FeedHenry and eircom launch Personal Services Portal

FeedHenry, one of the startup companies from Waterford Institute of Technology where I work, received some positive press today in relation to the recent launch of eircom’s new Personal Services Portal (PSP). The new Web 2.0 portal, called “my eircom“, is powered by FeedHenry and allows users to completely personalise their experience of the eircom website, allowing them to share the wide range of applications and services on offer to other web and social networking platforms as iGoogle, Facebook and many others.

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3CS at TSSG secures a further €1.7m funding

As a researcher with the TSSG (the telecommunications research division of Waterford Institute of Technology), you learn very quickly that funding is everything. Without it, the place where I work each day could not, and would not exist and I would almost certainly be out of a job.

Obtaining this funding is incredibly difficult and requires an enormous amount of dedication, commitment, time and energy on the part of the teams of people who apply for it, and I stress the word team here because it is most certainly a team effort.

To this end, and to the credit of everyone at the TSSG, the Centre for Converged Communications Services (3CS) in the TSSG recently secured over €1.7m of funding in a single funding round. This is an incredible achievement in these challenging economic times, and an enormous amount of credit goes to everyone who contributed to this effort.

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Research FAME @ TSSG

The TSSG has scored yet another significant first and will lead a new €5.86m strategic research cluster in conjunction with Cisco Systems, Ericsson, IBM, Telefónica and Hewlett Packard. The research cluster is entitled “Federated Autonomic Management of End-to-end Communication Services” and will be funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

At a time where most discussions in Ireland involve the term recession and cutbacks, it is refreshing to some promising news for a change.

You can read more about this story on RTE News or via the Official Press Release

Ireland’s mini-Silicon Valley @ TSSG

Silicon Republic have published an extensive and very uplifting article today about the company where I work. It outlines how we at the TSSG have successfully turned public funding from a variety of national and international sources into real jobs for the region where we live, the South East of Ireland.

With all the talk of recession in the air, it is somewhat refreshing to stand back for a monent and take in the enormity of what has actually been achieved by the team at the TSSG since its creation in 1998.

Long may these successes continue…

TSSG is the Telecommunications Research division within Waterford Institute of Technology.

Irish IPv6 Summit

Part of what we do here at the TSSG is to attempt to raise awareness about emerging technologies such as IPv6, whenever the opportunity arises. To this end, in its capacity as a member of the Irish IPv6 task force, the TSSG is helping to organise an IPv6 Summit which has been specifically designed to raise awareness of IPv6 in the public and private sector.

So, if you have even the remotest interest in the Internet technologies, you should try to make it along.

Related Posts: Irish IPv6 Summit by John Ronan

Culloden Battlefield Guide wins Heritage Award

Yet another proud day for the TSSG as one of our spin-offs ZolkC, took home the UK Museums and Heritage Award for “Best use of Technology” at a gala ceremony in London last night.

The award was presented to ZolkC and the National Trust for Scotland for their Culloden Battlefield Guide, an innovative new service that provides an interactive tour of the site of the Battle of Culloden in Inverness, Scotland. The guide was launched recently to coincide with the opening of the new visitor centre at Culloden.

Well done to everyone who has been involved with this project at the TSSG and ZolkC.

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Culloden Battlefield lives again

Wednesday, 16th April 2008 represents a proud and historic day for everyone at the TSSG as it marks the official launch to the public of one of our groundbreaking new projects – the Culloden Battlefield Guide. This is an innovative GPS-based PDA tour guide that enables visitors to the newly renovated Culloden visitor centre (also launched today) to roam freely around the site so that whenever they approach a point of interest, the guide automatically triggers some interactive content appropriate to that point.

This marriage of modern day technologies such GPS and PDA with such historic surroundings is quite something. It is easy to use and understand but also extremely informative and most of all, very enjoyable.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Culloden Battlefield, it is located in Inverness, Scotland and marks the ground upon which the famous Battle of Culloden took place in 1746 (most notably featuring Bonnie Prince Charlie).

The involvement of the TSSG was in the form of its latest spin-out, ZolkC Ltd.

Official Press Release

Ground-breaking technology will now make Scotland’s historical hills come to life like never before, as the recently renovated Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre unveils its new PDA tour guide today.

Through a GPS triggered electronic guide, a world first in its technological field, Culloden sightseers will experience the battlefield of Bonnie Prince Charlie through an infusion of multi-media information, including video and audio clips and fact-file data. In operation, the hand-held device will provide information automatically as visitors walk across the historic moor, creating an interactive and informative experience which does not disrupt the authenticity of the site.

Providing further engagement, the device comes equipped with a menu, which changes depending on the visitor’s location on the battlefield, to provide additional information options for historical enthusiasts.

This innovation is one aspect of the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre’s recent renovation, which saw the National Trust for Scotland spend £9million to enhance their facilities.

Developed by Zolk C, specialist providers of technological learning solutions, the battlefield guide is the most innovative of its kind currently in existence, due to the combination of PDA function with satellite technology.

Zolk C Director Bronwen Robinson, said:

“By designing, building, and deploying the new technology, we have created something that has not been done anywhere else in the world. It is truly ground-breaking.”

“At the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, our work has already enhanced the route to gaining insight into real Scottish history and the possibilities for application in other tourist, heritage sites and attractions are endless.”

“This development definitely has the potential to revolutionise the sightseers’ experience.”

The Trust’s Culloden project co-ordinator and Countryside and Islands Group Manager for the North East and Highlands, Alexander Bennett said:

“Technology is central to the whole concept of our new visitor centre and revamped battlefield at Culloden. We knew that using the latest technology well could really help us achieve our aim to bring the battle to life for our visitors.”

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Structure 101 by Headway Software nominated for Jolt award

Congratulations to the team at Headway Software whose excellent Structure 101 product has been nominated for a Jolt award (in the Design and Modeling category). The Jolt Awards are the “Oscars” of the software industry and it is a fantastic accolade for any company to even be nominated.

The very best of luck to Chris, Paul, Ian and the rest of the Headway team in March when the winners are announced.

Sources: Chris Chedgey, Reuters