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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: John

Contact Surname: O Flaherty

Contact Address:

MAC - The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Limerick, Ireland

Telephone Contact Number: +353 61 334699

Fax Contact Number: +353 61 338500

Email Address: j.oflaherty@mac.ie

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: MAC - The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website: www.mac.ie

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
The National Microelectronics Applications Centre (MAC), www.mac.ie, was established in 1981, by the Irish Government, to provide consultancy and complete innovative electronic, software and e-business/e-government technological solutions. MAC is an SME with a 33 year track record of delivering to tight schedules with industry, SMEs and public agencies to assess and assist entrepreneurial and innovative technical solutions. To date, MAC has delivered 225 leading edge product developments, 35 Web/online services, 175 process applications, 470 consultancy projects, 29 pan-European technology development consortia and 3,000 new idea evaluations. These have enabled the growth of several multi-million Euro companies. We have completed numerous evaluations, studies and outsourced R&D projects for European companies where we act as the innovator and designer of their future services and product set. The parallel activity of the company in working with entrepreneurs, SMEs, and administrations to deliver operational solutions, grounds this work in the real commercial world ensuring that MAC’s staff is a focused team of highly flexible, motivated, responsive, pragmatic and experienced technical, research and project management experts, who can both manage distributed outsourced development teams and its own in-house technical staff. As an SME, the focus of MAC’s commercial work is on the further development and extension of its distributed monitoring and control systems, that includes: • Central Web Server providing System Management and Reporting from all networked sensors, in a user-friendly, user-definable and flexible decision-support reporting format, accessible on any web-browser. Being based on a standard RDBMS and .Net web-services, the server allows ease of configuration, integration of users’ legacy sensor systems’ data and interfacing to users’ legacy management systems. • Wireless Sensor Networks of MAC’s open IEEE802.15.4/Zigbee low-power low-cost low-maintenance communications/sensor nodes which reliably mesh communicate with each other, local staff and to the wide-area GPRS/GSM data communications infrastructure. • INSPIRE-compliant data and metadata for open interoperability. • Smart Phone Apps for distributed user interaction and crowdsourcing. • Applications for public smart-grid fault monitoring in the power utility sector, water quality monitoring and control in the environment sector, and distributed smart irrigation in the agricultural sector. MAC is continuously driven by excellence in the application of leading-edge software, electronics and communications technologies. To ensure that its technology is always state-of-the-art, and that the MAC Team are continuously improving their excellence in its application and management, MAC partners with the some of the World’s best organisations in a number of European and National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development projects. MAC is particularly strong in managing distributed development teams in those organisation for on-time and on-budget delivery of such technical developments. Building on its strong project management, experience of productising technology applications and distributed systems development expertise.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
Smart Irrigation, Water management, Energy monitoring, distributed monitoring, web services, phone apps, wireless sensor networks, Linked open data, Geospatial Information, biodiversity, environment research.

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

No information specified

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

 Implementing a water-wise bio-based economy

 Promoting competitiveness in the water industry

 Closing the water cycle gap

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

WaterBee DA (Smart Irrigation Scheduling System Demonstration Action) see www.waterbee.eu . MAC is coordinator, project manager and developer of this FP7 ICT SME Demonstration Action, in follow-up to the previous Research for SMEs project. MAC is leading commercialisation of the system and providing Wireless Sensor Networking, wide-area communications and back-end web-services inputs to demonstrate the next generation of smart irrigation systems to address the major environmental impact of the vast amounts of water wasted in current agricultural practices. WaterBee (Low cost, easy to use Intelligent Irrigation Scheduling System) see www.water-bee.eu . In this FP7 ICT SME Action, MAC provided ICT technology inputs to develop the next generation of smart irrigation systems to address the major environmental impact of the vast amounts of water wasted in current agricultural practices. SmartCoast – www.waterwatch.ie – a major project funded by the Irish Marine Institute, to develop an innovative distributed wireless sensor network to address the Europe-wide opportunity of the Water Framework Directive in the high growth distributed environmental management market. MAC developed and deployed its Zigbee wireless sensor network for the SmartCoast System. These were deployed at various monitoring points across the Marine Institute and Environmental Protection Agency Newport facility in Co.Mayo, Ireland.

Other areas of expertise:


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Global environmental observation and information systems

Interest indicated in this area

Focus Areas

 Blue growth: unlocking the potential of the oceans

 Smart cities and communities

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

 Water innovation: boosting its value for Europe

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

None specified.

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

No cross-cutting areas specified

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.

