TM Forum Live! 2017, the largest international exposition dedicated to digital innovation, was held in Nice from May 15-18, 2017. Team Côte d’Azur presented the region’s advantages to companies from across the globe, featuring technological assets in the realms of mobile connectivity, the Internet of Things, and Smart Cities.
At TM Forum Live! 2017, Team Côte d’Azur brought together the major political and economic actors of the region by accompanying their involvement with the event. Jacques Lesieur, CEO of Team Côte d’Azur, and Pascale Pecha, Head of Business Development for Team Côte d’Azur, welcomed leaders to the agency’s booth, including Rudy Salles, Deputy Mayor of Nice in Tourism and International Relations, Christian Tordo, Deputy Mayor of Nice in Economy, Employment, Industry, and Innovation; and Jean-Pierre Savarino, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Also in attendance were representatives from the Sophia Antipolis Council.
TM Forum, the organization behind the TM Forum Live! 2017, brings together 850 member-businesses from the digital innovation community. The Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis recently joined the organization as a full member, proof of Nice’s involvement in the exposition and the endurance of the event in the region. In an interview held at the forum, Rudy Salles and Christian Tordo noted that the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis is one of the top 10 Smart Cities in the world (Juniper Research 2016). The city’s collaboration with TM Forum is a strategic move for technology and infrastructure development in the region. Success has already been achieved by businesses from TM Forum thanks to data provided by the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, notably, Vélo Bleu’s bikesharing Data.
Through the Éco-Vallée, an Operation of National Interest that accommodates an urban technology hub, more than 10,000 businesses, laboratories, and R&D centers were granted the means to establish large-scale development and research projects in the sectors of E-Health, CivicTech, and Smart City. The international science and technology park Sophia Antipolis , which contains more than 2,230 businesses and 36,300 jobs, supplies an international workforce specialized in High Tech and ICT, and welcomes R&D centers with a global scope.
During TM Forum Live! 2017, Team Côte d’Azur showcased these assets to businesses to encourage the companies to take advantage of the technology and talent available in the region to develop business activities. Several short- and medium-term projects were identified and contacts built, promising fruitful collaborations between foreign businesses and the economic and academic actors from the Côte d’Azur. Team Côte d’Azur connected IMREDD (Mediterranean Institute for Risk, Environment, and Sustainable Development) with the creators of Connected Citizen: Life in a Green, Clean, Smart City, a digital services platform. The platform was developed by TM Forum members Orange, NTT Group, Esri, Bearing Point, Amdocs, and Symantec. Orange, who co-directed the project, is studying he opening of an experimental digital services laboratory at IMREDD by the end of 2017.