DCC, Vodafone bring IoT test bed network to Dublin docklands

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Pictured: Jamie Cudden, Dublin City Council; Anne O’Leary, Vodafone; and Minister for Communications Denis Naughten

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26 October 2017 | 0

Dublin City Council (DCC) is to use Vodafone’s Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network as a test bed for the Docklands Smart District.

Part of the wider Smart Dublin initiative, the Docklands Smart District brings together technology companies, research centres and other agencies with a focus on deploying smart city innovations and connectivity across the quarter.

The NB-IoT network will enable the creation of 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. Meath-based Voguetek 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 across the country.

In addition, Vodafone and DCC have launched an innovation fund worth over €50,000, which will be administered by Smart Dublin and DCU Alpha.

Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland said: “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.”

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