Smart cities France: Tata and Gfi partner on public services

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The partnership brings together Tata’s knowledge of the global smart city market – a US$1.6 trillion dollar opportunity by 2020 – and Gfi’s relationships with local public sector organizations to provide system integration and localisation in France, according to an Indian news source

Indian multinational Tata Consultancy Services has announced its strategic partnership with French IT and communications company Gfi Informatique to accelerate the development of smart cities in France.

The two companies will work together to deliver the requirements of digitisation in energy, water and public transportation, as well as speed up adoption of digital technologies in France’s growing smart cities market.

Under the agreement, Gfi Informatique and TCS will utilise the Intelligent Urban Exchange (IUX) advanced analytics solution that leverages real-time and historical data to close the loop between citizen and city needs.

The IUX analytics was developed by Tata’s Digital Software & Solutions (DS&S) Group, which Gfi will use to support digital advancements in public services, utilise resources more efficiently and improve the environment, according to New Delhi news service TeleAnalysis.

Vincent Rouaix, chairman and CEO of Gfi, said: “Our first commitment is to meet the expectations of cities, including its citizens, elected officials and economic stakeholders with innovative solutions for operational efficiency, new revenue opportunities and citizen satisfaction.”

Scalable solution for smart cities

Saint-Ouen-based Gfi will include the analytics solution as part of its capabilities to address market requirements and deliver sizeable benefits to smart city programme in France.

The solution is reportedly a highly scalable, modular one that brings together big data and domain specific advanced analytics to provide cities, utilities or transport operators with real time insight and provide cost-effective operations across multiple city domains.

Mr Rouaix added: “This partnership enables us to quickly add value to our digital technology offerings in the public sector, such as our City Hub mobile portal or our Public CRM, as well as to leverage data and applications to promote a coordinated, systematic roll-out and sustained growth of smart cities, bringing greater value to everyone involved.”