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Fingal County Council successful in securing funding for two projects from the Public Service Innovation Fund 2020

Fingal County Council has been awarded a total of €35,000 under the Public Service Innovation Fund, which aims to support innovation from public service bodies to promote collaboration and improved approaches to service delivery.

Digital Innovation talk at County Hall

Two Digital Fingal projects - the 3D Virtual Reality Model to Enhance Citizen Engagement and the Building Smart Traffic Control Room and IoT Sensor Testbed for Traffic Congestion - were successful in their applications.

Some €20,000 has been awarded to develop a 3D Virtual Reality model to enhance citizen engagement in Balbriggan. The proposal is to create a 3D Virtual Reality (VR) Model which will be located in the new Our Balbriggan Hub to connect with residents, public services and business in a meaningful way. 

The Hub situated in Georges Square, in the centre of the town will be the engine room for the recently published Our Balbriggan 2019 – 2025 Town Rejuvenation plan and is where the Our Balbriggan team will be based. Having VR technology will enable the team to engage further with the citizens and help them to visualize how their town will be developed.

This project will be led by the Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Department, supported by the Digital Fingal Team.

A further €15,000 has been secured for the development of a smart pilot project. The funding will go towards developing intelligent traffic solutions and trialling IoT sensors in the Dublin 15 pilot area, in partnership with ESB Innovation. This will enable Fingal County Council to use real-time data to improve traffic flows, reduce congestion and monitor traffic and environmental data.

This project will be led by the Operations Department of Fingal County Council, supported by the Digital Fingal team.

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. David Healy said: “Using all forms of technology to better engage with and improve the lives of residents is a key goal for the Council. The funding that has been secured will allow us to do this through engaging better with our communities and to improve the efficiency of infrastructure in the county for the benefit of our residents.”

AnnMarie Farrelly, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council said: “Fingal County Council is always looking to innovate and use the latest technology in the services that we provide to our communities. The funding secured from the Public Sector Innovation Fund will allow our Digital Fingal team, alongside the Our Balbriggan team, to engage better with our residents in Balbriggan as well using technology to improve the road experience of our residents. We will continue to invest in new technology to keep up to date to provide top quality services to our residents.”

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