Armonk-based IBM Corp. and Irelandâ€™s Industrial Development Agency have established a center to manage water resources, the entities said today.
The Dublin-based facility, to be called IBM Centre of Excellence for Water Management, will monitor changes in fresh water, and marine and oceanic environments, IBM and the IDA said.
One of the centerâ€™s first tasks will be to work with Irelandâ€™s Marine Institute on SmartBay, a research project that monitors and manages aquatic data, such as tidal flow, wave heights and temperature, through a network of sensors, robotics and other technology throughout Irelandâ€™s Galway Bay.
IBM will develop an advanced sensor network, and use real-time monitoring and other technologies to provide scientists, commercial fishers, monitoring agencies and the public with environmental information, similar to weather and marine forecasts.
â€œThe Marine Institute’s aim is to create a mind shift in the way we view our marine sector in terms of economic opportunities,â€ said Peter Heffernan, chief executive of the Marine Institute.
Novel technologies that emerge from SmartBay will create new business for a wide range of Irish companies, Heffernan said, and enhance â€œthe viability of the seafood, shipping and water-monitoring sectors.â€