New Technologies in Saint-Germain-en-Laye
As a city that is conscious of technology trends and the new usage patterns of Internet and mobile device users, Saint-Germain-en-Laye been committed to an ambitious digital policy since 2007:
- Digitalisation of Public Services: The Family (+) Portal makes it possible for citizens to go online to perform a number of administrative procedures and to pay bills, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day;
- Bridging the Digital Divide: 7 Wi-Fi zones within the city and 4 Internet terminals (Administrative Centre, Municipal Employment Office, both libraries) with free access for all, as well as a website that is accessible to the visually and hearing impaired; the transformation of the content of the City's main website into synthesized speech, a feature that will soon be expanded to the websites of the Theatre, Tourism Office, Conservatory and Library;
- Dissemination of Public Information: the various newsletters, the participatory democracy action "Quel Saint-Germain demain?" (‘What Does the Future Hold for Saint Germain’), minutes and deliberations of the municipal councils, and since February 2010, video presentations and the Facebook pages of the City, Theatre and Library to reach a younger audience…
The creation of new services provided via the website contributes to improving the daily lives of citizens. These include the Family (+) Portal, the Entre Saint-Germanois (‘Between the Residents of Saint-Germain-en-Laye’) platform, videos of municipal council deliberations, an employment opportunities RSS feed provided in association with Boucle Accueil Emploi, the transformation of the content of the City’s website into synthesised speech...
In December 2011, the City launched the application “Mobile en Ville” (‘Mobile in the City’) in order to develop a spirit of collaboration and participation with its fellow citizens.
“Mobile en Ville” (‘Mobile in the City’) provides Saint-Germain-en-Laye residents the opportunity to follow and share news and events involving the commune (‘municipality’), have access to extensive practical information, buy theatre tickets and send real-time alerts to the Town Council.
Since 2012, Saint-Germain-en-Laye has garnered a rating of 5@robases under the national “Ville Internet” (‘Internet City’) label system, which showcases digital know-how. On January 31, 2013, in Metz, the City received a label rating of 5 @robase from the Villes Internet association for the second consecutive year, with a special mention for “innovation”. The City has been a participant since the label was created in 2000. In 2001, the City received a rating of 2 @. This rose to 3 @ in 2010, and then 4 @ in 2011. The City’s higher rating is a clear recognition of the strength of Saint-Germain-en-Laye’s digital policy
The City has most notably been rewarded for its latest initiatives:
- The transformation of the citizen account into the Family (+) Portal, with six new remotely accessed services intended for families and seniors,
- Changes to the Geographic Information System in accordance with an interoperable, horizontal and holistic vision of land management,
- Electronic funeral information management to preserve local history,
- Aerial thermal imaging and the restoration of the countryside for more than 300 Saint-Germain-en-Laye residents,
- The participatory website “Quel Saint-Germain demain?” (‘What Does the Future Hold for Saint Germain?’).