Cities are buzzing with data. Traffic ebbs and flows, card readers ping and security cameras monitor footpaths. Every one of us is shedding reams of GPS signals, tweets and likes too.
Most of this data is simply shelved on distant servers and forgotten. But properly aggregated and anonymised, this kind of data can help city authorities develop policies that create greener, safer and more enjoyable places to live.
That’s exactly what Smart Dublin is designed to do. This is a joint project between Dublin’s four local authorities in partnership with technology providers, researchers and local citizens. Its goal is to use the latest technologies to interrogate open data and unveil effective solutions for Dublin’s most pressing issues. The project aims to find ways to improve governance, integrate transport systems, promote sustainability and support citizens’ quality of life.
The presence of global tech giants in Dublin’s Docklands, along with a range of transport options, smart sensors and a steady stream of new-builds made the area perfect for a digital takeover.