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The city council has been working with Grid Smarter Cities to better understand and analyse potential uses cases and support last-mile delivery.
Smart Dublin and Enterprise Ireland’s SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) programme has selected Grid Smarter Cities to participate in the next phase of a last mile delivery pilot. The trial is being conducted in partnership with Dublin City Council and Belfast City Council.
The Newcastle-based company has been working with Dublin City Council to better understand and analyse potential use cases for Kerb, its “intelligent kerbside management” solution in the city centre.
The aim is to dynamically manage the kerbside with the use of virtual loading bays (VLBs).
Kerb is an app that gives commercial vehicles the ability to book a VLB on previously restricted kerb space in the city.
According to Grid, Kerb helps highway authorities reduce pollution, reduces the cost of administering penalty charge notices (PCNs) and creates a tool to assist with managing traffic flows at peak hours helping to reduce congestion.
For commercial vehicle operators, the app seeks to save time and fuel by creating more efficient deliveries and drop offs.
With the use of the virtual bays, loading and unloading operational efficiency is increased, and costs of administering PCNs is reduced as previously restricted kerb space is allocated as bookable VLBs.
For residents, the improved traffic management results in roads becoming clearer, with less idling in traffic and ultimately shorter journey times.
“The concept of Kerb is simple and highly innovative and has the potential to transform how cities manage kerbside in the future,” said Jamie Cudden, smart city programme manager, Dublin City Council.
“We are delighted to partner with Grid Smarter Cities and look forward to piloting the Kerb solution on the streets of Dublin as part of the phase 2 deployment”.
“The concept of Kerb is simple and highly innovative and has the potential to transform how cities manage kerbside in the future”
The phase 2 project, anticipated to start in June 2019, will see Grid Smarter Cities use delivery operators in Dublin to pilot Kerb by utilising virtual loading bays at locations across the city centre.
Grid said the pilot will seek to demonstrate the benefits of the solution for all stakeholders –and act as a foundation to determine how the solution can be scaled up across further locations in Dublin, Belfast and beyond.
“Our phase 1 funding allowed us to establish that there is a fantastic opportunity for Kerb in Dublin and Belfast, with Grid being able to use our solution to better manage the demands on our already restricted kerb space,” added Neil Herron, founder and CEO of Grid Smarter Cities.
“In phase 2 we are looking forward to being able to trial Kerb to be able to empirically demonstrate how the solution can support commercial operations as well as aiding traffic management and tourism in the city centre.”
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