Dublin is emerging as a hub for smart city innovations

On Wednesday 12th October, 2016 City Hall, Dublin, will host 35 exhibitors from leading multinationals, SMEs and research and innovation centres at a Showcase event where they will exhibit a range of future technologies that are being developed, piloted and scaled in Dublin and Ireland.  

The Showcase event, organised by Smart Dublin, in partnership with Maynooth University and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Centre at Harvard, will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will offer attendees the opportunity to meet international smart city practitioners and learn about a range of smart projects being developed across the Dublin Region.

Exhibitors will include smart bins, solar powered smart bus shelters and the Dublin Dashboard which displays real time environment and transport data across the region. Technology giants such as Dell, Microsoft, Intel, Ericsson, IBM and Cisco will show their latest smart city innovations and projects, many of which are being piloted or innovated in Dublin. A wide range of start-ups and SMEs will also demonstrate the capability to drive new innovations in areas like low cost bicycle theft tracking, air quality monitoring, wearables, smart parking and low cost flood monitoring solutions. (Full list of participants in notes to the editor).

Philomena Poole, Chief Executive of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and Smart Dublin Chair commented “We are delighted to have such a range of expertise on our advisory network to guide Smart Dublin. There is a fantastic opportunity to embrace new technology innovations to transform the way to solve Dublin's challenges in areas such as transport, climate change, and energy and citizen engagement. The best way to achieve this ambition is through collaboration.  Many of the world's top tech companies, leading research institutes, innovative SME’s and start ups are right on our doorstep. It is an ideal time for Dublin’s local authorities to embrace these opportunities”.

Photos will be circulated to picture desks on the day by Jason Clarke Photography.



Notes to the Editor:
If you are interested in interviewing any of the exhibitors, including the three below, please contact 087 7400 277 to arrange:
Intel Ireland Ltd. – Contact: Dr David Prendergast
As part of Smart Dublin, Intel is currently involved in four major ‘Internet of Things’ projects in the city. 1) Next generation flood monitoring and alerting with Dublin City Council and the SFI Connect Centre 2) Smart Croke Park with the GAA and Dublin City University 3) Smart Cities Business Models with SFI LERO and Maynooth University and 4) ‘Something in the Air’: A collaboration with the National College of Art and Design and the Environment Protection Agency exploring how to design interactions with citizens around Air Quality data.
BikeLook  -  Contact:  Mark Bennett
BikeLook is solving bike theft using low cost Bluetooth sensors on bikes and racks that will also generate actionable traffic data. It alerts cyclists if a bicycle is moved via a free app that doubles as a cycle register. We are currently trialling it in Dublin City University as part of the Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge.
Big Belly Smart Waste Systems – Contact:  Don Coughlan
Bigbelly, Inc. is the world-leading provider of smart waste & recycling management solutions with more than 1,500 customers in 50 countries. Providing Solar-powered compactors & containers with sensors, the Bigbelly Smart Waste & Recycling System combines smart, compacting waste and recycling stations with cloud-connected management software for real-time.
Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city-region challenges and improve urban life. Its aim is to position Dublin as a world leader in the development of new urban solutions, using open data, and with the city region as a test bed.

About Smart Dublin Advisory Network
The Smart Dublin Advisory Network launches with its inaugural meeting of experts whose role is to guide Dublin’s Smart City ambition. The network act as ambassadors and advisors for Smart Dublin and include experts in the areas of technology, infrastructure, communications, data analytics, sustainability, energy, innovation, & digital engagement. It also includes public participation representatives, start-up and digital ambassadors. Public and private sectors, community groups, multinationals and SME’s are represented. (For more detail on the representatives see www.smartdublin.ie/news).

Exhibitors at the showcase include:

  • Intel Ireland Ltd – Croke Park Smart Stadium, Low cost flood monitoring (DCC), Air Quality Innovations (EPA, NCAD).
  • Cisco – Building out Municipal WiFi
  • Kingspan Sensor – Low Cost River Level Monitors
  • IBM Research – Ireland – Smarter Solutions Innovation Lab
  • Microsoft & Mindrising – Future city ‘Minecraft’ simulation - engaging with schools across Dublin.
  • Ericsson – Future of telecommunications
  • Dell – Connected Buildings – Real time monitoring.
  • Smart Dublin / IDEA digital – Smart Dublin Website
  • Dublinked – Dublin’s Open Data portal  
  • Dublin Dashboard – Real time city dashboard
  • Cork Smart Gateway – Cork’s regional smart initiative
  • Smart Cycle Challenge Solutions:
  • Fluidedge – Smart Cycle Bell
  • See.Sense – ‘Find My Bike’ theft tracker
  • BikeLook – Bluetooth Bike Tracker
  • Lero – Ireland’s Software Research Centre
  • Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH)
  • MA Interaction Design NCAD, Intel, Environmental Protection Agency – Air Quality Innovation
  • DCU Water Institute – Water innovation research centre.
  • Connect Centre for Future Networks – Building a LORA network
  • Trinity College Dublin, Future Cities – Smart City Research Group
  • Smart Croke Park – Irelands Internet of Things Testbed  (smart stadium)
  • DogPatch Labs – Innovation Hub
  • DCUAlpha – Internet of Things Cluster
  • VT Networks – Future Networks - SIGFOX
  • OnePlus Systems – Smart Bin technologies
  • Nuwave Sensor Technology LTD  - Indoor Air quality monitors
  • Shimmer  - Wearable sensing systems
  • Local Enterprise Office – Supporting local enterprise
  • Solar AdTek – Future smart bus shelters
  • Airsynergy – Renewable energy solutions
  • Sonitus Systems – Connected sound monitoring
  • UTS parking – DCC & Smart Parking Meters
  • Big Belly Smart Waste Systems (Kyron Street Limited) – Smart Bin Technologies
  • Bandwidth Ltd – Smart Parking and Smart Traffic Systems
  • Pavanumobility Ltd – Smart Accessibility

About Harvard TECH
On Thursday 13th October, The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) is convening the 2016 Strategic Innovation Summit: Smart Cities Europe  which is gathering smart city experts and advisors at Maynooth University. Dr. David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, TECH,
Dr. David S. Ricketts, Innovation Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University commented "We are excited to convene our first Smart Cities Europe Summit in Dublin. Ireland has been at the forefront of innovation in Europe, and Dublin is a center for Smart technology companies, research institutes and tech startups."
This exclusive event is for city leaders, advisory boards, non-profit groups and leading academic centers to gather and discuss the key challenges and opportunities for creating cities of the future. Speakers include Smart City leaders from: SmartCAT, Smart London, Smart Dublin, Bristol is Open, CleanTech Scandanavia, Zaragoza, Programme for the Future of Cities (COMPAS) University of Oxford, Harvard Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, University of Maynooth and the European Commission.