A pre-eminent AI association
ClusterIA has established itself as a pre-eminent AI association and is strengthening its governance.
Three years after its official launch, ClusterIA has established itself locally and nationally by becoming the industrial arm of the 3IA Côte d’Azur ecosystem.
The result after 3 years of existence is enhanced governance and a programme of initiatives for 2022.
ClusterIA, which has been run exclusively by volunteers since its creation, without subsidies and thanks to the sheer determination of its volunteer team, has brought its members together, coordinating them and allowing them to flourish both nationally and internationally.
At the General Meeting, the members gave a standing ovation to Isabelle Galy, coordinator of ClusterIA, who without any public money whatsoever, is truly the linchpin of this achievement.
Alan Ferbach, the young president of Riviera start-up Videtics, was appointed by unanimous vote and will now preside over this consolidated Board of Directors.
Appointed as Vice-President, Isabelle Galy will continue coordinating ClusterIA and promoting its members. As for Alan Ferbach, with the new Board of Directors he will pursue schemes already initiated with increased energy, so that our AI ecosystem’s excellence is recognised everywhere and by all.
ClusterIA looks forward to welcoming you to the World of AI Festival in Cannes at the Département 06 stand and will be happy to speak with the press.
What a long way we’ve come since 2018, when a handful of AI stakeholders founded the association.
The “Founders” , start-ups: Synchronext, MyDataModels and 360&1, a large group: Docaposte and Université Côte d’Azur, the association EducAzur and Pole SCS were the precursors of what the association was to become: a grouping of industrial, economic, institutional and academic players, working together to create synergies between AI stakeholders.
In March 2018, they set the following goals: to bring together AI players with the aim of connecting, coordinating and accelerating them; to develop initiatives to accelerate the development of AI, to serve as a facilitator and interface of trust for the various players, in order to develop practical and operational examples of AI and to promote the ecosystem nationally and internationally.
Their agenda was quickly shaken up in April 2018, with the release of the Villani report which recommended the set-up of a network of interdisciplinary artificial intelligence institutes.
The dynamic has been set in motion and ClusterIA is engaging in more actions. Its Meetups benefit from the 3IA label, and bring members together each month around an AI subject relevant to a start-up, a large group and a researcher. The idea is to discuss and to develop all of the members’ skills. Use Cases have also been launched to help bring together stakeholders to build AI solutions for agriculture, 5G and Health.
ClusterIA is heavily involved in the ecosystem. It is a member of the industrial committee, the steering committee, the 3IA labelling commission and the scientific committee of OTESIA.
ClusterIA’s strength also comes from its ability to promote the Riviera ecosystem both nationally and internationally. ClusterIA launched the AI technology collective: Francophone Village which brings together some 20 French-speaking territories worldwide. It is a member of the committee of ecosystems in Hub France IA and others. This has ensured that the Riviera’s AI start-ups feature on the AI industry mapping project drawn up by the European Union.
Isabelle Galy: “It is very hard to have an overview of what is happening in other AI ecosystems, that’s why ClusterIA has forged many ties both in France and abroad. All the ecosystems warmly welcomed the initiative, they face the same difficulties and want us to work together”.
ClusterIA has recognised the opportunity this represents and hopes to go even further. It intends to become an international leader of AI ecosystems and an essential component in developing AI research, innovation and industrialisation in France.
Alan Ferbach: “This ecosystem helped me to grow and has provided me with support every step of the way as an entrepreneur. I want other people to benefit from what I have achieved. We’re going to keep making it grow”.
List of new Board of Directors members
- – Alan Ferbach, Videtics – President
- – Isabelle Galy, RaisinAI – Coordinator and Vice-President
- – Damien Fontanes, Aleia – Secretary
- – Olivier Ricard, 360&1 – Treasurer
- – Félix Kudelka, MyDataModels – Vice-President
- – David Darmon, Université Côte d’Azur – Vice-President
- – Stéphane Bollon, Loamics – Vice-President
- – Claude Seyrat, Firecell – Vice-President
- – Fabien Aili, Docaposte – Vice-President
- – Gérard Giraudon, EducAzur – Vice-President
- – Thierry Deschamps de Paillette, Asteria – Vice-President
- – Jacques Jacquet, Alysophil – Vice-President
Cluster IA is an association under French Law 1901, whose purpose is to bring together AI stakeholders (major groups, research centres and researchers, universities, institutions, authorities and start-ups) wishing to invest in developing an AI ecosystem, in particular surrounding 3IA Côte d’Azur and who wish to share their knowledge and define innovative AI solutions together.
