Rick Nassar

Born and raised in Dubai Rick, the eldest in a family of five, lived his life as an expat.

There were some setbacks like never knowing his native home, he still was able to im-merse in the diverse culture the city had with most of his life long friends from all parts of the world. It also offered a great cosmopolitan living with a close nit expat community, and that he is thankful for. Over 9 years ago him and his wife, who is a native to the town, settled in Cahersiveen. Now, with three kids, two of which go to a local school, they are delighted to be living here and call this place home.

Cahersiveen was once one of the busiest trade towns on the Ring of Kerry. All that changed with the better roads, faster cars that everyone owned and general enterprise centralisation by governments. It is obvious that rural Ireland is not succeeding commer-cially like the bigger towns and cities, grants and funding have been declining and created a stale rural economy reliant on the financial ‘handouts’ culture. Fed up with it all he couldn’t sit still and let a town that took him as its own waste away.

Cahersiveen IoT initiative is a pilot programme that was founded by Rick over two years ago. It is a non profit initiative that was fully backed and funded by the Local Enterprise Office, who generously allocated a first phase fund of €20,000. The project is now at it’s soft launch stage with all the hardware equipment erected, Public WiFi already active, and the website live. Few key enterprises that are interested in the project include HP/Aruba and Kii will use it as a living lab to conduct evaluation and a test bed for prototy-ping pre-commercial products and services.

Many case studies and projects focused on Smart Cities, Cahersiveen being a genuine ru-ral area, will be pioneering the first IoT based rural development project in Europe. This pilot will be used as the first case study in Rick’s PhD to answer a fundamental question, whether or not IoT technology can be a major contributor to rural development.

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