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.

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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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Nubiq nominated for Irish Times Innovation Award

Nubiq Ltd, a Waterford-based Mobile web services company has been nominated for an ITLG, Irish Times Innovation Award. This is an great honour for the Nubiq team and everyone here at the TSSG is very proud of their achievements to date. Best of luck guys!

You can read more about this nomination on Micheal O Foghlu’s blog and via the TSSG press release, both of which make impressive reading.

Headway Software win Jolt Productivity Award

Many, many congratulations to the team at Headway Software whose Structure 101 product recently won the a Jolt Productivity Award (in the Design and Modeling category for 2007). The Jolt Awards are the “Oscars” of the software industry and it is a fantastic achievement for Waterford and Ireland alike.

Well done to Chris, Paul, Ian and the rest of the Headway team – you have made everyone at the TSSG very proud!

See previous post announcing their nomination.

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

Bog Oak Tree

We had a new delivery in the Atrium of the TSSG building in Carriganore this week in the form of a very curious looking, but very interesting tree.

Over the course of the entire day (Friday), we looked on with interest as the sculptor carved, chiseled, sanded, rubbed and carefully caressed the tree into place. It stands approximately 30ft tall and is mostly black in colour.

I spoke briefly with the gentleman in question on my way home and he told me a little more about it. The sculpture is made from Bog Oak that was salvaged from a local bog some years ago. It has been Carbon Dated by the National Museum of Ireland and officially recognised to be over 7500 years old.

He has also moulded some other (even older) timbers and animal bones (yes, animal bones) into sections of the tree. Along with the scratch marks of deer antlers (painted in gold), it is utterly beautiful and truly something to behold.

The sculptor was a local man called Seamus Kelly and we are very grateful for his talents as we now have something very interesting to inspire us on those days we all have from time to time.