Councils are looking to optimise freight and cargo deliveries in urban centres to reduce the number of goods vehicles
North east of England-based tech firm Grid Smarter Cities has been named as one of 21 companies collectively awarded approximately €700,000 under Enterprise Ireland’s small business innovation research (SBIR) initiative.
The purpose of the phase one funding is to enable them to explore innovative solutions to address challenges faced by local authorities, in this instance, in Dublin and Belfast.
Grid Smarter Cities is an ecosystem of smart solutions, connecting communities and people with transport, parking, goods and services.
The funding was awarded under five categories, with Grid being awarded the funding for its work in ‘last mile deliveries’, optimising deliveries in the cities.
Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council are seeking smart, low-cost solutions to optimise freight and cargo deliveries in urban centres in order to reduce the number of goods vehicles.
During the project, Grid will pilot its Kerb solution, looking to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of deliveries by better managing the finite amount of kerb space in the city centre and, in turn, improving air quality, noise pollution and road safety.
“The SBIR process is a fantastic opportunity for Smart Dublin to engage in open innovation; tapping into the open market to explore new ways of delivering council services for our citizens,” said Alan Murphy, lead, Smart Dublin.
“We are keen to demonstrate how a practical understanding of the needs of the competing users of the kerb space can be managed using our kerb virtual loading bays booking app"
“This current SBIR round has the potential to significantly address known challenges regarding mobility, environment and citizen engagement.”
The announcement was made by Smart Dublin, in partnership with Enterprise Ireland, at Fingal County Council. The project is supported by Fingal County Council, Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, South Dublin County Council, Belfast City Council, Cork City Council, Waterford City and County Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
“We are delighted that Enterprise Ireland and Smart Dublin have chosen Grid Smarter Cities’ Kerb solution to help manage and optimise last mile deliveries by looking to intelligently manage the kerb space,” added Neil Herron, CEO of Grid Smarter Cities.
“We are keen to demonstrate how a practical understanding of the needs of the competing users of the kerb space can be managed using our kerb virtual loading bays booking app in order to create delivery efficiencies, reduce congestion and by doing so improve air quality.”
There are several inter-connecting companies and solutions under the Grid umbrella including Kerb, a real-time dynamic, intelligent kerb-side management solution for cities.
Kerb allows commercial vehicle operators to opt to book and pay to park/load unload on previously unavailable kerb space in high density, urban areas or to extend loading periods in time-restricted locations.
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