SmartOpenData (Linked Open Data for environment protection in Smart Regions) – An FP7 Environment Programme project to create a Linked Open Data infrastructure (including software tools and data) fed by public and freely available data resources and research in rural and European protected areas and its National Parks. www.smartopendata.eu, MAC’s focus is Environmental Research & Biodiversity, support of a validation pilot in Ireland and sustainable exploitation of the system. WaterBee DA (Smart Irrigation Scheduling System Demonstration Action) see www.waterbee.eu . MAC is coordinator, project manager and developer of this FP7 ICT SME Demonstration Action, in follow-up to the previous Research for SMEs project. MAC is leading commercialisation of the system and providing Wireless Sensor Networking, wide-area communications and back-end web-services inputs to demonstrate the next generation of smart irrigation systems to address the major environmental impact of the vast amounts of water wasted in current agricultural practices. AD-WISE (www.ad-wise.org) is developing an on-line system for Biogas Plants to optimise the Anaerobic Digestion process to maximise biogas production while maintaining process stability. MAC is a partner in this Research for SMEs FP7 project to extend its range of Greentech distributed monitoring and control products. HABITATS (Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats) (www.inspiredhabitats.eu) is a CIP PSP ICT project that is focused on the adoption of INSPIRE standards through a Social Networking Web 2.0 participatory process to design and validate Data, Metadata and Services Specifications with real citizens and business. MAC is planning its exploitation and coordinating Irish Public Agencies at its GeoNetwork and GeoServer servers at www.habitats.ie to provide INSPIRE-compliant data and metadata for open interoperability Plan4all (www.plan4all.eu) is an eContentPlus project that is building European forums and best practice in harmonising Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) for spatial planning in line with the INSPIRE Directive. MAC is coordinating Irish Local Authorities using its GeoNetwork server at http://gis.mac.ie/geonetwork to provide INSPIRE-compliant data and metadata for open interoperability WaterBee (Low cost, easy to use Intelligent Irrigation Scheduling System) see www.water-bee.eu . In this FP7 ICT SME Action, MAC provided ICT technology inputs to develop the next generation of smart irrigation systems to address the major environmental impact of the vast amounts of water wasted in current agricultural practices. SmartCoast – www.waterwatch.ie – a major project funded by the Irish Marine Institute, to develop an innovative distributed wireless sensor network to address the Europe-wide opportunity of the Water Framework Directive in the high growth distributed environmental management market. MAC developed and deployed its Zigbee wireless sensor network for the SmartCoast System. These were deployed at various monitoring points across the Marine Institute and Environmental Protection Agency Newport facility in Co.Mayo, Ireland. CALIBRE - MAC managed this Coordination Action project involving 11 of the leading authorities on libre/open source software in the IST Sixth Framework Programme to integrate and coordinate European open source software research and practice, and foster the effective transfer of open source best practice to European industry. See http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=PROJ_ICT&ACTION=D&CAT=PROJ&RCN=71934. This has enabled MAC to fully understand how and when (and when not) to incorporate open source software into its own and outsourced system development plans, particularly for public agencies. OKKAM (Enabling the Web of Entities - A scalable and sustainable solution for systematic and global identifier reuse in decentralized information environments) an Integrating Project in the FP7 ICT Programme. See www.okkam.org. MAC led integration and QA, of the OKKAM system’s components into an operational Entity Naming System (ENS) service for the future OKKAM Web of Entities, where any collection of data and information about any type of entities (e.g. people, locations, organizations, events, products, ...) on the Web can be integrated into a single virtual, decentralized, open knowledge base (like the Web did for hypertexts. MAC’s approach was based on Open Source procedures using its gForge platform (at http://gforge.okkamdev.org) to manage the distributed open source development teams across Europe. VIKEF (Virtual Information and Knowledge Environment Framework) – www.vikef.net – an Integrated Project in the FP6 IST Programme. MAC technically managed the development of a distributed Semantic Web System for the Scientific Congress and Trade Fair sectors by 6 development software teams across Europe using MAC’s gForge Distributed Development Management Platform. MAC’s web-service expertise enabled a seamless distributed system and the service to run on 7 web-service server platforms across Europe. I2Web (Inclusive Future-Internet Web Services) an FP7 ICT STREP that is making interactive and Social Networking accessible for disabled and elderly people, based on User-Centred and Inclusive Design. See www.i2web.eu. MAC is leading its integration, QA, dissemination and exploitation planning based on Open Source procedures on a gForge platform (http://gforge.i2webdev.org/gf/) to manage the distributed open source development teams across Europe. GAME-ABLING (www.game-abling.eu) is an FP7 Research for SMEs project that is developing a software technology for the creation of accessible games to improve the physical activity of disabled people, to build on MAC’s eAccessiblity work and extend its App services. EuroPetition – www.europetition.eu is an eParticipation Preparatory Action project managed and coordinated by MAC with 5 clusters involving 19 Local Authorities across Europe. EuroPetition is an open-source trans-European ePetitions service using the latest Web 2.0 online services to coordinate local, cross-border and pan-European European Parliament and European Citizen Initiative (ECI) europetitions from citizens across the EU. CitizenScape – www.citizenScape.org is another eParticipation Preparatory Action project managed and coordinated by MAC working with 4 Local Authorities across Europe. CitizenScape provides a flexible online space that integrates social networking and other Web 2.0 technologies with more formal online democratic tools in a socially purposeful way in concrete legislative and decision-making processes. eParticipate (The eParticipation Trans-European Network for Democratic Renewal and Citizen Engagement) – www.eparticipate.eu. This eTEN project market validated the pan-European deployment of an online eParticipation system in 4 regions across Europe. MAC developed, coordinated and successfully managed this project to be the European Commission’s eTEN “Project of Year 2006” (http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/eten). The EU funded a scaled-up follow-on Initial Deployment project to address 10 Regional Authorities, working with 8 Business Partners Across 9 EU Member States. This was also coordinated and managed by MAC. ABARD (Analysing Broadband Access for Rural Development). MAC developed, coordinated and project managed this Coordination Action to research rural broadband provision, use, barriers and impact across Europe in the IST FP6 Programme. As a result of its success DG Agriculture and Rural Development commissioned a follow-up study on ICT in rural areas across Europe, http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/analysis/external/networks/index_en.htm


LIFE and COST Actions





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Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Biodiversity

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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