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French companies are a sure BETT in London 2014

Coline BORDET - 09-déc.-2013 15:36:32
The French Pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show will showcase 12 cutting-edge French companies. The trade show, one of the world’s leading events for educational technology, is taking place from 22 to 25 January 2014 at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in London (UK).   The French Pavilion is being organized by UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, in partnership with Cap Digital and Afinef (the French Education Suppliers’ Trade Association), with the support of the French Ministry for Education and in collaboration with Copilot Partners. It will be situated on Stand C-98 at BETT 2014, and will present 12 French-based companies from the educational-technology sector.   The companies that will be showcased on the French Pavilion are listed below. Further details are available on request.   Adways   Developed by Adways, Adways Studio is a Software as a Service (Saas) program that allows the user to create rich and interactive videos. Adways has created a new and immersive format, especially well adapted to e-learning, which drastically increases the learner’s engagement with the video content.   www.adways.com   Aldebaran Robotics   Aldebaran Robotics is a world leader in humanoid robotics. NAO, the company’s renowned robot, and its software suite use the latest technological innovations in order to create educational content adapted to the curriculum.  Over 5,000 NAO robots are already challenging and inspiring students in over 1,000 schools and laboratories worldwide, as part of a range of research and educational projects.   www.aldebaran-robotics.com   Atos   Atos is an international company with over 77,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Atos has developed ENT Libre 2.0 Solution, a shared online information workplace that grants members of educational communities unified access to digital resources as well as communication and collaborative tools.   www.atos.net    BIC® Education   BIC® Education offers an innovative IT classroom solution, developed in partnership with INTEL, in order to facilitate teaching and learning with digital tablets for pre-schools and primary schools. This solution includes a handwriting application and secure internet access, focusing on both literacy and Media & Information Literacy (MIL) for five- to ten-year-old children.   www.bic-education.com   EduMedia   EduMedia is a finalist in the BETT Awards 2014 in the Digital Collections and Resource Banks category. The EduMedia website features more than 800 innovative and interactive simulations and videos to facilitate learning about science. The resources, which are accessible on the website or via an Android device, are highly visual and interactive and can be downloaded for offline use. The resources are also suitable for projection on screens and interactive whiteboards.   www.edumedia-sciences.com/en/     Belearner   Belearner’s ERDENET: Video Learning Object is a web device that allows teachers to create learning pathways through interactive videos on the www.belearner.com website. The Video Learning Object concept enables users to upload a variety of documents, which can then be edited online. The documents are linked and shared through online pathways, creating an interactive network of teaching courses. The web device already has over 11,000 users.   www.belearner.com     Immanens   Immanens, established in 2003, develops and provides products and services in digital publishing. The company has developed Mtab, a platform for the education sector. Mtab provides digital-textbook technology, drop-box usage, and other tools for teachers and publishers. More than 600 titles and 800,000 documents are distributed each month via the company’s platform.   www.immanens.com     ITOP education   ITOP education is an innovative company specializing in digital technologies and educational resources.  With more than four million active users, ITOP education is a French leader on the Virtual Learning Environment market. The company also edits pedagogical resources.   www.itopeducation.fr     OpenClassrooms   OpenClassrooms is the first e-education platform of its kind in France, which brings together teachers and students through high-quality courses. There are almost 800 free courses available, which are open and accessible to all. The platform receives two million visitors per month and has over 600,000 users.    www.openclassrooms.com     QuizzBox   The QuizzBox software suite creates interactive educational environments through its use alongside remote-controlled handsets. Users are able to upload questionnaires via the software, to which students can submit their answers using the wireless handsets. QuizzBox is equipped with the latest technological advances in the identification of participants and instant results.   www.quizzbox.com     Web Service pour l’Éducation (WSE)   WSE is an independent ICT-services consultancy in the field of education. WSE has been specializing in learning technologies and ‘digital schools’ since 2003. The company’s 360° perspective covers the sector’s technical, operational, pedagogical and economic aspects, and is a major advantage when carrying out large-scale operations in a complex ecosystem.   www.web-education.net     7Speaking   7Speaking provides an innovative e-learning solution for improving communication skills in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The innovative solution applies the latest principles of young-adult and adult learning. Clients receive a virtual immersion experience that is efficient, cost effective and easy to use.   www.7speaking.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, 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, in partnership with Cap Digital and Afinef, with the support of the French Ministry for Education and in collaboration with Copilot Partners, is showcasing 12 French-based companies at the BETT trade show on the French Pavilion (Stand C-98). BETT 2014 will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in the Docklands district of London (UK), from 22 to 25 January.   The British Education and Training Technology trade show (BETT) is one of the world’s leading events for educational technology. In 2013, the trade fair welcomed 700 exhibitors and over 35,000 visitors from more than 120 countries.   For more information about BETT, please go to: www.bettshow.com   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. : FTPB3894 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/  

