Smart City

Faithful to its innovation spirit, while still facing growing urbanization, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is experimenting with a new type of urban innovation: the Smart City.

The Smart City in Montpellier

Is there a solution you would like to test? Could you benefit from specific business expertise?

Montpellier’s Smart City is a horizontal, global, and sustainable initiative that activates all the territory’s creative forces (companies, citizens, research organizations, and more) to help make tomorrow’s economy responsible and efficient.

With its many flagship projects, Montpellier was ranked as France’s #1 smart city, after Paris (Roland Berger consulting firm, 2017). It is also the 1st metropolis selected by the CNES (National Center for Space Studies) and In Space Institute to implement “space solutions” as part of the Smart City, including territorial development, natural disaster prevention, farming, mobility, and more.

Hélène Roussel

Smart City Project Director

+33 (0)4 67 13 64 62

This open partner-oriented initiative has three main goals:

Design new urban services
Stimulate the economy through innovation
Create economic, social, and societal value
> 45

experimental projects

planned and in progress in the Montpellier Métropole area
2.4 M€


by public- and private-sector partners for large projects in 2016-2017

application fields:

habitat, health, energy, waste, mobility, urban logistics, tourism, water, culture, risk management, citizen engagement, and social cohesion
2,500 ha

to experiment with Smart City concepts

in Montpellier’s EcoCité space
40 ha

in the Eurêka district

to promote healthy aging
32,000 m2

in the Mantilla neighborhood

to innovate in energy production, management, and consumption

EcoCité, a smart-city laboratory

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has its own life-sized urban testing ground for Smart City experiments: EcoCité. Covering 2,500 hectares, the EcoCité space reaches to the sea from Castelnau le Lez and Montpellier to Lattes and Pérols, focusing on innovative and ambitious urban development. The project was laureate of France’s national “Sustainable City” plan in 2009.
In a geographical area where nearly all major urban issues can be found, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is leading pilot projects in 12 fields : mobility, with its tramway lines 1 and 3, and the future TGV train station; energy, with experiments taking place on a city-block scale; health, with the creation of clusters, such as the Health / Independent Living Cluster in Lattes, dedicated to senior life; and habitat, with an ambitious project to renovate Montpellier’s Avenue de la Mer area.

Zoom on the Eurêka district

Located in the city of Castelnau le Lez, on Montpellier’s north side, the new Eurêka district is laying out a new city space where aging well will be a reality. Starting in 2018, Eurêka will be equipped with innovative solutions for managing mobility and assistance, notably through dedicated services for seniors.
A consortium comprising both large companies and startups is uniting efforts in a multi-partner approach. Following a competitive dialog procedure, the company Ineo Digital (a subsidiary of ENGIE) was chosen to implement a connected service platform called “My Eurêka.” Being developed in a district bearing the same name (before being deployed more broadly), the My Eurêka platform helps satisfy seniors’ desire to remain independent at home as long as possible and under the best possible conditions.

Doing business with the Smart City!

A real lever for growth and innovation, the Smart City couldn't exist without the creative forces in our area. Montpellier Métropole works with innovative companies around the territory and partners with them to imagine new solutions for urban challenges.
This enables companies to test their solutions, benefit from specific business expertise, obtain their first commercial references, get in touch with a vast partner network (including researchers, fab labs, startups, and large companies), and gain exposure for their solutions.

Companies can also answer calls-for-projects and participate in challenges, and benefit from access to data via an optimized platform that is updated in real-time, as well as getting assistance from Montpellier BIC and using Montpellier Métropole’s own connected object network based on LoRa™ wireless connectivity.

Dossier de Presse - Montpellier Cité Intelligente

Be there!

Since 2015, startups have been able to access datasets made available by large companies and public entities, thanks to Big Data Challenges. In the first Big Data Challenges, four of the eight startups selected by the Montpellier and Rennes metropolises were from Montpellier: Faciligo, Senior@home, Idealys, and LKSpatialist. These companies received up to 70,000 euros in funding from Bpifrance to experiment with new services.

The new Booster Nova Digital Challenges were launched in 2017, led by Aerospace Valley in partnership with the Montpellier and Toulouse metropolises. The Challenges are dedicated to products and services involving both the space sector and the Smart City, and are funded by France’s Investments for the Future Program. Four laureates were named in 2017: Gogowego, Moodwalkr, NOAM, and Star.

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