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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

Tellmeplus announces the availability of Predictive Objects in the Cloud, first Artificial Intelligence as a Service solution

Manon Cabrol - 03-oct.-2017 10:10:54
Tellmeplus, a software vendor specialized in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Big Data, announced today that Predictive Objects is available in Software as a Service mode. Version 1.2 of Predictive Objects, available today in Cloud Google Platform, is a Artificial Intelligence as a Service solution that leverages the power and the elasticity of the Cloud to create predictive models automatically. Embedded deployment options The platform offers the highest flexibility for running these models that can be deployed on internal systems, in the Cloud (Google Cloud Platform or Amazon Web Services), inside industrial platforms such as GE Predix, or embedded in smart objects, for example through an iOS app. “As soon as a model has been validated, Predictive Objects offers the broadest palette of deployment options, leveraging this model as close as possible to data and actions, even inside the object itself,” explained Jean-Michel Cambot, Chief Strategist and Founder of Tellmeplus. “By embedding intelligence in the objects, the solution makes them become ‘smart’, capable to make instant decisions, even with no or unreliable network connectivity.” Automated model production Based on a patented Machine Learning technology, Predictive Objects is the first artificial intelligence solution that automates the creation and deployment of predictive models end-to-end through Meta Active Machine Learning. The newest version of the platform strengthens this automation by implementing predictive algorithms that configure the data ingestion for model computation, increasing dramatically the productivity of users. “Predictive Objects uses Artificial Intelligence to create predictive models, reducing from months to hours the research work that is required before being able to realize the benefits of Artificial Intelligence,” indicated Benoit Gourdon, CEO of Tellmeplus. “This iterative and agile approach supports the ‘Fail Fast, Learn Fast’ concept: being able to test easily working hypotheses, prove or disprove assumptions, and get value fast!” Business tagging Also in version 1.2, Predictive Objects now supports metadata tagging, adding a business dimension to predictive models data. The solution thereby “augments” the human expert by providing them with predictions and prescriptions that are immediately actionable in domains such as customer intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. “Predictive Objects produces predictions based on Big Data, transforming the data into decision and action,” added Benoit Gourdon. “Through the use of symbolic algorithms that use and propagate business tag, the generated models can be easily understood by the business, providing instant value.” Availability Predictive Objects v1.2 is available immediately for on-premises deployment and in Google Cloud Platform. Support for other Cloud platforms is planned for future versions. Models produced can be deployed in any Cloud platform and on iOS. About Tellmeplus Founded by Jean-Michel Cambot, the original inventor of Business Objects, Tellmeplus leverages 5 years of research in the field of artificial intelligence applied to predictive analytics. Predictive Objects leverages Big Data & Meta Active Machine Learning to provide Automated Embedded Artificial Intelligence. Tellmeplus’ technology enables to put the intelligence where decisions need to be made: in the objects and create “Augmented Experts” Since 2016, tellmeplus is backed by Runa Capital, Sferen Innovation, Soridec, Ventech and XAnge Private Equity. The company is headquartered in Montpellier, France. For additional information please visit  www.tellmeplus.com or follow  @TellMePlus on Twitter. PR contact Sophie MC DONAGH communication@tellmeplus.com

