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September 21, 2022 00:26:28
Dublin Month #6 - Smart Balbriggan:

Dublin Month #6 - Smart Balbriggan: "A Smart Community Initiative"

In the sixth and last episode of our Smart Dublin mini-series, we talked about the Smart Balbriggan programme and the community-based and innovative projects of this small town of 25,000 inhabitants on the northern edge of Dublin’s coast.  For this, we had the pleasure to discuss with Aishling Hyland, the Fingal County Council Digital Programme Officer.   Overview of the episode: 02:26 - Aishling's background 03:27 - Teaser: Fun facts about Balbriggan  06:24 - What is the population of Balbriggan? 07:37 - What are Balbriggan's challenges? Is it too small to be qualified as 'Smart'? 09:36 - What's the story of Smart Balbriggan? How did it start with Smart Dublin, and what were the milestones? 14:00 - The WeCount project: EU-funded 'citizen science' project that empowers citizens to take a leading role in measuring road traffic and air pollution in their neighbourhoods 14:44 - What has been the biggest challenge in getting citizens involved? 18:38 - A digital replica of Balbriggan for citizen engagement 21:32 - Roll with the Punches: our guest answers this or that questions quickly and with their first instincts  23:34 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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September 19, 2022 00:34:53
Dublin Month #5 - Smart Docklands:

Dublin Month #5 - Smart Docklands: "Education, Engagement and Connectivity"

In the fifth episode of our Smart Dublin mini-series, we ventured into Smart Docklands – located in the heart of Dublin and a major centre of innovation and employment – with Darach Mac Donncha, Programme Manager at Smart Docklands.   Overview of the episode: 01:55 - Teaser: Three words to describe Smart Docklands 02:46 - Darach's background 06:30 - What makes Smart Docklands special? 10:50 - Darach's favourite project and its related challenges: the Academy of the Near Future 19:27 - How can you address different types of stakeholders in these projects? 27:29 - Roll with the Punches: our guest answers this or that questions quickly and with their first instincts  31:08 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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September 14, 2022 00:23:44
Dublin Month #4 - Smart DCU:

Dublin Month #4 - Smart DCU: "Bridging the gap between academia and industry"

In the third episode of our Smart Dublin mini-series, we focused on Smart DCU, a collaboration between Dublin City Council and partners Enable, Insight and DCU Alpha. Smart DCU aims to develop, test and trial cutting-edge technology innovations within the university campus. We thus sat down with Kieran Mahon, the Smart DCU Projects Facilitator, and discussed living labs, autism-friendly campus, Digital Twins, robot delivery and more!   Overview of the episode: 01:50 - Teaser: Did Kieran attend Dublin City University? 03:07 - What is Kieran's background? 03:54 - Who are the partners within Smart DCU and how do they collaborate? 04:34 - How did this collaboration come to fruition? 05:39 - Are there limitations to using a university campus as a living lab? 06:56 - Kieran's favourite projects: Digital Twin 08:39 - Pieces of Advice for people looking at Digital Twins and its related challenges 09:37 - Does this kind of work can be replicated in other places? 10:24 - Talking about the Smart DCU: Robot Delivery project 11:21 - What are the next steps for Smart DCU? 11:05 - Trial and Error: what went wrong? What mistakes were made along the way, and what lessons were learned? 19:12 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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September 12, 2022 00:30:18
Dublin Month #3 - Smart Dún Laoghaire:

Dublin Month #3 - Smart Dún Laoghaire: "Technology for inclusion"

In the third episode of our Smart Dublin mini-series, we focused on one of the Smart Districts of Dublin located on the east coast of Ireland: Dún Laoghaire. We spoke about the specific challenges and unique characteristics of this district with Dr Conor Dowling, the Smart Dún Laoghaire Programme Manager.   Overview of the episode: 02:03 - Teaser: If Dún Laoghaire were an animal, which animal would it be? 04:30 - What is Conor's background and how did he end up in Dún Laoghaire? 06:16 - What are the key challenges in Dún Laoghaire? How do partnerships help with these key issues? 07:20 - Conor's favourite project: SCORE (Smart Control Of the Climate Resilience in European Coastal Cities) 09:30 - How much can we future-proof our coastal towns at this point? Isn't it already a bit too late? 13:24 - What is the Collaborative Research Model and how does it work? 16:37 - How can we determine if the Smart Dún Laoghaire programme is successful? How can we assess the impact? 18:58 - Conor's take on IoT (Internet of Things) projects in Dublin: see our 'Accessible Parking: Using Satellite Data to Map Accessible Assets' Use Case 24:04 - Hot Take of the Day: hear an opinion from our guest that might be slightly controversial or debated 27:24 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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September 07, 2022 00:34:17
Dublin Month #2 - Open Data:

Dublin Month #2 - Open Data: "The backbone of Smart City projects"

In the second episode of our Smart Dublin mini-series, we spoke with Luke Binns, Smart Dublin Projects Coordinator, and Gabriel Byrne, Systems Analyst & Team Leader in the South Dublin County Council, about the world of open data and data ecosystems.   Overview of the episode: 02:43 - Teaser: What are things that people get usually wrong about open data? 04:37 - What are Luke and Gay working on specifically? What is Dublinked and how does it work? 08:30 - Is there a time when data shouldn't be open? 11:00 - What are the challenges when it comes to citizen engagement? 12:35 - All about Dublin Region's Climate Action Challenge 16:20 - Gay's passion project: Hale and Hearty 18:40 - What could be the negative consequences of open data? 20:15 - How do you keep data up to date? 26:51 - Shoutout: our guests mention a person, an organisation or a city they think deserves more recognition in the field 29:55 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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September 05, 2022 00:31:29
Dublin Month #1 - Smart Dublin:

Dublin Month #1 - Smart Dublin: "It's all about people and relationships"

With this episode, we are kicking off a special podcast series in collaboration with Smart Dublin, featuring and digging into some of the most unique aspects of the Dublin ecosystem and what makes Smart Dublin really a strong example at the forefront of Smart Cities in Europe and beyond. For this first Dublin Month episode, we sat down with Alan Murphy, Smart Dublin's Regional Manager, and discussed Smart Dublin's goals and mission, as well as the Smart City ecosystem in Dublin, Ireland.   Overview of the episode: 01:56 - Teaser: If Dublin were an animal, what would it be? 02:53 - What is Smart Dublin? 05:00 - What is a Smart region? 07:20 - The challenge of coordinating a wide range of stakeholders 11:51 - What makes the Dublin ecosystem unique? 14:55 - Pieces of advice for people working with the Quadruple Helix Model 16:01 - Alan Murphy's favourite Smart Dublin project: the Dublin Rough Sleeper Alerts App 20:00 - What does Dublin being part of the 100 cities for the EU Mission for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities mean for Smart Dublin? 25:15 - Trial and Error: What went wrong? What mistakes were made along the way, and more importantly, what lessons were learned? 28:39 - Ending Question: To you, what is a Smart City?   Liked our show? Remember to rate it! Want to join us for an episode? Contact our host Tamlyn Shimizu. And for more insights, join our Smart City Community!   Is your company a leader in sustainability, innovation, or a key player in the Smart City field? Join us for BABLE's Innovation Market Watch! ...

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