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Interview Mr Kunal Kumar: India’s Smart Cities Mission, perspective for French companies

Aurélien Sostaponti - 31-mai-2019 07:10:45
BUSINESS FRANCE IN INDIA India’s Smart Cities Mission Perspectives for French companies on the occasion of Ambition India 2019 – Business France Replies by: Mr Kunal Kumar Joint Secretary (Mission Director – Smart Cities), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India Q1. Could you please provide a brief introduction of India’s Smart Cities Mission (SC Mission)? India’s Smart Cities Mission was launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on June 25, 2015. The main objective is to promote cities that provide holistic and integrated infrastructure and a great quality of life to their citizens while maintaining a clean and sustainable environment. The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and idea is to look at compact areas, create replicable models which will act like lighthouses to other aspiring cities. The process of selection of 100 smart cities was based on the principle of Cooperative and competitive federalism —all cities were given equal opportunity to enter through All India Challenge conducted in four rounds. The cities competed in a two-stage challenge process at the State and Central level. Key features of this process were Citizen Engagement and City Empowerment where cities were encouraged to decide their aspirations and execute them with support from Central and State Government. Integration, innovation and sustainability are guiding principles of the Smart Cities implemented through provision of integrated infrastructure and services, promoting circular economy and sustainable habitats, reimagining paradigms of governance and spurring innovation in delivery of solutions. Technology is one of the many instruments that smart cities are adopting to solve urban challenges. Inclusiveness is built into the mission to ensure that each and every citizen benefits from the urban transformation that is taking place in the smart cities. Each Smart City has formulated its own concept, vision, mission and plan (Smart City Proposal--SCP) which is appropriate to its local context, resources and level of ambition. Every SCP includes core-infrastructure elements such as assured water supply, electricity supply, sanitation and solid waste management, efficient mobility and public transport, affordable housing, safety and security, health and education. Smart Solutions in SCP include a bouquet of services that ensure that service delivery levels are achieved and measured, citizen services are seamlessly delivered, grievances are timely registered and resolved and safety is increased through video surveillance and monitoring. Q2. Please share some highlights of the progress of the Smart Cities Mission since its launch in 2016? Since the launch of the mission in June 2015, the work has progressed at a brisk pace. 100 cities were selected over a period spanning from January 2016 to June 2018. Post selection, each city has incorporated an SPV or Special Purpose Vehicle, with dedicated management and organisation structure to drive the project implementation and other initiatives of the mission. The SPV has appointed the project management consultant (PMC) that will support the SPV in planning, design and implementation of the projects. The projects can be broadly categorised into four themes : • Ease of Living - urban mobility, affordable housing, water and sanitation, safety and security, vibrant open spaces • Smart Governance – Integrated Command and Control Centres, Smart Card, Online Services, Intelligent Traffic Management System, Smart Poles • Connected Communities – Smart Education/ Classrooms, Skill Development, Public Art, Built Heritage • Urban Resilience – Solar and Wind Energy, Waste to Energy Plants, Green Buildings, Energy Management The 100 smart cities have proposed to execute 5 151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. Financial innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. 64 % of the total projects i.e. 3492 projects, worth € 17.16 billion (INR 1 32 068 crore) have been tendered in SCM of which work orders have been issued in 41 % i.e. 2745 projects worth € 11.32 billion (INR 87 131 crore). 860 projects worth € 1.88 billion (INR 14 465 crore) have been completed. This is a significant increase in pace of implementation—289 % increase in tendered projects and 358 % in implementation/completed in last 16 months! Mission Cities have successfully expedited work on key projects which include: Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in 71 cities with operational in 16 cities; Smart streets projects in 69 cities; Smart Solar energy projects in 47 cities; Smart Water management projects in 67 cities; Smart Waste Water management projects in 56 cities. Projects are being executed through Public Private Partnerships in 61 cities. Q3. With regards to the Indo-French cooperation on Smart Cities, what views would you like to share? The relationship between India and France dates back to several decades and has been scaling heights in recent years. Indian Prime Minister paid a landmark visit to France from 09-12 April 2015. Former French President Hollande paid State visit to India during 24-26 January 2016 