Two ITS (UK) members are among 21 companies to receive a share of around €700,000, awarded under Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative which will enable them explore innovative solutions to address challenges faced by Local Authorities.
AECOM and Grid Smarter Cities are two of the companies 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:
- Unheard Voices; to encourage engagement of the ‘unheard voices’ in Local Authority decision-making.
- Bathing Water Quality; to identify and communicate bathing water quality in a more engaging and timely manner.
- Smart Mobility Hub; to test shared and sustainable workplace mobility options for staff
- Internet of Things; to facilitate connections to field devices over a radio frequency mesh network.
- Last Mile Delivery; to optimise last mile delivery in urban centres.
The announcement was made 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”.
“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:
|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|