Case Studies


Touchpoint – In-Store Interactive for Retail (Boscabox)

MDS_GatewaysInnovation Partnership - 2014/2015

Boscabox is an in-store digital platform that enable merchants to distribute and manage digital content of their products to the screens in store for a unique shopping experience to their customers. With this platform, the customers can view the inventory beyond what they see in the store, select the products they want, seamlessly transfer shopping cart to their mobile phone and make purchases.


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Magic Chats

Caramagic is a start-up company based in the Digital Hub that produces and markets apps. Its first app MagicFriends is a new animated puppeteer app that allows children chat with their fantasy character. This is achieved by pairing 2 mobile devices over a VoIP network, and allows the voice of the parent to be altered to that of the fantasy character in real time while talking to the child. For Christmas 2014 the company launched the MagicFriends Xmas app. The child can chat with Santa, Sam the Snowman, Candy the elf or Prancer the reindeer on the screen. The app’s voice changer allows the puppeteer to morph their voice to match each different character and the morphed voice syncs with the mouth movement of the character on the child’s screen. The puppeteer can also control the animation and with a swipe make the Santa jump, wave, wink, dance or twirl.







The COMAND Gateway worked with Caramagic ​through an EI Innovation Voucher and Contract Design to
" Setup the SIP (Session Initiated Protocol) system in the cloud supporting full SIP functions and NAT traversing " that enabled calls to be made and also
"Integrated the voice changing module into the VoIP client for IOS and Android"




"An in-depth knowledge of SIP, that the COMAND Technology Gateway had amassed from previous Enterprise Ireland funded applied research projects enabled expert expertise produce a quality real life working product in a competitive time frame " according to Mike Hennessey CEO & Founder CaraMagic
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Openet – Smart Charging for Mobile Networks

opnet Innovation Partnership - 2012/2013

ChattyApps is a commercial project undertaken to address the issue of signalling overload in modern mobile networks, which has been introduced by the proliferation of smartphone devices and their need to be constantly connected. ChattyApps attempts to reduce the resource demand on the Radio Access Network by only allowing full bearer services to Applications running in the foreground.

Overview
Modern mobile operating systems manage the lifecycle of applications in order to conserve resources on the device. Once a user finishes interacting with an App, it is often shifted into background mode, where the App relinquishes the User Interface of the device, but is still able to perform tasks such as networking. Many Apps rely on In-App advertising to generate revenue and constantly poll back end advert servers to check for new ads to display. They do so when they are interacting with the user and also when they are in background mode. This requires the setting up and tearing down of TCP sessions on an ongoing basis between the device and back end server, which in turn causes a signalling load at least an order of magnitude greater in the SS7 network of the mobile operator. ChattyApps aims to alleviate this problem.

How Gateway Delivered Solution for Industry;

The approach taken is to deploy agent software on the Android OS, that mediates the data flows between the device and back end servers. Background data is permitted in certain cases for “whitelisted” Apps, but in general data generated from background Apps is blocked. The software Agent is controlled via policies setup on a backend server, to which the Agent connects periodically. The Agent also collects statistics from the device, relating to network communications and forwards these on to the server for analysis and display.

Impact for the Company;
   
The objective which was met was to produce a commercial product which will easily generate a large ROI for mobile Operators, expand of the product range for the company and increase its revenue stream and profitability.
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Ericsson – Network Visualisation

Ericsson
Innovation Partnership – 2008/2009


Ericsson’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, managed services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry.

The Innovation Partnership was focused on the development of data analysis and visualization for Ericsson mobile network management system – OSS RC. The research was conducted with teams form AIT and Ericsson and the collaborative teams have delivered proofs of concepts and prototypes which have directly influenced the development of new user interfaces and data visualisation in both OSS products and other Ericsson software globally.

The influence and impact of the concepts developed by the team on Ericsson products have led to new recruitment by Ericsson in the application of these concepts into product development.
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WPA Mobile

Innovation Partnership - 2008/2009wpalogo_01


The purpose of the project was to develop a policy based remote client management software to optimise the transmission of data from field workers taking into account the requirements for data costs, device performance and selection of best placed networks to manage the data and required data transfer. The goal was to allow the application to control the mechanism of data transmission based on the prevailing networks and conditions available and to over-ride the device managed transmission of the Windows Mobile operating system. The approach was based on the Stream Transmission Control Protocol (SCTP), which allows for concurrent transmission data streams over different networks and facilitates the switching of transmission between different networks based on policy decisions.

The development ensured optimal performance for WPA in the operation of their mobile worker management system. The project led to a more competitive product offering from WPA. WPA built on this experience and used it to expand its software development activities leading to two new software engineers being hired.

Relationships with WPA continue and we are currently involved in joint Engineering collaborative projects .
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Energy Management – Endeco Technologies

Endeco TechnologiesDirect Funding. From: Jan 2011 To; August 2011

The goal of the project was to develop a system for generating, gathering and processing data from Endeco demand response management ‘boxes’ into a centralised management system. Development work was needed on both the demand-response platform to correlate and mediate low-level data to generate the events to be emitted and on the central management system that collected and correlated the data for storage and later presentation.

The project investigated a variety of processing language approaches based on IEC 61131 before selecting an implementation language. A number of small prototypes were built to evaluate the best approach. Various approaches to visualisation were considered and evaluated to ensure the best user interaction experience. The use of data mining algorithms was also explored.

The project resulted in an enhanced management product for use with Endeco’s demand-response offering. It expanded the Endeco product line giving customers a capability to view and monitor energy usage in their installations in near-real time. It has contributed to Endeco’s competitive position in the marketplace and new product sales including the creation of a new sales position as well as recruitment of a software engineer.

AIT maintains a close relationship with Endeco and is researching the use of machine intelligence for creation of energy demand response solutions.
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VoIP Softphone – MDS Gateways

MDS_GatewaysDirect Funding, Innovation Voucher , From: Jan 2011 To: April 2011

The commercial need for the company was to exploit new opportunities for its VoIP PABX by extending the client software to smartphones, particularly the i-Phone. This extension allowed MDS Gateways to remain competitive in the marketplace while generating new revenues. The technical goal of the project was to research protocol changes and requirements needed to transfer PABX functionality and desk phone functionality to an equivalent i-Phone application.

The app was successfully developed and released through the iPhone appstore. It has been successfully deployed by many of MDS’s existing customers including KPN and Belgacom. The development has helped keep MDS competitive in the marketplace through staying abreast of technological changes and has helped ensure continued sales of its key VoIP product line.

AIT has received, and continues to receive, ongoing revenue sharing from sales of the new product. SRI maintains a close dialogue with MDS to understand evolving market trends and to explore future commercial possibilities.
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