NAO robot revolutionizes education for children with autism

Danie WONG CHON HON - 29-avr.-2013 12:50:03
ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS, the creator of the NAO humanoid robot, has launched the ASK NAO Initiative , where ASK stands for Autism Solution for Kids . With the help of NAO, the company aims to help improve special-education teaching by stimulating social interaction through play and allowing users greater autonomy.   Dr Olivier Joubert (Neuropsychology Ph.D), the Autism Business Unit Manager at ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS, explains, “Most children on the autistic spectrum are naturally attracted to technology. Thanks to its humanoid shape, NAO acts as the perfect bridge between the world of technology and that of humans. We have designed educational games to work on verbal and non-verbal communication, emotion recognition, mimicry, as well as academic foundations.”   The ASK NAO Initiative (where ASK stands for Autism Solution for Kids) is an innovative approach for specialised teaching professionals involving humanoid robot NAO. This Initiative aims to improve specialised education, particularly concerning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).   Through the ASK NAO Initiative, ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS intends to make it fun for children to learn, while facilitating the work of teachers in the classroom. NAO is naturally accepted by the children and uses play to stimulate social interaction, while working to improve children’s autonomy.   Dr Joubert continues, “Not only does NAO unlock skills from within the children, it can also, above all, give them self-confidence. Following a year of testing, and given the positive feedback we got from our beta-test schools in the UK and the US, as well as the encouragement we received from the autism community, we made the decision to launch the ASK NAO Initiative so that all specialised schools could benefit from it.”   The NAO applications, developed by ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS in collaboration with teachers, are inspired from behavioural methods, such as Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA); Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication-related handicapped Children (TEACCH); Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Social-Communication, Emotional-Regulation, and Transactional Support (SCERTS); and, finally, the Denver Model. These NAO applications are intended to develop the children’s social skills and learning abilities, through encouragement and reward.   The ASK NAO Initiative is supported by educators specialised in autism and by the children’s parents, who consider NAO to be a technological breakthrough specifically designed to meet the requirements of personalised educational support.   Sarah Quickenden, a teacher at Topcliffe School, in Birmingham (England), explains, “You’re in a classroom, day in and day out, trying desperately to help a child achieve a goal, not only using conventional methods. When you have technology as sophisticated as NAO, the kids just seem to succeed. It is a very, very different kettle of fish with them: [NAO is not] judging them, therefore, they feel comfortable and their self-esteem rises. This has a huge impact, not only when getting the child to do the activities that NAO has set them, but also in other aspects of their life.”   The ASK NAO Initiative also provides teachers with a friendly online interface that meets the specific needs of specialised teaching in schools. This interface allows for the exchange of information between teachers and parents in order for both parties to gain a better understanding of the children. Children’s progress is automatically recorded and, thanks to NAO’s adaptable educational content, new exercises can be created.   NAO, which has also been developed by ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS, is a 58cm-tall interactive humanoid robot with a sensor network that includes cameras, microphones and pressure sensors, as well as a voice synthesiser and two high-fidelity speakers. With 3,500 units sold worldwide, NAO is currently the most widely used humanoid robot in education and research. Combining sophisticated embedded software with adaptable educational content, NAO is fully programmable, interactive and autonomous.   It is expected that, in the future, NAO will become a companion robot for ordinary people.   About ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS   Founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and now established in China, France and the USA, ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS designs, produces and sells humanoid robots in order to contribute to humankind’s well-being. ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS has a team of 300 people, 40% of whom are engineers and doctors, involved in developing and producing its robots.   There are currently more than 3,500 units of the first NAO robot serving teaching and research within schools and universities in over 70 countries worldwide.   For ALDEBARAN Robotics’ YouTube Channel, please go to: www.youtube.com/AldebaranRobotics   For further information about the ASK NAO Initiative, please go to: http://asknao.aldebaran-robotics.com   For further information about ALDEBARAN ROBOTICS, please go to: http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3852 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/

