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T

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.

Nimbus research

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

for Ireland.

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

Smart Agenda for Ireland

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