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Qucit makes life easier at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 16-oct.-2014 18:46:07
Qucit, a prize winner at the Worldwide Innovation Challenge in July 2014, offers predictive analysis tools to optimise urban mobility, diminish pollution and improve the well-being of citizens. The company will be presenting its solutions on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. Founder of Qucit Raphaël Cherrier explains: “Our aim is to use the strength of real-time data, predictive analysis and machine learning to help improve the development of attractive and more sustainable towns, in terms of consumption of raw materials (energy, time and water). The company’s flagship product – which is a world first – is a prediction motor integrated with the Bonne Station system from Keolis Bordeaux that analyses the use of self-service bicycles in urban areas.   Over recent years, a number of conurbations have developed systems of self-service vehicles, the majority of which are bicycles. This new transport option is growing rapidly, both in terms of the number of participating towns and cities as well as the number of users. An additional 200 towns worldwide are currently equipping themselves to enable their inhabitants to benefit from self-service vehicles. One of the main problems encountered with self-service bicycles involves the restocking of docking stations. Restocking is essential to ensure a balance of available vehicles and empty docking points in any one station at any one time. Many stations are often badly balanced, with a lack of vehicles in some and a lack of parking places in others. At present, restocking is carried out by lorries that travel across town centres from station to station. This exercise creates pollution and congestion and has considerable room for improvement. There are numerous benefits to Qucit’s application, including facilitated network growth, service reliability and improved equipment quality. Statistical analysis allows for better breakdown detection and Qucit’s predictive analysis makes it possible to modify the use and control of the network of shared vehicles for a fraction of the current cost and without CO2 emission. Mr Cherrier adds: “We do not restrict ourselves to bicycles. Qucit’s next projects involve the extension of the self-service bicycle tool to other uses linked to the prediction of urban mobility (parking, public transport, etc.).” About Qucit Qucit was founded in May 2014 by Raphaël Cherrier, a former Lecturer at Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (ENSAM), a specialist engineering university in Paris. It currently has five employees but envisages rapid international growth. Qucit specialises in the development of real-time big-data analysis and predictive analysis tools that can be used to optimise mobility, lower pollution and improve the well-being of citizens in towns and cities across the world. These award-winning analysis solutions have been developed over a three-year research period as part of is an ongoing project in partnership with the LaBRI (Bordeaux Laboratory of Computer Research) and the IMB (Bordeaux Mathematics Institute). For further information about Qucit, please go to: http://www.qucit.com/ Qucit will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion 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: http://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

Qucit makes life easier at Dublin Web Summit 2014

Marine Juillard - 16-oct.-2014 18:33:49
Qucit, a prize winner at the Worldwide Innovation Challenge in July 2014, offers predictive analysis tools to optimise urban mobility, diminish pollution and improve the well-being of citizens. The company will be presenting its solutions on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion at the Dublin Web Summit, which will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from 4 to 6 November 2014. Founder of Qucit Raphaël Cherrier explains: “Our aim is to use the strength of real-time data, predictive analysis and machine learning to help improve the development of attractive and more sustainable towns, in terms of consumption of raw materials (energy, time and water). The company’s flagship product – which is a world first – is a prediction motor integrated with the Bonne Station system from Keolis Bordeaux that analyses the use of self-service bicycles in urban areas. Over recent years, a number of conurbations have developed systems of self-service vehicles, the majority of which are bicycles. This new transport option is growing rapidly, both in terms of the number of participating towns and cities as well as the number of users. An additional 200 towns worldwide are currently equipping themselves to enable their inhabitants to benefit from self-service vehicles. One of the main problems encountered with self-service bicycles involves the restocking of docking stations. Restocking is essential to ensure a balance of available vehicles and empty docking points in any one station at any one time. Many stations are often badly balanced, with a lack of vehicles in some and a lack of parking places in others. At present, restocking is carried out by lorries that travel across town centres from station to station. This exercise creates pollution and congestion and has considerable room for improvement.   There are numerous benefits to Qucit’s application, including facilitated network growth, service reliability and improved equipment quality. Statistical analysis allows for better breakdown detection and Qucit’s predictive analysis makes it possible to modify the use and control of the network of shared vehicles for a fraction of the current cost and without CO2 emission. Mr Cherrier adds: “We do not restrict ourselves to bicycles. Qucit’s next projects involve the extension of the self-service bicycle tool to other uses linked to the prediction of urban mobility (parking, public transport, etc.).” About Qucit Qucit was founded in May 2014 by Raphaël Cherrier, a former Lecturer at Arts et Métiers Paris Tech (ENSAM), a specialist engineering university in Paris. It currently has five employees but envisages rapid international growth. Qucit specialises in the development of real-time big-data analysis and predictive analysis tools that can be used to optimise mobility, lower pollution and improve the well-being of citizens in towns and cities across the world. These award-winning analysis solutions have been developed over a three-year research period as part of is an ongoing project in partnership with the LaBRI (Bordeaux Laboratory of Computer Research) and the IMB (Bordeaux Mathematics Institute).     For further information about Qucit, please go to: http://www.qucit.com/ Qucit will be exhibiting on the UBIFRANCE FrenchTech pavilion 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: http://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    