ALDEBARAN Robotics to BETT on the future of education

Amal Froidevaux - 28-janv.-2013 15:20:29
ALDEBARAN Robotics, a leader in humanoid robotics, will exhibit at BETT 2013, the trade show for educational technology to be held in London (UK) from 30 January to 2 February 2013. The company will showcase NAO, its humanoid robot that is used in over 600 universities and schools worldwide, including in the UK. NAO, which has been designed and developed by ALDEBARAN Robotics, is a 58cm-tall humanoid robot with a sensor network that includes cameras, microphones and pressure sensors, as well as a voice synthesiser and two high-fidelity speakers. The robot is interactive and fully programmable, combining sophisticated embedded software with adaptable educational content. It is already in use in many schools in England. Employed in some of the most prestigious universities, schools and laboratories, the original NAO robot is the most-used humanoid robot within education globally. NAO is the trusted platform for use in teaching subjects such as computer sciences, mechanics, electronics, physics and mathematics. The NAO robot is used to inspire students to take an interest in these topics, attracting both girls and boys. ALDEBARAN Robotics is now expanding the reach of NAO to primary schools. This expansion is taking place thanks to partners such as Warwickshire ICT Development Service and UK-based robot specialist Active Robots. This year, primary and secondary schools in Warwickshire are showing great interest in humanoid robotics, thanks to NAO’s teaching potential and local initiatives pursued by partners such as ICT Development Service and Active Robots. ALDEBARAN Robotics will showcase NAO at the BETT trade show, which focuses on information-and-communication technology (ICT) in education. Visitors to BETT 2013 will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the company, along with members of the Active Robots team and teachers who have used the NAO: they will all be on Stand C265 from 30 January to 2 February, in London (UK). To watch pupils at schools in Warwickshire enjoying an awareness-raising day in robotics, please click here: http://youtu.be/NURFYWlyC24 Antony Lovedale, Managing Director of Active Robots, ALDEBARAN Robotics’ UK Distributor, says: “Technology has reached the point where robots are becoming a close reality in our daily lives. ALDEBARAN Robotics is leading the way in worldwide research, state-of-the-art robotics and teaching aids that are becoming commonplace in progressive universities and schools worldwide. We are excited by the opportunities NAO represents to advance robotics within UK schools, higher education and research.” ALDEBARAN Robotics is a frontrunner in humanoid robotics worldwide, and the educational potential of its fully programmable NAO robot is widely recognised. The company has equipped more than 600 universities and secondary schools across the world with NAO robots, including in the UK. In total, there are over 3,000 units of the original NAO robot operating within laboratories and universities in more than 70 countries, providing valuable assistance in R&D as well as teaching. About ALDEBARAN Robotics Founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and now established in China, France and the USA, ALDEBARAN Robotics creates, manufactures and sells humanoid robots. The company has a team of 230 people — 40% of whom are engineers and doctors — involved in designing, developing and producing its robots. ALDEBARAN Robotics will be on stand C265 at the BETT 2013 trade show, which will take place from 30 January to 2 February 2013 at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London (UK). Find here the programme of NAO-based workshops due to take place at BETT 2013. For further information about Active Robots, please go to: www.active-robots.com For further information about ALDEBARAN Robotics, please go to: http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en For ALDEBARAN Robotics’ YouTube Channel, please go to: www.youtube.com/AldebaranRobotics

UBIFRANCE UK News - December 2012 - N°34

Amal Froidevaux - 18-déc.-2012 10:37:28
We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December. Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times. The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period. (from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods) From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission. On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember. Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France. Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas. The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines). We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France. The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future. Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste. The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English. The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception. On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening. As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE). Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!) The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time ( https://twitter.com/   at @UBIFRANCE_UK). The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK  Construction and Energy THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future. http://www.thetis-emr.com MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar. http://www.mathis.eu/?lang=en Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall. www.gerflor.com   Engineering and Transport CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke. http://www.cedrat-technologies.com/ TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region. http://www.tecalemit.fr/ INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe. www.inel.fr HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK). http://helite.com/ Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI  The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition. http://www.ceti.com/   Food and Drink Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public. http://www.prince-de-bretagne.com/?language=en Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland. Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20 Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors. http://www.millesime-bio.com/ French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island. Nord-Pas-de-Calais features  Agroé at SIAL 2012 The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector. UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen. www.qooq.com   Health and Services Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK. http://minasolve.com/ EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics. http://www.ecovadis.com/website/l-en/home.aspx B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France). http://www.big-talents.eu/ E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China. http://www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk/ France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge® UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others. http://www.brandlicensing.eu/   IT and Robotics ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England). www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices). http://www.runware.com/ Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security. http://www.conscio-technologies.com/   For further information, please contact : UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 contact.ftpb@ubifrance.fr    

