Liberty Bell - Smart Auditing System for Clever Cities

Liberty Bell is a low cost, technical solution that simplifies the gathering and centralisation of qualitative data about the movement of bicyclists and pedestrians through a neighbourhood, campus, public amenity or access to different modes of transport.

We need to understand the issues that make people feel unsafe or be unsafe, makes them happy and comfortable while bicycling and walking. Understanding the issues is the first step in addressing the needs of cities to get more people out of cars and moving on foot or on bicycle.

2017 Winner Colorado Department of Transportation International RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge

2017 Winner Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge Phase 2

2016 Winner Smart Dublin Cycling Challenge Phase 1

  • Lack of qualitative bicycling data limits the municipality’s ability to identify safety problems and perceptions. 

  • Liberty Bell captures often undetected or under-reported data, the ‘near-miss’ incidents that scare bicyclists.
  • It is important to be able to audit a neighbourhood from a point of view of pedestrians and in particular across all demographics.
  • Liberty Bell pinpoints the exact spots where people are having problems while they walk or bicycle in cities.
  • Current data gathering tools are resource intensive, inefficient and not cost-effective
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  • The perception of safety while bicycling, is a major reason why people choose not to bicycle in their communities.

Press Release

May 31st 2017, Dublin, Ireland: Dublin’s Liberty Bell heading to the Rockies. Smart bluetooth bicycle bell winner of international US technology challenge.

Auditing & Issue Reporting System

  • Low-cost technical solution to gather qualitative data about the bicycling and walking environment

  • Targeted resources to problem areas. Decisions are evidence-based, making best use of public funds.

  • Customised Interface to meet a municipality's requirements.

  • Audit records can be filtered, sorted and cross-referenced against anonymised data.

  • Great efficiencies in the recording and centralisation of actionable, real-life issues, shortening the complaint-resolution loop time.

As Dublin Cycling Officer I see huge potential for the use of the Liberty Bell in gathering information that will help Dublin City Council understand and improve the cycling environment in our city. The pilot trial demonstrated a real enthusiasm among cyclists for using the bell as a creative and safe way of recording information on their routes and experiences as they cycle through the city.

Sarah Scannell, Dublin City Council. Cycling & Walking Promotion Officer

 

Dublin City Council is are excited by the potential for the application of the Liberty Bell auditing tool across many sectors. From school children auditing their routes to school on foot or by bike to Local Authority Staff auditing the physical environment, we see many ways in which Liberty Bell can be used to modernise auditing techniques and to collect valuable data.

Edel Kelly, Senior Executive Transport Planner, Dublin City Council

 

Fluidedge’s experience in software design methodologies has allowed them to deliver a really beneficial, innovative, exciting new product which will help city planners gain insights into how bicyclists experience our city.

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager at Dublin City Council

 

Safe Routes to School

  • Liberty Bell is a useful tool for carrying out School Cyclability Audits

  • It can be used for Walkability Audits also

  • Only anonymised data used.

  • Smaller bicycle bells more suited to kid bicycles available

You can meet us here

Placemaking Week
10th Oct 2017 to 14th Oct 2017
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This year Project for Public Spaces collaborates with partners in Amsterdam to host a dynamic programme of sessions and workshops, where attendees will develop and share concrete strategies for advancing placemaking locally and globally.

 

Web Summit
6th Nov 2017 to 9th Nov 2017
Lisbon, Portugal

 

Smart City Expo World Congress
14th Nov 2017 to 16th Nov 2017
Gran Via Venue, Barcelona

 

You might have heard us here

2nd SBIR Ireland Public Sector Proposers Conference
13th Sep 2017
Enterprise Ireland, The Plaza, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3

This conference is open to all Specifiers/Procurers from across all sections of the Irish Public Sector.

 

All Ireland Smart Cities Forum
13th Sep 2017
Croke Park, Dublin

The inaugural conference of the All Ireland Smart Cities Forum (AISCF). This year's theme is 'The Challenge of Smart Cities in Ireland'.

 

Smart Dublin 2nd Advisory Network
12th Sep 2017
Mansion House, Dublin

Bringing together members from public sector, civil society, research, enterprise and technology sectors; this group offers independent expert leadership, advice, support and promotes Smart Dublin via their networks.

 

SmartImpact Implementation: Innovation Ecosystem- Porto
27th Jun 2017 to 28th Jun 2017
Porto Innovation Hub, Porto, Portugal

SmartImpact is a two year project (May 2016 – May 2018) funded by the European Commission (URBACT). The network is supported by the Fraunhofer Institute, a leading research group and authority on smart cities.

 

Vélo-City 2017
13th Jun 2017 to 16th Jun 2017
De Vereeniging and Stadsschouwburg, Arnhem-Nijmegen, The Netherlands

 

Smart Cities Summit
31st May 2017
The Pavilion, Leopardstown Racecourse, Dublin

Liberty Bell is delighted to be showcasing at Smart Cities Summit which brings together cities, companies, and institutions seeking for relevant and innovative solutions for Smart Cities. Really looking forward to hearing the inspiring Keynote Speaker, Fred Kent, Founder and President, Project for Public Spaces

 

CDOT Bike and Ped Challenge Awards
24th May 2017
INDUSTRY Denver, Colorado

Liberty Bell has been announced as a winner in the Colorado Department of Transport RoadX Bicycle and Pedestrian Challenge. We are honoured to be part of an inspiring and innovative process and look forward to bringing Liberty Bell to the beautiful city of Boulder, Colorado.

 

RTE's The Business - Bike Tech
20th May 2017
RTE Radio 1

Colette Kinsella's item on Bike Tech for RTE's The Business featured Conor Cahill and Sile Ginnane from Liberty Bell. Have a listen!

 

Smart City Forum
11th May 2017
City Hall, Dublin City

 

Future Scope 2017
10th May 2017
The Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland

 

Contact

Liberty Bell is brought to you by Fluidedge Innovation.

Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 4100628 Email: innovation@fluidedge.com

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