Smart City

Smart City: let’s invent the city of tomorrow together.

What is Smart city project?

Faithful to its innovation spirit, while still facing the realities of growing urbanization, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is experimenting with a new type of urban innovation: the Smart City. This horizontal approach is both global and sustainable, mobilizing the territory’s creative forces - companies, citizens, research organizations, and more - in an open, partnership-oriented action.

Our Smart City strategy is based on three objectives:

  • Imagine new urban services or reducing their costs
  • Stimulate the economy continually through innovation
  • Create economic, social, and societal value
With several major trials in progress and planned, Montpellier is the first Smart City in France, after Paris (Roland Berger consulting firm, 2017).

Dossier de Presse - Montpellier Cité Intelligente


major trials

in progress and planned
2.4 M€


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

application fields:

housing, health, energy, waste, mobility, urban logistics, tourism, water, culture, risk management, citizen participation, social unity

Smart City in France after Paris

(Roland Berger consulting firm, 2017)
2,500 ha

to experiment with Smart City concepts

in the EcoCité territory
40 ha

in the Eurêka district

to favor wellness for the elderly

EcoCité, a smart-city laboratory

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole has its own living lab, a life-sized urban testing ground for Smart City experiments. The EcoCité area reaches all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, covering 2,500 hectares across Castelnau le Lez, Montpellier, Lattes, and Pérols. Focusing on a new and ambitious method for city planning, EcoCité was a laureate in France’s national “Sustainable City” plan in 2009.
In a geographical area in which nearly all major urban issues can be found, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole is leading pilot projects in 12 fields, notably: 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.

Innovating with the Smart City!

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

The Smart City exists thanks to creative strengths running through our territory. Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole leverages its partners to meet urban challenges: all the innovative companies in the territory.

Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole gives you access to calls-for-tender and challenges to co-create solutions related to the various application fields of the smart city, data. You also can be introduced by our partner network, including researchers, FabLabs, clusters, startups, and large companies and have access to the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole connected object network based on LoRaWAN™ wireless connectivity. The company Synox is working with Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole to test and evaluate the technology’s performance under real-world conditions. Get ready to join the movement and be involved with Smart City entrepreneurship!
Hélène Rroussel, directrice de projet - Cité Intelligente

Hélène Roussel

Smart City project manager


Discover Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole’s flagship Smart City projects

A passkey for Montpellier residents on-the-move. Emma is a multimodal tool providing a single subscription card that opens access to various transportation services, notably tramway, bus, parking, Vélomagg bike sharing, and car sharing.

An urban car sharing service enabling users to access a car that they can pick up at one of the city’s parking lots. Modulauto, a cooperative company, offers a fleet of internal combustion and electric vehicles adapted for people’s uses.
Le territoire de la métropole est exposé à des risques hydrologiques divers : crue, ruissellement urbain, submersion marine.
Preventing natural hazards
City Alert
The Montpellier Métropole territory is subject to various water risks, notably flooding, urban runoff, and marine submersion. Cross-checking data from a variety of sources, the “City on Alert” program integrates weather forecasts, predictive “risk mapping” of expected impact, and flood tracking, along with data transmission, storage, and processing in real-time. This innovative tool will be developed by the Egis- Eau/Synapse consortium.
Tomorrow’s housing
HUT: what if Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole and other territorial stakeholders imagined the apartment of the future for residents of tomorrow? A unique, ambitious, and horizontal research project takes on the challenge: HUT (HUman at home projecT) was launched with support from about 100 Montpellier-based researchers and specialists from 14 research laboratories, and a dozen industry companies involved with technological innovation, such as OCEASOFT, Nexity, EDF, Weda, Aviitam, and more.

The new 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 that is both intergenerational and united, 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 “MyEurêka.”

The Big Data Challenge connects companies with the Smart City

Since 2015, startups have been able to access datasets made available by large companies and public entities. 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 Challenge was launched in 2017, led by Aerospace Valley in partnership with the Montpellier and Toulouse metropolises. The Challenge is dedicated to products and services involving both the space sector and the Smart City. It is funded by France’s Investments for the Future Program.

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