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Transport Next Generation drives SITL 2015 to next level

Marine Juillard - 18-déc.-2014 16:03:43
This leading international event, focused on innovative transport equipment, will be held concurrently with SITL and Transport Logistics Europe from 31 March to 2 April 2015, in Paris (France). Transport Next Generation will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in conjunction with SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe. The trade shows will be held in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris. Alain Bagnaud, Director of Reed Exhibitions Transport & Logistics, organisers of SITL Paris 2015, gives his thoughts on the launch of Transport Next Generation, the new event to be launched in conjunction with the trade fair, and his expectations as to what it will bring to the transport sector and the logistics industry. How would you describe the positioning of Transport Next Generation? What is distinctive about it, and what added value does it bring to the industry? The aim of Transport Next Generation is to be an international event that responds to the expectations of supply-chain directors in industry and retailing. This new exhibition brings together, in a single space, innovative multimodal transport equipment that works to achieve the most effective transport performance for industry and retailers. As such, Transport Next Generation addresses the link between shipper and transporter. Fundamentally multimodal, it touches the five main transport segments – maritime, rail, river, road, and combined transport (both urban and temperature controlled). The programme for Transport Next Generation is based around a Steering Committee which, besides SITL’s usual partners, also has the support of the Fédération Française de la Carrosserie (FFC), the Association Française du Gaz Naturel pour Véhicules (AFGNV) and the Industrial Vehicle Rental trade council, led by Transport et Logistique de France (TLF). What solutions does Transport Next Generation provide? The common element of all the equipment exhibited at Transport Next Generation is the changing organisation and planning of transportation, as well as the emergence of a link between the shipper and the transporter. This results in multiple new challenges and new transport requirements, including reduction in travel distances; improved productivity of equipment and personnel; safety and security of goods and personnel; evolving regulation; environmental protection; development of e-commerce and urban deliveries; and optimisation of loads, etc. How does Transport Next Generation integrate into SITL Paris 2015 and Intralogistics Europe 2015? Transport Next Generation extends and completes our expertise across all transport, logistics and supply-chain activities. It is in complete synergy with SITL Paris 2015, which brings together all transport and logistics services, and Intralogistics Europe 2015, which covers handling equipment at all levels of the supply chain. For its part, Transport Next Generation provides innovative transport-equipment solutions. It will have its own dedicated space with unique signage and decoration to attract visitors. It will have its own programme of seven conferences and also its own Innovation Award which, reflecting the initial concept, is open to ‘equipment solutions that are immediately operational for shippers or transporters to add value and optimise the services of transporters in light of competition’. Therefore, between them, the three trade shows cover the full market range and expectations of purchasers. How do you see Transport Next Generation developing in the future? In 2015, Transport Next Generation will be located in a space that hosts around 30 exhibitors. Taking into account the real interest already expressed in this year’s event, as of 2016, Transport Next Generation will become a separate exhibition with its own area, its own community of exhibitors, and a specifically targeted visitor base. Our ambition is to attract transport buyers and shipping specifiers from all industry and retail sectors. In line with SITL and Intralogistics, this new event will, in due course, be rolled out internationally, as is the case with all the exhibitions we create and develop. About Reed Expositions Reed Expositions is the French subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser. Reed Expositions organises over 50 trade shows per year in France across a range of industries including the environment sector, marketing and communications, and transport and logistics.   Reed Expositions will be organising Transport Next Generation 2015, a new event that will run concurrently with SITL Paris 2015 as well as Intralogistics Europe 2015. All three events will take place from 31 March to 2 April 2015 in Hall 7.2 of the Paris Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, to the southeast of central Paris (France). For further information about the various trade shows, please go to: http://www.sitl.eu   For further information about Reed Expositions, please go to: http://www.reedexpo.fr    For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate Riley - Press Officer - UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - kate.riley@ubifrance.fr

You can BETT on French companies in London 2015

Kate Riley - 05-déc.-2014 14:31:01
The French Pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 14 cutting-edge French companies. The trade fair, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, is taking place from 21 to 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in London (UK).   The French Pavilion is being organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association (Afinef) and Cap Digital. The French Pavilion is also supported by the French Ministry for Education and by La French Tech, and results from collaboration with Copilot Partners. The French Pavilion will be situated on Stand C-98 at BETT 2015, and will present 14 French-based companies in the educational-technology sector. The British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will take place between 21 and 24 January 2015 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London. The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request. AVITICE   AVITICE has over 20 years’ experience in the distribution of high-added-value software in fields including hands-on remote support and user supervision for teaching solutions. The company has also developed complementary solutions in the protection and management of IT parks, shared digital learning spaces, and podcasting. www.avitice.com/EN/ DigiSchool   DigiSchool aims to revolutionise education through the use of digital technology. DigiSchool operates as a second school, guiding students through the learning process all the way from primary school to their first job. In light of current trends, all DigiSchool pedagogical content has been conceived and adapted for use with Smartphones. www.digischoolgroup.com/en/   Educlever   Educlever has worked alongside leading French research laboratories to develop Cartographie des Savoirs, an adaptive-learning solution designed to increase pupils’ achievement at school. This R&D project, supported by the French government, provides educators with a precise skills map to help them build a personalised, adaptive-learning strategy for each pupil. The solution is currently used by teachers and 4,000 pupils in primary schools across France. www.educlever.com   ENACO   ENACO, the first French-based online business school (ISO 9001-certified), offers e-learning diploma courses up to Master’s degree level. Thanks to its e-learning, technical, and instructional expertise, ENACO has developed eTrotter, a user-centred platform combining innovation and ergonomics. www.enaco.fr/   Immanens   Immanens develops and provides products and services in the digital-publishing sector, including books, corporate communication tools, magazines, and textbooks. Immanens works along three lines of approach: Andromede, which is a platform for the education market; Moodle Fizz, which combines tools and services for interactive classroom activities; and, finally, a digital-publishing solution based on the ePub3 standard. www.immanens.com/home/   Isograd   Isograd has developed TOSA®, the first universal-assessment test and certification for professional desktop software skills. It can be used by job seekers, recruiters, students, training organisations as well as universities, and it covers the main desktop software applications, programming languages and web-design languages. TOSA® is an online platform in SaaS mode with a powerful back office for managing and editing candidates’ data, tests and results. www.isograd.com/EN/index.php   ITOP Education   ITOP Education creates, develops and provides digital-school resources tailored to every stage of education, from primary school to sixth form. With more than four million active users, ITOP Education is the French leader in the Virtual Learning Environment market. ITOP Education’s latest project is NIPIB, a unique picture database with detailed scientific and educational indices. www.itopeducation.fr   Libcast   Libcast is an all-in-one online video platform available as a SaaS solution. The launch of online video monetization and the Dokeos plug-in are just two of Libcast’s recent achievements, proving its ability to innovate and deliver. Libcast already has prestigious clients, such as HEC Paris business school, thanks to the platform’s scalability and the support it lends to advanced projects, including Web TV and MOOC (which is a lecture-broadcasting portal). www.libcast.com/en   MASKOTT   MASKOTT has the consulting expertise that will help clients to manage the definition, planning and implementation of multimedia-equipment projects. The company offers a complete solution for digital projects with a range of hardware and software tools including interactive whiteboards, mobile classrooms, network infrastructures, personal computers, pedagogical content, podcasting, servers, software components, and tablets. www.maskott.com/ Milliweb   Milliweb’s technology turns tablets, computers and USB sticks into full-featured desktops for education. The solution includes advanced administration/customisation functionalities and, with the company’s Digital Course Manager, teachers can create their own e-learning sessions and easily transfer them over to students’ devices. Milliweb’s Millibox solution makes blended-learning sessions accessible to all, with or without internet access. www.milliweb.fr   NVIDIA   NVIDIA is a world leader in visual-computing technologies and is now bringing its unique video-gaming expertise to the education sector. Thanks to its technology, based around grid servers linked to the Cloud, NVIDIA makes serious gaming and rich content-based educational solutions available to students and teachers anytime, anywhere, and on any device (tablets, smartphones, PCs, etc.).  www.nvidia.eu   Orange Digital School   Orange Digital School is an all-inclusive, ready-to-use platform providing all the necessary equipment (carrying case, tablets, video-projector, Wi-Fi/LAN/4G router, etc.), online services, resources, training, software, and support. It gives access to an array of resources, enabling teachers to build courses and students to practise working independently and confidentially at their own pace, through personalised learning. www.ecolenumerique.orange.fr/   Streetlab   Streetlab develops digital-learning resources that provide realistic simulations of a range of visual defects, offering users a unique, innovative, immersive and playful experience, as well as a better understanding. Scenarios are based on interviews with partially sighted people as well as the expertise of the Streetlab team (ergonomist, occupational therapist, optician-optometrist, etc.). www.streetlab-vision.com/en/   Unowhy   Unowhy has created SQOOL, a complete and secure solution combining tablets and Cloud computing. Unowhy provides an integrated educational solution on a touchscreen tablet, manufactured in France and designed specifically for the educational environment. Worldline, Unowhy’s partner company, offers a Cloud-computing solution that enables the storage of educational content and students’ personal data on secure hosting sites. www.unowhy.com   About UBIFRANCE   UBIFRANCE, in partnership with Afinef and Cap Digital, with the support of the French Ministry for Education and La French Tech, and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, is showcasing 14 French-based companies at the BETT trade show, on the French Pavilion (Stand C-98).   BETT 2015, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London (UK), from 21 to 24 January 2015.   For further information about BETT, please go to: www.bettshow.com   For further information about La French Tech, please go to: http://en.lafrenchtech.com/   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/     For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London - SW1Y 4SP – UK – Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 - KATE.RILEY@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at :www.ubifrance.com/uk  

