As digitization accelerates, there are more data flows. But this is not always easy to manage. Especially for communities. Orange and La Banque des Territoires announced on 23 November 2022 that they are joining forces to create the Hexadone joint venture, which is expected to offer a digital platform to help local authorities manage and improve their data. “The control and safe use of spatial data is crucial for local authorities, which are already engaged in a profound digital transformation”explains Christel Heydemann, CEO of Orange, in a press release.
A catalog of use cases
Hexadone is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2023. The joint venture aims to design “a simple and robust digital platform, sovereign and secure, open and interoperable, intended for all communities wishing to control and exploit the data of their territories.” Initially, the idea is to facilitate the aggregation of data from various actors, whether from the community itself (information systems, business applications or sensors), from open data, citizens, public and private ecosystems, etc. Once collected, the community will be able to view this data and use it to make decisions or make it available to other actors.
Orange adds that Hexadone must also facilitate the use of this data by a large ecosystem of industrial partners and start-ups in innovative solutions. For example, a catalog of use cases cross-referencing the data will be made available. The use cases concern the deepening of knowledge of the territory, the observatory of mobility, the identification of hot and cold islands, waste management, etc. It will also be possible to develop tailor-made use cases that meet the needs of the community.
For example, it is possible to imagine solutions for analyzing the water network and detecting leaks, or even for optimizing waste collection rounds. The community will be able to choose either on-site or cloud hosting. Orange promises a high level of cyber security. But in recent months, cyber attacks against businesses, communities and public institutions have multiplied. Nobody is immune.
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