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French tech cluster PICOM innovates in retail at EUROSHOP 2014

Coline BORDET - 23-janv.-2014 17:59:55
For the first time, France’s PICOM competitiveness cluster is exhibiting at the EUROSHOP 2014 trade show. PICOM, which is supported by the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, will be presenting seven of its members in the EUROCIS Section. EUROSHOP is the foremost international exhibition for solutions and equipment in the distribution sector; the trade fair will take place from 16 to 20 February 2014 in Düsseldorf (Germany).     PICOM, which was established in 2006 in the north of France (near the city of Lille), is France’s competitiveness cluster for the retail sector: PICOM has, among its members, most of France’s biggest retailers as well as 15 R&D centres. PICOM is supported by the regional council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.   PICOM will be presenting seven of its members on the French Pavilion, organized by UBIFRANCE, at Display 7aG24 (Hall 7), at the EUROSHOP trade fair. EUROSHOP will take place in mid-February (16 to 20), in Düsseldorf (Western Germany).   PICOM is currently building a strategy involving partnerships abroad. It is unifying a network of businesses and R&D facilities with a wide range of acknowledged competencies. Over 100 companies are now partners in the Cluster, one-third of which are technology SMEs, as well as 15 research laboratories gathering several hundred researchers specialised in ICT.   The French companies that will be showcased at EUROSHOP all run innovative projects in connection with the areas of activity covered by the Cluster. Visitors are encouraged to visit the stand to meet representatives from each of the companies listed below. Further information on the exhibitors can be provided on request.   Idées-3.com   Idées-3.com is a digital agency specializing in innovative and interactive customer experiences. It helps companies make their catalogues more interactive and accessible to customers.   www.idees-3com.com   Kylii Motion   Kylii Motion develops digital animations for brands and businesses to link or strengthen relations with their visitors, their audience or their customers. The technology and applications software, which employs gesture control and augmented reality, is intended for use by professionals to animate visitor attractions and events.   www.kylii-motion.com   Natural Security   Natural Security stores biometric data, which is used for authentication, on a Secure Element such as a key fob, micro-SD, smart card, token or smartphone. All information is exchanged using secure, mid-range, contactless technology, enabling strong authentication without manipulation. The absence of a database makes the Natural Security authentication process very easy to integrate into existing solutions.   www.naturalsecurity.com   Onyme Opinion   Onyme Opinion is a real-time management solution for customer feedback. The solution is able to measure, follow and analyse the customer experience. Onyme Opinion delivers the key satisfaction (and dissatisfaction) points, which are directly extracted from comments voiced by the customer himself (or herself).   www.onyme.com     Phocéis   Phocéis is one of the leading French mobile-communications agencies, specializing in connected commerce.  The company has started its international expansion, working cross-channel strategy projects with major brands in the retail and distribution sectors (Auchan, But, 3 Suisses etc.). Phocéis is able to handle all projects on iOS, Android or Windows-Phone platforms, as well as on HTML5 mobile websites.   www.phoceis.com   Webpulser   Webpulser assists companies in the development of innovative projects utilizing web technologies and agile-development methodology. Prototypes can be developed within a few weeks in order to test innovative new uses provided by 3D printing in the retail world.   www.webpulser.com     Zetes   Zetes is a highly specialized international group and a pioneer in identification and mobility solutions: the business is based on building connections, be they focused on physical movements and digital flows, customers and their critical data, consumers and corporations, or citizens and governments. By using the most innovative technologies, the company allows its customers to improve speed, quality and accuracy in order to be at the cutting edge of their industry.   www.zetes.fr     About PICOM   PICOM, which was established in 2006 in Northern France (near the city of Lille), is France’s competitiveness cluster for the retail sector: PICOM has, among its members, most of France’s largest retailers as well as 15 R&D centres. PICOM is supported by the regional council of Nord-Pas-de-Calais.   PICOM’s R&D policy runs along several avenues of research, including that of ubiquitous worlds (where it will become possible for consumers to shop anywhere, at any time), as illustrated by the New Shopping Experience® concept.   Launched in 2010, this initiative heralds what the shopping experience will be like in the near future. It is being implemented with the help of innovative SMEs and ICT research teams, and supported by major distribution brands. In the past four years, the New Shopping Experience® scheme has staged over 30 innovative projects.   