and was our chief guest for India’s Republic Day celebration. Our Prime Ministers have been meeting regularly on different platforms. The scale of cooperation between the two countries may be understood from the fact that almost 1000 French companies are present in India with a total turnover of more than € 17.8 billion (20 Billion USD). French companies have; the third largest FDI inflow, 25 R&D centres in India and employed around 300 000 people in India. On the other side, 120 Indian companies operating in France with an estimated investment stock of 1 billion Euros and employing around 7000 people. With regard to the Smart City Mission in India, France and India are collaborating on a very interesting project, City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain (CITIIS) Challenge. CITIIS was launched on 9th July 2018 by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in partnership with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Union (EU) and National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA). The program, the total size of which was € 100 Million, was open to all the 100 smart cities During the Challenge process for selection of projects under CITIIS, 36 Smart cities submitted a total of 67 proposals belonging to various themes. Of these, 13 projects from 13 cities and 12 States were selected for award by a distinguished jury comprising of nine experts from India and France. MoUs have also been signed between AFD (French Development Agency) and UT of Chandigarh, Puducherry and State Government of Maharashtra for development of Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur. (Support for preparation of SCPs and implementation of projects) As part of urban transport improvement initiatives in India, financial assistance to various Metro projects were provided by AFD such as Bangalore Metro (€100 million - Phase 1, € 200 million -Phase 2), Kochi Metro (€ 180 million) and Nagpur metro. With regard to technical collaboration, technical support was provided to various Metro projects such as signaling system in Bangalore Metro, telecommunication and power & traction in Kochi Metro etc. The two countries have been working together in several fields ranging from civil nuclear cooperation, defense, and space to cultural, scientific and technological areas, including cybersecurity and digital cooperation. I would like to see this cooperation grow in the areas of urban development and combating climate change. Q4. In terms of projects, kindly elaborate the type of projects for which international companies can be useful to India’s Smart Cities Mission. I would like to see international industry actively participating in India’s urban sector via one or more of the following three tracks: 1) Providing technical support/capacity building support to cities/design and execution professionals already working in India; 2) Undertaking projects design and implementation of projects through competitive bidding/consortium building; and 3) Bringing in investment to Indian projects. Some areas we would like their participation in are: • Smart energy systems, net zero cities/precincts • Urban design of complete streets Reviving local economies • Increase on disaster resilient cities and communities • Urban Mobility and Transit Oriented Development (TOD) • Design of cities promoting circular economy; water and waste management Design of accessible urban spaces for the old and the people with disabilities Q5. Could you help us understand what are and will be the different types of preferred tendering processes to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission? We do not prescribe any particular tendering process to be used for projects under the Smart Cities Mission. The smart city SPV has the authority to carry out the tendering process for all projects. The tendering process is often guided by the procurement rules prescribed by the state governments. The state governments have their own procurement rules, procurement manual and in some instances standard documents to be followed by the state agencies. The city SPV undertakes a project development phase for individual projects that includes preparation of the feasibility study and/or Detailed Project Report (DPR). The tendering of the projects is done after the approval of the feasibility study/DPR. The tenders are published widely to maximise participation. Most of the tenders are evaluated both on cost and quality; lifecycle costs are taken into consideration for long gestation projects. Level playing field is made available so that the best companies can participate. Their participation has been one of the highlights of the Mission. Not only the best Indian companies, but renowned international companies have participated and are successfully executing projects in various cities. Q6. Can you elaborate what is the emphasis given, under the SC Mission to 3 sectors: mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens? The Smart City Mission in India is envisioned as an urban rejuvenation initiative encompassing holistic development of urban areas including, but not limiting to, smart command and control centre, smart roads, smart solar, smart waste water and smart water projects. The three sectors with regard to mobility (urban transportation), water-waste management and