What is Smart Dublin?


Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve challenges and improve city life.

We aim to position Dublin as a world leader in the development of new urban solutions, using open data, and with the city region as a test bed.


  • Provide Better Services – To develop, drive and facilitate public services which are better, easier, more efficient and accessible for citizens.
  • Promote Innovative Solutions – To provide new, innovative and better solutions to existing and future challenges which impact our citizens, businesses and visitors.
  • Improve Economic Activity – To support regional economic development by helping to create an ecosystem that attracts and provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and businesses, and communicates this to the wider world.
  • Increase Collaboration and Engagement – To create effective internal and external collaborations and partnerships with local authorities, other public sector organisations, academia, external agencies, businesses, citizens and international partners.

Benefits of Smart Dublin

  • Acts as a reference site to validate smart city technologies
  • Move from research to reality
  • Builds a collaboration framework to solve Dublin’s challenges
  • Delivers more efficient  city services
  • Increased engagement with citizens and service users
  • Enhances the quality of life

Smart Dublin is delivering a programme that encourages the creation of solutions to address city needs. It has an emphasis on using the opportunities offered by emerging technology and public data. Smart Dublin has identified mobility, environment, energy, waste and emergency management as priority challenges.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is central to a smart city where everyday objects are connected to the Internet allowing useful information to be communicated to other objects, machines or people. For cities this means  for example more intelligent cities with better connected citizens, infrastructure, vehicles and buildings.

"The Smart Dublin vision is a mix of data-driven, networked infrastructure, fostering sustainable economic growth and entrepreneurship, and citizen-centric initiatives, with a particular focus on improving city services” Rob Kitchin, Programmable Cities, Maynooth University


Dublin is divided into four administrative areas: Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council.

Dublin City Council

It is the largest Local Authority in Ireland with a population of over 500,000 people. The city lies around the mouth of the river Liffey and along Dublin Bay.

South Dublin County Council

It has an area of 222.74 square kilometres and a population of 265,205 according to the 2011 census. It is bounded by Dublin city the Dublin Mountains and County Wicklow to the south, the River Liffey to the north separating it from Fingal and County Kildare to the west.

Fingal County Council

Fingal is located to the north of Dublin City and is also bordered by South County Dublin, Meath and Kildare, and to the east by the Irish Sea. The county covers an area of c. 448

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County is located between the outer suburbs of Dublin City and the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains on the East Coast of Ireland. It covers the electoral areas of Dundrum, Glencullen, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire and Ballybrack. Its population is approximately 207,000 people.

Smart Economy

Working together to transform challenges into opportunities for innovation...

Smart Government

Promoting transparency, evidence based decision making and better service ...

Smart Mobility

Promoting intelligent, efficient and integrated transport systems

Smart Environment

Promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and building climate resilienc...

Smart Living

Promoting a healthy environment and good quality of life

Smart People

Promoting participation, engagement and inclusion for all Dubliners


The success of Smart Dublin is built on partnerships. We have strategic relationships with our collaborators where we are collaborating to put Dublin on the map.

Get involved

We believe that collaboration is the best approach to find innovative solutions to Dublin’s challenges. If you are working on a smart city solution and would like to test it in Dublin, we would like to hear from you.

Our Engagement Process

We would love to hear your ideas

Since our launch, we have received numerous proposals from companies that would like to work with Smart Dublin. To help facilitate them and give everyone the same opportunity we have developed a simple engagement process.

Enter Challenge

Smart Dublin is running a series of challenges where we may offer access to:

  • Seed funds
  • Access to testbed infrastructure
  • City expertises


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