TSSG and Japan’s NTT DATA to carry out ‘big data’ research into smart grids

1 Nov 2012

From left: Tadaaki Arimura, Masanobu Nishimura and Hiroyuki Nakasaki of NTT DATA; Monica Harding, IDA Ireland; Eric Robson, TSSG; Yoko Inaba, NTT DATA; and Kevin Doolin, TSSG

Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is to collaborate with the Japanese data analytics giant NTT DATA on a new research project that will focus on using big data and business analytics in the area of smart grids.

The news about the collaboration was announced today as part of Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to Japan this week, which is being led by Ireland’s Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock, TD.

From this month, NTT DATA and the TSSG will be teaming up on research that will aim to have an impact on system stabilisation, operational optimisation and service improvement across a variety of industries in the energy sector.

The results of the research are expected to be announced next April.

NTT DATA has been researching big data and business analytics since 2006 and the company has focused on building strategic research partnerships with research centres in the area of machine to machine (M2M) communications specifically in the smart grids field.

TSSG’s and NTT DATA’s research project will be particularly investigating system optimisation and service improvement based on their analysis of the massive multi-dimensional data generated throughout the energy supply system.

Speaking from Japan, Sherlock welcomed the news. “The decision by NTT DATA to start their first collaborative R&D project with Ireland through TSSG in Waterford is very significant. My presence here in Japan highlights the importance the Irish Government prescribes to economic relations with Japan. There are opportunities for further collaborations between our countries, particularly in the R&D area,” he said.

Dr Tsuyoshi Kitani from NTT DATA said the company has been growing its partnerships with research institutes worldwide to explore advanced technologies and create new services.

“This partnership will be the first step for NTT DATA to extend our R&D capabilities into Ireland, one of the best countries to develop innovative solutions,” he said.

Dr Willie Donnelly, director of the TSSG and head of research at WIT, said the emergence of M2M communications means more than 20bn connected devices are expected by 2020.

“This partnership with NTT DATA Japan is an important step in the strategic development of the TSSG as it allows us to create a world-class centre in the increasingly important M2M communications and data management area,” said Donnelly.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic