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Harnessing Ireland’s Potential

In 2010 the Marine Institute launched the SmartOcean strategy cluster/initiative as part of the Advanced Marine Technology Programme.

This strategy seeks to harness Ireland’s natural marine resources and specialist expertise in Marine Science and ICT to establish Ireland as a leader in the development, testing, commercialisation and delivery to market of the next generation of innovative technologies addressing evolving global markets in marine renewable energy, environment monitoring and water technologies.

'By 2020 Ireland will be a recognized leader in the development, testing, commercialization and delivery to market of the next generation of innovative technologies addressing evolving global markets in marine renewable energy, environmental monitoring and water technologies'.

SmartOcean is an initiative of the Marine Institute’s National Advanced Technology Programme. The Marine Institute’s National Marine Technology Programme facilitates a range of research and development activities in the area of sensor development, data management and information systems. This programme aims to broker national and international relationships between technology developers in industry and academic centres of excellence for application driven technology development in marine ICT.

Download a copy of the SmartOcean Strategy Document.

SmartOcean (ICT for the Sea) Strategy

To harness Ireland’s natural marine resources and specialist expertise in Marine Science and ICT.

To establish Ireland as a leader in the development of high value products and services for the global marine sectors such as aquaculture, environmental monitoring, shipping and security and marine renewable energy.

There are over 50 companies based in Ireland engaged in the development and provision of High Tech Marine products and services to the Global Marine Sector.  These include the provision of remote sensing systems, data management and visualisation tools, modelling, simulation, forecasting and engineering design supporting operational management. 

A number of companies have also developed products and services based on patented research from National Centres of Research Excellence. This is an exciting and new niche opportunity for Ireland building on the strengths of our successful ICT cluster.