French public services get involved in mobility optimization

Smart City isn’t only for cities. All regional administrators are now taking responsibility for modernizing their link in the chain. The Southern Region General Secretariat for Regional Affairs (SGAR), under the authority of the Regional Prefect, has therefore selected Jaguar Network for its new mission of ‘Modernization and Resources of devolved services’.

On the so-sensitive stretch of urban ring roads extending the A7 highway, where traffic jams constitute a sensitive point in the management of flows and journeys, Jaguar Network has deployed the latest innovation to emerge from its JN Lab: a counting camera with embedded artificial intelligence. The camera films the flow in real time and converts the images into number of cars locally and automatically. Carried by an Internet of Things low speed, low power network (LoRa terminals), it ensures that only the number of cars is sent and not their pictures. By making the measurement of flow, congestion and waiting time accessible, reliable and anonymous, this new-generation detector is a major advance in the profitability of the Internet of Things for Smart Cities.

AIX-EN-PROVENCE: the town accelerates on ‘smart city’ by launching Aix Living Places

Pioneer in the field of intelligent cities since 2014, Aix-en-Provence began by constructing 15 Digital Totems, smart service touchscreens aimed at citizens. The city then wanted to experiment with new uses permitted by the Internet of Things. The ‘5S’ multi-business sensor, one of the latest innovations from JN Lab has been deployed to measure different uses in real time:

  • Air quality
  • Noise level
  • Humidity / Temperature
  • Luminosity

This integrated sensor operates independently by using Lora, Sigfox, WiFi, 3G/4G telecoms networks or even Bluetooth low energy. It also feeds real-time information to Dashboards open to OpenData integrating a secure quality offer.

In basic configuration its data are transported over the LoRa network operated by Jaguar Network and consolidated by its dedicated collection platform called Stellar.

This system, now validated, will soon become a digital base for deploying the 5 key use cases recently selected for the future of its Smart City policy: 

  • measuring pedestrian flow to guide decongestion,
  • intelligent lighting to optimize electricity costs,
  • management of lighting for the safety of passers-by,
  • rubbish bins with IoT gauge that improve collection rounds and cleanliness in the city, 
  • intelligent watering to avoid replacing plants as part of predictive maintenance rolled out to ROI of digital entrants.

MARSEILLE reinvents intelligent lighting and optimizes its budgets

In 2017 the city of Marseille handed over the management of its public lighting to SNEF. An opportunity for the wind of change to blow, by installing LED light bulbs on the street lights. The high cradles needed to fit them were optimized by creating an intelligent lighting system communicating over a local radio network. Actuator sensors make it possible to supervise the system remotely, by detecting presence and using intelligent predictive algorithm, or even by merging relevant data (Big Data). SNEF chose Jaguar Network to provide the platform for collecting data from the sensors, bringing in expertise from dedicated Network Server to standards taken directly from the IoT world.

Public lighting is emblematic of the recent movement that is starting in Smart Cities: technologies that still require significant initial investment, but that suddenly erupt onto their market as soon as the break-even point can be calculated and recognized by everyone. With the return on investment for intelligent lighting now falling below 3 years, which is half a city council term of office, and with connected road-side parking, this has become one of 2018’s strongest drivers for intelligent cities.