Dublin and Softbank announce smart city partnership

Japanese investors SoftBank has joined Dublin City Council’s Smart City programme, and will pilot its IoT platform in the Irish capital.

Softbank will work on the ‘Smart Docklands’ smart city testbed. This area of Dublin has a high concentration of new buildings and investment, as well as a wide range of connectivity and ‘smart’ connectivity assets. It is also home to many of the world’s leading global technology companies. Smart Docklands is the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Council and the SFI CONNECT Centre based in Trinity College, Dublin. CONNECT is Ireland’s Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications.

Softbank and the Smart Dublin programme will exchange information and knowledge about smart city solutions, explore potential trials, proofs of concepts and find best use cases for the future smart city. The partnership aims to deliver real impact with an emphasis on solutions that are ‘designed to scale’ and easily transferable to other cities.

Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council, said of the Softbank partnership: “This will help position Dublin at the forefront of smart city innovation and to turn the opportunity of smart city technologies into a reality. We are committed to building a programme of activity through ‘Smart Dublin’ and to concentrate pilots across our Smart Docklands testbed district which is emerging as a world class smart technology testbed.”

Junichi Miyakawa, representative director and CTO of SoftBank Corp, added: “We look forward to collaborating with Dublin City Council to share our rich experience in smart city development in Japan and to also leverage our global Internet of Things platform. SoftBank strongly believes it can contribute to Dublin’s development and future growth building out local solutions that can scale globally,”

Softbank has been a prominent investor in proptech over the last 12 months, including investment in WeWork and US estate agents Compass, as well as Indian companies PropTiger and housing.com.

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