Sophia Antipolis - SCS Cluster: France southern region innovates on 4G and M2M services
Establishment of Com4Innov™, a shared 4G and M2M environment development and testing platform from the second quarter of 2012
Article published on April, 13th.
The southern region innovates on 4G and M2M services
- Launch of Com4Innov™, to enable VSEs/SMEs to develop and test mobile applications and M2M services
- A shared platform, the result of a private/public partnership
- Prior to, and in support of the commercial 4G network deployment that should take place in late 2012/early 2013
Com4Innov™, a shared 4G and M2M environment development and testing platform designed for manufacturers and researchers.
Offered through the Telecom Platform Association, Com4Innov is the result of an industrial initiative accredited and supported by the Secure Communication Solutions worldwide competitiveness cluster (SCS).
Com4Innov is aimed particularly at VSEs/SMEs who want to develop or validate their technologies, applications or Wireless services.
They can take advantage of the latest wireless telecommunication infrastructures, development tools, experiment control and measurements, and the skill of experts.
This platform focuses on the networks and mobile services of the future, M2M (machine to machine) applications, components and networks and "smart" devices. It incorporates various technologies such as high-speed mobile (4G/LTE), application infrastructures (IMS), optimisation gateways, mobile devices, networks, gateways and low-range wireless sensors, a federated and application management cloud and M2M smart devices.
"Com4Innov is a great asset in developing the ICT ecosystem in the PACA region. Central to innovation, it will stimulate and increase the synergy between organisations, especially SMEs and encourage involvement in collaborative, technological or user-driven projects", comments Laurent Londeix, Chairman of the SCS Cluster.
"Com4Innov provides access to the technologies and services of the future that have until now been reserved for large companies. With this full-size environment, we are launching a catalyst for innovation for companies who can effectively test or validate their products and services early on, and thus gain a competitive advantage", says Denis Rousset, Chairman of the Telecom Platform Association.
Selected by the DGCIS in July 2011, the Telecom Platform Association responsible for the deployment and operation of Com4Innov was created in October 2011 by its founder members, the companies 3Roam – Ericsson – iQsim – Newsteo – OneAccess – Orange – ST-Ericsson, the research bodies EURECOM and Inria along with the SCS Worldwide Competitiveness Cluster and the MobiSmart and Telecom Valley Associations.
Since early 2012, Claude Hary has been responsible for the operational management of the Telecom Platform Association and a recruitment process is underway to strengthen operations further. The first 4G/LTE communications (on 2.6 GHz) introduced from the antennae based in Sophia Antipolis and the first uses of the M2M environment are currently scheduled for summer 2012 to achieve optimal deployment with an extension to Marseille before the end of 2012. The "Telecom Platform" Association has also signed a partnership with Monaco Telecom that allows from today, LTE tests and evaluations to be conducted across Monaco.
The Telecom Platform Association
The Telecom Platform Association shares, operates and provides organisations on the market with innovative and convergent resources and the skill of experts through the infrastructure and commercial offer of Com4Innov. Com4Innov offers a development and testing environment covering technologies, applications, networks and 4G/LTE services, IMS, traffic optimisation, wireless collection systems, low-range networks, components and M2M (Machine to Machine) applications, etc.
The Telecom Platform Association is co-financed by its founder members and the following public financiers: the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF, PACA), the Directorate General for Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS), the PACA Regional Council and the Alpes-Maritimes Departemental Council.
Secure Communication Solutions Cluster (SCS)
The global Secure Communications Solutions competitiveness cluster brings together organisations involved in microelectronics, multimedia, software and telecommunications. It unites over 280 major companies and SMEs, public laboratories and universities focusing on collaborative R&D projects intended for strong growth markets such as security, communications, health, logistics, etc.
The SCS Cluster’s key objectives are to develop innovative and competitive R&D projects, contribute to the development of SMEs and encourage the creation of an ecosystem appropriate to the regional development of ICT.
For more information: www.com4innov.com