France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 21-avr.-2017 12:17:21
France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology For the second consecutive year, France will be represented at Hannover Messe, from April 24-28 2017, in Hall 8 dedicated to “Digital Industry”, to show off the industrial know-how and creativity of French companies to international audiences, under the banner Créative Industry . It was in Hannover that the Créative Industry banner was first unveiled, the culmination of a closely-concerted effort with  Alliance Industrie du Futur (AIF) to showcase French industrial technology innovation through 7 technologies: digitization of the value chain, the role of people, new materials and composites, additive manufacturing, monitoring and control, energy efficiency, automation, workflow management and robotics. Won over by the success of the 2016 edition, the Grand Est Region and leading corporation Orange Business Services have confirmed participation in the fair again, at the same space. For this 2nd edition, 2 new regions (Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) will be joining the Grand Est Region in the Créative Industry Area, a sprawling 350 m² space headed by Business France/AIF. Each region will be taking part alongside its solutions suppliers (see detailed list below). SMEs SAV RESO and Optim Data , which recently earned the AIF’s Technological Showcase label, will also be found at the Creative Industry space, as well companies  AMA (connected glasses),  Diota (augmented reality solutions)  Monixo (predictive maintenance), and Cetim . In total, more than 70 French companies of all sizes will be able to show their capacity to provide innovative solutions, all along the value chain . With the support of its international network, Business France will put together 4 days with 4 countries that have set out an Industrial Strategy for the Future, including Germany, the United States and China. The aim is to create opportunities for interaction between French exhibitors and major principals or SMEs from the featured countries. The French-German day, designed in partnership with SAP France and Bosch France , will offer the opportunity to extend the cooperation on the Industry of the Future, officialised in Hanover in 2016: digital standardisation, usage cases, scenarios and R&D platforms. --> 11 SMEs from the GRAND EST Region, offering innovative technological solutions for the Factory of the Future in the GRAND EST Region ( www.grandest.fr ) will be exhibiting at the Créative Industry Area organised by Business France for the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Hall 8, dedicated to the Industry of the Future. Their participation proceeds from the Region’s “Factory of the Future” Plan, designed to enable industrial companies to turn their production sites into smarter, more flexible, connected and environmentally-friendly units. --> 15 companies and business players supported by the HAUTS-DE-FRANCE Region ( www.hautsdefrance.fr ) will show off their know-how, in partnership with Business France to: o Highlight its pro-business image along with the advantages, infrastructures and tools which the Region boasts for the Industry of the Future; o Communicate about the Region’s policies with investors, purchasing officers, partners, etc. o Strengthen ties with partners through its presence at the Créative Industry space. This shared presence will be an opportunity for the Region’s companies and industrial players to introduce their products, know-how and operations, as business players engaged in the Industry of the Future. --> 8 companies from the AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES Region ( www.auvergnerhonealpes.fr ). France’s leading industrial region intends to provide concrete assistance to its businesses so that they can stand tall in the face of the challenges raises by the Industry of the Future and boost their attractiveness. A collective of competitiveness clusters from all across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and dedicated to the Industry of the Future ( Axelera , Minalogic , Mont-Blanc Industries , Plastipolis ,  Tenerrdis and ViaMéca ) will also be taking part. As to major corporations participation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES will be at the trade fair yet again, alongside Business France. A trusted partner to the industry’s key players in their digital transformation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES has positioned itself as the reference operator for the Industry 4.0. Thanks to its know-how as services integrator, its Datavenue offer, expertise in the field of cyber-security, and its partner ecosystem, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES helps industrial companies take advantage of all the potential which Big Data and the Internet of Things – powerful drivers of growth and innovation – have to offer. Orange Business Services Beyond Hall 8, dozens of French companies will be featured at the France Pavilions in Halls 4, 20, 25 and 27, in particular in hydrogen technology, showcased by multiple players (businesses, laboratories, associations, competitive clusters) aspiring to speed up the development of hydrogen solutions to the benefit of the energy transition. Come meet all the French exhibitors with BUSINESS FRANCE: - Hall 4, A 44: Industrial sub-contracting (forging, smelting, sheet metal processing, machining) ADIAMIX , GUY DEGRENNE INDUSTRIE , PRECIFORGE, RAYMOND BARRE , WICHARD - Hall 8, F 09: Digital Factory Companies established in the Grand Est Region: 2CRSI , 3P - PRODUITS PLASTIQUES PERFORMANTS , ACCELINN , ALCHIMIES, ARPITEC , HAPTIC MEDIA , OPTA LP , SIRFULL , SYSTANCIA ,THURMELEC, VISUOL TECHNOLOGIES Companies established in the Hauts-de-France Region: FONDERIES DE SOUGLAND , PROSYST , EUROBAUT , GEOMNIA , SIF , STEREOGRAPH , TECHNIFRANCE Major corporation: ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES SMEs exhibiting individually: AMA , CETIM , DIOTA , MONIXO , OPTIM DATA , SAV RESO - Halls 20 6C 44: Motion Drive and Automation DOUCE HYDRO , EXAGO GROUP , DS DYNATEC , GEM INDUSTRIE , VMF HYDRAULICS ( dcombre@vmf.fr ) - Hall 25 F 24: Motion Drive and Automation APPAREILS DE TRANSFORMATION DE VITESSE , INNOVATIVE TECHNOMICS EUROPE - Hall 27: Hydrogen fuel cells – power generation, renewable and conventional energy supply, transmission and storage AD VENTA , AFHYPAC , ALCRYS , ATAWEY , FRANCHE COMTE INNOVATION/H2SYS , MCPHY ENERGY , MAHYTEC , POLE TENERRDIS , POLE VEHICULE DU FUTUR   Contacts:   BUSINESS FRANCE Weng Si DUVERDIER, Industry Department Head wengsi.duverdier@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 30 67   Florence MASSENOT, Industry of the Future Head florence.massenot@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 35 27   www.businessfrance.fr

