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Géraldine Clermont - 16/06/2010

La ville durable à portée de tous

Denis Jacquet, chairman of Karrus

Getting around in the city can sometimes be a nightmare. How can we improve urban and suburban transport? What ideas have Inria researchers come up with for the cities of the future? On 23 June at Jouy-en-Josas, the next edition of the Inria-Industry Meetings will attempt to answer these questions. During the event, the NeCS project-team and the company Karrus will present an experiment being conducted in Grenoble. Interview with Denis Jacquet, Chairman of Karrus.

What are Karrus’s ambitions in terms of the environment?

Denis Jacquet : The control rooms in charge of road traffic are increasingly facing congestion problems. Karrus proposes a solution in the form of an infrastructure operating tool. This tool is mainly designed for urban motorways and major roads. It aims to control congestion and consequently reduce the resulting environmental nuisances. It therefore represents a step towards building the sustainable cities of the future. Thanks to appropriate processing of the traffic data collected on the roads, operators can now have smart diagnostic and control platforms. The goal is to provide reliable information to operators and road users in real time. Our tools are a response to problems commonly encountered in traffic engineering. By improving the regulation of existing infrastructures, they can also avoid the need to build new roads and motorways. Our activity is increasingly based around green urban planning.

Why would a company like Karrus want to take part in the upcoming Inria-Industry meetings?

D.J. : is a young start-up engaged in joint development operations with Inria's NeCS project-team (Network Controlled Systems). We therefore have a close relationship with the Institute. Carlos Canudas de Wit, the head of the NeCS project-team and a scientific advisor at Karrus, will chair the conference on intelligent transport systems for mobile citizens. We will also be taking part in a joint demonstration. We will be sharing the lessons we have learned from our deployment of a distributed traffic sensor architecture on Grenoble’s southern highway. These meetings are also an opportunity for us to meet industrial operators who are interested in our technologies.

What place do computational sciences have in sustainable development today?

D.J. : There are many new technologies using computational sciences in the field of sustainable development, some of which are already in operation. Whether these are rolled out on a large scale will depend on the will of the decision makers. In the Grenoble region, where we are working, it is vital to take this dimension into account. A city like Grenoble is, due to its geographical position among the mountains, particularly sensitive to environmental nuisances. Meetings such as those that will be held on 23 June allow awareness to be raised among decision makers at all levels.


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Keywords: Project NeCS Transports Energie Karrus Start-up Denis Jacquet Inria-Industry meetings