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CES 2014 is just a few days away - Check out the state of the art electronics coming from France for this year’s show!

Michael SALAS - 02-janv.-2014 20:09:33
The most innovative and hi-tech gadgets coming from France is about to take over the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in just a few days. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years – the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace (cite: http://www.cesweb.org/about-us ). This year, UBIFRANCE is bringing eleven state-of-the-art companies with that will help shape the future of consumer electronics. Read below for company bios and their cutting-edge technologies that they are bringing in Las Vegas: Paris, France. 2006. We start building innovative technologies to tackle new aspects of digital communication as a side project. 4 years later, Aerys was launched and now prides itself on having a privileged situation with its clients and an awesome team of engineers and designers. Virtual entertainment is what we live by, technology being the heart of it. Communication events are made to leave their mark on the mind, Aerys will turn them upside down.   ALphaUi’s product, The Twiky pilot pad, is a cross between keyboard and gamepad which clips onto the back of a tablet. It offers enriched interactions for navigation, entertainment and communication. Utilizing finger detection technology to display on-screen feedback, the Twiky allows you to easily and efficiently pilot your entire digital world. Recognized leader in digital audio processing, Arkamys provides software solutions and acoustic expertise for digital content companies and for the consumer electronics industry including tablets and mobile phones, multimedia players, TV sets and set-top boxes, as well as car audio. Cityzen Sciences is a French company founded in 2008, specializing in conception, development and design of smart clothes and associated services. Cityzen Sciences is the leader of ‘Smart Sensing’, a French industrial program carried out by a consortium of French companies. It combines the skills of several experts in various fields (electronics, textile, sports, distribution …) to provide a new generation textile able to monitor people’s temperature, heart rate, speed, and acceleration. IONOSPHERE is a smart object that protects digital identity of its owner. It recognizes it through biometric characteristics.   Once heavily protected with IONOSPHERE identity, one can confidently store information about its identity such as logins, passwords, permissions, subscriptions, tickets, etc ... ((sounderbox)) changes the access to music in public places. It is a real user experience innovation : a collaborative playlist that allows clients and users to do the musical programming of the public place. Optinvent provides a wearable computing smart glass platform - ORA. ORA enables many evolving new hands free mobile applications like Augmented Reality, Geo-Localization (GPS) and Search applications, as well as Vertical and Enterprise applications such as medical, logistics/ warehousing, sports, maintenance, industrial, tourism etc. It can be connected via a standard Blue tooth or Wi-Fi connection to a smart phone or tablet and will function as a hands-free wearable computer. Allmyapps is the first App Store for Windows. Since its launch, we have over 3 million users who have downloaded 30 million applications. The aim is to enable millions of Windows users worldwide to discover, install, update and reinstall all their applications. Allmyapps improves the lives of Windows users and reduces frustration associated with the discovery and application management.   Kolor offers 360 °: panoramic video solutions :   - Kolor Autopano Video: A video-stitching software that allows you to create 360 ° videos from multiple video sources,   - Kolor Eyes: 360 ° video reader available on the internet, iOS, Windows, and Mac application. Meg has created pots equipped with the best technology to keep plants healthy. With integrated sensors,  Meg pots detect and analyze continuous the vital needs of plants: water, light and temperature.   Meg pots feature a water reserve of 4 liters and an innovative and optimal automatic watering system. They are also bright pots to alert people on the need for the plant through its color schemes.   Qobuz is the first music service to offer online access to all Hi-Fi music labels (labels and independent) and all artists in all musical genres.   Qobuz offers: • Subscriptions unlimited music streaming in true CD quality (16 bit / 44.1 kHz) • Secure download entire catalog in true CD quality (16 bit 44.1 kHz) • An HD download up to 24 bit/192 kHz for more 4000 albums "Qobuz Studio Masters".   Qobuz also provides a comprehensive documentation of its content, including thousands of books, biographies, interviews with digital artists and exclusive written content. Qobuz mission is to provide the best music service in the world! The Qobuz applications are available on IOS, Android, Kindle, Windows 8    

