New Technology, Innovation and Services

MagicEvent.com showcases its apartment rental platform on stand B912 at the Business Travel Show 2016

Alice Faure - 10-févr.-2016 12:29:47

MagicEvent.com, a French start-up dedicated to peer-to-peer accommodation for business travellers, will showcase its reservations platform on stand B912 at the Business Travel Show, Olympia Grand London on 24-25 February 2016. Launched in 2014, MagicEvent.com is the leading peer-to-peer accommodation and service website exclusively dedicated to business travel. MagicEvent offers over 20,000 types of accommodation – studios, apartments, villas – in 60 cities across Europe and around the world, such as Paris, Cannes, London, Barcelona and Hanover. Providing a real alternative to hotels, business travellers are increasingly using apartment rentals for reasons related to cost, space and comfort. All accommodation on MagicEvent.com is selected to meet the needs of business travellers in terms of comfort and safety, and are in close proximity to exhibition and conference centres or in the centre of town. Accommodation is rated between 1 and 5 stars based on objective criteria related to comfort and amenities. “More and more business travellers have tested apartment rental on peer-to-peer websites for personal travel, and are looking to benefit from the same advantages for business travel,” explains Valéry Linÿer, CEO and Co-founder of MagicEvent.com. “This type of accommodation provides savings of 30% to 60%, without including the costs saved on restaurants and transport.” MagicEvent also offers a mobile concierge app for reserving numerous services during a stay in Paris. Prior to their trip or while travelling, professionals will have access to room service, as well as car and laundry services and practical/tourist information to help with their stay. To facilitate the reservation and management of accommodation expenses by companies, MagicEvent.com has developed services that are 100% business-oriented: group agreements for large companies, an expenses monitoring and optimisation tool for travel managers, the Magic Business Card loyalty programme for executive assistants, the Pro Travel Agency offer for travel agencies, and white label sites for events organisers. “We have simplified the reservation method as far as possible to allow payment by bank transfer, or monthly invoicing,” adds Valéry Linyer. “Our tools perfectly meet the needs of companies looking to promote this type of accommodation and monitor the expenses and travel of their employees. Travel managers can have complete confidence in MagicEvent since our entire offer is adapted to business travel, in terms of location, comfort and safety.” Since its launch, the start-up has raised capital three times, to the sum of €3,000,000. It employs around 20 employees in France, Germany and Madagascar. About MagicEvent.com Launched in 2014, MagicEvent.com is the first sharing economy portal dedicated to business travellers. They can find accommodation next to exhibition and conference centres, and services in major European business cities. MagicEvent.com was founded by three partners: Valéry Linÿer, William Lecerf and Eric Christophe. Valéry has spent his career working in the events industry in France but internationally. He has set up events in Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Geneva, Abu Dhabi and Doha, and has attended many other events across all sectors. “It is often difficult to find somewhere to stay during these major international events. A shortage of hotel rooms leads to an immense increase in prices and extended transportation times. Business travellers have more and more budget constraints. Renting an apartment offers more space and sometimes more comfort for a better price.” William specialises in short term rental and related services in Cannes. He works on many events and conferences across the city. Eric Christophe, previously an Information Systems Director for a major financial group, is in charge of development and SEO. The start-up carried out fundraising in 2013 with several funders. Further fundraising to the sum of €1 million in November 2014 allowed MagicEvent.com to accelerate its development in Europe, setting up offices in Paris and Cologne. In September 2015, MagicEvent.com fundraised €1.5 million, which will allow it to develop its website for international clients and develop new services for business travellers. Among the start-up’s shareholders are Benoît Bassi, Partner and President of Bridgepoint Business in France, and board member for the Bridgepoint Group, and Michael Benabou, Co-founder of Vente‑Privée.com. The Banque Publique d’Investissement (BPI) and other investment companies are also helping the start-up to develop further. For further information on Magic Event, go to www.magicevent.com or contact: Bérengère Bonnet Marketing/Communications Director MagicEvent.com 182 Avenue Charles de Gaulle 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine France Tel:  +33 (0)1 84 02 10 72 Mobile: +33 (0)6 86 86 37 12 Email:  b.bonnet@magicevent.com For a video on MagicEvent.com, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bfTNwM4veU For further information regarding this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr


Optimise user experiences on your mobile app: ip-label showcases its mobile APM tool on the French Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2016