It’s Crunch Time !

Adeline Perrault - 20-oct.-2016 10:59:15
Organised by Business France, the IoT Crunch was the first event of its kind, bringing together French and British companies and experts involved in the development of smart projects in various domains. The event took place on 13 th October 2016 at the Rembrandt Hotel in South Kensington, London. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. The aim of the day was simple: to accelerate the development of some of France’s most innovative companies on the vibrant IoT (Internet of Things) scene. To this end, 8 French companies dealing in varied sectors such as energy efficiency, predictive maintenance solutions and connected cars travelled to London for the day. Each of the companies deals with disruptive technology in the IoT sector and already work in close cooperation with the big players in France. Having made their mark in France, international development is now their priority. To achieve the aforementioned aims, Business France invited more than 20 key British players to attend the IoT Crunch in order to meet the startups and assess future collaborations. BT, EDF Energy, Oberthur Technologies, Network Rail and Vodafone were only some of the big British names present on the day looking to find out more about French technological savoir-faire. Why London? There are several reasons why the UK is the top European market for French companies working in the tech scene. Firstly, the country enjoys a strong reputation as an early adopter market. Viewed from across the Channel, the country is seen as having made the adoption of smart technology one of its priorities, with cities such as Bristol and London in particular being recognised as early adopters in the sector. Additionally, the UK is the European home of many Asian and North American companies, making it a global gateway destination for French companies. Crunch Time The day was split into 2 complementary sessions. In the morning, 3 keynote speeches and 3 panels were delivered by British experts in the IoT market. The goal was to encourage discussion and debate to understand the challenges faced by the UK, one of the global market leaders in IoT. Raph Crouan’s keynote speech was a firm highlight of the morning. As the founder and Managing Director of Startup bootcamp , an IoT incubator, and a Frenchman based in London, he was excellently placed to examine both the British and French IoT ecosystems. He provided insight into cultural differences between the two sides of the Channel and tips on crafting partnerships with both small companies and larger ones. Among other topics explored in the keynotes were IoT’s current ‘buzzword’ status as perhaps one of the most talked about areas of technology, along with Fintech and Proptech. Among the three, however, IoT is perhaps the only one that affects every sector and will be applied to the development of tomorrow’s cities. Exploring several key issues such as smart cities and security, the panel discussions were rich in expert opinion and comment. Panel 2’s discussion ‘Connectivity - challenges in telecom’ headed by Svetlana Grant, project Director at GSMA, provided particular food for thought. Svetlana was joined by Nigel Chadwick, CEO at Stream, Ian Stewart, Director of Channel & IoT Sales at Arqiva and Cyril Deschanel, Head of IoT/M2M at Vodafone. They dissected the current ‘survive or die’ idea surrounding IoT, with comparisons given to the advent of smartphones around a decade ago where businesses who did not adopt and develop them did not survive to tell the tale. Could IoT end up painting a similar story for some telecom giants? Due to continuing advances in technology and competition, in recent years the cost of using internet on a phone continues to fall, access has speeded up and mobile phones are essentially used as portable computers. Telecoms companies thus hold immense data which, if used intelligently, could have endless possibility to change the way the world around us functions. Sustainable cities, smart transport, smart cars: all can be linked to telecoms. For instance, as a major player in the development of connected cars solutions, Vodafone is looking to new business revenues though the value and monetisation of data collected along with the biggest cars manufacturers. It was also interesting to note that there are no exclusive contracts in this domain yet, the playing field is still very much open for play. No rest for the wicked In the afternoon, no less than 70 one-to-one meetings were organised which gave the French companies the chance to pitch their solutions and the added value they could bring to the large British groups. The set-up was warmly welcomed by participants who appreciated the dynamic format and the opportunity to openly discuss new ideas, solutions and ways of thinking. The day was rounded off with a networking cocktail reception at the Rembrandt Hotel in London where the event took place. At the heart of discussions, talk of inspiration, tweaks to business models for the UK market and even talk of a second edition of the event. Watch this space… French participant companies: -            Actility: a leader in LPWA large network infrastructure implementation.   Part of the LoRa alliance,  Actility works with EDF, Orange and Cisco. Contact : Anne Van Gemert – Marketing & Communications Manager -            AMA Technologies: Created by one of the founders of Ubisoft,  AMA offers worldwide mobile remote assistance thanks to smart glasses. One of only ten “Google Glass partners” in the whole world. Contact : Marina Suchkova – Key Account Manager -            Intesens provides connected maintenance solutions.  Intesens is located within the IoT Valley in Toulouse, the “Sigfox capital”! Contact: Camille Rigaud – Marketing & Communications Manager -             MyLinkoo is a leader in connecting kids and older people with smart watches providing security and health information. Contact: Lionel Legros – President -            Qivivo produces advanced smart thermostats which benefit from advanced/self-learning technology using sensors and algorithms.  Qivivo is a partner of Saint Gobain. Contact : Guillaume Rousseil – International Business Developer -             Rtone designs tailor-made solutions from hardware to software by integrating the latest communication protocols depending on client specifications. Schneider Electric is one of their clients. Contact: Didier Midroit – Business Manager -            Tellmeplus provides predictive profiling through artificial intelligence for the industries.  Tellmeplus is a business partner of EDF in France. Contact : Sophie McDonagh – Marketing & Communications Manager -             Xee is the first innovative solution for connecting all vehicles to smartphones. Contact: Arnaud Rouault – Business Development Director

