Smart Territories

In the context of the move to towns by the global population, with an extra 2.5 billion city dwellers expected by 2050, and the limited natural resources available, towns and more generally, socio-economic territories, will, over the next 5 years, deploy new highly-innovative solutions and services that make use of digital technologies in order to contribute to making districts, towns, regions, countries more inhabitable, more sustainable, more secure and more attractive for citizens and economic stakeholders.

In this domain SystemX proposes developing decision-making help tools for the optimisation and operational planning of the evolution of Smart Territories, by collecting and analysing large masses of data.

Industrial challenges

Constraints linked to the environment and energy, to ever-increasing mobility, to an approach guided by uses and costs, whether under development or already in use, to the acknowledgement of local needs, mean that any solutions put forward on the global market must have qualities such as adaptability, simplicity, observability, performance, a cost that is appropriate to the function, a genuine added value for the user, acknowledgement of operational safety and security.

In this context, modelling, data correlation, big data, machine learning, anonymisation, traceability, etc.… and taking into account connected objects constitute a major change.

Local services in many domains, such as e-commerce, the silver economy, digital confidence, e-health, energy transition, connected vehicles, connected homes, connected towns… and existing services enhanced by digital technology such as urban delivery logistics, connected mail boxes, will be developed.

In order for these services to be sustainable, the focus needs to be the interests of the human user, the needs in terms of ethics and trust need to be identified, and effective structures, procedures, processes and services need to be implemented, without forgetting the legal and regulatory aspects, acceptability and ergonomy.

The industrial challenges for which SystemX proposes offering help to enable the development and deployment of innovative services within the Smart Territories are:

  • Modelling and simulating smart territories by incorporating all scales
  • Designing modular and re-usable architectures for territories that are changing
  • Developing platforms that support services for all stakeholders
  • Guaranteeing confidence in and the security of the data processing
  • Implementing interoperability and system performance within a territory


Examples of use cases

  • Modelling and simulating multimodal transport in densely-populated areas
  • Designing data architecture for eco-district energy optimisation
  • Guaranteeing the cybersecurity of smart grids and connected vehicles


Discover the projects conducted within the IRT SystemX linked to this research axis:
Anthropolis Chair
BST project
BWM project
IVA project
LCE project
– MIC project
MSM project
PSE project
SCE project