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Saagie Raises $28 million to Revolutionise Data Project Deployment

Manon Gueret - 05-juin-2020 10:32:13

Saagie , the French software provider, today announces a $28 million fundraising round with Crédit Mutuel Innovation, alongside NewAlpha Asset Management, Seventure Partners and AG2R LA MONDIALE. Historic investors Cap Horn, BNPP Développement and C.Entrepreneurs (managed by Cathay Innovation) also participated.   On the back of this funding the company aims to double its 90-strong team over the next two years, strengthen its leadership on the DataOps market, and accelerate international development.   “ We aim to build a French champion in data analysis that can really compete internationally.France has the ecosystem and expertise that will enable us to make this happen and this latestround of fundraising represents a key milestone for our company ,” stated Jérôme Trédan, CEO, Saagie.   In a context of widespread digital transformation, data enables businesses to anticipate and facilitate decision-making. Saagie is a software provider that orchestrates best-in-class data technologies to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects. The company promotes DataOps practices to manage the entire data lifecycle in an agile way, by reducing the technological complexity associated with data projects, and making multi-team collaborationeasier. Through Saagie’s DataOps Orchestrator, customers like the French Ministry of Armed Forces and Vallourec were able to launch their projects three times more quickly by placing data at the heart of their decision-making processes.   Today, all businesses worldwide require quick and agile delivery of data projects. In this way, Saagie’s offer has been made available through the main public cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and OVH Cloud - which means it can now be accessed and deployed globally.   “ In addition to their technological edge, we are confident that this fundraising round will give Saagie the upper hand in terms of data control to address public sector customers, ” stated Guillaume Dhee, Investment Director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation. “ As an evergreen investor, we are proud to have fulfilled our pre-Covid-19 commitments,” he added.     DataOps to accelerate data project deployment   DataOps is Gartner’s new ‘Hype Analytics’ trend. Based on DevOps and Agile practices, the approach aims to accelerate the deployment of analytics projects by managing the entire data lifecycle, from extraction to data visualization by final users.   “ DataOps is the missing link between innovation and control, data labs and IT. I created Saagie to cater for a real need within business - to be able to manage different technology platforms within a single data project more easily in order to increase productivity, ” comments Arnaud Muller, Founder and Executive Chairman of Saagie.     New investors to accelerate international development   Saagie plans to expand its presence in the US by recruiting sales and marketing experts and establish its leadership in DataOps worldwide.   Jonathan Cohen Sabban, Managing Director at New Alpha Asset Management, was “ impressed by Saagie’s expertise. We are convinced that their avant-garde vision will enable them to become a new data champion. ”   “ The fact that Saagie works closely with major companies such as Vallourec or Matmut attests to their importance in driving digital transformation within business. Seventure Partners is delighted to join this incredibly promising adventure, ” comments David Manjarres, Managing Partner & Head of Digital Technologies Team at Seventure Partners.   In addition, AG2R LA MONDIALE joined forces with Caisse d’Epargne, Matmut and BNPP for this fundraising round. “ Being able to more efficiently use data is key to digital transformation, and this efficiency relies on the ability to rapidly develop and deploy data projects on an industrial scale. It’s for this reason that we support Saagie’s development through our investment fund ALM Innovation, dedicated to innovation and R&D projects, ” stated Emmanuelle Saudeau, member of AG2R LA MONDIALE’s Group Management Committee in charge of the Digital & Customer Department.   This new financing round was structured by Benjamin Cichostepski and Gisele Esteves Guedes for Orrick, Benoît Lespinasse for Duteil Avocats, Matthias Collot for Exponens, and with the support of Alpha Capital Partners (Mark Oiknine).     About Saagie   Listed as one of the top 120 most promising startups by FrenchTech, Saagie is a software provider that   ccelerates data projects deployment by orchestrating analytics best-in-class open source and commercial technologies. Well established in France and now also present in New York and London, the company promotes DataOps practices to enable customers to automate, monitor and govern data projects through data pipelines.   Customers are then able to address numerous use cases and deliver continuous business value, regardless of their infrastructure or sector.     About Crédit Mutuel Innovation   Crédit Mutuel Innovation is the evergreen venture capital entity of Crédit Mutuel Equity (€3.5 billion in capital). We invest €1-20M in life science, digital and deeptech companies from seed to growth stages.We support bold and ambitious entrepreneurs to develop their growth potential with our worldwide ecosystems (our 350+ portfolio companies, our abroad subsidiaries, 150+ largest global corporates, and the best-in-class experts). Because it takes more than 5 years to turn a startup into a global leader, we invest our own equity and ensure durable partnerships with visionary leaders. Read more about us:  www.creditmutuelequity.com/en/     About Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale   Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale is a top-tier banking and insurance company in France, with nearly 4,440 agencies serving 26 million customers. It offers a diversified range of services to individuals, local professionals and businesses of all sizes. One of the strongest banking groups in Europe, its shareholders’ equity reached 47.1 billion in 2019 and its TCE1 ratio is 17.3%. More information on the website: www.creditmutuel.fr     About NewAlpha Asset Management   NewAlpha Asset Management is an asset manager specializing in the detection, investment, and support of rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies while offering institutional, French and international investor clients investment solutions in three areas: Active Equity Management, Absolute Performance Strategies, and Private Equity. Since 2015, NewAlpha has been developing a Private Equity organization in Venture Capital and Growth Equity. Within the third business, NewAlpha sources analyze and invest in capital for fast-growing companies characterized by major technological changes: Fintech, Proptech, Health, TMT, etc.     About Seventure Partners   With 750 million euros under management (net commitments) as of December 31, 2018, Seventure Partners is one of Europe’s leading players in innovation capital. Since 1997, Seventure Partners has been investing in innovative companies with high growth potential in two main areas of activity: digital technologies in France and Germany, and life sciences throughout Europe, Asia, Israel, and North America. Seventure Partners supports the development of companies from the initial financing stage and even as start-ups, to financing development-technology capital requirements, with investments ranging from €500K to 10 million euros per financing round, and up to 20 million euros per company. In 2016, Seventure Partners created Digital Opportunities Fund, an institutional venture-capital fund, to support innovative companies in Fintech, Retailtech, and Other innovative digital solutions. Seventure Partners is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers. Natixis is the financial services, management and financing bank of the BPCE Group.     About AG2R LA MONDIALE   Specialist in social and patrimonial protection in France, AG2R LA MONDIALE insures individuals,companies and branches, to protect health, secure assets and income, protect against life’s accidents and prepare for retirement. AG2R LA MONDIALE is a partnership with equal and mutualist governance, and cultivates a unique social protection model that closely combines profitability and solidarity, performance and social commitment. Every year, the Group devotes several million euros to helping vulnerable people and supporting individual and collective initiatives.


