At the end of April, the Bordeaux Technowest technopole presented its plans for 2017 at its General Assembly. Two weeks before that, she inaugurated Copernicus, her new incubator on Saint Médart en Jalles. The following week, she celebrated the one-year mark of her fourth incubator, Newton Park on Begles. And already, it announces thehas created a new site this time in Bordeaux itself… Popular with Parisians, it demonstrates, if need be, the attractiveness of Bordeaux Métropole.
While more than three quarters of the French population live in urban areas according to INSEE, demographics have stagnated in recent years. It must be said that urban sprawl has reached its limits and confronts metropolises with what will undoubtedly remain one of the most important problems of the century in terms of space optimization.
To overcome organizational, environmental and societal barriers, French cities, like some of their Asian colleagues, are redoubling their ingenuity in order to maintain their economic dynamism as well as to maintain and even improve their quality of life. When it comes to innovation, Bordeaux is not left behind and tackles the issue holistically.
Building a smart city means taking on the problems related to the economy, the environment, mobility, housing or even administration and finding solutions intertwined to make the whole work.
What marks the spirit when we look at Bordeaux is the diversity of modes of transport offered and therefore the importance given to mobility. In the capital of Girona, it is constantly thought with and for the environment, the economy and people. While we can already count on a wide network of public transport combining tram, bus with natural gas, or even boat, Bordeaux can also have electric cars or bicycles. But that was without counting on the innovative brains that are taking the process even further and are preparing to integrate sustainable solutions into the market. One example is Gazelle Tech,based on the Bordeaux Technowest technopole, which creates composite vehicles to drastically reduce their weight, consumption and therefore their environmental impact, all with a strong desire to create jobs.
Or the various initiatives around scooters and bikers. In terms of cyclability, Bordeaux is also in second place in the cities where it is good to pedal according to Terra Eco. On the housing side, if not to be able to spread out, Bordeaux rehabilitates and renovates high-potential neighbourhoods such as the Basins in Flot. The aim is to create spaces where it is good to live, visually clear and airy and low energy. On the energy issue, Enedis has released its Linky meters, designed to reduce bills and facilitate the process since the data is transferred directly without the need to call on an agent. This is part of Smart Grids projects that, declaring interest in cost reduction and energy optimization, load their technologies into sensors that collect and return countless data for analysis. In this regard, Bordeaux has definitely understood the importance of integrating technologies into a global strategy to contribute to the influence of the metropolis. Nevertheless, the widespread collection of data in all fields of daily life and the crossover of results raises the question of surveillance and privacy. The evolution of these practices therefore remains to be closely monitored.
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