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Vive la French Tech - 160 French Tech startups at CES 2019

Catherine Ryall - 02-janv.-2019 11:08:50
The 2019 edition of CES will see Business France once again organising the French Tech pavilion . With 160 startups in total, it will be the largest European delegation as well as being one of the largest at the show globally.    New for 2019:  26 brand-new startups selected by a jury of Business France-certified experts will be exhibiting their breakthrough innovations. These promising startups were handpicked for their ability to take advantage of their presence at the CES and for their commercial potential. Business France will be bringing together 9 French regions and 120 startups under the national banner of La French Tech. The French government agency will also play host to around 40 startups from other parts of the country   Back again for 2019   For the 2 nd year running, Business France will be running a French Pavilion for the automotive industry in the Central Plaza (LVCC, Central Plaza - CP-4), a space which will showcase how France is leading the way in the Auto Tech sector with connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent transportation systems along with new mobility technologies. Additionally, Business France will support a dozen startups as part of a ‘Family & Friends’ delegation, made up of firms who have worked with the government agency previously and whose technology shows commercial potential. This year, the main innovative sectors showcased at the French Tech pavilion in Las Vegas’s Eureka Park will be: Health Mobility Voice Assistants  Who are the 26 startups selected for CES 2019’s French Tech pavilion? Archos will present solutions that bring AI and blockchain to a wider audience. The ARCHOS Hello personal assistant combines visuals and voice commands, while maintaining maximum privacy. The ARCHOS Safe-T is a hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies. Aveine has developed a connected wine aerator with a temperature sensor. The accompanying app allows the aerator to be adjusted by scanning the label on the wine bottle. It suggests an optimal aeration level depending on the wine in question. Snips is an embedded voice-recognition platform for connected devices. Snips’ vision is to fit a smart voice assistant to every device, making the technology so intuitive that it becomes invisible. The company has already raised over $20m. Carfit uses AI to analyse vehicle vibrations in real time and anticipate the maintenance requirements of coachwork parts without sensors (brakes, tires, wheels, shock absorbers, etc.). Chronolife ’s solution remotely monitors patients with heart problems using a connected t-shirt and app. The system offers continuous monitoring and alerts patients and doctors if required. 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 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. Vivoka  (NRF) specialises in voice recognition and AI. Their objective is to revolutionize man-machine interaction using the human voice. See the catalogue detailing the full list of startups selected by Business France’s jury to exhibit at the show. Business France is organising the French Tech pavilion at CES 2019 , with the support of Orange , BNP Paribas , the INPI ,  All Circuits , STMicroelectronics , Arrow and France Brevets . For further information, please contact: Maxime Sabahec / +33(0)1 40 73 31 39, +33(0)6 68 67 22 35/ maxime.sabahec@businessfrance.fr

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 supporting the new Google Cloud IoT Core to simplify the adoption of IoT solutions in the enterprise

Manon Cabrol - 03-oct.-2017 10:24:20
Tellmeplus, a software vendor specialized in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied to Big Data, today announced support for Google Cloud IoT Core, a fully managed service that allows you to easily and securely connect, and manage devices at global scale. Cloud IoT Core, together with other Google Cloud services, such as Pub/Sub, Dataflow, Bigtable, BigQuery, and Data Studio, provide a complete solution for collecting, processing, analyzing, and visualizing IoT data in real time to support improved operational efficiency. Predictive Objects, Tellmeplus’ award-winning AI platform, leverages machine learning and big data to automate the creation and deployment of predictive models, augmenting human experts for faster and more accurate predictions in IoT-based applications for domains as diverse as customer or asset intelligence. Predictive Objects deploys artificial intelligence where the data is produced and where decisions need to be made: at the edge of the network and in the connected objects themselves. The integration of Predictive Objects with Google Cloud IoT Core makes it easy for joint customers to deploy and run predictive models in the Google Cloud Platform and inside the devices the platform manages. Key features of the new Cloud IoT Core solution: • End-to-end security - Enable end-to-end security using certificate-based authentication and TLS; devices running Android Things or ones supporting the Cloud IoT Core security requirements can deliver full stack security. • Out-of-box data Insights - Use downstream analytic systems by integrating with Google Big Data Analytics and ML services. • Serverless infrastructure - Scale instantly without limits using horizontal scaling on Google’s serverless platform. • Role-level data control - Apply IAM roles to devices to control access to devices and data. • Automatic device deployment - Use REST APIs to automatically manage the registration, deployment and operation of devices at scale. “Our disruptive approach to Automated Embedded Artificial Intelligence is strongly suited for deployment inside Google Cloud IoT Core,” said Benoit Gourdon, CEO of Tellmeplus. “This integration enables our predictive models to not only run inside Google Cloud Platform’s IoT services but also inside the connected objects themselves, with a single point of control and a unified management console. We are proud to have been selected by Google to help them bring the value of AI to their IoT ecosystem.” “Cloud IoT Core was designed to simplify digital transformation by helping customers to leverage Google Cloud’s data analytics and machine learning capabilities and act on insights, in real time, from operational data that was previously inaccessible,” said Adam Massey, Director, Strategic Technology Partners at Google Cloud. “By working with industry leaders like Tellmeplus, we are expanding the surface of innovation to help more customers realize the value of connected devices for their businesses.” For more information about Predictive Objects and its integration with Google Cloud IoT Core, please visit www.tellmeplus.com . 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 users to put the intelligence where decisions need to be made: in the objects and create “Augmented Experts”. For additional information please visit  www.tellmeplus.com or follow  @TellMePlus on Twitter.

BONJOUR, the IoT Alarm with Personality

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 28-juil.-2017 13:04:30
Holi announces BONJOUR, a sleek voice-controlled alarm that has the intuition of an AI device, anticipating and easing morning routine for the sleep-ly enamoured and slow to rise, and offering connectivity to IoT devices and services such as Nest, Spotify, Philips Hue, Sonos. BONJOUR is finalizing its development and has already seduced innovation experts and fans: - CES award 2017 - Over $880,000 raised on Kickstarter and Indiegogo with 6,200 backers - Accorhotels Vivatech Award 2017 Holi, a French design and innovation company, is unveiling BONJOUR, a smart, IoT alarm that upgrades the morning wake-up routine. BONJOUR is an AI driven alarm clock that combines sleek and elegant design, with an intuitive, easy and interactive UI. Through precise voice activation technology, wireless internet connectivity, app integration, AI intuition, and an easy-toread display, BONJOUR enhances your morning wake-up routine to go beyond the snooze button. With BONJOUR, you can wake up to your local weather, your favorite Spotify music, or your unique Philips Hue lighting configuration, all with voicecontrol activation and feedback. You set the conditions to which all of these services perform and interact with each other each morning while BONJOUR interprets each app’s information. With natural-conversational AI technology BONJOUR speaks and plans for the day ahead with you. The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign on October 25, 2016 and BONJOUR is available in Indiegogo InDemand since December, the 5th, 2016. Imagine what it would be like to wake up with BONJOUR. You could hear your favorite song, adjust the temperature in your room, and gently turn the lights up, calmly welcoming you to your day. But it’s not just mornings that can be enhanced; BONJOUR is well suited to just lounging around in bed, or for right before you go to sleep. All that is required to waken the potential of the device is the word “OK BONJOUR” “OK BONJOUR, wake my up at 7:00 A.M with Madonna only if it’s sunny.” “OK BONJOUR, what is the traffic like on the way to work?” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up one hour before my first meeting.” “OK BONJOUR, lower the lights and the temperature in my bedroom.” “OK BONJOUR, wake me up at 6:00 A.M on Sunday if the weather is good. If not, let me sleep in.” BONJOUR knows not all mornings are created equal. There are sunny days, get-stuck-in-traffic days, breakfast-fordinner days, and Saturdays. BONJOUR wants you to be ready for whatever surprises the morning has, with conditional wake-up commands and predictive, conversational responses. BONJOUR fashioned the familiar “if this, then that” idea into easy-to-use, conditional voice-activated responses to help you have the perfect morning. You will hear BONJOUR say: “I see that it is a beautiful day outside, wear something cool.” “If you leave now, it will take you only 25 minutes to get to work.” “Your garage door seems to be open. Do you want to check the security camera?” “Today is completely free in your calendar, you can afford to sleep in” “You didn’t walk much today, do you want to wake up tomorrow for a run?” BONJOUR combines modern design, vocal interaction and visual messaging to bring you a reimagined morning experience. BONJOUR is available in black and white. “At Holi, we have dedicated ourselves to improving sleep around the world,” says Grégoire Gérard the Creative Chairman for BONJOUR. “With a combined 50 years of experience, we have taken all of what we know about sleep and applied it to the least favorite, but most important part: waking up. In France we say ‘Faire la grasse matinée’, or to have a fat morning, but of course like most things, it’s sexier in French. Connected devices and design are in our DNA and we put all of our expertise and vision into imagining new solutions for better sleep and a more pleasant morning.” BONJOUR’s crowdfunding campaign can be found here : https://www.holi.io/en/our solutions/bonjour-ai-smart-alarmclock About Holi: Holi, the company behind BONJOUR, is a start-up that has already grown-up. Since its creation in 2012 and the launch of its first two products SLEEPCOMPANION and SMARTLAMP, the company dedicated itself to conceive innovative products to promote better sleep and great wake-up. To fulfill its mission, Holi combines a double expertise: iOT & sleep science. By gathering neuroscientists, data scientist, engineers, designers and developers, holi’s R&D department innovates to offer new solutions and create a new lifestyle where sleep empowers people and great wake-ups make great days. Watch a video of BONJOUR in action Find additional images of BONJOUR Press contact: Clotilde MATHIEU – clotilde@holi.io - +33 952 700 575 www.holi.io/en

