Fingal, Balbriggan, Ireland

Episode: Dublin Month #6 - Smart Balbriggan: "A Smart Community Initiative"

Guest: Aishling Hyland, the Fingal County Council Digital Programme Officer


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Summaries of Key Takeaways:

  • Smart Balbriggan Initiative: A community-focused project in the town of Balbriggan, part of the Smart Dublin program, aimed at improving public services and quality of life.
  • Public Wi-Fi and Smart Benches: Implementation of public Wi-Fi and solar-powered smart benches in the town, enhancing connectivity and convenience for residents.
  • IoT Projects: Introduction of various Internet of Things (IoT) projects, such as ring buoy sensors for water safety, to improve community safety and engagement.
  • Community Engagement and Feedback: Emphasizing community feedback in shaping the initiative, with annual engagements to gather input from residents.
  • Digital Twin of Balbriggan: Development of a 3D digital twin model of Balbriggan, used for public consultations and planning.
  • Focus on Education and Youth: Special attention to educational programs for young people, particularly in digital skills and coding.


“To you, what is a Smart City?”:

Aishling Hyland: “Um, to me, a smart city is a city that works for the people that is just, you don't even notice it, it it's just something that the citizens don't even realize they're in a smart city, because it's just so, um, non-intrusive <laugh> yeah. Yeah. So if it's something to do with sensors, collecting air quality, or, um, telling, uh, a local authority staff member to collect a bin, or to check a, a ring boy, or if it's helping a citizen get onto a digital skills class, you know, it's just exists without there being any hardship. Yeah. Um, that's, and, and it's connecting, it's all connected with, you know, the local authorities. So we're able to, um, oversee, you know, the, and make efficient, uh, decisions on, on the town. So that's, that's where I see it. Like, people don't even know they're in a smart city.”