1964 – Jean-Claude Decaux has the idea of advertising-financed street furniture, combining public usefulness with advertising. Lyon is the first city in which the idea is realised with free bus shelters.
1972 – The first information boards are introduced in the 1970s.
1980 – The first automatic toilet is installed in Paris. By the end of 2009 there were almost 3,000 automatic toilets in operation, and over 325 million visits to our toilets have been registered since they were first implemented in 1980.
1981 – Electronic information boards enable the city to inform inhabitants of cultural activities and municipal information, etc.
1988 – Large mechanical rotating boards make it possible for several advertisers to share a single location. This technology marks the beginning of a reduction of the prevalence of boards in city centres.
1992 – JCDecaux, owner of the Morris columns in France, introduces the multi-service column; columns for the recycling of batteries and glass, columns with telephone booths, etc.
1994 – JCDecaux develops a completely automatic toilet accessible to persons with disabilities or reduced mobility. The first is installed in San Francisco.
1997 – JCDecaux develops INFOBUS, a system that provides bus passengers with real-time information about waiting times.
1999 – Acquisition of Avenir – Europe’s leading billboard operator and the world’s largest operator of airport advertising.
2000 – JCDecaux introduces plasma screens at airports.
2002 – JCDecaux develops the first generation of city bicycles. 900 bicycles are introduced in Vienna, followed by similar projects in Cordoba and Gijón (Spain).
2003 – Aeó, the first TV channel targeted at passenger/airport relations, is developed for and together with Aéroports de Paris and installed at Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport.
2004 – In November 2004 JCDecaux wins the first contract for advertising-financed bus shelters in Japan and installs 500 shelters with advertising in Yokohama.
2005 – JCDecaux Innovate launches the new XBOX 360 on the streets of Paris.
2007 – JCDecaux starts the Vélib’ city bicycle project in Paris.
2008 – JCDecaux wins a prestigious contract for Dubai International Airport – an exclusive contract for the next ten years.
2009 – Charging stations for mobile telephones are installed by JCDecaux Airport and Samsung for all Aéroports de Paris passengers.
2011 – 9 February – the company becomes one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies.
2014 – JCDecaux celebrates the company’s 50th anniversary with festivities across the world.