A partnership between Sandyford Business Improvement District, Science Foundation Ireland Enable Research Programme and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council, the Smart Sandyford initiative brings together the expertise of the local authority, academia and the business community to work collaboratively to solve local challenges.
Speaking about the launch event, Therese Langan, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council Director of Service said:
“We are delighted to be part of this new, exciting partnership. The Smart Sandyford programme demonstrates Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown’s commitment to innovation; using new technology projects to improve life in Sandyford and future-proof the district”.
This new initiative is one of three “Smart Districts” supported by Enable across the Dublin region under the Smart Dublin umbrella.
Professor Siobhán Clarke, Director of Enable remarked:
“The Smart Sandyford programme will provide an exciting opportunity for real-world, high-impact research; testing and trialling new technology solutions that can deliver positive change for Sandyford.”
Conor Battigan, Sandyford Business Improvement District Chief Executive noted:
“Smart Sandyford will bring tangible value to the businesses and residents of the district, positioning Sandyford as the world-class destination in which to work and live.”
The Smart Sandyford Programme will focus on delivering smart projects that meet the needs of the local community, including in the areas of mobility, environment, public realm and community-building.
An example of some of the projects being undertaken and partners are:
- Air Quality Sensors - through the IScape project with UCD are set to be deployed in the district and given to local companies to manage and deploy through citizen science https://www.iscapeproject.eu/
- Traffic Sensors - as part of the WeCount H2020 research project with UCD we will be deploying transport traffic counting sensors again incorporating this theme of citizen engagement. https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/872743
- Accessibility Mapping - are mapping the accessibility needs especially around car parking spaces in the district. Local residents and stakeholders can review local shops, restaurants and businesses for their level of accessibility. The project is underway and they have access to the satellite for the mapping to begin. http://access.earth/
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