Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation changes the way things are done via new disruptive digital technology.

Why do this?
To reap significant benefits in multiple areas across Donegal: efficiency, effectiveness, ease of access, economic growth, economy of resource usage, innovation for new products or services.

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Digital Transformation is divided into four categories:

Digital Foundations

Advanced Broadband

Invest in the key broadband infrastructure needed to support delivery of digital transformation in the city and region, including 5G, IoT narrowband, etc.


Digital Skills

Increase supply of ICT & ebusiness skills; Attract more women & young people into ICT; Build awareness of potential to use ICT in other professions; Recognise digital competences in formal learning; raise awareness of eLearning as a reskilling tool.

Digital Research
Increase investment in the digital research capacity of universities relevant to the digital transformation of smart specialisation sectors.

Digital Innovation Tools

Circular Economy
Re-engineer products, processes and materials to reuse waste materials and energy from within the same or nearby businesses.
Digital Innovation Hubs
Develop spaces and buildings to cater for new patterns of work, innovation and startups.
Digital Startups
Initiatives to increase the number and quality of startups.
Grow Existing ICT SMEs
Grow the competitiveness and new skills of the small digital support companies in the city and region.
Industry 4.0
Stimulate traditional manufacturing to adopt digital enabled business models, business processes, materials production systems.
Innovation Test Beds
Use Living Labs and Open Innovation methods to facilitate interaction between companies, public sector, 3rd level education and citizens to produce innovative digital agenda initiatives.
Open Data
Utilise public data as a resource for smart city, innovation and new public and private services.
Research Procurement
Programme by public sector to introduce early-stage digital research and innovations into public services.
Traditional SMEs
Accelerate the digital transformation of the base of general SMEs (non-smart specialisation) in the region or city.
University in Innovation
Encourage increased involvement of universities in bringing research to companies, startups and public sector organisations.

DX Technologies

3D Printing
The construction of a 3D physical object from a digital model (also called “additive manufacturing”).The 3D object is “printed” using a variety of processes in which material is deposited, joined or solidified under computer control.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Describes software, machines, computers or devices that can mimic functions of the human mind such as learning, perceiving their environment, solving a problem or successfully achieving goals.
Blockchain is a growing distributed list of data records, called blocks, linked using cryptography. It is resistant to modification and can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.
The protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. It also refers to the protection of human data.
Data Analytics
The systematic computational analysis of data or statistics. It is used for the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It also entails applying data patterns towards effective decision making.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Describes the network of small physical objects, “things”, that are packed with sensors, software, and other technologies to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet.
Intelligent machines that can substitute for humans and replicate human actions. Robotics draws on information engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering and electronic engineering.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Use of special headsets to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual environment. The user is able to look and move around and interact with virtual objects.

Smart Region/City

Intelligent Infrastructure

Embed data gathering and monitoring capability into public realm, public infrastructure and buildings to facilitate introduction of smart city initiatives.

Mobility as a Service

Smart, sustainable & safe transportation measures which aim at improving liveability, sustainability, economic growth & safety.

Public Services

Introduce new generation of public services for citizens and businesses based on smart city and disruptive technologies (e.g., AI, VR).

Smart Energy

Use ICT in all parts of the energy value chain including production, distribution, smart usage and efficiency.

Spatial Planning

Introduce next generation planning systems that use VR/AR, big data, citizen engagement and smart e-building data

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