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Dublin to become the first fully 'sensored' city in the world

More than 200 gateways, which will feature up to six sensors for each one, will gather and monitor environmental data such as air quality, and noise levels in the city.

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A NEW PROJECT will see Dublin become the first fully ‘sensored’ city in the world.

The pilot project, run by Intel and Dublin City Council, will place 200 sensing gateways – up to six sensors for each gateway – across the city to test their use in city management and citizen engagement.

The sensors will gather and monitor environmental data such as air quality, and noise levels in the city, and will make the data available to residents and other parties on an open basis. Intel will deploy a wide-scale research platform in the city to help facilitate the project.

It’s hoped that both the data provided from this as well as real-time traffic information provided by Dublin City Council will give residents the opportunity to shape the way the city is developed.

The president of Intel, Renée James said that the project can “be a global reference for how technologies might transform cities.”

Dublin City Manager Owen Keegan welcomed the project saying it would help improve the quality of life in the city.

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.

Last week, Intel made the largest private investment in the history of the Irish State by investing over €3.5 billion in its Kildare site. It currently hires more than 5,200 people in its companies across Kildare, Shannon, Belfast and Cork.

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