PRESS: Island Air to Double Hawaii Interisland Turboprop Fleet

Pacific Business News - 25-sept.-2012 17:53:54
  Island Air   launched a new look and logo Thursday as part of the Hawaii airline’s new business plan, which includes replacing and doubling the number of turboprop aircraft in its interisland fleet from four to eight by the end of next year. Honolulu-based Island Air next month will acquire two ATR72 turboprop aircraft seating 64 passengers each, which will replace two aging Dash 8 aircraft, the company said. The company plans to acquire five 42-passenger ATR42 turboprop aircraft next year, which would replace Island Air’s two other current aircraft and would like to add another ATR72 to bring the fleet to eight by the end of 2013, CEO   Lesley Kaneshiro  said. Island Air will also likely add new routes once it acquires the additional aircraft, she said. “We will connect more destinations within the state of Hawaii as we grow our aircraft fleet,” she said. Island Air may also consider reinstating routes, such as the Maui-Hilo route, she said. “I think we’re looking at the demand in the marketplace and we’ll add a new route when we feel that the demand in the market can support the route,” she said. Island Air currently flies from its Honolulu hub to Hoolehua Airport on Molokai, Lanai City on Lanai, Kahului and Kapalua aiports on Maui, Kona International Airport on the Big Island and Lihue Airport on Kauai. The airline also operates flights between Lihue and Kahului; Hoolehua and Lanai City, Kapalua and Kahului; and Kahului and Kona. On Tuesday, Hawaiian Airlines, the largest interisland airline in the state,   said it is purchasing two turboprop aircraft   and plans to create a subsidiary to operate service to Hawaii’s smaller airports, including Lanai, Molokai and Kapalua. Officials with Hawaiian, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA), offered no timetable for the new subsidiary. Click here   for more information on Island Air’s rebranding

Press : Chinese Tourists boost Luxury Spending in the US

Camille Wiart - 28-nov.-2011 17:46:30
In what appears to be a rapidly developing trend, Chinese visitors to the United States are being noticed more for the flash of their newly-bought designer bags than that of their Nikons. Tiffany & Co. ( NYSE :TIF), Coach, Inc. ( NYSE :COH) and Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) are just a few the companies in the luxury retail sector that have recently noted how higher revenue at their North American operations has largely been boosted by Chinese shoppers on vacation.   Read the full article on InternationalBusinessTimes. com   

UBIFRANCE V.I.E Program: TREETOP QUEST opens its first adventure park in the U.S. thanks to a V.I.E!

V.I.E Program Advisor - 02-nov.-2011 16:56:23
          Interview with Antoine Buliard V.I.E - U.S. Business Development Treetop Quest (Altiplano Group) Treetop Quest has opened its first adventure park in Georgia in September 2011. Antoine Buliard was recruited as a V.I.E candidate to participate in the development of the project. He explains to us how he managed to open the new park in less than one year. 1. Tell us about yourself and your background As an outdoor sport enthusiast, I grew up passionate about rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing. Naturally I pursued a career in sports and athletics, earning my BA in Sports Management in Lyon. After interning with Altiplano Group in France, I was hired as the Technical Manager. Serving as Park Manager for two years, I worked on constructing and developing several treetop adventure courses across France. I moved to Atlanta a year ago to help create the Treetop Quest subsidiary and implement this activity in the U.S. For me, it has been a real professional challenge and a pleasure to discover a new culture. 2. Present Altiplano and Treetop Quest Inc.’s field of activity Altiplano: one Company, three expertises Altiplano is a French based holding company specializing in conceptualizing and developing tourism and recreational facilities. Divided into three subsidiaries (travel tours, adventure courses, and urban recreation), Altiplano directly manages the engineering and development of its facilities. Altiplano seeks to bring innovative outdoor tourism and recreational experiences to new corners of the world. Altiplano operates 5 adventure parks across France. About Treetop Quest Inc. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Treetop Quest Inc. is the subsidiary of Altiplano. As one of the most unique family-friendly adventure courses in Georgia, Treetop Quest integrates educational quizzes, instructional tour guides, and environmental stewardship into a thrilling canopy tour reaching heights up to 55 feet, and zip lines stretching more than 200 feet. The series of platforms, zip lines, monkey bridges, and Tarzan swings are constructed from untreated wood, without drilling or puncturing any tree trunks. Treetop Quest provides innovative, engaging recreation for all ages, while promoting ecological responsibility and awareness. 3. Describe your V.I.E mission at Treetop Quest When I arrived in the United States in October 2010, my company was not yet established in the country. The U.S. was a ‘virgin island’ for Altiplano as we had very limited knowledge of the U.S. market. The first step was to conduct a market study by analyzing competitors, customer needs, etc. to assess implementation possibilities. Then, we analyzed U.S. standards and legislation regarding our sector of activity. We finally decided to implement an adventure park in Georgia. As a result, we had to manage the administrative tasks to create the subsidiary, and of course find a partner and land to build the activity. From day one, I received the support of ERAI (Entreprise Rhône-Alpes International) that provided me with its local expertise and know how. 4. Now that the park has opened in Georgia, what are your future plans? Now, my goal is to support the park manager for the beginning of operations. I will also continue developing Treetop quest Inc. in the USA by prospecting and finding other places to implement future adventure parks.   For more information about Treetop Quest, Altiplano Group or ERAI: www.treetopquest.com www.altiplano-formation.fr www.erai.org For further information on the V.I.E Program, please contact us: infovieusa@ubifrance.fr

Jewels of France, a sparkling success in California!

