In our ‘Meet the Team’ series, we bring you a range of interviews from across the Technology Gateway Network. First up is Tom Fitzmaurice, Business Development Manager for Applied IoT, one of three Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway clusters.
Based in Dublin, Tom is part of the wider Technology Gateway team responsible for business development and awareness of the network.
Tell us a bit about the Applied IoT cluster
The Applied IoT cluster comprises five of the 15 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways that are located at the Institutes of Technology across Ireland, plus a support office situated in the heart of Dublin. Consisting of full-time researchers and engineers, we provide R&D resources to companies looking to explore new opportunities by applying Internet of Things technologies to innovative and existing products/processes across their organisation.
Describe your role?
As Business Development Manager, I meet with companies of all sizes, it does not matter whether it is a start-up, SME or multinational we will sit down and flesh out any issues they might be having with existing processes or discuss ideas for new and innovative products or services that might benefit the company and contribute to its future growth.
Another key element is to talk through and outline the various funding options that are available for these types of R&D projects. Following on from our initial meeting/discussions, I will then introduce the company to the Technology Gateway(s) that will be most suitable for their requirements.
What’s unique about the cluster?
What makes the cluster unique is that it combines the resources of five regionally dispersed Technology Gateways to supply resources and expertise in all areas of IoT, from sensor, battery and antenna development right through to networks, data handling, analytics and software development that may be required to bring a company’s new idea from concept to a near market solution.
How can companies get involved?
Getting involved with the cluster is easy, all they have to do is get in touch with me via email – tfitzmaurice @ technologygateway .ie or pick up the phone and call me on 01 708 2955.
What are the main benefits for a company collaborating with the cluster?
Certainly, the greatest benefit from collaborating with the Applied IoT cluster is the availability of up to 300 full-time engineers and researchers with a vast array of skills, equipment and experience in the various aspects and application of IoT technologies. In addition, the comfort of knowing a company can collaborate through a variety of funding mechanisms including directly funding the project themselves or availing of assistance in applying for the most suitable, Enterprise Ireland funding option available to them.
How can you help a company prepare for an innovation project?
When a company comes to me with an idea or project, I sit down and discuss their idea in detail, outline the various funding mechanisms available to them and align them with the most appropriate Technology Gateway. Once the Gateway team is involved, they will assist with any necessary applications as well as defining the project scope in line with the client’s requirements.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to a company considering an innovation project?
Don’t dwell on it! If you have an idea, don’t put it on a shelf until you think you will have sufficient time/resources to investigate it further yourself. Act now and involve support networks such as the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways who will be more than happy to provide you with the resources and assistance you need to start taking your innovation project from an idea to reality.
What do you love most about your job?
The challenge, the variety and the reward. I love meeting new people from a broad spectrum of Irish businesses – engineering, finance, health, agriculture, security and construction to name a few, and talking through with them their new ideas for innovative and potentially disruptive products and services. Knowing I have the extensive resources of the Applied IoT cluster behind me to help so many companies bring their ideas to fruition is great and I find it very rewarding to be part of a team that helps create new jobs and increase revenues at Irish companies around the country.
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