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Sense City: exploring a smart city in miniature

Sustainable mobility

Sense City, the very first urban smart city scenario on a 250m2 platform was inaugurated on March 23, 2015 at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTARR) in Champs-sur-Marne (France). Lead by Paris-Est University*, this project initiated in 2011 with a 9 billion euro endowment will run until 2019. Thanks to micro and nano-sensors, this connected mini-city has a continuous self-diagnosis capacity and uses the potential of innovative technologies in energy measurement.

Sense-City aims at fulfilling an old dream: turning a system as complex as a city into a measurable and measured system” explains Serge Piperno, IFSTARR’s Scientific Director. The mini-city inaugurated in March 2015 can be considered as an experimental device dedicated to tomorrow’s habitat and to the road of the future. This French realization, first of its kind worldwide, is designed to become a role model. It gives future urban achievements the tools to reduce cities’ energy consumption.

With a 60 sensor self-diagnosis network for a 250m2 platform, it is the first time ever that an urban scenario benefits from such a high density of sensors. Innovation is both in the development of these sensors and in the algorithms’ development. The generic architecture for data collection is based on a monitoring software called “PEGASE” and created by IFSTAAR. The data feed can be viewed on graphic, intuitive interfaces and used by operators, managers and users.

This equipment positions itself as an urban innovations’ realistic demonstrator. This mini-city is no utopia. It is a first step towards a heavily instrumented city of tomorrow.

* This programme is jointly carried out by IFSTTAR, ESIEE-CCIP, LPICM (UMR 7647 CNRS-Ecole Polytechnique), CSTB, INRIA and UPEM.

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