In 2013, PICOM began a new approach by creating the Shopping Innovation Lab, a project which was recently taken up by the French government thanks to its Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir (or Future Investments Programme).   The programme, driven by PICOM and its partners, is the only one of its kind in Europe and provides genuine backing for innovation in the field of commerce and related technologies. The programme will feature an R&D laboratory, with fully equipped technological facilities, and will provide businesses and research teams with high value-added services to boost innovation in commerce.   For further information, go to: www.picom.fr       For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3899 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/    

France is Brand Licensing Europe at London Olympia and beyond

Joanna Routaboul - 07-oct.-2013 13:54:24
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, is organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, which will be held at Olympia, in London (UK), from 15 to 17 October 2013. The Pavilion, with the support of French Licensing Federation F2D2, will feature eight licensing specialists that work with clients including Moulin Rouge®, Astérix and The Dakar Rally.   A major event in the licensing industry, Brand Licensing Europe is now in its 15th successful year, and offers visitors the perfect opportunity to come face to face with brand owners, to discover up-and-coming brands, and to learn more about the industry at free seminars and discussions.   A delegation of eight French companies will be at the trade fair, sharing a pavilion (Stand E115) organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and supported by F2D2, the French Licensing Federation.   The participating companies are listed below; further information is available on request.   Astérix   Astérix, the hero of the Gauls, was first created in 1959 by comic-book artist and illustrator Albert Uderzo and comic-book writer Rene Gosciny. Since then, Astérix has enjoyed worldwide fame thanks to a series of 34 albums. Hachette, the publisher of Astérix, has recently celebrated selling 350 million copies, making Astérix the world’s best-selling book series. A 35th album is due for release on 24 October 2013; it is the outcome of the collaboration of two new creators: Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad. Entitled Astérix and the Picts, the story takes place in the highlands of Scotland. In 2014, Astérix will also appear in his first Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) movie — an adaptation of the book, The Mansion of the Gods. www.asterix.com   Gaumont Animation   Gaumont Animation’s CGI series Calimero (© Pagot) is scheduled for release in 2014 across Europe’s leading free-to-air platforms, including TF1, Super RTL, Rai Due and Disney Junior UK. Calimero was also picked up by TV Tokyo, RTS and Tele-Quebec. Gaumont Animation acts as global agent on behalf of the intellectual-property owner.   www.gaumontanimation.com   Glénat   Glénat is a French publishing house specializing in comic books and the manga universe. The company was founded in 1972 by publisher Jacques Glénat and now has collaborators all over the world, from Switzerland and Spain to Canada. Glénat was the first publisher to introduce the Japanese manga to France with the release of Akira and Dragon Ball and, in 2011, three of its manga series (One Piece, Dragon Ball and Bleach) were ranked in the top five on the list of best-selling manga. In 2010, Glénat branched out and became the publisher of consumer magazines ELLE, ELLE à Table, Paris Match and Psychologies.   www.glenat.com   Moulin Rouge SA   Moulin Rouge SA owns the rights to the worldwide trademarks and imagery of Moulin Rouge®, which stems from the Parisian cabaret. The company provides specialist services through a growing portfolio of high-end licences, worldwide brand expansion, and licence development for everyday merchandise.   www.moulinrougestore.com   France Televisions Distribution (FTD)   France Televisions Distribution (FTD) is a rights distributor and brand manager that works with producers and licensors to maximise the revenue of TV programmes across all media platforms. FTD proposes global strategies that cover co-production, licensing, distribution, cross-overs between different media (from magazines to video on demand), and events tailored to audio-visual programmes.   www.tvfrance.com   Luluben   Luluben is an online French-language company that provides users with a platform to send personalized messages, poems and e-cards to loved ones. Luluben,  the heart-shaped character, guides users through the website. Users can also interact with Luluben by signing up to receive monthly poems and updates as well as downloadable colours, images and backgrounds to design personalized cards. Luluben is also available as a mobile application and has an active Facebook page.   www.luluben.com   AZ Design   AZ Design’s new brand, known as iD, encompasses three areas of design: Funny iD for humorous designs, iD Deco for elegant designs, and iD Philo for contemplative designs. The creative, dynamic and humorous designs appeal to all generations and tastes. In 2014, the iD team will work with Viquel, a manufacturer of school supplies, on a novel range of school bags to be sold in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.   