France’s 2019 FDI Report: a record year for UK & foreign investment in France

Manon Gueret - 03-juin-2020 17:50:15

UK investment projects in France increase by 46% and job creation by 140 %.   The United Kingdom was the 3 rd leading investor in France in 2019 and the 2 nd largest creator of jobs, accounting for 12% of investment projects and 15% of jobs created or maintained.   France takes number 1 spot for FDIs in Europe for the first time according to the 2019 EY attractiveness Barometer.   The 2019 Report of international investments in France, published today, reaffirms the confidence of foreign and British investors for France.   “ France was the most attractive country in Europe for foreign investors in 2019. Our economic policy is showing results; now we should continue in this direction. These foreign investments are a chance for employment, our economy and our regions. We have all the advantages to emerge stronger from the coronavirus crisis, ” said Bruno Le Maire, the Minister for the Economy and Finance.       UK Investment in France   As the 3 rd largest investor in France, after the US and Germany, the UK stands out with the most significant increase in the top 10 investor countries in France.   173 British investment decisions in France were recorded in 2019, creating or maintaining 5,927 jobs, 15% of the nationwide total from foreign investment. British companies were the leading contributors to increased investment projects (+46%) and jobs generated (+140%) in 2019.   In 2019, France was the leading European recipient of British job creation investment, attracting 24% of British projects in Europe, ahead of Germany (17%) and Spain (10%).   British investments in 2019 primarily involved opening and expanding retail outlets (40% of projects; 43% of jobs). Decision-making centres , mostly first-time investments, accounted for 21% of British investment decisions and 11% of jobs created.   The year was also marked by takeovers of ailing production/manufacturing sites by British investors, enabling jobs to be maintained across the country. British investments in production/manufacturing were responsible for 28% of all jobs recorded.   Sector-wise, the wholesale/retail sector made up 33% of British investment projects and 28% of jobs, while software/IT services contributed 11% of projects and 11% of jobs. British investments also represented a quarter of all projects in the financial services/banking/insurance sectors and 19% of jobs   Nearly two-thirds of British investments were made in 4 regions: Ile-de-France (Paris region) (29%), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (12%), Occitanie (11%) and Nouvelle-Aquitaine (10% ).  More than 1,800 British companies operate in France, where they employ 185,000 people.       Foreign Investment in France   Globally, France attracted a total of 1,468 new foreign investment decisions in 2019 , an increase of 11% compared to 2018 (1,323 decisions).  Jobs created or maintained in France by investments from foreign businesses also jumped 30%, creating 39,542 jobs in 2019. On average, 28 investment decisions were recorded every week in France last year.   A large majority of the investment projects identified in 2019 are already underway, or have already been completed, which already serves as a solid foundation for France’s FDI balance sheet.   French industry remained the main beneficiary of foreign investments (new sites and expansions), with 26% of all investments and 380 projects in 2019, up 19% from 2018. Production/manufacturing activities remain the leading contributors to international investment in terms of jobs, with 13,814 positions (including 10,099 jobs created and 3,715 jobs maintained, up 22% compared to 2018). This equates to 35% of total employment in the sector. Aerospace and railway equipment manufacturers (21%) and the automotive industry (14%) took the lion’s share of investment.   R&D and engineering activities accounted for 22% of international investments , with 157 investment decisions, compared with 129 projects in 2018 (up 22%). Jobs associated with the creation and expansion of R&D centres rose by 35% in 2019, with 3,775 jobs, compared with 2,793 jobs in 2018.       For more information, please contact Penny Atkinson | penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr | 020 8132 4589   About Business France   Business France is the French national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for facilitating the development of French companies in foreign markets, as well as promoting international investments in France. Business France also promotes the creativity and innovation of French companies, demonstrating how French talent extends beyond borders and throughout the world. businessfrance.fr     Case studies: recent cross-channel investments   ARM, UNITED KINGDOM The leading British technology group ARM has strengthened its presence at its R&D site within the Sophia Antipolis technology park near Nice (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region). The group has hired 200 additional highly-qualified employees over 3 years and developed a new-generation 6,000 sq. m. campus.     GFG ALLIANCE, UNITED KINGDOM Since entering the French market in 2018, upon purchasing the largest aluminum electrolysis plant in Europe, the GFG Alliance group has established itself as a major industrial player in France. Following successive acquisitions, GFG now employs more than 2,000 people in France across 7 industrial sites. Among its investments in 2019, GFG took over Durisotti, the country’s 2 nd largest industrial coachbuilder, including its 3 sites spread across France. The group also acquired 2 vehicle-component suppliers in Poitou (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), saving 600 jobs.     COMPUTACENTER, UNITED KINGDOM The British group Computacenter, leader in infrastructure services and solutions, strengthened its presence in Occitanie in 2019 with the opening of a new service centre in Perpignan, in addition to its existing Montpellier site.     PARTNERS CAPITAL, UNITED KINGDOM This British management company, which handles more than US$23 billion of assets, opened a European office in Paris in 2019 in anticipation of Brexit and to further develop its operations in Europe. The Paris office serves clients based in continental Europe and handles funds of more than €4 billion.  


