Welcome to Halle Freyssinet, a former freight depot converted into a giant startup incubator. Re-named Station F, today the 34,000m² premises hosts the young French startups close to Xavier Niel’s heart. Whilst small companies are the building’s lifeblood, they’re not alone. Big businesses have also set up camp in this innovation hotbed. So why are small and large companies alike working together, and what does the digital French Touch landscape look like? Continue reading
Comparisons between robo-advisors are often limited to cost analysis. This criterion must be extended to the output and supply of services other than automated management. The market is growing very quickly. Even big traditional international banks are now getting into this segment. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered to what extent your business applications might benefit from functions based upon artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning? This question has long seemed irrelevant given the complexity of implementing these algorithms, but things have changed. Take the example of Microsoft’s Cognitive Services, which offer access to an effective image recognition engine via a hosted service. Continue reading
With Hololens, Microsoft has designed a headset which enables interaction with virtual images and objects which are projected as holograms into the user’s field of vision. The developers describe the concept as mixed reality, which borrows from both augmented reality and virtual reality. What does it really involve, and what kind of uses could it lead towards? Continue reading
On 13 April 2017, the biggest players in the aviation and space sector came together for a press conference to present the market report for 2016. The event was organised by GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales), and directors of both large companies and smaller associations posted satisfying results for 2016. The past year has been particularly fruitful in terms of revenue, orders and hiring figures. The panel also presented its projections for horizon 2020. Continue reading
Far from our preconceived ideas, engineering is taking a greater and greater interest in the world of virtual technology. While the industry has always used Computer Aided Design (CAD), such as CATIA, the potential of such software is limited. It looks like reality, in three different forms, may be the answer: Continue reading
As one of IBM’s partners, Sopra Steria was invited to attend the grand opening of the Watson IoT Centre in Munich. The physical location is of great importance to IBM, as it puts them at the heart of Europe allowing them to reach out to a large number of players in the manufacturing industry; a high-potential sector for IoT. During our visit we rubbed shoulders with some of IBM’s partners and clients such as PSA, Thales, SNCF and Airbus as well as officials from across the world, particularly China and Japan.
Imagine you have all the state of the art components, all best of breed. They are not designed to work together, but you need them to. You can either redesign from base and meticulously integrate through APIs, or you can tie them together with paper clips and rubber bands, solder the surface connections and duct tape it all to hold.
Over the 4 days from the 5-8 January 2017, we paced the long aisles of the iconic 50th Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Given the scale of the show, we were able to take stock of what the world’s leading players on the tech and innovation scene have to offer. Continue reading