Limerick is a founder of the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum (AISCF), a cross-border initiative that focuses on the advancement of, and value creation generated by, smart city programmes across Ireland.
The forum, supported by Maynooth University, is made up of local government officials representing Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Waterford, Belfast and Derry. This “community of practice” is focused on providing better services, promoting innovative solutions, improving economic activity, and increasing collaboration and engagement.
The first meeting of the forum took place in Limerick in June 2015 and since then it has developed year on year. It was officially launched on in December 2016 and held its inaugural annual conference in 2017.
Speaking at the launch, All Ireland Smart Cities Forum Chairperson, Professor Brian Donnellan pointed out that “all over the world, rapid urbanisation is putting enormous stress on resources and infrastructure which cannot be solved in a traditional way” i.e. vulnerability to climate change, growth in energy consumption, demand for food production as well as the “need for better citizen participation and more effectiveness in public service”.
“However, cities can remedy these challenges by adopting a new approach and embracing innovative solutions and smart technologies to not just manage problems, but to enhance sustainability and competitiveness.”
On 26 September 2018, the AISCF will hold its second annual conference on the theme of ‘Shaping Smart Cities and Regions: Real World Opportunities and Challenges’ in Croke Park Stadium Dublin (which happens to be a ‘smart’ stadium and a project within Smart Dublin).
With AISCF, Smart Limerick has a network to draw on in terms of sharing knowledge and experience, and also contribute its own projects and innovative solutions.
For more information see: www.smartcitiesireland.org
Domain: Economy & Innovation
Timeframe: 2018 - 2019 - 2020
Metric: Number of shared initiatives & activities, Number of events
Organisation: LCCC - DS.