An unbreakable smartphone? Global launch of Athesi professional’s new smartphone range

Manon Gueret - 20-févr.-2020 16:57:20

The go-to manufacturer for durable, resistant mobile phones for professionals working in extreme conditions,  Athesi  is now set to be the go-to for all smartphone users. They are launching their new range of 3 high-spec, rugged, waterproof Android smartphones models, the  AP5701, AP5801 and AP6301 (previously due to take place at  Mobile World Congress ).   No need for a case! Sleek, light & efficient, Athesi’s new smartphone range is set apart by its incredible resistance to damage and rugged credentials: Able to withstand multiple drops onto concrete from heights of 1.5m Waterproof up to 1.5m for 30 minutes MIL-STD-810g & IP68  and IP69K certified Fully functional in extreme temperatures : -30° Each model comes with a 2-year warranty from the date of purchase SOS feature : close all your apps to limit consumption and extend the battery life to send an emergency message with your location every 10 minutes   An Athesi Professional phone is designed for those in non-desk jobs, those working outdoors, athletes, or even just people who are clumsy, or don’t want their phone to break from a single shock. The phones have up to 128 Gb ROM to provide massive storage for photos, movies, music & documents.   “I’ve run out of battery” is no longer an excuse Not only are they dustproof  and waterproof (IP68 rating), limiting damages and breakages common in popular smartphones but also offer practical solutions: Equipped for wireless charging Long-lasting batteries, allowing days of use without charging   3 models for 3 sets of requirements  The 3 models are designed to cater for 3 different budgets, with prices ranging from around £200 for the cost-effective AP5701 to up to £700 for the more advanced AP6301. The AP5801 range sits in the middle, at roughly £400 per model. Despite being the least expensive model, the AP5701 can run for 600 hours in standby mode and for 23 hours of talk time. With a 5.7” touchscreen, & an easy unlock system via a side-set fingerprint sensor, this phone is designed for anyone looking for a cost-effective, durable & resistant smart phone.  The mid-range model, the AP5801, has a 5.8” touchscreen with features for sporting as well as harsh or outdoor environments. This innovative model can detect volatile organic compounds, including man-made and natural chemical compounds that are harmful to health. It enables professionals working in hazardous environments to avoid breathing in too many harmful gases from, for example, recently renovated rooms, or contaminated outside air.  What’s more, the AP5801 includes an inbuilt heartrate sensor, which allows users to measure their pulse, which is particularly useful for sportspeople. At the top-end, the AP6301 with a 6.3" touchscreen, goes a step further, with a unique feature: an integrated FLIR LEPTON professional thermal imaging camera. It locates heat sources and transforms them into a thermal image that can be seen and measured, f acilitating the work of the mobile technicians and helping electricians to safely inspect electrical cabinets and detect malfunctions. It is also equipped with a  high-quality 48 Sony Megapixel  camera complete with night shot mode camera, and a 20 Megapixel  front camera.   The mid-and-top models are powered by the AI Master Helio P70 Octa-core processor and run on a powerful 6Gb RAM, which ensures that Athesi Professional phones are high speed and responsive.   More information can be found on Athesi’s website,  www.athesi-professional.com , and the phones will also be available to buy on Amazon UK Marketplace.   For more information, please contact  penelope.atkinson@businessfrance.fr .  


Skillogs to launch international bachelor of culinary arts via acarya, their ai-powered vocational online learning platform at BETT 2020

