Landmark Partnership to Help Shape Global Smart City Deployments in Dublin

Dublin City Council and SoftBank Announce Landmark Partnership to Help Shape Global Smart City Deployments in Dublin

Dublin City Council and SoftBank Corp. announced today that SoftBank will join Dublin City Council’s Smart City programme and its Smart Docklands District testbed.  Both parties will exchange information and knowledge about Smart City solutions, explore potential trials, proofs of concepts and find best use cases for the future smart city.
Both organisations are committed to building a ‘Proof of Concept’ programme of activity and will collaborate across Dublin’s world leading tech ecosystem to trial a number of Smart City solutions. SoftBank will pilot their Global IoT (Internet of Things) Platform in Dublin.
The partnership aims to deliver real impact with an emphasis on solutions ‘designed to scale’ and easily transferable to other cities. The partnership will also enable SoftBank to work alongside industry, academia and entrepreneurs to jointly solve city challenges, improve service delivery while also delivering positive outcomes for the city and its citizens.
Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of Dublin City Council stated that “Dublin City Council is delighted to welcome SoftBank to join our Smart City programme. This partnership will help position Dublin at the forefront of Smart City innovation and to turn the opportunity of Smart City technologies into a reality. We are committed to building a programme of activity through ‘Smart Dublin’ and to concentrate pilots across our Smart Docklands testbed district which is emerging as a world class smart technology testbed.”
“We look forward to collaborating with Dublin City Council to share our rich experience in Smart City development in Japan and to also leverage our global IoT platform. SoftBank strongly believes it can contribute to Dublin’s development and future growth building out local solutions that can scale globally,” said Junichi Miyakawa, Representative Director & Chief Technology Officer of SoftBank Corp.
Notes to the Editor
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Project Background:
Dublin is Ireland’s Capital City and home to over 1.3 million residents. Dublin City Council, through the ‘Smart Dublin’ initiative, has an ambition to be at the forefront of global smart city technology innovation. ‘Smart Docklands’ is Dublin City Council’s smart city testbed and has unique potential as a Smart City District. There is a high concentration of new buildings and investment as well as a wide range of connectivity and ‘smart’ assets. It is also home to many of the world’s leading global technology companies. Smart Docklands is the result of collaboration between Dublin City Council and the SFI CONNECT Centre based in Trinity College, Dublin. CONNECT is Ireland’s Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications
SoftBank Background:
SoftBank Corp. (SoftBank) is one of the largest mobile network operators in Japan, affiliated company of SoftBank Group Corp. SoftBank is also expanding into AI, smart robotics, IoT (Internet of Things), FinTech, cloud security and other business sectors. Recently, SoftBank is developing IoT  business opportunities to expand its business domain, not only in Japan but also worldwide. SoftBank has already been providing smart city solutions for a number of local authorities in Japan. In parallel, SoftBank is now planning to extend its Global IoT  Platform services seeking new solutions and partners globally.