www.club-id.com   Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO)   The Amaury Sport Organisaton (ASO) is a creator and organizer of international sporting events, including the Dakar Rally. First launched in 1978 by Thierry Sabine, the Dakar Rally has been run by ASO since 1993. Considered to be one of the most challenging rallies in the world, it brings together more than 740 competitors from over 50 nationalities. The 2014 race will begin on 11 April in Argentina and will finish on 16 May in Spain.   www.aso.fr   About F2D2   Created in 2009, the French Licensing Federation (or F2D2) is the official body representing the French licensing industry. F2D2 is open to IP owners and licensing agents based (and conducting business) in the French-speaking countries and regions of Europe. F2D2 is also an established think tank and a trusted source of information for its members. Since 2011, F2D2 has been the organiser of the French Licensing Awards.   http://f2d2infos.blogspot.com   About UBIFRANCE   The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK is the London office of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency, whose remit is to support French-based companies in their international development. The French Trade Commission organises B2B events and provides a range of services to French-based businesses in order to assist them in the UK.    UBIFRANCE is showcasing eight French companies (Stand E115) at Brand Licensing Europe, which is due to take place at the London Olympia exhibition hall, in Central London (UK), from 15 to 17 October 2013.   For further information about Brand Licensing Europe, please go to: www.brandlicensing.eu   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3888 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/  

Vet’Care Consult® launches 21st-century pet-care service across UK

Joanna Routaboul - 09-mai-2013 13:48:27
The Vet’Care Consult® (or VCC) service, already fully operational in the USA, is being deployed across France and Europe, and has now arrived in the UK. At a cost of about £40 per month or less, this comprehensive, innovative, and interactive service enables veterinary surgeons to explain diagnoses and illustrate treatments of pets to their owners more effectively.   VCC, developed by French-based specialist company Medi-Productions, strengthens the relationship between the client and the vet, ensuring better clinical outcomes for the animals concerned, with positive commercial ramifications at all levels for the veterinary practice.   Accessible through a computer, iPad, tablet or other terminal, the VCC service integrates a detailed, 3D multilingual encyclopaedia (illustrated by video-clips and animated items) of common ailments and injuries suffered by pets. At a later stage, the service will be available for other domesticated animals.   Medi-Productions, the company that has designed and developed VCC, presented its novel solution for veterinary surgeons at the BSAVA Congress between 4 and 7 April 2013, in Birmingham (England). [On the occasion of the BSAVA event, a detailed press pack was made available by Medi-Productions, presenting the company’s VCC service: to access the press pack, click on the link featured at the bottom of this press release.]   The Vet’Care Consult® service is a 3D animation encyclopaedia of common animal conditions describing, in an interactive and didactic mode, all the usual problems affecting the animals. There is no sound and no text. The entire content is based on the animated data sheets and the videos, with just a few text captions, since it is the vet who does the talking. This makes VCC easy to use, with the potential for a worldwide roll-out.   Several species of animals — dogs, cats, rodents, birds, reptiles, horses, cattle, etc. — will be covered by VCC and animated data sheets are to be added to the database and updated on an ongoing basis. The pet collection has been produced first.   More than 60 generic topics have been identified, divided into 22 sections. Vet’Care Consult® files include various common conditions involving all species, and also all organs and systems — eye, ear, heart, dermatology, gastroenterology, osteoarticular issues, reproduction, etc. The VCC content is available in nine languages (including English) and already used by hundreds of practitioners across Europe and North America.   Classic videos are included in the database to illustrate, for example, an actual treatment route (e.g.: video-clip of a vet technician cleaning the ears of a dog). Radiographs and ultrasound images are included when appropriate to best illustrate the various disorders that can affect the animal.   Each topic and chapter has been produced under scientific supervision and validated by certified veterinarians in order to make sure that the content is academically sound, which guarantees the quality of the information given.   