Camille Wiart - 31-oct.-2011 21:31:58
The Jewels of France event sparkled over California this October with the attendance by some of Hollywood’s notable stars. This 5th annual event took place in San Francisco and Beverly Hills, which was hosted by Shreve & Co. and the General Consul of France respectively. Among the stars on the guest list were Desperate Housewive’s Teri Hatcher , Moneyball’s Stephen Bishop , James Bond’s very own Georges Lazenby , and former Miss France Mareva Georges.   The joint collaboration by Mark Kearney Group , Jewels by Nasrin Imani, and Hikes&Bikes Eco-tourism LA to put together this event created countless unforgettable moments. The models showcased spectacular collections from seven outstanding French jewelers that were invited to the event, ranging from breathtaking gowns to mesmerizing jewelry. And not only this event featured French fashion, but what one could argue that’s quintessential to the French : wine and chocolate. Champagne and wine from Nicolas Feuillate, L’Aventure, and Château Saint Jean added elegance to the celebration, as well as the presentation of chocolate creations from Madame Chocolat by Hasty Torres.   The reception was shortly followed by a 3-day trunk show at Jewels by Nasrin Imani showroom, where French Jewelers gathered to share their stories about their savoir-faire and jewels. Ten percent of the proceeds from this 3-day trunk show went to the Juvenile program of the Athritis Foundation.   The event concluded with another elegant soirée at the luxurious boutique Perrin Paris , where another ten percent of the proceeds went to the Dream Center.   To find out more, please click here  or consult our press review . Follow us on twitter @usa_ubi_MHS

Photos: UBIFRANCE and The French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami 2011

cecile.delettre - 29-mars-2011 16:58:22
Last March 15 to 17, UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission had the pleasure to showcase France’s know-how in the cruise industry and exquisite cruise destinations on the French Pavilion at the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show. Thanks to a delegation of 25 companies all specialized in different aspects of the cruise industry - engineering , equipment suppliers as well as cruise clubs and tourism offices - UBIFRANCE offered the visitors and other exhibitors at the show a large sample of the diversity of the industry in France.   Networking events were organized by  Atout France , throughout the show and enabled the French exhibitors to meet with American professionals and share their experience or discuss business opportunities. Following the show, in order to provide them with a better understanding of the US industry, UBIFRANCE also took the French  delegation on a tour of the Port of Miami , where they were welcomed by officials of the Port of Miami and of the Intergovernmental Affairs, as well as Gael de Maisonneuve, General Consul of France in Miami . Contact us for more information.  

UBIFRANCE presents the French Pavilion at Cruise Shipping Miami Next Week

Ubifrance Press USA - 11-mars-2011 21:36:11
UBIFRANCE - French Trade Commission is bringing 25 companies to the Cruise Shipping Miami Trade Show next week! From March 14 to 17, 2011, come and discover the diversity of products and services provided by the French Delegation, composed of the following companies: Engineering: AIA Architectes  www.a-i-a.fr DL Services  www.dl-services.com   Equipment suppliers: Converteam www.converteam.com Enodis Manitowoc Group  www.enodis.fr Vauconsant  www.vauconsant.com Zodiac Solas  www.zodiacsolas.com Ports of call and cruise clubs: The Bastia and Upper Corsica Chamber of Commerce of Industry  http://clubcroisiere.corse.fr The Ajaccio & South Corsica Chamber of Commerce & Industry www.ajaccio-sudcorse.cci.fr French Atlantic Ports www.frenchatlanticports.com French Riviera Ports www.ccinice-cote-azur.com Marseille Provence Cruise Club  www.marseille-cruise.com Tourism offices: Atout France is  http://us.franceguide.com Le Havre Office of Tourism  www.lehavretourisme.com   Please click here to download the press release for a detailed description of the companies or contact us for more information.
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