Eight companies have been awarded a total of €300,000 in funding from the Dublin local authorities and Enterprise Ireland to continue the development of smart technology to improve life in the capital.

The firms are to receive the money under the second phase of the Smart Dublin Innovation Research programme to pilot and test innovative smart technologies.

Among the challenges being tackled by projects in the fund are illegal dumping, flooding and wayfinding.

The eight companies are Analytics Engines, Carra Group, Danalto, Evercam, mSemicon, Route4U, Skytango and SparroWatch.

The programme was launched last year with a call for proposals to tackle specific challenges.

200 expressions of interest were received and 40 proposals, with 16 awarded phase one funding worth around €12,500 each.

The Smart Dublin group, made up of the four Dublin local authorities, also provided support to the companies.

Smart Dublin aims to work with technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve city life. 

The illegal dumping challenge plans to find low cost, innovative, tech solutions to tackle illegal dumping and fly tipping.

The flood monitoring stream seeks to use technology to provide real-time monitoring of gullies, especially in high risk areas and during a flood event.

Meanwhile, the wayfinding project aims to help people find their way seamlessly between indoor and outdoor environments and to arrive at their destination or appointment on time.