French industry hits an all-time high at HANNOVER MESSE

Alice Faure - 07-mars-2016 11:53:52
French Pavilion showcases at world’s largest industrial trade fair include “industry of the future” This year, Business France is once again organising the French Pavilion at HANNOVER MESSE , the world’s largest industrial trade fair, only with the new addition of a French Pavilion in Hall 8 (which will focus on “Industry 4.0”). French companies specialising in industrial subcontracting, integrated plant, energy, production and processes, will present their products, technology and know-how, all themed around the “industry of the future”, to both German and international visitors at this major annual event, taking place on 25-29 April 2016. Highlights of the trade fair include: - A Franco-German day in cooperation with SAP, including a series of conferences, as well as guided tours of French and German exhibitor stands, with products and services focused on the “industry of the future” theme; - A Franco-Japanese day in cooperation with JETRO, including presentations of French technologies and guided tours based on the “industry of the future” theme; - A Franco-American day including B2B meetings between French and US companies and an opportunity for networking; - Presentations on what French products services have to offer to Italian partners . The French government currently offers customised support to French small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and major companies in their efforts to work towards the industry of the future. At the heart of industrial innovation and the economy, French mechanical engineering helps to address major challenges of the future: demography and consumption, sustainable development and mobility, communication and connectivity. Today, priority is being given to: - modernising industrial hubs; - implementing the “Energy transition for green growth” act; - steering the “Plant of the Future” plan by integrating and promoting the circular economy: eco-design, waste prevention, recycling, extending the life span of products. Exhibitors on the French Pavilion can be found in the following halls: industrial subcontracting (forging, smelting, sheet metal working, machining), integrated plant / digital factory (production management, integrated processes and IT solutions), and power generation (supply, transport and storage of renewable and conventional energy). For the first time, France will also be represented in Hall 8 (which focuses on “Industry 4.0”) at HANNOVER MESSE, showcasing French expertise under the Créative France banner in the following seven technological fields: - digitalisation of the value chain - automation, robotics -   additive manufacturing - monitoring and control -   role of humans - new materials - green buildings Various demonstrations and technologies will also be showcased by the Alliance Industrie du Futur (Industry of the Future Alliance) , as well as by regions, large companies, SMEs and start-ups. Other attendees at HANNOVER MESSE include: - The Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region ( https://www.cr-champagne-ardenne.fr/Pages/Accueil.aspx ), which boasts a particularly vibrant industrial hub and an economy that is very open to international markets. The region will be present at the French space dedicated to Industry 4.0 offered by Business France, along with the participation of around ten companies. These companies, selected in the context of the region’s Future Plant plan, offer innovative technological solutions to manufacturers to improve flexibility and connectivity. -   Orange Business Services ( www.orange-business.com ), entrusted with facilitating the digital transformation of major industrial players, is a benchmark operator for the Internet of Things (IoT). Boasting expertise in service integration