New Technologies, Innovation and Services

French-Malaysian Innovation Challenge 2017

Lyslie Legendre - 04-août-2017 04:55:54

The closing date of the French Malaysian Innovation Challenge (FMIC) is postponed to 15 September 2017. If you haven’t registered yet to the call, sign up to it on the online platform PlaTCOM Ventures and Bpifrance, with the support of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, SME Corporation Malaysia, the French Embassy in Malaysia and Business France Malaysia, are committed to fostering a public-private innovation ecosystem between France and Malaysia for the mutual benefits of both countries. Through the French-Malaysian Innovation Challenge 2017 (FMIC 2017), PlaTCOM Ventures and Bpifrance are running a call for technological and collaborative joint development projects between Malaysian and French businesses. The objective of this call is to promote and support collaborative projects between Malaysian and French businesses with a focus on innovative products, processes and services in all sectors. Project durations can be up to 24 months. More information, registrations & partner-matching:  

WebTVAsia partners with Dailymotion

Thomas Salzgeber - 18-mai-2015 10:24:12

Kuala Lumpur-based WebTVASia, a prominent multi-chanel network (MCN) in the region, has signed a multiyear partnership with French video platform Dailymotion. The deal was announced at MIP TV ’15 in Cannes by Fred Chong, group CEO of WebTVAsia, and Marc Eychenne, VP of content of Dailymotion. The partnership between the global video platform involves the collaboration on a 100-channel rollout and co-productions for the Asian market. Part of the Prodigee Media Group, WebTVAsia claims an average of 150 million views of its 160 digital channels on Youtube and describes itself as the biggest premium content network in Asia.   Dailymotion is currently owned by French media giant Orange. On April 7, Vivendi, the French multinational mass media company, announced that it had submitted a bid for the platform and entered exclusive talks for an 80% stake in the service at a value of EUR 217 million (USD 229.5 million).

French cybersecurity firms increasingly successful in fast-growing market

Thomas SALZGEBER - 22-août-2014 12:40:17

  In 2013, there was a 12% year-on-year rise in cybersecurity attacks, with nearly 60% of them causing either brand damage or direct revenue loss to businesses. This, coupled with highly publicized commercial and government breaches of IT security, has increased the demand for cybersecurity services. French companies are strongly placed in this growing market and their advanced solutions are in demand.   The 12% year-on-year increase in cybersecurity attacks that affected businesses in 2013 (Source: IBM 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index ), regrettable as it may be, translates into the fact that the IT-security sector is experiencing sustained growth in this segment of the market. High-profile cases, such as the cyber-attacks on US retail chain Target, have raised awareness among business executives.   While US-based and British companies dominate current business in this sector, client entities are looking for alternatives in order to alleviate their worries of government intrusion. In this respect, French specialist companies are a strong contender in the eyes of many professionals and executives working for SMEs and start-ups, but also at established, larger groups: these clients are leveraging the French know-how stemming from top R&D centres and universities.   In 2013, the French cybersecurity sector was valued at more than $2 billion. The French network-security sector offers a wide range of services, including B2B IT solutions meeting strategic challenges, and comprises many world champions such as Atos, Orange, Sogeti, Bull, Cassidian and the cybersecurity division at Thales.   Thanks to their advanced technical research laboratories, more particularly in cryptology and encryption, French players are recognized worldwide.   According to Thibaut Barde, UBIFRANCE’s Project Manager for Digital Trust & Cyber Security, “T he reason for cutting-edge technology [thriving in France] is the quality of French universities in the field of engineering, which is known globally.   Research laboratories associated with these universities train the best engineers of tomorrow.”     Secure IC SAS is a shining example of a company that has been working with top graduates having come out of the French educational system in order to become a thought leader in cybersecurity. Its platforms provide the highest level of security on a client entity’s embedded systems, preventing hacking and reverse engineering as well as protecting intellectual property and proprietary data. In 2013, Secure IC SAS won a Sesame Award for innovation in the manufacturing and testing of IT products.   French start-ups and SMEs have developed out of a strong domestic talent pool and many have decided to join forces under the HexaTrust label, which regroups 20 hi-tech SMEs that are keen to offer a co-ordinated, total service package to their clients.   T hese software vendors and integrators provide a full range of products and services dedicated to the protection of the critical infrastructure of businesses and institutions from cyber-attacks. The HexaTrust umbrella group’s portfolio of current and potential clients is diverse and growing, including businesses and public-sector agencies of all sizes.   Due to the dramatic increase in the level of sophistication and intensity of cyber-attacks, public- and private-sector investment in cybersecurity is growing fast and is expected to rise by nearly 10% per year between now and 2017. This trend illustrates the promising opportunities that exist for a large business looking for a new market, or for a dynamic SME scaling up a new product.   Thibaut Barde of UBIFRANCE Paris explains that, “France’s distance from recent scandals [involving the international and covert collection of data by various government agencies, as revealed in the media] is favourable for French players since awareness on the use of data takes place at a global level. This has helped to build the profile of the industry and has generated increasing concerns for [the security of] personal data, which is a real asset for the French in particular: it is important when it comes to ​​data-storage companies, among others.”   Many French companies in the sector are choosing to develop an international business outlook. French players have strong opportunities to seize in this market thanks to their technological expertise, combined with the diversity of products and services they can offer.   For further information about UBIFRANCE, please go to:       Further information about French companies:   > Electronics and IT   > Telecommunications and Space

France shows the way to doing e-commerce!

