Dublin to become first fully ‘sensored’ city

Pictured front: Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Renée J. James, president Intel Corporation. Back: Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager, Martin Curley, Intel Labs, Philip Moynagh, Intel Quark Solutions

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1 April 2014 | 0

Intel and Dublin City Council have announced a project which will see Dublin become the first densely ‘sensored’ city in the world. The four-year project will test the use of sensors in city management and citizen engagement.

Using Intel’s Quark-based Gateway platforms, 200 sensing gateways will be placed around Dublin City to gather and monitor environmental data such as air quality and noise. Each of these gateways can deploy up to six sensors.

Intel will deploy a widescale Internet of Things (IoT) research platform in Dublin to facilitate the project. The data gathered by the sensors will be made available to citizens and other stakeholders on an open basis, enabling the development of apps which will give real-time information about air quality, noise and water levels.

Commenting on the announcement, Renée James, Intel president, said: “Cities are the nexus for the explosion of Internet of Things technologies… We imagine Dublin can be a global reference for how technologies might transform cities.”

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, said: “People cycling to work or exercising during the day will be able to find the most environmentally friendly routes. In addition, there will be the opportunity for smart phones to be used as sensors giving further real time information as to how people are using the city to move about and for exercise.

“I hope that the city will respond by providing better cycle ways, more trees and making traffic adjustments to reduce areas where air quality is poor or noise levels high. This is in keeping with Dublin’s objective to remain one of Europe’s leading digital cities and I’d like to pass on my compliments to everyone in Intel and Dublin City Council for placing Dublin firmly on the global city innovation map.”

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