Les services publics (réseaux de transport, de distribution d’énergie, d’eau potable, parcs de stationnement, etc.) sont de plus en plus sollicités dans un contexte d’infrastructures vieillissantes, de pénurie foncière et de restrictions budgétaires.
Public services (networks for transport, energy distribution, drinking water, parking areas, etc.) are increasingly in demand against a backdrop of ageing infrastructure, lack of land and budgetary constraints.
Digital offers a tremendous opportunity to move beyond this dichotomy: by collecting information in real time, adjusting pricing structures, and communicating information to users of public services in a suitable form, it is becoming possible to regulate demand and to create more capacity from existing infrastructure.
In France, pioneering urban centres such as Lyon and Nice have already begun their transformation into smart cities in order to reap the benefits of this technological advances.
Internationally, this approach has already been identified as a lever to enhance the profile of a French-style public service, with substantial markets for national companies.
Smart towns are an opportunity to efficiently regulate demand and to make fewer demands on public infrastructure. But beyond the optimisation of public expenditure, digital is also a tool for making a region appealing and providing enhanced services to the local population.
Citizens, who are increasingly demanding of their elected officials, are asking for modern services which are adapted to their new style of living: public Wi-Fi, Bluetooth transmitters on bus shelters, real-time information services and applications for transport networks, virtual dialogue portals for administrative tasks, etc.
Digital is becoming a tool which cuts across all the areas of responsibility of local authorities (urban planning, transport, energy, civil status, etc.) and an indispensable tool for satisfying the emerging needs of the population. 'Digital use' services are being created (Paris, central Rennes, etc.), elected officials are specifically engaging in this field (Grenoble), new terms like 'digital regional planning' are coming into the language.
Espelia's activities alongside local authorities include: needs analyses, market studies, assistance with carrying out experiments, help with drafting functional project specifications and tendering, and assistance with piloting digital transformation.