Launch of the Water Systems and Service Innovation Centre @ Nimbus

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Cork Institute of Technology, Cork City and County Councils create new Water Technology Group for the Cork Region

A new Innovation Hub to address Ireland’s water infrastructure will be launched in the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology on Thursday 8th December. The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology. The WSSIC aims to create an expert resource in modernizing Ireland’s water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological knowledge and leveraging both Councils’ experience in Water Resource Management.

The WSSIC plans to harness state-of-the-art technology in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring and much more. The resulting innovations will be rolled out across Cork city and county with a view to deploying to all city and county councils in Ireland. With this, the WSSIC will seek to become internationally recognised as a hub for innovation in water-based systems and technologies. Alongside more efficient water services and monitoring processes, the WSSIC will be used as a catalyst for the creation of Irish-based enterprise and jobs.

Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, Deputy Lord Mayor will represent City Council at the launch. ”The creation of this Innovation Hub will help to provide better water services for the people of Cork and in doing so will create new industry opportunities and jobs” he says.

Martin Riordan, Cork County Manager adds ”We need to look at new and more efficient ways of managing all the water and waste-water sites across the whole county. The key challenge will be to ensure that that all the sites can be managed efficiently through a centralised control system.”

Dr Brendan Murphy, President of Cork Institute of Technology, will be one of the main speakers at the launch. He says: “This exciting new initiative is an example of CIT’s innovation ecosystem working for Ireland. Our goal is to take this into the communities nationally and create the kind of innovation that impacts on our daily lives.”

The Nimbus Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for embedded electronic systems research, development and demonstration. The Centre’s sixty-five researchers and engineers also focus on hardware, systems integration and networking in application fields such as energy, security and user interfaces.

This initiative is led by Dr Kieran Delaney, Lead Innovator with the Nimbus Centre. Contact details: Dr Kieran Delaney, Kieran.delaney@cit.ie, 021 433 5567

Contact Details for other project members:
Researcher: Dr Ross Gillanders, ross.gillanders@cit.ie, 021 433 5184

Cork City Council, Senior Engineer: Pat Casey, pat_casey@corkcity.ie

Cork County Council, Chair of Steering Group: James Fogarty, james.fogarty@corkcoco.ie

Dr. Alan McGibney

Alan was awarded his PhD in Electronic Engineering in October 2008. His core research expertise lie in the areas of design and optimisation of wireless communication systems, wireless sensor networks for building automation, indoor localisation and software architectures. More recently, his focus has been on reconfiguration, reliability and management of infrastructure for the Physical web, Internet of Things and Cyber Physical Systems. Within Nimbus Centre his main duties include: - The definition, refinement and leadership of the research and innovation strategy and alignment with the overarching Institute strategy - Supervision, performance management and development of researchers and team members - Promote and Implement research excellence and maximise innovation impact through multi-disciplinary projects - Lead funding acquisition, in conjunction with group members and PIs in the Centre Alan has a successful track record in managing and developing research proposals both at a national (EI, IERC) and European level (FP7, H2020). From November 1st 2015 he has lead the technical management for the EU funded H2020 TOPAs (#676760) project, which investigates the reduction of the gap between predicted and actual energy use across blocks of buildings. Previously he has been CITs technical lead in the EU FP7 SCUBA project focusing on Systematic Engineering for Wireless Building Automation Systems. In national funded programmes he was the technical lead in the SFI funded ITOBO project responsible for the deployment of large scale wireless embedded networks for Optimised Building Operation. He is also responsible for the system architecture definition and integration in the IERC EMWINS project which supports model based fault detection and diagnosis. His research and interaction with key industry players has resulted in the development of formal design, deployment, management and verification methodologies for wireless embedded systems which have been encapsulated into cloud based tools and services covering the complete lifecycle of wireless sensor networks (known as WiSuite). He has also been one of the lead developers of the Nimbus Centre NICORE integration and computational platform, which is a scalable, distributed and extensible platform that enables the collection of sensor data from a large number of subsystems; provides computing resources to process those measurements into meaningful quantities and finally make this processed information available to business applications built on top of the platform. PhD Research: A Distributed AI approach for Large Scale WLAN Design The design and deployment of Wi Fi wireless networks is currently still carried out in an ad-hoc fashion with access point installation based on ?rules of thumb?. In order to design flexible in-door wireless communication systems based on WLAN technology, the development of planning software tools for automatic site-specific design of Wi Fi networks are required. These tools need to take various criteria into account such as the optimal number of fixed access points and especially their optimal placing based on accurate radio propagation prediction to satisfy user requirements.