Deco Party UK extends the invitation with launch of website for UK/Ireland

Marine Juillard - 25-nov.-2014 17:19:22
Christian Fabrications of France has launched www.deco-party.co.uk , an English-language e-commerce web portal selling a range of high-quality party decorations at affordable prices. Following success in France and at high-profile events in Britain and across Europe, Deco Party UK products are now available to B2B and B2C customers in the UK and Ireland. Deco Party UK products are already widely distributed in France and the company has supplied decorations for high-profile events across Europe and Britain. Most notably, Deco Party UK supplied confetti products for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 (in the UK), for the final of the Football World Cup in Berlin in 2006 (in Germany), for the Sotchi Olympic Games in 2014 (in Russia), for the parades at Disneyland Paris (in France), and for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 (in Azerbaijan). All Deco Party UK products are made in France to high standards and the company prides itself on their high quality, as well as its innovative and original designs. The products are sold directly from the manufacturer to the consumer, meaning that prices are attractive and affordable; electronic payments can be made via the website in pounds sterling and in euros. Another advantage to producing the articles on site is that stock is replenished on an ongoing basis and orders can be dispatched without delay. The Deco Party UK product range is suitable for private events (held for friends and family), corporate functions (such as company Christmas parties), and public events (such as those described above). The company operates in a flexible manner, so that it is able to supply both small and large volumes of goods at short notice, and can customize orders to the buyer’s requirements. Deco Party UK products include bunting, hand-held flags, hanging decorations, room decorations, street decorations, and table decorations for use in a variety of settings from birthdays, marriages and Christmas parties to concerts, nightclubs and sporting events. Also part of the range is a specially fireproofed silk paper, which is ideal for florists when wrapping bouquets of flowers, for wine merchants when packaging and protecting wine bottles, or simply for wrapping birthday and Christmas presents. Needless to say, Deco Party UK products are fully compliant with all regulations in the industry, including fire-prevention regulations, which is an obviously important point. Deco Party UK produces a large range of confetti in over 20 different colours and a variety of shapes including butterflies, hearts and rectangles. Carnival confetti and hand-held confetti guns are also available and are ideal for use at anniversaries, birthdays, sporting events, and weddings. Every weekend, three or four products in the Deco Party UK range are chosen to feature in a 15% discount promotional offer. Further information about this promotion can be found on the Deco Party UK Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/decopartyuk ). New products are created every fortnight, offering a greater range and choice for the customer. About Christian Fabrications SARL Christian Fabrications SARL is a French-based family-run specialist business that was founded in 1992 by Christian Challancin. The company has been managed by his wife, Chantal, and their children, Jean-Paul and Céline, since 1998. Christian Fabrications SARL is based in the Drôme area of south-eastern France. Deco Party UK is a division of Christian Fabrications SARL specialising in the manufacture of party goods (bunting, confetti, table decorations, etc.). The company has recently launched an English-language e-commerce website ( www.deco-party.co.uk ) with the intention of expanding its business in the British and Irish markets. Under the Deco Party UK name, Christian Fabrications SARL already sells its products to consumers based in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland. For further information, please go to www.deco-party.co.uk     For further information, please contact :    Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

SIVAL grows with expanded plant-sector event in Jan 2015

Marine Juillard - 24-nov.-2014 11:26:52
SIVAL, a leading European trade show for the crop-production sector, will be held from 13 to 15 January 2015 at the Angers Exhibition Centre, in Angers (Western France). As the foundation for Plants Week, this year’s show will once again be the key event in plant excellence for all sector professionals, welcoming more than 600 exhibitors and hosting a range of events. Plants Week consists of a week of events and conferences devoted to the plant sector, including Rencontres du Végétal (Plant Sector Meetings), the SIVAL trade show, the Vegepolys Symposium, and the new Vegepolys International Business Event (or VIBE). SIVAL will host several conferences, meetings and symposiums, whilst the SIVAL Forum will provide a platform for industry experts to give presentations on a variety of topics and address issues such as plant protection, evolving practices, and environmental, social and economic challenges. Vegepolys is a world-class cluster of excellence that brings together plant-sector professionals specialising in aromatic and perfumed plants, cider production, market gardening, medicinal plants, mushrooms, seeds, tobacco, tree farming, and winegrowing within the Pays de la Loire region. VIBE, the new event organised by Vegepolys, will take place on 12 and 13 January 2015, as part of the trade fair. This event is designed to bring together managers of innovative projects and international buyers, fostering dialogue during tours of the area and meetings with exhibitors and members of the Vegepolys cluster. The decision to host this event supports SIVAL’s strategy to establish itself internationally, both as Europe’s primary trade show for all plant production and as a leader in the fruit-and-vegetable sector. The SIVAL d’Or Contest, a competition to reward the most innovative projects in the field of plant-production techniques, is changing its name to the SIVAL Innovation Contest. From now on, this competition will incorporate a new Zoom Innovation (or Focus on Innovation) section, which will introduce candidates that have been preselected for the SIVAL Innovation Contest, as well as the winners of the Innovafood Contest, start-up companies in the plant sector, school and group projects, and more. Finally, the SIVAL Job Dating event will help to bring together applicants for jobs in the plant sector with the companies looking to fill the numerous vacancies that exist. Apart from the Vegepolys Symposium (already mentioned), meetings and conferences organised at the SIVAL trade show, next year, will include wine-tourism meetings organised by Interloire, the DEPHY-Ecophyto conference, the Euroviti symposium organised by the IFV, a Légumes de France conference, a conference on Winegrowing Engineering organised by ATV49meetings, and an Export/Market conference organised by the Anjou Winegrowing Federation and the region’s International Chamber of Commerce & Industry. A detailed programme, listing further events, will soon be available on the SIVAL website. About ANGERS EXPO CONGRES The City Authority of Angers is the main shareholder of ANGERS EXPO CONGRES, a locally based public-private partnership that has the status of a company (in French, Société Anonyme d’Economie Mixte Locale, or SAEML). It is chaired by Mr Jean Claude Bachelot, Deputy Mayor of Angers.   The role of ANGERS EXPO CONGRES is to manage and operate the Congress Centre and the Exhibition Centre in the city of Angers. These two sites are able to accommodate up to 600,000 visitors. The company organises over 300 events per year, including B2B and B2C trade shows, business meetings and conferences, in order to facilitate the region’s economic expansion. ANGERS EXPO CONGRES generates between €35 million and €40 million in economic benefits for the region. SIVAL, a leading European trade show for the crop-production sector, will be held from 13 to 15 January 2015 at the Angers Exhibition Centre, in the city of Angers (Western France). Further information about this year’s programme of events and conferences is available on the SIVAL Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information about the SIVAL trade fair, please go to: www.sival-angers.com For more information about ANGERS EXPO CONGRES, please go to: www.angers-expo-congres.com  For further information, please contact :   Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK - Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 KATE.RILEY@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

