The IMaR Technology Gateway is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union
through the ERDF Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021-27.

Introduction to the IMaR Technology Gateway

The IMaR Technology Gateway provides technological expertise in the fields of Intelligent Mechatronics, Process Automation, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) to generate solutions for the close to market needs of Irish industry and business sector.

IMaR is a member of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway network comprising 17 specialised Gateways delivering innovation expertise and solutions for Irish industry.

IMaR works in conjunction with industry to aid the research and development of innovative products and services through a dedicated team of full-time researchers and engineers. IMaR applies emerging technologies, expertise and specialist knowledge across the all sectors to help innovative businesses and companies succeed in the introduction of new and improved products, processes and services.

Aims and results

Each Technology Gateway acts as a bridge, or gateway, between relevant research groups in host institutions and local companies and targets industry sectors relevant to the core capabilities of the nominated research group. IMaR Technology Gateway’s aim is to manage the interaction between the companies and the host, help the companies articulate their technical issues that need to be resolved, source state or EU funding where appropriate, and ensure projects are delivered successfully.

This intervention will encourage and assist the host institute, MTU Kerry, through engagement with industry on a national and regional basis. This will drive an increased level of innovation amongst user companies resulting in higher levels of new product / service development and job creation and retention.

The Technology Gateway Network, comprised of all Technology Gateways across Ireland, is leveraged to ensure an open-door policy for all potential users. In essence, a company in one region can work with a research group in another by utilising their local Technology Gateway as the access point.

In summary, the programme will:

  • Provide open access points for industry.
  • Delivery of close-to-market solutions for Irish industry.
  • Be regionally based but with nationwide reach.
  • Act as regional portals to the nationwide expertise in Irish Research Infrastructure.