An initiative to encourage Dublin’s local authorities to engage with smart technologies has announced the second phase of its innovation programme. Smart Dublin, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, made the announcement at Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8.
Under phase 2 of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme, eight companies were awarded further contracts worth over €300,000 to pilot and test innovative smart technologies across Dublin to address challenges such as illegal dumping, flooding and wayfinding.
The companies successfully awarded phase 2 funding were: Analytics Engines, Carra Group, danalto, Evercam, mSemicon, Route4U, Skytango and SparroWatch.
Commenting on the initiative, Marguerite Bourke, Manager SBIR Ireland (Enterprise Ireland) said: “We are delighted with the level of innovation and collaboration being demonstrated through SBIR in partnership with Smart Dublin. Already, we are seeing commercial successes, new spin-outs and jobs created out of the first phase. In Phase 2, the SMEs will test their ideas and build prototypes that Smart Dublin will be able to deploy immediately. The wider applicability potential for these new products, both in Ireland and internationally, is a very exciting prospect.”
Pictured above: Dublin Bikes. Among its other aims, Smart Dublin also seeks to encourage more cyclists.