Motivating Drivers and Technology Priorities

The key drivers for the development of smart cities and smart grids have been identified as part of the research carried out under the government’s Action Plan for Jobs.

A large cross section of stakeholders was surveyed as part of the research to get their views. The need to meet renewable energy targets and the opportunities to develop new products and services were among the top drivers identified.

Motivating Drivers
These drivers may be considered as being at a policy level.  They require specifically defined activities in order to be achieved. These “enabling technologies” have been prioritised in the following chart. Ireland offers the potential for a distributed national test bed for development and demonstration of smart industry capability and products.
Technological Priorities
 
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