by Suzanne Galy | 12.28.11
Since October, home aids of the town of Pessac have been equipped with NFC-enabled mobile phones. This non-contact tool allows them to receive and transmit to CCAS, in real-time, information related to their daily missions. The mayor hopes to improve the management of welfare payments.
by Elsa Sidawy | 11.02.11
The Institute of Vision and the Casino Group opened an experiment supermarket in May. The goal? Make the lives of two million visually impaired French citizens a bit easier and open a real store next year using the innovations that are presently being tested.
by Elsa Sidawy | 10.12.11
Last Wednesday, the metropolitan community of Toulouse launched “autopartage@ toulouse” a carsharing experiment which gives about thirty community officials access to a fleet of ten Twingos.
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by Elsa Sidawy | 03.29.11
NFC (Near Field Communication) phones are not common yet despite the enthusiasm of telecommunications companies and the conclusive tests made in certain pioneer cities. Olivier Levy, CEO of StrapMedia, has, for his part, anticipated usages by developing the PocketCity platform, which enables to gather various tourist-oriented services into one NFC media.
by Elsa Sidawy | 12.17.10
Last May, Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, inaugurated the implementation of a contactless payment device throughout the city’s transport and shops, using a telephone fitted with a NFC chip. Six months after the launching of this experimentation, the AFSCM (Association Française du Sans Contact Mobile) made a first positive and encouraging assessment, insomuch the system would be ready to be used nationwide.
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The Greater Geneva project represents an economic and social challenge for that area spanning France and Switzerland. The aim is to set in motion again a process that will stimulate job creation in the French part and strengthen residential services in the Swiss part. Innovative activities should find their place in that territory.
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Is the proliferation of urban innovations counter-productive? While some cities are experimenting with abandon and with no real apparent logic, others have adopted a long-term strategy to combine innovations to serve a smarter, more sustainable city. Jean Haëntjens returns to this forum to talk about how important it is for cities to approach innovation with consistency and control.
And what happens when a public transport network becomes the scene of gigantic team games? Inspired by the principle of Fun Theory, which suggests that environmentally responsible behavior can be encouraged through attractive infrastructure, Chromaroma invites London Underground users to participate in an eco-citizen turf war.
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The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) and Rotterdam-based architecture firm ZUS have launched the project I Make Rotterdam, a spectacular temporary pedestrian bridge between the city’s Central and the North districts that will be financed through crowd-funding.
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Venezuela’s capital Caracas plans to manage its traffic flow in an unusual fashion. In addition to traffic police, 120 mimes dressed up as clowns were sent into the city’s streets. Their role? Curb the risky behavior of pedestrians and drivers, not by force or repression, but through silence.
May 9 to 11Energy Cities annual meeting, Guimarães, Portugal.
May 12International Workshop on Open Data, Nantes, France.
May 12Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, Stockholm, Suède.
Toulouse has tackled issues ranging from urban lighting to public cleanliness with experimental innovation often on a shoestring budget, but the results continue to inspire many other cities in France and worldwide. A portrait of a city embracing urban innovation, helped along by the enthusiastic investigator Alexander Marciel, follows.
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