As a small, but highly technologically advanced nation, Ireland has the perfect collaborative environment for the development of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem to thrive. Indeed, Ireland has become the natural choice for companies looking to develop their IoT products and services.
Ireland has the perfect mix of industry, people and processes to allow companies developing IoT products and services to collect, connect and transform data.
A critical element behind IoT products and services is the collection of data, requiring a location with world-class competence in semiconductors, actuators and microelectronics. Ireland has a long and successful industrial heritage in semiconductor and microelectronics, and has earned a reputation for quality and innovation. Indeed, the Quark chip, Intel’s IoT chip, was designed in Ireland demonstrating we have the knowledge, talent and skill here to produce a globally recognised chip and board specifically for IoT.
Once data is collected it needs to be transported to a data centre or data base. Ireland is not only well connected, with the 7th fastest broadband speeds in the world, but is also affordable and innovative. Ireland is also now one of the world’s premier locations for data centres thanks to its ideal air-cooling climate. It also provides the option to test and trial access to the radio spectrum, while Vodafone’s M2M technology in Ireland is powering connected solutions in everything from airlines to powerfeed.
Once data has been collected and connected it must be analysed. This is where value is uncovered, discovered or predicted – generating competitive advantages for all industries. Ireland boasts many well-established Data Analytic centres, such as those established by Accenture, AON, SAS and SAP. It is also home to Insight, the largest publically funded Data Analytics research centre in Europe.
There are many projects and developments taking place in Ireland that are empowering companies to use IoT to reshape consumer and industrial environments.
PCH, founded by Irishman Liam Casey, supports IoT start-ups in Ireland through its Highway1 incubator and PCH Access programme. It has helped to generate a hub of innovative and successful Irish start-ups like Drop, an iPad connected baking device, and LumaFit, the world’s first wearable fitness tracker for body and mind.
In Ireland, 60% of technical staff has a doctorate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or a related field. It is this talent pool that has attracted the likes of IBM Research, which established its Ireland Lab in 2010. It is one of only nine IBM research laboratories located outside of the United States. R&D projects being executed today are in areas such as Energy, City Fabric, Transport and High-Performance Computing.
Predictive Analytics is one of the most exciting next-generation technologies. Companies, such as SAP, which has R&D operations in Ireland, are spearheading advancements in this area by placing Ireland at the heart of driving global innovation and development.
Machine To Machine (M2M) uses technology to streamline the way data is collected from physical devices and incorporated into IT systems. Vodafone has developed this technology to remove unnecessary and costly manual people-driven processes. M2M is perfect for fleet and asset management, coverage for remote regions and overseas metering and monitoring, and rapid response systems security and surveillance.
Ireland has developed a thriving and dynamic IoT research ecosystem. This is industry-led and ensures Ireland is a global centre for groundbreaking advancements in IoT.
Researchers at the Tyndall National Institute have worked with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to develop a smart-sensor glove designed to help improve trainee surgeons’ skills at stitching and other tasks needing intricate finger work, which is undergoing final trialling and data collection.
Amber is the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre headquartered at Trinity College Dublin. It recently has developed a new method of producing industrial quantities of high quality graphene .
With expertise in wireless networking, optical networking, cognitive networks, dynamic spectrum access networks, machine-learning, advanced optimisation and game theory, Connect works in partnership with six academic institutions in Ireland (NUIM, UL, UCC, Tyndall, DIT and DCU) and collaborates with over 60 companies.
TSSG is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. Its four key prioritised technical research areas include Mobile Platforms and Services, Security Privacy and Identity, Data Analytics and Social computing, and Adaptive Networks and services.
Adapt research focuses on analysing media, content and customer interactions to enhance communication, customer engagement and satisfaction. Its research aims to enhance the user experience through enabling innovative customer engagement across multimodal media (speech, video, image, text).
