Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin Local Authorities to engage with smart technology providers, researchers and citizens to solve city challenges and improve quality of life. Smart Dublin aims to identify regional challenges, to find opportunities for innovation and to call out for new solutions to those challenges.
Our objectives are:
Smart Dublin is built on a collaboration model:
The aim was to create a collaboration framework to ensure that the region takes advantage of some of the big technology trends that have already transformed how we live. For example, the rapid growth of smart phone penetration (now 75% in Ireland), digital savvy citizens, the emergence of internet of things (IOT), and the possibility of using big data to better manage our cities in real time.
The four Dublin local authorities were already participating in a range of smart city initiatives, however the Smart Dublin initiative led by the 4 Dublin Chief Executives now co-ordinates a regional approach and provides a central point of contact for smart city projects. The creation of a regional structure in 2016 meant that resources could be pooled and the impact of initiatives could increase greatly. The challenges mentioned before extend beyond the administrative boundaries of each local authority and collaboration was a logical step.
‘We are big enough yet small enough to be the ideal location to pilot new city services and solutions’
Dublin has an amazing ecosystem of world leading tech companies, a vibrant start up tech scene, Europe’s most innovative SME’s, a young highly skilled work force and world class research clusters. Nine out of ten of the worlds top tech companies have a presence in Dublin. Smart Dublin also has the support of city and state agencies like Enterprise Ireland and IDA.
Smart Dublin is taking a challenge based approach to delivering on our Smart Dublin ambition.
In order to achieve this, we have engaged through design led workshops with operational staff across the four Local Authorities to identify priority challenges that they face, for example: better transport management, response to extreme weather and flooding events, improved energy efficiency and more efficient service delivery. The results of theses workshop will form the basis of our Smart Dublin work programme for the next 2 years.
Before they arrive they should visit www.Dublin.ie a new web site that celebrates the very essence of Dublin; the people, places and things that make it truly unique as a place to live, work and learn in.
Let’s say that they want to cycle around Dublin. They could hop on a Coca-Cola Zero Dublin Bike one of the most successful bike rental schemes in the world. There are 1,500 bikes available at 101 stations around the city. If they prefer to drive they can book a city wide car pooling GO Car and use our pay zone smart parking app.
If they wanted to use public transport they could pick up a public transport payment card (LEAP) and check the Dublin Dashboard to find out real time travel information. The Traffic Management Centre keeps traffic moving across the city.
They might want to experience an Irish football (Gaelic) or hurling match in our 88,000 seater national stadium Croke Park (one of the largest stadiums in Europe). It is also one of the world’s first carbon neutral stadiums and now the test bed for a suite of cutting edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
They will probably be impressed with our clean streets a result of the deployment of Smart bins (big belly compactors) which not only collect and compact with real time monitoring, but also collect environmental variables and count pedestrian numbers. If they venture out to North Dublin (Fingal county council) they could find out the latest happenings in the area with their Unfolding News Story App which was developed in partnership with ESRI.
Visit out Smart Stories page to find out about this and many other projects happening in the Dublin region!
The aim of our work is to improve life for all city/region users, so citizens are right at the centre of what we do. Delivering more responsive services is a key objective of and finding ways of using technology to empower communities and create a better engaged citizen will be one of the pillars our work programme.
Over the next two years we will launch a number of challenge based procurements and start up competitions to solve priority challenges that the city region face. We also encourage entrepreneurs and developers to submit ideas and proposals for smart projects and pilots through www.smartdublin.ie. Also, we will use our online panel Your Dublin Your Voice to consult with city users about our Smart Dublin priority themes over the next 2 years.
Our stakeholders are varied: staff, businesses, external companies and organizations, universities and researchers, citizens, etc. We connect and talk to them in many different ways from simple talks, emails, workshops, regular meetings, conferences, social media…. It really depends on the stakeholder.
Many local authorities and government departments face the problem of working across silos. Sometimes their sheer size makes it difficult to find out what is happening in other departments and collaborate, other times internal culture prevents it; however, that is changing. It’s not going to happen overnight, however with increased awareness building and the support from the chief executives there is certainly an increased wish to communicate better and collaborate. We believe that this will have a positive impact not only in productivity and efficiency but also on staff morale.
By the very nature of the project we need to work not only across departments but also across local authorities. We are multidisciplinary team and most of us have been part of other multidisciplinary teams before, which is one of our main strengths. We all bring a different perspective to the project and are used to building relationships across departments and organizations.
We also have strong support from management in the region and enthusiastic colleagues across the region and other cities in Ireland who look forward to working with us.
We take city to city collaboration very seriously. Cities face similar challenges: trying to deliver more with less; to better understand the opportunity to deploy new technology solutions; to procure more innovative solutions; to understand the new business models; moving from pilots to scale up solutions, etc. . We need to work together to build better cities and as part of this we are involved in a number of EU projects under Horizon 2020 and Urbact where we share experiences.
We work with cities in the US, EU and Asia through organizations such as TM Forum, Open and Agile Connected Cities (OASC), The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), Connected City Advisory Board and the City Protocol Society.
Some cities that we have engaged with include Atlanta, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Manchester, San Jose, Glasgow and Eindhoven and the list is always growing. In the Irish context we have jointly established a Smart City National Forum.
Some examples of projects delivered through collaboration are:
Open, Connected, Engaged
Thanks Jamie and Zaira for participating in Smart City Brand (@)
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