IBM Research – Ireland is home to state-of-the-art innovations for societal and infrastructure transformations. 2010 marked the inauguration of our lab as the global IBM Smarter Cities Technology Centre located in Dublin at the IBM Technology Campus. Our research and applications focus on improving city operations and the well-being of citizens. We operate under a collaborative environment involving IBM scientists, industries and universities.
We accompany IBM in its transformational journey with the mission of building smarter cities and mini-cities by making infrastructures smarter through the Internet of Things (IoT) and Analytics.
One of the key missions of IBM Research - Ireland is to develop solutions for the next generation of smart buildings. The future of energy conservation will see "Cognitive Buildings" that have self-learning and self-adaptive systems for monitoring, predicting, diagnosing and optimising building operation reducing energy and maintenance costs, while improving the comfort and well-being of its inhabitants. This feeds into IBM’s IoT strategy that has several software products for buildings from facility and asset management, to data analysis and energy optimisation.
Our lab is being used as a demonstrator site in TOPAs. The building is a "living lab" which alone provides real-time data from 2,500 sensors on heating, cooling, lighting, water, electricity, and presence. This data is used to enable the creation of comprehensive energy usage models and real-time reports providing deeper insight into how the space is being used, how the infrastructure is performing, and where resource usage can be optimised.