Intel Labs Europe to co-innovate with Dublin City Council on a ground breaking Smart City project for a city wide environmental sensing platform
• Intel® QuarkTM processor based Gateway platforms to enable environmental sensing across the city of Dublin.
• The intelligent city pilot will give Dublin the infrastructure to be one of the most densely sensed cities in the world.
• Intel Labs Europe and Dublin City Council will engage and involve citizens and various others sources of public data such as social media.
On April 1st 2014 Intel and the Dublin City Council announced that they would work together to implement a city wide Internet of Things (IoT) demonstration platform in Dublin City. As urban populations grow worldwide, this collaboration will accelerate a shared vision for high-tech, sustainable cities that utilize low power and small core technology along with ubiquitous sensor capability and seamlessly connect citizens to these capacities and to each other.
Intel will deploy a wide scale IoT demonstration platform in Dublin to enable environmental monitoring detecting important city parameters such as air quality and micro-climate conditions. Under the co-innovation project, Intel will adapt its technology, and work with Dublin City Council to come up with new and innovative ways of engaging citizens. The project will also involve the management of data to support decision making and the development of a community of co-innovators drawn from national and local stakeholders.
More than 50% of the planet’s population now live in cities, increasing to 75% by 2050 and cities worldwide need to start preparing infrastructure cost effectively. The demonstration platform will incorporate multiple distributed IoT gateways based on Intel Quark processors with various sensor devices to detect and make environmental data available to the city administration as well as to citizens.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on March 27th by Intel President Renee James, Dublin City Manager Eoin Keegan, Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn and Martin Curley, VP Intel Labs Europe at Intel’s site in Leixlip, Ireland. “Cities are the nexus for the explosion of Internet of Things technologies and we are pleased to partner with the city of Dublin on Intel Quark processor based sensor technology to improve the quality of life and help make the city run more efficiently,” said Intel President Renee James. “We imagine Dublin can serve as a global reference for how these technologies might transform cities.”
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, said: “This is a very exciting development for Dublin and for Intel. 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.”
He continued: “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.”
Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager, welcomed the announcement of the project and said “This project will facilitate better environmental management of the city with the potential for pro-active real time engagement of citizens, all of which should contribute to improved quality of life. Dublin will be the first city to roll out environmental sensors on this scale. This will bring increased global attention to Dublin from investors, companies and innovators.”
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Pictured at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding are (back row); Owen Keegan, Dublin City Manager, Martin Curley, VP Intel Labs Europe and Philip Moynagh, General Manager of Intel’s Quark Solutions Division and (front row): Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Intel President Renée James