Innovation and smart cities
Metropolitan areas are both a lab and a biotope for innovation and smart applications. Innovation and smart cities are not just a matter of developing new products and services but also of a better and sustainable organization of the metropolitan areas itself, mainly by making smarter urban applications in telecommunications, IT, mobility, energy, air quality, health care, living conditions, commerce development, etc.
Knowledge economy sectors tend to establish in regions that offer the essential environment for innovation and dense collaboration linkages, high levels of social capital and good physical accessibility.
The AEMC-network position
AEMC considers smarter cities as a top priority because it is an important vector of the creation of new businesses, but also crucial for the effective functioning of the metropolis.
In fact, a very strong emphasis on research, innovation and information and communications technology sectors means generating growth, investment and jobs.