PRESS RELEASE: Smart Dublin in partnership with Enterprise Ireland award 21 new innovation contracts to address Local Authority challenges.

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11th October 2018

Approximately €700,000 is to be awarded to companies under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative which will enable them explore innovative solutions to address challenges faced by Local Authorities. 21 companies have been awarded Phase One funding to progress the feasibility of their solutions. Phase One funding will allow each recipient to carry out a feasibility study/prototype of their project.

 

The allocation of funding follows a call for applications in April 2018 under five separate categories:

 

  1. Unheard Voices; to encourage engagement of the ‘unheard voices’ in Local Authority decision-making.
  2. Bathing Water Quality; to identify and communicate bathing water quality in a more engaging and timely manner.
  3. Smart Mobility Hub; to test shared and sustainable workplace mobility options for staff
  4. Internet of Things; to facilitate connections to field devices over a radio frequency mesh network.
  5. Last Mile Delivery; to optimise last mile delivery in urban centres.

 

The announcement was made today (October 11) by Smart Dublin, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, at Fingal County Council. The event was opened by Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid and Enterprise Ireland’s Head of Innovation and Competitiveness Tom Kelly. The project is supported by Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin County Council, Belfast City Council, Cork City Council, Waterford City and County Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

 

Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “We are excited to be hosting and supporting the 2018 SBIR launch. We are always striving to improve and develop our services and through the SBIR process, we have been able to explore and pilot innovative cost-effective solutions that improve local authority services for businesses and citizens”.

 

“Today, twenty-one innovative start-ups and SMEs have been awarded Phase One funding and we look forward to applying their ideas and solutions across the Local Authorities involved. The successful companies have proposed a broad range of innovative solutions from looking at blockchain and gamification to encourage engagement from ‘unheard voices’ to designing urban consolidation centres and dynamic parking solutions to support last mile delivery”.

 

Tom Kelly, Head of Innovation and Competitiveness, Enterprise Ireland added: “It’s encouraging to see how the four Dublin local authorities have embraced Enterprise Ireland’s SBIR initiative over the last few years and are successfully addressing and finding solutions to challenges facing communities. The process is competitive and allows local authorities to collaborate and work closely with innovation-led SMEs to tackle real-life issues and problems. The solutions produced through these collaborations can potentially be employed to improve local, national and even global societies, with far-reaching benefits for both people and innovative SMEs with global ambition. Enterprise Ireland looks forward to seeing the results of these innovation contracts early next year.”

 

Alan Murphy, Smart Dublin Lead: “The SBIR process is a fantastic opportunity for Smart Dublin to engage in Open Innovation; tapping into the open market to explore new ways of delivering Council services for our citizens. This current SBIR round has the potential to significantly address known challenges regarding Mobility, Environment and Citizen Engagement.”

 

The companies awarded funding under Phase One are:

Challenge Company Location
Unheard Voices Smart Futures Provence, France
Unheard Voices Solonian Democracy Institute Fairview, Dublin
Unheard Voices One Step Closer in partnership with Story Tracks Dublin 8
Unheard Voices CiviQ Maynooth, Kildare
Internet of Things mSemicon Rathcoole, Dublin
Internet of Things The Convex Lens Dalkey, Dublin
Mobility Hub AECOM Ireland Ltd Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Mobility Hub Dash Apps t/a Fleet Rathnew, Wicklow
Mobility Hub Enterprise Rent A Car Ireland Limited Dublin 15, Dublin
Mobility Hub GoCar Carsharing Santry, Dublin
Mobility Hub Good Travel Software Dublin 8
Bathing Water Ambisense Glasnevin, Dublin
Bathing Water Carra Ireland Limited Howth, Dublin
Bathing Water Compass Informatics Limited Blackrock, Dublin
Bathing Water TechWorks Marine Ltd. Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Last Mile Delivery Webringg Chapelizod, Dublin
Last Mile Delivery Passel Victoria, Australia
Last Mile Delivery Masterlink Blanchardstown, Dublin
Last Mile Delivery UPS Dublin 11
Last Mile Delivery Grid Smarter Cities Newcastle, UK
Last Mile Delivery Parkunload Barcelona, Spain

 

ENDS

 

Background

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve regional challenges and improve quality of life. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is a pre-commercial procurement initiative administered by Enterprise Ireland. Its aim is to drive innovation across all sections of the Irish public sector via engagement with the market via competitive challenges.

 

The five SBIR Challenges

 

Unheard Voices – Fingal County Council and Cork City Council seek smart, low cost solutions to encourage engagement of the ‘unheard voices’ in decision-making about the future of their place. Four companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions.

 

Bathing Water Quality – Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Waterford City and County Council seek low cost, innovative, technological solutions in the form of products, services, or applications to address timely identification and communication of bathing water contamination. Four companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions.

 

Smart Mobility Hubs – Dublin City Council and SEAI are looking to provide alternative, cleaner and more sustainable transportation options in both their daily commute and work day commitments through a smart mobility hub. Five companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions.

 

Internet of Things -Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council seeks solutions to facilitate connections over an IoT radio frequency mesh network. Two companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions.

 

Last Mile Delivery – Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council are seeking smart, low cost solutions to optimise freight and cargo deliveries in urban centres in order to reduce the number of goods vehicles and improve air quality and noise pollution. Six companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions.

 

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