Limerick’s digital strategy will enable the development of a smart, sustainable, city and region where digital technologies improve quality of life, empower communities and enable economic growth.
As Limerick's renaissance under the Limerick 2030 plan is building momentum we want to take advantage of digital technologies, transform the way we work at local and regional level, enable better citizen engagement through digital channels, double the number of digital startups in Limerick, double the number of SMEs trading online, double the use of data, create equal opportunities for all citizens and accelerate the development of a Sustainable Smarter Limerick that can grow to become Ireland’s 2nd largest city at the centre of a strong region.
Limerick is the first city in Ireland to appoint a Chief Digital Officer to lead the development of digital strategy that will lay the foundation for the Smart Limerick Region. This programme will see €4m invested in technology and research with the aim that by 2020 citizens and businesses will be better engaged in the city life using digital channels while locals and visitors to Limerick will be able to access information on some 2,000 attractions, new online services provided by the council and over 1,000 events each year in a single digital experience platform: Limerick.ie.
There will be 6 programmes for digital skills, culture & inclusion. Public WiFi deployed in 17 towns will enable the public to access this wealth of digital content and services.
The Municipal Data Network will enable more real-time data to be collected using Internet of Things technologies with over 100 air, noise, water and soil quality sensors while footfall counters and Smart CCTV will enable safer communities and new datasets that will be used to foster innovation and support our start-up ecosystem in the Georgian Innovation District.
Limerick is constantly looking at technological developments so that we are ready to embrace the new ways of accessing information through artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and big data.
Limerick’s ambition is to show that it is a vibrant place to live, study, play and invest in; that #SmartLimerick is well versed in the use of digital technologies and ready for the digital age.