Enterprise Ireland welcomed a group of leading retailers to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the greater South East region this week as part of its North American Retail Technology Event, 2019.
The group of buyers from across the US and Canada spent Monday afternoon visiting Netlabs in WIT’s West Campus in Carriganore to discover the current and future enhancements in retail-tech within the research centres. These include Liquid Edge which is local digital analytics company, navigation tech, ARVR, Voice-tech and blue-sky research from TSSG which is investigating the advantages of terahertz communications and neuro-marketing in the retail sector.
Pictured is the group of North American Retailers outside Netlabs in WIT West Campus, Carriganore.
The trip was focused around showcasing the technological capabilities of both WIT and companies in the South East. Throughout the course of their visit they were given a tour of the Arclabs and Netlabs in WIT’S West Campus in Carriganore, where TSSG is based, whereby they got to see first-hand some of the retail technologies that TSSG are working on. They also got to experience some of the world class facilities and technology that the south east offers, like the Kay supercomputer, housed in Netlabs, which is Ireland’s national supercomputer for academic researchers.
Pictured is Steven Davy of TSSG giving an overview of LiquidEdge Analytics.
Pictured is some of the North American Retailers trying out some Virtual Reality Retail Applications.
Pictured is Pizza Pizza trying out some augmented reality applications
At the main event which took place in the Tower Hotel, the attendees, much of whom were representatives from retail technology companies, got to see two great keynotes from Michael LeBlanc, The voice of retail in Canada and Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation at TSSG, the keynotes focused around how technology and retail can work hand in hand for the betterment of the industry. The Keynotes were followed by a very insightful panel discussion between the five North American Retailers which was moderated by Mr. LeBlanc. The afternoon saw an opportunity for Irish companies to meet with the North American Retailers and discuss what they have to offer.
Pictured is the WIT & North American visitors in Netlabs
Commenting during the visit, Enterprise Ireland Regional Director in the South East, Martin Corkery said, “The global retail landscape is already dramatically evolving and is set for further change over the course of the next twenty years. Applying technology to a retail environment can improve customer and staff interactions, offer faster transactions and improve the customer experience.
“With the support of Enterprise Ireland and Waterford Institute of Technology, a wide range of research and development (R&D) is being facilitated in the region to meet the future global digital expansion demands in the sector. “WIT’s West Campus in Carriganore is home to five research and innovation centres – Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG), RIKON, Arclabs Research & Innovation Centre, Nutrition Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre.
“Collaboration and meaningful partnerships are at the very centre of achieving the objectives outlined in our regional development strategy, Powering the Regions, and Enterprise Ireland is delighted to support the work of these centres. “This week’s inward buyer visit is about showcasing the innovation on offer in the region and already the feedback from the buyers that are visiting the region, is nothing but positive.”
A group of leading retailers visited Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and the greater South East region as part Enterprise Ireland’s North American Retail Technology Event, 2019.