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.

Smart Economy

Smart Economy

Working together to transform challenges into opportunities for innovation.

Smart Dublin will launch a series of open call outs for new solutions to identified city region challenges with lower entry barriers for small businesses and start-ups.

  • How can we use smart technologies to improve city liveability and competitiveness?
  • How can we  innovate in procurement, taking a challenge based approach to procurement to deliver better quality outcomes for the city?
  • Positioning Dublin as the place to pilot and scale new smart city technology opportunities.


Smart Government

Smart Government

Promoting transparency, evidence based decision making and better service delivery

Local government must be responsive to Dubliners needs, engaging and enabling active and connected citizens through better online services and open governance.

  • How to access more timely and accurate information to better manage our city?
  • How can Dublin open up more public information and build an open data culture and encourage information sharing in the public sector?
  • How do we deliver relevant information to citizens in real time?
Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility

Promoting intelligent, efficient and integrated transport systems

Intelligent transport solutions seek to optimise movement around the region, providing safe, accessible and integrated public transport and active travel choices.

  • How can we better manage pedestrian, cycle and vehicular flows and reduce congestion?
  • How to encourage more people to walk or get on their bikes?
  • How can we better understand how people move around the city region?
Smart Environment

Smart Environment

Promoting sustainability, energy efficiency and building climate resilience

Digital and sensor technologies can reduce energy demand and provide real time information to monitor environmental quality and respond quickly to pollution or emergency incidents

  • How to improve the safety and cleanliness of our streets and open spaces?
  • How can Dublin better predict and respond to flooding?
  • Reduce energy use and build long term sustainability and resilience to climate change.
Smart Living

Smart Living

Promoting a healthy environment and good quality of life

Digital technology and mobile applications can improve information flows between the city and the citizen, engage local residents to improve their environment and inform healthy choices.

  • How can collaborative technologies help bring communities together?
  • How to create an accessible region for all?
  • How to help older people live independently for longer?
  • How to improve citizen wellbeing?
Smart People

Smart People

Promoting participation, engagement and inclusion for all Dubliners

Digital technology, apps and social media can help overcome barriers to participation and improve communication between the city region and disconnected citizens.

  • How can local government use technology to engage better with Dubliners?
  • How can people get more people involved in improving their city and services?
  • How to bridge the digital divide.

Meet our team

"Developing Smart Solutions to make the Dublin region a better place to be, to live, to work, to visit and do business


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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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 ideas

Since our launch, we have received numerous proposals from companies that would like to work with Smart Dublin. To help facilitate them and give everyone the same opportunity we have developed a simple engagement process.

Enter Challenge

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

  • Seed funds
  • Access to testbed infrastructure
  • City expertises


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