Ireland of Things: 50 key players in Ireland’s IoT ecosystem

Mapping Ireland’s vast internet of things network reveals a web of collaboration and innovation.


Limerick emerges as just one of the key locations in Ireland’s connected IoT ecosystem. Image: Patryk Kosmider/Shutterstock

The internet of things (IoT) has grown from distant concept to near-realisation owing to the collaboration of many moving parts. Network providers, electronics manufacturers, R&D labs, multinational corporations, start-ups, innovators and strategic advisers have each made their contribution to the act of ushering in this new age of connected devices.

In Ireland alone we can see how tightly knit the IoT ecosystem is, weaving together a broad spectrum of players. From networks to infrastructure to research to software, we can see how each component interacts with the others to make integral systems such as machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) happen.

Entrepreneurs and commercial partners are collaborating with universities and research centres. Forward-looking consultancies are not only writing the reports on IoT and its impact, they’re also working with their clients to develop and implement solutions. It’s all one big interconnected IoT family on this, the ‘island of things’.


Global consultancy Accenture needs to stay on top of business-transforming technology. At its recently opened multidisciplinary research and incubation hub, The Dock, the company focuses its research on artificial intelligence, advanced analytics and the internet of things, hiring widely for talent interested in developing new IoT technologies.


Last year, the Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research (AMBER) centre at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) won a €4.4m Horizon 2020 research contract to develop a new class of magnetic materials for electronics. Led by TCD’s Prof Plamen Stamenov, the TRANSPIRE project could lead to on-chip and chip-to-chip data links at least 100 times faster than current standards, enabling speedier data transfer for the internet of things.

Analog Devices

For the past 40 years, Analog Devices has been developing semiconductors – particularly within IoT – in Ireland, with a staff of 1,200. Twenty per cent of the company’s patents are filed by Ireland-based workers. In November last year, Analog acquired solid-state laser beam steering technology from Vescent Photonics for future autonomous vehicles.


Software company ArtOfUs aims to put people at the heart of the IoT ecosystem with its pioneering human operating system platform. Based in London, ArtOfUs recently opened an office at the Digital Hub in Dublin, creating 18 jobs and establishing its presence in Ireland’s IoT community.


With its headquarters in Dublin, Asavie is one of Ireland’s biggest IoT connectivity providers through platforms like PassBridge. At the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the company with over 100 staff unveiled an Industrial IoT Accelerator Kit to speed up IoT adoption in the wider world.


Network provider BT is establishing itself on new footing with IoT. BT is offering a support ecosystem for IoT initiatives, encompassing cloud, a global network and data centres. In the UK, the company is involved with the Milton Keynes smart city project and has published a white paper detailing its work in this area.


TSSG, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group at Waterford Institute of Technology, is a research centre dedicated to IoT development. The body claims to have delivered solutions to more than 210 start-ups in the past five years, with 14 spin-out companies emerging from its campus. In 2014, TSSG partnered with Tyndall to target €82m worth of EU funding for IoT start-ups.


With its head office in south Dublin, Comtrade is engineering the software behind IoT – particularly within Ireland’s medtech sector, which it hopes will provide 25pc growth year-on-year by 2020. Currently, its Irish team of engineers is developing software that will benefit advanced wearables and in vitro diagnostics.


With €50m through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and other funders, Connect’s Irish reach is extensive, with 250 researchers spread across TCD, University College Cork (UCC), Dublin City University (DCU), University College Dublin (UCD), University of Limerick (UL), Cork Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, Dublin Institute of Technology, Tyndall National Institute and TSSG. An example of Connect’s work is its Pervasive Nation which, when finished, will be a national-scale IoT research infrastructure.

Croke Park

Croke Park is Ireland’s first (and only) smart stadium. The centerpiece of a collaborative project from Intel and DCU, the home of the GAA is now also home to myriad companies using it as a test bed for new IoT ideas.

Cubic Telecom

Employing over 100 staff at its Dublin office, Cubic Telecom has created a global connectivity platform in all new Audi road cars. On a visit to Dublin last year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella referred to the company as “a fantastic example of an Irish start-up”.


Dairymaster brings the internet of things to dairy farms. The company is behind MooMonitor+ and Swiftflo Commander, designed to give farmers up-to-date information on herd health and milk yield. A shining light of agritech R&D, Dairymaster provided tech for a €2.3m UCD dairy research facility in Kildare.


With an array of smart devices on offer, Daqri wants to create “the gateway to augmented reality”. Of particular interest is its AR helmet, which could revolutionise the IIoT world. In 2015, Daqri opened its European headquarters at Dublin’s Silicon Docks, the epicentre of Irish IoT innovation.

Davra Networks

Award-winning start-up Davra Networks is taking the IoT world by storm in Ireland and abroad. It has already worked with Cisco to create an end-to-end IoT platform in Texas. This year, it launched, a platform dedicated to solution providers.