ClusterIA Meetups and Use Cases carry the 3IA “Côte d’Azur” label
: 360&1, Aemilio, aiway, AIZCA, Aleia, All4test , Alysophil, Amadeus, APY Groupe, Asteria, Ato, AUSY, Bodyguard, CEA, CitrusBrain, CIUS, COR-e, CSTB, Data Moove, Data ScienceTech Institut, Docaposte, E-Bot7, EduCAzur, Educlever, Ellcie healty, energisme, Engit, Eurobiomed, Exactcure, Expway, FairVision, Fashion Deep Blue, Firecell, Himydata, HPE, IA concept, Idrogen, Imra, Intectae, Intelix, Kapsys, Kinaxia, Le Wagon, Linagora, Loamics, Mane, Mnemotix, mpearl, My dream match, Mycophyto, MyDataModels, MyLittleAdventure, Nodeus, NPXLAB, NSP, Orange, Perfumist, Pocket Confident AI, Pole Optitec, Pôle SCS, Polytech Nice Sophia, Qenvit, Quantmetry, RaisinAI, RGX Systems, SAP, Scalian, Spoon, Symphony, Synchronext, TAS Group, TeachOnMars, TechNext, Telecom Valley, Thales, TMC Europe, Trading central, UCA, Uperia, Vianeo, VillageByCA, Videtics, Vizua3D, Web2ROI, Wever, Zendoc and a few other entrepreneurs.
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
A requirement management tool
Requirement Yogi was founded by Adrien Ragot in 2013. The company, originating in Lyon, which provides a requirement management tool, has picked Sophia Antipolis for its new headquarters.
For handling long and complex specifications, Requirement Yogi helps you to simplify navigation and monitor requirements. The solution sets itself apart from large publishers, in particular thanks to the agility of its solutions and the customisable tool which is available in the cloud.
Project managers often use Word for specifications with many requirements, which are so technical that the files often contain thousands of pages. The Requirement Yogi solution is a business-specific software which delivers significant time savings, while respecting and streamlining the overall specifications process and ensuring customer satisfaction.
As part of the various integration stages, the Requirement Yogi solution enables you to write requirements in free text in your intranet (Atlassian Confluence), annotate them with sequential numbers and properties, and integrate them into the second phase using Jira to manage change requests, coupled with Confluence to manage static documentation. The solution can be directly integrated with external tools, such as ReqIF, the XML standard of requirement exchange. The last phase will therefore lead to the management of test plans in free text with images and explanations, while ensuring you have fulfilled all specifications.
Requirement Yogi is used for managing complex projects calling for the mandatory use of software, particularly in sectors such as industry, aeronautics, space applications, automobiles and banking.
For Requirement Yogi, setting up in Sophia Antipolis to consolidate its development means benefitting from an area boasting technological prowess, an entrepreneurial mindset and a labour pool of thirty thousand highly qualified individuals, with a strong international orientation, and which offers a less dense living environment from an urban planning point of view.
Following on from its recent installation in Sophia Antipolis, Requirement Yogi intends to recruit several new staff members between now and 2023 to respond to increased demand and to complement the existing team of three people.
The installation was made possible thanks to support provided by Team Côte d’Azur, the Department’s Economic Development Agency, whose purpose is to develop exogenous investment, to woo businesses and talent and to create jobs and wealth in the local ecosystem; making company setups possible and turning them into a success.
Learn more about Requirement Yogi at: https://www.requirementyogi.com/
Digital mobility-focused solutions
Instant System, based in Sophia Antipolis since 2013, is a pioneer and leader of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). The company designs applications allowing users to choose from a variety of mobility solutions for a given itinerary: train, underground, bus, hybrid bike, taxi, kick scooter, scooter, carpooling, etc.
Instant System have also developed a real time mobility centre (the Instant Hub) enabling them to help clients implement new transport systems thanks to the R&D team, working in tandem with the INRIA research laboratories to propose innovative and intelligent solutions.
