Could Dublin be the leading smart-city in the world?

A new initiative called "Smart Dublin" was launched yesterday

Could Dublin be the leading smart-city in the world?

Transport is an area of focus in the Smart Dublin initiative

Some of the best brains in technology and research are now collaborating with the four Dublin local authorities to solve issues using the data that is there for the world to see. 

The hope is that doing so will transform how problems are solved in the capital, fixing issues the way we know they need to be fixed rather than how we think they do.

There are six key pillars within 'Smart Dublin' that this initiative hopes to tackle, which have been dubbed “open challenges”.

Smart mobility: How can Dublin better manage pedestrians, cycle and vehicular flows and reduce congestion? How to encourage more people to walk or get on their bikes? How can we better understand how people move around the city region?

Environment: How to improve the safety and cleanliness of our streets and own spaces? How can Dublin better understand, predict and respond to flooding? How to reduce energy use and build long term sustainability and resilience to climate change?

Smart government: How to access more timely and accurate information to better manage our city? How can Dublin build an open data culture and encourage information sharing in the public sector? How do we deliver relevant information to citizens in real time?

Smart people: How can local government use technology to engage better with Dubliners? How can we get more people involved in improving their city and services? How can we bridge the digital divide?

Smart economy: How can we use smart technologies to improve city liveability and competitiveness? How can we innovate in procurement, taking a challenge based approach to deliver better quality outcomes for the city? How can we positioning Dublin as the place to pilot and scale new smart city technologies?

Smart living: How can collaborative technologies help bring communities together? How to create an accessible city for both young and older people? How to help older people live independently for longer?

Croke Park is Connected

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As part of this initiative, Croke Park has become the first connected stadium in the world. Researchers from DCU and Arizona State University are working with Intel to turn Croker into a living lab.

Very often a piece of technology or experiment will work well within the confines of a lab, but can produce very different results when it’s out in the big bad world. Researchers have opted to place sensors around Croke Park to see what learnings they get from there with a view to rolling that technology out across the city.

Some of the current projects underway in Croke Park seek to enrich the stadium experience for attendees by monitoring pitch quality, looking at the micro-climate, analysing the athletes' performances, predicting traffic around the area and developing apps that indicate queuing times at refreshment and convenience facilities.


Smart Dublin want to hear from you! Visit to share your smart city ideas, respond to an open challenge, pitch your proposals and share smart success stories.

Speaking at the event yesterday Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager / Policy Advisor at Dublin City Council said that now was the perfect time for Irish people to engage with this project. The technology is there and we have the right, problem solving attitude to do something productive with our city. He also believes that this isn’t a massive leap for most of us as Dublin is already quite a smart city.