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Dublin was voted Europe's fourth most popular city break destination, behind London, Paris and Rome and is one of the friendliest capital cities in the world. Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of Europe's most attractive capitals. Dublin is a relatively small and accessible city, small enough and safe enough to get around on foot, while the Luas tram system and the suburban rail system, the DART, provide excellent transport links throughout the city.

Smart City Status: 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.

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Mobility

ICT

Waste

Security

Accelerating the Potential of Drones for Local Government

A project from Dublin City Council, led by the Smart Dublin team, to accelerate the potential of drones across local government in Ireland.

Social Responsibility

ICT

Academy of the Near Future: Design Your Future City

Academy of the Near Future is a smart cities education programme developed by Smart Docklands, Dublin City Council and CONNECT. The 'Design Your Future City' Week allowed students to participate in workshops in which they could discover innovative technology skills and solutions to local problems.

ICT

Water

Flooding Innovation: Real-Time Data for the Dublin Region

Dublin City is getting new ‘smart’ rainfall sensors to give it an early-warning system to protect against flooding. This figure is increasing due to sea-level rises and more intense rainfall.

Energy

ICT

Air

IoT Energy Network: Reducing CO2 and Energy Consumption

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council launched a pilot project, searching for the best way to capture energy-usage data. That data could then be used to drive changes in behaviour and policy.

Mobility

Air

Health

Blanchardstown Smart Public Mobility Hubs

Reducing our reliance on private cars is an important step towards decarbonisation, improving mobility and reducing congestion. In 2020, Fingal County Council launched an innovative new Public Mobility Hub, providing citizens with shared, sustainable and accessible public mobility options.

Security

Social Responsibility

Dublin Rough Sleeper Alerts App

The app enables members of the public to alert the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) to the location of anyone sleeping rough, allowing outreach teams to rapidly make contact and provide support and services.

Mobility

Air

Health

Air View Dublin

“Air View Dublin”, an initiative that will see Google’s Street View car take to the streets of Dublin to measure air quality across the city. This initiative will inform smart transit programmes, with the goal of reducing emissions and increasing the use of cleaner modes of travel.

Water

Security

Other

Gully Monitoring: Flood Risk Management Solutions

The Gully Monitoring Challenge was launched in 2017 to seek innovative solutions that could improve local authority responses to flooding.

ICT

Mobility

Accessible Parking: Using Satellite Data to Map Accessible Assets

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and ENABLE, through the Smart Sandyford Programme, have partnered with Access Earth to prototype a ground-breaking, satellite classifier tool to map accessible assets within a built environment.

Mobility

ICT

Smart Bike Light: Crowd-sourcing cycling data for better planning

The smart bike light, which flashes in accordance with its surroundings, collects data including real-time location of journeys, speed, dwell time, road surface quality, collisions and qualitative survey data.

ICT

Future Planning: 3D Data Modelling

3D modelling technology is used to create three-dimensional digital representations of objects or surfaces. It helped developers and city planners to visualise new opportunities and communicate the impact of existing and proposed developments in Dublin.

ICT

Other

Smart City Furniture

Smart urban street furniture are a very tangible manifestation of the Smart City; helping to increase the attractiveness of public spaces by providing public service information, and connectivity, while at the same time enabling the collection of important environmental data.

Mobility

ICT

Air

Health

Citizen Science for Traffic and Air Pollution Monitoring

An EU funded 'citizen science' project that empowers citizens to take a leading role in measuring road traffic and air pollution in their neighbourhoods.

Energy

ICT

Air

Google Environmental Insights Explorer

Google's EIE is helping to fight climate change by providing cities with data and modelling capabilities to reduce emissions.

Mobility

ICT

Waste

Health

Drones: Tackling Illegal Dumping

Drones (unmanned aerial devices) are increasingly used to deliver services across the world. South Dublin identified this technology as a solution to illegal waste dumping.

ICT

Mobility

Route4U: Helping to Improve Physical Accessibility

The project Route4U collected data on physical obstacles to improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Building

MyDoorStep bringing Vital Information to Citizens

South Dublin County Council’s MyDoorStep project is a digital information platform and walk in-service that provides buyers with all of the detail needed to make the most informed decision possible when purchasing a home.

Other

The Dublin Beat Understanding Citizen Sentiment

Dublin City Council, through the Smart Dublin initiative, is collaborating with Citibeats, to better understand how citizens experience the city region. Through social media analysis, local authorities can gain important insights into how citizens feel about key civic issues.

Security

Health

School Streets: Improving safety and wellbeing for primary school pupils

Launched in November 2019, the Fingal County Council School Streets initiative explores how car-free zones outside schools can create safer, cleaner and more environmentally friendly spaces.

ICT

Building

Dublin´s Hugh Lane Gallery: Understanding visitor flows using a Privacy-by-Design Approach

Technology is implemented in the Hugh Lane Gallery to provide information on visitor numbers and movements within the Gallery.

ICT

Other

Dublin Economic Monitor: Analysing Dublin´s Performance

The Dublin Economic Monitor is a joint initiative on behalf of the four Dublin local authorities to track developments in the capital’s economy.

Mobility

Air

Last Mile Delivery SBIR Challenge

A desire to find a way to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of urban deliveries was the inspiration behind the “Last Mile Delivery Challenge”. Launched in late 2018, the project is co-funded as part of the Small Business Innovation Research Programme.

Social Responsibility

Unheard Voices SBIR Challenge

The challenge aimed to find new, technological solutions to help individuals and groups engage with their local authority, focusing on young people, migrant groups, and others not traditionally reached with existing methods.

ICT

Other

Future Connectivity: Docklands 5G Network

To help offer equitable access to 5G in Dublin, Dublin City Council’s Smart Docklands programme has partnered with Dense Air and CONNECT Research Centre, to prototype a ground-breaking neutral host small cell 5G network.

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