Lero wins global smart buildings R&D contract with United Technologies

19 Mar 2013

Menouer Boubekeur of United Technologies Research Centre Ireland and Prof Bashar Nuseibeh of Lero

The Irish Software Engineering Research Centre Lero has won an international R&D contract with United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC) Ireland to assist it in the design of intelligent buildings.

This is the second research and development contract Lero has won with UTRC Ireland. Cork is one of two international R&D centres operated by UTRC, which is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut (US), with an office in Berkeley, California, and another R&D centre in Shanghai, China.

UTRC delivers advanced technologies and research to the businesses of United Technologies (UTC) – which provides a range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

The research programme will explore new ways to implement building access with systems that can adapt to changing circumstances or personnel. The activities at Lero will be headed by Prof Bashar Nuseibeh, who was recently awarded a European Research Council €2.5m grant for work on adaptive security and privacy with particular focus on mobile and cloud applications.

“This second agreement with Lero follows on from the success of our initial programme last year. Having that software research expertise on our doorstep enhances our research capabilities out of Cork,” explained John Milton-Benoit, general manager of UTRC-Ireland.

“Security is a key element of smart buildings and our goal is to develop systems that can adapt based on the personnel and assets involved.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years