Getting Smarter on Cycling in the Capital – Cycling Challenge Phase 2 Winners Announced

Back to News, Blogs & Events

15/03/2017

Four companies have been each awarded €25,000 to develop smart technology solutions to help increase bicycle usage, to gather better data to 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 receive €12,500 in funding to research and demonstrate the viability of their Smart solution. Four of these companies have now been selected to work with the city council to pilot their solutions over the next few 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 http://bikelook.eu/
  • Fluidedge introducing the Liberty Bell, a bicycle bell that allows cyclists to record actual or perceived obstacles to aid safe cycling in Dublin. “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 fluidedge.ie
  • See.Sense offers the See.Sense ICON intelligent and connected bicycle light which as well as keeping cyclists safer with daylight visible brightness, allows cyclists to collect anonymised, crowd-sourced data that includes the identification of 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 https://seesense.cc/
  • 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.

 

Fluidedge and See Sense are looking for volunteers to participate in their trials. Click on the links below to sign up

http://www.libertybell.io/dublin

https://seesense.cc/pages/dublin-cycling-challenge

 

 

Click here to see full press release

Click here  to see blog post on phase one winners announcement

Click here to see blog post on cycling challenge launch

Click here to find out SBIR programme background

Latest News, Blogs & Events

Mastercard and Dublin City Council partner to use data to improve city intelligence and performance

Mastercard and Dublin City Council (DCC) as part of its Smart Dublin programme have signed a three-year innovation partnership to harness the power of big data to support Dublin’s city...

Smart Dublin – Finalist of the World Smart Cities Awards

  Smart Dublin has been selected as one of the finalists of the World Smart Cities Awards in the City category. The other finalist cities are:   City Lyon Métropole City...

Smart Dublin Needs Volunteers!

Pin It to Win It – Pin It in the Parks Dublin Challenge   Smart Dublin in partnership with the EU Horizon 2020 Route to PA project are looking for volunteers to...

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 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 area/s are you interested in collaborating?
  • 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 would be expected of the local authorities in terms of staff engagement and other resources?
  • What you would be contributing?
  • The nature of the collaboration (e.g. trialling, piloting, research and development) and how it would be implemented                        (e.g. a description/timeline of your 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  received sales  pitches from companies that knew little about us or what we are trying to do.

If your main interest is not collaboration but rather you are selling a service/solution let me know please. If there is a challenge or tender for the service/solution you are offering, aligned research, or we are hosting a relevant showcase event, 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 we will present it to the Smart Dublin Steering Group for consideration.

If the proposal is of interest it will be passed to relevant departments within the local authorities for assessment and to find champion to manage the project. We will aim to get a decision from departments within four weeks.

If the relevant departments are interested in developing a collaboration  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.

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

Sign up for our mailing list to get notified about projects and events.

Smart Stories

Do you have a great smart city story or project that you would like to showcase?