Alice Faure - 09-févr.-2016 11:28:22

 i p -label is a frontrunner in the application performance management (APM) market. The Mobile APM offer from ip-label lets customers measure and optimise user experience throughout the mobile application’s lifecycle. This French software vendor will showcase its new service on the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) at MWC 2016 in Barcelona on 22-25 February 2016.   Assess the experience of each and every user ip-label’s new mobile APM tool is the only one of its kind on the market because of its dual approach: it tests how well mobile apps are operating with real users as well as on batteries of test-calibrated devices By combining active monitoring (robots running 24/7) and real-user monitoring (RUM), the mobile APM comprehensively tests all apps running on Android and Apple devices, providing:   evaluation of user experience thanks to our Mobile Index; 24/7 monitoring of operations; e-mails or SMS alerts when incidents arise; details on errors and crashes encountered on any device, OS, OS version, and third-party service.       ip-label has already exhibited at a number of high-profile international trade shows such as Connected Cars 2015 in London, where it presented a successful conference session on issues related to the performance of connected car services. It is looking forward to sharing its experience in optimising the performance of mobile apps at MWC 2016. Stop by the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) any time between 22 and 25 February to meet ip‑label and watch a demo of the new mobile APM at its stand next to Systematic Paris Region and French Tech in Hall 5.   “Quality of experience is nothing less than essential. A negative user experience can hurt your mobile app (uninstall, abandon, etc.), your brand image, and your business, too (star ratings and comments by app store users). Our mobile APM tool was designed to audit and improve what really matters to user experience.”   – Christophe Depeux, Managing Director, ip-label.       About ip-label ip-label has been a leader in the APM market since 2001. Its solutions measure the quality of user experiences for all digital services (including web, business, mobile, voice and telephone applications). More than 1000 customers the world over rely on ip-label to audit and optimise the availability and performance of crucial applications. Its local teams, plus a network of certified partners, provide assistance and expertise to accompany customers in their digital transformation. ip-label’s clients include: Allianz, AXA, Air France,  EDF, European Parlement, HSBC, Orange, Nordea, Pernod Ricard, Metro Paris (TER/STIF), Swisscom, Mobistar, Total,  voyages-sncf and Vueling.                                                                                  For further information on ip-label, contact:                                                                                Dan Jayes Marketing Manager djayes@ip-label.com   Tel: +33 (0)1 77 49 53 15 Web: www.ip-label.com   https://youtu.be/L6XsXaMW-wM     For further information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613   View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/        


SYSTRAN showcases new language service APIs to build ground-breaking apps at Mobile World Congress 2016

Fran Lambert - 08-févr.-2016 10:37:55

  SYSTRAN, the leading provider of intelligent language technologies, will be showcasing a cloud based application program interface (API) platform offering natural language processing (NLP) services on the French Pavilion (stand 5B61) at MWC 2016, 22 25 February 2016. The aim of this new platform is to let independent developers and companies explore the vast ocean of multilingual data and obtain these data in an analysis-friendly form. The world is awash in digital data and relevant information is mostly textual and unstructured. Making sense of all these data has become a huge challenge. In this context, NLP technologies are the only way to understand them quickly and monetise them. In addition to generating greater insight, these technologies also help automate functions intelligently and make products or software applications easier to use. Leading the way in language technology for over forty years, SYSTRAN will demonstrate a new collection of REST APIs for text extraction, translation, and NLP. These web services are aimed at independent developers, IT service providers or in-house IT departments that need to exploit and analyse both structured and unstructured multilingual content, such as user-generated content, social media, web content and more. As a start, available technologies are machine translation (MT) and dictionary lock-up, NLP (language detection, named entity recognition, segmentation and tokenisation, morphological analysis, syntactic Analysis, transliteration) and text extraction (document filtering, speech to text and soon optical character recognition). For each technology, SYSTRAN provides the API reference documentation, client libraries (which can be downloaded from Github) and sample codes to give a quick overview of the service. A free trial is also possible using a SYSTRAN account or an existing social media login such as Google, Microsoft, GitHub or Naver. Numerous languages are supported including Asian and Middle-Eastern languages. “The MWC is the perfect place to present our new web services and we hope that making our core NLP technologies available will help developers unleash their creativity and come up with ground-breaking application ideas,” says Arnaud Dufournet, Marketing & Communications Director at SYSTRAN. Come and visit SYSTRAN on the French Pavilion (Stand 5B61) at MWC 2016! About SYSTRAN For over four decades, SYSTRAN has been the market leader in language-translation products and solutions, covering all types of platforms, from desktop to internet and enterprise servers. To help organisations enhance multilingual communication and increase productivity, SYSTRAN delivers real-time language solutions for internal collaboration, search, eDiscovery, content management, online customer support and e-Commerce. With the ability to facilitate communication in 130+ language combinations, SYSTRAN is the leading choice of global companies, defence and security organisations, and language service providers. SYSTRAN is also the official translation solutions provider for the S-Translator, a default-embedded app on the Samsung Galaxy S and Note series. Since its early beginnings, SYSTRAN has been pioneering advances in machine translation and NLP. Its latest achievement, a new-generation Hybrid MT, combines the predictability and language consistency of rule-based machine translation with the fluency of statistical MT. SYSTRAN is headquartered in Seoul with offices in Daejeon in South Korea, Paris in France and San Diego in the USA. For more information on SYSTRAN, visit www.systransoft.com  or contact: Arnaud Dufournet Marketing & Communications Director Tel: +33 (0)1 44 82 49 00 Email: arnaud.dufournet@systrangroup.com For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France – The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


