- What do you highlight for 2017 in terms of market trends in Europe?
Connecthings’ activity navigates between the smart city market and the mobility market, two areas that are intertwined.
First and foremost, 2017 was all about autonomous vehicles, dockless electric bikes, scooter sharing services, drone taxis etc… These new technologies emerge in either a prolific or more experimental way, but the common thread in these new mobility services is an autonomy of use under different aspects: autonomy in driving, autonomy in energy, autonomy in the choice of transport method for example.
These new opportunities for mobility are very promising but they can also bring new constraints for cities, and they will require new responses on a regulatory, technological and economic level.
The new organizational model to find is very complex and one of the keys will most probably be in the processing of data as well as in the intelligence of its distribution: it is on these issues that Connecthings has a big role to play.
- What were the milestones attained by Connecthings in 2017?
2017 is the pivotal year during which most of our clients went beyond the experimentation stage to launch projects on a human-scale, and as far reaching as their territory would allow. This transition to a new scale is key if we want to test and analyze behaviors, and not only test technologies. Innovation cannot be wary, it needs to be ambitious.
We have realized great projects in many big European metropolitan cities such as Milan, Porto, Valence and of course French cities such as Paris, Lyon, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Angers, Caen, Nice, etc., and are creating as many innovative local infrastructures that enlarge our global network.
- What are your perspectives for 2018?
2018 should see our development accelerate for at least two (good) reasons. The first is that on the local scale where Connecthings’ solution adapts in concrete and specific ways to the challenges that cities are facing: expectations of citizens that require ever more relevant information and services in terms of mobility and privacy, the joint construction with local players of an open innovation approach, the economic valorization of the local ecosystem, data as a resource for public interest etc…
The second is linked to our economic model that is based on a virtuous cycle beneficial to our clients. By joining our global network our clients benefit from its attractiveness which linked in part to the number of cities it holds, and this number keeps growing!