Saint-Quentin offers a complete university curriculum dedicated to digital professions in order to prepare young people for the jobs of tomorrow and train a workforce adapted to the needs of local businesses. It hosts a dynamic ecosystem working on robotics, precision agriculture, smart cities and B to B industrial prototyping. The ecosystem is working on artificial intelligence by participating in a national program dedicated to the smart grids with the development of algorithms to improve the energy efficiency of the area. It also hosts a research unit combining biological and artificial biology to develop new biosensors and therapeutic devices. Local authorities are investing in automation of services to make them more efficient, such as robots for green space management or pipe inspection and a drone for roof control.
The City of Saint-Quentin has solid experience with open data policy, with its open data portal in place since 2014. The city also has expertise in enabling citizen participation. We want to use this experience to become a smarter city. We are actively involved in international collaborative programmes and networks dedicated to smart city like OASC or TM Forum (catalyst and city platform manifesto programs).
As a city we represent the demand side, so our typical role is to define the challenge to tackle, contribute to define requirements of proposed solution, participate to its development and at last evaluate the benefits of the implemented solution.
A good smart city strategy is a one built with and for citizens. We think that SCIFI is a great opportunity to bring citizens into the definition of smart city policy and the development of solutions that address this policy. We also expect that this project will speed up the use of data in order to develop more data driven solutions for the benefit of citizens and municipal departments. We anticipate a better capacity in future to reuse data in order to create value by improving efficiency of public services and offering new services to citizens and visitors. The deployment of a durable accelerator programme will bring together local stakeholders to work together in the development of smart city solutions based on a shared problem.