connectedness of services for citizens are an integral part of the Mission and have been central to its objectives.Mobility (urban transportation): Smart transportation leverages smart infrastructure that includes multi-modal connected conveyance, automated traffic signals, tolls and fare collection, data integration—incorporating weather and traffic data, linking emergency services data as well as information from government agencies— drives the system. A central command centre ties together the smart transportation ecosystem, with real-time and updated data, handling passenger information, traffic signals, incident management and vehicle health monitoring. Optimized ‘on-demand services’ ensure that citizens can use all modes of transport according to their needs. Shared mobility solutions help provide first and last mile connectivity in conjunction with public transportation, they can act as feeder services and improve access to metro/rail or bus services. We are aiming to make public transportation robust and accessible through multi-modal shared mobility, so that citizens can choose it for all their commuting needs be it travel for work, travel for daily needs or for leisure. This can help move people away from private vehicles, which can contribute to lowering congestion and pollution. Cities under the Mission, are using technology to develop such seamless and connected transportation systems. Technology driven smart public transportation offers more attractive, reliable, convenient and complete choice of mode to commute. This reduces dependency on cars, arrests urban sprawl, and enables city authorities to develop compact cities with more focus on moving people rather moving cars. Lesser cars on roads will also reduce city’s air pollution levels. Moreover, with the continuous advancement in development of electric vehicles, smart transportation is destined to transform cities to zero emission mobility smart cities. In the Mission cities till date, total of 734 smart transportation projects worth € 3.64 billion (INR 28000 crore) are under implementation/completed. Electric mobility projects worth € 0.08 billion (INR 601 crore) are under implementation/completed in 21 cities. Public transport operations and traffic management are integral part of all ICCC enabled cities. Smart streets worth € 0.67 billion (INR 5146 crore) are under implementation/completed in 35 cities. I would like to mention that this is just the tip of the iceberg and many more such projects are being conceived across the country as I pen this down. Water and Waste Management: Under Smart Cities Mission various initiatives are undertaken for improving water systems in smart cities. These projects include installation of smart water meters, providing house service connections, upgradation of water supply systems, interlinking of water network data with SCADA system etc. The aim is to upgrade the existing water supply systems to 24X7 water supply systems. A total of 315 projects with estimated cost € 2.96 billion (INR 22 817 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 35 projects worth € 0.16 billion (INR 1218 crore) have been completed, 126 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 119 crore) are under implementation and 45 projects worth € 0.57 billion (INR 4391 crore) are under tendering stage. Several initiatives with regard to waste management are also being implemented under this mission. These projects include waste to energy plants, waste to compost plants, waste water treatment plants, recycling and reduction of construction and demolition waste etc. A total of 323 waste management projects with estimated cost € 1.96 billion (INR 15 116 crore) are at various stages of implementation across the Mission. Of these, 90 projects worth € 0.19 billion (INR 1456 crore) have been completed, 177 projects worth € 1.32 billion (INR 10 182 crore) are under implementation and the rest 56 projects worth € 0.45 billion (INR 3478 crore) are under tendering stage. Regarding waste to energy plant, a total of 18 projects worth € 0.31 billion (INR 2401 crore) in 17 smart cities are at various stages of implementation. Of these, 4 projects worth € 0.026 billion (INR 202 crore) have been completed, 6 projects worth € 0.23 billion (INR 1790 crore) are under implementation and 2 projects worth € 0.043 billion (INR 338 crore) are under tendering stage. As mentioned in the case of mobility, there are many more projects than the ones which have found mention here, and hence the amount of work that remains to be taken up is clearly very large. Connectedness of Services for Citizens: Smart Cities leverage ICT based technologies and digitalisation to make governance citizen-friendly and cost effective, bring about accountability and transparency, provide services without having to go to municipal offices, form e-groups to listen to people and obtain feedback, and use online monitoring of programs and activities with the aid of online tools. In line with this, Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) are being built by many smart cities to help cities in better urban planning and management. ICCCs function as single source of information and point of resolution of the civic functions of the city. They are bringing transparency through information sharing, a step towards becoming an