Thomas SALZGEBER - 22-août-2014 12:20:51

We all use e-commerce (and some of us all of the time), but do we fully realize in our economic crystal balls what the virtual universe of the Internet can do for a business? France does, to the tune of €51,1billion in 2013. With broadband internet feeding households like never before, this trend is accelerating, up 13.5% this past year, even while traditional sales outlets are declining. Naturally, French e-commerce is part of a European phenomenon: sophisticated, well-educated consumers shopping and comparing on-line, whether it is for train tickets, fashion items, books and downloaded films, not to mention concert tickets or even electronic products and vacations. In fact, France finds itself positioned right in the middle of more mature on-line markets such as the UK and Scandinavia, while catering to fast-growing cyber-markets in Southern Europe.   Impressive numbers – and then there’s Christmas! The typical cyber-consumer in France spends on average €1400 annually, with a choice spanning 138,000 merchandizing sites, clicking to satisfy 33.7 million purchasers, each one with his or her own very personalized criteria. This represents a 17% growth rate for the number of sites in 2013, fueled by a rise of 5% in on-line buyers last year. Christmas frenzy often spells financial success for many e-commerce sites. For France, December 2013 accounted for a whopping €10 billion of the year’s total results.   The Best in Class go international 15% of French sites export, generating 10% of their sales internationally. The really successful sites, representing over €10 million in turnover, are able to boost these international sales by up to 20% of their total turnover. For 2013, the champions are Vente Privée, with € 1,6 billion, Showroom Privé, €350 million, Sarenza at €150 million and in 29 different countries, while Spartoo out-does them by €130 million in 20 countries throughout Europe.   Cross-channel strategies Traditional companies such as Darty, Auchan and even Air France have grasped the importance of developing interfaces with e-commerce, selling cross-channel, from virtual to POS (Place of Sale). Tourism is an especially heavy-hitter, with Opodo and Go Voyages receiving avid travelers. Even SNCF-Voyages is also getting into the trend with offers covering car rentals and hotels, not just trains, and not just trains in Europe! E-commerce allows companies to envision doing business in entirely refreshing and international ways.   In B to B, the office supplies segment is active, with Bruneau and Viking modeling their entire business on-line, a lesson not lost on Manutan for its equipment.   The rules to play by With smart-phones now in every pocket, French companies are alert to adapting to international opportunities: respecting local-country consumer legislation, marketing with multi-lingual sites, regularly upgrading to be ergonomic, enriching their offers constantly. The usual rate of transformation from visit to virtual shopping cart is 2.5%; so New Age merchants must be quick to adapt to this new breed of impatient, demanding clientele. The e-consumer wants easy, practical and totally secure payment solutions ranging from credit card to Paypal. They also expect EU legislation on profiling and reimbursements to be strictly adhered to by the e-commerce site.     For Further information about French companies in the e-commerce sector:   > Electronics and IT > Telecommunications and Space > Trade and distribution > Services > Audiovisual content, Multimedia  

EADS Astrium’s designed & manufactured Measat-3B to be launched in mid-May

Rafizah MAZLAN - 20-févr.-2014 04:38:01

Measat Global Bhd will be launching its sixth satellite, the RM1.2 billion Measat-3B, in French Guiana, South America, in mid-May this year. As prime contractor for Measat-3B, EADS Astrium is responsible for the design and manufacture of the satellite, and the supply of both payload and platform. Measat-3B is built by EADS Astrium based on Eurostar 3000 platform. According to Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Measat-3B which covers Malaysia, Indonesia, South Asia and Australia will help to increase connectivity level up by between 10% to 20%, bridging the digital gaps in Malaysia. Currently, the connectivity level in Malaysia is around 65%, whereby rural areas still have limited access for communication. Measat-3B is a powerful satellite that will more than double the current Ku-Band capacity operated by Measat and allow the Malaysian operator to meet the increasing requirements of direct-to-home and telecommunications services in the region. Measat-3B is completed and being kept in France before it will be launch in May. Measat-3B is designed to have a launch mass of 5.8 tonnes, and electrical power of 16kW and is planned for an operational lifetime of over 15 years. For more details on the article, visit:   Source: Malaysian Reserve  

University of Malaya pioneers the first e-Scroll with Thales technology

MAZLAN Rafizah - 13-déc.-2013 04:20:52

Thales, leader in information systems and communications security, announces that its nShield hardware security modules (HSMs) and Time Stamp Server have been deployed by University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, to generate digital degree certificates for their graduates and so reduce the instance of counterfeiting and fraud.   Academic institutions around the world face challenges over the production of counterfeit degree certificates. University of Malaya decided to address the problem by issuing e-Scrolls or digital degree certificates to their graduates. These e-Scrolls are digitally signed and time stamped and can be authenticated online.   Each e-Scroll is digitally signed by the university’s Registrar and Vice Chancellor using GlobalSign ® digital IDs. Thales high assurance, tamper-resistant HSMs provide strong protection for the digital identities of the two signatories, securely storing their private signing keys and preventing unauthorized access. As part of the process, each e-Scroll is issued a secure time stamp against the Malaysian National clock (located at SIRIM) by a Thales Time Stamp Server, providing an additional layer of security and indicating the exact time and date the credential was issued.   Source: Thales e-Security Press Release  

Deezer signs partnership with mobile telco DiGi

Thomas SALZGEBER - 08-mai-2013 06:03:59

On the 19th of April, French online music streaming service provider Deezer announced a partnership with Malaysia’s mobile operator DiGi, as part of a global alliance with DiGi’s main shareholder Telenor. Available since last year in Malaysia with a catalogue of over 20 million tracks, Deezer Premium+ service is now free for DiGi’s subscribers of postpaid plans for smartphones, tablets or modem. DiGi is the first operator to propose an online music streaming service in Malaysia.

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