THE 21st CENTURY ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CAMPUS
Hotels, restaurants, businesses and car parks, the Ecotone project will be built in the Trois Moulins district of Antibes, in Sophia Antipolis technology park.
Compagnie de Phalsbourg provided a competition-winning design to develop the 3 Moulins site in Antibes.
In partnership with Xavier Niel and in association with Ateliers Jean Nouvel, OXO (Manal Rachdi) and AAFB (Foussat Bapt architecture studio), the project involves the creation of 40,000m² of tertiary activity space, hotels and amenities within Europe’s largest technology park, Sophia Antipolis.
Ecotone Antibes has three aims:
To become the gateway and the new tertiary image of Sophia Antipolis
To create a 21st century campus model in France
To become the centre of excellence for biomimicry in the South of France
The infrastructure will include:
32,000 square metres of office and co-working space
A 4* hotel with 120 rooms, a swimming pool and spa (7,000 square metres)
1,200 square metres of shops and restaurants
750 parking places
Surrounded by 27,000 square metres of parkland, Ecotone Antibes will be the most vegetated building ever built. Fully integrated into its surroundings, Ecotone will eventually accommodate approximately 3,000 people.
The model was presented for the first time in the context of the International Market for Real Estate Professionals, MIPIM, held in Cannes.
Based in Sophia Antipolis, VIDETICS is an Intelligent Video Analysis software edition company
VIDETICS RAISES 2 MILLION EUROS
Based in Sophia Antipolis, VIDETICS is an Intelligent Video Analysis software edition company, specialised in Deep Learning founded in 2019. VIDETICS’ core activities focus on developing Artificial Intelligence video analysis tools using software solutions specific to the Smart Cities universe, supplying people with the most relevant information for decision-making. The aim is to generate real-time alerts and statistical data to enable infrastructure managers to anticipate and prevent road congestion and to avert risks flagged up by the system.
Worldwide, 1 million people move to cities every week. This growing urbanisation creates significant logistical challenges (road congestion, waste handling, safety, etc.) and entails changes to infrastructure. Current infrastructure is not designed for the number of people who currently reside in some French cities.
VIDETICS Perception technology
VIDETICS Perception offers a software suite which analyses camera streams, making it possible to retransmit relevant information in real time to ensure an in-depth understanding of the city’s infrastructure and buildings for operators and infrastructure managers, who need to make informed decisions.
VIDETICS developed this solution in the laboratory, making use of existing IP cameras to use them asultra-powered sensors within 2 years. Thanks to artificial intelligence video analysis, this system enables Deep Learning intelligent processing of video streams.
VIDETICS is working actively on human action recognition, in order to protect vulnerable individuals and isolated workers. A number of developments are currently underway.
Riviera start-up, VIDETICS has just announced the raising of 2 million euros from several investors and BPI France. to enable the company to continue developing its technologies to address the challenges of major sporting events to come, such as the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be held in Paris.
To support its development and technological progress, VIDETICS has surrounded itself with a number of key partners. VIDETICS is notably part of the Start-It-Up programme initiated by the Interdisciplinary Intelligence Artificial Institute “3IA Côte d’Azur”, which helps consolidate its ties with research institutes.
In keeping with its investment in Smart Cities, the start-up has also begun its expansion into the Smart Building market with a new, developmental project in Morocco, where it is analysing the 160 cameras at Mohammed VI University in Ben Guérir in order to reduce the building’s energy consumption.
The fundraising will also support the expansion of the company’s teams and skills. VIDETICS currently has 12 staff members and plans to recruit an additional 13 employees by the end of 2022; primarily developers and project managers.
Find out more at: videtics.com
Software quality and the development of business applications
Founded almost 17 years ago by former Microsoft consultants, SoftFluentis composed of a team of leading experts in Microsoft technologies, software quality and the development of business applications including software eco-design.
