UBIFRANCE showcases innovative French players at Infosecurity 2014

Aurore Bernard - 01-avr.-2014 11:12:18

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will present nine innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in central London (UK), from 29 April to 1 May 2014. These French-based companies will showcase their proven expertise in IT security, covering both products and services. France is home to numerous, internationally renowned players that specialise in protecting high-integrity networks and in supplying IT-security devices and services, which play a crucial role in protecting the IT infrastructure. The French-based participants are looking to develop partnerships in the UK and will be available for one-to-one business meetings on the French Pavilion (Stand M75) during Infosecurity 2014, to be held from 29 April to 1 May of this year, at the Earls Court exhibition centre, in central London. Companies on the French Pavilion are listed below; further information is available on request. Cilasoft Cilasoft is an international software house that specializes in security, audit, and compliance software for IBM Power Systems running the IBM i operating system. Its comprehensive audit-and-security suite includes QJRN/400, a system and database auditing solution; CONTROLER, a global access-control solution; DVM, an audit-read access solution; and, finally, EAM, an authority-management solution. In addition to its technical expertise, Cilasoft provides a range of first-class services, including consultancy for audit-and-integrity control as well as installation, support and training for the Cilasoft product suite. www.cilasoft.com Ercom Ercom is a manufacturer specializing in secure communications and wireless-network optimization. In 2013, the growth of the company’s Cryptosmart division actively contributed to an increase in orders for the group as a whole: the company’s overall sales figures have risen by 17% since 2012. Ercom continues to pursue its aim of improving its solutions and extending its activities worldwide. The company also plans to develop innovative solutions for data protection in the Cloud. www.ercom.com IDECSI IDECSI Access Analyzer ® is the only solution on the market that protects senior managers’ mailboxes from all types of risks without adding any constraint to users, or installing intrusive (or disruptive) components in the client company’s information systems. IDECSI Access Analyzer ® protects confidential and sensitive company data from previously undetected weaknesses such as malicious indiscretion and password theft by either hackers or colleagues – 80% of all data breaches are committed internally. www.idecsi.com ITrust ITrust is a security-software vendor headquartered in Toulouse. Founded in 2007, ITrust provides a disruptive vulnerability-scanning solution. IKare vulnerability-management software proactively scans network environments for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities. ITrust’s services include a Cloud-based vulnerability-scanning tool, with the advantage that the flexibility of the Cloud lowers the cost of use.   ITrust delivers its solutions through distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs). www.itrust.fr/en/ LEXSI LEXSI is a global provider of security technologies and services that are accessible 24 hours a day worldwide through ARGOS CyberProtect, a next-generation threat-protection platform. LEXSI’s CyberProtect portal provides companies with strategic, customized, and actionable intelligence, so that defence resources can be allocated where they are most needed. www.lexsi.com Mobiquant Technologies Mobiquant Technologies is a leader in enterprise-grade mobile-security management, covering the concepts of Mobile Security Management (MSM) and Mobile Unified Threat Management (m-UTM). Its innovative mobile-management platform provides feature-rich capabilities for daily operations within IT teams. Mobiquant’s platform includes NXSafeWave VPN, NXSafevoice, NXDefender Suite, NXOffice, NXTrustPKI, and many other unique mobile-IT patented technologies. These solutions enable the management of any device based on Apple iOS, Google Android, Knox, Microsoft Windows Phone, Tablet PC, RIM Blackberry, and Samsung Tizen. www.mobiquant.com Navista Navista offers an alternative to traditional operator offerings such as IP-VPN or MPLS. Navista, a virtual provider of internet-security solutions, brings an extensive Private Virtual Network solution to market, which allows for the secure exchange of information between distant internal worksites that communicate via the internet – a low-cost, minimally protected method. www.navista-security.com NOV’IT NOV’IT has developed Uhuru Mobile, a complete custom-secure operating system providing many security features including AV protection, low-level encryption, and SMS/VoIP encryption. Users are provided with their own personalized application market, through which each app is analyzed and certified before being made available for use. Uhuru Mobile also offers a complete range of mobile-device management tools and enables the user to solve security problems within mobile environments. www.uhuru-mobile.com OïkiaLog The main objective of OïkiaLog’s OSE solution is to facilitate the identification of suspicious events occurring on servers, which can be a sign of malicious activity or procedural errors. Every business, even those not subject to compliance regulation, must still pay close attention to security-monitoring and attack-detection solutions. In the case of a successful attack, business operations could be interrupted, resulting in reduced productivity, financial losses, and lasting reputational damage. www.oikialog.com About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities. The French Trade Commission is organising the French Pavilion, which will be on Stand M75 at Infosecurity 2014. The trade show will take place from 29 April to 1 May 2014 at Earls Court, in central London (UK). For further information about Infosecurity 2014, please go to: http://www.infosec.co.uk/ For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3926 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Immersion to unveil Meetiiim solution at CeBIT 2014

