It was announced today that the European Space Agency (ESA) and Dublin City University have partnered to establish a Satcom IoT ‘Maker Space’, which aims to support the development of innovative Machine-to -Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for satellite communications.
Based at DCU Alpha, the University’s Innovation Campus, and supported by Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the initiative will provide opportunities for rapid prototyping and validation of challenging innovative technologies proposed by ESA and DCU, which are targeted at industry, space tech entrepreneurs, academics and the wider Maker movement.
The demand for connectivity for what is anticipated will be up to 26 billion Internet of Things devices by 2025, will require both terrestrial and satellite communications. With the DCU based Maker Space and continued support and collaboration with Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, ESA aims to accelerate research and development in this area in order to provide truly global communications satellite coverage for all such devices in the future.
Published projects will provide opportunities for target stakeholders to address individual design and development challenges. Over an 18 month period, projects will be awarded and implemented by target stakeholders via a competitive process. Maker Space activities will be 100% funded with typical values of between €5,000 and €20,000 per activity.
Speaking today, Minister for Training, Skills & Innovation, John Halligan said, "This activity has the potential to support a growing number of Irish technology companies which are developing innovative technology solutions for the expanding Internet of Things (IoT) market. I am particularly pleased to see the development of ESA’s role, working with Irish institutions and industry in fostering continued innovation in this area."