Today, SoftFluent has 80 employees who are all specialised in .NET development and who provide daily support to a large number of major corporate clients, Mid-Sized Businesses, publishers and start-ups covering the entire value chain, offering:
- – A consulting division and high-level advisory services: Architecture Design, Code Review, Due Diligence, CTO as Service, R&D as Service
- – An application development division: modernisation of applications, custom software, Azure Cloud migration, agile methodologies, DevOps process.
Thanks to its consultants’ expertise in connected web, mobile and client-rich application architecture in complex environments such as On Premise and Cloud, SoftFluent supports its clients in all their IT projects, either at its service centre or on-site for technical assistance to help develop your team. Discover our good development practices, recommendations for IT decision-makers and our consultants’ top tips on our blog.
SoftFluent also supports humanitarian causes and contributes its expertise to health services with stakeholders such as Stago and EIG. Amongst others, SoftFluent has worked with Chartres hospitals in France to develop a digital tool to make a lasting improvement to comfort in ICUs.
Apart from its innovative ITC activity, SoftFluent has enhanced its offer of digital transformation and productivity software editing expertise, with innovative offers handled by its subsidiaries, including Abeee, a HR integration and retention solution and RowShare, a collaborative product for collecting and visualising data in complete confidentiality.
The company’s employees are shareholders through a FCPE[employee shareholding fund] and can therefore be part of its development strategy.
What’s more, their participation in Great Place to Work and being included on the winners list in 2016 (fewer than 50 employees) and in 2020 (more than 50 employees) reflect an HR management policy which puts people at the heart of the company’s success.
For more information : www.softfluent.fr
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.
meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school
A look back at the meeting with Strategic Management Master’s students from HEC Paris business school, who paid a visit to the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park on Monday 14 June as part of their study trip.
The visit was part of the “Learning Expeditions” immersion programme and meets specific educational objectives to gain insights about the Technology Park and its ecosystem and to promote stimulating exchanges with key local players.
The visit was a chance for students to benefit from another learning framework and to develop different constructive analyses in response to the economic reality of the Sophia Antipolis technology park.
Upon arrival, the students and their teachers were welcomed at the Inria Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée centre. It was an occasion to discuss technology, strategic sectors, French and international companies located in the region, public and private partnerships, artificial intelligence and digital technology in industry and business, as well as an initial approach to the context and developmental stages of the 3IA Côte d’Azur label.
Next, the students were divided into several groups for company visits; these included Accenture, Acri ST, Syneos Health and Nuvisan Pharma in the Sophia Antipolis Biopark. Concrete models for applying AI, cultural management, sustainable development and resilience. The students and companies greatly appreciated the time they spent together.
Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.
Thanks to interactive discussions, the students were able to draw comparisons with conceptional elements from their lessons, specifically in terms of strategic positioning, thanks to the consistency of the Sophia model.
The three groups later came together for lunch at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy, followed by a site tour, on which they heard anecdotes about the best prospects to come out of the academy.
It was on the “Sophia Discovery Tour*”, a special guided tour created for the occasion, that the students discovered a short historical overview of the technology park and several key locations including place Sophie Laffitte, the SophiaTech campus and INRAE.
It was also an opportunity for their teachers to review a few theoretical concepts during end-of-day discussions with several representatives from the Sophia Antipolis Biopark, Sophia Club Entreprise and Team Côte d’Azur.
Perhaps this one-day immersion helped to generate a few ideas for future projects both for the students and for the Sophia ecosystem.
*Sophia Discovery Tour – A guided tour of Sophia Antipolis Technology Park, offering a personalised experience focusing on visitors’ specific requirements.
Cooperation between the Foundation Sophia Antipolis and Jiangning Development Zone (JNDZ)
4th China-France Innovation and Cooperation Forum
On 24 June, the “The 4th China-France Innovation and Cooperation Forum” was held in Nanjing, China, following the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement between the Fondation Sophia Antipolis (FSA) and the Jiangning Development Zone (JNDZ) recognising the interest of a strategic collaboration aimed at reinforcing development and innovation synergies.
