OpenSky launches research projects division

Michael Cronin, OpenSky
Michael Cronin, OpenSky

Move will strengthen ties with local and European research bodies

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14 October 2019 | 0

Public sector digital transformation specialist OpenSky has opened a new research projects division with plans to take its annual spend in the area to €1 million annually.

The division’s interests will include robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and augmented analytics, allowing them to explore new opportunities for customers and develop smart digital platforms with the best futureproofed technologies.

The division also aims to attract and deliver grant aided research projects through Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, and is currently working on its first project called Carelink, a collaboration with the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology. The goal of the project is to deliver a low-cost, connected health solution which allows carers to monitor the location and proximity of their loved ones suffering from dementia, thus reducing stress and anxiety for both the carer and the patient.

OpenSky is part of a European consortium which is creating an adaptive wearable and cloud-based ecosystem to meet the unique needs of people with dementia and their carers. The project also develops intelligent IoT-connected services such as a smart-energy wireless sensor, an alert system and a training and information portal.

The establishment of the dedicated Research Projects Division within OpenSky is key to the company’s long-term plans which include continuing to increase revenue by 30% year-on-year and further expanding into international markets such as the UK and North America. Earlier this year, the organisation also announced the creation of 80 jobs.

Michael Cronin, managing director, OpenSky, said: “Our aim is to help create smart cities and communities globally, which are underpinned by digital government services, integrated transport systems and efficient environmental and resource strategies.

“This new Research Projects Division ties in with our objective to improve the way the nation works and create a digital government that works by delivering better citizen access and streamlining operations.

“In order to make this a reality and support our customer base, we have to continually invest in the best talent and utilise the latest technologies. We also have to ensure that we equip our team members with the skills, training and resources that allow them to build new expertise, which is central to transformation and innovation.”

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