Here is the feedback from the Global Irish Economic Forum on the ICSC proposition and related technology actions.
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Topic: ‘Innovation: Communications and Energy’
Breakout Panel Discussion - Saturday, 19 September 2009
Moderator: David McWilliams (Economist, author & broadcaster)
Eamon Ryan, T.D. Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
Conor Lenihan, T.D. Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Science,
Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources
Barry McSweeney Director, National Knowledge Society Strategy,
Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
Tim Fritzley CEO, Intune Networks
John Shine Deputy Chief Executive ESB & MD ESB Networks
Neil Leyden Chairman, Digital Media Forum
This session took the form of presentations by several domestic-based experts who
presented to participants for feedback and relevant recommendations a number of
proposals emanating from the July 2009 report on Technology Actions to Support the
Smart Economy. Overall participants endorsed implementation of the proposed
Participants unanimously welcomed the proposal to develop a revolutionary high-
speed and energy efficient communications network based on Optical Burst Switching
(OBS) technology. It was noted that this network would bring trade and employment
to Ireland’s cities and towns, and place Ireland in a leading position as a test bed for a
range of advanced telecom equipment and services, assist the development of
Distributed Data Centres and provide state-of-the-art support to the proposed
International Content Services Centre.
The proposed development of energy efficient Data and Cloud computing centres in
Ireland was similarly well received. Speakers noted that Ireland is in an excellent
position to develop as a global hub for data/cloud computing given our high levels of
expertise associated with existing and planned centres. While participants
acknowledged that Data Centres are not major employers in themselves, it was
emphasised that they attract valuable international and European corporate
headquarters. Participants referred to Ireland’s strong skills in Virtualisation, the
national group developing optimisation and standardisation criteria, and the highly
relevant expertise in Distributed Data Centres. It was also noted that several
significant international players have already established data and cloud computing
centres in Ireland.
In relation to the proposal that Ireland would develop a content management
destination, modelled on the IFSC, streamlining the storage, localisation, delivery and
distribution of digital content, participants agreed that Ireland could usefully exploit
unmet global needs in this area. It was also emphasised that the development of such
an International Content Services Centre offered a real opportunity to take advantage
of new and existing technology expertise in Ireland.
With regard to the proposal that Ireland develop a Smart Electricity Network to inter
alia facilitate the incorporation of renewable energy onto the grid and support the
development of an Electric Vehicle network, participants cautioned that Ireland
should focus on smaller niche areas rather than tackling entire sectors where
competitors would have advantages of scale – e.g. while we would not have the
research capacity to lead on the development of electric vehicles, we could identify
and become expert in suitable ancillary areas such as batteries or the billing interface
for the charge point.
The proposals for the development of an intelligent transport system to benefit
commuters, and the Smart Bay marine test bed were also welcomed by participants.
posted by Neil Leyden @ 8:56 p.m.