The success story of the U.R.B.S. start-up, winner of the Le Monde Smart Cities Urban Innovation Award, illustrates IMT’s involvement in entrepreneurship with local support in its schools’ incubators and shared national and international programs.

The young start-up U.R.B.S., and its IMOPE solution, has just won the Le Monde Smart Cities Urban Innovation 2020 Award in the Energy category. It started up in the Mines Saint-Etienne incubator and has also benefited from Institut Mines-Télécom’s national support program. The IMT graduate school incubation scheme is based on its schools’ strong territorial integration, the backing of the excellent research work going on in the schools, a multidisciplinary approach that covers the major strategic transformations currently taking place, a human approach that takes into account hard and soft skills for personalized coaching, and finally, the ability to support the development of start-ups on both a national and international level.

IMOPE by U.R.B.S : putting digital technology at the heart of the ecological transition

Despite the considerable progress made in recent years in making local data available, particularly for reliabl

e diagnosis and monitoring of local territories, understanding and using that data remains a challenge. At fine scales (construction), it is a matter of manipulating, completing and cross-referencing raw data with other information to make it educational and accessible to everyone (operations staff  and decision-makers).

With this in mind, Urban Retrofit Business Services (U.R.B.S.) developed IMOPE, a digital platform that allows you to characterize monitor and manage building assets. The interface is in the form of a digital map to visualize a territory’s relevant information at the scale of a building or an address.

The public players in the housing and energy renovation sectors thus interrogate and manipulate the data to define action plans, speed up the implementation of measures and facilitate monitoring. Process time savings of 6 to 9 months have been reported by users.