In Paris, on 26 November, “Le Palmarès Smart cities 2019” took place. An event organized by the daily newspaper La Tribune that rewards every year innovative initiatives to build the cities of tomorrow. 8 prizes were awarded, including the “Smart City Grand Prix of the Year”, which was awarded to the Nice Côte d’Azur metropolitan area.
It is the journalists and editorialists of the newspaper La Tribune who select the cities or metropolises that have shown innovative initiatives in areas such as mobility, housing, digital, energy, the circular economy and Smart city (prizes rewarding commitment in all sectors combined).
During the award ceremony for the “Palmarès Smart Cities La tribune 2019”, which took place on 26 November in Paris, some fine initiatives were revealed. Nevertheless, it can be said that the most important of the prize was awarded to the Metropolis of Nice Côte d’Azur: “The Grand Prize for the Smart City Initiative of the Year”.
A TRAMWAY NAMED TROPHY
With a third tramway line freshly delivered, just after part of the second, and a line 4 between Nice and Cagnes-sur mer in the pipes, the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Area has shown its commitment to the smart city. Also highlighted was the innovative static ground-based charging system, coupled with an on-board energy storage device, which allows trains to recharge between two stations. A bicycle path along the rails, a green promenade and the planting of nearly 2400 trees along the tramway route also contributed to the award. The objective set by Christian Estrosi’s team at the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis is to eliminate the flow of 20,000 vehicles/day travelling on the Prom’.
Last year, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, with its EcoCité urban laboratories, won this title.
THE OTHER WINNERS
Mobility prize for a programme that makes it easier to travel in the city: awarded to Annemasse agglomération.
Housing Prize which highlights a concept such as eco-responsible housing: awarded to the city of Nancy.
Digital award highlighting the development and access to training in new technologies: awarded to Dijon Métropole.
Energy prize for initiatives in energy saving and the use of alternative resources: awarded to Toulouse Métropole.
The prize for the circular economy, dealing with new consumption patterns, waste management and stopping waste: awarded to the city of Roubaix.
And then also the “Smart City Medium City Initiative Prize”, awarded to the city of Roman-sur-Isère and the one concerning the “Grand Paris” to the city of Pierrefitte-Stains.