Sandyford is planning to become a ‘Smart Region’. Striving to bring Dublin on as a Smart City, bringing the first Smart Cities Summit in Leopardstown.
Sandyford Business District hosted Ireland’s first Smart Cities Summit on May 30th 2017. The attendees at the Leopardstown Pavilion enjoyed presentations from a high quality line-up of international and Irish speakers. The conference was opened by was opened by An Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Sharon Scally, Chairperson, Sandyford Business Improvement District.
The Sandyford Business District (SBD) has been designated as a Smart Region. Businesses that choose to locate in Leopardstown will benefit from a network of IT, excellent technological infrastructure and a highly-educated workforce.
Sandyford Business District (SBD) and Alchemy Event Management organising the summit, currently have 450,000 sq ft of available office space in Sandyford and a further 2.4million sq ft of Smart Office space is on schedule to be completed within the next 36 months.
The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “Ireland is well placed to be a world leader in Smart Cities. We have the companies, we have the relationships in those companies and we have world class research facilities to make this work.”
“These are the challenges, and we will always put the citizens first in that regard but the Government understands the huge opportunities in this area.”
The Chairperson of the Sandyford Business Improvement District, Sharon Scally added: “Sandyford is well positioned to drive Dublin on as a Smart City. Sandyford is already a designated Smart Region and this is helping to attract significant FDI and some of the world’s best companies to the region.”
“We have 1,000 businesses in the district and a workforce of 25,000, which will rise to 35,000 over the coming years.”
Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council, said: “No one has cracked the idea of a Smart City just yet. Dublin is primed to be a test bed for smart city technology, and we can now test out smart technology in our city.”