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GullySpy Solutions for Smart Districts (Press Release)

Press Release

Dublin, Ireland

19 February, 2020

Dublin City Council partners with ‘Internet of Things’ pioneer danalto to trial a real time Gully Sensor Flooding Alert System

Dublin City Council, in partnership with Internet of Things (IoT) pioneer Danalto, today announced a pilot trial of the danalto GullySpy flood mitigation solution based on IoT technologies, across Dublin City.

Climate change and the location of most large urban centres in low lying areas globally, has significantly raised the risk of flooding resulting in damage to public and private infrastructure. Responding to this need, and working closely with Dublin City Council, Danalto, an Enterprise Ireland supported company specialising in large scale IoT infrastructure and Smart Cities projects, has developed an innovative solution that detects and quantifies the condition of remote roadside gullies, intelligently interprets the condition of these and relays this to the Operational teams within Dublin City Council for remediation works. Automatic alerting of the appropriate personnel ensures they can be directed to the most urgent flood risks areas of Dublin, as they arise, allowing for more efficient provisioning of limited human resources, whilst ensuring reducing risk to physical assets and property.

The current pilot will run for a period of 12 months as part of the broader Smart Dublin initiative. danalto’s early warning IoT alert system to monitor gullies and combat flooding for Dublin City Council, is one of the innovative solutions for minimising flood risk supported under the Enterprise Ireland managed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) initiative.

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Manager, commented:

“danalto has stepped up to address the challenge of flood risk where climate change and extreme weather events are increasingly impacting cities. Older built cities like Dublin are particularly prone to flooding risk and GullySpy provides the advance warnings that can help better manage such risks; an essential element of any Smart City programme. Dublin has approximately 55,000 gullies located across the city – giving an indication of the scale of the challenge. Working with Danalto it was essential that they could deliver a low cost, reliable and scalable solution. ”

Marguerite Bourke, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Manager Ireland (Enterprise Ireland) said:

“danalto have really captured the spirit of the SBIR programme and delivered a compelling response to the DCC challenge posed. We are delighted that danalto’s product and technologies are getting noticed both within Ireland and internationally.”

David McDonald, CEO danalto commented:

“GullySpy is a comprehensive IoT solution, built on our Cardinal platform, for gully overflow and water level sensing that has been designed for assured operation in Public gullies and water traps – a crucial step towards digitising the Smart City. We are delighted with the opportunities the co-creation process of the innovative SBIR programme has provided to danalto and the global reach of the Smart Dublin initiative.”


Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research initiative enables public sector bodies to connect with small businesses to provide innovative solutions to societal problems.

Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities that uses new technologies to improve services and quality of life in the Dublin Region.

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