The Vet’Care Consult® interface and content is accessible via a website, but also as a tablet solution (currently iPad and Windows 8 and, in the near future, Android). The VCC platform is accessible on Apple Store.   The content library is already very rich: it features over 600 pieces of animation and several hundred illustrations. The service is available on subscription, as an electronic journal, or as an online communication stream, for a sum well below the average spend for a consultation.   For the web-based or iPad version, VCC costs £41 per month (i.e. £492 for one year, in 12 instalments), and the service is delivered in the manner of a licensed software package. A discount is possible if the client pays cash up front, in which case VCC costs £410 for a year (i.e. 12 months for the price of 10). The VCC service is delivered on the basis of a one-year subscription, minimum.   The return on investment is tangible for the vet, since using VCC improves the treatment of animals (hence clinical outcomes) and facilitates the relationship with the pet owner; all of this, in turn, raises the profile of the practice and increases customer satisfaction.   About BSAVA   The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) is dedicated to promoting excellence in small-animal practice through education and science.   For further information about BSAVA, please go to:   http://www.bsava.com/BSAVACongress/tabid/74/Default.asp   About Medi-Productions   Launched in the USA in the summer of 2012, Vet’Care Consult® (VCC) is now arriving in Britain. VCC has existed for 2 ½ years and is already used by hundreds of practitioners across North America and Europe.   Medi-Productions is headquartered in Limoges (in central France), with an office in Cambridge (in England).   To watch the demonstration video, please go to: www.mediproductions.com (under Vet’Care Consult®)   To download the full press pack on the VCC service, please to: http://www.ubifrance.com/medias/document/medi-productions-press-pack-march-2013_9_5_2013_44_34.pdf   For further information about the company, please go to:   www.mediproductions.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3858 Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 katherine.woods@ubifrance.fr   View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

France is Brand Licensing Europe and beyond

Amal Froidevaux - 09-oct.-2012 15:58:04
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, is organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, which will be held from 16 to 18 October 2012 in London (UK). The Pavilion, which is supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), will feature 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others. A major event in the licensing industry, Brand Licensing Europe will be held at the Olympia exhibition centre in central London (UK) from 16 to 18 October 2012. In 2011, this leading trade show hit a record attendance with 7,430 visitors, a rise of 22% on 2010. A delegation of 10 French companies will be at the trade fair, sharing an 84m² pavilion (Stand D130) organised by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and supported by F2D2, the French Licensing Federation. The companies are listed below; further information is available on request. Alphanim Alphanim’s Licensing & Marketing Department develops and manages brand-licensing and merchandising programmes for both fully owned and third-party brands. Among other clients, Alphanim manages global rights to 50-year-old cartoon brand Calimero and represents US film studio The Jim Henson Company in French-speaking countries of Europe. www.alphanim.com BESOMEONE Rooted in urban culture since 2003, BESOMEONE is an original, creative and competitive urban- and street-wear fashion brand. The company stresses the fact that it differs from the competition by way of its original creations, its complementary range of products and its values, such as respect and diversity. www.besomeone.fr Cyber Group Studios Cyber Group Studios is a multi-award-winning independent producer and distributor specialising in quality children’s programming with an international appeal. Through its Marketing and Licensing Department, the company has also developed a consumer-product licensing activity for each of its productions. www.cybergroupstudios.com/ France Televisions Distribution France Televisions Distribution (FTD) is a rights distributor and brand manager that works with producers and licensors to maximise the revenue of television programmes across all media platforms. FTD proposes global strategies that cover co-production, licensing, distribution, cross-overs between different media (from magazines to video on demand), and events tailored to audiovisual programmes. http://www.francetv.com/ Les Editions Albert René Since 1959, Les Editions Albert René has managed the Asterix rights globally. Asterix, originally a series of French comics, is now an international expanded licence that is well known, thanks to more than 350 million comic books sold worldwide, eight animated movies, three live-action films, a theme park, and hundreds of spin-off products. www.asterix.com Moonscoop Specialising in licensing, promotion, retail and television, Moonscoop thinks globally, with vertical integration across