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 city life. It was launched in March 2016.
Dublin has all the right ingredients to become one of Europe’s leading Smart Cities: multinationals, SMEs, research institutions, city and state agencies and citizen/community groups, who are committed and excited to support Smart Dublin’s vision.
The key objectives are:
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.
At the very beginning of the initiative Smart Dublin ran workshops with more than 150 operational staff in the four Dublin local authorities which established that their big challenges were around Sustainable Mobility (e.g. reduce congestion; logistics and freight optimisation; better understand movement & flows); Extreme Weather & Flooding (e.g. better response and prediction, low cost monitoring); Environment (e.g. noise, air quality, clean litter free streets); and Energy (e.g. reducing energy footprint, improve building performance, upgrade street lighting, district heating).
Dublin has a privileged ecosystem of multinationals, start-ups, SMEs, research institutions, city and state agencies and citizen/community groups, who are committed and excited to support Smart Dublin’s vision. One of the objectives is to partner and collaborate with internal champions and external stakeholders to develop successful projects. The program also aims to make Dublin an ideal place for testing smart cities solutions and a champion of open data sets.
Exciting collaborations and projects so far include:
An engagement process for companies to work with Smart Dublin: Following on the example from other cities like Boston, we have created a 7 step process to engage company that approach us to test their solution in one of the 4 Dublin local authorities.
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