Aurore Bernard - 04-mars-2014 11:21:43

Immersion, a market leader in Europe and a major international player in the field of innovative, immersive and collaborative 3D technologies for industry and research, has unveiled Meetiiim, an advanced multi-touch and interactive conference table. The company will be presenting Meetiiim at CeBIT, the world’s leading IT trade show, which will be held in Hannover (Germany) from 10 to 14 March 2014.   Christophe Chartier, CEO of Immersion, says: “Meetiiim takes interactive collaboration one step further. We are sure that this genuine technological masterpiece will revolutionize the codes and practices of business meetings and improve decision-making processes. Our aim is to build on the widely accepted technological developments that have now become commonplace, such as touch technology, in order to promote interactivity, optimize communication, and identify and capitalize on important information.”   Meetiiim is the product of five years of industrial collaboration and research and epitomizes Immersion’s expertise, innovation and know-how. The company will be presenting its cutting-edge technological tool at the CeBIT trade show (Hall 6, Stand L.15), which will take place in Hannover (Northern Germany) from 10 to 14 March of this year.   With Meetiiim, Immersion explores the difficulties generated by passive meetings – where one or more individuals speak to a listening audience – which are quite often unproductive. Immersion’s concept is suited to the industrial sector (aerospace, automotive, etc.) as well as to other areas of activity, such as construction and public works, architectural or design firms, training centres, etc.   Christophe Chartier, CEO, adds: “This collaborative technology not only helps to develop interactivity during meetings, it also improves group decision-making and, therefore, reduces the product-design time.”   Meetiiim’s elegant design and interface help to enhance projects through dynamic presentations. At each stage of a project, multi-disciplinary teams gather around the Meetiiim table in order to accelerate developments, reduce errors, and improve strategic decision-making.   Once the user is connected to Meetiiim via Wi-Fi, the range of possibilities is virtually endless, with the added advantage of saving considerable time.   Access to the Cloud is one of the many features of the solution developed by Immersion: this enables the user to share inter-disciplinary data in real time (3D models, videos, PDF files, images, screen shots, etc.) by simply dragging and dropping. The user can also control remotely various connected devices, as well as send memos directly to Meetiiim, and even use the clipboard tool in order to capture work in progress on Meetiiim.   In addition, the CLONE feature allows the person leading the meeting to generate a copy of his (or her) document and to send it to each attendee. In this way, all participants are able to see any alterations made to the document and visualize its processing, thanks to the annotations and Post-it tools integrated into Meetiiim’s features. Accordingly, participants can follow updates to the project at a glance.   Once the consultation-and-revision stage is over, Meetiiim’s handler feature can be used to keep track of the project. It is then possible to recover the data at the end of the meeting thanks to the automatic backup, which means that the participants do not have to wait to receive the final report.   About Immersion   Immersion, which is headquartered in Bordeaux (South-Western France), is a European leader in the field of innovative, immersive and collaborative 3D technologies for industry and research. The company was founded in 1994 by CEO Christophe Chartier and also has offices in Paris and in Nantes (Western France). Immersion will be showcasing its new Meetiiim solution at CeBIT, the world’s leading IT trade show, which will be held in Hannover (Germany) from 10 to 14 March 2014. The company will be in Hall 6, on Stand L.15.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.cebit.com   For further information about Meetiiim, please go to: www.meetiiim.com   For further information about Immersion, please go to: www.immersion.fr    For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3921   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer   UBIFRANCE Press Office in London   Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640   kate.riley@ubifrance.fr    View other press releases at :   http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Wingit gets the party started in London and Tel Aviv

