DIGITAL AT THE SERVICE OF MEDIUM-SIZED CITIES

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Description: What advantage can digital tools offer mid-sized cities seeking to improve the quality of their infrastructure and the well-being of their inhabitants?

  • Learn how to improve cities and towns by using existing resources and infrastructure.
  • Discover the power of digital tools for increasing quality of life in mid-size cities.
  • Explore the simplicity of smart cities through small-scale projects that can change consumers’ lives for the better.

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Organization: ENGIE

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Category: ACCELERATE CHANGE

Theme: city, multimodality & MaaS

Leader: DHAVERNAS Aurélie

Facilitator: BACQUERE Stephanie

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FROM THE MINUTES 2018

Medium-sized cities all across the world are facing problems they must address in order to improve the daily lives of their inhabitants. To do so, many cities are considering digital solutions to improve management practices, to optimize infrastructure and to improve the well-being of their citizens. However, the implementation of customized digital technology is expensive, and using generic digital products may not fit a city’s needs. One solution? Use digital technology to build on the strengths and existing infrastructure of medium-sized cities.


GREENVILLE AND ROUBAIX: SMART CITIES IN ACTION

The city of Greenville, South Carolina, has a vision for the future focused on sustainable mobility and an improved quality of life for citizens. It’s based on four pillars:

1. High density zones of urban activity

2. Automated electric fleet vehicles

3. Zero-emission public shuttles, ride share and public transportation

4. High-capacity intelligent parking structures around transportation hubs


"If you want to create something that fits a city's needs. You should start with what they already have." - Aurélie Dhavernas

"If doesn't seem pertinent to have one single approach for different cities." - Aurélie Dhavernas

In October 2016, the French city of Roubaix launched an open data portal so that its digital data became a common good. Combined with focused collaboration, they hope to improve the cleanliness and social services of the city.


ADVANTAGES OF THE SMART CITY

CREATES SOCIAL SOLUTIONS

A mobile platform integrating city services helps better manage traffic circulation to ensure safety for pedestrians A digital platform that connects skilled, available workers who can help the city address problems

IDENTIFIES GAPS IN SOCIAL SERVICES

Connect basic infrastructure to generate data on current issues related to the city that will help to develop additional services

PROMOTES THE ELECTRIFICATION OF VEHICLES

Digital tools to locate and access charging stations Improved user experience at charging stations by providing additional services such as charging hubs for phones, and offering entertainment areas so people can have fun while they charge their cars


"The first issue is to optimize the needs we have, whether budgetary or human, and the second is to improve the life of citizens." - Raphaël Dirix


A CITIZEN-CENTRED WAY OF LIFE

To become a smart city, Edmonton, Alberta shifted from a traditional government-centred model to a citizen-centred model that encourages individuals, private sectors and academic sectors to collaborate in an open innovation system.