ALDEBARAN Robotics equips 200 schools with NAO robots

Amal Froidevaux - 26-nov.-2012 13:16:03
ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across the English county of Warwickshire (UK), amongst other educational institutions worldwide. ALDEBARAN Robotics is a global leader in humanoid robotics and an academic partner of some of the most prestigious universities, schools and laboratories. The company has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide, including establishments across the UK, with its first NAO robot, the most-used humanoid robot within education globally. NAO is a fully programmable, 58cm-tall humanoid robot with a sensor network that includes cameras, microphones and pressure sensors, as well as a voice synthesiser and two high-fidelity speakers. Thanks to NAO, teachers across Warwickshire are embracing this new way of educating that helps to increase student interest and engagement, consequently enhancing teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as in robotics. John Pinkney, consultant at Warwickshire Local Authority ICT Development Service, explains, “So far this year we have worked with thousands of students looking at robotics. NAO captures the imagination of young people and provides a broad range of learning opportunities. The combination of this powerful technology and the creative minds of young people is very exciting and one which will have a real impression on teaching and learning.” Warwickshire Local Authority ICT Development Service is promoting NAO’s pragmatic and entertainment benefits for teaching by introducing robotics into primary and secondary schools, as well as specialised institutions. King’s High School for Girls in Warwick received advice from Warwickshire Local Authority ICT Development Service regarding setting up a course programme around NAO that gives students the possibility of learning by using tomorrow’s technology. Pat Prance, Head of ICT at King’s High, says, “NAO has brought renewed challenge and excitement to our ICT curriculum and has given students access to cutting-edge technology. The flexibility of the Choregraphe software allows all students to develop their programming skills whatever their starting point. Seeing their programs come to life through NAO gives them strong motivation and the opportunity to express their creativity. It has also opened students’ eyes to the possibilities presented by an expanding area of ICT.”  Choregraphe is the programming software that allows NAO users to create and edit a robot’s movements and interactive behaviour. NAO’s user-friendly software enables teachers to approach programming in an entertaining way, while illustrating abstract concepts and explaining mathematical theorems and principles in physics, electronics and ICT. Antony Lovedale, Managing Director of Active Robots and UK Distributor of NAO, explains, “Technology has reached the point where robots are becoming a close reality in our daily lives. ALDEBARAN Robotics is leading the way in worldwide research, state-of-the-art robotics, and teaching aids that are becoming commonplace in progressive universities and schools worldwide. We are excited by the opportunities NAO represents to advance robotics within UK schools, higher education and research.” Bruno Maisonnier, ALDEBARAN Robotics Founder and Chairman, says, “With NAO in schools, students are faced with tangible applications in innovation. A humanoid robot is packed with the latest technology, bringing together the most avant-garde science and techniques. We should applaud this raising of awareness led by schools throughout the world.” From December 2012, ALDEBARAN Robotics will also provide teachers with content that is suitable to their course programme. The company will offer a turnkey solution complete with a new product, the NAO Ankle Kit. This NAO sub-assembly will help the detailed study of the mechanical and electronic functioning of this humanoid robot’s ankle. About ALDEBARAN Robotics Founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier and now established in China, France and the USA, ALDEBARAN Robotics designs, produces and sells humanoid robots in order to contribute to humankind’s well-being. There are currently over 3,000 units of the first NAO robot operating within laboratories and universities in over 70 countries worldwide to serve research and teaching. ALDEBARAN Robotics has a team of 230 people, 40% of whom are engineers and doctors, involved in developing and producing its robots. For further information about Active Robots, please go to: http://www.active-robots.com For further information about Warwickshire Local Authority ICT Development Service, please go to: http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/ictds For further information about King’s High School for Girls please go to: http://www.kingshighwarwick.co.uk/ To see a video of the NAO robot in the classroom, please go to: http://youtu.be/TfuwSdoBgnk For further information about ALDEBARAN Robotics, please go to: www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en  

