to industries, confident the multi-skilled, expert team can resolve just about any problem with a tech build, TSSG Technology Gateway Manager, Miguel Ponce de Leon explained.

“Architects design your house and show you how you can take a number of ideas and innovations and combine them to make a beautiful home. A building contractor builds it. We are architects for digital businesses. TSSG is a special microcosm. Because we do European as well as national commercial projects, we can marry the two to bring the knowledge from research into real world digital applications.”

Business Development Executives, Carol Faughnan and Jim Prendergast, encouraged businesses and individuals to engage with them now. The team can be contacted on techgateway@tssg.org

Carol Faughnan said: “It is my job to match cutting edge research with industry. I look at a company’s research and development (R&D) needs and align this with areas of expertise in TSSG such as Software Development/AR&VR/Mobile Pervasive Applications/Data Analytics and IoT. I help companies to access funds from sources such as Enterprise Ireland so they can bring their idea from concept to reality and avail of our researchers through Innovation Vouchers.

“At TSSG, we are always looking to the latest and greatest. Our researchers are always experimenting. Areas such as Smart cities will be of great interest. Using 5G as a gateway into 6G will be an area that will be investigated. With the birth of Covid-19 and future of work at play, Future Health will be to the core,” she added.

Jim Prendergast meets with businesses and helps facilitate their collaboration with the world-class, cutting-edge research happening at TSSG. “We are seeing a growing trend in Healthcare applications, Precision Agri as well as in the Energy sector. Our test-bed networks mean that we can grow the number of projects using wireless networks such as LPWA, Terahertz and 5G. Some of the researchers are already using 6G in their research.

“Our telecommunications work also extends to Bio Nano telecommunications, using biology as a network to transmit signals within the body. I see a lot of potential in the emerging use cases in Smart Cities. With growing population and increasing traffic congestion, the need for city managers to access data sets to help manage the city is more imperative than ever,” he added.

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This post was originally published on the TSSG website

Irish Food Tech: a Technology Gateway Cluster

The Irish Food Tech Cluster is a consortium of Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways operating within the food and beverage technology sector. The cluster provides a range of expertise for companies who are looking to access research and development within these areas.

The cluster can connect industry with researchers in a wide selection of areas that include bioprocessing, food for health, process control and packaging, amongst many others.

The Irish Food Tech team consists of 7 Technology Gateways Managers and a team of Business Development researchers and engineers who collaborate with companies of all sizes nationwide, to deliver a wide range of expertise within the Gateway structure, in turn supporting and aiding the development of research and innovation in industry.

Irish Food Tech Cluster Gateways

APT Gateway  provides solutions for polymer materials and plastics processing to companies within the food sector on scales from short-term consultancy to multi-year collaborative projects. Projects can involve design and prototyping of food packaging or investigating packaging failures.

CAPPA Gateway  provides photonics solutions to companies within the food sector on scales from short-term consultancy to multi-year collaborative projects. Projects can involve examination of specific food products or investigating food process capabilities to improve their efficiency.

Design+ Gateway  offers innovative solutions for industry using a design approach for packaging and brand communication.

MET Gateway  offers a range of services within medicinal nutrition technologies such as food analysis and testing, human interventional trials and product development and optimisation.

MiCRA Gateway  offers a range of bioanalytical, material and food characterisation, microbiological and food safety and chemical analytical services for the food sector.

PMBRC Gateway  can provide access to the expertise and facilities to deliver technology solutions in product development and food quality to the food industry, in the areas of food formulation, food shelf life and food processing.

Shannon ABC Gateway can provide food and beverage companies with scientific support from raw material to final product.

What can Irish Food Tech offer your company?

Irish Food Tech facilitates your access to the seven specialised centres across the Gateway Cluster, providing assistance and support in delivering near-to-market solutions and becoming an important extension of your company’s R&D capability.

What supports do we offer?

We offer industry support in the form of various Enterprise Ireland funding initiatives such as Innovation Vouchers, Feasibility Studies and Innovation Partnerships. You can also access the gateway cluster via direct consultancy. More information on available supports can be found here.

Each gateway centre within the cluster has access to a dedicated Gateway Manager and a team of specialised business development engineers to help with your company’s individual needs. The Irish Food Tech Cluster is available to SMEs, large indigenous companies and multinationals.

What’s the next step?

For more information on how the cluster can support your company, contact the Irish Food Tech cluster support office or follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest industry and cluster news.