New software centre at Athlone IT

A new SUNAT research centre at Athlone IT was opened by the Minister for Innovation Policy Michael Ahern TD recently.  The centre has been approved for funding of €1.25 million under Enterprise Ireland’s Applied Research Centre Programme. SUNAT means the Seamless Use through Network Abstraction Technologies and the research team will specialise in adaptive networking technologies, a niche research area with great potential for the mobile telecommunications industry. The new centre is based in the Software Research Centre at Athlone IT which is already undertaking collaborative research activities with a range of companies in this industry including Ericsson, 3Touch, Biznet Solutions and Eircom. This speciality has made them an attractive proposition for collaboration with technology start-up companies, SMEs and Multinational companies in the Midlands. Speaking at the opening of the new centre, Minister for Innovation Policy, Michael Ahern TD, said: ‘The SUNAT Applied Research Centre represents a valuable research resource for industry, and as such it will complement other activities carried out by Athlone IT’s Software Research Centre where it will be based. It will greatly assist the generation of regional economic activity through the creation of a strong applied research base for the region.’ The President of AIT, Prof. Ciarán Ó Catháin, praised the Applied Research Enhancement programme, saying that it ‘encourages and facilitates the applied research orientation of the institutes of technology. This is smart investment in our higher education sector, where the distinctive strengths of the ITs are recognised and valued in their own right.’