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Cork City are Finalists!

Cork City are Finalists!


Cork City has been named one of three finalists at the iCapital Awards for the European Rising Innovative City Award, a prestigious recognition of the city’s commitment to smart city initiatives. The award, presented by the European Innovation Council, honours cities that have demonstrated outstanding innovation and leadership in developing sustainable, citizen-centric solutions.

Cork City’s selection as a finalist is a testament to its progress in implementing Cork Smart Gateway, a comprehensive strategy to enhance the city’s liveability, sustainability, and economic competitiveness through technology and innovation. Key initiatives under Cork Smart Gateway include:

  • Deployment of a citywide IoT (Internet of Things) network to collect and analyse data on traffic, energy consumption, and environmental conditions, enabling data-driven decision-making.
  • Development of smart mobility solutions, including real-time traffic information, intelligent traffic management systems, and promotion of sustainable transportation options.
  • Implementation of smart energy initiatives, such as smart metering and grid management, to optimize energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Creation of a digital platform for civic engagement, allowing citizens to connect with city services, provide feedback, and participate in decision-making processes.


Cork City’s selection as a finalist for the European Rising Innovative City Award is a significant achievement that underscores the city’s commitment to innovation and its potential to serve as a model for other cities seeking to embrace smart city solutions.

The Award ceremony takes place on the 27th November in Marseille, France.

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For further information please contact:

Catherine Connaughton, Southern Regional Assembly

Email: cconnaughton@southernassembly.ie