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Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Big Data and Internet of Things sensors

Project details

  • Programme: INTERREG North-West Europe
  • Duration of the Project: 42 months
  • Total budget: € 4.88 m
  • EU funding: € 2.93 m
  • Lead Partner: University of Bedfordshire (UK)
  • Partners
    • Images & Réseaux (France)
    • National University of Ireland
    • University College Dublin (Ireland)
    • University of Nantes (France)
    • Levstone Ltd (UK)
    • Nottingham Trent University (UK)
    • Whysor (Netherlands)
    • Institute of Technology in Tralee (Ireland)
    • SenX (France)
    • Ulster University (UK)
    • Dunbia (Northern Ireland)

Aims and Objectives

The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technology to food supply chains in NWE to reduce food waste and hence improve resource efficiency. The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. 35% of food waste in EU-28 has occurred in supply chains in 2012. Though technologies exist to reduce food waste, they have not been applied to food supply chains.

Specific objectives:

REAMIT will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as these are wasted in large quantities. The supply chain includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project will be carried out in Ireland, Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries. The project will adapt existing Internet of Things and Big Data technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in NWE. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will be enabled to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. Through analytics, owners of ‘food to be at risk of becoming waste’ will be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste including redistribution to nearby customers. REAMIT project will save 1.8Mt of food waste or €3B per year in NWE, avoid 5.5Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, test and operationalise 8 solutions, and, support 20 enterprises. The technologies will be self-sustaining at the end of the project. They will be made available to the public via REAMIT website and social media.

The long-term effects of REAMIT will be optimising (re)use of food and natural resources in NWE economies and a consortium capable of jointly addressing the challenges in food sector.

The first newsletter is now available.

Opportunity – Research Assistant (Engineering –Mechatronics)

IMaR currently have an opening for a Research Assistant in Engineering – Mechatronics to join our team based out of the Institute of Technology Tralee.

Research Assistant

View job Specification

All applications to be made on-line.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 21st February 2020

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

For details see the ITT vacancies page

Opportunities – 2 posts Software Engineering, Data Analytics and Machine Learning

IMaR currently has openings for 2 researcher to join our team:

  • Research Fellow – Software and Control Engineering
  • Research Assistant/Post-Doctoral Researcher – Data Analytics and Machine Learning

All applications to be made online. 

More information and application

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 2nd December 2019.

IMaR awarded funding for R&D equipment

The IMaR Research Centre at IT Tralee has been awarded funding by Enterprise Ireland for a significant investment into cutting-edge equipment for R&D in advanced manufacturing. This new equipment will be made available to Irish manufacturing companies to test and trial new technologies in manufacturing via the IMaR Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway, IMaR’s outward facing industrial engagement division, based at IT Tralee.

In total, there were 43 successful applicants from the Institutes of Technology (IoT) and TU Dublin to the value of €6 million, of which IMaR have received 4 separate awards. The four funding awards include:

  • A fleet of autonomous industrial vehicles
  • A suite of industrial machinery monitoring equipment
  • An industrial wireless communication technology testbed
  • A high-performance industrial data-analytics server.

The development of the facility will allow IMaR to showcase current advancements in machine connectivity, industrial wireless communication and process automation and optimisation, along with providing a trialling space for new technologies under development by the IMaR Research Centre and partner companies.

Commenting on the funding announcement, Dr. Daniel Riordan, Manager of IMaR Technology Gateway and Director for Industrial Engagement said, “A key component of IMaR’s success in this funding call was its strong track record in industry engagement, specifically meeting the needs of the Irish Manufacturing sector. Funding for this testbed will allow Irish manufacturing to remain at the cutting edge of manufacturing efficiency, quality and profitability as the sector continues to implement the concepts of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.”

Within IMaR this equipment will be combined to create an advanced manufacturing technology testbed, focusing on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which will open to Irish industry for the evaluation of system capabilities or to work collaboratively with the IMaR Research Centre on the research and development of new automation, robotics, machine monitoring and Data Analytics technologies.

Dr. Pat Doody, Joint Principal Investigator and Director of Advanced Studies of IMaR said “The award of this funding from Enterprise Ireland further confirms IMaR’s place as the primary research centre in Ireland for applied research into the Industrial Internet of Things. The funding will facilitate IMaR in providing state of the art technologies which will be made available to our current industry partners and will also be instrumental in attracting further companies to avail of the expertise offered by IMaR. This testbed will ensure that our partners continue to compete at the cutting edge.”

Summer student internships with IMaR

IMaR currently have openings for 3 student internships in Mechatronics and Bioengineering to assist with various projects within the centre. The duration of the positions is 12 weeks with a stipend of €300 per week available for each of the roles. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and training which will help your studies as well as future graduate job prospects. To apply please send a current CV and cover letter to Daniel Riordan Deadline for applications is Friday the 18th of May at 1pm.

Business Development Co-ordinator – Applied Internet of Things (A-IoT) Technology Gateway Group

The IMaR Technology Gateway at Institute of Technology Tralee is part of the Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway Network. To promote the Network’s capabilities in the broad technology area of the Internet of Things and to apply these capabilities to Irish industry, an Applied IoT group of 5 Gateways has been established. This consortium consists of IMaR (ITT),WiSAR (LyIT), TEC (CIT), MSTG (WIT) & COMAND (AIT). This initiative will provide focused access to nearly 300 research professionals in software, hardware, communications/networks, data analytics, control, UI/UX and trialling in the 5 Gateways across the Nationwide Network via this dedicated portal. The primary aim of the A – IoT group is to promote its capabilities to companies based within the Dublin region. The Business Development coordinator will be responsible for the promotion of the A-IoT group’s collective technical skillset and the generation of IoT project leads with industrial partners. The ensuing industrial projects will be delivered by the 5 Gateways in the A-IoT group. This position will be based in the A-IoT Technology Gateway Group offices in Dublin city centre. This position is based in Dublin. Full details can be found on the A-IoT_Business_Development_Co-ordinator for this position. All applications to be made online. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12.00noon on Friday 1st July 2016.