UBIFRANCE UK News - January 2012 - N°30

Pierre Mancini - 26-janv.-2012 19:13:50
First of all, here at the press office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, we hope that you had an enjoyable end-of-year break and that the new year has started in positive fashion for you.  Despite the widely reported travails affecting the British and European economy right now, more particularly in matters monetary, fiscal and financial, we are finding that, as in previous years, January is a busy period with many clients — existing and potential — contacting us in order to finalize their blueprints (and budgets) for PR campaigns extending into 2012.  Among our existing clients, Ports of Normandy Authority (PNA), which manages and owns the French ports of Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg, has renewed its contract with us for 2012. There will be a lot to talk about in relation to PNA in coming months, if only because the port of Cherbourg has won a big contract from transport-and-engineering group Alstom , in connection with the construction of wind turbines. The wind turbines in question are due to be assembled in the region with a view to being deployed in the Channel, where several large offshore wind farms are being planned by the French and the British authorities.  Another of our key clients, CIV Corse , the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, has also renewed its contract with us, so that we will continue to promote a range of quality Corsican wines throughout 2012. We have pledged not to miss a single wine tasting that CIV Corse may organise in the UK this year... Among our new clients, ARIANE commercialises a unique variety of apple under the same name, whose origins can be traced back to the orchards of Central Asia.  Thanks to the fact the ARIANE apple is naturally resistant to apple scab — a fungus ( Ventura inaequalis ) that attacks apple trees — the amount of chemicals needed to treat ARIANE apples can be cut by 50%, as compared to ordinary varieties. Besides, ARIANE apples, which have been on the market since 2003, are particularly tasty and keep very well. All this makes ARIANE apples very attractive to consumers.  ARIANE will attend the Fruit Logistica trade show in Berlin (in February, from 8 to 10), and the press office is going to issue a press release very shortly about the ARIANE apple, so as to alert the British media to its unique health and environmental benefits, apart from its intrinsic quality.  Closer to home, the press office is sending a total of five journalists to Paris to take part in a press trip on the topic of e-health at the end of January. The press trip, at the French end, is organised by ParisRegion , the economic development agency for Paris and its region. Three British journalists will join two Nordic ones (from Denmark and Sweden) in the French capital over two days (26 and 27 January), which will give them the opportunity to learn more about new technologies and electronic systems, as applied to the management of healthcare in the Paris region.  Among the companies that the press delegation will visit is Diabeo , a pioneer in innovative solutions that monitor diabetes, taking advantage of the most advanced web and mobile technologies that are available. Acclaimed by its first users — both doctors and patients — Diabeo aims to optimise the management of diabetes; pharmaceuticals group Sanofi has been instrumental in the deployment of Diabeo . Still in the field of technology, French companies were very much in evidence on the UBIFRANCE Pavilion at the B ETT show, held at Olympia (in London) from 11 to 14 January. The BETT show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is one of Europe’s biggest trade fairs on technology applied to education, the trend being towards mobile and computerized applications, which enable you to brush up on your conversational Uzbek while on the move. (I have tried it and recommend it — conversational Uzbek, I mean.) Several other, recent trade events have been of direct interest to us at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, such as Top Drawer (15 to 17 January), which specialises in gifts, stationery items, and well-being products, or the Independent Winegrowers’ B2B event organised by our colleagues in the Food & Drink Department at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 18 January. Apart from the fantastic venue, it was hard to resist the temptation to try all the fine wines presented by the 80 French participants, whose winemaking expertise more than makes up for their lack of any knowledge of cricket. (Then again, being good at cricket would not necessarily help you produce good wines.) We will have more exciting trade events and press trips to talk to you about in the coming months, and the range of topics and sectors we cover remains broad and varied, even if this bulletin’s crop is skewed towards IT and telecommunications. Be it offshore energy in relation to the Pays de Loire region of Western France or the attractiveness of the Lille region, in Northern France, we have it in stock. Should you be interested in yaw bearings, you can turn to ROLLIX . If it is the combination of gastronomy and computing that tickles your fancy, Unowhy has the answer with its QOOQ touchpad, which can beat any celebrity chef you can think of at the touch of a screen. As for me, I am thinking of purchasing one of Aldebaran Robotics’ near-human robots: I am dreaming of a fully programmable humanoid that can do the cooking, the washing, the ironing, the hoovering, the gardening, and change the odd light-bulb, so that I may have more time to devote to worthier pursuits, such as watching TV. So, NAO Next Gen, as the latest robot is known, is here with us to stay and may soon attend the BETT show in order to brush up on his conversational Uzbek. Last but not least, the press office is proud to announce that it has launched a Twitter feed that will keep all our fans — within the media and without — informed in real time as to what the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London gets up to. Katherine Woods, press officer, herself a bit of a Twitter fanatic, will keep you updated. Indeed, she has been Tweeting non-stop of late, so as to gain ever more followers in the UK and across the globe. We already have a British MP, various interior designers, a champagne importer, and a senior American IT executive among our devoted "followers", and I would strongly encourage you to join this in-crowd: it is all happening as we speak.  