Tech and Services Department

“Augmenting decision-makers’ capabilities with a Human-Supportive A.I taking the form of a distributed Cognitive Operating System.”

Catherine Ryall - 07-nov.-2018 20:03:00

BRAINCITIES LAB bridges the gap between humans and their ever-changing environments by making ecosystems such as cities, cars and businesses responsive. We are augmenting decision-makers’ capabilities with Human-Supportive A.I taking the form of a distributed Cognitive Operating System. Founded in 2013, BRAINCITIES LAB is a French Startup based in Paris, specialized in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. The company creates dynamically evolving knowledge bases to train, then fuel predictive models and measure the readiness of evolving processes. This architecture enables the mining of meaningful stories from heterogeneous data sources. Decision-makers need A.I that Understands Human Behaviors to enable frictionless interactions between environments, technology and people. Inspired by this foreseeable reality, Braincities builds and provides the first human-supportive Artificial Intelligence endowed with judging and empathy capabilities. This unique technology helps decision-makers solve structural problems like: • The human inability to quickly identify trends and patterns • The lack of business self-serviceability • Top management needs to make informed decisions when and where it matters • The increasing volume of unreliable data flooding in the Global Datasphere (163 Zb by 2025) BRAINCITIES LAB combines a proprietary semantic data refinery with a deployable decentralized infrastructure as a service. Such Data Analytics Infrastructure and its related universal personal Datawallets comply with European GDPR regulations. The associated services and protocols secure the data used by our A.I algorithms to provide accurate and reliable recommendations to individuals, businesses, governments and even, smart-devices like autonomous cars. The described Data Analytics Infrastructure is powered by a scalable network of autonomous computation units (the Datawallets), that ultimately will enable us to release the first Distributed Cognitive Operating System . By 2025 our technology will endow all computerized equipment with judging and empathy capabilities drastically improving the machine’s ability to deliver accurate and contextualized services and recommendations to humans. Looking for ways to grow your business with AI? Contact us to discover our use-case in HR, Finance, Smart Cities, Automotive.   Antoine BRUEL | Head of Growth Key Account Manager Email. antoine.bruel@braincities.co Mob. +33 601 642 742 www.braincities.co   BRAINCITIES LAB 21 Bvd Haussmann 75009, Paris Tel. +331 56 03 67 52 Tel. +447 413 341 581 contact@braincities.co www.braincities.co  


Blue Whale Company wins award at French CES 2019 Innovation Awards

Blue Whale Company - 31-oct.-2018 12:02:46

French start-up Blue Whale Company, the creator of the SMS-driven Spy Can Compact has been announced as a French Honoree in the Smart Cities category at the French CES 2019 Innovation Awards . Blue Whale Company designs, develops and markets IoT products, data loggers, measurement probes and smart valves all based on an innovative SMS communication technology.   The latest, the Spy Can Compact The Spy Can Compact is a simple battery-powered tool to save water for use in - housing - residential sites - professional buildings and more   Small with a nice design, simple to use, GSM connected, the Spy Can Compact is a small monobloc fixture of less than 6 inches long.  The Spy Can is fitted with a leak detection system: Whether the flow is very low, standard or very high, a specific algorithm is at work. As a result leaks are detected very quickly and the alerts sent immediately by SMS are very efficient.     The Spy Can Compact is also fitted with: Different algorithms that monitor permanently the daily consumption, the weekly consumption and the monthly consumption: As soon as one of the limits has been reached, it sends an alert An internal   clock function so that water can be shut off automatically every day outside the working hours. This limits the risk of flooding when buildings / infrastructures are not occupied and it reduces mechanically the wastage of water. All in all the experience is that one can expect a reduction of 30% of water consumption with that technology, a crucial benefit at a time when water shortages are visible everywhere on the planet.  Thanks to its very competitive price, the investment is quickly profitable with the savings but if it prevents only one case of water damages the return on investment is immediately there.    A very technical fixture The Spy Can Compact is cutting edge IOT product. Its construction is made up of very long lasting materials. The electronic PCB is micro-coated so that it works even when covered with water. There is no resin casting protection that makes recycling very difficult and that makes battery replacement very difficult.   Its casing is designed to be IP68. If necessary the battery can be replaced very easily.   On the operational side things have been designed to facilitate the installation. There is a Bluetooth communication for the setup. Terminal for the connexion of the water meter are of easy access. The design of the antenna makes it very performant so that it works in places where usually smart phone have lost access to the network.   There are also provisions such as a double monitoring of batteries, an anti-fraud function, an internal check-up and also a manufacturer setup that can be re-instated if necessary.   The Spy Can is also fitted with an internal memory recording all the information sent over the air. Setup can be modified remotely if necessary. Many provisions have also been integrated in terms of security, to prevent hackers from entering into the system. Clearly the Spy Can Compact has been designed to offer a maximum of satisfaction to the user.    The company Created in March 2016, t he company is financed by its shareholder and President, Véronique Stankowiak. The company is managed by Thierry Sartorius who has extensive experience in business development. A team of 10 specialised engineers has been recruited with experience in microelectronics and radio, software development, CAD and mechanics.   Véronique Stankowiak declared: ‘’We are very proud of this award that I want to share with the team. This will mark a new era in the development of the company’’.    The company is based in the North of France in Saint Léonard in the neighbourhood of Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Blue Whale Company is supported by the French Hauts de France Region and Communauté d’Agglomération du Boulonnais as well as the BPI.  For more information: bluewhalecompany.com   contact@bluewhalecompany.com


