LIT lecturer secures €155k in funding to develop AI-based security system

5 Nov 2013

John Delaney, technology director at GGL Security, with Dr Daragh Naughton and Derek Tobin, managing director, GGL Security

A lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) has secured a €155,000 Enterprise Ireland research grant to commercialise a new intrusion detection system that uses artificial intelligence.

The system is being developed by Dr Daragh Naughton, lecturer in LIT’s Mechanical & Automobile Engineering Department, at the Hartnett Enterprise Centre on the main LIT campus.

Naughton became LIT’s first Fulbright Scholar in 2012. As part of his Fulbright award, Naughton completed research in the area of materials science, as well as developing the concept of signature pedagogy for undergraduate engineers at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Limerick company GGL Security will support LIT in trialling and partnering on the future application of the technology. GGL provides innovative remote monitoring services to worldwide clients from its city centre location.

Naughton said: “Partnering with GGL in this way provides a commercial realism to the project. I am delighted that such a forward-thinking company has expressed an interest in the project. We look forward to working with GGL on this and possible future projects as we progress.”

The Enterprise Ireland research grant will create two full-time jobs and one part-time post for a 14-month period.

“This type of research and proactive partnering enables all concerned to take an idea from inception through to commercial and operational viability,” said John Delaney, technology director with GGL Security.

“In GGL, we work with a broad range of customers, remotely monitoring their facilities and assets for a variety of detections. The development work being carried out in LIT is a strong fit with our objectives of supporting customers through forward thinking and innovative solutions,” Delaney added.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years