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In time, towns and cities may no longer own their lighting infrastructure, but will instead buy access to levels of illumination. Cities will not only be part of the service delivery revolution, they are likely to be the most obvious source of the various forms of connected intelligence. Their size and their concentration and range […]
France aims to shine in the solar energy sector
The French authorities recently announced two new tenders for 1,000 MW of ground-mounted PV power plants per year over 6 years and 450 MW of building-integrated PV systems per year over 3 years. Solar energy is one of the French government’s key priorities in terms of energy transition. Ségolène Royal, French Minister for the Environment, Energy, […]
MES, a critical tool for the industry of the future
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) play a critical role in improving industrial performance through data collection, analysis, and use. The production plants of the future will be equipped with an essential tool – MES – making them hyperconnected and enabling them to generate vast amounts of data. This tool collects production data in real time. These […]
“A buoyant market that is still developing”
As-a-Service. The expression has become the credo of proponents of a new approach to the way in which relationships, information and business are balanced within companies. It’s a buoyant market, but one that is still developing. Originally, the expression “as a service” comes from the acronym SaaS, or Software as a Service, a model in […]
Are new technologies making cities smarter?
This is the question that French radio station France Inter has been seeking to answer this summer in its C’est pour aujourd’hui ou pour demain programme. Lydia Babaci-Victor, development and innovation director at VINCI Energies, who was interviewed on the programme believes that: “All infrastructures produce data. The underground, buses, cars themselves, street lighting, traffic lights, […]
Is innovation the enemy of maintenance?
Innovation is overvalued and maintenance often matters a lot more, according to Andrew Russell, Professor and Dean of Arts & Sciences at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York, and his colleague Lee Vinsel. Provocatively titled “Hail the Maintainers”, their essay, which makes the case for industry to tone down the innovation fever and put […]
Thecamp, “creating the future”
In Aix-en-Provence, on the boundary between the country and the city, a new-generation international campus will open its doors in a year’s time. This ambitious project, of which VINCI Energies is a founding partner, reflects the growing importance of issues relating to smart cities. Introducing “thecamp”: this project, set in Aix-en- Provence, was inspired by initiatives dedicated to transformation, […]
How Spartoo manages to process 1,500 packages an hour
E-commerce at Actemium is a logistics process that adapts to evolving needs, boosting its ability to prepare and handle orders. In e-commerce – more than in other trades – logistics is the very lifeblood of business. Logistics is sometimes confused with the mechanised supply-chain lines that convey products and packages at a regular pace onto […]
Putting an end to unforeseen production shutdowns?
In the most “connected” production plants, smart maintenance can help forecast failures and breakdowns by capturing and analysing data generated by production equipment. What if we could prevent production shutdowns due to equipment failure and implement maintenance operations in accordance with the actual wear and tear on machinery? This forward-looking notion is far from being […]