Action Plan for Digital Transformation

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Introduction

Digital Transformation changes the way we do things via new disruptive digital technology. We are implementing Digital Transformation across Donegal to reap significant benefits in multiple areas: efficiency, effectiveness, ease of access, economic growth, economy of resource usage, innovation for new products or services.

The action plan for our county is divided into these digital transformation categories:

Digital Foundations
Digital Innovation
Smart City & Region

Digital Foundations

Advanced Broadband
National Broadband Plan Rollout - Donegal

  • 10% 10%
Start: Jan 2021
End: Dec 2025
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Facilitate and expedite the rollout of the National Broadband Plan in Donegal by working closely with the operator to promote update, solve problems and prioritise locations

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Current status:
A Broadband County Coordinator has been appointed by the Council. Large scale surveying of the County is taking place during 2021, with major rollout of high speed broadband to premises in Donegal expected to accelerate in 2022.

Contact

Daragh McDonough
Donegal County Council
dmcdonough@donegalcoco.ie

Advanced Broadband
Public WiFi Hotspots

  • 90% 90%
Start: Jun 2020
End: Dec 2021
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Donegal County Council are installing 75 WiFi Hotspots in towns and villages around the county

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Current status:
Rollout of the 75 selected hotspots has commenced in 2021, with approximately 69 live by April 2021.

Contact

Daragh McDonough
Donegal County Council
dmcdonough@donegalcoco.ie

Advanced Broadband
Broadband Connection Points

  • 91% 91%
Start: Jan 2020
End: Dec 2021
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Prioritise particular community, tourism and digital hub sites for installation of High Speed Broadband during 2021

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Current status:
12 sites have been identified with 11 already live

Contact

Daragh McDonough
Donegal County Council
dmcdonough@donegalcoco.ie

Digital Skills
Donegal Digital Skills Portal

  • 70% 70%
Start: Feb 2021
End: Jun 2022
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Develop a portal, one-stop-shop or "window" for all digital related training available in County Donegal. It serves SMEs, communities and individuals. The courses of all major digital training providers will be present on the site

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Current status:
A pilot version of the portal is currently under development and is planned to be ready for live testing by June of this year (2021).

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

Investment in Digital Research
Build a business case to increase Digital Research in LYIT

  • 25% 25%
Start: Mar 2021
End: Dec 2021
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Document the case for increased digital research in the County to ensure advanced technical skills, to match the evolving needs of enterprises, to create conditions for spin-offs and to attract new businesses

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Current status:
In development. Information gathered on current digital research situation in LYIT

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

Digital Innovation

Digital Innovation Hubs
Digital Innovation Hubs

  • 50% 50%
Start: Jan 2020
End: Dec 2023
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Support the development of a network of digital innovation hubs around the county for digital startups, remote working and digital transformation of existing SMEs

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Current status:
To date, 8 hubs are operational with a further 8 planned to open in 2021 and further ones in 2022

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

Stimulate Digital Startups
Increase the number of Digital start-ups

  • 5% 5%
Start: Jun 2021
End: Aug 2022
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Highlight the opportunity of disruptive technology and the Donegal tech successes to position the County as a great location for start-ups

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Current status:
Market Donegal as a great place for tech-startups nationally and to diaspora highlighting the strong tech cluster in the County by online campaigns and innovation tech workshops

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

Open Innovation Test Beds
Open innovation for for tourism & environment

  • 5% 5%
Start: May 2021
End: Aug 2022
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Current status:

Contact

Daragh McDonough
Donegal County Council
dmcdonough@donegalcoco.ie

Smart City & Region

Intelligent Infrastrucure
Digital Technologies for Culture & Tourism

  • 20% 20%
Start: Jan 2020
End: Oct 2022
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Apply digital technologies to foster culture and tourism such as immersive technology to experience historical maritime tourist attractions and the Digi2market project of Údarás

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Current status:
Development of digital assets and immersive technology for exploration of maritime attractions in progress

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

Intelligent Infrastrucure
Intelligent infrastructure for towns

  • 0% 0%
Start: Jul 2021
End: Jun 2022
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Develop smart infrastructure to improve life & increase sustainability in our towns

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Current status:
Work with all interested stakeholders to select, builld & showcase smart pilots for Letterkenny innovation quarter

Contact

Dr Margaret Quinn
ERNACT Network
margaret.quinn@ernact.eu

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