September 29, 2020
Business News

Tomorrow’s world: Waterford researchers lead global search for tech solutions

An internationally-renowned and Waterford city-based technology research centre 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 Technology Gateway, which has more than 80 staff specialising in areas from Future Health and Intelligent Transport Systems to Agri-Tech and Cybersecurity team,comes in the wake of their comprehensive industry insights report investigating the impact of Covid-19 on our economy. It has also examined 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 from their base at Carriganore on the edge of the city.

The global 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,” says Jim.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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