Getting Smarter on Cycling in Dublin – Cycling Challenge Phase 2 Winners AnnouncedBack to News, Blogs & Events
Four companies have each been awarded €25,000 to develop smart technology solutions aimed at increasing bicycle usage in our city, gathering user data to better understand cyclist behaviour, and help deter bicycle theft.
Six months ago, Phase 1 of the Smart Dublin Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition saw five small businesses each receive €12,500 in funding, to research and demonstrate the viability of their Smart Technology Solution.
Four of the successful companies have now been selected to work with Dublin City Council, to pilot their solutions over the coming months. The chosen companies and their smart solutions are:
- BikeLook, which monitors bicycle usage and deters and detects bicycle theft. “More cycling data and less bike crime will make Dublin safer and cleaner. Our mission is to show that bikes reduce congestion and need to be part of smart urban transportation”, Mark Bennett, CEO, BikeLook
- Fluidedge, whose Liberty Bell product allows cyclists to record actual or perceived obstacles to aid safe cycling in Dublin city. “There is an identified lack of data and in particular, qualitative data in relation to the city cycling experience. Cities, even those with a cultural and historical focus on cycling, need field research tools such as Liberty Bell”, Conor Cahill, CEO, Fluidedge
- See.Sense, whose ICON intelligent and connected bicycle light not only keeps cyclists safer with daylight visible brightness, but also allows cyclists to collect anonymised, crowd-sourced data relating to road surface conditions, collisions, and near-miss hotspot areas. This unique data will assist in the design of safer cycling infrastructure and smarter cities for everyone. “Dublin is a city at the cutting edge of thinking for smart cities, and we are hugely excited to have the opportunity to partner with the city to help achieve the goal of increasing cycling participation”, Philip McAleese, CEO, See.Sense
- Smartcharge introduces a tracking, logging and data harvesting system for use with bicycles in an urban area aiding the cyclist in predicting the ease of a journey, safety along the way and creating a secure parking facility at the end of the journey. “We are delighted to be part of the SBIR process. We hope to use our expertise in new and exciting areas, such as the smart city projects, and to contribute to the body of knowledge in making Dublin a safer and better place to live and work”, Mick Berry, CEO, Smartcharge.