France’s difference when it comes to Intelligent Transportation Systems

Aurore Bernard - 12-juin-2014 10:44:18
The trend, across cities around the world, is for ever-higher densities in urban population. Benoît Perino, UBIFRANCE’s expert on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs), says that, once a city reaches a critical size (i.e. a population density of up to 20,000 people per square kilometre), urban mobility becomes a paramount issue. Public-sector authorities need to solve such issues as to how to manage road traffic flows, give commuters up-to-the-minute information, and run efficient back-office payment systems to make these essential services financially viable.  High tech makes a difference, and France has been a precursor in ITS technology for over 40 years now, designing and building ‘the future is now’ solutions. The ITS market in France is worth €4.5 billion overall, generating 45,000 jobs. Naturally, Paris is the premier showcase, although every major French city displays impressive achievements in urban transportation. In Paris, the métro is being automated and ‘traditional’ tickets are on their way out, being replaced by dematerialized Near Field Electronic paid-entry systems such as Navigo that whisk passengers through the turnstiles. Navigo will soon to be deployed across Thalys services — the bullet train serving the high-speed line between Paris and Brussels. One of the key players behind these ultra-efficient, yet complex, ticketing solutions is ERG Transit Systems SA — a specialist company capable of designing ITS ticketing systems for target groups of users ranging from 10,000 to 10 million passengers a day, in cities such as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, Singapore, and maybe San Francisco soon. Managing environmental impact and highway safety is a prime concern, and French technology has met another ITS challenge on its highways (the country’s autoroutes), providing traffic reports and free-flow tollbooth collection (or ETC, for Electronic Tolling Collection). This complex mix of infrastructure and back-office consolidation of on-line toll collection works now in the United States, while respecting each individual state’s strenuous and complicated guidelines for toll-collection management, yet still designing a reliable, interoperable system that makes financial sense. Systems have also been designed to identify licence plates on trucks in order to apply the eco-tax, as the vehicles pass under electronic sensory equipment. Obviously, a variant of this multi-mode system is equipment that checks for vehicles exceeding the speed limit, combined with the processing of massive volumes of data in order to properly assess fines. French players have developed solutions that are environmentally and user friendly. Autolib, introduced by Blue Solutions, Bolloré SA’s subsidiary, has put up to 1,800 electric cars on the streets of Paris and its region (with 59 suburbs of the French capital included in the scheme) – an environmentally friendly initiative soon to be launched in Indianapolis (USA), where the scheme will be known as Speedy Car. Any visitor to Paris has seen, or perhaps even used, Vélib’ bikes to get around. The Vélib’ scheme, launched and managed by JC Decaux SA in 2007, maintains a fleet of 17,000 bicycles used by an average of 85,810 riders every day and extends to over 30 suburbs. The running of the Vélib’ scheme requires real-time back-office management software and a convenient, yet secure payment system — always the prime ingredients for a successful ITS. What about the role of UBIFRANCE, France’s export-support agency? UBIFRANCE interacts with the key players in the sector, such ATEC ITS France ( www.atec-itsfrance.net ), a professional association that brings all the ITS industry together in order to shape the public debate and lobby in favour of future land-based transportation projects. Another important player is TOPOS, an association that is particularly active in the south-west of France ( www.topos-aquitaine.org ) and has a special interest in developing geo-localization in the transportation field. In fact, a highlight with an international dimension for the entire sector will be the World Congress for ITS in Bordeaux (in south-western France), to be held from 5 to 9 October 2014. As Benoît Perino of UBIFRANCE sees it, “There is a high potential for ITS in France and internationally. There are a lot of French SMEs with great, highly advanced technologies. Our role at UBIFRANCE is to accompany them, so that they can meet local operators and authorities throughout the world and have their technology integrated into turnkey projects.”  

