In 2013 the IT Tralee was awarded Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway funding (up to €1.2m over 5 years) to establish the IMaR Technology Gateway. The principal theme of the IMaR Technology Gateway is on the design and development of mechatronics and RFID innovative technologies for industrial applications.
The Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID (IMaR) Gateway was formed an amalgamation of two applied research centres located at the Institute of Technology Tralee, the Centre of Intelligent Mechatronics and Sensor Systems (CIMSS) and the Centre for Innovation in Distributed Systems (CIDS) each with complementary industry focused technology capabilities and a strong track record over a number of years of industry partnerships. The CIMSS and CIDS research groups combined previously completed in excess of seventy funded research projects with collaborating industries since their establishments in 2008 and 2004 respectively and have secured over €5m in funding from both National and European funding sources.
Both areas are embedded in the highly technologically competitive manufacturing industries driven by new technology, innovation and increasing global demand. Research and development at IMaR focuses on the strategic integration of both hardware and software (Mechatronics, RFID, Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Technologies) in the form of intelligent systems development to enhance the potential of these technologies.
Research and development at IMaR focuses on the strategic integration of both hardware and software (Mechatronics, RFID, Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Technologies) in the form of intelligent systems development to leverage the potential of these technologies to support manufacturing and increase cost competiveness. The IMaR Technology Gateway is currently involved in a range of collaborative research projects in the fields of mechatronics, sensor development and RFID, including the co-ordination of a research grant of €1.6 million to work with partners across Europe in the development of next generation agricultural equipment. This project is supported by the European Union through the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) “Research for the benefit of SME’s”.
The IMaR team of circa fifteen highly skilled researchers including a combination of postdoctorate, postgraduate research scientists and engineers all with the necessary competencies and skills to deliver world class research across a diverse cross section of industries including automotive, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, production/manufacturing, aeronautical, environmental and agri-business.
The IMaR Technology Gateway is leading the drive towards Intelligent Mechatronics and RFID adoption by Irish industry at local, national and international scale.
- Intelligent sensor systems using RFID for monitoring environmental conditions or process based measurements
- Mechtronic sensors for industrial automation
Daniel Riordan, Gateway Manager, IMaR
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