Pardy Cities ep.3: From Lisbon to Bordeaux

1…2…3 Countries! Portugal, Spain, France… Good Morning from Bordeaux!

New stop for our trip!

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France. The municipality (commune) of Bordeaux proper has a population of 246,586 (2014). Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Bordeaux is the centre of the Bordeaux Métropole. With 760,933 inhabitants (as of 2014) and 1,195,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the sixth largest in France.

Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and recognised as the world’s major wine industry capital (representing around half of the local economic base), Bordeaux is also one of the leaders in higher education and a pioneer in digital and green development. In October 2015, Bordeaux hosted the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress.

Bordeaux is a city both ancient and modern; recognised as centre of excellence for Smart City initiatives, the digital and green economies. Energy management and smart lighting are key priorities for the city. Bordeaux is a frontrunner in this second stage of Smart City creation. The city is aware that the expansion of technological infrastructures alone will not tackle contemporaneous issues. That is why the city promotes a citizencentric smart city that enhances innovation and participation, creates new modes of local governance and invests in human capital, education and culture.

 

The most important solutions and measures apply in Bordeaux:

Citizen engagement

This measure envisages citizen focused activities, in particular user research, citizen engagement, the development and implementation of a Digital Social Market which will incentivise the uptake of services and behavioural change via incentive mechanisms and the development of a service layer.

Building retrofit:

This measure aims to apply deep-retrofit measures to public and private residential properties affecting 15,000 citizens across the six cities and integrating the properties with low carbon energy sources (solar PV, water source heat pump) and electric vehicle charging, all wrapped together by a digital first digitally driven sustainable energy management systems wrapping it all together.

Mobility

The mobility measures include:

  • e-car share;
  • e-bikes;
  • e-vehicles charge;
  • Smart parking;
  • e-logistics;

Smart Lamp Posts:

Smart lamp post presents a very visible ‘quick win’ for smart cities; and the well-proven lighting and maintenance savings offer an attractive bankable initiative. The smart approach is to consider how to develop business models and funding mechanisms that incentivise implementation of ‘smart’ measures (WiFi, air quality, parking, EV charging, etc) alongside lighting exploiting what is typically a considerable network of existing assets – in other words to multi-purpose the ‘humble’ lamp post.

Urban Sharing Platform:

An Urban Sharing Platform (USP) is a logical collection of technical components, capabilities and processes which provides functions and services that enable a smart city. Its purpose is to aggregate data and control functions from a wide variety of devices and sensors, store, process, correlate the data and present information to the city and citizens which enables better use of the city resources and may provide support for innovative service verticals.

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