Inaugurated in May, the international chair on uses and practices for the smart city brings together researchers from Montpellier and Montreal universities. Montpellier Métropole is one of the experimental sites, beginning in autumn 2019.
Creation of an annual surveyResearch is being carried out in partnership with local authorities and companies, which are both future fields for study and experimentation. In autumn 2019, the Cit.Us chair will test its first annual survey on smart city uses and practices with a representative sample of residents in Montpellier and about 20 other metropolitan areas. It also plans to provide an overview of digital solutions and their real uses in equipped cities.
The multidisciplinary team of researchers in Montpellier (marketing, tourism, food, services, and more) is already working on several innovative projects launched in Montpellier, including HUT (Human at Home, a new approach for human and intelligent housing) and droids (autonomous and environmentally-friendly delivery vehicles for downtown areas).
“We hope that our research will enable public authorities to set up services and solutions that are truly useful for users,” adds Pauline Folcher.
Montpellier, Smart CityOn June 25, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole launched a call for innovative and experimental projects with the potential to benefit the city. The objective is to identify 10 companies likely to lead to the emergence of innovative new service projects and uses for residents and/or the community. The 10 selected company projects will benefit from:
- Support from Montpellier Métropole during experimentation
- Montpellier BIC (Business & Innovation Centre) will provide operational follow-up for the winners and help them implement their projects in collaboration with business experts
- Funding of up to €40,000 for project development