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18 Jun, 2015 08:05 AM

Internet of Things Summit 2015, Ireland

While visiting the EU on behalf of the FI-MEDIA project, through a travel grant offered by Waterford Institute of Technology via the Science Foundation Ireland International Strategic Cooperatation Award (SFI ISCA), Mr. Abhishek Sharma of BETS, India was able to travel to Ireland to participate as a keynote speaker in the "Internet of Things (IoT) 2015 Summit" held at Carton House, County Kildare, Ireland, on 17th June 2015.
 
The large gathering of IoT professionals were exposed by Mr. Sharma to the objectives of the EU-India "Future Internet & Electronic Media" project on the aspects of building relationships to form sustainable Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnerships between EU and India. Mr Sharma also presented his company’s work on IoT to establish a point of attraction to the representative gathering on the common topics of interest for forming an European based cluster in relation to IoT and the subsequent formation of a C2C partnership with India counterparts in this field. Mr. Sharma’s presentation was well received. All of the presentations from the event can be found here.
 
As part of the same visit to Ireland, Mr Sharma carried out a visit to Waterford Institute of Technology and was brought on a dedicated tour in a nearby village to a "Smart Farm" to study the prospects of positioning IoT/ICT for Agriculture as a potential cluster topic with India. During the productive visit, there was a special focus on common areas of interests between the Indian and European research and innovation (R&I) activies specifically in the domain of Smart Agriculture related activities. The site visit was undertaken with a view to identify the scope of a C2C partnership and identify the R&I landscape for partnership initiation as well as their longer term sustainability. Other information on the activities of Waterford Institute of Technology in these areas can be found here, where the President, Professor Willie Donnelly, outlines his vision on the convergence of ICT and smart agriculture.