Just before the holidays, the Cisco France team organized a three-day trip for us to assess progress on smart city projects underway, strengthen relationships with city leaders and ecosystem partners, and explore new opportunities. I wanted to share the highlights of this trip with you.
On Monday, Dec 18:
Our first stop was the offices of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations group (CDC). CDC develops relationships between local public (government) authorities and private stakeholders including start-ups and urban operators to create strong public-private partnerships (PPPs) for smart city innovation. CDC finances projects in smart city infrastructure and digital services, energy efficiency, smart buildings and transport sector initiatives. To help cities effectively leverage technology to meet their urban challenges, CDC and its subsidiaries are developing their knowledge in this field. Both CDC and Cisco share a cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach, helping cities to stimulate economic and social innovation, as well as citizen participation.
We next met with Bouygues Energies & Services (BYES), a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction that is leading a consortium for a project in Dijon. The project involves the creation of a control center and the managed services across a 24-municipality region around Dijon. The consortium for this expansive €105M, 12-year project includes EVESA, Citelum and VINCI Energies (already Cisco partners) as well as several other organizations. EVESA was also on hand to discuss their public-private partnership with the City of Paris to help reduce the city’s electricity consumption by 30% by 2020 – an interesting challenge for ‘The City of Light.’ EVESA is also targeting carbon footprint reduction through a recycling program that promises to recover as much as 90% of the city’s waste. Their project with DataCity on Sports Parcours based on mobility solutions will help define the path for the Olympic Games for runners and cyclists