Smart City Report by Telecomconsult

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Projections indicate that more than half the world’s population will be living in cities by 2030. In Ireland, the CSO estimates the population of the greater Dublin area could grow by up to 400,000 by 2031. Fast-forwarding 20 years to 2050, seven out of every 10 of us will be a city dweller.


This migration towards city living creates major challenges.  Cities must learn from best practices and leverage home grown innovation and talent in order to maintain a high quality of life while laying the foundations for continued competitiveness in an increasingly global market.


“With ever increasing power and plummeting costs in the technology sector, cities are now better able to predict problems before they occur, respond in real-time, listen to and  interact with citizen to deliver tailored services to make city life better for everyone”

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Telecomconsult has been invited to be part of the Smart Dublin Advisory Network and contribute to the shaping of our smart city landscape. With experience in technology, infrastructure, project design and delivery across the telecommunications, power, automotive and ICT industries, we have developed a smart city report to give the Smart Dublin project initial input from our unique perspective and collective experience. This includes an overview of Smart City development, the current state of wireless connectivity options and future opportunities for Dublin in particular in the area of smart mobility.


“The focus of the report and the recommendations contained therein, are centred on leveraging the considerable assets at the disposal of the local authorities to enable a fundamental foundation of a smart city, namely a state of the art and cost effective telecommunications infrastructure needed to support future smart city services. All of the major telco’s were consulted and a suite of recommendations are made to enable the realisation of the Smart Dublin vision and ambition.


John Holland, author of the report welcomes feedback and discussion on its contents and can be reached by email at or alternatively through


About the author:

John Holland has had a career spanning more than 25 years in IT, Telecommunications and Media. He has held a number of senior roles in large corporates, start-ups and technology research hubs around the world such as Digifone/o2 Telefonica, Digicel, Redknee, Ericsson, CTVR/Connect and Wholeworldband. He is currently managing partner of Telecomconsult and member of the Smart Dublin Advisory Network.

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We believe that collaboration is the best approach to find innovative solutions to Dublin’s challenges. If you are working on a smart city solution and would like to test it in Dublin, we would like to hear from you.

Our Engagement Process

We would love to hear your smart city ideas.

Since our launch, we have received numerous contacts from start-ups and companies that would like to work with us. To help facilitate this we have developed a simple engagement process to help evaluate proposals and give everyone the same opportunity to engage with us.


To start with, we would like you to email us some information we can use to evaluate if your product of service is something that can be of interest for our partners. Please, don’t email a sales pitch or try to set up a meeting to do one. They simply are not useful to us.

Here is what we need:

  • Name of company and contact details
  • What area/s are you interested in collaborating?
  • What will the benefits be to the Smart Dublin partner local authorities? e.g. will your product solve a problem, increase efficiency,  enhance a current service?
  • What would be expected of the local authorities in terms of staff engagement and other resources?
  • What you would be contributing?
  • The nature of the collaboration (e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development) and how it would be implemented                        (e.g. a description/timeline of your product trial)

If you have examples from previous trials or implementations, please include them.

Please take some time to go through our website and understand Smart Dublin. It seems very intuitive but we have  received sales  pitches from companies that knew little about us or what we are trying to do.

If your main interest is not collaboration but rather you are selling a service/solution let me know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering, aligned research, or we are hosting a relevant showcase event, then we will contact you with details.

After we receive your information the Smart Dublin team will assess your proposal and call a meeting with you if needed. If the proposal is successful we will present it to the Smart Dublin Steering Group for consideration.

If the proposal is of interest it will be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.

If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration  the proposal may be passed on to the legal and other relevant departments.

Once everything is agreed, then it will progress to a recommendation for collaboration, which will be  sent to the local authority CEOs for final sign-off.

All proposals will be logged and their progress tracked by the Smart Dublin team and published in the Smart Dublin website.

Once a quarter we will host a Meet Smart Dublin event, a session where prospective collaborators can meet staff to share information, ask questions, pitch ideas, etc.  These will be advertised through the website and mailing list.

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