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Five Smart Projects Receive Funding to Improve Cycling in Dublin

Dublin City Council and Enterprise Ireland announced the winners of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition at The House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green this evening.

The competition, which was launched by Smart Dublin last March, sought to find smart technology solutions to help improve and scale up cycling across Dublin. The challenge generated 98 expressions of interest, 23 proposals with 14 dragons den style pitches.

Five companies were selected to receive funding of up to €12,500 and supports from Dublin City Council to research and demonstrate the viability of their smart solution.

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The chosen companies and their smart solutions are:

 

  • Ambie introducing BikeLook which monitors bicycle usage and deters and detects bicycle theft

 

  • Fluidedge introducing Liberty Bell, a bell that allows cyclists to record actual or perceived obstacles to aid safe cycling in Dublin

 

  • Hindnseek presents a low power device attached to a bicycle that generates real time data with can be integrated with other data sources

 

  • Limeforge Ltd. offers the See.Sense Tracker providing a ‘find your iphone’ like capability allowing cyclists to easily track their stolen bikes

 

  • M2C Smartcharge Ltd. introduces a tracking, logging and data harvesting system for use with bicycles in an urban area aiding the cyclist in predicting the ease of a journey, safety along the way and creating a secure parking facility and the end of the journey

 

Commenting at the announcement Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive, Owen Keegan said “A key aspect of our Smart Dublin initiative is to test new ways for the Dublin Local Authorities to pilot and understand the possibilities of using innovative technologies to solve city challenges.  We are genuinely impressed with the level of ideas that were presented through the SBIR process and look forward to working with these entrepreneurs to pilot and hopefully scale their products using Dublin as a test bed.”

Kevin Sherry, Divisional Manager, Enterprise Ireland commented “Enterprise Ireland is excited to work with Dublin City Council on this initiative, and we congratulate the phase one winners on their innovative solutions which will improve the cycling experience and safety of bicycle users in urban areas.”

David Timoney, Dublin Cycling Campaign who are supporting the initiative added “There are real opportunities to use these new low cost innovations to better understand cycling patterns and experiences.  This in turn will allow for more evidence based decisions by the City on cycling infrastructure. The data will hopefully strengthen the already strong arguments for increased transport spends on cycling.  Furthermore solutions to address cycle theft in Dublin through smart tracker devices have the potential to dramatically reduce bike theft levels currently estimated at a staggering €20,000 per annum in Dublin alone.”

The companies have three months to develop their solution to pre-prototype stage, after which some will be selected for further funding (up to €25,000 each) to complete their prototype solutions.

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 For further information contact:

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council M 087 783 5411

Notes to the Editor:

Details of the successful proposals are:

Ambie: BikeLook is a smart city solution to monitor bicycle usage and to deter and detect bicycle theft. Using low power radio (Bluetooth Smart) to track bicycles in the city. Bluetooth trackers’ effectiveness is usually limited by the radio range between the sensor and a mobile phone, but through strategic location of listening posts at bicycle parking, junctions and on street sweepers, the opportunity exists to monitor the volume and direction of cycle traffic in the city.

 

Fluidedge: ‘Liberty Bell’ – A smart bicycle bell that allow citizens who cycle record actual or perceived obstacles to safe cycling in Dublin. Hotspots are highlighted in real-time and authorities are alerted to poor road conditions or poor behaviour by other road users.

 

Hidnseek: A low power device attached to a bicycle that has the ability to generate real time data which can be integrated with existing data sources and information to create an overall accurate picture of the cycling experience in Dublin. The device can measure GPS co-ordinates, speed and environmental conditions using the low cost sigfox network.

 

Limeforge Ltd – See.Sense: The See.Sense Tracker will provide a ‘find your iphone’ like capability using LPWA and GPS, allowing cyclists to easily track their stolen bike anywhere across the city. At the same time, our patent-pending use of sensor technology enables the crowd sourcing of real-time data about cyclist’s journeys over a wide range of variables. Two variants will be created – one for use on personal bikes and one for integration into city bikes alongside our ICON intelligent bike light.

 

M2C Smartcharge Ltd: A tracking, logging and data harvesting system for use with bicycles in a metropolitan area. The system will endeavour to aid the cyclist in predicting the ease of a journey (front end), safety along the way with geographic analysis (Journey Safety) and create a secure parking facility at the end of the journey (destination management)

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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.

 

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. It supports sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

 

Dublin Cycling Campaign The Dublin Cycling Campaign is an independent, voluntary cycling advocacy group that has been working to improve the city for all cyclists since 1993 www.dublincycling.ie

 

What is Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)? SBIR refers to the public procurement of research and development on new innovative solutions before they are commercially available. It involves different suppliers competing through different phases of development, while the risks and benefits are shared between the procurers and the suppliers under market conditions.

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South East Area Dublin Junk Collection

To all residents in the South East Area – notice will be given two days in advance of the collections of ‘junk’ on each of the following streets.