Coline BORDET - 26-févr.-2014 13:46:40

Wingit, the mobile application that enables users to pinpoint events happening in real time around them, has expanded to London (UK) and Tel Aviv (Israel), after its successful launch in New York (USA) in late 2012. The new 2.3 version of the geo-social app, which has been fully redesigned to include streamlined navigation and a sleek iOS7 design, is free to download from the App Store.   Wingit’s founder and CEO Alban Sayag says: “Wingit is a mobile app that enables people to organize great last-minute get-togethers with their friends. It finds the user’s location and scans social networks in real time in order to push information about the coolest events happening in and around their current location. It can be anything from a street concert or an art demonstration to a party in a club.”   Wingit stands out from other geolocation applications on the market thanks to its powerful proprietary algorithm, which is used to cross-reference the user’s current position with millions of pieces of information collected from social networks (such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in order to find the most exciting and inspiring events taking place nearby, or about to take place in the neighbourhood where the person happens to be.   The events Wingit picks up can, for instance, consist of a jazz concert at a nearby bar, or the preview of an art exhibition open to the public at an art gallery in the next street, or a show by a stand-up comedian that would be about to start in a pub a few hundred yards away from where the user and his (or her) friends are.   It should be stressed that the app is free from advertising and pushes only relevant information with regard to the user’s current time and immediate position, avoiding unnecessary spam.   Alban Sayag explains: “The purpose of Wingit is not to create a new social network, but a social-networking platform whose main functionality is to find content and share it with others. It is easy to discover if friends are nearby, tell them about a cool event, and invite them to come along. Users can also create their own event and post it on the timeline. Wingit users never miss a great occasion to have fun!”   Having worked for several years in the IT sector, Alban Sayag came up with the idea for Wingit and started to create and develop the app and its algorithm with a group of developers in India. In September 2012, Wingit was launched as a pilot project in New York (USA). The application was rolled out over several districts including Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and, once it had gained a sufficiently large audience, the company’s founders were able to secure significant Series A funding to grow the business.   Thanks to $1.1million worth of funding from solid investors – including venture capitalists, business angels and banks – Wingit has the means to expand and adapt its content to a number of cities around the world. London and Tel Aviv were added at the end of 2013 and dozens of others, including Paris, are expected to be incorporated in 2014.   Wingit can be downloaded for free from the App Store, where it has recently been featured in the What’s Hot – Social Networking section, and will be available on the Android platform in the second half of 2014.   About Wingit   Wingit is a free mobile application that enables users to find events that are currently (or soon to be) happening around them. Its powerful proprietary algorithm screens the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to find up-to-date information on cultural and other events. This information is then cross-referenced with the current location of the user and notifications of nearby events are pushed to the mobile device.   Wingit was launched in New York (USA) by CEO Alban Sayag in 2012. It is now being rolled out in London (UK) and in Tel Aviv (Israel), and is due to expand to a number of other cities during 2014, including Paris (France).   Wingit is free to download from the App Store and will be available on Android platforms towards the end 2014.   To view Wingit’s short introductory video-clip, please go to: https://vimeo.com/86883287   For further information about the company, please go to: www.wingit.so     For further information, please contact :    Quote ref. : FTPB3917 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

