Who we are
Town of Things is a project between Wexford County Council and the Irish Institute of Digital Business at Dublin City University. The Town of Things is an Innovation project primarily funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Digital Innovation Programme.
The aim of this project is to trial new technologies and innovative uses of existing technologies. To enable the on street conversational technologies the platform is provided by Hello Lamp Post.
The main aim of the project is:
- offer useful insights to the citizens in Gorey,
- optimise the delivery of public services, and
- catalyse greater use of open data for innovation throughout Wexford.
What we do
The project will involve a number of activities to enhance the presence of digital technologies in Gorey.
These activities include:
- On Street Engagement Platforms – a trial of a GDPR-compliant community feedback loop and the creation of a number of interactive reference points upon existing street furniture and enabled by Hello Lamp Post Technologies.
- Open Data Platform – the launch of a Town of Things open data platform built on CKAN for storing and sharing open data on Gorey and the County of Wexford.
- Environmental Data Sensors – the installation of a cluster of sensors to collect environmental data on Main Street Gorey. The initial rollout will include seven sensors. Additional sensors will be added over time. Data from these sensors will be shared as open data via the Town of Things portal and other recognised open data repositories.
No personal data is collected or stored by these sensors.
- Student Outreach – the project includes the design and delivery of workshops for schools and university students to learn about the technologies in the projects, and support students who wish to use Town of Things technologies or data for projects.
For more information on us please see our website: https://www.townofthings.ie/
Town of Things hereinafter referred as “ToT”.
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ToT fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy rights of those who share information with Insight. ToT will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your permission save in cases where ToT are required by law to do so (e.g. the investigation of a criminal offence or a breach of any of the Universities policies, procedures or guidelines). Any personal information which you volunteer to ToT will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
ToT does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information which you volunteer (for example by e-mailing ToT). Any information, which you provide in this way, will be made available to a third party – typically those working with the ToT on normal business, and is used by the ToT only in line with the purpose for which you provided it.
We share information around the number and nature of visits to our website with our ToT team as part of Insights reporting metrics. Any information which we share is in anonymised aggregated form, unless your consent has been obtained to the contrary. For example, relating to a news story involving you and ToT where that information is published. You may at any time request a withdrawal of consent. Typically, consent is obtained and confirmed with a consent form. You can withdraw consent by contacting us who will ensure consent is withdrawn.
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Personal Data We Collect
We collect personal data which you volunteer
Town of Things for Data Analytics collects personal data which you volunteer to us via our website. Where you provide data typically via one of our webforms, we will collect and process this data.
Where you contact us for the purposes of business we will process this data for business purposes only.
Where you contact us for the purposes of Public Engagement we will process this data for Public Engagement purposes only.
Where you contact us for the purposes of Media we will process this data for Media purposes only. This may include signing up to receive information from us.
Town of Things, Wexford County Council and Irish Institute of Digital Business has an appropriate legal mechanism in place with Google for the purposes of compliance with the GDPR and National Irish Data Protection Legislation.
ToT uses Google Analytics to collect data in real-time about you and your visits to Town of Things for Data Analytics Website https://www.townofthings.ie/
What we collect about you when you visit our website
- How many visits we get to our website from you.
- We can also determine where you are from.
- If you are a new user or returning visitor.
- What language you use.
- Your location.
- The type of device you use to access our website (i.e. make and model of your phone, tablet, or desktop you used to access our website).
- The browser you used and operating system of the device you used to access the website so depending upon which device you used this is applicable to your computer, phone or tablet.
- We also collect information on your service provider for both your computer and your phone or tablet.
- We collect information on the screen resolution of your phone or tablet.
- The time of the day the website is accessed.
- If you return and how long you stay.
- What pages you access.
- Your behaviour when you visit our website.
- What pages you visited.
- How long you spent on each page.
- How frequent you visited these pages.
- We also collect information on how we acquired you, this tells us if you used an organic search or used a link or social media or found us directly.
We use all this information to better understand who our visitors are and it helps us to see how effective our website is and how we can improve it. We provide aggregated anonymised results to our team as part of our reporting metrics. No information is provided to our team which identifies you. We also use this data to compile statistical reports, we do not use this data to re-identify you and any reports generates are aggregated and anonymised.
ToT will not identify users or facilitate the merging of personally identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through Google Analytics or its features unless you have given us affirmative consent (opted-in) to that identification or merger of data, provided that Insight and its four Co-Host Universities still have such Google Analytics features supported at the time of consent and have not disabled such features prior to consent. We will never attempt to disaggregate data collected via Google Analytics or any data reported in aggregate form from Google Analytics.
Whilst we do not anticipate this ever occurring. If this is ever envisaged, we will always contact you for your consent in advance of any such processing.
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Personal Data and Your Rights
You have a number of rights under personal data protection legislation.
Your rights are as follows:
- Right to have your details used in line with Data Protection Regulations.
- Right to information about your personal details.
- Right to access your personal details.
- Right to know if your personal details are being held.
- Right to change or remove your details.
- Right to prevent use of your personal details.
- Right to remove your details from a direct marketing list.
- Right to object.
- Right to freedom from automated decision making.
- Right to refuse direct marketing calls or mail.
You may also raise a complaint, concern or query with the Data Protection Commissioner.
For more on raising a complaint, concern or query with the Data Protection commissioner please see:
For more information on Data Subjects Rights see the Data Protection Commission website:
gdprandyou.ie also has information on data subject rights please see:
There are circumstances where you may not be able to exercise all your rights this depends upon the nature of the processing and the legal basis relied upon.
For information on limiting data subject rights please see the Data Protection Commission website:
We would appreciate it if you have a query or concern that you raise it with us first.
For further information on personal data matters, please contact Town of Things, details provided below:
Last Updated: 4 February 2022