€500K data investment for Limerick 'smart city' project

Research aims to improve city centre services 

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

€500K data investment for Limerick 'smart city' project

Lero investigator, Dr Markus Helfert, Beatrice Heneghan, programme manager digital strategy, and Dr Mihai Bilauca, head of digital strategy

LIMERICK city has been selected for a major investment which will see citizens have improved access to valuable information and data for the betterment of local services.

Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, based at University of Limerick, is set to invest €500,000 in a research project, with the end goal to boost community engagement, digital services, and investment and jobs in Limerick.

Working in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council, the new initiative will offer locals a platform for information sharing, open data, data visuals, with analytics being used to gain insights for better local amenities and services.

Director of services with Limerick City and County Council, Josephine Cotter Coughlan said:

“The challenges and opportunities in the digital age are enormous.  An enterprise architecture for Limerick will provide a coherent and holistic approach to ensure these opportunities are realised with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of our citizens.”

“With a highly educated workforce and home to many of the world’s leading information age companies, Limerick is ideally positioned to become a leading example of a smart city.  We look forward to creating a connected digital ecosystem which accelerates learning, improves safety of citizens, enables services for the young and elderly and overall generates a higher quality of life for all,” she added.

Lero investigator, Dr Markus Helfert said that a “big challenge” is developing an enterprise architecture that suits the needs of an entire city rather than focus on “information silos”.

“Working with Limerick we aim to design this framework on top of which exciting digital services can be placed,” he added.