2023 Detailed programme


OCOVA 2023 will focus, through case studies in the Alpine space in France and Europe and the results of workshops for the emergence of pilot projects, to expose the the facilitating role of integrated digital solution for the ecological transition in our mountain territories. Particular attention will be paid to the different components of such solutions: field sensors, LPWAN networks, context brokers (FIWARE), multi-field supervisors, AI for turning knowledge into intelligence. The forum will present how standard and ope source interconnections at the local/regional scale will allow data sharing and facilitate decision making at all scale.

In a second step, interventions and round tables will allow to exchange on the modalities of appropriation and commitment of populations and actors as well as the problems of the organization of sharing and valorisation of data between multiple stakeholders.

The debate will open with the decision makers of mountain policies on the obstacles to the development of an environmentally, economically and socially responsible and efficient mountain, as well as on the levers of change and the place of innovation for new models of tourism models to reshape the future of mountain territories.

Detailed Programme

Some presentations were natively in English (Atos, Scalian, GI Group, Quintetto, Politecnico di Torino). Region Sud’s presentation could not be translated (images only). All others were automatically translated using the impressive IA-powered DEEP-L translator. However, French texts included in images cannot be translated.

9h00-9h30 : Opening of the forum by the authorities:

Chantal Eymeoud, vice-présidente of Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur ; Jean-Marie Bernard, president of Departement Hautes-Alpes ; Pierre Vollaire, mayor of Les Orres, vice-president of ANMSM.

9h30-9h35: Presentation of the forum agenca and review of the forum’s main themes

Christophe Rosanvallon, moderator, Yann Bidault, organiser.

9h35-10h30: SESSION 1 – Integrated digital solutions for the ecological transition: from data collection to intelligent infrastructure management



IoT networks and smart territories: Presentation of integrated solutions based on standards (LoRaWAN, OneM2M, FIWARE) and Open-Source developments for the collection, processing, contextualisation, visualisation and exchange of field data deployed for the management and optimisation of key environmental infrastructures (energy, water, mobility, etc.) EGM – Gilles Orazi: Strongly involved in international and standardisation activities, EGM is specialised in the implementation of interoperable systems based on open standards and validated technologies and is involved in many European projects (H-2020, H-Europe). EGM is a golden member of the FIWARE foundation.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) for territorial management: applying specific advanced algorithms to multiple field contextualized data, AI technologies allow to simulate, predict and optimize systems operation. This presentation explains the principles and the interest of AI for the optimization of the management of environmental infrastructures: energy, water, mobility, waste, through use cases. Atos – Antoine Olgiati, Loïc Maisonnasse: Atos is a global leader in digital transformation. Atos Montpellier has an AI unit which works in particular on use cases for the intelligent city and territory in regionns Occitanie and SUD. Atos is involved in European R&D projects (H2020, Horizon-Europe) and is a platinum member of the FIWARE Foundation.
10:15-10:30 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of Session 1 and the audience Audience, all speakers of the session

10h30-11h25: SESSION 2 – ENERGY: issues, perspectives, use cases and deployment of solutions



Energy management assistance for public facilities: Territoire d’énergies-SyME05 provides energy management assistance services for local authorities. The intervention presents the interest of the deployment of a chain of knowledge to interact with the management systems of buildings, public lighting installations and electric vehicle charging stations. More specifically, the interest of this approach will be presented through the use case “optimization of the energy management of Durancia”, a balneo and spa centre in Montgenèvre. Territoire d’Energie-SyME05 – Stéphane Raizin, Jean-Christophe Dejoannis: Organising authority for public electricity distribution and a major player in the Department’s energy transition, SyME05 engage its members into the energy transition by helping them better manage their energy systems and reducing their GHG emissions: recharging of electric vehicles, public lighting, building heating, etc.) and as producers of renewable energies (valorization of biomass, development of solar and hydraulic energy production…)


Energy context, challenges, perspectives: the presentation will address the question of the availability of electrical energy, adaptation measures, perspectives for the years to come, and measures to be taken by the actors of our territories to adapt as well as possible and participate in the collective efforts.. RTE – Gilles Odone: RTE is the French electricity transportation system operator. RTE has a public service mission: to guarantee the supply of electricity at all times and with the same quality of service throughout the country and to manage electricity flows and the balance between production and consumption in real time.
11:10-11:25 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of Session 2 and the audience Audience, all speakers of the session

11h25-12h05: SESSION 3 – WATER: use cases and deployment of solutions



Integrated data management for water quality monitoring from the top to the bottom of mountains and beyond: To process the immense amount of information collected by smart sensors, IoT and more traditional data through conventional statistics or AI, reliable data from optimised management processes is needed. This presentation relies on feedback from experiences in Canada and France where the strategic acquisition of water-related data as well as their storage, contextualisation and analysis, enable managers to make informed decisions and support decision-makers in their efforts to protect and manage water resources. Watershed monitoring – Sarah Goubet: Watershed monitoring is a company based in Canada and France offering a combination of consulting services and technology solutions to organisations that need to collect, structure, store and analyse water resources data.


