The Nimbus Centre at CIT is Ireland’s research centre devoted to the field of networked embedded electronic systems. We are Ireland’s largest dedicated ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) research centre. Embedded systems are the electronics controlling our cars, appliances and a rapidly increasing number of everyday items. Wirelessly connecting and controlling these items is known as the ‘Internet of things’. There are three embedded computers for every person on the planet and this is increasing dramatically as the ‘Internet of Things’ leads the next technology bubble.
Nimbus has 4 divisions : Research, Learning, Trialling and Industry. The ‘Industry’ division is known as the TEC Gateway.
The Centre boasts a range of complementary research and development expertise. The research focus includes wireless sensor and actuator network design and analysis, vehicular and mobile network protocol design and analysis, sensor data fusion, radio localisation systems, embedded hardware design, miniaturisation, reliability analysis, embedded software systems, embedded interaction based user interfaces, cloud based software platforms, and system integration and optimisation tools.
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the Nimbus Centre focuses the research expertise on the following industrial application areas:
- Energy Management – building energy management, demand side management, intermittency analysis and control, smart micro-grids;
- Water Systems Management – remote sensing and monitoring, water network management systems, waste water management;
- Smart Systems – embedding of electronics in everyday objects, materials and structures to create aware environments that their occupants can interact with intuitively – the Internet of Things.
- Applications in Education, Tourism, Agriculture and eHealth
Nimbus hosts Masters and PhD research students, and funds them through our projects and other means. Over 30 Masters and PhD students have graduated since 2006.
Research – Engage in top class research with multinational industry, SME’s and academic institutions to underpin Nimbus development and new innovation supporting industry opportunities.
Academic – Provide top class Masters and PhD research opportunities to feed into Nimbus and client companies. Support academic engagement through taught module delivery and internships.
Industry – To provide facilities and innovation services, at scale, to enable companies and entrepreneurs to win in the ‘Internet of Things’ space by bringing new innovate products/services to international markets.
Academic collaborators in Ireland include University College Cork, Tyndall National Institute, Trinity College Dublin’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, UCD’s Clarity Centre, NUI Galway, and Queens University Belfast’s ECIT. International academic collaborators include University of Bremen, RWTH Aachen University, TU Dresden, Fraunhofer Institute (IIS), TU Hamburg-Harburg in Germany; TU Eindhoven and TNO in the Netherlands; Czech Technical University in Prague; CEA LETI in France, CSEM in Switzerland, University of Manchester in the UK, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Texas at Arlington, USA, and several others.
The Nimbus Centre collaborates with a wide range of Irish based and overseas companies including Intel Labs Europe, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, IBM Ireland and Zurich Lab, EMC, Philips, Schneider Electric, ATOS, Acciona, Bouygues, Alcatel Lucent, Bord Gais, Honeywell, Bilfinger, Gemalto, Fujitsu, Alps, ANA, Cylon Control, Benetel, Eurotech, Bijodata, Embix, Ennovatis, Alanya, InHand Guides, EpiSensor, and many others.
Since its inception in 2006, Nimbus research has been granted funding of approximately €33million through a wide range of funding programmes including HEA’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, FP7, and direct industry funding.
Nimbus’ Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) Gateway provides a link to industry through innovation and knowledge transfer and is supported by Enterprise Ireland under the Technology Gateway Initiative. Collective outputs from the Nimbus Centre include over 230 projects in conjunction with 75 Irish companies and 40 disclosures/licences/patents in the last four years.
The TEC Gateway works extensively with small to medium size Irish based companies who have requirements for ICT innovation, particularly in embedded systems.
Many of the clients, both multinationals and start-ups, use the TEC Gateway to develop their product prototype to facilitate the next level of funding for their business, support large scale research projects and to demonstrate to potential clients their concepts in a form that is tangible and real.
The TEC Gateway is focusing on the application of their expertise in 4 main areas, these are Energy, Water, Location Based Services and management of the built environment.