Dundalk is a city in Ireland, located between the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and as such is equidistant with Dublin and Belfast. As a result it is on the main transportation route between this two major cities and its bus and train routes service both cities via Dundalk.

The population of Dundalk is 37,816 inhabitants and it covers an area of 24km2.  In 2003 Dundalk was amongst nine cities to be designated Gateway status in the Irish Government's National Spatial Strategy. The Dundalk community has a strong track record of smart and sustainable initiatives.  DKIT manages the Louth Living Lab established in 2010 and is a benchmarked member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). A living lab is defined as "a user-centred open-innovation ecosystem operating in a territorial context, (e.g., city, agglomeration, region) integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership”. A living lab is fundamentally different to a test bed as it seeks to involve all stakeholders as co-creators in the research rather than subjects being tested. This dictates a multi-disciplinary, heterogeneous, user-centred methodology addressing four main activities: co-creation, exploration, experimentation, and evaluation.

Within this Living Lab, Dundalk 2020 is the first exemplar Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) in Ireland, established by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and now managed by a community based team. A Sustainable Energy Zone (SEZ) was initially created in 2005 within Dundalk. This SEZ is an area of Dundalk of around 4 sq km, chosen as a the initial focus point for the SEC Programme activity that contains all the elements of a community –residential, college, secondary school, hospital, leisure facilities, industrial park, retail, hotel and office accommodation. This site targets to achieve 20% renewable heat, 20% renewable electricity and 40% energy efficiency in selected buildings
Detailed data is available from the zone, including information with respect to the energy consumption of the individual buildings, information from the installed renewable technology sources (heat and electricity) and their efficiency with respect to the reduction of overall fossil fuel demand. This data is used to extrapolate energy data for the wider community and DKIT are currently responsible for the monitoring and improvements to the site and as such have access to the wealth of information available to be used for the INDICATE project.

Dundalk will be used to assess the masterplanning aspect of the INDICATE tool.  A Virtual City model of what the area would have looked like before the SEC initiative began will be built.  The VCM will then be used to offer improvements and technology integration choices that could have been used in the city and a study with respect to what has been achieved and what could have been achieved will be performed.  This will demonstrate how INDICATE could have been used to inform the decisions, make better choices and improve the time taken to reach the targets set out. Recommendations with respect to further improvements from an Integration and Optimisation perspective will also be offered to the SEC.