Success for French exhibitors at the world’s leading education technology event, Bett Show 2016 – London, 20-23 January 2016

Alice Faure - 02-févr.-2016 12:21:40

Created in 1985, Bett Show has emerged over the years as the world’s leading education technology event. The 2016 edition has confirmed this position with 800 exhibitors, an estimated 35,000 visitors, 50 international delegations and more than 500 stakeholders.  The French Pavilion, organised by Business France in partnership with the AFINEF, Cap Digital and the Ministry of National Education, brought together 15 companies (start-ups and SMEs). Over four days, the French Pavilion was frequented by numerous international visitors, and hosted Anglo-French meetings and networking events to improve business relationships.  Moreover, for the first time, the French Pavilion played host to a major ministerial visit from Ms Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research, who was able to talk to several French exhibitors. The Minister said that French investment in e-learning strategy is the first public investment plan currently in Europe and is based on four pillars: training, resources, equipment and innovation.  After achieving full marks this year, Business France hopes to reconvene in 2017, hopefully with a larger French Pavilion to welcome many more candidates! The Minister concluded her address in the Bett Arena with the words: "Let’s change things, let’s invent, let’s invest."


Business France UK welcomes founder of Bla Bla Car to its London offices on Thursday 14 January

Fran Lambert - 20-janv.-2016 16:12:05

​In partnership with French Connect London, t he private club bringing together 130  influential French tech entrepreneurs and investors in London , Business France UK welcomed Frédéric Mazzella, founder of Bla Bla Car, the UK’s leading long distance ridesharing service, to its offices for a special panel event on Thursday 14 January. Attended by 80 major players on the UK technology scene, the event provided ample opportunity for networking and dynamic discussions on the secret to Bla Bla Car’s success, a business model that many attendees wished to emulate!


French Tech out in force at Mobile World Congress 2016 and 4YFN

Fran Lambert - 18-déc.-2015 11:32:26

For the tenth year running, Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona – the unmissable global event for mobile telecommunications, services and content – on 22-25 February 2016. The French Tech pavilion will play host to over 130 innovative SMEs and start-ups. Exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion will include a number of partner regions such as Brittany, Ile-de-France, Midi-Pyrénées and Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur, as well as the innovation clusters Systematic Paris Région (Ile-de-France) and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées (Provence). The French Tech pavilion will be the biggest national pavilion at MWC 2016, covering an area of 615 m2. It will be spread across four blocks in Hall 5 (5B21, 5B41, 5B61 and 5B71) and two blocks in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 and 8.1E49), dubbed “App Planet”. The companies exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion specialise in a variety of telecoms-related areas: mobile applications, infrastructure, mobile advertising and marketing, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services. Business France’s offices in Germany, Brazil, China, Spain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the UK, Russia, Singapore and the ASEAN Economic Community are involved in organising the French Tech pavilion by arranging B2B meetings between exhibiting French companies and major foreign groups such as ZTE, Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefónica and Vodafone Spain. 2016 marks the first time that Business France will have hosted a 120 m2 French Tech pavilion at 4 Years From Now (4YFN), running alongside the MWC on 22-24 February 2016 in Montjuic in the historic centre of Barcelona. The goal is to give French start-ups the opportunity to pitch to VCs and media hailing from more than a hundred countries. A personality from the digital sector will attend MWC to support the excellence of French innovation in the French Tech pavilion. Numerous innovations will be exhibited on the French Pavilion at MWC, including the following: Giroptic produces a camera that makes 360° photos and videos. The device comes with three fisheye lenses and is capable of capturing photos at 8 megapixels and full HD videos, which it then stitches together using an al gorithm to offer 360° photos and video. The 360cam can be fitted to a standard tripod, or used underwater or used in place of a bulb as a surveillance device (thanks to two additional fittings). The files can then be recovered via a USB connection or even live-streamed over WiFi. The company holds the French record for raising the most funds via Kickstarter, having raised over €1.4 million. Ledger is a French start-up that combines its co-founders’ solid expertise in security, chip cards, cryptography and embedded hardware. The launch of Ledger Nano in over 50 countries has established Ledger as a benchmark in the international bitcoin ecosystem. With offices and a showroom in “Silicon Sentier” in Paris, a production centre in Vierzon, France and a new subsidiary in San Francisco, the young company has just completed its first round of funding and is developing its product range with the aim of making Blockchain technology secure and easily accessible to all. Wassa is an innovative company specialising in the web and mobility. It designs and develops optimised digital solutions. Drawing on its technical expertise, the company is highly differentiated thanks to its integration of innovative functionality based on research in the field of computer vision. Furthermore, the company was selected by a judging panel to participate in Business France’s accelerator programme, Acceleratech China, which ran from 16-18 November 2015. RED Technologies is a telecommunications engineering company that develops and markets innovative solutions for managing the radio-electric spectrum based on radio environment mapping. Its patented solutions are aimed at government agencies, telecoms manufacturers and mobile telephony operators. Using its geolocation databases, the company offers technology that can help free up hundreds of megahertz of radio spectrum to cater for the global explosion in mobile internet traffic. Its solutions support the emergence of the Licenced Shared Access (LSA) regime, currently under development, dynamic and unlicenced access to white spaces and radio environment maps. A full list of French exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion at MWC can be found at:  http://mwc.businessfrance.fr For more information on MWC, visit:  www.mobileworldcongress.com About Business France Business France is the national agency that promotes the internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the V.I.E. International Company Volunteering scheme. Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners. For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr  or contact: Fayssal Majid, Project Manager Digital Technologies department, Business France Email: fayssal.majid@businessfrance.fr For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications and Marketing Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