P Atkinson - 28-janv.-2020 12:23:08

  London, 28/01/2020: After a busy start to the 2019-2020 school year with more than 10,000 French students joining their digital learning platform, Skillogs is expanding internationally to train learners across Europe at Bett 2020 (stand SR40). Skillogs have adapted their ACARYA digital learning platform for the UK market & will be launching it at the show, alongside their new International BA in ‘Culinary Arts & FoodTech’. A new era of education: for ages 6 to 99 Skillogs’ digital learning platform, ACARYA, aims to bring an end to chapter-based e-learning, and identical MOOCs for everyone thanks to its adaptive learning approach. Using data analysis, ACARYA distributes individual curriculums to each learner , giving users an arsenal of tools to identify the problem areas. It uses this data to constitute homogeneous groups, optimise time, & give exercises according to the levels of each learner. ACARYA analyses questions & identify all relevant segments of the course related to that question. Skillogs’ innovating EdTech with international ambition The EdTech start-up is launching its international bachelor’s in culinary arts & "FoodTech" and is looking for international partners. An EMEA Vocational and Culinary tour will take place in Autumn to launch this 100% online course, piloted by Artificial Intelligence and the best trainers and experts across EMEA countries.   A trusted partner for expansion Skillogs’ platform is a respected vocational training tool in France. C3 Group , a major vocational training provider based across the Channel, has entrusted the start-up with all the digital content for their Associate Degree courses. It is currently used by over 350 students using 800 hours of lessons that are now 100% online. The company has seen greater student engagement as well as increased student satisfaction (+5%). Such is the success of this partnership that C3 will roll out the solution to 2,000 students at the start of the next school year. Dedicated to upskilling, a key partner for businesses ACARYA users can acquire over 13,485 skills . Whatever the curriculum, it is integrated into ACARYA’s e-learning platform, and the content is adapted to each student: from coding to sales, foreign languages to catering & more. Vocational training & employee upskilling can be make-or-break for modern businesses, with a UK national survey showing that 70% of respondents indicated that job-related training and development opportunities influenced their decision to stay at their job . This figure was even higher among millennials, at 87%. [i] ACARYA has proved a success in France, where Skillogs’ customers range from vocational centres & universities to businesses. The importance of upskilling employees for businesses is not to be overlooked and is shown to have a positive impact on the bottom line. According to a survey by the Association for Talent Development, companies that offer comprehensive training programs enjoy a 24% higher profit margin than those who spend less on training . [ii] A long-term research project commissioned by Middlesex University for Work Based Learning found that from a 4,300 workers sample, 74% felt that they weren’t achieving their full potential at work due to lack of development opportunities. [iii] What’s more, 40% of employees who don’t receive the necessary job training to become effective will leave their positions within the first year, entailing recruitment costs and loss of production. Vocational training & upskilling, as offered by Skillogs, can be key contributing factors to a company’s success. A Skillsoft survey from the UK shows that roughly two-thirds of the workers stated that they felt workplace training should continue throughout their career , regardless of their seniority. [iv] Find Skillogs on the French Pavilion at stand SR40 at Bett 2020. [i] https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236438/millennials-jobs-development-opportunities.aspx [ii] https://businesstrainingexperts.com/knowledge-center/training-roi/profiting-from-learning/ [iii] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842 [iv] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275842  


