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iGirouette®, the first connected and rotating digital signage system in Lyon’s emblematic confluence neighbourhood

Manon Cabrol - 21-nov.-2017 10:27:41

In partnership with the City of Lyon, 15  iGirouette® have been installed in France’s 1st WWF-labeled eco-district. The first  iGirouette® smart signage devices were installed in Lyon, France in July 2017 next to the Confluence Retail and Leisure Centre and ice rink. These genuine urban innovations: • promote green transport and walking • provide digital signage, accompanying the transformation of the Confluence neighborhood • help residents and tourists to find their way around more easily. iGirouette® conveys different types of messages to help everyone navigate the urban environment, improving the flow and interaction of people and transport. Initially, the message will display general information: sports and cultural events, distances (e.g. to the Confluence museum or Perrache train station), directions to the Youth Centre and exhibition spaces, etc. Later, thanks to OPEN DATA, information such as the number of available parking spaces, or bus and train schedules, will be communicated. AWARDS iGirouette® has been shortlisted in the design category for a prestigious ‘trophée INPI’ . Organised by the INPI (national intellectual property office of France), the awards reward innovative companies and research centres who set themselves apart through their industrial property strategy. iGirouette® will find out the results at the awards ceremony on 6th December. IGIROUETTE®: REINVENTING STREET SIGNAGE iGirouette® is the first real-time, smart digital signage system. The device is made up of a mast with two rotating arrows, each of which can rotate 360 degrees. iGirouette® interacts with individuals, providing directions and information concerning the time and distance to a specific event or place, by displaying both text and still or animated images. The iGirouette® concept relies on a revolutionary, multilingual digital control system that allows for real-time communication. Using secure servers, messages can be programmed and displayed on an iGirouette® or on a whole network of devices. The information disseminated in real time can relate to a city, an event, a shopping centre, a business park, a transport network, an exhibition or leisure centre, etc. iGirouette® can also interact with users who are connected through a mobile app, by guiding them toward events.   CONFLUENCE: AN EMBLEMATIC NEIGHBORHOOD AND TESTING GROUND FOR A SMARTER CITY This emblematic area, located at the southern end of Lyon’s Presqu’île, has been recognized as an ‘eco-district’ by the French government and a ‘sustainable neighborhood’ by the WWF. It also received the European Concerto label for the low energy consumption of its buildings. The iGirouette® have therefore naturally found their place in the various spaces of this neighborhood, which showcases solutions for a sustainable city focused on its inhabitants and visitors. About Charvet Digital Media With 40 years of expertise in electronic signage, Charvet Digital Media, an ISO 9001 certified French manufacturer, specializes in designing, manufacturing, installing and maintaining indoor and outdoor digital media solutions that are innovative and connected. These include local digital newspapers and digital advertising displays for local authorities, large retailers, and key accounts. To date, over 10,000 customers have placed their trust in the experience and know-how of Charvet Digital Media, which controls each project from start to finish. Press contact: Margaux BONNET| Communication Manager | For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer, Website:

With latest version of Artificial Intelligence platform, Tellmeplus packages intelligence with every asset

Manon Cabrol - 07-nov.-2017 13:04:30

Predictive Objects’ minimal footprint runtime enables predictive models to run inside or close to the asset it supports while preserving consistency with global deployments Tellmeplus , the specialist in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Big Data, released today the latest version of Predictive Objects, the first AI platform for asset efficiency that packages intelligence with every asset. In version 1.4, Predictive Objects leverages a new deployment capability for predictive models, that features a nano-footprint option capable of running on memory- and CPU- constrained connected objects and devices. Using the same technology stack as the one deployed on edge computing gateways and cloud servers, Predictive Objects run seamlessly and consistently on all types of assets, regardless of their level of computing power or their state of connectivity. "Thanks to the use of innovative scalable time series oriented data storage, we were able to reduce the footprint required by Predictive Objects to a few hundred kilobytes only," explained Jean-Michel Cambot, founder and chief strategist at Tellmeplus. "With its transparent scalability from very large and dense time series to smaller ones, the same technology stack is deployed on light embedded systems and on much more powerful systems, guaranteeing complete consistency across platforms." Packaging intelligence with every asset Thanks to their ability to get deployed and embedded on any platform or runtime, Predictive Objects 1.4 packages intelligence with every asset, providing a combined view of the asset, its performance and evolution over time. "Asset intelligence drives the strategy of any organization, regardless of industry or focus," indicated Benoit Gourdon, chief executive officer of Tellmeplus. "Being able to closely package predictions with the asset itself requires the ability to run predictive models in any type of technical environment, but also to gain a deep understanding of the characteristics of the asset and to associate these particular attributes to the produced predictions." True multi-cloud deployment In this new release, Predictive Objects also added the capability to provision and deploy predictive models concomitantly on several cloud platforms, but also to manage and monitor these deployments from a centralized, single front application. Models can run inside Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, as well as a number of private cloud deployment platforms. About Tellmeplus Founded by Jean-Michel Cambot, the original inventor of Business Objects, Tellmeplus leverages 5 years of research in the field of artificial intelligence applied to predictive analytics. Predictive Objects leverages Big Data & Meta Active Machine Learning to provide Automated Embedded Artificial Intelligence. Tellmeplus’ technology enables to put the intelligence where decisions need to be made: in the objects and at the edge of the network. For additional information please visit or follow  @TellMePlus on Twitter.  

