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Cork to get state-of-the-art €2m Internet of Things platform

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 16/06/2015 | 09:24

Patrick Street, Cork
Patrick Street, Cork

Tech multinational EMC has teamed up with Vodafone Ireland to launch a state-of-the-art innovation platform designed for the Internet of Things platform in Cork.

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Involving an initial €2m investment and called Infinite, it is the first large-scale Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)-approved industrial IoT innovation platform in Europe.

The platform, known as INFINITE is spread across three data centres – EMC, Vodafone and data centre and cloud provider, Cork Internet eXchange (CIX), in Cork.

It will provide users with the ability to leverage and benefit from the emerging field of Internet of Things whereby everyday processes such as manufacturing and everyday objects, like machinery, household appliances and even clothing, contain sensors that are connected to the internet and generating data for analysis.

The scale and scope of the project means the platform can be used simultaneously by companies in multiple fields including healthcare, transport, and financial services, to support applications with a need for mobile communication and dynamic configuration.

Vodafone Ireland CEO Anne O’Leary said: “I am proud to see Ireland also taking a lead in pioneering the development of these new disruptive technologies. IoT has the potential to transform business in Ireland and we are excited to be in a position to provide companies with access to start developing their own IoT services.”

Donagh Buckley, Head of EMC Research Europe, said: “INFINITE will play a key national and international role enabling innovation, insights and business opportunities for Industrial IoT developments across a wide range of industries.

“We have created a state-of-the-art cloud and analytics platform for IoT services which will provide the technologies, processes and best practices that will enable reliable and trustworthy solutions for hyper-connected industries.

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