Orange has created a five-point plan to help local authorities across France solve pressing challenges facing their cities, such as making traffic more fluid, optimising power supplies, and improving the quality of life of their citizens.
The plan covers improving mobility within cities, encouraging the use of public transport, implementing smart grids, developing services to improve daily life for residents and visitors, and supporting the development of smart buildings.
Nathalie Leboucher, head of Orange Smart Cities, said: “We believe that networks, the ability to exploit data and to propose dematerialised and mobile services are key to the transformation of cities. That is why we wish to place our expertise as an operator and integrator at the service of local authorities and all cities’ stakeholders.
“The smart city is a rich, but very fragmented ecosystem and that is why cities need to be able to rely on a single player capable of developing partnerships to provide them with a global solution. It is what we are mindful of with our Smart Cities program.”
The mobility proposals include working with the automobile industry to develop on-board entertainment and security services, adding on-board Wi-Fi to coaches, and implementing e-ticketing with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.
To encourage the use of public transport, Orange will make communication and information services that are available to travellers more user friendly, and will develop services for travellers based on connectivity, e-ticketing and real-time information.
To implement smart grids, Orange intends to optimise the distribution networks for energy supplies by using sensors on the network and smart meters for water, gas and electricity consumption or by identifying and resolving malfunctions remotely.
The telco plans to improve the daily life of city residents and visitors by offering a new generation of applications that combine lots of different kinds of information about the city, tapping information from facilities including swimming pools, libraries and transport hubs.
Finally, it hopes to encourage ‘smart building’ programmes by supporting the gradual migration towards the computerisation of buildings for business use, and offering services such as a personalised and simplified visitor reception, unique access control thanks to NFC, real time management of energy consumption, and dynamic displays of enriched communications.