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DIT researcher wins Future Leading Lights Award

Posted: 16 January, 2018

Dr Matteo Zallio, Arnold Graves post-doctoral researcher in DIT, has won the “Future Leading Lights Award” for the prototype TAILT, a responsive lighting system that provides safety, comfort and improved visibility for all cyclists.

Dr Matteo Zallio with RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell at the Leading Lights in Road Safety Awards in December 2017

The Award, sponsored by the Road Safety Authority of Ireland, was given to Dr Zallio in his role as the inventor of TAILT and founder of the Irish startup Déan Design Lab, incubated in DIT Hothouse

As passionate cyclists, the team behind TAILT knew that it was important to be seen from all directions, to be able to communicate the intention to turn and for a cyclist to protect themselves from water and mud. Having identified these issues the team developed one of the first responsive, interactive bicycle system that provides safety, comfort and improved visibility for cyclists. The system is comprised of a rear mudguard with embedded smart lights, brake light function, turn signals and a set of front lights and turn indicators for a 360° visibility. 

TAILT is the result of research developed Dr Matteo Zallio, Mr Paul Leamy, Dr Damon Berry and Mr Kevin Tighe in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and in ESHI – the Environmental Sustainability and Health Institute, where Dr Zallio is currently carrying out research. The prototype has also been featured in the Irish Independent, Wired Magazine and other International newspapers and magazines.