€200k Investment in Innovative Smart City Solutions Across the Dublin Region

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland announce 16 innovation contracts worth 200k to solve city challenges

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland are serious about supporting entrepreneurs to solve city challenges and are delivering one of the largest smart city innovation programmes globally. Solutions will be tested to address illegal dumping, to monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas and to design innovative wayfinding solutions across the Dublin region. This programme is being delivered through Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research programme (SBIR) and is also a key action in the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs.

The challenges announced last May generated almost 200 expressions of interest with 40 proposals submitted and evaluated by industry, academic and city experts. Of those, 16 have been awarded phase 1 funding of circa €12,500 alongside supports from Smart Dublin to research and demonstrate the viability of their solution before the end of 2017. Following this, a number of phase 2 contracts worth €25k-€50k each will be awarded to prototype the solutions in the city.

“This is an outstanding project and highlights the benefits of Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland working together and the potential that this collaboration can realise.  The challenges facing cities are immense and we look forward to working with the successful companies in finding solutions to address these challenges.  We will support them to build new products and services pushing the realms of innovation and the job opportunities that this in turn will generate” said Philomena Poole, Chair of Smart Dublin.

 Many of these companies are pushing the realms of innovation. There is a strong focus on deploying Internet of Things (IOT) technologies with an emphasis on building and proving low cost and impactful solutions for Dublin.

“We are delighted with the quality and diversity of solutions proposed by the companies with a diverse mix of skillsets includes data analysts, engineers and software developers. The solutions proposed include the testing of drones and the building of low cost smart camera solutions to deter illegal dumping. A number of companies are also exploring the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to support the local authorities in solving these challenges” said Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council  

Maria Gavin, Enterprise Ireland said: “Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is recognised internationally as a proven approach that works for both public bodies and companies. It facilitates SMEs with early stage ideas to access public sector procurement opportunities. I commend Smart Dublin for expanding their programme to take in 3 challenges and 16 new companies. This new fund has the potential to create in-demand technologies and innovations which can be adopted quickly to make positive and significant societal impacts.”

See Link to company details and project overviews. www.smartdublin.ie/SBIRwinners

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Notes to Editor

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve city life. www.smartdublin.ie   

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Ireland is the national innovation pre-commercial procurement initiative administered by Enterprise Ireland. Its aim is to drive innovation across all sections of the Irish public sector via robust engagement with technology rich companies and organisations, through competitive challenges. Enterprise Ireland has established a one million euro fund to co-support worthy competitive challenges in partnership with Irish contracting authorities.

The Challenges

Illegal Dumping - Seeking low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services or applications to tackle illegal dumping in the Dublin region.

Simon Brock, Administrative Officer, Waste Management Services, Dublin City Council said about illegal dumping: “The problem of illegal dumping affects the urban, suburban and rural areas of the Dublin region. Finding solutions to this problem will not only improve the appearance and enjoyment of our environment but also reduce the significant costs associated with the removal and disposal of illegally dumped waste.”

Gully monitoring – Seeks low cost, innovative solutions that can monitor and predict blocked gullies in high risk flooding areas of Dublin.

Roy O’Donnell, Gully Manager, Environment and Transportation, Dublin City Council “We, in the Surface Water and Flood Management Division, are delighted to be involved in the launch of this SBIR challenge. It is an exciting time for us in DCC, where in cooperation with innovative companies, we can improve the real time information gathered and target our responses to potential flood events. This will help to, improve the quality of our service delivery and reduce the fear and worry for citizens that have had the misfortune to have suffered at the hands of a flood.”

Wayfinding - Smart Dublin and the Grangegorman Development Agency are seeking low cost, mobile, smart, innovative, universally designed, indoor and outdoor wayfinding solutions.

Robert Moore, Client BIM/Information Manager, Grangegorman Development Agency said  on the wayfinding challenge “We are seeking to find a creative solution to help people of all abilities, find their way seamlessly around the indoor and outdoor areas of the Grangegorman campus. This solution should reflect the open and interconnected nature of the new campus. We were soon joined by Smart Dublin as they could see the wider appeal to a solution to this challenge and how it could be utilised in a broader way across the region. Ultimately we are seeking a revolutionary navigation system for all.”

The companies participating in the Smart Dublin’s competition include:

Illegal dumping

  • Analytics Engines Ltd.
  • Certification Europe
  • Evercam Ltd
  • Skytango Ltd.
  • SparroWatch
  • TEC Security

Gully monitoring

  • Blenheim Systems Ltd.
  • Carra Ireland Limited
  • Danalto
  • MJB Innovation Ltd.
  • MSemicon Ltd
  • Voguetek

Wayfinding

  • Commutable
  • Gemperson
  • Rehab Group
  • Route4U
     
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