Screen-free Storyteller show potential of audiobooks for Child Development

P Atkinson - 04-oct.-2019 11:55:14

    London:  Lunii has created a publishing house for children and it is unlike any other: paperless & screen-free. Available in 9 languages, the start-up’s family favourite ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is available now in the United Kingdom and Ireland , stimulating children’s imagination & creativity and encouraging them away from screens. According to the PA Publishing Yearbook 2018 , sales of audiobooks increased by 194% in 5 years, & saw a 43% increase in sales from 2017 to 2018 – Lunii opens this increasingly popular storytelling medium up to children. Lunii : Lunii’s ‘My Fabulous  Storyteller’ is an interactive audio storytelling experience for children aged 3-8 . It is a screen-free entertainment system with no EMF emissions designed to stimulate children’s imagination. ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ comes with 48 stories & access to the ‘Luniistore’ (Lunii’s online audio store) where over 1500 more stories, rhymes & quizzes are available to purchase across 9 different languages. In the UK, Lunii is already available in Harrods, Selfridges and in other independent shops for £59.95 RRP. Lunii: a portable, child-sized, interactive experience ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ is similar in size to a paperback, but can hold up to ten story albums. Each album can contain between 6 and 48 stories, adding up to more than 100 stories and 14 hours of listening . By using the selection wheels on their ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’ children can build their own stories , choosing whether to follow the tale of a hero or a heroine, as well as picking the secondary character, setting and object. Lunii’s small and sturdy design is just right for children, & can be used with headphones, and so can be used anywhere, anytime. The ‘Luniistore’: an entire pocket library An online bookshop and toy box, the Luniistore is a computer application that enables you to buy and upload original Lunii content onto ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’. There are more than 1,500 stories across 9 different languages available on the Luniistore. Once albums have been purchased, simply plug in My Fabulous Storyteller to a computer via a USB cable to load them. When the Storyteller is full, purchased stories aren’t lost – they are still stored on your Luniistore account, and can be listened to again at any time . The ‘Luniistore’: A growing database The ‘Luniistore’ offers original content adapted to different age groups, following the adventures of pirates, magical kingdoms, good night stories amongst many others. In January this year, Lunii launched a partnership with Petit Bambou to include ‘My Little Meditations’ , 6 guided meditations, “because meditation is not just for adults and because it helps concentration .” The Luniistore also includes Roger Hargreaves’ much loved ‘Mr Men Little Miss’ classics – with a key focus on sound design to replace the stories famous illustrations.   Lunii helping Child Development Lunii’s stories are written with an aim to stimulate children’s imaginations in an active, engaging way, which is impossible to achieve when passively looking at a screen. Alongside treasured bedtime stories and family time, Lunii helps to develop children’s vocabulary. It also encourages curiosity & inspires animated, creative thinking by putting children in control of their stories. According the the company’s founders, Lunii’s expertise is based on “the imaginary & the imagination”. Co-founder Maëlle Chassard researches and writes on the topic, leading her to believe that “building the imagination is something that is crucial to children’s development... I think that the imaginary and imagination are a really good way of obtaining self-knowledge , and self-knowledge leads to fulfilment.” With this in mind, Maëlle says that Lunii’s main objective is “developing and helping personality to grow, by feeding the imagination.” ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’: An international success The original content & works have already been translated into 8 different languages , including English, German, French, Italian & Spanish. The company is spreading across Europe and the USA. 370,000 ‘My Fabulous Storytellers’ have been sold worldwide , & they reached 7.1 million euros turnover in 2018, which is forecast to increase by 76% to 12.5 million euros in 2019 . In France, around 30 schools are already using Lunii, and the start-up’s co-founders would like to develop this network to help Lunii reach a wider audience. In the UK, Lunii is now available in Harrods , Selfridges ,in other independent shops and online .   For more information, please contact: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / +44 (0)20 8132 4582   About Lunii French start-up founded in 2014 by four friends, Maëlle Chassard, Igor Krinbarg, Éric Le Bot & Thomas Krinbarg, Lunii launched its first product ‘My Fabulous Storyteller’, along with its online audio-bookshop the ‘Luniistore’ in 2016. With 50 employees, 370,000 ‘My fabulous Storytellers’ sold and 146,000 families connected to the Luniistore, the company puts most of its success down to word-of-mouth. Lunii’s aims are simple: to enable children to discover the world, develop imagination, cultivate curiosity & learn without realising. www.lunii.fr  


