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Softbank commits to Smart Docklands

The partnership is focusing on building solutions that are designed to scale and are transferable to other cities

Docklands: a testbed for smart technologies and applications
Docklands: a testbed for smart technologies and applications

Japanese multi-national company, SoftBank, will join Dublin City Council’s smart city programme and its Smart Docklands District testbed.

Both are committed to exchanging knowledge and building a proof of concept programme to trial a number of smart city solutions. SoftBank will pilot its global Internet of Things (IoT) platform in Dublin.


Smart Docklands is the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Council and the SFI Connect Centre based in Trinity College, Dublin. Connect is Ireland’s research centre for future networks and communications.

The partnership has an emphasis on solutions that are designed to scale and are easily transferable to other cities. It will also enable SoftBank to work alongside industry, academia and entrepreneurs to jointly solve city challenges, improve service delivery while also delivering positive outcomes for the city and its citizens.

“This partnership will help position Dublin at the forefront of smart city innovation and to turn the opportunity of smart city technologies into a reality,” said Owen Keegan, chief executive of Dublin City Council. “We are committed to building a programme of activity through Smart Dublin and to concentrate pilots across our Smart Docklands testbed district which is emerging as a world-class smart technology testbed.”


Smart Docklands has a high concentration of new buildings and investment as well as a wide range of connectivity and smart connectivity assets. It is also home to many of the world’s leading global technology companies.

“We look forward to collaborating with Dublin City Council to share our rich experience in Smart City development in Japan and to also leverage our global IoT platform.,” said Junichi Miyakawa, representative director and chief technology officer of SoftBank Corp. “SoftBank strongly believes it can contribute to Dublin’s development and future growth building out local solutions that can scale globally."


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