Croke Park is not where DCU’s IoT ties end. The university runs an electronic systems course, allowing students to ‘major in IoT’. At its Ryan Academy, an accelerator supports IoT start-ups. And DCU researchers are currently working on a €4.6m cloud project that will support next-gen IoT development.

DCU Alpha

DCU Alpha (formerly DCU Innovation Campus), is a commercial innovation campus housing 35 companies working across emerging technologies in the connected health, clean energy and IoT spheres. The campus promotes the growth of these research-intensive businesses, supporting companies as they scale and innovate.

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Mobile Services Technology Gateway (MSTG) Manager (Ref. # 018938)

Job Title: Mobile Services Technology Gateway (MSTG) Manager (Ref. No. 018938)

Department: TSSG

Location: Waterford

Commencement Date: May/June 2017

Duration: Specified Purpose (approx. 2 years in line with funding)

The manager is responsible for the promotion of the Gateway and the development of industry leads to fulfil the targets agreed with Enterprise Ireland.

Minimum Qualification Required:
The successful candidate will hold a degree level qualification in a technical discipline (or equivalent) and have a significant track record of delivering results in a complex organisational setting.  He/she should have:

  • Business Development experience and a track record of dealing with a range of customer
  • Sectoral understanding of MSTG’s targeted industry base
  • Demonstrable knowledge of MSTG’s technical focus areas (
  • Experience of running a team and delivering on project results
  • 5 years’ experience working in a relevant industrial setting

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Bridging the transatlantic divide in research and innovation in Cloud Computing, including security aspects, between EU and Brazil.

Waterford Institute of Technology excels at bridging the transatlantic divide in research and innovation in Cloud Computing, including security aspects, between EU and Brazil.


Review Team (l-r): Cecilia Emi Yamanaka, University of São Paulo; Moacyr Martucci Jr., University of São Paulo; James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology, TSSG; Priscila Solís Mendéz, University of Brasilia; Antônio Augusto Fröhlich, Federal University of Santa Catarina; Sara Pittonet, Trust-IT Services; Marco Vieira, University of Coimbra; Eduardo Adilio Pelinson Alchieri, University of Brasilia; Rita Meneses, Trust-IT Services. Missing (Photographer): Paula Lopes, University of Coimbra.

Waterford Institute of Technology is a partner in the EUBrasilCloudFORUM project, a consortium composed of three partners from the EU and three partners from Brazil, whose main purpose is to ensure a platform for structured dialogue on EU-Brazil policy and research and innovation (R&I), in all areas related to cloud computing, including security aspects.

The project is funded under a joint call mechanism of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme with the EU partners funded by the European Commission and the Brazil partners funded by Brazil’s National Education and Research Network (RNP) and Brazil’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).

The project team had their first annual review in Brussels on 14th March, 2017, and received an excellent result, which signifies that the work it has accomplished in the first year has completed all tasks and deliverables on time and of excellent quality from the perspectives of both the funding bodies and external reviewers present from both the EU and Brazil.

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Technology Gateway Programme funding must be extended, research and innovation expert urges

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Pic. Dr. Peter McLoughlin, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT

Industry and academia are working closer than ever and that relationship is starting at an earlier and earlier age and stage, Dr McLoughlin told the 4th eDigiregion International Conference at Waterford Institute of Technology. The two day conference saw delegates from Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania working together to promote sustainable regional development and growth under the EU-funded programme.

He said WIT was instrumental in helping upskill for available posts in the medical devices and pharma sectors local people who lost their jobs with the closure of a call centre in the city a number of years ago. It has also partnered with globally-renowned agri firm, Glanbia, to provide it with the industry-ready new staff it needed for a major new plant in Belview.

“Two of the most successful interventions ever for business in Ireland have been Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Scheme and the Technology Gateway Programme. Innovation Vouchers are simply brilliant and a simple way of encouraging business to engage with Higher Education Institutes on everything from product design to business model development.

“Similarly, the Technology Gateways have been instrumental in supporting companies with over 400 engaging with the Gateways in 2016. It exposes them to a totally new way of thinking. It is critical that funding and the supports for this programme be extended beyond the current phase,” Dr McLoughlin said.

Fifteen Gateways, ‘smart specialisation’ areas have been developed nation-wide with WIT the only Institute of Technology to house three of these innovation hubs across advanced manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and mobile services, he added.

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Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref: 018958)

Job Title:                                                 Postdoctoral Researcher (Ref. No. 018958)

Department:                                           TSSG (

Commencement Date:                           Immediately

Minimum Qualification Required:         PhD


The ideal candidate for this role will possess research expertise in the areas of Virtualised Networks and Infrastructures and/or Software Defined Networking.

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