Brennus Analytics raises €500K in funding to finance growth

Manon Cabrol - 06-nov.-2017 16:50:57

Brennus Analytics , a start-up that specializes in Artificial Intelligence-based price optimization for industrial manufacturers and B2B distributors completed a €500,000 funding round this summer. The ZTP investment fund and several private French investors have now acquired a stake in the start-up.  Founded in 2015, the start-up has developed Brennus ™, a SaaS solution powered by leading-edge artificial intelligence technology. The solution evaluates or predicts customer behavior based on data analysis, and recommends optimal sales prices while taking into account each company’s specific strategic objectives and commercial constraints. The solution uses lifelong learning to deliver real-time, highly dynamic pricing with total transparency. This funding round will enable the start-up to grow commercially. “We are delighted to welcome ZTP and our new private investors. This funding strengthens the tremendous commitment of the Brennus Analytics team. With the support of our new investors, we have the opportunity to continue our work on R&D while remaining continuously engaged with our market” , said Grégoire Saint-Guily, Brennus Analytics CEO. Primarily self-financed by its founders since its inception, Brennus Analytics has also received an interest-free loan and a grant from the BPI, the French public investment bank, and is co-financed by an industrial manufacturing company through a commercial partnership. ZTP, "Ze 12th Player" in reference to soccer, is a private investment fund of the Mulliez family that supports companies, and which is active in several areas: •  International development through a market intelligence office in San Francisco and a presence in Shanghai. •  Accelerating innovative start-ups by supporting them and connecting them with a network of companies with capital  •  A start-up studio designed to develop cross-sectoral projects around data, customer experience, and employee experience.     About Brennus Analytics:  Founded in 2015 by several artificial intelligence researchers, the start-up Brennus Analytics allows companies in industrial manufacturing and B2B distribution to increase profits while optimizing sales prices. Its Brennus™ SaaS solution is based on leading-edge artificial intelligence technology. The solution evaluates or predicts customer behaviour based on the analysis of data, and recommends optimal sales prices while taking into account each company’s specific strategic objectives and commercial constraints. The solution uses lifelong learning to deliver real-time, highly-dynamic pricing with total transparency. Brennus Analytics was incubated by Telecom Paris Tech from 2016, and then joined the accelerator programs BPI The Hub and BNP Paribas’s WAI Boost in September 2017. It was been supported by Wilco (previously Scientipôle) and the BPI since it was founded, as well as by several private investors. The company is also part of Microsoft’s BizSpark+ program.   Press contacts: Emilie Dèbes - Yucatan +33 (0)1 53 63 27 34   Emilie Gariel - Brennus Analytics +33 (0)6 51 65 63 23