The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out towards the end of March. Till then, and if you can’t wait, please log on to https://twitter.com/ and follow us at @UBIFRANCE_UK   in order to be kept informed of the manifold activities of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in Britain and the companies that we promote. Philip Jolly Manager — Press Office Mission Economique UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in London Business and manufacturing Vialog starts contract-manufacturing revolution out of Normandy Contract-manufacturing specialist Vialog is a collaborative group of 13 companies, based in the region of Dieppe, in Normandy. Providing a combination of industrial services and manufacturing capabilities, while covering related areas such as logistics, Vialog is the partner of choice for any international player keen to subcontract and outsource industrial production at the heart of Europe. For further information, please go to:   www.vialog.fr   To get the full story click here Lille region given thumbs up by 85% of foreign investors International auditing firm KPMG has confirmed the appeal of the Lille region for non-French investors. According to the independent survey conducted by KPMG and published in November 2011, 85% of respondents, representative of the 1,077 subsidiaries of foreign-owned groups established in Northern France, recommend the region.  For further information, please go to:   www.investinnorthernfrance.com To get the full story click here Engineering and robotics Aldebaran Robotics’ latest humanoid robot says ’hello’ Aldebaran Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen , a new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use. For further information, please go to:   www.aldebaran-robotics.com To get the full story click here ROLLIX finds its bearings with Alstom offshore turbines ROLLIX, a key player in the French offshore wind-turbine sector, has developed pitch and yaw bearings for the new Alstom Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine — the largest offshore wind turbine manufactured to date. For further information, please go to:   www.rollix.com To get the full story click here Pays de la Loire blows away EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 The Pays de la Loire region was present at the EWEA OFFSHORE 2011 trade show in Amsterdam (in The Netherlands), between 29 November and 1 December. The French region’s pavilion provided visitors with the opportunity to better understand its offshore-energy sector. For further information, please go to:   www.offshorewind2011.info/ To get the full story click here Software and IT security WALLIX is €2m better off and joins the big league WALLIX, a European IT-security company, has finalised an increase in share capital of €2 million to be carried out with Thierry Dassault Holding (TDH), the personal holding group of Thierry Dassault, and Auriga Partners, a venture-capital firm. As part of the deal, Thierry Dassault will acquire a stake in software developer WALLIX, which is to become a public-limited company. For further information, please go to: www.systematic-paris-region.org/en   To get the full story click here   WALLIX buttresses Admin Bastion with WAB 3.0 WALLIX has announced the launch of version 3.0 of the Wallix Admin Bastion (WAB) , a security solution for information systems. WAB 3.0 enables companies to conform to the highest of standards, whilst observing the regulations that are in force. For further information, please go to:  www.wallix.com   To get the full story click here CARTES & IDentification attracts 20,000 from 145 countries CARTES & IDentification 2011, held in Paris in mid-November, attracted close to 20,000 visitors, positioning itself as a key global event for digital security and smart technologies. The CARTES team has already announced the dates of the next trade show, i.e. 6 to 8 November 2012 in Paris. For further information, please go to:  www.blogcartes.com To get the full story click here Software and telecommunications France BETTs on its educational know-how For the fifth year running, there was a French pavilion at the British Education and Training Technology (BETT) trade show, a key event for educational technology. The pavilion showcased 10 cutting-edge French players from 11 to 14 January 2012, in London. For further information, please go to:  www.bettshow.com   To get the full story click here Generix Group directs Carrefour’s 60 million Generix Group’s on-demand exchange platform has processed 60 million messages from 20,000 suppliers across 14 countries for the Carrefour Group over the past 12 months, thanks to Carrefour Group’s decision to outsource its international electronic data interchange (EDI) and B2B workflow management on Generix Group’s shared data-exchange platform. For further information, please go to:   www.generixgroup.com To get the full story click here AddOnMail goes for V 3.5 After publishing Microsoft Outlook plug-ins for several years, AddOnMail has announced the arrival of the latest version of its leading product, PSTStation Corporate for Outlook — the PSTStation Corporate 3.5 , which is V.3.5 of the product in Exchange 2010 .  For further information, please go to:   www.addonmail.com To get the full story click here France goes further in Near Field Communication The card-and-identification market is expanding fast in France. Specifically, Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology used for contactless identification and transactions, experienced rapid growth across the sector in 2010-2011. For further information, please go to:  www.investinfrance.org To get the full story click here Target Skills makes planning and scheduling mobile Target Skills is the publisher of PlanningPME ©, a scheduling software suite that is available in seven languages. Target Skills is launching its PlanningPME© mobile application — PlanningPME© Mobile . For further information, please go to:  http://www.planningpme.com To get the full story click here Unowhy unveils QOOQ celebrity chef in Las Vegas QOOQ, the first touchpad of its kind in the field of gastronomy, which has been developed by Unowhy, was launched in the English-language market at the 2012 International CES®.  The trade event, the largest international consumer-technology trade show of its kind, took place from 10 to 13 January in Las Vegas (USA). For further information, please go to:  www.cesweb.org/ To get the full story click here