15 French Tech start-ups head to IFA in Berlin

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 10-juil.-2017 12:41:49
15 start-ups will be exhibiting their wares at the French Tech pavilion organised for the first time by Business France at the upcoming  IFA in Berlin. France is just one of two countries with a national pavilion at the fair, the other being the UK. This leading trade fair for connected devices, which last year welcomed 240,000 visitors and 1,800 exhibitors from around the world, will take place on 1st-6th September 2017. Selected from among 40 competing firms, you can meet 15 French IoT start-ups at stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of of IFA NEXT , the new area devoted to start-ups and innovation. These French start-ups will be presenting highly varied product ranges in segments such as family tech, audio, smart homes, sport and accessories. Which French start-ups will be exhibiting at IFA?   FAMILY TECH: LUNII , MARBOTIC AUDIO: DIVACORE , PHONOTONIC SMART HOME: HOLI , BIXI , FENOTEK , UZER , SENSORWAKE SPORT: SHAPE HEART , VELCO ACCESSORIES: WISTIKI , XEE-LIOCITY     Savoir-faire for the future In the last few years, France has consolidated its status as a world leader in the connected devices sector, hot on the heels of the United States. This is in part thanks to its vibrant digital research environment including a host of innovation clusters:  Systematic (Paris),  CITC (Lille), IoT Valley (Toulouse) and  SCS (Nice). ‘ Cité de l’Objet Connecté ’ [IoT City] opened in Angers in June 2015 following €15 million of investment. In 2015, South Korean group Samsung opened a connected devices R&D centre in Paris. The structure of the IoT ecosystem is now taking shape and France is internationally recognized for its ability to launch technological innovations and find uses for the latter. For instance, one French Tech exhibitor, Sensorwake , previously won an Innovation Award at CES in 2016 and will be announcing an important partnership with a large group at this year’s IFA. Its CEO, 20-year-old Guillaume Rolland, first made headlines in 2014 when his olfactory alarm clock was nominated as one of the top 15 at the Google Science Fair. Another French Tech pavilion exhibitor,  Lunii launched their storytelling product for children at CES and since then thanks to crowdfunding, reached their target turnover within a year. They will be launching in the UK at IFA. "€4.5 billion worth of orders were secured at the 2016 edition of the fair” The above figure was duly noted by Foued Kéfif, who will be running the pavilion for Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. “We gave priority to innovative companies that display genuine international development potential and which have the capacity to ramp up their commercial development so as to spark the interest of decision makers visiting IFA ,". He added, "retailers and buyers will head to the event to sniff out the innovations they will be including in their Christmas catalogues". Next stop, CES At the last CES in Las Vegas, although France had the third-largest international delegation (after the United States and China), it boasted the second-highest number of start-ups in attendance (200 at the 2017 CES), just behind the United States and a long way ahead of Israel, South Korea and China. These figures reflect the maturity of French Tech’s ecosystems, all driven by globally renowned talent, be it in the form of engineers, designers or mathematicians. It is also worth noting the record levels of funding raised in the sector: Devialet €100m (£88m), Sigfox €150m (£133m), Netatmo €35m (£31m), among others. Download a PDF below with further information on all the French exhibitors, visit the French Pavilion at stands stands 157a to 157q in hall 26a of IFA NEXT.   For further information about the French pavilion at IFA 2017, please contact: Foued Kéfif Business France - Project Leader Foued.kefif@businessfrance.fr     For further information about this press release, please contact: Catherine Ryall Business France (UK) – Press Officer Catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr  / 020 7024 3613    

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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