and an ecosystem of partners, Orange Business Services helps businesses achieve their big data and IoT potential, driving growth and innovation. - The SCS Cluster ( www.pole-scs.org ) is based in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the South of France and was founded in 2005. The ecosystem is an international leader in the fields of contactless technology, networks, M2M and mobile services, digital security and identities. It brings together more than 300 industry players including international industry leaders, research organisations, start-ups and 220 SMEs (220). Acting as an economic growth booster, the SCS Cluster helps SMEs on the road to growth through added-value services. Awarded “gold label” in 2013 in recognition of its excellence in management, the SCS Cluster is the third French cluster to obtain this recognition from European Cluster Initiative Excellence   (ECEI). -   Mécafuture ( www.mecafuture.fr ) , an alliance of economic and technical stakeholders for world-class industrial excellence. With over 1,100 industrial members, major groups and SMEs, leading universities, research centres and engineering schools, Mécafuture is the gateway to innovation in mechanics and materials in France. Members of this alliance have labelled more than 1,400 projects, representing a budget of more than €2 billion. Mécafuture comprises seven competitiveness clusters (Elastopôle, Mont Blanc Industries, Viameca, Materalia, Plastipolis, EMC2, PNB), a research cluster (Gospi), a technical and industrial centre (CETIM) and a professional organisation (FIM). Mécafuture is the French representative of the European Technology Platform, Manufuture. Come and visit the exhibitors on the French Pavilion: Hall 4: Industrial subcontracting (forging, smelting, sheet metal working, machining) ADIAMIX , BONIONI , BRILLA , DECAYEUX STI , POLIS PRECIS , PRECIFORGE, RAYMOND BARRE , STCM , STEVENIN NOLLEVEAUX Hall 7: Integrated plant, production management, integrated processes and IT solutions DIOTASOFT , GRIDBEE COMMUNICATIONS , MONIXO , OPTIMDATA , ORIDAO , TELL ME PLUS , TEEPTRAK Hall 8: Industry 4.0 ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES , MECAFUTURE , SCS Cluster , with EDITAG , IMXPAD and GRIDBEE COMMUNICATIONS REGION ALSACE-CHAMPAGNE-ARDENNE-LORRAINE , supported by the European Union, with 2CRSI , 3D Morphoz ,  ACCELINN ,  BIOPTIMIZE ,  CPC ANALYTICS , DIVALTO , IMAG’ING , OPTA LP ,  VISUOL TECHNOLOGIES ,  VIZE SOFTWARE . Hall 13: Energy production, supply, transport and storage of renewable and conventional energy COGEBIO , DERANCOURT , DUBUIS , PROVENCE PROMOTION Hall 27: Hydrogen AFHYPAC , ALCRYS , ENGIE , HASKEL FRANCE , LAFON SAS , MAHYTEC , RAIGI , MCPHY Key mechanical engineering figures in France Source: Fédération des industries mécaniques (Federation of Mechanical Engineering Industries), October 2015 - 640,000 employees (leading industrial employer in France with 20% of industrial labour) -   30,300 businesses -   €120 billion in annual turnover, including nearly half for exports - Ranked sixth in the world -   The metal transformation sector recorded increased business in 2014 (+1.4%).  Equipment, the other major sector of the mechanical engineering industry, improved (+1.7%) and the precision sector also increased (+2.5%). 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 VIE international internship programme. 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 on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr or contact: Caroline Ourvouai, Information Officer Business France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 73 30 22 Email: caroline.ourvouai@businessfrance.fr For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email:  fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr 

IoT & Security Event 2016 - Watch This Space!

