The Innovation hub to address Ireland’s water infrastructure is located in the Nimbus Centre, Cork Institute of Technology.
The Water Systems and Services Innovation Centre (WSSIC) is a joint venture between Cork City Council, Cork County Council and the Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology. The WSSIC is tasked with modernising Ireland’s water infrastructure by taking advantage of Nimbus’ technological expertise and leveraging both Councils’ experience in Water Resource operation.
The WSSIC link closely with high potential businesses in the region to actively innovate and solve problems within the water sector. The WSSIC team evaluate new solutions in water and wastewater management at the earliest possible stage and aim to develop end-to-end solutions that show good evidence of high potential return on investment. The economic potential of this collaboration will be significant, driving growth for local business, providing employment and opportunity, while in tandem driving a clean environment agenda.
The WSSIC harnesses state-of-the-art technology, innovations and leadership in water quality monitoring, leakage reporting & repair, remote monitoring and much more. New advances and technology developed in WSSIC will be rolled out across County Cork, with a view to deploying to all city and county councils in Ireland. Alongside more efficient water services and monitoring processes, the WSSIC will be used as a catalyst for the creation of new Irish-based enterprise and jobs.
The WSSIC will establish and actively use 4-6 high impact test-beds for assessment and trials, located at appropriate City and County sites and promote Cork as an internationally recognised cluster of water systems and services organisations.
Cork’s Nimbus Centre is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for embedded systems research, development and demonstration. The Centre’s 65 researchers and engineers also focus on hardware, systems integration and networking in application fields such as smart cities, energy, security, transport and user interfaces. Nimbus has extensive involvement with Irish SMEs, which will also be exploited for technological advances.