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 city 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.


  • To stimulate the economic competitiveness of the Dublin Region, through collaboration between private, public and academic partners.
  • To drive public sector efficiencies and improve services by using the Smart Dublin platform to call out for innovative solutions to identified city region challenges
  • To promote transparency and open government through the publication of local government data on the Dublinked open data portal in open, free and reusable formats

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 and responsive 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 available through Dublinked- Dublin’s open data platform. 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.

"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

The success of Smart Dublin will depend on your input. Dublin’s challenges can only be solved through collaboration. You can share your smart stories, take part in challenges or sign up to the mailing list for the latest news. We will be issuing specific calls for solutions and open challenges where people with ideas may receive access to seed funds, city expertise and a testbed infrastructure.

Share Your Ideas

Your input and engagement is very important for the success of Smart Dublin and we would love to hear your ideas. Ideas might include examples of emerging technologies that have been successfully implemented in other cities.

Enter Challenge

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

  • Seed Funds
  • Access to testbed infrastructure
  • City expertises


Register for updates on news and events

Smart Stories

Do you have a great smart city story or implementation (this might be an app) that we can showcase?