Blue-Sight works on several significant innovation projects for European and French partners.
ASCEND (Accelerate positive Clean Energy Districts) is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe research programme. The project is based on the strong belief that there is a need to ACCELERATE and SCALE Positive Clean Energy Districts (PCEDs) to ensure the transition of cities to climate neutrality and social justice across Europe. The objectives are: i) to make cities healthier and more resource efficient; ii) to accelerate and expand the deployment of a system of smart and sustainable energy districts.
ASCEND proposes four key solutions. Firstly, we have defined the concept of ‘Multiplier Cities’ to work on catalytic experimentation of SCEDs. By the end of the project, the 6 Multiplier Cities will have already achieved results and successfully deployed their 6-CPED plan. Secondly, ASCEND has an ambitious strategy of cross-collaboration and dissemination of results to all stakeholders. Thirdly, the project develops 6 “Packaged Solutions” which, combined, create the most efficient CDEP. They combine financial, technical, digital and business model requirements to help cities implement them. Fourth, a CDEP is a complex living entity that will evolve over time. Two models of urban orchestrators have the role of aggregating all the services of the CDEP and ensuring long-term performance.
In summary, the strategic objectives are: i) to provide two inclusive and affordable CDEPs in Lyon and Munich; ii) to successfully implement CDEPs in the multiplier cities of Alba Iulia (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Charleroi (Belgium), Prague (Czech Republic), Oporto (Portugal) and Stockholm (Sweden); iii) to scale up solution sets for a large community of cities and investors; iv) to disseminate our results widely to the smart city community.
The Dijon Metropolitan Attractivity Agency, Dijon Bourgogne Invest, has launched the operational launch phase in its new configuration. Indeed, in the summer of 2022, the new team and the new Executive Board began to structure Dijon Bourgogne Invest. The objective was, during a strategic seminar, to build a three-way roadmap for the Agency, which defines:
- The Agency’s main market targets with a pragmatic objective of combining ambition and realism,
- The main levers and actions to be undertaken and their distribution between the Agency, its permanent staff, the members of the executive board, the city and any other partners (public or private),
- The definition of a culture (of the agency, of the company) combining the capacity to seize opportunities and to be part of the medium term (roadmap),
- Key performance indicators will be monitored with a view to steering and reporting.
The objective of the mission is to support the Cognition Institute in developing a portfolio of research contracts with large industrial companies about cognition, which combines many disciplines. This means:
- Testing and deploying a method of prospecting for key account types to establish long-term relationships with companies,
- An objective to develop major accounts (3 to 5) over several years,
- An attractive and adapted offer for these key accounts.
The French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) is a public research organisation of a scientific, technical, and industrial nature (EPIC). A major player in research, development and innovation, the CEA is active in four areas: defense and security, low-carbon energy (nuclear and renewable), technological research for industry and fundamental research (material and life sciences). With its recognised expertise, the CEA is involved in setting up collaborative projects with numerous academic and industrial partners.
Dijon metropolis has launched a mission to support the creation of a business growth agency for Dijon. The objective is to define the main principles of the agency: ambitions, organisation, service offer, operating methods, legal form.
Scalable Cities is a consortium of 18 projects, 124 cities and over 430 partners. Its objective is to accelerate the replication and scaling up of the 500 demonstrators of the European Smart Cities and Communities programme. It is funded by the European Commission.
The 500 demonstrators are being developed across the European Union, covering issues of citizen engagement and local governance, energy infrastructure, sustainable mobility, data platforms and many other areas.
Smarter Together is a project of the European H2020 Smart Cities and Communities program.
Started in 2015, it brings together three lighthouse cities, Lyon, Munich and Vienna, as well as three fellow cities, Sofia, Venice and Santiago de Compostela.
The aim is to test innovative, user-centric solutions with high urban and environmental potential in three demonstrators. The project aims to replicate them on a larger scale and in the territories of the “follower” cities, as well as to share their feedback.
The solutions focus on five themes: data management platforms, renewable energy sources, holistic renovation, electric mobility, citizen engagement and participation.
In September 2020, the Club Ville Aménagement, which brings together all French public developers, launched a working group on smart city and its uses.
The objective is to respond to the challenges posed by smart cities. What are the impacts of the smart and sustainable city on the profession of urban developer? What are the expectations of elected officials, companies and citizens? What opportunities are there to enrich the practices of the whole value chain?
The working group is meeting in several workshops, with the aim of delivering a guide for developers on the opportunities of urban data platforms.
The AI4Eu project aims to build the European platform for artificial intelligence. It represents one of the pillars of the European Commission’s AI strategy and model.
The consortium developing this platform includes 82 partners and 22 countries.
AI4EU is linked to other Horizon 2020 projects, networks of excellence in AI, cyber security and industrial fields.
The objective is to deliver the platform and to animate the European artificial intelligence ecosystem.
AI4Copernicus is a research project funded by the European Commission. It aims at bridging the AI4EU on-demand platform and the Earth Observation data and services collected and created by Copernicus (the European spatial observation program). At the end of the project, the AI4EU on-demand platform will be the first choice for all users of Copernicus data, from scientists to SMEs and the non-tech sector.
The end goals for the project and the on-demand platform are :
- To drive technical integration
- To incentivise the AI4EU and Copernicus to solve tangible practical real-life problems in the fields of agriculture, energy, security and health-environment.
To that end, 8 small-scale experimentations and 9 use-cases have been selected through 4 open calls.