This partnership agreement provides a framework for both parties to collaborate in a wide range of areas and in particular to develop multi-annual exchange programmes.
This online forum was held within the framework of Nanjing Tech Week 2021, whose theme was “Mutual Understanding, Win-Win, Embracing the Convergence of the Future”. It took place simultaneously between the cities of Lyon, Paris, Montargis and the Sophia Antipolis technology park.
The presence of the Foundation Sophia Antipolis at this international forum aimed to promote future exchanges and cooperation between Nanjing and Sophia Antipolis and in particular the possibility of creating a common Sino-Sophipolitan platform.
The Forum was attended by over 400 participants including former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and State Council Advisor Yao Jinyuan. Mr. Jean Pierre Mascarelli, President of the Foundation Sophia Antipolis and President delegate of the mixed syndicate of Sophia-Antipolis (SYMISA) underlined during his speech how much the health crisis revealed the importance of science, technology and innovation for the resilience of territories.
During the round table on Chinese-French technological innovation, the speakers discussed current projects in the fields of biotechnology, IOT and virtual reality.
Nanjing Tech Week, launched in 2019, aims to become part of the global innovation network and the expansion of global innovation circles.
This year’s forum focused on gathering international innovation resources and cooperation between cities to expand the international influence of Nanjing, ranked 4th in China’s National Capacity Assessment of Innovative Cities.
Innovation Project Manager & Coordinator of Jiangning Economic Development Zone China (JNDZ)
Build a real research or prototyping programme
WHAT IS IT?
The Startups at School programme brings together school audiences and young innovative companies through educational projects in various school subjects.
The Startups at School programme consists of a joint definition of an educational project by the teacher and the with the help of the mediator fromthe incubator The project is integrated into the school curriculum and takes into account the constraints of each person, particularly in terms of availability:
- School audiences: the programme is aimed at all students in secondary and higher education: secondary schools in general, technological and vocational streams, BTS, IUT and preparatory classes.
- To young innovative companies: Startups See glossary participate on a voluntary basis. Their fields of activity are very varied: from artificial intelligence to agri-food, via robotics and health.
- To Incubators/Mediators: Each project undertaken is organised with the support of a mediator from the incubator. It supports teachers and startups
in the definition of the project, the creation of the educational workshops and the logistical organisation of the various meetings.
The duration of the projects varies according to the context, from a few weeks to a school year. Several moments punctuate the different stages of the project:
TEACHER–INCUBATORMEETING: This first meeting allows the teacher to discover the incubator and to meet the mediator who will be at his/her side throughout the project. The main lines of the project are taking shape.
COMPANY– TEACHER MEETING:Following the first meeting, the mediator looks for and proposes a start-up partner to the teacher. The meeting between the teacher and the start-up company is an opportunity to define the problem on which the students will work.
STUDENT–ENTERPRISE MEETING: Students visit the incubator and discover the start-up company they will be working with. They then start thinking about the study problem.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: Supervised by their teacher and accompanied by the mediator from the incubator, the students imagine solutions, develop ideas and create prototypes.
LAST MEETING BETWEEN COMPANY AND STUDENTS: This is the moment for the students to present their productions to the start-up and to evaluate their experience.
Classroom Project on Startup Creation
Accompanied by their teacher and the incubator, students start with an idea, define a business model, work on the customer journey and produce a prototype of their product or service.
Coming from a REP (Priority Education Network) secondary school, pupils from the André-Masson secondary school in Saint Loup sur Semouse made a long journey to Paris to be accompanied by the Agoranovincubator. Their project: to reduce food waste and give a second life to corks.
On the menu with Agoranov: workshop on food waste and waste management, work in small groups on the business model, coaching on the pitch, all with a view to developing their mini-enterprise project and preparing for the EPAcompetition in their region.
A few months later, the students proudly received the “Sustainable Development” trophy.