Enhancing longer living in smarter places

Our research centre is based in Dundalk Institute of Technology

We develop ideas to enhance the lives of older people

Here at NetwellCASALA, Dundalk Institute of Technology, we create new ideas that enhance the quality of life and well-being of older people and those who care for them, through more integrated community-oriented services, more sustainable home and neighbourhood design, and more age-friendly technologies - with the ultimate aim of enhancing longer living in smarter places. We work collaboratively to provide the services that older people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Below are just some of the areas we work in.

Research & Development

We undertake applied research in the fields of health and wellbeing for older adults and energy monitoring. Our research expertise includes user-centred design of age-friendly technologies, human-computer interaction, data integration and analysis, environmental design and social policy.

Social Innovation

We work closely with social innovation enterprises to inform the evidence-based development of new services and delivery models within an implementation science framework. We work closely with the health service as well as local government.

Policy & Practice

We perform academic research to inform social, economic and environmental development policy and practice as it relates to demographic change and age-friendly environments. We work at local, regional, national and international levels.


We collaborate with industry and enterprise (commercial and social), academic research centres, and community services at an international, national and local level. We provide access to our Living Lab as well as knowledge in ambient assisted living and smart environments, to strengthen research and innovation activities.

Student Training

We work with both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Masters and PhD level and contribute to the delivery of specific post-graduate programmes within DkIT in Health, Ageing and the Environment.

Our research projects

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Great Northern Haven

A unique collaboration between the Louth Local Authorities, local Health Service Executive, industry partners, research & development and the older residents. Great Northern Haven is a demonstration housing project consisting of 16 purpose-built smart homes, each equipped with a combination of sensor and interactive technology to support AAL for older people.


This is a joint initiative with Fujitsu Laboratories and University College Dublin to develop independent living solutions for older people. Kiduku aims to build a platform to support the collection, analysis and presentation of data for monitoring health conditions related to ageing.


INDICATE is an FP7-funded project to support stakeholders in the transition towards smart cities by providing an interactive decision support tool for urban planning and design. The tool will assess the interactions between urban objects and spaces, buildings, the electricity grid, renewable technologies and ICT and recommend options for optimising infrastructure, installing technology, and providing cost effective utility services.

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