Digital France In Normandy, the crisis, not even fear!

Par ediallo - 24 October, 2020 - 11:04

We are continuing our tour of France of French Tech nuggets with the Normandy region.

The digital transformation has accelerated with the health crisis and Normandy start-ups have played their full part in it. When Saagie (big data) raises 25 million euros out of confinement, Keyveo invents a virtual visit tool for companies and Dejamobile new software solutions for contactless payment.

At the same time, Normandy continues to rely on the dynamism of international groups such as Orange, Elitt (evaluation of smart cards), NXP, Thales, and Murata, which bought Ipdia (silicon capacitors), not forgetting Scop Acôme (high-tech cables) and the family group Altitude with its subsidiaries: Linkt (telecom operator dedicated to SMEs) and Altitude Infrastructure.

Attineos develops customised applications

Based in Rouen (Seine-Maritime), where it has its head office and software factory, and in Paris, the small thumb of digital services company Attineos is setting up in Reims.

It designs specific software applications, intranet-extranet portals, websites and business intelligence applications for service and industrial companies. Six years after its creation, the company achieves a turnover of 12.3 million euros with 200 employees.

Saagie industrialises companies' data projects

Saagie, which is part of the French tech 120 selection, raised €25 million in June to industrialise companies' big data projects. It offers its customers a platform managing the entire production chain of their data, i.e. data collection, preparation, modelling by algorithms and restitution to users.

The aim is to enable them to use their data more quickly through specific business applications. As Arnaud Muller, the company's founder and chairman, used to say, "we manage the plumbing so that the customer can concentrate on developing its business applications". Saagie, which employs 85 staff spread between Rouen (headquarters), Paris and New York, intends to double its workforce in two years.

Soget facilitates international trade

Soget, the specialist in port and logistics information systems based in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), has set up dematerialised community one-stop-shops on the Seine Axis, in Nantes and Saint-Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique), Calais (Pas-de-Calais), La Rochelle (Charente-Maritime), Jakarta (Indonesia), Mauritius, Togo and Benin.

It deploys a latest generation of cybersecure digital platform that enables logistics specialists to streamline, at national level, all foreign trade-related exchanges.

Soget has just achieved a world first with the deployment, for a Jamaican customer, of an airport collaborative platform operated in the cloud. Owned by professional associations (82%) and the Port of Le Havre, the company generated a turnover of €13.6 million last year with 95 employees.

WeeM deploys its connected acoustic cabin

After three years of R & D, WeeM (15 employees), the specialist in connected acoustic cabins, announced a fund raising of 2.1 million euros in September 2020. Its booth, designed and assembled at the company's headquarters in Petit-Quevilly, near Rouen (Seine-Maritime), provides internet access, is equipped with a touch screen, an HD camera, a microphone, a high-end loudspeaker and the information system linked to its use.

Its objective is to install 1,000 booths by the end of 2022 in airports, train stations, towns and shopping centres in order to create a "place of contact" for citizens with public services and help reduce digital illiteracy.

Keyveo offers immersive technologies

Keyveo has developed expertise in real-time 3D and 4D, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Based with its 17 employees in Seine-Innopolis, the digital hub of the Rouen metropolis, it develops mobile applications for smartphones, tablets, PCs and large screens. In June 2020, it launched a web platform, the Keyveo virtual tour, a virtual tour solution for companies.

Dejamobile innovates in contactless payments

Dejamobile has developed two software solutions for contactless payment methods based on NFC technology from a smartphone or Android tablet. One enables banks and fintechs to offer their own mobile payment service, the other is aimed at merchants wishing to accept contactless payments.

The start-up created in 2012 employs 40 people between its headquarters in Hérouville-Saint-Clair near Caen (Calvados) and its offices in London, Dublin, Cologne and soon Barhein.

Sinay crosses big data and the maritime sector

From open source maritime data that it cross-references with its client's private data, Sinay develops algorithms to create dashboards with specific indicators. Based in Caen (Calvados) with 45 employees, the company provides its clients (ports, maritime transport, fishing) with data on air quality, water quality, acoustics, sea routes, estimated time of arrival of vessels, etc.

It also carries out species surveys for the Directorate of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture. The former design office, created in 2008, had a turnover of €1.5 million in 2019.

Change of course for Normandie Web Xperts

After the dislocation of Normandy French tech into three poles - Caen, Le Havre, Rouen - the Normans find themselves deprived of a unique brand. That's not the point! Caen continues to cultivate its expertise in NFC technology (near field communication), to bring to life its Dôme, the most renowned of Normandy's fablabs, and is launching the transformation of a gigantic Renault garage into a place of technological innovation, the MoHo.

For its part, Le Havre is waiting for its Cité du Numérique (Digital City) to come into service in front of the docks, while in Rouen, the heart of the digital world continues to beat in Seine-Innopolis.

It is, moreover, the headquarters of the Normandy association of digital entrepreneurs, Normandie Web Xperts (NWX, 70 members), which after ten years of existence, is about to change course. "We have to turn the page on the organisation of events that were intended to bring entrepreneurship into culture," says Emmanuel Ratel, its president. We now have to respond to more industrial issues.

It's up to us to reach out to large groups by offering to outsource their digital innovation. It's up to us to tell them: entrust us with your digital R & D processes. We are going to propose them to the NWX skills network."

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