BOW LANE AREA
PRINESS ST SOUTH
DOWLINGS COURT
LOMBARD COURT
LOMBARD ST EAST
PEARSE ST
SANDWITH ST PLUS UPPER BOYNE ST
BOYNE ST,  SANDWITH ST PLUS UPPER MAGENNIS PLACE

PLUS RIGHT TURN OFF ERNE ST

UPPER AND LOWER HANOVER ST

EAST MACKEN ST

CREIGHTON ST  – TURNS OF THIS TO BE NAMED
WINDMILL LANE       GRAND CANAL QUAY
LIME ST   SOUTH LOTTS ROAD    PLUS TURNS OFF IT
CARDIFF LANE     BARROW ST PLUS TURNS OF IT
MACKEN ST      DENZILLE LANE
MISERY HILL      HOLLES ST
FORBES ST        FENIAN ST
HOGAN PLACE
GRAND CANAL ST LOWER AND UPPER PLUS RIGHT TURNS OFF IT
GRATTEN ST
CLAMWILLIAM PLACE
BENSON ST           WARRINGTON PLACE
HANOVER QUAY   HERBERT PLACE PLUS LANE
GREEN ST EAST    PERCY PLACE AND LANES OFF IT
BRITAIN QUAY       WILTON TERRACE
TOWNENDS ST     WILTON PLACE
LAD LANE              HOLDEN PLACE
CUMBERLAND ROAD           STABLE LANE
JAMES ST EAST                   LAVERTY COURT
JAMESPLACE EAST            MACKIES PLACE
POWERS COURT LANES OFF IT      PEMBROKE COURT
VERSCOYLE PLACE  THE MEWS AND LOFT
GRATTAN ST PLUS     THE BLOCK OFF IT       ADLEAIDE ROAD
KINGRAM PLACE CHARLEMONT ST
LESSON PLACE AND   CLOSE PETERS PLACE
PEMBROKE ST NO 6  TOM KELLY ROAD
PEMBROKE PLACE    CHARLOTTE WAY
BAGGOT PLACE         CUFFE LANE
FITZWILLIAM LANE     KEVIN ST LOWER
BOGGOT COURT       LIBERTY LANE
JAMES PLACE EAST CATHEDRAL LANE PLUS TURNS OFF IT
BULL ALLEY ST
ABLANA BLOCK          BRIDE ST
ABLANA VILLAS           WERBURGH ST
GREENORE TERRACE      GOLDEN LANE
ISLAND VILLAS             CHANERY LANE
HOGAN PLACE            SHIP ST LITTLE
HOGAN AVE
CARLINFORD PARADE      CASTLE ST
GRATTIN ST                      JOHN FIELD ROAD
ALBERT PLACE EAST
CLARENCE PLACE GREAT    MACKEN ST
PEARSE GROVE
CITY QUAY
MEADES TERRACE
BASS PLACE
HOLLIES ROW
WILSON TERRACE

Sean Moore Community Awards – Nominations

 

 Sean Moore Community Awards

We are delighted to confirm that the Sean Moore Community Awards – first established during the 1988 Dublin Millennium has a new sponsor and will be presented by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn at a ceremony in Clanna Gael Fontenoy, Ringsend on the 20th February next year.

The awards are open to any Dublin 2, 4 or 6 people, or organisations, who have made an exceptional contribution to the community.

We invite you or your organisation to consider putting forward a nomination outlining the reasons why your nominee(s)  should receive an award.

A nominee could be a good neighbour, a long serving youth, community, or resident’s association leader. The person can be young or old, man or woman. You the community determine that. There will be a number of awards presented.

Please send your nominees to the following no later than Friday, 7th February 2014 to:

The Chairperson,

Panel of Judges, Sean Moore Community Awards,

c/o NewsFour,

Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre,

Thorncastle Street,

Dublin 4

Emma Dwyer
Editor
NewsFour
 
t: @newsfour
t: 01 667 3317

Dublin City Council Community Grants 2014

Deadline Jan 31st 2014

Dublin City Council aims to support community groups with their activities and projects by promoting the participation and involvement in the city through the community grants scheme.

The Community Grants Scheme is run on an annual basis and is open for application from mid December of each year. The closing date is the last working day of January of the following year. The Grant Application forms will be available on line, from the local Area Offices and from Community and Social Development which is located in the Civic Offices. An Irish version of the application will also be available.

Community Groups make their applications while taking into consideration the key priorities of the scheme such as:

  • Community Development
  • Social inclusion
  • Children and young people
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Integration
  • Marginalised groups
  • Local Area Issues

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Forms are also available in hard copy in the South East Area Office in Block 2, Floor 4 of the Civic Offices and in the SEA Community Section in Block 2, Floor 3.

Fiona O’Brien, Staff Officer, Dublin City Council, South East Area Office, Block 2, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

Tel.: 01 222 5127  Fax.: 01 222 2499

Home Less

Tomorrow at the Housing committee meeting in Dublin City Council I will be calling on Fr Peter McVerry to withdraw his name from the process of ‘Freedom of the City’ in solidarity with the homeless of this city and country on the grounds of principal, ethics and morality. Accepting such an award would give an impression that this task of ending homelessness is somewhat complete when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of those agencies who are involved with homeless individuals and families are now in the ‘business’ of merely carrying out Government policy which has done absolutely nothing to address the issues of the many homeless on the streets of our country and the thousands on the city council’s and county council housing waiting lists. Tonight, and throughout the cold winter nights and days, the homeless will be left wandering our streets when the Government and its agents are merely warehousing the problem. Charity is not the solution to homelessness. Homelessness is a political issue that needs to be kept on all the political agendas. It is not the time to be singling out any individual or organization involved in the issues of homelessness for freedom of Dublin city. It is well acknowledged the good work that Peter McVerry has done in saving lives and assisting individuals and we are all very grateful for that but if he was to decline this offer and stand in solidarity with those who find themselves in a hopeless situation that would be greatly appreciated and warmly welcomed and it would send a strong message to those who think to appease the situation, minimize the situation, and exploit the situation with a pseudo gesture like this. This has all the hallmarks of a cynical exercise by an individual politician as we enter into the Christmas season when the poor, the homeless, the disempowered are patronized and further marginalized.