MobiWire’s flexibility pays dividends in mobile sector

Coline BORDET - 13-févr.-2014 13:00:05

With over one million devices delivered in 2013 across Europe, French mobile manufacturer MobiWire, formerly Sagem Mobiles, is positioning itself as a significant player in the mobile-telecommunications industry. MobiWire will host a series of business meetings to present its range of innovative products and services during the Mobile World Congress (MWC), which will take place from 24 to 27 February 2014, in Barcelona (Spain).   Bruno Mortreux, CEO of MobiWire, says: “MobiWire is a prompt follower within the industry: we base our strategy for mobile phones on our reactivity and ability to produce a full range of terminals, with everything from different display sizes to the latest operating systems. Most importantly, we are able to offer ID designs in relation to the customer’s roadmap.”   MobiWire will present its products and technology during a series of business meetings at the Hotel Fira Congress during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014. The trade show is taking place in Barcelona (Spain) from 24 to 27 February. The hotel is situated close to the exhibition centre.   The next step, for MobiWire, is to expand the business outside France and continue to develop products that correspond to the needs and expectations of operators and retailers. MobiWire aims to launch a range of mobile phones under its own brand and is determined to establish itself in the entry segment of the market.   Bruno Mortreux adds: “We are expecting net growth in the coming months, as we are enhancing our customer satisfaction while securing proven quality. We want to become the go-to company for operators that are strongly committed to European quality, but that are also looking for a tailor-made service. Our flexibility is our driving force.”   Since 2011, MobiWire has developed a selection of products designed to fulfil the needs of major mobile-telecoms operators. The company bases its strategy on a dual-market approach: on the one hand, it produces smartphones that incorporate the latest technologies, in line with current trends in the market, and, on the other, it provides a range of mobile-payment terminals dedicated to cash and electronic transactions.   MobiWire stands out when it comes to quality of delivery thanks to its superior supply-chain flexibility. The company is constantly upgrading its production capacity and has proved highly adaptable over the past year when it comes to delivering significant volumes of feature phones. The after-sales figures communicated by telecoms operators show excellent return rates.   The company’s flexible approach and original designs enhance its standing as an original design manufacturer (ODM) giving priority to product quality and customer satisfaction: this is a position that has been established thanks to growing partnerships with major European mobile network operators (MNO), who have chosen to commercialize MobiWire’s handsets.   About MobiWire   MobiWire is a French-based manufacturer of mobile-telecoms devices, which designs and delivers tailor-made, connected high-tech solutions on behalf of local and global players in the mobile-telecoms industry.   MobiWire will be showcasing its products and technology during a series of business meetings to be held at the Hotel Fira Congress during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014.   The Hotel Fira Congress is situated approximately five minutes on foot from the Fira Gran Via exhibition centre, where MWC is taking place (full address below), from 24 to 27 February 2014, in Barcelona (Spain). MWC is one of the world’s leading events for mobile telecommunications, services and content.   Hotel Fira Congress C/ de José Agustín Goytisolo, 9-11 08908 – Hospitalet de Llobregat Barcelona – Spain   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.mobileworldcongress.com   For further information about the company, please go to: www.MobiWire.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3916 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Mining Essential’s Android app cuts to the chase at MWC 2014

Coline BORDET - 11-févr.-2014 16:25:46

Mining Essential, a specialist in the development of software solutions for the automatic summarization of online text-based information, will be showcasing its new Essential Summarizer Android application for multilingual text summary at Mobile World Congress (MWC). The application produces automated summaries of electronic documents in over 20 languages. The trade show is taking place from 24 to 27 February 2014 in Barcelona (Spain).   Mining Essential, a French company based near Paris, has developed Essential Summarizer, an Android application offering multilingual electronic-text summary. This application, which is available to download in Google Play, allows the user to follow the essential points of the latest news stories by automatically summarizing electronic documents such as search-engine extracts, news articles and Tweets.   Mining Essential, which specialises in software solutions for the automated summarizing of online text-based information, will be showcasing its innovative technology at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair, due to take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 24 to 27 February of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall 5 (Stand 5B61, Station 54).   Essential Summarizer has been developed over a period of 18 years following extensive R&D and works primarily on intelligent sentence extraction, using both linguistic and semantic methods. The application is able to summarize documents in over 20 languages – Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.   Essential Summarizer is compatible with search engines such as Bing, Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo and Baidu (in China). It is also able to summarize news from Google and MSN as well as documents attached to Tweets from leading newspapers in six countries – Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the USA.   The solution developed by Mining Essential is available as an Android application to download to smartphones and tablet devices. Several packages are available, including a downloadable single-user version; a version accessible in SaaS-subscription mode; a version that is accessible via a server installation providing a Java API; and, finally, a Java web-service version for integration into third-party applications.   Essential Summarizer covers more than 150 thematic areas with its innovative text-mining features. The application’s key functionalities include text-by-text summary with choice of thematic area, n summaries for n source texts, and multi-document synthesis.   About Mining Essential   Mining Essential was founded in 2008 and is a specialist in the development of software solutions for the automatic summarization of online text-based information. Over the course of nearly 20 years of research and development, Mining Essential has developed a patented semantic technology based on linguistic markers that enables the user to produce automatic text summaries in over 20 languages.   Mining Essential will be showcasing its Essential Summarizer application at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, which will take place from 24 to 27 February 2014 in Barcelona (Spain). MWC is one of the world’s leading events for mobile telecommunications, services and content. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall 5 of the trade fair (Stand 5B61, Station 54).   Mining Essential is also due to attend various trade shows across the Middle East: Arabnet, in Beirut (Lebanon), from 4 to 6 March 2014; GITEX, in Dubai (UAE), from 11 to 16 October 2014; and, finally, Arabnet again, in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), in December 2014.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.mobileworldcongress.com   For further information about the company, please go to: www.essential-mining.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3913 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

