For several days, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux has had the pleasure of welcoming Chinese visitors. Concurrently with the Chinese President’s official visit to France, a delegation of 20 individuals accompanying professor Xiong Zhang, scientific head of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Smart Cities project, came to learn more about the IssyGrid project.
The agenda for March 27th included a long walk through Fort d’Issy, an eco-district that covers more than 12 hectares. While there, Chinese representatives who wore headphones providing simultaneous translations, with tablets in hand, were able to discover the Smart Grid and experience real-time information about the consumption of utilities. The visit was centered around the presentation of three major ideas of this unique experiment in a neighborhood home to both residential and office buildings. These three concepts are lowering energy consumption, reducing the strain on the energy grid, and the ability to generate and use on-site energy in a neighborhood. The delegation was highly interested by an experimental EDF (Éléctricité de France) transformer that incorporates a solution for storing energy with batteries in order to redistribute solar energy during off-peak periods.
The afternoon was devoted to workshops held in the Hôtel de Ville, attended by the mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux André Santini. Here, the delegation was able to exchange ideas with individuals involved in the IssyGrid, about topics related to smart cities such as the Smart Grid, intelligent transportation, electricity storage, and 3D cartography.
The visit was also an opportunity to work out details concerning the collaborative Smart City+ project. This project gathers 8 leaders in digital technology in order to design a multi-channel digital platform. Tested since 2014 in the Grand Paris Seine Ouest urban area, Smart City+ has created a collaborative dynamic between the city’s residents and stakeholders, with services taking place between private individuals, e-services, citizen exchanges, and real-time local information.
Do you predict further enthusiasm about smart cities, or will issues such as privacy provoke resistance and criticism of the concept?
Credits: Images and data linked to sources.
Original article, originally published in French, here.