Today, Instant System has more than 1,500,000 Users using the app to get around, 100,000,000 kms travelled, an 89% app retention rate and 100 B2B customers at country level.
A “Made In Sophia” mobility app
The solutions IS proposes are built around a growth hacking strategy which helps boost support for our customers and build a real B2C strategy with them. Strategic KPIs & Metricsenable customers to get to know their users better and offer them tailored solutions.
These solutions are based on unique and adaptive technology infrastructure. They refocus services on users by offering them assistance with real time mobility from a wide selection and cleverly combining forms of mobility for a single journey.
Instant System generates virtuous mobility patterns and more efficient combinations in terms of travel time – the best way to convince users to change their habits. Collected data enables cities to better understand mobility needs and optimise services accordingly.
- Appli STAR for Rennes
- ViaNavigo for Ile de France mobility
- Sibra for Annecy
Instant System is also a partner of the BNP Paribas group through its subsidiary Arval, and helps to design innovative mobility solutions for Arval clients, including STIB in Brussels and Ile-de-France Mobilités, the transport authority for the Paris region,
A comprehensive development strategy
The Sophia based company recently raised 8 million euros to deploy this technology in Europe and internationally and to break into the corporate sector.
Paris Fonds Vert and Opera Tech Ventures support this growth strategy, as well as platform enrichment, thanks to new features (simplification of the purchasing process for combined subscriptions, connectors with new mobility services and MaaS development geared to businesses).
“Instant System approaches mobility with a vision centred upon users and encompassing aspects linked to the environment and the public domain. We believe mobility is a service which must go beyond simple commercial logic, evolve and enable cities to become more hospitable and relieved from traffic congestion”, Yann Hervouët, CEO and founder of Instant System.
Find out more: https://instant-system.com/
A Sophia-based company
Safeguarding health data
iQualit is a company based in the heart of Sophia Antipolis, and more specifically in Sophia Antipolis’ Biopark.
Specialised in assisting Life Sciences companies, iQualit provides expertise and customised solutions for data management. In concrete terms, this translates into business tools such as ERP, CRM, GED, Projets, GPAO, GMAO, etc., adapted to Life Sciences activities, as well as management of IT infrastructure and hosting, both in line with regulatory requirements. Furthermore, iQualit provides Expertise in Information Systems specifically tailored to Life Sciences, with high-quality support, management of qualified infrastructures and the development of customised solutions.
All of the services the company offers are in line with regulatory requirements in order to ensure data compliance, integrity and availability.
The health sector is one of the sectors hardest hit by cyberattacks, bearing in mind that more and more data is generated and transmitted online.
Health data is highly sought after by hackers for resale, disclosure and ransom, etc. Specific protection measures are therefore required in order to avoid such malicious attacks.
In this context, iQualit recently obtained “Health Data Hosting Provider” [HDS] accreditation. iQualit provides hosting for physical infrastructure, as well as offering information management hosting. This type of hosting concerns personal health data such as blood test and MRI results for example.
The main purpose of the accreditation is to protect patients and those persons holding their data, who are at risk of suffering adverse consequences. Data compliance, integrity, availability and traceability must be guaranteed through this hosting, and are strictly regulated by law. Companies and organisations can therefore outsource this task to an external firm such as iQualit to guarantee the security of gathered data.
iQualit obtained the accreditation for all of its activities, and most importantly in the two areas of application required, namely:
- “Physical infrastructure hosting provider” accreditation, which regulates and guarantees the provision and maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the information system used, as well as physical sites where physical infrastructure is hosted.
- “Information manager hosting provider” accreditation, which regulates and guarantees the provision and maintenance of virtual infrastructure, as well as of the application hosting platform of the health information system (administration, operation, remote backup, etc.).
What’s more, this accreditation calls for prior ISO27001 certification, which had already been initiated by the company. This is instrumental to ensuring a functional, regulated and protected system; in line with standards and offering customers data privacy, integrity and availability.
Finally, iQualit works with companies and entities to enable the organisations holding such data to focus on core business activities and to delegate information management, such as for example with specialised companies in the dans pharmaceutical industry, who are then free to concentrate on clinical trials and good laboratory practice, while complying meticulously with obligations under the Health Code. In this example, it is an issue of respecting “Generic Good Practice” or BPx regulations, yet another testament to iQualit’s expertise.