Senstroke: Use any object as a drum kit! Play, record and improve your drumming anywhere

Catherine Ryall - 11-oct.-2018 11:08:12

Our first product: Senstroke Created by drummers for drummers, Senstroke is a revolutionary solution that lets you play drums anywhere, anytime. The goal of Senstroke is to revolutionize drumming by becoming an indispensable tool for percussionists. Senstroke is designed for non-musicians and drummers of any level. Senstroke makes drumming natural, accessible, and fun Senstroke is the first connected solution device for drummers. Using the impact of the drumsticks and feet position, the sensors can reproduce the real play of a drummer. This allows users to : - Play on any item and emulate the sound of a real drum element - Easily record the drummer playing and share as an electronic file - Improve drumming with interactive lessons Senstroke breaks all barriers of standard drumming To take advantage of the Senstroke experience, all you need is a smartphone (iOS or Android), Senstroke sensors, and drumsticks. The patented technology developed for this product transforms everything a drummer touches into an interactive drum kit. You no longer need to own a drumset to play drums. You can now play drums on whatever you want : your legs, cushions, table, books etc … This is a smart product : thanks to AI, it adapts to your playing environment, and is compatible with all classic drumsticks on the market. The company behind Senstroke: Redison Redison is a French startup based in Lens (1hr from Paris, 1hr from London, 1hr from Brussells). Redison brings you innovative solutions to make your daily life easier. Experts in new technologies, we develop projects in the world of music and health. Contact the team  for more information.  


Whoz at this year’s Web Summit?

Catherine Ryall - 09-oct.-2018 10:43:10

Whoz  will be attending the  Web Summit in Lisbon from 5th to 8th November 2018 With 70,000+ attendees expected, 1,200+ speakers, and influencers from every industry, the 2018 Web Summit is set to be, yet again, the world’s largest tech conference. Thought leaders from around the globe will gather to discuss topics ranging from Deeptech to blockchain or even Edtech. Jean-Philippe Couturier, CEO of Whoz , said, “We are really proud to attend Web Summit for the first time, as we will be representing French Tech under Business France’s banner. It is, without a doubt, the best way for us to showcase our AI and B2B solution . Millions of resumes, job openings and available trainings are analysed every day by our AI to connect people within companies to work opportunities and projects based on their current skills, expertise, and past experiences. We truly hope that you will enjoy witnessing the power of our Skills Intelligence , as much as we enjoy building it.” With breakthrough developments made within the past year, our team has the answers to today’s burning question: how can the skills of your company be managed and leveraged to overcome upcoming challenges? This year we have drastically improved our neural network to continuously analyse and deeply understand the job market. We can now determine in real-time, which skills need to be reinforced or acquired to help organisations in the design of their strategic HR processes. If you want to find out how we can help you support your HR strategies this year, come meet two of our co-founders: Nicholas Mandelbaum , Chief Experience Officer, and Vincent Palita , Lead Developer, during the summit or schedule a meeting now. Going to the Web Summit 2018? Let’s meet: websummit2018@whoz.com   About Whoz : The right person, at the right place, at the right time. Whoz AI reveals your workforce skills and finds positions, assignments, and trainings that suit them best. Whoz.com   - Skills Intelligence