French compounder Polytechs to unveil new product range at K-fair 2019

Penny Atkinson - 25-sept.-2019 11:15:30

    Polytechs , a independent French masterbatch & compound solutions company, has announced significant changes to their product line, with a new focus on speciality products. They will launch their new lines exclusively at  K 2019  (Hall 5 / D04-01).    Polytechs: investing for the future In 2018, Polytechs’ annual turnover reached €35 million & the company invested €7.5 million in a  new production machine , to complement their ‘reactive extrusion’ range, & in two new buildings, with the aim of increasing their storage capacity. Polytechs has also invested in the  complete restructuring of their product range , as well as the transformation of their communications. The company has undergone an intensive acceleration of their digital transformation, with changes to their brand strategy & product innovation. Following a year of significant investment, Polytechs has introduced a new  3-pillar business model  incorporating: Masterbatches dedicated to  polyolefins surface modification Polymer production and processing industry  productivity solutions A range dedicated to  3D printing Polytechs’ PW Product Range is a global reference in the Cling masterbatches market.  At K-fair, they will announce a new release within this range. Polytechs is also developing a complete range of  agents to   extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.   New products for international markets The new business model includes an international approach, which is exploited through Polytechs’  distribution network of over 30 global partners  covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. The new ‘3 pillar’ structure covers  new brands & products : Masterbatches dedicated to the surface modification of polyolefins: Polytechs flagship brand,  the Cling Masterbatch PW, range has increased . Polytechs has introduced the PW S, which offers a  real increase to ‘clinginess’ and ‘noise’ for agricultural silage films . Polytechs is also developing a complete range of agents which  extend the shelf life of foods  (fruits, vegetables, etc.) wrapped in monolayer polyethylene film.     Productivity solutions for the polymer manufacturing and processing industry:  Polytechs is implementing  2 new solutions to boost productivity: Flow Xpress & Clean Xpress.  Flow Xpress covers 2 different technologies; the first is a  viscosity modifier for PP  (polypropylene), & the second is a combination of various process assistance products which  reduce friction & pressure exerted on materials in the extruder.  Clean Xpress is a result of Polytechs’ 20 years’ experience in the field which enables them to  provide purge compounds with strong technical support.  This has led to  the most technical & efficient polymer purging solution on the market , especially in the case of materials & colour transitions.     A comprehensive range dedicated to 3D printing (in partnership with  Francofil ): Polytechs manufactures  Olesteel 3D, a custom polyolefin-based compound , with strong mechanical properties & customisable functions. The filament form of this compound is produced by Normandy start-up, Francofil. With their combined skillset & expertise, the two companies have  developed a printable solution to produce tools for OEM maintenance and production lines. Polytechs will be exhibiting at the K 2019 Trade Fair,  Hall 5 / D04-01 , in Düsseldorf from 16 th  to 24 th  October 2019.     CONTACT Mathieu RIOULT  Export Sales Director mathieu.rioult@polytechs.fr  / Tel: +33 (0)2 35 57 81 54   About Polytechs  Polytechs  is a specialty & high quality standard masterbatch & compound solutions company, based in Normandy, France. With 160 employees & over 39 years of experience, Polytechs has a well-established brand name and reputation thanks to their toll compounding activity (for polymer producers & converters) and their masterbatch & compound solutions for the entire plastic value chain – from polymer producers to post-consumer plastic recycling companies. For further information, please visit:  www.polytechs.fr