UBIFRANCE showcases over 100 French leaders in rail at InnoTrans 2014

Aurore Bernard - 22-mai-2014 17:51:43
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, will present an array of leading companies at the InnoTrans trade show, in Berlin (Germany), from 23 to 26 September 2014. More than 100 French companies will be exhibiting on the 1,200m² French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2). This pavilion will be held in partnership with Fer de France, and co-sponsored by CENTRALP, SCOMA, and Leroy Automation. A further 80 companies will be exhibiting on individual stands at the trade show.   InnoTrans, now in its 10th year, is the leading international trade show for the railway industry and, more particularly, for technology and engineering in the rail sector. The trade fair is an excellent platform to promote leading French companies in the sector and will take place between 23 and 26 September of this year in the German capital.   In 2014, the number of exhibitors on the French Pavilion will represent an 11% increase on 2013. The 1,200m² French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2) will be sponsored by Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry, as well as three of the exhibitors on the pavilion — CENTRALP, a specialist in embedded software and electronics; SCOMA, a designer and manufacturer of safety parts; and, finally, Leroy Automation, an expert in rail automation.   Fer de France was founded in 2012 with the aim of uniting all public- and private-sector players across the rail industry in France, from engineering companies, industrialists and rail-infrastructure managers to planning agencies, passenger/ freight carriers, and institutional bodies. Members of Fer de France include Alstom, Eurotunnel, the French Transport Ministry and SNCF, France’s national state-owned railway company.   Fer de France’s turnover is estimated at over €30 billion, which sustains more than 340,000 jobs. Since 24 September 2013, Fer de France has been chaired by Pierre Mongin, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of RATP, the operator for urban-transport services across Paris and its region.   Seven regions of France will be represented on the French Pavilion at InnoTrans — Alsace, Burgundy, the Centre region, Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, and Picardy — together with the Alsace Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI), the Burgundy CCI and the Promotional Agency for the Centre region. Representatives of several high-tech clusters of excellence, including Northern France Rail, Neopolia Rail, Mecateam Cluster and Mipyrail, will also be present.   The equipment displayed on the French Pavilion will cover all categories in the sector: car layout, infrastructure, on-board embedded-electronics systems, technologies and solutions for passenger information and ticketing, public-transport companies, rail testing and engineering, rolling-stock units, and mechanical components for rolling-stock.   Thanks to its proven expertise and the ability to innovate of French sector players, France’s rail industry is widely acknowledged internationally. In Europe, the French railway sector ranks second only to Germany, with 1,500 businesses and a turnover in excess of €4 billion, one quarter of which comes from exports.   Developed in partnership with Fer de France, the www.french-rail-industry.com English-language website is a promotional portal covering every aspect of the French rail sector and listing the major events that member entities are due to attend over the course of the year.   A specific InnoTrans tab leads to the list of exhibitors on the French Pavilion, at the trade fair, complete with the precise location of their stands. The website also features a showcase of French players in the sector, which includes useful information for non-French buyers about each company as well as a dedicated contact section, making it easy to get in touch with the companies directly.   About UBIFRANCE   UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based 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 communications. Finally, UBIFRANCE runs the International Postgraduate Programme (VIE) for employing qualified personnel and young graduates outside France.   UBIFRANCE is showcasing a large selection of French companies at InnoTrans on the French Pavilion (Halls 26b, 11.2, and 3.2). In 2014, the number of exhibitors on the French Pavilion will represent an 11% increase on 2013.   InnoTrans 2014 will take place in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2014.   InnoTrans is a biennial event held in the German capital. Traditionally, the trade fair combines an open-air exhibition, an indoor trade show, and conferences that extend across 140,000 m².   For further information about the trade show, please go to: http://www.innotrans.de/en/   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. : FTPB3936 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’s 400 specialist companies are among world leaders in oil and gas