the entertainment value chain, from production to distribution, consumer products and new media. The company’s core values are to establish properties with longevity, while innovating and diversifying. http://www.moonscoop.com/ Moulin Rouge SA Moulin Rouge SA owns the rights to the trademarks and imagery of Moulin Rouge® (which stems from the Parisian cabaret) worldwide. The company provides specialist services through a growing portfolio of high-end licences, worldwide brand expansion, and licence development for everyday merchandise. www.moulinrougestore.com/ Propertiz Propertiz’s portfolio includes the licences of French production companies Method Animation and Onyx Films. Propertiz handles the rights of a number of children-focused properties, including, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) in close collaboration with the Saint-Exupéry-d’Agay Estate and a global network of licensing agents, as well as Peter Pan (worldwide, excluding France). www.propertiz-licensing.com/ Roland-Garros Collection Founded in 1987 for the French Open tennis tournament, Roland-Garros Collection now has a much wider presence in Brazil, China and across Europe. The company has enhanced its image worldwide through its co-branded products, including Adidas, Peugeot and Swatch, and is now opening up to new categories of products. http://www.rolandgarros.com/index.html Teo Jasmin A French household name for gifts, Teo Jasmin is launching its mascot, Teo Cherry, as an official licence. Although the bulldog mascot is already licensed in the stationery, interior-design, games, telecoms and gift fields, Teo Jasmin is looking to expand further the visibility of Teo Cherry. http://www.teojasmin.com/en/ About F2D2 Created in 2009, the French Licensing Federation (or F2D2) is the official body representing the French licensing industry. F2D2 is open to IP owners and licensing agents based (and conducting business) in the French-speaking countries and regions of Europe. F2D2 is also an established think tank and a trusted source of information for its members. Since 2011, F2D2 has been the organiser of the French Licensing Awards. http://f2d2infos.blogspot.com     About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, legal issues and regulations, as well as international finance and tenders, while also supplying sectorial data. In addition, UBIFRANCE offers export advice and targeted support to companies’ commercial activities, such as exploratory visits, partnership meetings, foreign exhibitions and international press communication. Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France. UBIFRANCE is showcasing 10 French companies at Brand Licensing Europe, which will take place at the London Olympia exhibition hall in London (UK) from 16 to 18 October 2012. The French Pavilion will be located on Stand D130. For further information about Brand Licensing Europe, please go to:   http://www.brandlicensing.eu/   For further information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

French movie industry attracts record number of international producers

Pierre Mancini - 12-juin-2012 12:56:19
France’s movie industry is prospering: in 2011, 272 approved films were produced, which is the highest number yet. The number of co-productions with a majority non-French backing was also at its highest in 2011: 65 films were shot, as compared to 58 in 2010. This appeal is due to various factors, including France’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (known as TRIP).   “The co-production of films with majority [non-French] backing reached record levels in 2011. This is largely due to the expertise of French professionals, technicians, and image/sound engineers, as well as the beauty of France’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. Excellent transport and communications infrastructures, efficient public services and a wide choice of hotels further enhance the attractiveness of France for foreign professionals in this sector,” explains David Appia, Chairman and CEO of the Invest in France Agency (IFA).   In 2011, 272 films were produced in France, which is the highest number ever approved in a single year, according to the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (or CNC, France’s National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image).   The number of films (207) and amount of funding (€1.128 billion) for French-produced films within France remained largely unchanged in 2011. However, there were 120 co-production films (as compared to 118 in 2010), and the number of films with a majority non-French backing was higher than ever, with 65 movies (against 58 in 2010). Belgium, Germany and Italy were the leading co-production countries.   These figures confirm the French film industry’s power to attract foreign partners. In 2011, non-French productions shot in France included Sherlock Holmes 2 (USA) and Chinese Zodiac (China), as well as two TV series from the UK — Death in Paradise and Merlin. Movies such as Hereafter, directed by Clint Eastwood, Hugo, by Martin Scorsese, and Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, were also shot in the country.   France’s attractiveness in this field is partly due to the country’s Tax Rebate for International Productions (or TRIP), which was introduced in 2009. TRIP supports non-French companies making part or all of a film in France by covering up to 20% of eligible production costs in the country. Subsidies granted by local authorities also support cinema and audio-visual productions.   France’s expertise in digital visual effects and animation sustains a buoyant sector, thanks to a range of projects for international audiences such as the production of The Lorax, an American movie that achieved record box-office sales in the USA. With companies such as BUF Compagnie, Mac Guff and Mikros Image, France has acquired a worldwide reputation in the field of special effects and 3D technology, as will be in evidence in The Grandmasters, the forthcoming movie by Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.   Home to the annual Cannes Film Festival (which takes place in Cannes, on the French Riviera) and the Deauville American Film Festival (which takes place in Deauville, on the Normandy coast), France is a privileged location in Europe for cinema and audio-visual productions. The country’s attractiveness is also reflected in the presence in France of such international companies as Fox Searchlight Pictures (a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox), Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France, NBC Universal Global Networks France, and Sony Pictures France.   France has various organisations and facilities that support film production within the country. Film France is an association that helps foreign producers make useful contacts with French-based production companies, while on-location assistance is offered via a regional network of film support offices. Film studios in regions such as Ile-de-France (i.e. Paris and its region) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (in South-Eastern France), along with other production facilities in cities such as Lille and Lyons, are able to accommodate productions destined for global audiences.   The number of Oscars awarded to The Artist and the international success of The Intouchables confirm the vibrancy and global reach of the French movie industry.   About Invest in France Agency   Invest in France Agency (IFA) is France’s national agency responsible for promoting and facilitating international investment in France. IFA also co-ordinates a range of initiatives in order to promote France’s economic attractiveness and stimulate inward investment.   The IFA network operates worldwide, with offices within France as well as in North and South America, in Europe, in the Middle East, and in the rest of Asia. Within France, IFA works in partnership with regional development agencies to offer international investors outstanding business opportunities and customised services.   The Tax Rebate for International Production (or TRIP) is administered by Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animé (CNC), with applications assessed by Film France.   For further information about CNC, please go to: www.cnc.fr   For further information about Film France, please go to www.filmfrance.net, or contact: rebate@filmfrance.net   For further information about IFA, please go to: www.investinfrance.org

Pôle Images gives digital French touch an international dimension

Philippe Amann - 26-mars-2012 18:10:32
With the Pôle Images high-tech cluster for the imaging industry, and with its network of companies, R&D institutions and specialist schools, the Lille region has become an international magnet for digital design and creativity across Europe, whose reputation is established as far afield as India.  Mobile-phone applications, special effects, video games, touchpads, 3D animation, serious games — digital design is all around us. The French touch is recognised and valued worldwide in this field, as it reflects unique expertise and creativity across the digital-design industry. And it is the Lille region that is home to a number of outstanding innovators, who have attracted international attention.  Lille and its surrounding region stand out in terms of digital design thanks to the state-of-the-art training programmes that are on offer across Northern France. The region also has facilities for companies in the industry, while the sector’s dynamic growth is reflected in the development of Pôle Images, a dedicated high-tech cluster. Various schools located in the region, which are recognised for their excellence as far afield as India, have underpinned the sector’s growth in the Lille region. Supinfocom, Supinfogame and L’Institut Supérieur du Design (the Higher Institute for Design), all located in the Lille region, are international references in the digital sector and constitute the Supinfogroup. These schools are currently training 1,200 students in animation, video games and industrial design. Upon finishing their studies, the young professionals are immediately snapped up by major animation studios (such as PIXAR and DREAMWORKS) or by games companies of international repute (such as GAMELOFT, UBISOFT and HYDRAVISION). Supinfogroup’s reputation now stretches as far as India, where the group of schools has been selected by private investors in order to set up a campus dedicated to multimedia