Achieving New Year’s Resolutions thanks to automated time-tracking

Manon cabrol - 06-nov.-2017 11:21:42

Half the American people have a go at New Year’s resolutions. But only 8% of them succeed: motivation is short-lived when you have no way to evaluate your progress. Smarter Time , the new automated time-tracking app, wants to help users by providing them with a comprehensive baseline and empowering them to track their progress. Smarter Time’s intelligent brain learns from all available data sources and guesses everything the users do, online and offline: their app usage on the phone and the computer, but also the time spent cooking, running, sleeping or with their families. Manual input is only needed at the very beginning – after a short while, Smarter Time tracks everything automatically and provides a detailed timeline and precise analytics. Even modest progress is easy to spot: thanks to a minute precision, Smarter Time takes in account every little effort. No more lying to ourselves about our time use, no more shame and guilt when we, often wrongly, feel we’re not doing enough.   Seeing objectively what our time is spent on, readjusting our view of ourselves and fixing ourselves goals that matter to us and we can actually achieve: that is the only way to make real progress. Smarter Time is meant to accompany users on their path to fulfilment and to become their trusted assistant, low maintenance and always at hand. Smarter Time has launched on Android in November. An iOS version is currently in the works and should hit closed Beta in the next couple weeks. A companion PC and Mac client is available for comprehensive tracking. More information is available on Smarter Time’s website, A press kit can be found at Contact: Anna Winterstein - CMO +44 (0) 785 6066 071

WiserSkills to help transform the retail banking sector

Manon Cabrol - 30-oct.-2017 17:05:29

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE HELPS ITS EMPLOYEES SHAPE THEIR OWN FUTURE COMBINING THE BEST OF BOTH DIGITAL & HUMAN RESOURCES Convinced that reinventing its own model is key to meet the challenges raised by the transformation of retail banking, Société Générale French Retail Banking branch launched an ambitious transformation program, called #CLIENT2020 , aiming at combining the best of both digital & human resources. The banking and financial environment is undergoing deep changes: customers expectations are changing, the place of digital innovations is increasing, new competitors are entering the market, traditional players are evolving, the regulatory context is changing,… The changes impacting the French Retail Banking industry are such that every job will have to evolve. By 2020, all jobs will be different, every employee will have strengthened their skills and developed new ones, career paths will become more flexible and will be based on employees’ individual skills. One of the key issues of the program lies in helping the 20 000 employees to develop, strengthen and acquire the skills the Bank needs to stand out from the competition and to achieve the Group’s ambition regarding HRP issues (Human Resource Planning). The transformation to operate is such that each employee needs to become the architect of both its professional and personal project and to manage the skills he needs to develop. When selecting WiserSKILLS , Société Générale made the choice of an operational solution that will help the company accompany its employees during this transformation. Both HR teams and managers have been given access to the solution, so that they can truly be actors of the transformation to come.   AN INITIATIVE SEEN AS PRAGMATIC, HIGHLY POSITIVE AND REWARDING Driven by management, this initiative has been tested in 3 employment areas over summer 2017. WiserSKILLS is positioned as a key dimension of change management within the whole project regarding the transformation of jobs and skills #MonJob2020. A communication effort combining both digital support and physical events has been set up to give meaning to the whole initiative. It consisted in showing the ongoing transformation of the Banking industry, emphasizing the Société Générale ambition and describing what would be the jobs of tomorrow in the Banking industry. People have been told what kind of skills need to be developed or strengthened. WiserSKILLS has been made available for managers first and for all employees afterwards. Alike a virtual career advisor, WiserSKILLS helps each employee to review their current skills and to identify the skills he needs to develop or strengthen by 2020. It gives each manager an individualised development plan , highlighting the trainings that each of its employees needs the most. It helps each employee to build its own career path , by taking into account all their skills and professional motivations. Besides, by considering the bank job’s environment, WiserSKILLS happen to be an highly operational tool. Managers have access to a dynamic mapping of their teams’ skills . Employees are more comfortable in valuing their skills and expressing their professional expectations. Last but not least, HR teams have access to reliable data , allowing them to reinvent career mobility, to better focus on the most important trainings and to guide each employee along its career path.     “With WiserSKILLS, we are helping our employees to review all their professional skills and motivations. It makes it easier for them to understand and plan what their future can be in the “Bank of tomorrow”. WiserSKILLS gives to each manager an individualised development plan, allowing them to support each employee in the development of their skills. The solution allows them to assess and value both their current professional and extra-professional skills. It helps the HR teams to set up individualised career paths, that are more flexible and in line with each employee’s personal expectations.” Marie-Béatrice DUVAL Assistant Human Resources Director, Retail Banking CONTACT US Email: Website: BE SOCIAL Twitter

