The Smart Territory, Risk Prevention and Management

The Smart Territory, Risk Prevention and Management

The Smart Territory, Risk Prevention and Management Reference Center will be implanted on the Eco- Valley campus. In this way it will be hosted within the Mediterranean Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development Institute (IMREDD) which will host the platforms for collaboration between public research and private laboratories, in 4 main areas: smart buildings and energy, water cycle, risk and environment, and intelligent sustainable mobility.
The Smart Territory, Risk Prevention and Management



The goal is to address the themes of the smart city and of sustainable development to make them levers for the economic renewal of the Côte d’Azur region. This challenge will be met through the following perspectives:

  • Neighborhoods, intelligent buildings, and energy
  • The water cycle
  • Observation, risks, and the environment
  • Intelligent mobility

Meeting these challenges presupposes the implementation of several principles in the actions that will be undertaken:
• A transdisciplinary vision
• A multi-actor approach between public structures, private structures, and communities


Societal challenges

The concept of Sustainable Development, applied to the city, can be organised around three models, each being the object of
numerous societal expectations:

  • The Eco-city, which integrates the objectives of sustainable development, of global reductions in carbon footprints, and of resilience in the face of risks.

The approach is multi-sectoral (construction, energy, transport), and the levers used are mostly passive (choice of construction materials, bioclimatic architecture, urban design engineering...)

  • The «Smart Grid City». This involves cities aiming above all to manage their energy consumption more efficiently and civicmindedly, as well as that of their constituencies. The primary lever of action here is the active management of electric grids and
  • consumption.
  • The «Connected city», conceived in a logic of pooling communication infrastructures and sharing information. This proactive approach aims to allow the improvement of decision making and coordination, for example in the face of one or more natural
  • hazards (seismic, tsunamis, flooding,...) or industrial hazards.
  • The economic motivations behind these projects diff er, and constitute strong expectations to be addressed.
  • The economic interest of the «Eco-cities» is based in part on the valuation of externalities (costs of CO2 emissions avoided and of inefficient transport) and the sustainable management of the city.
  • For the «Smart-grid cities», it involves savings in the management costs of networks, and, in particular, allowing the insertion of renewable energies while avoiding some of the costs of reinforcing networks or constructing supplementary means of carbon
  • production to compensate for irregularities in the production of renewables.
  • For the «Connected cities», it notably involves the pooling of telecommunication infrastructures.

The obstacles to overcome to promote the emergence of the different types of Sustainable Cities are:

  • Energy efficiency (from passive management--insulation, equipment efficiency--to the active management of consumption)
  • The production of electricity (from a centralized production model to a decentralized model)
  • Measuring consumption
  • The maintenance of water networks
  • The management of urban road traffic

Addressing these issues will involve the implementation of an approach based on resilience and the use of NTIC.

Local ecosystem

  • The creation of an «eco-campus» whose cornerstone is the IMREDD, grouping public and private partners. Conceived as a link between the scientific ambitions of the UCA and the growth model of the region, the IMREDD combines strategic partnerships with large partner companies and a strong policy of technology transfer towards innovative SME’s. Imagined and designed around an open technological platform, the IMREDD is a particularly favorable site for innovation, thanks to the cross-fertilization of the players and approaches. It aims to be transversal (in the disciplinary sense) and strongly linked to the R&D activities of partner companies, and also a site for the validation of ideas, concepts or products for SME’s and VSE’s as well as start-ups. This platform is a veritable site of experimentation, training, and demonstration for the smart city of the future. The component involving the observation of space risks will be carried out in the facilities of the OCA.
  • All local authorities are invested in this area: