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These three companies, Esmertec, Purple Labs and INSIDE Contactless are technological partners of Sagem Wireless. The Parc Saint-Christophe Technopole, a short distance away, is home to Huawei Technologies - an OEM for operators which ranks second worldwide in this specialised f eld – as well as Johnson Controls Automotive. Sagem Communications and Leader Networks Equipments are also located nearby. All this adds up to a concentration of telecoms research and development centres which is unique in France. Some of these companies are involved in a large number of projects
with the higher education establishments in the Val d'Oise (PRES1 Cergy University) as well as with the ESSEC. Based in Cergy-Pontoise since 1973, this management school hosts a «Living Lab» , a business incubator project and a specialist incubator for the mobile sector.This telecoms cluster also helped give birth to «Mobile Alley». Operating out of headquarters in Cergy-Pontoise, this world-class network brings together the big names in the telecoms sector to serve innovation and the emergence of new entrepreneurs within the mobile industry in Europe.Lastly, the Centre for Embedded Intelligence, the first organisation of its kind in France, has been set up with
the aim of making the Val d'Oise a benchmark site for the transfer to industry of innovations in the major f elds of application of green embedded eco-intelligence (multimodal transport, telecoms, security, medicine, IT systems, etc.).
1 PRES : Higher Education and Research Centre (Institut Polytechnique Saint-Louis, University of Cergy, Essec, Itin-Escia: Higher School of Computer Science, Networks and Information Systems, Higher national school of Art, Eisti: International School of Data Processing Science, Ensea).
SOME WELL-KNOWN COMPANIES LOCATED IN THE VAL D'OISE
ConceptionDesigns and manufactures chips and NFC (Near Field Communication)/contactless technologies for laptops, mobile phones and PDAs. www.insidecontactless.com
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES France
FranceTelecoms equipment manufacturer supplying operators worldwide with new-generation network solutions for wired and wireless calls, optics and data. www.huawei.com
Specialises in the design of custom-built mobile phones for operators, distributors of mobile services and OEMs (Business to Business services).
Designs, develops and manufactures professional and residential broadband products, printing and energy management. www.sagem-communications.com
LEADER NETWORKS EQUIPMENTS SAS
IT and telephony; duplication and training; IT networks, data cabling, fibre optics, maintenance, site information management. Sells office automation and telephony hardware. www.leadernet.fr
Myriad Group was created by the merger of Esmertec and Purple Labs. These two European mobile phone software companies develop mass-market mobile phone software (expertise in JAVA software and LINUX platforms). www.myriadgroup.com
MOBILE ALLEY : A STAKEHOLDER NETWORK EXTENDING FROM THE VAL D'OISE TO EUROPE AND WORLDWIDE
Mobile Alley, an association devoted to innovation and the emergence of new entre-preneurs in the mobile industry in Europe and worldwide, was founded in February 2009 during the «Barcelona World Mobile Congress», on the initiative of Guillaume Girard, its executive off cer. Mobile Alley chose to locate its headquarters in the new mobile software cluster in Cergy-Pontoise, thus contributing to the vitality of the Val d'Oise, its chosen home territory.As Guillaume Girard explained on the launch of the Association, «This is the only area in France with a concentration of over 500 mobile-oriented engineers and an ideal centre for bringing together key factors and players:
- innovation, with a corresponding wealth of R&D engineers, companies in the cluster (Sagem Wireless and Myriad Group) and other players at the Cergy-Pontoise site.
- the heart of world business - Microsoft and Orange are partners of Mobile Alley, soon to be joined by others;
- our f nancial partner, Sof nnova Partners, a leading European venture capitalist in the field of telecoms. They are all ready to get involved in a local environment which is already highly dynamic, thanks to the input of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, which ranks amongst the top 20 performers in France (Challenges - 4 June 2009), renowned schools including ESSEC and eight competitiveness clusters supported by local authorities including the
Conseil Général, urban districts and their economic development agencies.»The vocation of Mobile Alley is to provide its members with all the essential resources (physical hosting, test equipment, representa-tion to operators in the sector and European bodies, exchanges with f nancial backers, etc.) required to create and stimulate innovation in the mobile sector.
A BUSINESS INCUBATOR PROJECT AND SPECIALIST MOBILE SOFTWARE INCUBATOR TO SUPPORT SMES IN THE SECTOR
The unifying projects identif ed during the preparation of the Conseil Général's local strategic plan for sustainable development of the economy and employment include the creation of a business incubator and a specialist mobile software incubator.Backed by the ACCET Val d'Oise Techno-pole, and in partnership with PRES R&D organisations, an ESSEC Ventures project has been implemented to create the right conditions for the location and development of around f fty SMEs liable to join the local environment of the mobile systems cluster, via a business incubator. This structure will be reinforced by the presence of a «Living Lab» (behavioural research laboratory) set up by students from ESSEC.