Marine Vicenzotti - 29-oct.-2015 11:10:03
In 2016, the Tech & Services team at Business France UK will be organising an Internet of Things (IoT) and Security event. The decision to hold this event was informed by the French tech markets development over the past few years into one of the most innovative tech markets in Europe, including the IoT and Machine2Machine (M2M) industries. 2015 has been a successful year for our French entrepreneurs! From our internationally renowned champions (Blablacar, vente-privée, drivy, Sigfox to name but a few) to our amazing young start-ups that have raised millions (IAdvize: €14M, Mirakl: €18M€, Lydia: €4.2M), we have every reason to be proud. Click here   for an overview of our 100 best start-ups. Furthermore, the French government has moved forward. The new law devised by the French Minister for Economy, Emmanuel Macron, has helped to define the borders of the French digital economy (click here   for more information on this law). In addition, La French Tech has announced the four cities in France to be given the new French Tech label (click here   for more information on the French Tech Initiative) and has partnered with Bpifrance (France’s public investment bank) to create “La Pass French Tech”, an acceleration programme for start-ups undergoing hyper growth.  Focusing on the M2M industry in particular, France is home to international innovative companies such as Sigfox, Kerlink and Actility, and has launched the first LoRa Alliance . Telecom operators like KPN, Swisscom, Bouygues, and Orange have already stated their intention to use LoRa technology through the alliance. Security-wise, France is probably at the same stage as the UK, therefore everyone is asking the same question: “how can we prepare ourselves for the risks that connecting every single device might bring?” There are certainly French companies out there who have their own take on the subject. We are sure that British companies do too, hence our wish to bring everyone together and take this debate further. Please let  the Tech & Services team at Business France UK  know if you are interested in attending this invite-only event. More information on the event will be published nearer the time.

Connecting your devices to your favourite brands: French tech start-up Wicross launches bespoke IoT platform at Web Summit in Dublin

Fran Lambert - 14-sept.-2015 17:06:16
Wicross will showcase the definitive version of its purpose-built Internet of Things platform at Web Summit 2015 on the French Tech Pavilion, which has been set up in partnership with French Tech by Business France, the French export-support agency.  Exhibiting on 4 November in the main hall next to French Tech (T802), Wicross was selected by a jury of French and Irish experts based on the disruptive innovation of its product and the relevance of its business plan. Wicross will also be among the guests of honour at French Tech Night. Experience this revolutionary platform at Web Summit 2015, which proposes a “connected experience” for its users. Developed by Wicross to allow users to easily share data generated by their connected devices with their favourite brands, the platform allows brands to propose services that are completely tailored to each individual client, boosting client retention and return on investment.  Companies wishing to propose a unique connected experience to their clients can easily integrate this solution into their various online and mobile digital support systems. Wicross then acts as a trusted third party, sparing its B2B clients both from the complex task of integrating connected devices into their information systems and from the vast array of data shared by their users. Users will benefit from an improved customer experience; single synchronisation of their connected devices via their Wicross account, with the option of then connecting these devices in a single click to other compatible applications through a tunnel designed specifically for mobiles. Wicross will be exhibiting on the French Tech Pavilion in the main hall at Web Summit 2015 with a view to meeting companies already familiar with IoT (such as those in the health and insurance sectors) wishing to launch innovative services, and meeting potential future hardware partners offering devices that can be integrated into the platform. There is also the exciting opportunity for visitors to see the company give a demonstration of its innovative platform at Web Summit 2015, using a nutrition/sports coaching app that functions alongside Wicross. This will allow visitors to experience: - how their connected devices (what they have brought with them to the trade show) can be synchronised in real time via the Wicross platform; - how the platform works as a whole (user experience, data transfer from devices to the app, and the possibility of offering users personalised recommendations after their data has been processed). In addition to meeting new customers, Web Summit 2015 represents a special chance for Wicross to meet customers and sales leads with which it already shares links. It will also give Wicross the opportunity to unveil new and important partnerships. “We are delighted to have been chosen by Business France to participate in this event,” says Guillaume Magnan, CEO of Wicross. “Our presence at Web Summit on the French Tech Pavilion will increase our visibility, reflecting our international ambition in a market that has gone global.” For further information on Wicross and its new platform, please visit:   www.wicross.com For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France  - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr  
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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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