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National Satellite Services Centre

Centre Directors: Mr. Ciaran O’Driscoll and Mr. Victor Thorne

Introduction

NSSC was founded in December 1997 and provides research and consultancy services to the telecom, software and GIS companies in Ireland. NSSC has been successful in attracting consultancy services and particularly significant levels of research funding. The centre works closely with the Faculty of Engineering and presently four academic staff are involved in various research and consultancy projects. The main areas of focus and expertise in the centre are:

·         Telematics;

·         GIS and Satellite Systems;

·         Mobile computing; and

·         Location Based Services.

NSSC is actively involved in generating consultancy income in a range of software related sectors from GIS to Internet applications and tools development. NSSC has developed a number of partnership arrangements with indigenous Irish companies to provide development, training and research services. In particular the centre develops prototype products and systems for commercialisation by industrial partners.

 

 

Recent Projects at the NSSC

Development of an Intelligent Asset Tracking Tag for CharterNav GPS. This project involves the development of an embedded mobile computing device for monitoring location and generating alerts under predefined conditions. This project is funded by CharterNav GPS and Enterprise Ireland to a value of 73,500. It commenced in May 2001 and will be completed September 2003 and 3 research staff will be employed during the project.

Portable Tracking and Monitoring System in a Mobile Computing Environment for CharterNav GPS. The project involved the development of a Windows CE based tracking and monitoring system on a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA). This involved the development of software to configure and communicate with GPS and GSM units. This project was funded by CharterNav GPS and Enterprise Ireland to a value of 76,200. It commenced in March 2001 and finished in April 2002 and 2 research staff were employed during the project.

Development of a Minimal TCP/IP stack for a low-end Processor for Qresearch. A minimal TCP/IP stack was developed to support internet enabled consumer devices. This project was funded by Qresearch and Enterprise Ireland to a value of 73,650. It commenced in February 2001 and finished in April 2002 and 2 research staff were employed during the project.

Remote Telemetry Data Acquisition via RF and Wireless Technologies: A Review for Compass and Enterprise Ireland. This project involved the review and outline design of RF solutions for data collection in remote and isolated cases. A number of wireless communications architectures were proposed and technically assessed. This project was funded by Enterprise Ireland to a value of 45,000. It commenced in March 2001 and finished in December 2001 and 2 research staff were employed during the project.

Real Time Prediction Tool for GPS Satellite Coverage Prediction for Urban Environments for Eircell, Vodaphone Ireland. The project involved developing mathematical models for predicting actual GPS satellite locations and 3-Dimensional math models of urban areas. The two models were combined and areas of shadow were determined where no GPS signal could be received. This shadowing is a dynamic, time dependant event and the tool takes this into account. This project was funded by Vodaphone and Enterprise Ireland to a value of 69,840, It commenced in November 2000 and finished in August 2001 and 4 research staff were employed during the project.

 

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