Innovative project for predicting water contamination by biological agents sensitive to global warming: The summer of 2022 has more than ever highlighted the challenge of protecting water resources. In this context, it is becoming urgent to implement all possible technological and human means to ensure their preservation and optimise their management. IOTs is a valuable aid for monitoring and controlling the ecological state of a territory. Once associated with AI, they offer steering/supervision tools to local authorities, decision-makers, managers, etc. SCALIAN shares one of its experiences: an innovative project for predicting water contamination by a biological agent sensitive to global warming. Scalian – Mathieu Damour: Scalian is a specialist in business transformation through its dual expertise in business processes and digital technologies. The Group is one of the top 10 engineering consultancies in France and operates both in France and internationally, particularly in the architecture and development of embedded digital systems and applications for information systems and AI. It also deals with project optimisation and organisational performance issues, as well as digital transformation challenges for leaders in industry and the service sector.
11:55-12:05 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of Session 3 and the audience Audience, all speakers of the session

12h05-12h45: SESSION 4 – Emergence of smart territory projects



Restitution of the IOT/IA Workshop with Community of municipalities of Serre-Ponçon (CCSP): since October 2022, at the joint initiative of Les Orres and Atos, several workshop sessions have been held on the emergence of use cases combining integrated IoT solutions with an AI dimension for the optimisation of energy, water, mobility and waste management. This session aims to report on this work and to assess the prospects together. Atos Montpellier – Léa Duran: Atos Montpellier Atos Montpellier operates an AI Unit working in particular on use cases for the intelligent city and territory in Region Occitania and Region SUD and is involved in European R&D projects (H2020, Horizon-Europe).
12:35-12:45 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of Session 4 and the audience Audience, all speakers of the session
13:00-14:00 Buffet – Exibition – Networking

14h00-15h10: SESSION 5 – Stakeholder engagement, valorisation and sharing of data



Sharing and valorisation of data, economic approaches of the territorial ecological transition: data, their production and collection, their sharing between stakeholders are at the heart of the current reflections on territorial management. This raises in particular the question of their modes of valorisation, of access rights and of value sharing. Aix-Marseille Université – Frédéric Rychen: AMU Department of Economics is involved in several projects related to data sharing and stakeholder involvement, notably around electric mobility with Enedis. It has also participated in projects to implement microgrid solutions for isolated communities


Smart Valley Valle d’Aosta: a coordination project “Mountain Technology” of the call financed by the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta and the European Union through the regional ERDF which aims to foster the development and innovation of the regional mountain sector by promoting the development of information technologies, cybernetics and AI, with a particular focus on the environment.   FI Group – Roberta Davisod;  FI Group is a specialist in R&D performance and financing, supporting development and innovation projects, present in 14 countries, including 6 European countries. 


The project also aims to strengthen the collaboration between regional authorities, Quintetto srl – Ivano Canteri: Quintetto is an SME specialised in advanced interactive communication technologies that leads the QROOM PLUS project.


as well as to encourage the exchange of technology and knowledge between beneficiaries and regional research centres by promoting sustainable and technological development. Politecnico di Torino – Luca Ulrich: The 3D Lab of the Poliecnico di Torino leads the MEDIA project on the use of 3D, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for the maximisation of visitor engagement in cultural and popularisation facilities.
14:55-15:10 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of session 5 and the audience. Audience, all speakers of the session

15h10-17h15: SESSION 6 – Climate change and territorial resilience

15:10-15:45 Global warming, snowmaking, resource availability: CLIMSNOW makes it possible to quantify, at various timescales, the reliability of snowmaking (natural groomed snow, with/without snowmaking), its variability and the capacity of each resort to maintain its operations, according to what efforts and in what way. Using the information provided by CLIMSNOW, it is therefore possible to plan investment choices based on projections of the future state of the snowpack. Météo France – Carlo Carmagnola: Météo-France is a member of the CLIMSNOW consortium, alongside INRAE and Dianeige. The Météo-France / INRAE / Dianeige partnership combines the performance of applied scientific research with the expertise of tourism engineering specialising in mountain resorts.


Water resources in the mountains and their problems: Based on its field experience, Cimeo outlines the use of water resources in the mountains, in particular the importance of field data to better understand the evolution of water resources and their problems at the level of sub-catchment areas. Cimeo agency – Marion Douarche: Cimeo supports mountain territories in their development projects, in particular through integrated water management: by combining different approaches (geographical, technical, hydraulic, environmental, economic, societal, etc.), it makes it possible to anticipate the increasingly rapid and surprising changes in the climate and to determine the necessary adaptations (technical, behavioural and governance)
16:05-16:15 Questions and answers: exchanges between the speakers of session 5 and the audience. Audience, all speakers of the session


Round table on models for the mountains of tomorrow: the place of innovation, action plans, funding, prospects. the role of innovation, action plans, funding, prospects. Città metropolitana di Torino – Elena Di Bella; Alp’Evasion – Olivier Boursier; Région SUD – Aymeri Baldelli; Veolia – Philippe Denis; Crédit Agricole –Julien Reynier; ANMSM – P. Vollaire

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