Open Car Sensing + Real-time analytics = Smart ‘Greener’ City

Lots of people use cars to commute to work and usually leads to traffic congestion and slow moving traffic. Smartphones provide us with information about location and extra information via other sensors integrated in the phone. On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) II dongle with blue-tooth connected to car can help us obtain various information about the car. Citizens can help becoming sensors helping in decision making and other citizens requiring different kinds of information.

While travelling the user has an app running on a smartphone app.. This app collects OB-II data from the car along with other data from the various sensors on the phone and location information (real-time vehicle tracking) is sent to the server. In the server this data is collected, processed, analysed and visualised. The collected data from various such resources can help prepare heatmaps of pollution levels, traffic congestion, etc. Decision makers can use this information via the dashboard. Citizens can get relevant information on their mobile devices.

Based on the analysis, we can achieve better understanding of the transportation network and thus provide better services with regards to arrival time of buses through useful insights about effective use of such services. This can thus improve the quality of service for public transport use and effectively use private vehicles. This data can be combined with data from pedestrians (smartphone app for real-time tracking), cyclists, train travellers, etc to provide meaningful insights about the load on the transportation network.


Wins 3rd Prize – A meal for two at The Morrison Grill, sponsored by The Morrison Hotel.

Short Description:

We propose a ‘Smart Ticket’ system to replace paper and card ticketing systems for commuter transport services. Digital ticketing would be a much more environmentally sustainable system than the current one, replacing the amount of waste and litter resulting from short lived and discarded commuter transport tickets.

Users would be able to pay their bus fare, top up their accounts, access their travel records and access real time information concerning commuter services and passenger data all through their smart phones. Commuter service providers would also benefit from the constant stream of real time information and the growth it would provide for their services.

The process is realistically technically feasible through the use of either RFID chip technology, bluetooth technology, QR code or barcode scanning or simply ‘checking in’ with the on board Wifi.



2nd Place: Michael O’Byrne

Wins 2nd Prize – XPS tablet

Short Description:

This clip shows a demonstration of an app which is designed to help improve the quality of people’s daily commute. The app is centred around the user. Since most people tend to travel a limited number routes, most often at similar times of the day, the app would incorporate this information and use it to notify the user about events which are likely to affect them.

Another feature of the app is the ability to make informed suggestions about alternative routes/modes of travel around the city based on analysing real-time information. For example, the app may suggest that Dublin bike would be a suitable alternative for a given journey if, and only if, there are bikes available at the bike station in question.

Finally, the app would allow users to comment on the traffic, thereby providing a source of qualitative information to supplement the raw traffic data. This would include the ability to interactively pin-point the location of a traffic ‘hot-spot’ or a crash on the map to inform other commuters.

Overall, this app should help achieve a smoother and more predictable commute.


The name of my idea is Student Ad-app-tation:
With the increasing costs of living, particularly in cities and cuts in educations grants, students in 3rd level education have had to adapt to the harsh economic climate. Through this we have gained information and skills that could be useful in helping other students. Whether this involves advice on where to find bargains for grocery shopping, or where to find the best second hand books I believe every Irish student has some advice to contribute which is what inspired my idea. I believe a website that enables students to post their advice relevant to lifestyle topics (accommodation, budget shopping, study advice etc.) would enable students to not only help each other but help themselves to achieve social and economic stability through the use of open data and information technology. This would be accessible to any student with a downloadable app for students on the go.