Tilkee presents its latest tool - Tilkee for Marketing

Manon Cabrol - 27-oct.-2017 10:17:43

Tilkee , French software publisher specialised in business proposal follow-up and sales process optimisation, announced today the launch of Tilkee for Marketing (available from January 2017 - price on request), following it’s success with Tilkee for Sales, including clients such as Orange, Cegid, Verspieren and Adecco.   “Created for marketing professionals, Tilkee for Marketing will quickly become the essential tool for people wanting a simple and clever competitive advantage. It aims to increase engagement and efficiency of email campaigns in a way like no other…” said Sylvain Tillon, CEO. Not only does Tilkee replace your heavy email attachments with a neat, simple link containing your documents (where the layout of these documents is adapted to your company’s design), but you receive real time email alerts every time your client or customer views these documents (including stats on how, when and for how long they view them). Based on this, marketers can gauge the interest of their clients or customers, fine-tune their follow-up depending on the reading behaviour of each individual contact and analyse the success of their email content. Whether it be an individual email or an entire MailChimp campaign, Tilkee = increased reactivity and increased conversion rate between 10 - 30%.   About Tilkee Tilkee is a SaaS solution for business proposal follow-up and commercial optimisation and is integratable into your everyday CRM, messenger and emailing tools. Launched by Sylvain Tillon and Timothée Saumet in 2013, part of the Axeleo acceleration programme as well as integrating French Tech in 2014, Tilkee has 18 employees from 3 different countries in the aim of internationalising its client base.   Heading to Web Summit ? Add Tilkee to your itinerary, they’ll be on the French Tech pavilion - Pavillon 4- Booth B503. Can’t make it? Never fear! Tilkee will be at  Smarter Business Tech Live in Manchester from 15th – 16th November .   To find out more:   Spokesperson: Sylvain Tillon - CEO +33 (0) 4 82 53 53 01   Be social:  Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn

Help your employees become bilingual with SpeakShake

Manon Cabrol - 11-oct.-2017 10:55:02

Do you work for an international company? Have you always wanted to speak to colleagues abroad in their native language? SpeakShake is shaking up communication in the business world! They have also been handpicked to exhibit on the French Tech / Business France pavilion at Web Summit . Be sure to add Pavillon 4- Booth B503 to your itinerary to find out more about improving communication in the international workplace.   Naming the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport as one of its many collaborators,  SpeakShake continues to gain momentum in getting its voice heard in the technology and modern language world, after being carefully selected as one of the twenty new start-ups to represent France here at Web Summit this year. An online platform dedicated to improving oral language skills through 1-2-1 language exchanges, SpeakShake recently announced its ventures with Institut Français and Sorbonne University, by which it will be working to offer students of both institutions the opportunity to practise their oral skills with native speakers. After its incorporation one year ago, these partnerships are some of its most exciting projects to date.  Aiming to serve B2B and B2C customers alike, SpeakShake will proudly present at Web Summit  2017 its latest platform for holding bilingual conversations online between international colleagues, via 1-2-1 video-calling conversations integrated with technical learning aids for businesses to help corporations strengthen international communications through boosting their oral confidence in speaking foreign languages, developing their “business language” and team bonding. The company will also be celebrating its recent release of its mobile application on the Android operating system, with its application for iOS being released a few months prior. After having observed the rise in globalisation as being fundamental to the growth of organisations today, and by recognising that each international corporate brand is, in fact, an amalgamation of several cultures and practices spawning from various offices located around the world, SpeakShake’s CEO and founder, Fanny Vallantin, has launched her latest platform in acknowledgement of  the need to harmonise communications within an organisation and to break down language and cultural barriers between professionals. The company, founded in Paris in 2016, serves a large multi-cultural online community and currently offers its facilities in seven different languages. SpeakShake was voted the most innovative enterprise in 2017 by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Business Innovation Awards. Contact: Fanny Vallantin / +33 7 68 44 84 18 More infomation on the benefits of SpeakShake can be downloaded below! Be social: Facebook , Twitter , Instagram Find out more about the French Tech pavilion at Web Summit .

The Tech Services and Press Department assists French companies with their international development strategy and promotes trade between France and the UK. In order to maximise commercial opportunities between French and British companies, the Department organises French Pavilions key exhibitions in the UK as well as meet-the-buyer events, and offers individual prospecting trips and exploratory missions. We cover various industries including telecommunications, audiovisual/multimedia services and technologies, video games, software and IT services, Internet services/technologies and e-commerce solutions, together with B2B services in marketing, HR, real estate as well as the financial sector.     Isabelle Tibayrenc Manager isabelle.tibayrenc Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3634 Teresa Marshall Senior Trade Development Adviser   Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3644 Emmanuel de Coral


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