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 more intelligent cities with better connected citizens, infrastructure, vehicles and buildings for example.
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.
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Promoting intelligent, efficient and integrated transport systems
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Promoting a healthy environment and good quality of life
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.
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, our door is always open.
Our Engagement Process
We would love to hear your smart city ideas.
Since our launch, we have received numerous contacts from start-ups and companies that would like to work with us. To help facilitate this we have developed a simple engagement process to help evaluate proposals and give everyone the same opportunity to engage with us.
To start with, we would like you to email us some information we can use to evaluate if your product of service is something that can be of interest for our partners. Please, don’t email a sales pitch or try to set up a meeting to do one. They simply are not useful to us.
Here is what we need:
- Name of company and contact details
- What specific area are you interested in collaborating on and why?
- What will the benefits be to the Smart Dublin partner local authorities? e.g. will your product solve a problem, increase efficiency, enhance a current service?
- What will be expected of the local authorities in terms of engagement and resources?
- What you would be contributing?
- The nature of the engagement and how it would work in practice. e.g. a description/timeline of you product trial
If you have examples from previous trials or implementations, please include them.
Please take some time to go through our website and understand Smart Dublin. It seems very intuitive but we have sales received pitches from companies just taking a chance and not knowing anything about us or what we are trying to do.
If you are not interested in collaboration – e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development, addressing local authority challenges – but rather you are selling a service/solution let us know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering then we will contact you with details.
After we receive your information the Smart Dublin team will assess your proposal and call a meeting with you if needed. If the proposal is successful it will be presented to the Smart Dublin Steering Group, which meets once a month, for consideration.
If the proposal is of interest it will then be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. Further information may be sought at this stage. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.
If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration, depending on the work and resourcing involved, the proposal may be passed on to the legal and other relevant departments.
Once everything is agreed, then it will progress to a recommendation for collaboration, which will be sent to the local authority CEOs for final sign-off.
All proposals will be logged and their progress tracked by the Smart Dublin team and published in the Smart Dublin website.
Once a quarter we will host a Meet Smart Dublin event, a session where prospective collaborators can meet staff to share information, ask questions, pitch ideas, etc. These will be advertised through the website and mailing list.
Smart Dublin is running a series of challenges where we may offer access to:
- Seed funds
- Access to testbed infrastructure
- City expertises