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31/10/2017

 

Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland announced the winners of 16 innovation contracts worth 200k to solve city challenges related to illegal dumping, gully monitoring and wayfinding (in partnership with The Grangegorman Development Agency).

 

The challenges launched last May generated almost 200 expressions of interest and 40 proposals. Of those, 16 have been awarded phase 1 funding of circa €12,500k alongside supports from Smart Dublin to research and demonstrate the viability of their solution. Following this, a number of phase 2 contracts worth €25k-€50k each will be awarded to prototype the solutions in the city.

 

This is an outstanding project and highlights the benefits of Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland working together and the potential that this collaboration can realise.  The challenges facing cities are immense and we look forward to working with the successful companies in finding solutions to address these challenges.  We will support them to build new products and services pushing the realms of innovation and the job opportunities that this in turn will generate” said Philomena Poole, Chair of Smart Dublin” said Philomena Poole, Chair of Smart Dublin.

 

Many of these companies are pushing the realms of innovation. There is a strong focus on deploying Internet of Things (IOT) technologies  with an emphasis on building and proving low cost and impactful solutions for Dublin.

 

Click here to find out about companies working on illegal dumping

 

Click here to find out about companies working on gully management

 

Click here to find out about companies working on wayfinding

 

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