Belfast LIVE

We are thrilled to announce that our first UK network of next-generation telecommunications hubs has gone live in Belfast. Strategically positioned throughout the city centre, the Pulse Smart Hubs provide a range of core public benefits to today’s digitally-led society.

Residents and tourists are using the hubs to make free calls, connect to WiFi, find their way around the city and discover local events. We have been working closely with local stakeholders to ensure the Pulse Smart Hub network supports Belfast City Council’s strategic vision for smart cities and that the benefits to the city and its residents are truly maximised and available free to all.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey joined our Founder and CEO Patrick Fisher, to officially launch the network of “smart street furniture” in the city. They were joined by stakeholders and agencies from across Belfast.

“As well as the impressive public health and safety features they will offer, the Pulse Smart Hubs will put Belfast on the map as a truly modern 21st century city that focuses on meeting the needs of its citizens and visitors. They are a symbol of the agencies and key stakeholders working together for the benefit of our city. This initiative supports our Smart Belfast framework which harnesses innovation, technology and data science to build on the city’s growing strengths in the digital sector, and, unveil great products for the future.”
Cllr Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast (pictured)

We actively support four local charities – The Rainbow Project, Welcome Organisation, PIPS, MindWise – in providing direct helplines and getting vital information to people that need them the most on our smart hubs. We are proud to support such important causes that make a real difference to people’s lives in Belfast.

Pictured: Gavin Boyd (The Rainbow Project), Kieran Hughes (Welcome Organisation), Maria Morgan (PIPS Charity), Seaneen Molloy-Vaughan (MindWise), Patrick Fisher (CEO, Urban Innovation Company)

"Belfast is a changing city and is ever adapting to the demands of all users of the city centre. Pulse Smart Hubs will add value to Belfast city centre by helping people to stay connected, whilst enhancing public services for both visitors and residents alike in terms of providing maps and wayfinding information, not to mention each hub will provide lifesaving defibrillators."
Sarah-Anne Attwood, Business Liaison Officer, Belfast City Centre Management

We work in close partnership with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, Police Service Northern Ireland and Belfast City Centre Management to ensure that citizens have everything they need to stay safe.

  • Defibrillator allowing anyone, without training, to save a life
  • Police override function for public messaging, in case of emergency
  • Public messaging to promote the City, local services, and events
  • 999 button that connects directly to the police, fire, and medical services

Pictured: Sarah-Anne Attwood (BCCM), Stephanie Leckey (NIAS), Patrick Fisher, Inspector David Gibson (PSNI)

Collaborating with Visit Belfast is a key part of the Pulse offering, ensuring that residents and visiting tourists alike make the most out of the city.

  • Public messaging to promote the City, local services, and events
  • Free-to-use touchscreen interface to access local maps, services, facilities, and visitor information provided
  • Free public WiFi so people can enjoy connectivity around Belfast City Centre

Pictured: Philip Allard (Urban Innovation Company), Mary-Jo McCanny (Visit Belfast), Alison McLoughlin (Visit Belfast), Patrick Fisher (Urban Innovation Company)

Our Pulse LIVE team were on the ground to help residents and tourists understand all the functionalities the Pulse Smart Hubs have to offer, showing how easy and simple it is to make a free call, charge your phone, find out local information, make an emergency call and even access a life-saving defibrillator.