NAO Next Gen, pioneering humanoid robot, is launched

Marie-Alienor GOILLANDEAU - 12-déc.-2011 13:49:03
Aldebaran Robotics, the world leader in humanoid robotics, has released its latest version of the NAO robot — NAO Next Gen. The power of NAO Next Gen, the new fully programmable humanoid robot that has the most extensive worldwide use, is opening up new perspectives and fields of application for the NAO robot. “The inception of this new generation of NAO robots means a lot to our company. We are proud to be in a position to provide our customers with endless options, whatever their sector. With NAO Next Gen coming of age, we shall be able to make it serve organisations that care for autistic children and those losing their autonomy. I created Aldebaran Robotics in 2005 with this aim: to contribute to humankind’s well-being,” states Bruno Maisonnier, Founder and Chairman of Aldebaran Robotics.   Three years after it started selling its first NAO models, the specialist company has sold 2,000 robots worldwide. Aldebaran Robotics has now released the latest generation of its programmable humanoid robots, which is intended for research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service robotics.   Stemming from six years of research and dialogue with its community of researchers and users, NAO Next Gen is capable of a higher level of interaction, thanks to increased computing power, improved stability and higher accuracy. Therefore, the latest version of the NAO robot widens considerably the range of research, teaching and application possibilities made available to specific user groups.   One of the NAO Next Gen’s novel and most remarkable features is the fact that it is fitted with a new on-board computer, based on the powerful 1.6GHz Intel® AtomTM processor, which is suitable for multi-tasking calculations. It also has two HD cameras that are attached to a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). This set-up allows the simultaneous reception of two video streams, significantly increasing speed and performance in face-and-object recognition, even under poor-lighting conditions.   As well as its innovative features with respect to hardware, NAO Next Gen boasts a new, faster and more reliable vocal-recognition programme called Nuance. This programme is coupled with a new functionality known as ‘word spotting’, which is capable of isolating and recognising a specific word within a sentence or a conversation.   “On top of this new version of [the robot’s] hardware, we shall be delivering new software functionalities like smart torque control, a system to prevent limb/body collisions, an improved walking algorithm, and more. We have capitalised upon our experience and customer feedback in order to deliver the most suitable and efficient platform. In terms of applications, and especially at high-school level, we are focused on educational content, while, when it comes to improvements in personal well-being, we are working on developing specialised applications,” explains Bruno Maisonnier.   “We are also pursuing our goal to provide a NAO intended for individuals through the Developer Program — a community of programmers who are working with us today to invent tomorrow’s personal robotics,” adds the chairman of Aldebaran Robotics.   About Aldebaran Robotics   Aldebaran Robotics was founded in 2005 by Bruno Maisonnier. It has offices in China, France, Japan and the United States. The company designs, produces and sells autonomous humanoid robots, known as NAOs, with the aim of contributing to the well-being of humanity.   Today, over 2,000 NAOs are in use throughout the world (in 45 countries) as research and educational tools. Aldebaran Robotics brings together more than 150 staff, including 60 engineers and PhD students, who are involved in the development and production of the robots.   For more images, please go to: http://www.aldebaran-robotics.com/en/Pressroom/Photography/nao.html   For further information, please go to: www.aldebaran-robotics.com
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