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Digital Subscriptions > Cities Today > March 2019 > Dublin’s docklands becomes a centre for innovation

Dublin’s docklands becomes a centre for innovation

Jonathan Andrews reports from Dublin on how the Irish capital’s Smart Docklands initiative is not only attracting big and small tech companies but also benefitting citizens as the city becomes a partner in creating solutions
Photo: Smart Docklands/Dublin City Council
The See.Sense light not only reacts and flashes according to the prevailing conditions but also builds a record of every trip capturing useful data
Photo: See.Sense

John Coolican has ridden the five kilometre route to his Dublin office in the docklands, east of the city, many times in the past. The bike journey takes him through narrow suburban roads, a pleasant stretch along the River Liffey, and then along the route of a defined cycle lane.

What makes his commute different is that he has been part of an experiment to capture data from his daily journey to benefit other residents and cyclists. In 2017, he started using a new bike light that not only reacted according to the prevailing conditions but which also built a record of every trip capturing useful data.

Coolican, who works for consulting firm Accenture in an innovation lab in the docklands, was one of 500 people that undertook a trial of the See.Sense light at the end of 2017 in conjunction with Dublin City Council.

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