Orange, a France Telecom brand, has announced that a new service called La Ville Durable, or the sustainable city, is being tested for five months for its application to communities.
Based on machine to machine operating techniques developed by the network of France Telecom Orange Labs that supervise, maintain and secure it, La Ville Durable is used by the Cagnes-sur-Mer local government to automatically check the parameters of its environment in real-time.
Using a multi-network solution (radio, GPRS, internet) providing coverage of isolated areas, connected to standard sensor/triggers, the city government has access to a wide choice of usable information for optimum management of the city: temperature sensors (sea water, air), sound sensors (detection of noise pollution), air pressure sensors, UV index sensors, and hydrometric sensors.
The data is then transmitted automatically to a server able to perform a broad range of operations: communication (city information website), management (automation of sprinkling, of lighting) and safety (pollution alert, fire alert, flooding). The panel for communicating the information is equally extensive: sending of SMS, voice messages, email notification, faxes, etc.
This system is easily transposable to other applications in the field of cultural or sports activities, health and the monitoring of natural or industrial risks in particular.