Smart Citizen Kit

CITIES & CITIZENS – Can citizens participate in the city’s development? An open source project related to data collection by the Fab Lab Barcelona

Big Data collection can be a shared, participatory and propulsive act towards solving the real problems of citizens

What is it?


An open source sensor system developed in the Fab Lab Barcelona that allows communities to collect data to monitor their environment: air composition (CO and NO2), temperature, light intensity, noise, humidity. By placing capturing the QR Code, for instance, you will see all data related to this room on a collection data site.

What does it do?


It provides communities with data to fuel their requests related to matters of interest. For example, in Barcelona, ​​the Smart Citizen Kit allowed the inhabitants of Plaza del Sol to provide data to the Municipality about excessive night-time noise which led to a redesign of the public space to manage nightlife better.


What is its impact?


The Smart Citizen Kit, which is already active, is being expanded. In fact, the aim of the project is to create a global data monitoring system. Testing is currently being carried out to monitor soil quality (for urban agriculture, in collaboration with Refarm The City), electromagnetic fields, energy consumption, indoor air and its impact on biometric factors.

Why is it part of Design Collisions?


Because it demonstrates how Big Data collection – that underlines the development of the Smart City – can be a shared, participatory and propulsive act towards solving the real problems of citizens.

How does it activate people?


The Smart Citizen Kit, which is part of the European project Making Sense, includes a system of downloadable digital tools that allow citizens to participate in the development of the project, to customize the sensors, to discover how to use them to produce urban change.

Is this design?


Designing a system, making it easy to use and customizable, considering the best way to distribute and share it: all this is the result of a thought process that consciously wants to build an equal relationship between people and technology. That is a typical design approach.