The French capital is pushing for the use of free and open source software solutions to extend its smart city project to the city region. Making databases and applications interoperable and creating smart city grids requires tools to be as open as possible, and the use of open source provides many advantages over proprietary tools, says the city’s Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika.
Speaking at the Open World Forum conference on Thursday, the deputy mayor said that he wants the Grand Paris Metropolis to be as open as possible. The mayor is pushing for a working group to formulate an open source policy for the smart city. A smart, sustainable city requires a resolute open source approach, said Missika, who is in charge of city planning.
The deputy mayor was one of the speakers at the Open World Forum conference. The two-day conference kicked off of Open Source Week, four consecutive open source conferences taking place in the city.
The city of Paris is already making many of its ICT solutions available under an open source licence, mayor Missika said. The city is a member of Adullact, the platform for French civil servants working on free and open source software. “Any ICT solutions we develop for our smart city, is and will be shared as open source, using Adullact’s software repository”, deputy mayor said.
Already in 2005 the city release Lutèce, an open source portal solution tailored to public administrations. According to the deputy mayor, the city will continue this open source tradition.
In September last year, the city implemented DansMaRue, similar to Fix My Street, allowing citizens to report potholes, broken sidewalks, graffiti, non-functioning lamp posts, and other problems with the city infrastructure. The Paris software solution is made available to other municipalities.