The cities of Paris and San Francisco have respectively chosen Inria (Research Center Paris-Rocquencourt) and the University of Berkeley in California to carry out joint research on the smart city.
Sharing the will to become world leaders in creating smart and sustainable cities, the mayors of both cities signed a cooperation agreement on March 20, 2013, on two themes, including support for research programs on the smart city.
Inria and CITRIS have launched collaborative research and experimentation initiatives on current and future issues relating to major urban centers. Research teams will focus on topics as wide-ranging as air quality, energy costs, water management, security, flows of people and transport.
Through their agreement, and in order to help this research program to succeed, Paris and San Francisco have undertaken:
- to serve as study and experimental sites for this research,
- to provide support for these research programs
- to share their data and experience, by establishing an annual report on work carried out by the two cities and their partners