Open data for all
Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has been giving you access to its digital data since July 2012, via its Open Data web site (data.montpellier3m.fr). Making this data available for free is intended to give entrepreneurs, associations and ordinary citizens possibilities for creating new services and innovative applications. Four pilot cities (Castelnau-le-Lez, Castries, Cournonterral and Le Crès) are currently contributing content to the Open Data portal. Six other cities are preparing to join them. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is also offering support for companies that wish to leverage this new tool.
A new platform dedicated to development
Today the Open Data site contains mainly map data such as administrative territorial borders, location of public buildings and equipment, population, transportation networks, etc. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is getting ready to enrich the offering and will release a new version of its Open Data platform on line, dedicated to development, by the summer of 2013. The new tool will offer a wider range of raw data, including highly demanded transportation information. Among other things, it will offer programming interfaces for potential developers, with the possibility to obtain information in real-time.
From Open Data to open innovation
In late 2012, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, along with IBM and the Universities of Montpellier 1 and 2, and IDATE, launched a research and development program on the topic of smart cities. Experiments related to this program will be focused on the EcoCité zone, leveraging a foundation collaboration platform developed by IBM. Local companies will also have access to this tool. It will distinguish itself from the Open Data platform by the range of available data and by related development opportunities. The upcoming platform will actually offer all the data collected in the territory, both from public entities and network operators such as Tam, Veolia Environnement and EDF. While the Open Data platform provides raw data, the collaborative platform will give companies enriched data, processed by IBM software. Collected from various sources, the data will be processed by predictive engines and rendered "intelligent." For example, the data could be used to calculate the time required to travel from one place in the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole territory to another, taking traffic into account. Or announce flood risks due to storm conditions. Or even provide transport companies with predictions about traffic within the next hour.
A vector for innovation, the smart city is also a driving force for economic development, giving you an experimental context to develop and test new services that can then be promoted outside the territory.