MobiWire cashes in with its Mobiprint³ terminal at Cartes Paris 2014

Marine Juillard - 04-nov.-2014 16:15:29
MobiWire will present Mobiprint3, the latest version of its transaction-processing terminal, at the Cartes Paris 2014 trade show, which is taking place from 4 to 6 November at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre (France). With almost 100,000 unit sales of the two previous generations of the product, MobiWire is proud to showcase its latest POS solution, which runs under Android OS. MobiWire, a recognised leader in the design, production and delivery of connected devices dedicated to cash and electronic transactions, is taking innovation a step further with Mobiprint3, its latest product. With a wide touchscreen, an Android OS, new sensors, high-performance battery life, and an ergonomic design, Mobiprint3 is the ideal POS terminal for distributors. MobiWire will present its new Mobiprint3 technology on Stand 4K028 at the Paris Cartes 2014 trade show, which is taking place from 4 to 6 November of this year at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, north of the French capital. The Mobiprint3 design is based on a smartphone architecture (GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, or HSPA), combined with a robust printer, which enables everyday transactions (cash collection, proof-of-purchase tickets, receipts, etc.) and POS data management. Adapted to, and designed primarily for, cash-payment regions in which banking services are hard to come by, Mobiprint3 replaces traditional bank accounts with cheaper mobile accounts that are particularly efficient for micro-payments. Mobiprint³ is indispensable in scenarios where physical proof of transaction is mandatory, such as air-time top-ups on mobile phones, money transfers from mobile accounts, mobile payments, and purchasing bus tickets with cash (or through an electronic transaction). About MobiWire MobiWire is a French-based manufacturer of mobile-telecommunications devices, which designs and delivers tailor-made, connected high-tech solutions on behalf of local and global players in the mobile-telecoms industry (including OEMs, mobile-telecoms operators and retailers) for the mass market, whilst also being adaptable to other markets.   MobiWire’s products match this dual-market approach since, on the one hand, the company produces smartphones that incorporate up-to-date consumer-market trends and technologies and, on the other, MobiWire is an expert in wireless-payment terminals, having successfully developed a range of mobile-payment devices dedicated to both cash and electronic transactions. MobiWire will be showcasing its products and technology on Stand 4K028 at the Paris Cartes 2014 trade show, which is taking place from 4 to 6 November 2014 at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, situated north of the French capital. For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.cartes.com For further information about the company, please go to its website: www.MobiWire.com You can also follow the company on social media: www.Facebook.com/MobiWire        Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

Lucibel’s products in the spotlight at LuxLive 2014

Marine Juillard - 23-oct.-2014 16:16:48
Lucibel of France, a major player in the LED lighting sector, will be exhibiting its innovative solutions at the LuxLive trade show, which will take place at the ExCel exhibition centre in London (UK) from 19 to 20 November 2014. Lucibel will present its brand-new-generation LED panel and its new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) concept designed for use in museums, galleries and showrooms. Lucibel, a specialist in the design and production of innovative lighting solutions based on Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology, will showcase two of its stand-out products at LuxLive 2014. The first is its brand-new-generation LED panel, which provides the best luminosity output to power consumption ratio on the market. This product offers unparalleled energy savings, outperforming similar products, and greatly increases the customer’s ROI. Lucibel will also present its new Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) concept designed for use in museums, galleries and showrooms. For the first time, Lucibel has combined Li-Fi technology with LED lighting to transform existing LED lighting elements into Li-Fi emitters that can then remotely transmit multimedia content (sound, video, geolocation, etc.) to a tablet or smartphone. Using an indoor geolocation application on a tablet device, visitors have direct and automatic access to interactive content corresponding to the object on display. This virtual guide gives traditional visits a whole new dimension, making them more natural and intuitive. Lucibel’s solution is an integral part of the LED lighting element and requires no additional infrastructure or energy consumption. It can be featured in multiple applications, and reflects the company’s ambition to offer more than a simple lighting function, allowing customers to benefit from the many opportunities proposed by LED technology. The multiple advantages of LEDs have made them the preferred technology for new lighting sources. LED lighting efficiency reduces energy consumption by up to 80% compared to traditional technologies, increases operating life by up to 20 times, and can be controlled remotely or programmed to interact with its surroundings. Further advantages of LED technology include its homogenous, flicker-free luminous flux, excellent colour rendering, immediate illumination, lack of sensitivity to on/off switching cycles, and a wide range of integration and customisation possibilities. The company develops and produces the majority of its products in its own factories in France, selecting the best components on the market and ensuring that technical aspects are constantly being improved. Lucibel focuses on the professional market segments in which its solutions contribute maximum added value to the customer, such as hotels and restaurants, offices and industry, public authorities, and retail. As well as guaranteeing technical performance and energy efficiency, Lucibel also designs specific solutions adapted to client specifications and whose benefits go beyond lighting functions alone. Such benefits include incomparable product or site enhancement to boost customer visits and sales activity, a quality of light that improves well-being and productivity of employees, intelligent management of light sources to optimise energy consumption, and new functionalities such as the transmission of wireless data to enrich visitor experience. Lucibel has a dedicated London-based team that works closely with clients on their projects, advising and informing them about relevant applicable standards and undertaking return on investment studies. The team can also carry out studies into lighting, 3D simulations, and thermal dissipation. About Lucibel Lucibel is an innovative French company that designs new-generation lighting products and solutions based on LED technology. In 2013, Lucibel generated a consolidated turnover of €21.5 million, versus €6.3 million in 2012, equating to an 87% increase on a like-for-like basis. The company markets its products in over 30 countries and has seven international subsidiaries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with exports accounting for 24% of sales in 2013. Lucibel will be exhibiting its products and solutions at the LuxLive trade show, which will take place at the ExCel exhibition centre in London (UK) from 19 to 20 November 2014. The company is working to continue its growth in Europe, in particular on the UK market, and is looking to meet potential partners at the trade show. Visitors are encouraged to visit the stand to discover more about the new LED panels and LiFi experience. For further information about the company, please go to:  www.lucibel.com For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.luxlive.co.uk Lucibel is listed on the Alternext Paris equity trading market. Ticker symbol: ALUCI. Code ISIN: FR0011884378L Lucibel is eligible for the PEA PME and FCPIs.    For further information, please contact :    Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP – UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk

