Vodafone and Dublin City Council are to roll out a new network in part of the docklands area of the city, which will enable internet-connected machines and devices to talk to one another.

The Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network will be used in the Smart District of the docks area - an innovation area with a focus of technology companies, research centres and agencies.

It is hoped the district will become a focus for trialling new technology and innovations that will enable the city and its services to become more intelligent and connected.

Examples of the kind of machines that may be connected to the network are smart bins that can alert city authorities when they are full.

A connected sensor made by Meath-based Voguetek that can monitor for potential gully blockages before they cause flooding will also be connected to the new system.

An innovation fund worth more than €50,000 aimed at encouraging other ideas that can be tested in the district using the network has also been launched by the two partners. 

More details of the fund are available on the Smart Dublin website.