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Aix Smart Places
Breathing new life into urban planning with data: an experiment in the center of Aix-en-Provence.
Quality of Life Sustainable Development Smart City
Created by Impact Factory
In progress
Aix Smart places

Inspired by the "Réinventons nos Places" (re-invent our squares) initiative in Paris, the project collects urban data from around Aix-en-Provence (noise, traffic, pollution, temperature, people's opinion…) to improve residents' and users' well-being.

May 2017
Project lead
Project details

Connected equipment with micro-sensors set up in several locations across Aix-en-Provence collects 5 main types of data: air quality, heat islands, noise, pedestrian traffic and intelligent lighting.

The collected data is then passed to city hall with the aim of improving citizens' quality of life. It provides a pertinent view, since it is based on an assessment and the shared objectives in local urban planning policy decision-making.

Once the data has been processed, it will be shared with Aix-en-Provence residents and city users by way of experiments -artistic in particular- in the city center. These will eventually enable the development of open innovation programs to create new services or products and programs to encourage self-reliance so that citizens themselves can find solutions to the problems facing their city! 

2018: Installation of sensors and communications infrastructure

Late 2018 to mid-2019: Set-up of a new data management tool

Second semester 2019: Data analysis


  • Development of a virtual city concept for analyzing environmental impacts
  • Data analysis and creation of an action plan
  • Extension of usage cases (for example, parking, watering...)
  • Development of a digital twin of the city to analyze the impact on the environment
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