Science Foundation Ireland

Two major funding awards for CONNECT

Science Foundation Ireland will fund 21 projects with €28.8m.

The CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications has been awarded €2.35 million as part of a €28 million investment in research equipment and facilities through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

Professor Linda Doyle at Trinity College Dublin will lead “Pervasive Nation”, an Internet of Things wireless network project, while Dr Ronan Farrell at Maynooth University will lead “Radiospace”, an experimental radio testbed for 5G and Internet of Things. Pervasive Nation has been awarded €1,811,778 while Radiospace has received €538,808.

Pervasive Nation: An Ireland-wide, wireless network infrastructure to support Open Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) connects everyday objects to the Internet allowing useful information to be communicated to other objects, machines or humans. Pervasive Nation is a new, Ireland-wide, wireless network which will support Internet of Things research and innovation. Designed and managed by the CONNECT Centre, Pervasive Nation will allow new IoT concepts, business models and devices to be developed and tested. The network will initially be rolled out across ten third-level campuses, and will eventually cover urban, suburban and rural environments, making Ireland the first country in the world with full, IoT network coverage. Pervasive Nation will enable world-leading IoT research, seed innovation in indigenous enterprises, and help to attract foreign direct investment by making Ireland the definitive place to test the future. For more details on Pervasive Nation, please contact or click here

RadioSpace: An experimental Radio Testbed for 5G and the Internet of Things
Radiospace will be at the heart of a national facility for the development and testing of new radio technologies for the Internet of Things.  Radiospace is a large shielded facility that will provide Irish universities and companies access to a unique testbed in terms of size, capabilities and the radio frequencies supported, enabling Irish companies and universities to develop the next generation of products and technologies.   As part of the SFI CONNECT Centre, Radiospace will build a common space for universities and industry, accelerating the flow of innovation from universities researchers to prototypes and finally early stage product development.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

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