#ConquerTheSummit: French Tech is back in Lisbon

Catherine Ryall - 04-oct.-2018 10:49:47

Bringing together over 170,000 visitors from more than 170 countries, as well as 2400 journalists, 1200 speakers and 21 startups on the  French Tech / Business France  pavilion, it can only be the most wonderful (tech) time of the year again,  Web Summit . This year’s edition in Lisbon, taking place from 5 th to 8th November , is widely expected to be the biggest yet. For tech companies, both big and small, it’s a chance to network, eye up the competition and meet investors. Find out all about the French exhibitors in this Web Summit 2018 catalogue . A jury of experts carefully selected the  20 best startups to represent France at the fourth edition of the event. They will join the Business France Pavillon and will proudly represent La French Tech at the event. Find out more in the catalogue . - Arianee - Blue Whale Company   - Braincities - Brennus Analytics - Clustaar   - ForePaaS - Foxy Nerds Studio - Glowbl -  KeeeX - Listen - Ogo Security - Play Play - Pocket Result  (Data Legal Drive) - Securibox - Redison   - Silent Space   - Skapánê - Toguna - WHOZ - Wiidii More information on all the exhibitors in the catalogue . D o get in contact  for any further information: Business France UK: Samy Kheloufi Business France HQ: Lorena Paz-Vilas Press enquiries: Catherine Ryall 


French Tech back for round 2 at IFA 2018

Catherine Ryall - 16-août-2018 16:23:22

For the 2 nd  consecutive year,  Business France will accompany 18 French Tech start-ups to  IFA in Berlin. Selected by a jury of experts to exhibit on the French pavilion, their products are available for immediate sale. The French Pavilion will be based in  IFA Next , the area devoted to startups and innovation, in hall 26, stands 360-381. France is sending the biggest foreign delegation again this year The goal: to win contracts with distributors before the the Christmas shopping season. A selection of the French talent at IFA: •  Snips   has launched its own platform offering manufacturers and consumers an independent interface to create voice assistants for connected devices. Having already raised over $20m, Snips is about to launch 2 new devices as part of its Snips AIR network of AI home assistants. •  Ledger   is a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. The company develops a variety of products and services to safeguard cryptocurrency assets for individuals and companies, including the Ledger hardware wallets line already sold in 165 countries. •  Divacore , a wireless audio specialist, will launch its new generation of 100% wireless headphones, Nomad and Nomad+, at IFA. Combining great design and a state-of-the- art musical experience, they are available in a ’+’ version for travellers and feature a new ’outdoor sports’ mode. •  R-PUR has developed R-PUR NANO, an anti-pollution mask, made in France and specially designed for two-wheel users. It is equipped with a patented nano-filtration®  technology that allows users to breathe clean air by filtering toxic particles, fine particles, pollen, etc. in the air. The R-PUR NANO mask can be connected to a mobile app that tells the users when to replace their filter according to their personal use and the real-time air pollution rate. French Tech’s not just from Paris A number of the exhibitors hail from the Hauts-de-France region, which will have its own stand (hall 26, stand 362). The northern French region is home to startup incubator and accelerator, Euratechnologies , currently supporting over 300 companies and 300 projects. A developed IoT ecosystem… France provides a vibrant digital research environment including a host of innovation clusters: Systematic (Paris), CITC (Lille), IoT Valley (Toulouse) and SCS (Nice). Companies established in France that develop connected devices can benefit from a research tax credit. …with local appetite In 2017, 5.2 million connected devices were sold in France, generating turnover of more than €1 billion, a third more than in 2016, according to GfK. France’s connected objects market is expected to grow by 60% a year until 2020. ’It meets demand from clients we already accompany to Las Vegas’ ’ Start-ups go to CES to create buzz, exist and validate their products, while they go to IFA to sell and sign contracts ’. Eric Morand, Head of Business France’s Tech department and jury member believes the 2 events are complementary. A catalogue with further information on all the French exhibitors is available upon request. For further information about the French pavilion at IFA 2018, please contact: Maxime Sabahec, Business France Project Manager maxime.sabahec@ businessfrance.fr For more information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Business France UK catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr


13 Fintech-stic Exhibitors At Money20/20 Europe 2018

Letizia Zitoli - 23-mai-2018 11:14:05

13 French Fintech startups will be exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion in Hall E30, powered by Business France for the 2nd time at Money 20/20 Europe (https://europe.money2020.com/) . Over 5000 attendees from more than 1500 companies and 80 countries took part in last year’s show, this year’s edition in Amsterdam from 4 th  to 6 th  June 2018 is expected to be just as well attended. Fintech is the most dynamic sector  in French start-up landscape: in 2017, 36 companies raised €224.7m (£197m). Additionally, several public and private initiatives have been put in place to boost Fintechs further (incubators launched by major banks and insurance companies, creation of a one-stop shop dedicated to FinTechs by the ACPR and the AMF, etc.), in a regulatory framework that is particularly favourable to banking and finance start-ups. Since 2015, FinTechs have featured among the 5 leading sectors for risk-capital investment in France (after Internet services, software, technologies & biotechnology and life sciences). The FinTechs on the French Tech pavilion (hall E30) cover a range of sub-sectors, including: payment methods, security, data management, financial services and retail. •  AEVATAR   has created a digital ID wallet, fully compliant with GDPR. There are 3 parts to this community interest company’s wallet: a mobile app only accessible via facial recognition, an electric safe which stores personal identity documents as well as a programming interface which incorporates an ID management system and company access. •  AriadNEXT   : operates cloud-based automatic and real-time ID document verification services. Under the brand name IDCHECK.IO, AriadNEXT’s ID verification solutions provide an easier and improved customer experience when dealing with KYC procedures online or in-store. •  BLECKWEN   has been developing its expertise in the communications, data and devices security industry for 30 years. Their expertise lies in multiple complementary technologies (telecom/Cloud, cryptography, software) to secure the digital transformation of companies, critical operators and public organisations. •  DEJAMOBILE  is a software solution provider specialised in Mobile Transaction Services. Their solutions help businesses in the payment, retail and transport industries to develop interactive and secure mobile services using contactless and proximity technologies (NFC, QR Code and Bluetooth Smart). •  FAMOCO   develops secure professional Android devices, to facilitate digital transformation for mobile workforce management, mobile payments, and urban mobility. Their range of secure, remotely managed devices has already been deployed in more than 200,000 devices in over 30 countries. It counts Orange Mobile Money, Alipay and WeChat among its customers. •  FLUO develops APIs for PSPs, merchants, banks and insurers to optimise the insurance experience and conversion. By integrating insurance recommendations within the payment process, Fluo offers a unique solution to improve merchants’ margins and customer loyalty while decreasing insurance distribution costs. •  PAYTWEAK    turns payment into a new customer experience through its universal payment technology directly connected to 500 banks and PSP accross the world. Paytweak also authenticates every card holder in real time, preserving the customer’s banking data privacy and able to provide full PCI DSS compliance to any call centre within minutes. •  SAB   provides services for the digital transformation of retail banking. It offers integrated and value-added services such as implementation & consulting, Tier 3 level support, cloud based banking (SaaS), training on SAB usage, Business Process Operations (BPO) and more . •  HIPAY   is a global payment provider processing more than €2bn (£1.75m) annually across 150 countries and 220 payment types. By harnessing data analytics, they help deliver valuable customer insights that enable their clients’ businesses to succeed. •  BOLDEN    is an alternative financing platform for innovative and dynamic SMEs, which allows retailers and institutional investors to directly fund the real economy . •  BUDGET INSIGHT  Budget Insight is an AIS (Account Information Service) that allows its clients to connect their apps to their users’ bank. Budget Insight also offers a PFM solution (Personal Finance Management App) for banks and insurance companies. •  STREAMMIND    views technology as a service. It is a leading European company in the field of high software technologies . •  ISOFT   ’s high-tech solutions are the result of 25 years of specialist expertise and R&D. Their software enables business users to get the most out of their data directly from end to end . A catalogue with further details on the French startups on the French Tech pavilion is available upon request. For further information, to connect or organise a meeting with the startups, please contact: Joanna Routaboul, Project Manager, Retail Tech & FinTech Joanna.routaboul@ businessfrance.fr For further information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall, Press Officer catherine.ryall@ businessfrance.fr / + 44(0) 207 024 3613 www.youbuyfrance.com/ uk/


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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 @businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3634 Teresa Marshall Senior Trade Development Adviser teresa.marshall@ubifrance.fr   Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3644 Samy Kheloufi Trade Devel

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