inclusive city. Some of the ways an ICCC will impact citizens’ lives are: • Improved decision making for (local and other levels of) governments • Improved environmental sustainability and climate change outcomes. • Improved quality of services to citizens • Safety of citizens • Making cities more inclusive A total 71 out of 100 smart cities have started work on ICCC as one of its projects under the Mission. Till date, 16 Smart Cities have operationalised ICCCs worth € 0.38 billion (INR 2927 crore), work is in progress in another 44 cities worth € 0.54 billion (INR 4170 crore) and remaining 11 cities have their projects under tendering. Q7. Regarding the finances of the projects under the SC Mission, what is the extent of the available government funding and to what extent is the PPP and the private funding expected? The Mission encompasses 100 cities which have proposed to execute 5151 projects worth € 26.65 billion (INR 2 05 018 crores) in 5 years from their respective dates of selection. innovation is built in the design of their capital investment plans. The distribution of funding envisaged from different sources is as follows: • Central and State government: € 12.16 billion (INR 93 553 crore) (45%), • Convergence : € 5.46 billion (INR 42,028 crore) (21%), • Funds from PPP : € 5.33 billion (INR 41,022 crore) (21%), • Loans/Debt : € 1.27 billion (INR 9,843 crore) (4%), • Own sources : € 0.34 billion (INR 2,644 crore) (1%), Other sources: € 2.07 billion (INR 15 930 crore) (8%). Q8. Several foreign investors have remarked that most ULBs are not financially selfsustainable and tariff levels fixed by the ULBs for providing services often do not mirror the cost of supplying the same. Could you please share your opinion in this regard with us? I ascribe to the idea of ‘Think Global, Act Local’. While most development takes place at city level, they have to be mindful of the impact of their actions on the planet. To achieve that we must empower our cities to not only act but also think, analyse and take decisions. Having said that, cities need to become autonomous in terms of meeting their financial and other resource needs for infrastructure development, and day to day management. Lack of adequate infrastructure adversely affects a city’s ability to attract investment, and hence economic sustainability. Most of the ULBs lack in mobilization of resources and financial autonomy. The total revenues of all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India merely amounts to about 1% of India’s GDP. The resource base of ULBs typically consists of their own sources, state revenue, government grant, loans from state governments, and market borrowings. They are sometimes not aware of the opportunities and avenues of generating revenues through taxes and non-tax charges. Even if they are aware, they do not have the skill to optimize tax collection. ULBs in India, therefore, have a minimal revenue base and largely dependent on Central and State grants, which constrains the ability of ULBs to invest adequately in capital expenditure like creating infrastructure and, thereby, improve quality of life in the city. Strengthening capacities of ULBs is necessary for effective resource mobilization. Their financial capacity is often restricted not only by low tax base but also low capacity for mobilization of existing resources, as result of which the ULBs are not able to harness property tax as per their potential due to undervaluation; non-availability of database of properties; low rates; low collection efficiency and lack of indexation of property values. We do realise financial self-sufficiency of the ULBs is an absolute must. Steps are being taken at all levels to empower ULBs to become self-sufficient. While the Constitution of India envisaged a two-tier system of federation, the 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 added third tier of government viz. urban local bodies. The amendment aimed at devolution of functions, finances and functionaries to ULBs. We, at the Ministry encourage cities to raise funds through municipal bonds, review of property tax system to improve efficiency and transparency in collection and mobilization of resources. Only in the last couple of years we have started to see a renewed vigour from Indian cities in raising money from the market through the instrument of Muni bonds. Several new initiatives for financial innovation are also being attempted and are showing encouraging signs of transformation. We are working on Capacity building of local government leaders such as Commissioners in : • financial management, preparation of financial statements for increased efficiency • improving the quality of service delivery which is the cornerstone for effective and sustainable urbanisation • exploring innovative/alternative sources of revenue generation at the municipalities level such as PPP, Municipal bonds, venture capital financing, crowd source financing, entertainment tax, mobile towers, user charges for solid waste, water, parking, value capture financing, etc. • enhancing citizen participation, e-governance tools like on-line procurement, tenders, and online expenditure reports. I am sure with all the efforts Government is making in this direction, local governments will soon be in a better position than they were a few years ago.