Aurore Bernard - 16-mai-2014 11:02:31
There is Total and, then, there are the others: that is how some people underestimate the oil-and-gas sector in France. In actual fact, the French landscape for this sector is far richer than that: “What people need to know is that the French offer is positioned among the [industry] leaders worldwide,” explains Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at UBIFRANCE head office, in Paris. France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55,000 jobs that are “highly qualified at the technical and scientific level,” points out Agnès Hagyak.   In terms of exports, France even has the second largest para-petroleum sector in the world, behind the USA, at N° 1. France equals Norway and the UK in this respect. Overall, 90% of French suppliers’ combined turnover in the oil-and-gas industry comes from exports.   Total and GDF Suez, among other major players in the world, naturally draw a lot of attention. And y et, there are also many French-based companies that are not as well known, which deliver high-performance products and services internationally. As pointed out by Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons in the Paris head office of French export-support agency UBIFRANCE, “France’s para-petroleum sector includes over 400 enterprises and creates 55,000 jobs that are highly qualified at the technical and scientific level.”   Many of the companies in the sector are SMEs that boast a very high level of technical expertise . These companies are a hotbed of creativity. When it comes to meeting industry needs in relation to technologies, equipment and services that are required for exploring, producing, transporting and refining hydrocarbons, French expertise is undisputed.   French know-how is especially recognized in the area of offshore- and deep-water drilling — and, specifically, for any type of technical platform sited in the high seas. French companies in the sector, which are thoroughly international, can easily position themselves in very specific niche markets: they are not at all afraid of customizing their solutions — quite the opposite, in fact.   For example, there is Bardot Group, an SME with an international presence, specialized in para-petroleum equipment. In particular, it provides tooling solutions with technical polymers and structures that are soldered by robotic equipment, along with the development of the means to attach and assemble these structures. With such expertise in a niche market, Bardot Group has had the opportunity to work on sites in Angola, the USA (Texas), Brazil and Malaysia. And Bardot Group is hardly the only French-based company of its kind that has proved capable of such export-led success.   Other examples include Nexans, which is a specialist in the manufacturing of cables required by the sector. An expert in electrical engineering (automated solutions, instrumentation and command systems), CEGELEC works very successfully on international projects. There are still other players in the market: Air Liquide, Bureau Veritas, Entrepose Projets and Ponticelli, among many others, are all renowned specialist companies that deliver innovative solutions in the oil-and-gas industry.   ▪ For further information, please contact Ms Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Hydrocarbons at UBIFRANCE Paris, on agnes.hagyak@ubifrance.fr

Vivapolis is re-inventing the future of sustainable urban development

Aurore Bernard - 16-mai-2014 10:47:38
Imagine the city of tomorrow: that is the daily challenge many French companies are ready to meet today, all of them re-grouped under the Vivapolis brand.   French know-how in providing solutions in the field of sustainable urban development definitely has takers elsewhere in the world. Today, major cities throughout the world are searching for very specific expertise when it comes to developing, renewing and re-inventing themselves. France has many high-caliber players — such as Bouygues, Vinci, Eiffage, Alstom, Veolia   and Egis — together with innumerable SMEs positioned on highly technological niche markets that respond to the crucial challenges of tomorrow.   Initiated by the French authorities, Vivapolis regroups French-based players with a wide range of expertise that they have to offer in order to meet the needs of cities all around the world. “Simply because it is always easier to focus attention on a name everyone can recognize,” explains Caroline Olivier, Environment Project Manager at UBIFRANCE Paris. “More than 70 French enterprises focused on sustainable cities have risen to the challenge by joining Vivapolis. In that sense, Vivapolis is re-inventiong the future for cities worldwide.”   Demonstrations of the   proven know-how available in France abound with projects such as the Grand Paris, the Grand Lyon, the Euro-Mediterranean project in Marseille, or the Urban Community of Bordeaux, among other initiatives. In every case, there are many issues that need to be faced such as mobility, managing energy, and dealing with pollution.   One common thread shared by all these urban-development projects involves improving the quality of life and social cohesion in these cities to make them more attractive. Several ambitious projects have been started to develop appropriate responses. One key example is the Auto-Lib transport system in Paris, aimed at reducing traffic in the city with non-polluting electric cars. Bordeaux Euratlantique , an extensive construction endeavour, is revealing of the wide scope of initiatives that Vivopolis is capable of.   Relying more particularly on the development of eco-quarters, the project combines energy efficiency, water recycling and a solar-energy plant.   Vivapolis is ready for the export market and many international projects illustrate this: it is already present in Morocco, where public-sector authorities hope to benefit from French know-how to develop the new city of Chrafate, in the Tanger-Tetouan region. “The Moroccan authorities requested assistance from the French to help them carry out this ambitious project,” explains Caroline Olivier.   The same thing is true for Turkey, which has the youngest population in Europe. The Turkish authorities expect French companies to help them integrate this young population more effectively into a cityscape that is constantly growing.   As for China, its gigantic projects require showing up with turnkey proposals. Over the past 10 years, French companies have already carried out more than 200 projects in approximately 50 Chinese cities. Another highlight is the French eco-quarter that is going to be built in the Tiexi district, in Shenyang. In the urban-transport field, Alstom and its joint-venture, Satée, won a deal amounting to €75 million to provide locomotives for 550 wagons on Subway Lines 3 and 4 in Chengdu, the fifth largest city in China.   For Caroline Olivier, “Vivapolis involves a large number of French companies working on sustainable cities, responding to key issues in urbanization for emerging countries as well as for the renewal of major cosmopolitan [urban] areas worldwide.”   French companies are getting the benefit of cutting-edge technology, with the use of state-of-the-art technologies, proposing 3D simulations for these international projects in order to allow decision-makers to visualize different possibilities for a district or a city. These virtual scale models showcase all of Vivapolis’ partners and their respective specialisms. The technology is now being tested in relation to initiatives in Astana (Kazakhstan) and Santiago (Chile).   For further information, please go to the following URLs: Vivapolis powered by French creativity   Cities : a collective adventure   Directory of French companies

