he Nimbus Centre at Cork Institute of Technology has
pioneered Internet of Things (IoT) activity in Ireland, and is
Ireland’s largest IoT applications research centre. Since
2006, Nimbus has completed over 240 EU and industry-funded
projects in the IoT space and has received over €34 million in
funding. Over 100 staff are employed across four divisions of
research, industry, trialling and learning. Nimbus research is
applied across various domains, including energy, water, health,
education, smart cities, agriculture and tourism.
Nimbus delivers whole-system solutions – the multidisciplinary
team ensures a comprehensive solution is reached, with
researchers from diverse backgrounds, including embedded
systems, software, hardware, control and civil engineering,
behavioural science, user experience, energy, multimedia and
more. This approach is essential in IoT applications that must
integrate into a globally expanding IoT ecosystem.
The IoT refers to connecting physical objects to the internet and
is expected to exceed the impact of the current internet, as the
movement continues to gather momentum. There are over 4.5
billion connected devices in 2015, and this figure is predicted
to rocket to 50 billion by 2020. Ireland has a reputation for
being one of the most connected countries in the world –
Nimbus research is cementing Ireland’s position as a leader in
the IoT, working in line with national targets to secure €1.2
billion under H2020.
Nimbus has an excellent track record of securing national and
international funding and building collaborative research
relationships locally and internationally – this, along with its
position within the Cork Institute of Technology research and
industry ecosystem, makes Nimbus an ideal candidate for H2020
and other EU partnerships.
Research at Nimbus embraces many application domains, but
energy and smart cities are currently areas of strong activity for
Nimbus. A sample of successful international energy projects
conducted at Nimbus includes GENiC, Energy in Time, and
TRIBUTE, all of which have Smart City applications and illustrate
the breadth of research activity at Nimbus.
Nimbus is leading the EU FP7-funded GENiC (Globally Optimised
Energy Efficient Data Centres) project, which aims to reduce data
centre energy consumption. An integrated, complete systems
approach is used towards energy monitoring and optimisation
and reuse of waste heat in local communities.
During a building’s lifecycle, the operational stage accounts for
over 90% of carbon emissions due to HVAC, appliance use and
lighting. Nimbus is a partner in the FP7 Energy in Time project,
which aims to reduce the energy consumption of non-residential
buildings at this stage by combining state-of-the-art modelling
techniques with a smart energy simulation-based control method.
Nimbus is contributing to the development of a state-of-the-art
Building Energy Performance Simulation platform under TRIBUTE,
an FP7-funded project creating a BEPS system with more
accurate predictive ability. This new and improved BEPS model will
collect data in real time through wireless sensing and control
systems, and will be trialled in a variety of building environments
to ensure accuracy.
These projects demonstrate how the IoT provides an effective
solution to energy issues, and how such projects can be
integrated into existing environments and infrastructures, creating
a smart and connected environment and driving a Smart Agenda
More recent success in the Energy and Smart City space includes
a €1.5m win for the Cork Institute of Technology in the 2015 ICT
Energy Efficient Buildings Call on two separate projects. These
projects further cement the reputation of Nimbus as a leader in
IoT applications research in Ireland and Europe.
The Nimbus Centre is leading industry-focused Internet of Things research,
driving a Smart Agenda for Ireland
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