Dublin City Council launches digital pavement restriction management tool as part of SENATOR pilot
Decarbonisation is one of the main challenges for cities and one of the key points of the Urban Agendas. Population is concentrating in urban centres, e-commerce is increasing, and city centres are becoming increasingly congested, with corresponding CO2 emissions. This means that more and more cities are working to become more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, to ensure the sustainability of our planet. This is the case of Dublin, which is part of the 100 cities participating in the EU Mission for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030, and is testing the SENATOR project as a pilot.
To address this transformation, one of the actions Dublin City Council is undertaking is the management of kerbside restrictions as part of the SENATOR project pilot. Ireland’s capital is innovating its kerbside restriction management process with the help of two pioneering companies, AppyWay and Curb IQ . Thanks to this digital tool, Dublin City Council will have better data to make more informed and efficient decisions in relation to kerbside assets. This is being done by extensive survey of the Senator Zone using two different techniques, LiDAR survey and Mobile Mapping to compare the results.
As part of the SENATOR project, the main objective of this action is to locate and find new and innovative ways to promote the efficient and sustainable use of loading bays. In addition, these streamlined constraint management processes, with easy to understand and share data, will facilitate the implementation of initiatives such as electric vehicle charging points or the promotion of active travel.
It is also to note that the kerbside project by Dublin City Council has been selected as one of the Pathfinder projects, which forms a key part of the implementation of the National Sustainable Mobility Policy. It is under the government’s plan to meet Ireland’s requirement to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gases emissions by 2030 in the transport sector and Pathfinder Programme of 35 exemplar transport projects would pae the way for it in next 3 years.
Using data for smart decisions
The adoption of digital tools and in particular the kerbside management solution enables Dublin City Council to manage its restrictions from a highly accurate dataset. It offers the tools, processes and open data needed to make smarter decisions and make the Senator Urban Living Lab a success.
Dublin City Council is exploring the benefits of digitised, map-based constraint management to improve workflows and the accuracy of constraint records. The City Council has also found ample opportunities for data sharing between external mobility services and operators, including SENATOR project partners for the development of the SENATOR platform.