Vodafone has launched the country's first narrowband network for connecting all sorts of everyday objects like bins, parking spaces and sensors worn by livestock to the internet.

The network is designed to assist companies building devices and services in the so-called Internet of Things sector.

The system only requires low level power to work, which means it can easily connect millions of small devices that have low bandwidth requirements to each other and to the internet.

It can also operate over large areas and even when devices are underground or within buildings.

The low power requirements mean batteries can last up to 10 years on a single charge and the system also operates on low cost hardware, the firm says.

Vodafone says the development will lead to a smarter and more efficient society, as more and more products, services and apps are brought online.

The chief executive of Vodafone Ireland, Anne O'Leary, said the network operates in the licensed part of the radio spectrum making it more secure.