Smart light hope to lead to clever cycling in the city
Cyclists in the capital are being invited to get involved in an innovative smart light pilot scheme that will connect over 500 cyclists across the city.
As well as keeping cyclists safer on the road, the See.Sense smart ICON light collects a wide range of data with a view to helping city planners understand better how to improve cycling infrastructure and policies to promote cycling in the city.
The award winning lights, designed by See.Sense, are daylight visible, enhancing cyclist safety in all lighting conditions.
Using sensor technology they flash brighter and faster in riskier situations such as road junctions and roundabouts as well as when a car is approaching.
The light boasts 270-degree side visibility meaning cyclists can be seen at greater angles and it uses Bluetooth so can be paired with an Android phone to control brightness and send alerts in case of theft or accident.
The sensors can also anonymously gather data on the cyclist’s environment, such as the quality of the road surface, cycling routes, accidents and near-miss events – providing accurate qualitative data and allowing the city to be mapped like never before.
“Dublin is an ideal place to test new and emerging smart city technologies,” said Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager for Dublin City Council.
“We are delighted to work with See.Sense to expose the city to fresh thinking in how we embrace new technologies.
“This project is one of four smart cycle pilots that we have funded with the support of Enterprise Ireland and it’s helping to put Dublin on the map for cycle and technology innovation.”
Co-founder of See.Sense, Irene McAleese, said the Smart Dublin Cycle Challenge is providing a unique opportunity to engage with Dublin’s cycling community and test the innovative ICON technology.
“We work with data science experts at Queen’s University Belfast to gain meaningful insights from the data and to develop a scaleable solution that can be applied to any city in the world,” she added.
Edel Kelly, Senior Executive Planner for Dublin City Council said there is great potential for the project.
“There are a wide range of use cases that we see possible from the real-time sensor data collected from these lights,” she added.
“The data collected by the trial participants will be used to help us develop a safer and better cycling experience for Dublin.
“Projects like this act as an important precursor to Dublin hosting the global cycling congress, Velo City in 2019, of which a key theme will focus on smart cycling technologies.”
The pilot scheme will run from August to November and those wishing to take part need to register and have access to an Android phone.
Those successfully registered can avail of the hi-tech light that usually retails at €90 for a heavily subsidised price of €20.
For full details see www.smartdublin.ie/see.sense.