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Most advanced French smart cities 2019

Smart city is the next step and the logical continuation of the concept of sustainable city as it builds on digital tools to reinvent the way the think of urban development. Designed as a response to the ever-growing urbanization and looming threat of climate change, they provide digital tools and practices with the help of data gathered through a network of connected devices via wireless technology and the cloud.

Marseilles at the top

The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolis topped the ranking of the most advanced smart city in France in 2019 with a total of 16 points, most notably thanks to the number of contracts and the diversity and maturity of those projects. The Grand Paris Metropolis and the Lyon Metropolis came in second and third place with 15 and 14 points, respectively. It is no surprise that Marseilles is also the French city with the highest number of 5G antennas.

A multi-faceted innovation

This new way of thinking urban development revolves around several industries such as energy management, telecommunications (5G), smart mobility (smart cars, smart parking) and extends to peripheral sectors such as transport management, road safety as well as infrastructures with concepts such as smart homes.

Ranking of most advanced cities in terms of smart city projects in France in 2019

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July 2019



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Total calculated by adding several criteria: number of projects, amount of contracts, diversity of projects and project maturity.

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