Vodafone Ireland partners with Dublin City Council to turn docklands into world leading NB-IoT testbed

From left: Jamie Cudden, smart city programme manager, Dublin City Council; Anne O’Leary, CEO of Vodafone Ireland; and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten, TD. Image: Naoise Culhane

Vodafone Ireland, in partnership with Dublin City Council (DCC), have today announced that Vodafone’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network has been selected as a key connectivity enabler to the Docklands ‘Smart District’ – part of the wider ‘Smart Dublin’ initiative*.

A first of its kind in Ireland, the Docklands Smart District encourages innovation in the area by bringing together leading technology companies, research centres and other agencies with a focus on deploying the latest smart city innovations and connectivity across the quarter.

Demonstrating Vodafone’s commitment to driving a ‘Smart City’ and keeping Ireland at the forefront of smart technology innovation globally, the deployment of the company’s NB-IoT network in the docklands will enable the creation of cutting edge smart city solutions, such as smart rubbish bins – which will alert a local authority when full, reducing cost and improving the city’s cleanliness.

One of the first technologies being deployed on Vodafone’s NB-IoT network is a new product innovation which focuses on flood monitoring and response. Voguetek, an Irish SME based in Meath, is working in partnership with Vodafone and DCC to develop low cost connected sensors that will use the new Vodafone NB-IoT network to communicate potential gully blockages to the council before they become a flood hazard or risk. The technology has the potential to be used right across the country in both an urban and rural capacity.

In addition, Vodafone and DCC are today announcing the launch of a new innovation fund and support for start-ups testing smart city technologies on the NB-IoT platform. The package, worth over €50,000, will be administered by Smart Dublin and DCU Alpha through the website www.smartdublin.ie/VodafoneNBIOT.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten T.D. said: “Smart technology has the potential to radically change the way we live and work in Ireland and is vital if we are to achieve our ambitions of being able to compete on a truly global stage. I want to commend both Vodafone and Dublin City Council on enabling an innovation programme of this scale, which not only has the potential to transform the day-to-day lives of every citizen, business and community in Dublin, but the benefits this can have across Ireland are limitless. Today’s announcement is a significant step forward in Ireland’s journey to becoming a world leader in the development and deployment of Internet of Things innovations.”

Anne O’Leary CEO, Vodafone Ireland said: “We are delighted to partner with Dublin City Council and to support Smart Dublin in this game-changing initiative. The Docklands Smart District has the potential to revolutionise Dublin, spring-boarding it into one of the leading smart cities of the world, substantially enhancing life for residents and businesses in the area. SMEs and start-ups will now have the opportunity to develop cutting edge technology, inspiring innovations and smart solutions that will solve city challenges and improve city life in a true ‘smart district.”  

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council, said“Partnering with a world class company like Vodafone is helping to drive our local innovation ecosystem and keep Dublin in the top tier of smart cities globally. The Smart Docklands District, with its density of new builds, global tech companies, smart assets and range of connectivity options, provides a unique platform for SME’s and entrepreneurs to develop new and innovative solutions that will transform the way our cities operate. We are excited about the deployment of NB-IoT and the potential advancements in smart city technology solutions it will facilitate”

 

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