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PRE has teamed up with Air France-KLM, Dassault Systèmes, and Total to participate in the event
Paris Region Enterprises (PRE), an international agency promoting innovation and development, has announced 35 Paris-based start-ups which will present their innovations in applied artificial intelligence (AI) at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019), Las Vegas.
The agency has partnered with Air France-KLM, Dassault Systèmes, and Total for its participation at the event which takes place from 8-11 January. At CES 2018, the agency announced its inaugural Challenge AI Paris Region, to fund innovative start-ups in this field which was followed by a regional AI plan 2021, last October.
PRE offers an ecosystem of more than 8,000 start-ups, serving as a pool of scientific talent to attract high-profile international organisations, particularly in the field of AI.
“We aspire to become the first European – if not world – hub for AI,” said Alexandra Dublanche, vice-president of economic development for Paris Region Enterprises.
The agency said its attendance at CES 2019 works in conjunction with this strategy, with the selection of start-ups revolving around the applied AI theme, and presenting solutions in areas such as smart city, mobility, and health.
Representing more than 150 million customers and $230bn of revenue in 150 countries, the purpose of Air France-KLM, Dassault Systèmes, and Total’s partnering with PRE is to offer an ecosystem rich in expertise, offering business opportunities to international companies wishing to accelerate their development.
“Our presence at CES, in Eureka Park, is an example of our open innovation strategy built with
start-ups and companies that share common challenges"
With French start-ups such as Viktor & Charles and Linkfluence, Air France-KLM intends to be the forerunner in “surpassing the needs and expectations of its customers”. For example, using AI and machine learning, the group said it is developing service chatbots for its customers, like Lucie, a personalised new bot “reinventing” the way travellers search for their future destination and planning their trip.
Meanwhile, Dassault Systèmes’ presence at CES will be based around the theme “citizen life in 2030”. To illustrate this overall approach to sustainable innovation at the city level, the software company has selected three start-ups (Gyrolift, Exactcure, Zero2Infinity) from the 3DExperience Lab accelerator programme to illustrate and demonstrate innovation in the smart city field under the lens of mobility, health and connectivity.
“Our presence at CES, in Eureka Park, is an example of our open innovation strategy built with start-ups and companies that share common challenges,” added Gilles Cochevelou, chief digital officer of Total.
“This year we will present innovations developed in the field of artificial intelligence by start-ups with which we work, such as Uavia (robotics and drones), DC Brain (networks and logistics), Esoftthings (smart energy) and Fieldbox.ai (industry 4.0). In line with its values, security and operational performance, Total conducts many innovative programmes on artificial intelligence, from R&D to operational deployment.”
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