technology and video games at Pune (near Mumbai). The investors were particularly impressed by the quality of the films presented by the students and by the prizes that they have won at several international festivals. Built and financed by an Indian real-estate magnate, the brand-new campus already welcomes 350 students. Billed as the Oxford of South Asia, Pune attracts students from across the world — a resounding endorsement of Supinfogroup’s expertise and excellence. The ambitions of the Lille region, however, are not limited to training the elite of the digital-design industry: Northern France also intends to develop highly innovative projects across a region that is blessed with exceptional sites for this very purpose. The Plaine Images business park aims to promote the development of a world-class centre of excellence dedicated to imaging technology, and to support the convergence of expertise, businesses, screens and formats that characterize the sector. Today, Plaine Images concentrates 50 companies employing 1,000 staff. Housed in a group of buildings, on a five-hectare former industrial site, which have been restored to the highest standards, Plaine Images promotes the development of its on-site businesses and the synergies that exist between the various sectors within the imaging industry. In order to create dynamic links between artistic projects, companies and research laboratories, Plaine Images is home to a business incubator. One of the most notable and newest ventures on the site is the Imaginarium, a platform where businesses, artists, training entities as well as R&D teams can meet and collaborate to boost their creativity and generate new content. At the end of 2012, the Imaginarium will become home to a research-innovation-development space that will be unique in France and, in fact, in Europe. The Imaginarium is backed by the University of Lille and by CNRS (France’s National Centre for Scientific Research) and will concentrate on visual studies. It will provide state-of-the-art equipment such as a virtual-visit platform, a perception/action laboratory, and various workshops for artistic experimentation. For its part, the Serre Numérique (literally, the Digital Greenhouse) is set occupy 15,000m² in Valenciennes. In September 2013, the schools in the Supinfogroup will move to the Serre Numérique, which is structured around a simple idea — “Digital design in all its forms”. The Serre Numérique will bring together business leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, researchers, teachers, students and artists with the aim of embracing every area of digital design, from video games, animation and virtual worlds to industrial simulation, urban design, product design, 3D, and many more. Serre Numérique, more particularly, intends to focus on the segment known as serious games. It will be a unique venue, where training, funding and research will combine to create a stimulating environment for carrying out projects with high added value. The Pôle Images is the backbone of the digital cluster that the Lille region has turned into in the past decade or so. The Pôle Images cluster of excellence comprises 120 companies, 27 specialist training centres and schools, 22 R&D bodies, and nine professional associations. The cluster’s role is to stimulate growth in the sector by facilitating partnerships between businesses, training centres and researchers who operate in the field of imaging. Pôle Images is also developing a European perspective on the sector, by establishing cross-border links with similar clusters in other European countries, as well as encouraging synergies for generating creative content.   About Nord France Invest Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment-promotion agency for the city of Lille and its region. The agency helps to develop businesses and assists them in making the most out of their move to Northern France. Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up. In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest draws on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners. Nord France Invest has issued this press release. Nord France Invest can be contacted directly on nfinvest@nfinvest.fr . For further information, please go to: www.nordfranceinvest.fr

Conscio Technologies takes Sensiwave to Infosecurity 2012

Philippe Amann - 21-mars-2012 17:59:57
Conscio Technologies of France, the developer of IT-security awareness programme Sensiwave, opened its London office in October 2011. Having enjoyed sustained growth since 2007 in the French market, Conscio now plans to sell Sensiwave, its flagship software suite available in SaaS mode, on the British market and beyond. A major contract has been signed with a UK-based oil group already. Conscio will be at the Infosecurity trade show in Central London from 24 to 26 April 2012. Conscio Technologies has been able to capitalize on its brand name and on the quality of Sensiwave, its unique solution, which has resulted in the signature of a major contract with a large oil group in the UK. Sensiwave is an innovative, interactive and flexible software suite that facilitates the implementation of in-house awareness-raising campaigns within client entities. Conscio Technologies intends to build on this initial success in the British market, as Michel Gérard, CEO of Conscio Technologies, explains: “The United Kingdom offers real opportunities for our international development, as much from the point of view of the British market itself as for possibilities of international expansion from here.” Alexandre Gras, Business Development Manager of Conscio Technologies in the UK, adds: “It is a real opportunity for us to be able to offer Sensiwave on the British market. In fact, thanks to our 100% adaptable solution, Sensiwave offers genuine perspectives in terms of the development of a strong in-house culture of total security [in the client entity] and, more than ever, we are committed to an approach of permanent improvement.”   