Naas-based govtech (government technology) transformation specialist OpenSky is to increase its research and development (R&D) spend to up to €1m a year.

The investment will support OpenSky’s expansion plans into the UK and North America as well as helping create smart cities and communities globally.

The investment will go towards a dedicated team headed up by Tudor Pitulac, who recently joined the company as Manager of Research Projects.

“This new Research Projects Division ties in with our objective to improve the way the nation works and create a digital government that works by delivering better citizen access and streamlining operations”

It will also help the Research Projects Division to strengthen the technology expertise of OpenSky team members in robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and augmented analytics, allowing them to explore new opportunities for customers and develop smart digital platforms with the best future-proofed technologies.

The smart future of communities

OpenSky is part of a European consortium which is creating an adaptive wearable and cloud-based ecosystem to meet the unique needs of people with dementia and their carers. The project also develops intelligent IoT-connected services such as a smart-energy wireless sensor, an alert system and a training and information portal.

“Our aim is to help create smart cities and communities globally, which are underpinned by digital government services, integrated transport systems and efficient environmental and resource strategies,” explained Michael Cronin, managing director of OpenSky.

“This new Research Projects Division ties in with our objective to improve the way the nation works and create a digital government that works by delivering better citizen access and streamlining operations.

“In order to make this a reality and support our customer base, we have to continually invest in the best talent and utilise the latest technologies. We also have to ensure that we equip our team members with the skills, training and resources that allow them to build new expertise, which is central to transformation and innovation.”

The new division aims to attract and deliver grant aided research projects through Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, and is currently working on its first project called Carelink, a collaboration with the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology. The goal of the project is to deliver a low cost, connected health solution which allows carers to monitor the location and proximity of their loved ones suffering from dementia, thus reducing stress and anxiety for both the carer and the patient.

Welcoming the announcement, Kevin Doolin, Director of Innovation at TSSG, said: “This is great news for OpenSky and for the research community in Ireland in general. Carelink is a strategic project for TSSG and we hope to build deeper collaborative relationships with OpenSky in the future.”

Gary McManus, Carelink project co-ordinator, said: “The Carelink team and I are delighted to work with OpenSky and continue our research in Carelink. This funding is invaluable to people with dementia and their carers as we work towards an intelligent monitoring solution to improve their quality of life.”

OpenSky will introduce Tudor Pitulac and the new Research Projects Division at its next seminar, which is entitled “Drivers for Innovation in Government” and will take place on 17 October in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin. Senior decision makers in business and technology units in government will be in attendance

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 15 October, 2019

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