Our top 5 smart cities in France

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the characteristics of the smart city. A connected and sustainable city, in which technology is truly at the service of its inhabitants. Some of the French smart cities stand out. They are even among the 100 cities labeled “climate neutral and smart cities by 2030” by the European Commission. Here are our top 5.

1.Lyon, pioneer and leader in French smart cities

Lyon has totally rethought its urban planning over the past 20 years, and has taken advantage of this to integrate technology into its sustainable city model. It is a pioneer in smart grids, which use energy resources efficiently.

For a better quality of life, it has designed fully connected, green and less concrete eco-districts, such as the Confluence district. It is acting on mobility with electric and autonomous public transport, while giving pride of place to pedestrians and bicycles.

2.Dijon and its centralized management

In our Dijon hearts, Dijon is number 1, but we tried to stay objective 😊. To reduce its energy consumption by 65% by 2030, the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy has deployed sensors and created OnDijon, a unique control center that pilots the entire public space (traffic lights, lighting, parking…).

Residents interact with city officials via a collaborative platform, initiating coordinated actions in case of accidents or damage. Dijon is also building eco-neighborhoods that promote social diversity and encourage soft mobility.

3.Nantes, the smart city

Nantes has made its data accessible to involve residents in its transformation. More than 1.5 million Nantes residents log on to the open data portal every month to share their ideas on how to use this data in practice!

The Nantes dans ma poche app allows users to report incidents or obtain real-time information (air quality, traffic, etc.). And to continue the dialogue, public consultations on the energy transition or the deployment of 5G are organized for a co-construction of the Nantes of tomorrow.

4.Paris, greener and more connected

Like Nantes, Paris uses open data to develop collaborative projects. Many efforts are being made to renovate and green buildings. Alternative and electric modes of transport are becoming more widespread, and an autonomous metro is under study… The goal is carbon neutrality by 2050!

Paris is also betting on technology with, among other things, intelligent lighting and the Dans ma rue app to report damage. Coming soon, a digital access project for all and 5G available in the metros by 2025.

5.Grenoble, the ecocity of tomorrow

As the European Green Capital in 2022, Grenoble has developed its smart city project around the Cambridge eco-district, with the ambition of being an energy positive and carbon neutral territory.

The city has created a low temperature heating and cooling network. It manages all its energy flows with smart grids. It has also set up the Grenoble CivicLab for the participatory design of the city’s digital services.

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