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Smart rainfall sensors to be deployed in Dublin city to give an early-warning defence from flooding

May 30, 2017 |

Dublin City will be getting kitted with new ‘smart’ rainfall sensors to give it an early-warning system to protect against flooding.

The low-cost sensors are being deployed across the capital to monitor rainfall, weather conditions and … Read More

Ireland’s first satellite given go-ahead by European Space Agency

May 25, 2017 |

Ireland’s first satellite is set to be developed after a team of Irish based researchers got the green light from the European Space Agency.

The Education Irish Research Satellite 1 (EIRSAT-1) will be launched from the … Read More

Researchers find way to filter water that uses 1,000 times less energy

May 11, 2017 |

A team led by a University of Limerick researcher has made a major breakthrough in water filtration that lets it use 1,000 times less energy than conventional methods.

With climate change expected to increase areas of … Read More

Dublin Seeks Smart Solutions to City-Region Challenges with €600k Funding

April 27, 2017 |

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland have launched the Three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competitions, with up to €600k in funding.

Announced earlier this week, the challenges aim to source smart and low cost innovative solutions … Read More

Local Government Apps from Around the World

April 25, 2017 |

Apps have an amazing ability to put local government services at the fingertips of citizens, yet, so many fail due to poor design or limited functionality. Looking around the world, we’ve found some of the best examples of successful government … Read More

Vodafone & SIRO National Gigabit Hub Initiative launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

March 27, 2017 |

Vodafone and SIRO’s national Gigabit Hub Initiative has been launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

The new initiative aims to spark a digital transformation in 15 towns across Ireland.

AT&T, IDA, & Dublin City Council to collaborate on Smart Cities IoT projects

February 28, 2017 |

In an announcement made yesterday, AT&T, Dublin City and IDA Ireland revealed their intentions explore a Smart Cities Development.

The agreement between AT&T, IDA Ireland and Dublin City Council will see the three parties collaborate and … Read More

Get tooled up: The Edinburgh Tool Library offering an innovative solution to buying tools

February 23, 2017 |

Purchasing tools for DIY projects can be a costly exercise, and in reality, how often do we actually use them?

An Edinburgh charity is offering the community an innovative and cost effective solution; tool libraries.

Pioneering research aims to make Leeds first ‘Self Repairing City’

February 20, 2017 |

Imagine if the cities of the future could one day repair themselves. What if they could detect things like potholes and sinkholes before they even happen?

New research is underway in the UK, delving into just … Read More

Technology central to Kerry plan to tackle litter & dumping

February 15, 2017 |

Noted for its beautiful landscapes, coastal scenery, magnificent lakes, strong cultural heritage and flora and fauna, Kerry is getting tough on litter and dumping.

Technology will be central to a five-year plan adopted in Kerry to target “the persistent” problem … Read More

Irish Tourism Industry Awards celebrates excellence and innovation

February 14, 2017 |

Ireland’s tourism industry was celebrated at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, where winners in 14 categories won awards for excellence and innovation at a gala event in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin.

The Irish … Read More

National Community and Council Awards 2017 winners anounnced

February 8, 2017 |

The winners for National Community and Council Awards 2017 were announced at a gala awards ceremony held over the weekend.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise and celebrate community and councils working together. They provide an opportunity to highlight and … Read More

Gripping Stuff: The benefits and specifications of High Friction Surfacing

January 5, 2017 |

John Cagney and Paul McBride examine the use of high-friction surfacing on Irish roads; outlining its cost, its effectiveness, and drawing attention to recent examples.

High Friction Surfacing (HFS), commonly termed Anti-skid, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick … Read More

Creating Playful Urban Environments

January 5, 2017 |

New urban developments can easily be identified by their glassy exteriors and cold utilitarian spaces. However, gains in practical functionality of space can often be to the detriment of play and spontaneity.

By Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

When we think of … Read More

Minister English announces €100k prize money for innovation in the design of housing solutions for older people

September 21, 2016 |

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here this morning at one of the greatest events in Ireland, the National Ploughing Championships, to highlight for the second time today, the important work of my Department, following on from Minister … Read More

ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCE INVESTMENT PLAN FOR 2016

February 24, 2016 |

The Arts Council recently announced its investment plan for 2016, which will see it invest €60.1 million in bringing the arts to people and communities across Ireland. The annual investment strategy will see the Arts Council introduce its new 10-year strategy, Making Great Art … Read More

COMPANIES THAT CONNECT: THE RISE OF THE SHARING ECONOMY

February 24, 2016 |

The business world has traditionally functioned on the principal of companies producing products or providing specific services. In recent years, however, the development of the Internet and the proliferation of smart-phone and mobile device technology has established a new business model which is … Read More

Pedestrian ‘Fast Track’ Could be Solution to Shopping Congestion

November 5, 2015 |

By far the most annoying thing about Christmas shopping is the other Christmas shoppers. Carrying all those bulky shopping bags and trying to remember who else you need to buy for is hastle enough without having to face everyone else … Read More

Cork Set to Become Ireland’s First Cashless City

November 3, 2015 |

If you are walk down Patrick Street in Cork city over the next three months you may not see many queue in front of ATMs. This is because Cork business leaders have launched a three-month pilot project to encourage consumers … Read More

Ireland’s marine economy could create 3,000 new jobs by 2025

October 30, 2015 |

According to the CEO of the Irish Marine and Energy Resource Cluster, Val Cummins, new innovations within the marine economy, which has heretofore been under-utilised, could help double the maritime economy’s GDP output within the next 10-15 years.

As an … Read More