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

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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
  • Sense offers the See.Sense tracker which allows cyclists to collect anonymised,  crowd-sourced data that gathers unique data including the identification of road surface conditions and collision and near-miss hotspot areas, that will assist cities to design safer 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 McAlesse, 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.

 

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

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