France’s railways roll out web portal for business and innovation

Aurore Bernard - 07-avr.-2014 17:47:34
A new English-language web portal (www.French-rail-industry.com) has been launched to promote France’s railways. The launch of the portal, which went live on 21 March 2014, coincided with the signing of a partnership agreement between UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, and Fer de France, the Inter-professional Association for France’s railway industry.   The web portal, which has been launched (in English) and is accessible at www.French-rail-industry.com, aims to meet a twofold objective. In the first instance, it will help to raise awareness among industry professionals worldwide of the know-how prevalent in France’s railway sector — a widely acknowledged and greatly praised centre of excellence.   The website will promote the entire sector with sections devoted to the latest international company news. It will also list a number of exciting achievements by French-based companies outside France, as well as the year’s most important events. The events section will include information about international trade shows where France has a substantial presence, such as INNOTRANS, which will take place in Berlin (Germany) from 23 to 26 September 2014.   In the second instance, the website will help to establish connections between international buyers and French suppliers. The web portal will showcase French players in the railway sector, making it easy for potential customers based outside France to browse the profiles of any French company they choose and contact them directly through a messaging interface integrated into the website.   The French suppliers featured on the platform are broken down into eight main categories: embedded electronic systems; mechanical components fitted on rolling stock; passenger-information and ticketing systems; passenger public transport; rail-car layout; railway infrastructure; railway testing and engineering; and, finally, rolling stock.   Thanks to the expertise, technological skills and innovative ability of its companies, France’s railway industry enjoys international recognition: the country is ranked third worldwide in the sector. Within Europe, the French railway industry is ranked second only to Germany, with 1,500 companies generating over €4 billion, equating to 25% of the country’s exports in value.   About Fer de France Founded in the wake of the 2012 consultation process (Assises du ferroviaire) centred on the French-railways sector, Fer de France is the French rail industry’s Inter-professional Association. Fer de France brings together the chairpersons and CEOs of all the companies involved in the industry. Its role is twofold: to work on improving the nation’s railway system and performance, on the one hand, and to facilitate co-operation among French sector players so as to help them expand into export markets, on the other.   For further information, please go to: www.French-rail-industry.com   About UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE is the French export-support agency. As the partner of reference for French-based companies wishing to export, UBIFRANCE offers a complete range of services based on the provision of information on export markets, on legal issues and regulations, as well as on 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. For more information about the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk/ For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3929 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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The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London:  The partner of choice of the French Export Team The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, which is based in central London, is a French government organisation that comes under the aegis of the Secretary of State in charge of Foreign Trade.  UBIFRANCE assists French-based companies seeking potential partners and new markets within the United Kingdom, and, more generally, promotes Franco-British trade relations. Our team can help UK-based companies to identify potential French suppliers. The UK is a mature and demanding market, but it is also full of potential and opportunities: over 15,000 French businesses already sell their goods and services in Britain. In 2011, UBIFRANCE UK made a difference by helping French-based businesses across the board - UBIFRANCE UK organised 35 trade missions and trade shows for French exhibitors - UBIFRANCE UK accompanied and assisted 600 French-based

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