20 november 2014
Co-producing a "smart city"
Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia, participated in the roundtable "How do we co-produce a smart city?" At the Greater Paris Smart City Forum organized by La Tribune at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Digital technology is revolutionizing cities. It is making the operation of urban services more efficient and smarter: cities save critical resources when they manage their water, energy, waste, and air. "For urban decision makers, managing cities will increasingly be a question of managing data and extracting its true substance. The new frontier in urban planning, the smart city concept gives cities the power to reinvent themselves,
" explained Antoine Frérot.
For residents, life also becomes easier as they can access services from home in real time, with smart meters and mobile devices, which thus create new and less expensive ways of consuming water, electricity and heat.
Smart cities are built together
New information technologies (ICT) reconcile the expectations and sometimes conflicting needs of a city’s stakeholders: public sector, voluntary sector, people, and businesses. An intelligent city gives its residents more information and empowers them. As they are connected, they in turn pass on information using networks and urban services. The city’s intelligence is thus shared with the people living there with a view to the long term development of the city, and restraint and optimization as regards the available resources.
"Having provided water, energy and waste services for over 160 years, Veolia has the technical foundations on which to build a smart city. Our core businesses have been expanded and enriched, from the collection and analysis of data to their optimal use in managing the infrastructure
," pointed out Antoine Frérot.
With its technological solutions and its new expertise combined with the complementary expertise of the city’s various stakeholders, Veolia is helping not only to improve living conditions for city dwellers but is also making the city more efficient in terms of managing urban services, more attractive to investors, and less costly for the public finances.
See the conference: http://smartcity.latribune.fr/
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