UK launch of WireT IoT solution to protect businesses post-PSTN switch-off

Penny Atkinson - 04-juil.-2019 17:17:17

eDevice unveils its WireT IoT solution in the UK that prolongs the lifetime of devices after the PSTN switch-off. WireT : ·          guarantees that devices impacted by the shutdown will still be operational post-2025 ·          is completely secure thanks to its PKI infrastructure ·          is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world ·          incurs lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions Challenges of the PSTN Shutdown Worldwide, national carriers are completing the transition from Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to digital broadband technologies. In the UK, BT plan the permanent switch-off of all PSTN services (analogue voice, ISDN2 and ISDN30) by 2025. For voice telephone calls, fixed-line phones will be connected to the RJ11 port of an Internet router that will convert calls to Voice over IP (VoIP). However, this VoIP conversion process does not work for industrial equipment dependent on analogue modems, including but not limited to: ·          Lifts ·          Remote management controllers ·          Franking machines ·          Energy meters Life-saving technology This is also the case for pacemaker monitors and other remote health monitoring devices which host an analogue modem to transmit data from patients’ homes to hospitals. In the UK, around 1.5 million fixed lines are used for telehealth and home patient monitoring and will be affected by the shutdown . eDevice’s WireT solution resolves this problem. Easy to set up: plug and play Despite the advance of the All-IP programme, there is still a future for IoT devices with an analogue modem, if paired with the appropriate equipment. A WireT box works instantaneously across a secure Plug&Play migration; the device phone cable is plugged directly into the WireT as demonstrated here . The box then retrieves payload data on the modem link and sends it via the Ethernet network to remote secure collection servers, guaranteeing that devices impacted by the PSTN switch-off, such as pacemakers, will still be operational post-shutdown. A solid investment: tamper-proof and secure Stéphane Gomes, eDevice’s CTO, shares more details about WireT: “ By using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), the solution is fully secure & its data’s authenticity is guaranteed. Communications between the WireT box and the application server operate through secure VPNs via eDevice back-end. Each box has a unique tamper-proof certificate that can be revoked remotely in the event of theft or malfunction ”. WireT is already used to connect tens of thousands of devices around the world. It completes eDevice’s range of transition solutions addressing the issue of the PSTN switch-off. eDevice also offers the WireX system, which uses the cellular network as a replacement for the PSTN link, with almost 1 million units in use across more than 130 countries. eDevice’s transition solutions have significantly lower operating costs than current landline subscriptions. Their aggressive pricing allows companies to implement these solutions immediately as the upfront costs are soon recuperated through substantial recurring savings. For more information, please contact: achallot@edevice.com / +33 (0)5 56 12 77 98 www.edevice.com


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