TestWe showcases innovative secure offline e-Exam at BETT Show 2016

Fran Lambert - 25-nov.-2015 14:09:21

TestWe produces e-testing solutions for educational environments. From Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016, it will be exhibiting its brand new, secure offline digital testing solution on the French Pavilion (stand C88) at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) Show at ExCeL London (UK). BETT is one of the world’s leading events for educational technology. The French Pavilion is being organised by Business France, the French export-support agency. Developer of pedagogical tools for educational institutions (primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities), distance learning institutions and corporate universities, TestWe offers an innovative and disruptive concept: a 100% secure e-Exam. TestWe e-Exam was designed for all types of testing, from on-going assessment to mid-terms and finals, placement testing and quizzes, and is suited to all topics and formats (multiple-choice, short response, essay).  This turnkey solution offers an effective response to the organisational issues that come with examinations: it does away with the constant back-and-forth between teachers and administrative teams as they determine test subjects, takes reprographics and logistics out of the production chain, and makes lost tests and long waiting times for results a thing of the past. TestWe e-Exam rationalises the entire exam chain, from production to correction and grading.  With TestWe e-Exam, the company has come out with two additional tools: • TestWe online platform for professors and teachers can be used for test creation, processing and grading. Operable in SAAS mode, it is thus accessible from any Internet browser, using any tool and without software installation. • TestWe software for test-takers, who are able to submit their tests in a fraud-free, offline (not Internet-dependent) environment, from their own digital tool.  TestWe therefore gives professors and teachers the opportunity to design their exams and assessments using the online platform. Examiners can create any type of exams and assessments they want very easily and very quickly. From now on students can take their exams in the exam room on their own device in an anti-fraud and anti-cheat secure environment. In fact, thanks to the tool’s multi-compatibility, students can use TestWe from any digital device, whether a university or school computer, or their own computer/notepad (BYOD) – a key difference that sets it apart from all other solutions on the market. Free from network, Wi-Fi and broadband constraints, students can thus take their exams from anywhere.  At the request of multiple customers, including business schools, the TestWe solution has been made compatible with the AACSB accreditation system and ECTS grading system. About TestWe TestWe is an innovative company specialising in education. It develops solutions tailored to the needs of educational institutions, professors and students. Although its partners are predominantly based in France, TestWe has expanded into other numerous countries, in particular across French business school campuses in Asia. Gathering technical savoir faire, creativity, technology and pragmatism, TestWe has brought exam support to another level by developing a product that meets the expectations of its clients. Thanks to its solution – a platform for professors and teachers and software for students – TestWe is able to offer a 100% computer based assessment process for the very first time. TestWe will be exhibiting on the French Pavillion (stand C88) at BETT 2016, ExCeL London, from Wednesday 20th to Saturday 23rd January 2016. For further information on TestWe, visit www.testwe.eu/en/  or contact: Clément Régnier, Director of Development Tel: +33 (0)7 56 90 65 56 Email: clement.regnier@testwe.eu   For more information about BETT 2016, visit:  www.bettshow.com For further information on this press release or the French Pavilion at BETT 2016, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/


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The New Technology, Innovation and Services (NTIS) 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 at a number of 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.   The Department has recently integrated all press services (communications and marketing), and is also in charge of the promotion of the VIE Programme in the UK. NTIS Anne Dessemond Manager, NTIS anne . dessemond@ubifran

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