Phase Two of Smart Dublin’s Last Mile Delivery Challenge launches

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Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programme, announced today that five companies have successfully secured phase two contracts with funding of €160k to pilot new solutions that address the challenge of last mile deliveries in both Dublin and Belfast.

The five successful companies are Grid Smarter Cities, Parkunload, Passel, Fenrhay UPS and WeDispatch. Details of their proposed solutions are available below in Notes to the Editor.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said: “We’re delighted to support phase two of this Last Mile Delivery challenge. The wealth of innovation that’s been developed as part of this challenge presents real opportunities to help reduce congestion, improve air quality and make city centre deliveries safer. We look forward to working with these companies and our Smart Dublin colleagues over the coming months to trial solutions in both Belfast and Dublin.”

Speaking about the announcement Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager with Dublin City Council, said “Cities across the word face real challenges in how they manage city centre deliveries balancing the needs of business while at the same time enhancing the quality of the environment. The wealth of innovation that has been developed to date as part of the last mile delivery challenge represents real and exciting opportunities for cities to help reduce congestion, improve air quality and optimise deliveries. We look forward to working with the companies on phase 2 to test and trial their solutions in real city test-bed environments in both Dublin and Belfast”.

Last mile deliveries in cities across the world are posing major challenges which is adding to traffic congestion.  The changing nature of urban economies and supply chain management, and the impact of online retail has had an impact on the type and volume of goods deliveries in city centres. This in turn has had an impact on the wider urban environment in terms of air quality, traffic management and infrastructure.

Tom Kelly, head of innovation, Enterprise Ireland, said: “Enterprise Ireland is delighted to partner with Dublin City Council, Belfast City Council and Smart Dublin to harness the best innovative solutions and lead the way in solving the last mile delivery challenge.

The SBIR programme is unique in that it gives public sector bodies and innovative Small and Medium Enterprises the opportunity to work together and develop creative and innovative solutions for real societal problems.”