147 french companies at Vibrant Gujarat

Julian HOARAU - 13-janv.-2017 07:07:39
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and international development, Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, led a delegation of 147 members to the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on 10 January 2017. Investor leading in India, France, Summit partner country, is committed to partnerships with the Indian Government and the State of Gujarat. Nobel Prize of physics Serge Haroche, known for his work on atomic physics, quantum optics, the study of the photon and the development of laser spectroscopy, also participated in the Conclave of the winners of the Nobel Prize. The trade delegation, framed by Business France consisted of 60 French companies specialized in the sectors of energy, urban development, management of water and waste, aviation, logistics, food industry, transport, new technologies of information and communication, housing (biotechnology, metal coatings, dental, electronic, pharmaceutical, textile), Board, banking and finance. The CEOs of the major French mutltinationales, including EDF and Cap Gemini, attended the Conclave of CEO. On this occasion Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, visited the French pavilion of the exhibition. The large number of participating companies, with a wide range of skills advanced, wants to work with Indian features and is fully committed to the ambitious initiative "Make in India". France, with his industry experience and expertise in advanced technologies, built a partnership for the future with the India supporting actively in achieving its main objectives in the areas of the development of transport, energy, agriculture, infrastructure and industry. France held a seminar country on January 11, which focused on two key themes: energy needs for the future and urban transport integrated in the Smart City. 12 french experts have shared their innovative proposals for the transformation of waste into energy, intelligent lighting, the stand-alone solutions for smart village, the manufacture of solar panels, connected solutions for urban transport, the intelligent parking and train stations of the future. Gujarat is one of the Indian States in stronger growth, but it is also one of the most attractive for investments. That’s why Vibrant Gujarat 2017 attracted 60 French companies from diverse industries already established in India or willing to expand their business here. The France invests in India, made in India and innovates in India. To strengthen Indo cooperation already very successful, regional economic Service of the Embassy of France in India and France Business remain at the disposal of the authorities and Indian companies to further develop bilateral economic relations.

EOLIS air manager, 1st intelligent air filtration system to be launched in India

Thomas ILHE - 16-mars-2016 08:39:30
NatéoSanté, a French company specialising in air quality treatment, is about to launch EOLIS, the first intelligent air filtration system especially conceived for the Indian market. Manufactured in France, EOLIS is intended to be made in India later this year, at EOLANE industrial plant in Bangalore. EOLIS will be on sale in India from May 2016 and distributed thought our Indian Partners.   EOLIS air manager has been conceived from the initial idea to provide an air filtration system combining high performances and simplicity of use. Tailored for professionals in home appliances, hospitality and heath/medical sectors, EOLIS will incorporate a filter system composed of a medical grade filter HEPA H13 or ULPA U15 and a high density active carbon filter able to treat an area of either 60 or 120 m² (two versions will be proposed). Nateosanté air filtration systems are equipped with the most efficient filters on the market. In order to ensure 99.9% purification, our units are silent, reliable, easy to use, adapted to your needs and energy efficient. Natéosanté is very successful in Asia, with several trusted references (Renault, PSA, Mutualité Française, Miele …).    The Indian market is extremely promising as declared by Mr. Stéphane Monnier, International Business Development Manager: “ India is a strategic market for our company and we want to provide Indian professionals with the best equipment to treat air pollution. Some of the cities in India like New Delhi are facing huge challenges due to very heavy levels of concentration of fine and ultrafine particles in the air, and NateoSante wants to work with Indian professionals with products like EOLIS that have a proven track record for improving quality of air and quality of life.”  EOLIS is more an AIR MANAGER than an Air Purifier.      Thanks to the ACTIV mode, EOLIS is a smart unit automatically adapted to your environment. It includes a monitoring system easy to use thanks to a three user control interface: touch screen panel, computer or smartphone. Because each product is unique and get a specific ID number, we can see how it works and when you need maintenance and filters to be replaced.     EOLIS air manager will be available in India from May 2016 and distributed thought our Indian Partners. Available in two versions depending on the area surface to be treated (60 or 120m²), it is the first intelligent air filtration system to be marked with CE certifications.   