€14.5m research programme to home in on IoT solutions
06 February 2018
Prof Mark Ferguson, SFI, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys and ENABLE director Prof Siobhán Clarke
ENABLE – a €14.5 million Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research programme which will examine how the Internet of Things can be used to improve the quality of life for ordinary citizens living in urban environments, has been unveiled by ministers Heather Humphreys John Halligan.
ENABLE’s academic researchers will work in partnership with more than 25 companies including large multinationals such as Intel and Huawei, and SMEs such as Cork-based Accuflow.
Water management, air pollution, transport congestion
The ENABLE research programme will address a wide range of topics including water management, air pollution, transport congestion, data privacy and cyber security. It will receive €10 million from the SFI and a further €4.5 million through collaborative research agreements with industry partners.
ENABLE will be led by Professor Siobhán Clarke at Trinity College Dublin and will include 60 researchers in three existing SFI Research Centres – CONNECT, Insight and Lero. The researchers will be based in TCD, Dublin City University, Cork Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, University College Cork and University of Limerick.
“ENABLE’s research focus is strategically important,” said Minister Humphreys. “Up to 70 per cent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2050: this will increase pressure on resources and infrastructure in our towns and cities.
“Innovative, technology-based solutions will be part of how we address this global challenge and I am glad that this new SFI funded programme ENABLE will explore creative solutions to issues such as air pollution, energy management, flooding, traffic congestion, and data security.
“ENABLE will involve significant collaboration with multiple industry partners ranging from large multinationals to SMEs. This engagement will ensure that the research outcomes will have industrial relevance.
Mallow Urban Rural Testbed
“I also welcome ENABLE’s ambitious plans to take its research outside the lab by using test-beds such as Croke Park and the Mallow Urban Rural Testbed, so ensuring that the research outcomes will find practical applications.”
“I am particularly pleased to see that ENABLE has included citizen engagement as a core activity,” said Professor Mark Ferguson, director general, SFI, and chief scientific adviser to the government.
“The involvement of the public in academic research will result in solutions which are relevant to solving ordinary, everyday challenges. This ensures that the technology of the future will be placed at the service of the citizen.”
Potential benefits of IoT for communities
“ENABLE will work with our industry partners and via citizen engagement to address the challenges that currently limit the potential benefits of the Internet of Things for communities,” said Prof Clarke, director of ENABLE.
“Our research aims to enable smarter buildings, more efficient transportation, better handling of environmental issues, and enhanced cyber security and data privacy. These challenges align with our industry partners’ priorities ensuring economic as well as social impact.
“Current solutions for smart cities tend to be siloed and do not share data. This limits the ability to exploit the connectedness of our environments.
“ENABLE’s academic-industry consortium will focus on the scientific and engineering problems of developing innovative software services for smarter buildings, smart mobility, and improved environments in urban and community areas.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2018/02/06/e14-5m-research-programme-iot-solutions/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/enable-1-1024x683.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/enable-1-300x300.jpgNewsinternet of Things,SFI,TCD