OCEASOFT unveils Emerald™ wireless temperature tracker for cold-chain monitoring

Coline BORDET - 10-févr.-2014 16:40:21

  OCEASOFT, a French leader in temperature monitoring, has released OCEASOFT Emerald™, a wireless temperature tracker that connects to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth™ Smart and has applications in cold-chain management, in the agri-food sector, and in life sciences. OCEASOFT designs and develops solutions for monitoring temperature and environmental parameters in connection with goods in storage or transit.   Laurent Rousseau, president of OCEASOFT, explains: “Emerald™ solves a long-standing temperature-monitoring challenge for the cold-chain industry. With temperature-sensitive goods transported by many different means, notably in trucks, airplanes, and refrigerated containers of all kinds, it is difficult to track temperature conditions and have access to the information during transit.”   Laurent Rousseau continues: “Emerald™ leverages today’s widespread use of smartphones to read temperature data and push it to the Cloud. This provides a point-by-point tracking solution similar to those offered by national and international shipping services, without the need for any heavy infrastructure or dedicated equipment.”   Slightly larger than a wristwatch, OCEASOFT Emerald™ monitors temperature-sensitive goods during transit and in storage: it is a smartphone-connected, wireless temperature recorder and tracker for cold-chain monitoring. Emerald™ stores up to 4,000 temperature readings and does not require any dedicated computer equipment or complex installations in order to be deployed. Emerald™ has a wide range of applications — from cold-chain management and food safety to the life sciences.   OCEASOFT’s free EmeraldView™ application for smartphones connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to program Emerald™ devices and to view data. An additional option makes it possible to upload the information — including geo-location data provided by the smartphone — to the Cloud, where authorized parties can check the latest status in just a few seconds.   OCEASOFT Emerald™ supports temperatures ranging from -- 40°C to + 80°C and integrates Bluetooth Smart technology for low-power devices. The specialist company will start deliveries of the product to customers in the first quarter of 2014.   OCEASOFT has produced a short video-clip presenting its Emerald™ solution. To watch the video-clip, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_k8Si9nnVs   About OCEASOFT   OCEASOFT designs and develops wireless data-logging systems for the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for cold-chain management. The specialist company is based in Montpellier (Southern France).   Founded in 1999, OCEASOFT offers customers the benefit of its extensive experience in monitoring and tracking temperature and other physical parameters across a range of sectors including health, food and life sciences. By providing complete and fully integrated solutions, OCEASOFT enables customers to meet regulatory requirements and reduce sanitary/safety risks. The company has customers around the world, supported by dedicated service technicians and local representatives.   OCEASOFT’s flagship Cobalt™ wireless monitoring modules, sensors, and control software help clients protect biological samples, vaccines, blood and blood components, food products, and other sensitive items during storage and delivery, with alerts sent by email, voice-mail, fax and text message, if and when needed.   Leading companies around the world use the solutions developed by OCEASOFT in order to monitor mission-critical temperature, humidity, CO2, voltage, and differential pressure conditions. OCEASOFT’s customer references include Aventis Pharma, INRA, Danone Research, Nestlé Waters, Institut Pasteur, GSK Biologicals, Sanofi-Pasteur and Merck, among many others.   Created and designed for laboratories, clinics, storage facilities and transportation platforms, OCEASOFT’s products are available in all major geographical regions through a qualified distribution network.   OCEASOFT has been granted ISO 9001 – Version 2008 Certification by Intertek (Certificate No.2009042315).   For further information about the company, please go to: www.oceasoft.com   For further information, please contact :    Quote ref. : FTPB3911 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Lyon weathers economic storm to post positive results for 2013