About NATEO SANTE: NatéoSanté is a French company created 7 years ago and specialising in quality of indoor air. The company has already provided thousands of families and professionals in France and in Asia. Our product line has been built and improved day after day, through concrete feedback from our customers, enabling us to become a reference on the market. Our experts know the problems which may be faced by our customers, we work every day to offer them solutions by taking full account of the specificities of each environment. For further information, please visit: http://www.nateosante-pro.fr/ About Business France: Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E international internship program. Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr and youbuyfrance.com.in .    Company contact: Mr. Stéphane MONNIER   NATEO SANTE   International Business Development Manager   Tel: (+33) 2 85 52 06 75 / @: stephane@nateosante.fr       Press contact:   Mr. Thomas ILHE   Business France, French Trade Commission in India Trade Officer. Tel: 011 4319 6303 / @: thomas.ilhe @businessfrance.fr  

Innovative and diversified range of French companies at the Inter Airport Europe exhibition

Thomas ILHE - 03-août-2015 06:48:10
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The global airport sector has successfully withstood the economic crisis. By 2016, it is estimated that 3.6 billion passengers will be transported per year. Backed by this optimistic outlook, numerous airport terminal projects are emerging throughout the world. Furthermore, the growing number of passengers and the rapid development of new technologies make it essential to modernize existing airports. France holds a strong position on the global market, thanks to its numerous facilities and its significant expertise across all airport services. 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Come visit the French exhibitors in hall B6, stands 610 to 716 and meet the following companies: ADB AIRFIELD SOLUTIONS (end-to-end visual guidance solutions – www.adb-air.com ), AEROPAX (deployable passenger boarding tunnels – www.aeropax.fr ), ALSTEF (baggage handling systems – www.alstef.com ), ANYLOGIC (management of pedestrian flows in airports – www.anylogic.com ), ATERMES (high-tech aviation equipment – www.atermes.fr ), CARTEL MANUTENTION (blast fences, baggage trolleys, passenger stairs, etc. - www.cartel-manutention.fr ), DEDIENNE AEROSPACE (aircraft maintenance tooling - www.dedienne-aero.com ), DERVAUX (aircraft warning lights – www.balisage.dervaux.fr ), DESCHAMPS (aircraft recovery equipment – www.mobi-mat.com ), ELAUL (autonomous lighting and lighting systems - www.elaul.fr ), FORTAL (docks and stepladders – www.fortal.fr ), GATE (ground support equipment - www.gategse.com ), GLOBALSYS (wireless communication systems - www.globalsys.fr ), HIFI FILTER (European filtration specialist – www.hifi-filter.com ), MONROC (industrial manufacturer of axles, suspensions and brakes - www.monroc.com ), MUSTHANE (refuelling systems, lifting bags, recovery trackway - www.musthane.com ), NAKSYS (airfield lighting photometry calibration equipment - www.naksys.com ), PROAVIA (showcase for French expertise in the airport industry - www.proavia.com ), SAINT-GOBAIN SOVIS (prisms and molded optical components for airport lighting - www.sovis-optique.com ), SOVAL EXPORT (cast iron man holes for water distribution systems, cleaning and lighting for runways – www.soval.fr ), SOVAM (ground support equipment: boarding bridges, baggage tractors, etc. - www.sovam.fr ), STERELA (electronic systems for air and road transport – www.sterela.fr ), TITAN AVIATION (solutions for every step of the refuelling process - www.titan-aviation.com ), TUBESCA-COMABI (docks and access solutions for aircraft maintenance – www.tubesca-comabi.com ), XOPS - RESONATE MP4 (multimedia systems and intelligent transport solutions – www.resonate-mp4.com ).

Innovative and diversified range of French companies at the Inter Airport Europe exhibition Munich, October 6-9, 2015

Thomas ILHE - 31-juil.-2015 08:32:23
Normal 0 21 false false false FR X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Tableau Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} The French airport industry will be very active at the 20th edition of the Inter Airport Europe exhibition in Munich, with 25 companies representing various sectors of the industry. The French companies will be grouped together in a 376.5 m² French section organized by Business France, a government agency supporting the international development of the French economy . A leading global exhibition, Inter Airport Europe is a not-to-missed event to meet the international decision-makers and buyers of the airport industry. The global airport sector has successfully withstood the economic crisis. By 2016, it is estimated that 3.6 billion passengers will be transported per year. Backed by this optimistic outlook, numerous airport terminal projects are emerging throughout the world. Furthermore, the growing number of passengers and the rapid development of new technologies make it essential to modernize existing airports. France holds a strong position on the global market, thanks to its numerous facilities and its significant expertise across all airport services. The French industry is organized into different sectors covering studies, construction, equipment and systems as well as services divided into three clusters: air traffic control and ground traffic, airline