Internet lab in Limerick is first of its kind in Europe

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Boost: Dells Paul Walsh and Aongus Hegarty with finance minister Michael Noonan on a recent visit to the Raheen plant
TECHNOLOGY linked to the future of the internet could be developed in Limerick, after Dell announced it was to open a new lab at its Raheen facility.

TECHNOLOGY linked to the future of the internet could be developed in Limerick, after Dell announced it was to open a new lab at its Raheen facility.

Dell has confirmed that the first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) lab to be based outside of the US will be located in Limerick.

The lab, which will work on gateway technology, associated with the future development of the internet, is already active and is the first of its kind in Europe beyond its California equivalent in the US, which opened last November.

Dell said the lab would “enable customers to create innovative, industry-leading solutions” and that the Limerick facility will be one of the bases for the new IoT division, which is focused on “bringing together end-to-end IoT solutions that span hardware, software and services”.

The company explained that it would be adding resources and forming a new product division focused exclusively on creating “leadership IoT solutions” in Limerick and was also launching the division’s first product release, the gateway technology, which is designed to help customers “kick-start their solution development and begin realising the value of IoT immediately”.

“As a global end-to-end solutions provider, Dell can support OEMs throughout their entire product lifecycle, from endpoints, networking, compute, and storage to large scale data management, analytics software and services,” said Dermot O’Connell, executive director, OEM Solutions, Dell EMEA.

“In Limerick, customers will have a flexible and scalable foundation for developing market-ready solutions with a trusted, reliable partner. Our specialists in the lab can reduce the complexity of IT and help customers to bring their ideas to life.”

Dell recently announced the creation of 100 new positions at the computer giant’s plant in Limerick, a move which will see the firm’s headcount break 1,000 people based in Raheen.

The Texas-based firm said it was seeking software engineering graduates, with its team in Limerick focusing on creating more ease and flexibility in the sales experience - which ties into the establishment of the IoT centre here.