MAC - The National Microelectronics Applications Centre

MAC’s role in I2Web project is mainly system integration and Quality Assurance (QA) using the gForge Development Management platform and industry best practice, working with the Coordinator in the coordination of the dissemination activities, and exploitation planning to ensure that the I2Web results are widely used.

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MAC LogoThe National Microelectronics Applications Centre (MAC) was established in 1981, by the Irish Government, to provide consultancy and complete innovative electronic, software and e-business/e-government technological solutions.

MAC is an SME with a 30 year track record of delivering to tight schedules with industry, SMEs and public agencies to assess and assist entrepreneurial and innovative technical solutions. To date, MAC has delivered 225 leading edge product developments, 35 Web/online services, 175 process applications, 470 consultancy projects, 27 pan-European technology development consortia and 3,000 new idea evaluations. These have enabled the growth of several multi-million Euro companies. We have completed numerous evaluations, studies and outsourced R&D projects for European companies where we act as the innovator and designer of their future services and product set.

The parallel activity of the company in working with entrepreneurs, SMEs, and administrations to deliver operational solutions, grounds this work in the real commercial world ensuring that MAC’s staff is a focused team of highly flexible, motivated, responsive, pragmatic and experienced technical, research and project management experts, who can both manage distributed outsourced development teams and its own in-house technical staff.

MAC is continuously driven by excellence in the application of leading-edge software, electronics and communications technologies. To ensure that its technology is always state-of-the-art, and that the MAC Team are continuously improving their excellence in its application and management, MAC partners with the some of the World’s best organisations in a number of European and National Information and Communications Technology (ICT) development projects. MAC is particularly strong in managing distributed development teams in those organisation for on-time and on-budget delivery of such technical developments. Building on its strong project management, experience of productising technology applications and distributed systems development expertise.

MAC’s other current and recent EU and RTD projects include:

  • HABITATS (Social Validation of INSPIRE Annex III Data Structures in EU Habitats) is a CIP PSP ICT project that is focused on the adoption of INSPIRE standards through a Social Networking Web 2.0 participatory process to design and validate Data, Metadata and Services Specifications with real citizens and business. MAC is planning its exploitation and coordinating Irish Public Agencies.
  • EuroPetition  is an eParticipation Preparatory Action project managed and coordinated by MAC. EuroPetition is an open-source trans-European ePetitions service using the latest Web 2.0 online services to coordinate local, cross-border and pan-European European Parliament and European Citizen Initiative (ECI) europetitions from citizens across the EU.
  • OKKAM ( Enabling the Web of Entities - A scalable and sustainable solution for systematic and global identifier reuse in decentralized information environments) an Integrating Project in the FP7 ICT Programme. MAC is leading Integration of the OKKAM system’s components into an operational Entity Naming System (ENS) service for the future OKKAM Web of Entities, where any collection of data and information about any type of entities (e.g. people, locations, organizations, events, products, ...) on the Web can be integrated into a single virtual, decentralized, open knowledge base (like the Web did for hypertexts.
  • CALIBRE: MAC managed this Coordination Action project involving 11 of the leading authorities on libre/open source software in the IST Sixth Framework Programme to integrate and coordinate European open source software research and practice, and foster the effective transfer of open source best practice to European industry. This has enabled MAC to fully understand how and when to incorporate open source software into its own and outsourced system development plans.
  • VIKEF (Virtual Information & Knowledge Environment Framework) is  an Integrated Project in the FP6 IST Programme. MAC technically managed the development of a distributed Semantic Web System for the Scientific Congress and Trade Fair sectors by 6 development software teams across Europe using MAC’s gForge Distributed Development Management Platform at www.vikefdev.net. MAC’s web-service expertise enabled a seamless distributed system and the service is now running on 7 web-service server platforms across Europe, and is available at www.vikefsmartservices.com.
  • WaterBee (Low cost, easy to use Intelligent Irrigation Scheduling System). In this FP7 ICT SME Action, MAC is providing Wireless Sensor Networking, wide-area communications and back-end web-services inputs to develop the next generation of smart irrigation systems to address the major environmental impact of the vast amounts of water wasted in current agricultural practices.

Working in these projects with networks of partners across Europe has allowed MAC to see the future trends, and bring to bear the latest technologies and research methodologies to the solutions that it creates for our own products and solutions. They have enabled MAC to work with the prime movers across Europe and see at first hand the opportunities, trends and markets for Information Communications Technologies over the coming years. As part of this activity, MAC has gained a huge experience in total project management, successful completion and delivery of complex technical systems and solutions, Information Communications Technologies’ applications evaluations and studies, and the development and management of distributed project consortia.