The Ireland of Things – at the crossroads connecting the machine age (infographic)

26 May 2015

Ireland has laid the groundwork to be at the crossroads of the next industrial revolution.

Collecting, connecting and transforming: from giants like Intel and IBM to start-ups like Movidius and research initiatives like Adapt and Tyndall, Ireland is the crossroads for the internet of everything, a new IDA Ireland infographic reveals.

The biggest technological transformation in decades is underway and billions of objects and machines will connect to the internet, transforming our lives forever.

Through design, policy and talent, Ireland has found itself at the heart of this new industrial and technology revolution and very soon could call itself the most connected country in the world.

A new infographic created by IDA Ireland captures the spirit of this transformation and how innovations on the ground in Ireland will change the world forever.

National Geographic recently named Dublin as the capital for the internet of things (IoT). Intel’s Galileo dev board and Quark chip were designed in Ireland and IBM’s SmartBay has its own floating sea laboratory, Sealab, here.

A chip designed by Dublin firm Movidius is at the heart of Google’s billion-dollar bet on IoT, while the most energy-efficient, high-speed analogue-to-digital converter was created by Irish company S3.

Irishman Liam Casey’s PCH is integral to the design and delivery of the high-end smart devices consumers crave globally, while IBM, HP, SAP, Vodafone, Analog Devices, Intel, SAS, EMC and many others are working on IoT in Ireland.

On the research front, academic and industrial collaborations facilitated by research groups like Tyndall, Amber, CRANN, Insight, Connect, Adapt and TSSG have put Ireland on the world stage for IoT-related breakthroughs.

Ken Finnegan, lead technologist at IDA Ireland’s technology division, told that the purpose of creating the infographic was to demonstrate to companies all over the world that, when it comes to the internet of things, Ireland has a technology value chain that they can tap into.

“The internet of everything combines people, process, data and machines and Ireland has demonstrated to the world already how collaboration here is having a transformative effect on new products, services and devices that will solve real-world problems.”

Finnegan said that a community of those leading the charge into the internet of everything has been forged and many companies that compete generally collaborate in Ireland.

“Whether it is the Connect research centre, machine-to-machine (M2M) capabilities from Vodafone or Cubic Telecom working with Audi to put infotainment in cars, we are only in the first stages of this internet of everything movement, and Ireland is the crossroads where design meets function and connectivity,” Finnegan said.

Ireland is the crossroads for the internet of everything (infographic)

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IDA infographic – the Ireland of Things

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