Coline BORDET - 10-févr.-2014 15:39:35

In contrast with the economic environment in the rest of France, marked by reduced levels of foreign investment, ADERLY-Invest in Lyon, the Lyon Area Economic Development Agency, is releasing an upbeat 2013 end-of-year report this week, showing even better results for the region than in previous years. This performance demonstrates the resilience of France’s metropolitan areas, with Lyon setting the example.   With 77 new companies setting up across the region in 2013 and 1,825 jobs to be created in the next three years, ADERLY, the development agency for Lyon and its surrounding area, has exceeded its goals: indeed, in 2013, the economy of the Lyon region performed better than in previous years, despite particularly tough competition and a strained economic climate across much of France and the Eurozone.   The year 2013 saw a sharp slowdown in foreign direct investment (FDI) in France, confirmed by numerous economic indicators and international reports: in 2013, FDI, in France, fell to $5.7 billion, in value, down 77% on 2012, according to early estimates by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).   Lyon did not entirely escape the recession, which affected several projects handled by ADERLY. This can be seen in certain key indicators in the report. Two strong trends were noted: the smaller size of projects and the growing presence of investors closer to home. Out of the 77 new company set-ups, 55% were backed by foreign capital, compared with 65% in previous years.   Among the foreign investors, ADERLY noted lower investment flows coming from the USA, but higher levels of investment originating in neighbouring countries — Belgium and Switzerland, in particular, with eight and four projects respectively. Levels of Asian investment remained stable.   In this context, Lyon was able to maintain strong results in terms of attractiveness: the ADERLY teams made the necessary adjustments in their approach to prospecting, which brought in a 60% rise in new projects, by highlighting the structural advantages of the Lyon urban area to best meet the needs of investors.   Lyon used its strengths in specialized areas in order to focus its prospecting activity on sectors of excellence, on projects with high value in terms of innovation, and on the advanced-services sector. The 77 new projects already mentioned include 30 in the green-tech sector — an area that is a stated priority for local authorities — the setting-up of 10 R&D centres and the launch of 27 decision-making centres.   In 2013, Lyon’s strong fundamentals helped offset a weak national economic environment, which has been decried publicly by 50 large foreign-based investors with business interests and operations within France. [See article published in French business daily Les Echos in December 2013 under the headline: 50 entreprises étrangères installées en France tirent la sonnette d’alarme, i.e. 50 foreign companies with a presence in France sound the alarm.]   Lyon’s location, its vibrant economy and, especially, its leading position in key sectors and major urban-renewal projects have helped make the metropolitan area and its region a preferred alternative to Paris. The local dynamics can also be seen in the volume of real-estate uptake for business premises in the Greater Lyon area in 2013, and in local development projects recently announced by major companies already present in the region, such as Sanofi and Manitowoc.   About ONLYLYON   ONLYLYON is a communication initiative that was launched in 2007 in order to promote a variety of aspects of the city of Lyon (France’s second biggest city) to an international audience. Lyon is the first city in France to have its own territorial marketing strategy, and the only city in the country whose initiative, in this respect, is backed by a group of almost 20 internationally renowned institutional and economic partners.   The ONLYLYON marketing strategy aims to promote the metropolitan area of Lyon and its region as a European beacon of economic excellence, capitalizing on the region’s proven leadership in sectors such as the environment, health, technology, textiles and urban transport. ONLYLYON also seeks to underline the region’s cultural attractions across sectors including heritage, history, gastronomy and tourism.   ADERLY is the economic development agency for the Lyon area and is a key member of the group of partner-agencies supporting the ONLYLYON initiative.   For further information, please go to: www.onlylyon.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3912 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

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