Irish capital selects AT&T for rollout of smart city solutions

Dublin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with multinational telecoms firm AT&T to deploy smart city technologies.

The deal between Dublin city and the US-headquartered telecommunications company was signed during the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, last week.

Benefits of IoT technologies

The decision by officials at Dublin city to partner with AT&T falls under efforts to improve services and the standard of life for residents through increased adoption of IoT technologies.

Under the partnership, AT&T plans to develop and introduce new IoT solutions and services for residents and businesses in Dublin. The first phase of the agreement will see AT&T developing and implementing smart street lighting technology in Dublin under a pilot project.

Mike Zeto, the general manager of smart cities at AT&T, said: “More cities are realising the impact IoT solutions can have on making their communities more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable.

“We’re excited to lend our passion, expertise and insights to help Dublin create a more connected city that will have lasting benefits for current and future generations.”

According to AT&T, the deal with Dublin city is the company’s first agreement on IoT technologies with a city outside the US.

Jamie Cudden,  smart city programme manager at the Dublin City Council, added: “[AT&T] wanted to take a look at what’s happening outside of US cities and it was clear that Dublin’s smart city and IoT strengths–alongside the fact that most of their IoT ecosystem partners already have significant operations in Dublin–made for a straightforward decision.”

Under smart city projects currently being implemented in Dublin, the Irish capital is working with IoT firms including Google, IBM and Intel. [Smart Cities Council names winners of grant programme].

Energy storage adoption

The news follows an announcement made in the last quarter of 2016 by the South Dublin County Council that it choose a hybrid energy storage solution for its Tallaght smart grid testbed.

The hybrid energy storage device combines an ultra-capacitor with traditional lead-acid battery technology

The lead-acid hybrid, called the UltraBattery, was developed by Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and has been commercialised by its former subsidiary Ecoult, now owned by US firm, the East Penn Manufacturing Company.

Ecoult said the Irish smart grid storage project will demonstrate how its energy storage can provide “synthetic inertia”, and outperform existing fossil fuel balancing resources, and show that its UltraBattery system can deliver system services in accordance with Ireland’s new DS3 grid programme, to deliver a “secure sustainable electricity system”. Read more…


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.