Conscio Technologies will be on the French Pavilion (Stand K-75) at the Infosecurity 2012 trade show, due to take place at the Earl’s Court exhibition centre, in London (UK), between 24 and 26 April.   On the strength of its attractive subscription price — £5,700 for one year and for one administrator, excluding taxes and including the cost of integrating security contents — a host of organisations have already chosen Sensiwave for their in-house communications. Besides, Conscio Technologies offers 30 days’ free trial of its platform to help clients familiarise themselves with a new approach to in-house awareness campaigns.   Companies that use the solutions developed by Conscio Technologies include, among many others, Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Natixis, AXA, GDF Suez and Michelin.   Already present at Infosecurity in 2011, Conscio Technologies has decided to continue its expansion beyond the confines of its home market, and to attend Infosecurity 2012 in April. The London-based subsidiary of Conscio Technologies is its first international office: from the UK, the specialist company intends to build on its success in order to expand across Britain and beyond, in the rest of Europe as well as in the Middle East.   Sensiwave is a solution, available in SaaS mode, which enables business users to optimise internal communication (within the client entity). Sensiwave also raises awareness, among the company’s employees, of IT-security issues, thus helping to develop a corporate culture where security is never neglected. Beyond the issue of security, Sensiwave can assist in the management of change within the client entity: it helps with large-scale internal communication focused on change management (setting up new internal policies, preparing for relocation, etc.).   The platform developed by Conscio Technologies takes over the management of users and content, the creation of interfaces and communication portals, the uploading of material for the internal campaigns (aimed at the client entity’s staff), and the extraction of statistical data (individual and collective) regarding the awareness campaigns that have been deployed already.   To achieve all of this, Sensiwave puts at the disposal of corporate users a wide range of tools to help them create and improve awareness-raising campaigns. Those tools include 3D sketches (already available in the format of 3D animation films); quizzes to assess users’ knowledge of the subjects covered; surveys and in-house studies aimed at testing the state of mind of employees in relation to the issues covered; and, finally, many other third-party aids that can be incorporated (videos, PDF files, PPT files, internal media, photo albums, etc.).   By subscribing to the highly advanced tool that Sensiwave is, companies are able to put in place generic contents dedicated to IT security, with over 100 3D sketches offering a large range of scenarios and more than 100 quiz questions, which are 100% modifiable. As a result, Sensiwave can easily be adapted to the requirements and the activity of the client company.   The Sensiwave tools are integrated via web portals specifically created for the deployment of a specific awareness campaign. The subjects covered touch upon all the various themes that are central to IT security, such as passwords, viruses, messaging, phishing, social engineering, social networks, data protection, home IT security, and many more.   About Conscio Technologies Conscio Technologies is based in Paris (France) and London (UK). The company was founded in 2007 by Michel Gérard and Fabrice Frade, together with Grant & Partners, a Belgian investment fund. Conscio Technologies has developed Sensiwave, which is an innovative, interactive and flexible software solution facilitating the implementation of in-house awareness-raising campaigns within client entities. The company has been growing steadily, approaching a turnover of €500,000 in 2011. Conscio Technologies’ clients number over 50 and range from SMEs to large multinational groups, in an array of sectors. Conscio Technologies will be at the Infosecurity trade show at Earl’s Court, in London (UK), between 24 and 26 April 2012. The company will be on the French Pavilion (Stand K-75).   For further information about the trade show, please go to:   http://www.infosec.co.uk/   For further information about the company, please go to: www.conscio-technologies.com
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