Nice, the world’s 4th smart city.
Nice in the world’s Top 5 smart cities
The Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur in the exclusive circle of major smart cities
On 17 February, the American market research firm, Juniper Research, which specialises in new technologies, unveiled its global ranking for 2015: Nice appears in 4th place behind Barcelona, New York and London and ahead of Singapore. The ranking takes into account these cities’ capacity in terms of the use of smart grids and road traffic and street lighting management together with aspects of social cohesion and technological expertise. › See the Juniper Research smart cities ranking.
Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, Member of Parliament and President of the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur obviously welcomed this ranking, saying: “I wanted Nice to be a pioneering city, which is why in 2008, I began the economic diversification of the region based on innovation and new information technologies. Alongside large corporations like IBM, Cisco, Veolia, Schneider, Orange, Alstom, Bosch and EDF-ERDF, and in connection with the start-ups, we have conducted experiments such as the connected boulevard, we have been at the forefront of the implementation of NFC and started the Nice Grid experiment on smart grids. In March I will be launching Environmental Urban Monitoring and our new smart grid project: Cityopt. We are working to make Nice an interconnected and sustainable metropolis that will allow us to make savings in terms of managing the city, but also to create new services to facilitate the lives of its inhabitants.”
Nice, the smart city pioneer
Nice, which every year plays host to the Innovative City convention, has positioned itself in the smart cities niche since 2008.
- 1st “NFC contactless” experiment in Europe with the Cityzy services platform and Connecthingsservices deployed by Véolia Transports on the bus network (Nice, 2010). › more
- 1st and only French city to win IBM’s “Smarter Cities Challenge” (Nice, 2011) › more
- One of the first 6 French smart grids flagships deployed and financed through the future investments programme: Réflexe, managed by Veolia Environnement with Alstom Grid, CEA-INES, Supélec and Sagemcom (Nice 2011-2015) › more
- 1st large-scale car sharing scheme deployed in France: Auto-Bleue (Nice, 2011) › more
- 1st smart grid demonstration project in France, unique in Europe: the Nice Grid smart solar district demonstration project in Carros with ERDF, EDF, Alstom, Saft, etc. (Nice Eco-Vallée, since 2011) › more
- 1st virtual town hall service “Spot Mairie” with Cisco (Nice, 2012) › more
- 1st intelligent parking system in Europe (Nice, 2012) › more
- 1st smart grid territorial charter in France (Alpes-Maritimes Charter, 2013) › more
- The world’s first connected boulevard with Cisco (2013) › more
- World’s 1st fully, fast-charging electric bus with unlimited range and no heavy infrastructure (Nice Cote d’Azur Airport, 2014) › more
- World’s 4th smart city according to Juniper Research (Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur, 2015)
An eco-environment conducive to innovation
With the Eco-Vallée dedicated to sustainable development, the urban technology park Nice Méridia focused on cleantech and its innovative uses, through the many industrial partnerships on the theme of the smart city (Bosch, IBM, Cisco, Veolia, Schneider, Orange, Alstom, EDF-ERDF, …), with the academic institutions based at Nice Premium (Imredd, Sustainable Design School), the FabLab EcoLab and the brand new “Smart City Innovation Center‘ in Nice, through large-scale smart grid projets (Nice Grid, Reflexe, CityOpt) and the start-ups of the Business Incubator Center Nice Côte d’Azur (CEEI), Nice sustains an eco-environment conducive to innovation and emulation in the sectors of the smart city and innovative uses.
So many reasons for industrial leaders and start-ups alike to choose the Eco-Vallée and the Métropole Nice Côte d’Azur for their future location projects.