- Today, Intel Labs Europe, Dublin City Council and Trinity College Dublin announce the launch of the 'Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin’ collaboration
- The announcement was made at the Intel Ireland Research Conference and was also attended by Seán Sherlock, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation, who joined the conference to deliver a keynote address on the topic of Research and Innovation in Ireland
- The Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin collaboration is an umbrella programme for a series of collaborations that will see the development and testing of citizen centric services and solutions that further the drive towards delivering sustainable connected cities
Thursday October 4th 2012 – Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí along Prof. Martin Curley, Vice President Intel Labs, and Director Intel Labs Europe, and Prof. Vinny Cahill, Dean of Research, Trinity College Dublin, launched the ‘Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin’ collaboration.
The announcement of the innovative collaboration was made at the Intel Ireland Research Conference which is taking place this week at Croke Park, Dublin and was attended by Seán Sherlock, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation, who joined the conference to deliver a keynote address on the topic of Research and Innovation in Ireland.
The Sustainable Connected Cities – Dublin collaboration between Intel Labs Europe, Dublin City Council and Trinity College Dublin, is an umbrella programme for a series of collaborations that will see the development and testing of citizen centric services and solutions that further the drive towards delivering sustainable connected cities.
The innovations delivered through the quadruple helix of interaction between knowledge institutions, enterprises, government and civil society will help set Dublin apart and propel it on its path to become a truly sustainable city. As innovative solutions are developed and validated they will be used to form design patterns which can be exported and replicated to solve similar issues facing cities throughout the world.
With over 50% of the world’s population now living in cities and projections showing this figure growing to more than 70% by 2050, the need for adaptive and responsive infrastructure will be paramount to the capacity, prosperity, sustainability and liveability of our future connected cities. The build out of smart infrastructures, which will allow cities to intelligently utilise technology to adapt to their environment, will play a central role in the competitiveness of cities in the future and their capacity to grow and support sustainable living.
As part of the Sustainable Connected Cities - Dublin collaboration, Intel Labs Europe, Dublin City Council and Trinity College Dublin are already collaborating on a variety of programmes including City Watch and City Sensing.
The City Sensing and City Watch programmes combine the use of fixed and mobile sensors to create a real time picture of what happens within the modern urban city environment, for example, providing information on a localised flooding event resulting in disruption to citizens. The mobile sensing component is enabled by a participatory sensing application for use on smart phones and devices allowing citizens of the city itself to become participants in developing technological innovations that will improve their environment, transport systems and local services.
In addition to these initiatives, the collaborators are working on a number of new projects proposals and are exploring options through the EU Framework Programme 7 and Science Foundation Ireland’s Horizon 2020 agenda.
Speaking at the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said “Dublin must be relentless in its quest for digital distinction. Being a digital city benefits us all – citizens, businesses and educators. Partnership is critical and I welcome this collaboration between Dublin City Council, Intel Labs Europe and Trinity College Dublin. By working these collaborations we can make Dublin the Innovation Capital of Europe”.
Prof. Martin Curley, Vice President Intel Labs, and Director Intel Labs Europe, added “Through establishing this exciting quadruple helix collaboration between academia, industry, government and citizens, we aim to set Dublin apart as a world leading sustainable connected city. When Dublin’s Services and IT architecture is defined, tested and used to successfully develop solutions and services for citizens we believe that these design patterns are ultimately transferable and can be exported to cities and communities across the world. Central to our collaboration will be the engagement of citizens and comprehension of the challenges they face living within a modern city, throughout the course of our endeavour we will engage with residents through a variety of channels including some of Dublin cities’ progressive programmes such as Your Dublin - Your Voice and Dublinked”.
Welcoming this important collaboration, Prof. Vinny Cahill, Dean of Research Trinity College Dublin, said that “Enabling Smart and Sustainable cities is a major research theme for Trinity College that not only offers the promise of improved quality of life and resource usage for citizens, but also represents a major opportunity to deliver economic benefits for Ireland by enabling new export-focused businesses providing products and services for future smart cities. Working with Dublin City and Intel Labs Europe is important to ensuring that our research in this field addresses real problems and has global significance”.
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About Intel Labs Europe
Intel Labs Europe (ILE) is a network of over 40 Research & Development, Product, and Innovation Labs spanning the European region as well as variety of Intel business units. ILE was formally established in early 2009 as a central means of coordinating activities across Intel’s diverse network of labs and to further strengthen Intel’s commitment to and alignment with European R&D. In addition to driving key technology innovations for Intel, ILE works closely with academic, industry, and government institutions to advance innovations and strengthen Europe’s technology leadership in the global community. Additional information is available at www.intel.eu/labs
About the Intel Ireland Research Conference
This year, the Intel Ireland Research Conference forms part of the Intel ERIC (European Research and Innovation Conference) Series 2012 which will comprise of a number of events taking place in Ireland and Spain over the coming weeks.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Building a smart, sustainable and inclusive society through research and innovation partnerships’, providing delegates the opportunity to discuss and identify opportunities for tackling the myriad of challenges that we as a society are faced with including ongoing economic turbulence, the accelerating rate of natural resource depletion and the often unequal and non-inclusive nature of society.
About Dublin City and the Digital Agenda
Local Government, Business and Higher Education in the Dublin City Region have been working together for the last two years within the Creative Dublin Alliance. (www.creativedublinalliance.ie), This has resulted in Dublin City Council and its sister councils in Fingal, South County and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown working collaboratively with technology businesses and University Researchers to seek solutions to urban challenges as diverse as water supply, energy management, citizen engagement and ICT infrastructure. This has resulted in Dublin being a testbed for new ideas and for innovation. This in turn strengthens the capacity of Dublin to attract international research talent and R&D investment. It enables the companies and Universities develop new products and solutions which are often applicable globally. Dublin City is committed to a Digital agenda of action that will make it one of the world’s great Digital Cities and will ensure that it is the Innovation Capital of Europe. The Dublin Innovation Festival now in its fourth year and beginning on October 15th highlights the vast range of innovation happening with Dublin.
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin (www.tcd.ie) is recognised globally as Ireland’s premier university, ranked in 67th worldwide and 16th in Europe by the QS World University Rankings for 2012. The College educates 17,000 students: 12,000 undergraduates and 5,000 postgraduates. As Ireland’s premier university, the pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. Trinity has an outstanding record of publications in high-impact journals and leading academic publishers, and a track record in winning research funding which is among the best in the country. Interdisciplinarity forms a key element in the College strategy in increasing Trinity’s international standing as a research-led university. Its research strategy has developed significant international strength in 18 research areas, including smart and sustainable cities; sustainable environment, neuroscience, cancer among others(http://www.tcd.ie/research/presentation/).
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