The concept of resilience in the context of an urban system is defined as the ability to absorb a disaster and regain function in its aftermath. It re-examines how we think about urban systems and their disruptions.
In circumstances of rapid technological and societal development, Berger-Levrault positions itself as a key partner for cities and territories, privileged to accompany them through change and make them inclusive so that they gain in efficiency, resilience and attractiveness.
The Group shares more than set of tools with cities: it shares a vision with them.
Change of regulations, redistribution of jurisdictions, tight budgets, climate change and so on. Cities are experiencing a complex period. Compelled to reinvent themselves and develop new practices, they need to rely on partners that understand their challenges to provide inhabitants with a comfortable and safe environment suited to multiple changes. The concept dubbed resilient city leads to many changes both in terms of governance and management of operations.
Digital technologies are a very active part of this redefinition of the city. In a smarter city that communicates more, institutional stakeholders are able to catalog the components of their territory more quickly in order to inventory, prioritize and organize assignments while at the same time making savings.
Berger-Levrault assists cities to stay ahead of changes, organize alternatively and manage operations more efficiently by allowing them to adopt suitable management solutions and platforms at the service of users.
Berger-Levrault was an early adopter of such new approaches and provides them to cities in all its skills areas. For example, Berger-Levrault provides predictive maintenance solutions to detect bugs before they even happen based on technologies used in manufacturing to predict failures; it deploys management systems to monitor equipment by collecting their characteristics and automatically scheduling services where necessary; it relies on the use of IOT (Internet of Things) to manage public spaces such as a lighting fixture that doesn’t light when necessary, heating that goes on in a classroom only when it is occupied and so on.
All our solutions can be configured; they are developed to adapt to the organization of each city or groups of cities that pool skills. They also include mobile applications, permitting city employees to send information while on the move.
Berger-Levrault turned on its head the received idea that software intended for cities had to be national because of the specificities of legislation. By sharing its know-how across functions and as a result of its intimate knowledge of local players in the countries in which it does business, Berger-Levrault becomes part of the prospective visions of cities to implement their city projects.