stopovers and air terminals. The French companies participating at the Inter Airport Munich exhibition will be representative of the diversity of the sector and showcase French excellence. The French airport exhibitors will represent some of the worlds largest groups including ADPI, VINCI, THALES to name but a few, as well as certain SMEs specialized in various market segments (Ground Support Equipment, lighting, ticketing or passenger information systems). Frances airport equipment and consulting businesses will be showcased at Inter Airport Europe by Proavia, an association that promotes and provides information on French airport and air security technology. Come visit the French exhibitors in hall B6, stands 610 to 716 and meet the following companies:  ADB AIRFIELD SOLUTIONS (end-to-end visual guidance solutions – www.adb-air.com ), AEROPAX (deployable passenger boarding tunnels – www.aeropax.fr ), ALSTEF (baggage handling systems – www.alstef.com ), ANYLOGIC (management of pedestrian flows in airports – www.anylogic.com ), ATERMES (high-tech aviation equipment – www.atermes.fr ), CARTEL MANUTENTION (blast fences, baggage trolleys, passenger stairs, etc. - www.cartel-manutention.fr ), DEDIENNE AEROSPACE (aircraft maintenance tooling - www.dedienne-aero.com ), DERVAUX (aircraft warning lights – www.balisage.dervaux.fr ), DESCHAMPS (aircraft recovery equipment – www.mobi-mat.com ), ELAUL (autonomous lighting and lighting systems - www.elaul.fr ), FORTAL (docks and stepladders – www.fortal.fr ), GATE (ground support equipment - www.gategse.com ), GLOBALSYS (wireless communication systems - www.globalsys.fr ), HIFI FILTER (European filtration specialist – www.hifi-filter.com ), MONROC (industrial manufacturer of axles, suspensions and brakes - www.monroc.com ), MUSTHANE (refuelling systems, lifting bags, recovery trackway - www.musthane.com ), NAKSYS (airfield lighting photometry calibration equipment - www.naksys.com ), PROAVIA (showcase for French expertise in the airport industry - www.proavia.com ), SAINT-GOBAIN SOVIS (prisms and molded optical components for airport lighting - www.sovis-optique.com ), SOVAL EXPORT (cast iron man holes for water distribution systems, cleaning and lighting for runways – www.soval.fr ), SOVAM (ground support equipment: boarding bridges, baggage tractors, etc. - www.sovam.fr ), STERELA (electronic systems for air and road transport – www.sterela.fr ), TITAN AVIATION (solutions for every step of the refuelling process - www.titan-aviation.com ), TUBESCA-COMABI (docks and access solutions for aircraft maintenance – www.tubesca-comabi.com ), XOPS - RESONATE MP4 (multimedia systems and intelligent transport solutions – www.resonate-mp4.com ). For more information: BUSINESS FRANCE Isabelle Duval, Project Manager Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 73 33 31 Email: isabelle.duval@businessfrance.fr Website : export.businessfrance.fr

A2iA Signs a Major Indian Bank

Ridhima Verma - 20-janv.-2015 06:54:28
  A2iA Signs a Major Indian Bank To Implement its Check Recognition Technology In Compliance with the Indian Cheque Truncation System 2010.   January 19th, 2015 – Mumbai/Paris   Few months after signing an agreement with one of the biggest Indian BPO to cover the foreign market, A2iA signed a new deal in India for the domestic market, implementing its Check Recognition Technology – A2iA CheckReader – to automate the check image truncation of the bank.   The A2iA CheckReader technology will process annually more than 15 million checks collected from the 600 branches of the bank.   A2iA has worked closely in coordination with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to adapt its technology A2iA CheckReader to the standards defined in India to accompany banks in the process of Check Truncation System (CTS).   On Indian checks, A2iA CheckReader allows recognition of all fields:     Date   Payee name   Code line   Account number   Signature detection A2iA CheckReader is the global standard for advanced image analysis and intelligent recognition software used to seamlessly, precisely and securely process checks and other payment documentation by banks, financial institutions and other progressive corporations around the world.  A2iA’s technology continues to be a pioneer that helps give greater confidence, freedom and funds accessibility to banks and its customers alike.  Because of A2iA CheckReader , consumers now enjoy a time-savings and more secure check processing benefits– which come in handy for today’s fast-paced society. Banks have shaped their operations to utilize A2iA CheckReader as their core engine; from branches and teller windows, to back offices and central processes, ATMs, merchants, fraud applications and more. A2iA continues to innovate in the Check and Document Processing domain, enlarging its global deployment capability with more than 35 countries from Europe, North & South America, Asia-Pac, Africa and now India.     About A2iA - www.a2ia.com   A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits and mobile capture. By enhancing solutions from systems integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation and delivering a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com or call +33 1 44 42 00 92.         About the French Trade Commission Business France in India - http://www.businessfrance.fr/   Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France.   It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. The French Trade Commission in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts.   Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public and private-sector partners.     For more information:   Mr. Venceslas Cartier   Director Business Development & Marketing, EMEA & India   Phone: +33 1 44 42 00 92 Mobile: +33 6 22 43 09 44   v.cartier@a2ia.com     Ms. Karishma WANVARI   Trade Officer   ICT & Services Department (India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Bangladesh)   Phone: +91 22 66694087   karishma.wanvari@ubifrance.fr  

