Twenty One Firms Share €700k Innovation Funding

15 Oct 2018 | 08.02 am

Twenty One Firms Share €700k Innovation Funding

Small Business Innovation Research initiative

15 Oct 2018 | 08.02 am

Circa €700,000 is to be awarded to companies under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research initiative, which will enable them to ex plore innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by local authorities.

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 through engagement with the market via competitive challenges.

Twenty-one companies are being funded to carry out a feasibility study of their project. The awards were made by Smart Dublin , 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.

Alan Murphy, Smart Dublin Lead, said: “This current SBIR round has the potential to significantly address known challenges regarding mobility, environment and citizen engagement.”

The successful companies have proposed a broad range of innovative solutions from looking at blockchain and gamification, to encouraging engagement from “unheard voices”, to designing urban consolidation centres. Dynamic parking solutions to support last mile delivery are also envisaged.

Tom Kelly, Head of Innovation and Competitiveness, Enterprise Ireland commented: “The process is competitive and 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.”

For example, Fingal County Council and Cork City Council have sought 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. These are Solonian Democracy Institute, One Step Closer in partnership with Story Tracks and CiviQ.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has sought solutions to facilitate connections over an internet of things radio frequency mesh network. Two companies have been awarded Phase One innovation contracts to develop their solutions. These are mSemicon and The Convex Lens.

Dublin City Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland have sought 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: AECOM Ireland Ltd, Dash Apps t/a Fleet, Enterprise Rent A Car Ireland, GoCar Carsharing and Good Travel Software.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Waterford City and County Council have sought 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: Ambisense, Carra Ireland Limited, Compass Informatics and TechWorks Marine.

In the Last Mile Delivery category, Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council have sought 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: Webringg, Passal,
Masterlink, UPS, Grid Smarter and Parkunload.

 

Photo: Nicola Graham of Smart Dublin, Tom Kelly (centre) and Paul Reid, chief executive, Fingal County Council. (Pic: Orla Murray/ SON Photo)

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