Updated 28 July 2022

Europe is a driving force for innovation in Issy

Innovative and pioneering city, Issy-les-Moulineaux has a long experience of decentralized cooperation with many other European partners, in projects co-funded by the European Commission.      

These collaborative projects, led through Issy Media, the semi-public company in charge of communication and innovation, with other cities in Europe, private businesses and research organizations, aimed mostly to experiment, test and deploy new services or technologies intended to improve the daily lives of residents. 

By being part of a European cooperation approach, the City thus benefits from funding and good practices which allow it to stay one step ahead of other French municipalities. 

The objective is indeed anticipation of new uses, to modernize local government and to strengthen its attractivenss.

Through this process of Test & Learn, Issy has acquired a real expertise enabling it to experiment and deploy services digital in real conditions, but also to evaluate their effectiveness.

Innovation is an integral part of Issy's DNA, which can be seen on a European scale as a laboratory of ideas and a field of experimentation to meet new urban challenges, both in terms of mobility issues and on the development of useful and relevant digital services.

The city of Issy-les-Moulineaux is also recognized in Brussels as one of the most advanced French cities.

It benefits, as an example, from the European label " Living Lab ", a method which consists of innovating in collaborative mode, appears in the list of European smart cities participating in Sino-European cooperation on the subject, and participates in the Intelligent Cities Challenge program.

Currently, the City is participating in several European projects related to mobility, open data and Li-Fi technology.

FCCP (2020-2023) :  Hydrogen for  new  sustainable mobility  solutions    

The City is participating in the European FCCP (Fuel Cell Cargo Pedelecs) project , the objective of which is to experiment with the use of hydrogen-powered cargo bikes for last mile deliveries.            

Due to the rise of online commerce, more and more goods are delivered in small quantities to individual letterboxes. The increase in these small deliveries contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution.    

Initiatives are being taken to facilitate deliveries by bicycle or even on foot at the district level or for municipal advertising for which an electrically assisted scooter has been used for several years in Issy.    

A fuel cell cargo bike is expected to be recharged faster and save up to 5.5 tonnes of CO2 per year by replacing combustion engine vehicles, thus providing a first response to the demands of non-polluting last kilometer deliveries.               

The first cargo-bike was deployed in Issy in June 2021, while a second one has been launched in early 2022.  

PoliVisu (2017-2020): improving urban transport policies thanks to big data    

Faced with a significant increase in car traffic and the saturation of urban transport, cities must also respond to the proliferation of new services, such as car-sharing, self-service bicycles or fleets of bicycles without stations. Launched in 2017, PoliVisu is a project co-funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission. It aims to help governments to better use the data (open data and big data in particular) to improve the policymaking around mobility.

It brings together around fifteen public and private actors from six European countries. New methods and new tools have thus been tested. PoliVisu follows on from the research work of the OpenTransportNet project, which had made it possible to develop an open data portal around transport data. 

PoliVisu, as it can be read in the hands-on manual written by Issy, developed in more detail in two major achievements of the project: a book and a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Moreover, in the framework of the work of this document, a video was tailored to showcase it.   

The different use cases collected by the project and all information about them (policy making processes, datasets, types of visualisations) were collected in a portal, called toolbox, to allow any users to dig into the various use cases of the project to replicate solutions or to get inspired by those.  

Issy could improve its open data portal with a visualization highlight on the home page and with a dedicated section. At the same time, it would launch various projects running in parallel to PoliVisu on its track, being those inspired by it and the lessons learnt thank to it.   

This has made possible to create two applications with a local SME, called Wedodata,about waste management and outdoor activities, but the improvement of Issy skills and knowledge was particularly real during the lockdown period in the spring 2020. Moreover, Issy could fix 2 fruitful collaborations with:  

IoRL (2017-2020) : making Internet access more efficient   

Co-funded by the European Commission, theIoRL project (2017-2020) aims to make Internet access more efficient and secure thanks to the Internet of light (Li-Fi) in the era of 5G.    

In from the Li-Fi, a communication system using light LED bulbs rather than electromagnetic waves, one could navigate with a rate greater than 10 Gbit / s, even more than the optical fiber inside buildings. 

This system consumes ten times less energy to operate with increased safety and location accuracy of less than 10 cm.        

A first version of Li-Fi has been used at the French Museum of the Playing Card since 2015 for its permanent exhibitions. 

Specially equipped shelves are lent to visitors and contextualized information is automatically triggered in front of a painting or a sculpture thanks to an LED bulb located on the ceiling. But this version of Li-Fi is still limited and the IoRL project must contribute to its development and its association with 5G to make the connection faster, more efficient from an energy point of view and more secure. 

Full list of the past EU projects of Issy-les-Moulineaux