A2iA signs a major Indian bank to implement its ‘Check Recognition’ technology

Ridhima Verma - 06-janv.-2015 05:53:48
A2iA signs a major Indian bank To implement its ‘Check Recognition’ technology In compliance with the ‘Indian Cheque Truncation System 2010’   Few months after signing an agreement with one of the biggest Indian BPO to cover the foreign market, A2iA signed a new deal in India for the domestic market, implementing its ‘ Check Recognition ’ technology – A2iA CheckReader – to automate the check image truncation of the bank. As defined in the scope of the contract, A2iA CheckReader technology will process annually more than 15 million checks collected from the 600 branches of the bank. A2iA has worked closely in coordination with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to adapt its technology A2iA CheckReader to the standards defined in India to accompany banks in the process of Check Truncation System (CTS). On Indian checks, A2iA CheckReader allows recognition of all fields: d ate, payee name, code line, account number, signature detection.   A2iA CheckReader is the global standard for advanced image analysis and intelligent recognition software used to seamlessly, precisely and securely process checks and other payment documentation by banks, financial institutions and other progressive corporations around the world.  A2iA’s technology continues to be a pioneer that helps give greater confidence, freedom and funds accessibility to banks and its customers alike. Thanks to A2iA CheckReader , consumers now enjoy a time-saving and more secure check processing benefits– which come handy for today’s fast-paced society. Banks have shaped their operations to utilize A2iA CheckReader as their core engine; from branches and teller windows, to back offices and central processes, ATMs, merchants, fraud applications and more. A2iA continues to innovate in the ‘Check and Document Processing’ domain, enlarging its global deployment capability with more than 35 countries from Europe, North & South America, Asia-Pac, Africa and now India. About A2iA A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits and mobile capture. By enhancing solutions from systems integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation and delivering a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com   or call +33 1 44 42 00 92 . About the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India UBIFRANCE is the French agency for international business development, a key public partner in export for French companies. Its complete range of services includes providing information (on markets, legal, regulatory, international financing, calls to tender, sector watch), export consulting, sales actions (prospecting missions, partnership meetings, trade events abroad, communication in the international press, etc.). To support French companies of all sizes and all sectors in their development on foreign markets, UBIFRANCE mobilizes the expertise of 1,400 persons in France (Paris and Marseille) and in 70 other countries through its French Trade Commissions UBIFRANCE and a network of Press Offices. The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India has 4 offices located in the business hubs of New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, with a total dedicated multicultural team of over 30 experts. UBIFRANCE’s know-how and experience are globally recognized with a worldwide network of 80 Trade Commissions.   For more information: Mr. Venceslas Cartier Director Business Development & Marketing, EMEA & India Phone: +33 1 44 42 00 92 Mobile: +33 6 22 43 09 44 v.cartier@a2ia.com   Ms. Karishma WANVARI Trade Officer ICT & Services Department (India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka-Bangladesh) Phone: +91 22 66694087 karishma.wanvari@ubifrance.fr  
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Sophie Clavelier, Country Head   Welcome to the French Trade Commission Business France in India!     Our key mission is to promote trade relations between France and India. We assist French- based companies seeking potential partners and new markets in India, while helping Indian businesses to identify potential French suppliers, commercial and technical partners.   In India, our 4 offices are located in business hubs, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. We have a dedicated multicultural team of 38 experts in the following growing sectors: Agrofood Industry Industry and Cleantech Lifestyle and Healthcare Tech & Services Our Trade Commission also has a Press office in charge of helping French companies to communicate in India as well as a Market Access Department enabling them to better understand and adjust to the Indian regulatory and fiscal framework. In

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