VIRTUALDIVE is fully immersed at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 20-oct.-2014 17:34:31
VIRTUALDIVE of France, a start-up dedicated to the development of applications that allow internet users to discover and explore ocean depths,  will showcase its innovative technology at this year’s Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. VIRTUALDIVE is keen to meet potential investors as part of its strategy for international growth. VIRTUALDIVE has created the Ocean Connected project, which is an application that allows internet users to discover and explore ocean depths, in real-time, from their home computers, tablets or smart phones. The main objective of this global project is to overcome unawareness amongst the general public about the ocean and the vital role that it plays in the survival of life on earth. With new technologies linked to underwater robotics, virtual diving eliminates actual aquatic immersion, which is the main obstacle to traditional diving in terms of both risk and cost. Rather than being individual and secluded, virtual diving remains constantly connected with the external world and information sources. The project also adds value and offers new growth perspective to diving centres and the industry as a whole, which has been slow to adapt to a more digital environment. The Ocean Connected application is a technological breakthrough in the industry. The system links a connected and submersible mobile device, named Dolphyn, with a multisided web platform and dedicated applications, allowing two global networks to interact and generate revenue. On one side there are the underwater content producers (divers, snorkellers, yacht owners, marine reserves, etc.) and on the other are the content consumers (Internet users). For a minimal cost, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, any internet user will have the opportunity to follow a qualified diving instructor and interactively discover and study – through links to their social network – the hidden wonders of ocean. Currently, traditional diving activities are undertaken by just 0.4% of the population but, thanks to Ocean Connected, these activities now have the opportunity to attract the interest and attention of 2.5 billion internet users around the world. For the first time, a viable alternative is available to the millions of people that will never practice scuba diving but that are interested in the direct observation and knowledge of the subsea environment. This digital alternative combines virtual and augmented realities, geo caching, live video streaming, gaming, eLearning, cloud computing, and networking, to enrich the video images collected by professional divers and open up access to thousands of diving sites, coral reefs, marine reserves and historical wrecks.  VIRTUALDIVE successfully completed a six year R&D programme, which was financed by the Agence Nationale de Recherche (French National Research Agency), regional institutions and the European Commission (FP7262160). The proof of concept (POC) was approved and pre-serial industrial production was launched, leading to the first sales of the product. Usage will be closely monitored in order to gather information and feedback from customers and users.  The company, which is a family owned SME, will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit 2014 and is looking to meet external investors. Fresh funds are required to enter the global market, supported by a strong digital marketing campaign and a consistent strategy for industrialisation. For the first round of funding, the company is looking for between €1.5 and €2 million over the course of 2015. These funds will be used to hire a team of executives that will manage the company during its development phase; to cover the marketing launch; to acquire the industrial technology systems; and to proceed with technical and technological improvements in line with market demand. The withdrawal of the first external investors is expected by 2020, with an investment multiplier of 10. About VIRTUALDIVE The founders of VIRTUALDIVE, Alain and Antonio Dinis are serial entrepreneurs and have over 50 years of international experience in the management of innovative technologies, combining their technical background with strong marketing competencies. They have been working together for more than 10 years and have assembled a team of five experts in different disciplines.  Furthermore, they are supported by four research laboratories and specialised SMEs that provide a platform for exponential growth of the project. For further information about VIRTUALDIVE, please go to: www.virtualdive.com VIRTUALDIVE will be exhibiting at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society in Ireland from 4 to 6 November 2014. For further information about the Dublin Web Summit, please go to: www.websummit.net         Ms Kate RILEY- Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London SW1Y 4SP - UK Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : www.ubifrance.com/uk  
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