Israel’s Eilat and France’s Nice Announce ‘Smart City’ Tech-Partnership

By Benjamin Brown/TPS • 17 February 2020
City of Eilat, Israel
Photo by Kobi Richter/TPS

The Israeli city of Eilat has announced a partnership with the French city of Nice to utilize “smart city” technology in healthcare, transportation, community services, and tourism.

The two-year partnership between the municipalities aims to address shared problems and exchange technological innovation to improve living conditions and further bolster the flourishing tourism sector of both cities.

“The world of tourism is changing, and with it come new issues,” Or Haviv, CEO of the project’s organizers, the Eilat Tech Center (ETC), told TPS.

“Every city that has to do with tourism is experiencing these challenges. One example is Airbnb mixing the once separated tourist and local areas of cities,” he added.

Nice was specifically chosen due to its similarity to Eilat in terms of tourism and the potential for efficient cooperation, Haviv stated, adding that similar partnerships, for example between Barcelona and Tel Aviv, had already been successful.

Following monthly discussions between the municipalities, the French delegation to the project will visit Eilat in September to agree on concrete policy proposals. Final projects are set to be presented one year later in Nice, according to the ETC.

Israel, famed for its innovation and start-up-culture, has become an attractive partner around the world. The state has the largest number of start-ups per capita, giving investors and international partners access to cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas.