Irish National IPv6 Centre Launch (Report of Event)

Waterford Institute of Technology hosted the launch of the Irish National IPv6 Centre on Friday 30th September 2005.
This centre is a consortium led by the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), with partners in the Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth), HEAnet (Ireland’s national research network) and BT Ireland (with their links to the BT Exact research laboraties in Ipswich).
The centre was designated by the Irish DCMNR (Department of the Communications, the Marine, and Natural Resources) and opened by Martin Cullen TD, Minister of Transport. The Director of WIT, Prof. Kieran Byrne, and the Chair of WIT’s Governing Body, Redmond O’Donoghue welcomed the Minister. The Head of Research in WIT, Dr. Willie Donnelly gave a short address on the importance of the TSSG within the context of WIT’s research strategy. As part of the programme of talks for the launch event Mario Campolargo, Head of Unit DG-INFSO F3 Research Infrastructures in the European Commission, gave a presentation via video-link from Brussels.
Each of the partners gave a presentation: Mícheál Ó Foghlú (TSSG, WIT), Dr. David Malone (Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth), Mike Norris and David Wilson (HEAnet) and William McAuliffe (BT Ireland). In addition short presentations were given by a number of supporters of the initiative: Dr. Mark Keane (Science Foundation Ireland, who have funded the TSSG and the Hamilton Institute in ways that support the centre), Nick Hilliard (INEX) and Latif Ladid (President of the global IPv6 Forum).
The afternoon included demonstrations of active research projects involving IPv6 in which the partners in the Irish National IPv6 Centre are engaged including Daidalos, and SEINIT.
The Irish National IPv6 Centre is committed to continuing to research infrastructural and service-related issues linked to the use of the IPv6 protcol as the key element of the next generation Internet. In this, the centre will support the on-going mission of the Irish National IPv6 Task Force to encourage and lobby for the deployment of IPv6 in Ireland in the public and private sectors.

Irish National IPv6 Centre Launch

The Telecommunications Systems & Software Group (TSSG) at WIT along with its consortium partners (HEAnet, Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth) & BT Ireland) will be announced as the “Irish National IPv6 Centre” on Friday September 30th.
IPv6 refers to the next generation of Internet Protocol hence the term “Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)”. The National Centre will support the local and global IPv6 community by providing technical depth and engagement towards the research community.
Minister Martin Cullen (on behalf of the Department of Communications, the Marine and Natural Resources) will launch the centre officially on September 30th at the Main Campus of Waterford Institute of Technology.
Further details on the IPv6 Centre are available at here.


The three main high-level objectives of SEINIT are:

  • Providing a trusted and dependable security framework, ubiquitous,
    working across multiple devices, heterogeneous networks, organisation
    independent and centred around an end-user
  • Maintaining an adequate security level without infringing a user’s right to privacy
  • Developing a security approach “closer to real life”

The main technological work covers:

  • design and development of new components for this security framework
    integration of these components with trials on suitable assessment platforms
  • deployment of anomaly detection systems to detect security breaches
    IPv6 issues
  • mobility issues
  • specific security issues of ambient intelligence or smart spaces

Visit the SEINIT project website for more information.


Designing Advanced network Interfaces for the Delivery and
Administration of Location independent, Optimised personal Services.
Mobility has become a central aspect of the lives of European citizens in business, education, and leisure. The rapid technological and societal changes and the bewildering emergence of numerous new services has created a complex environment for network operators and a confusing situation for end users. The enhancement of existing technologies and development of new Beyond 3G systems will increase this complexity even more. Daidalos will lead the fundamental rethinking of network architectures that is necessary to create a new generation of user-centred manageable communication infrastructure for the future. The Daidalos vision is to seamlessly integrate heterogeneous network technologies that allow network operators and service providers to offer new and profitable services, giving users access to a wide range of personalised voice, data, and multimedia services. 46 partners from industry and academia are ambitiously working to achieve this vision.

Visit the Daidalos website for more information