Insight brings together leading Irish academics from five of Ireland's leading research centres (DERI, CLARITY, CLIQUE, 4C, TRIL). Its key areas of priority research include the Semantic Web, Sensors and the Sensor Web, Social network analysis, Decision Support and Optimisation, and Connected Health.
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SLIGO, January 16th, 2017 – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline.
Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.
January 10, 2018: An initiative by The Bar of Ireland supported by the IDA and the legal community was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, today (Wednesday) seeking to promote Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services.
IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland, has today confirmed it has selected Three Park Place on Upper Hatch Street in Dublin 2 as its preferred option for its new Global Headquarters.
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A team of researchers has helped to construct the first genetic map of the people of Ireland to help us better understand hereditary conditions.
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Researchers have discovered the first evidence of living bacteria in polar ice samples, opening up new possibilities for alien life.
A team from NUI Galway has built a device that helps those with Parkinson’s to manage one of the disease’s most debilitating symptoms.
The future is bright for girls and women in technology, as was showcased at the fifth edition of the European Ada Awards, held at BeCentral, a major digital transformation hub in Brussels.
The AMBER centre has been set the task of creating scratch-free surfaces to overhaul the optics and auto industries as part of an €8.2m EU fund.
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Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) has confirmed that angel investors in the south-east region of Ireland have €10m to invest in local start-ups over the next three years.
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December 19, 2017 (Lismeehan, County Clare) Beckman Coulter, which develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, is expanding the company’s development and manufacturing facility at Lismeehan, County Clare, creating 70 jobs over the next two to three years.
December 15 2017 Dundalk. National Pen, a leading global provider of personalised marketing merchandise, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Dundalk.
The expansion, creating 250 jobs, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The company established its’ International Headquarters in Dundalk in 1987, comprising a manufacturing plant which personalises promotional products, and a contact centre which supports corporate functions including Finance, HR, Recruitment, IT, E-commerce and other support functions.
Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning company, today announced plans to open a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin in early 2018. The Dublin office will house the company’s strategic business operations for the region and support its growing customer base in Ireland and throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dublin, Ireland, 11 December, 2017: Huawei, the global ICT leader, today announced a new research partnership with Trinity College Dublin as part of its growing R&D footprint in Ireland. At an event at Trinity College Dublin, Guo Ping, Huawei Deputy Chairman & Rotating CEO, also announced the expansion of the company’s Cork R&D operation, which is growing from a small team to nearly 20 highly-skilled staff.
Antares Vision, the leading Italian inspection systems, track & trace and smart data management solutions provider for the most demanding sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, food & beverage, today announced it is to establish a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in 5 years in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence
Keeper Security, Inc., the world’s leading password manager and secure digital vault, today announced the opening of its first European office at 9 Parliament St., Cork T12 NY99, Ireland. The office will provide local management, enterprise sales and engineering support for Keeper’s growing EMEA business customer base.
The new office in Cork will staff 50 employees over the next 2 years. This team will include a Sales Director, Office Manager, Training and Pre-Sales Engineer, and Sales Representatives to support the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Middle East.
1st December 2017, Dublin- SANNE has today announced that it plans to grow its presence in Dublin by developing a fully integrated client services offering that includes fund administration, financial reporting, company secretarial and management support services. Given this new development it is expected SANNE’s Irish operation will continue to grow in size and mean a focus on new recruitment from within the local Dublin employment market. The company which is based in Dublin has the capacity to accommodate 100 executives with recruitment already underway.
DUBLIN, November 30 2017 – Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company headquarted in Atlanta, Ga., announced today the creation of 150 new jobs in Dublin over the next 12 months, bringing its total Irish workforce to more than 350. Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen T.D, Mark Rohrwasser, Interim Chief Information Officer at Equifax, and Paul O’Dwyer, IT Development Centre Leader met to discuss the expansion.
Engineers at Trinity College Dublin have unveiled the first prototype for a robot designed to work in care homes.
The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award honours the memory of the science journalist, author and founder of Ingenious Ireland.
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