French technological excellence ensures industrial applications for export


The only video detection system in the world designed for mobile machinery, BLAXTAIR® gains its head start from the video recognition algorithms developed by the CEA-LIST Institute. A stellar collaboration.

The creation of globalisation that enable transformation of the best technologies into exportable industrial applications is a major challenge for all modern economies. The visit to the Nano-Innov center of the CEA-List Institute in October last year by a delegation from the Australian Ministry for Industry, Innovation and Science is recent proof of this.

A scientific, industrial and open environment

The Nano-Innov center located in Saclay in the Essonne region in France, is one of CEA Tech’s three technology research centers. From this location, the CEA-List Institute supports over 200 specialist businesses and start-ups. The best researchers and engineers come together here to collaborate. “Researchers from the CEA-LIST Institute work on the very earliest aspects of a project, based on our requests. Our own engineers focus on their industrialization and integration into the product, based on a technology roadmap that is defined every year,” explains Patrick Mansuy, President of ARCURE, one of the companies at the Nano-Innov center. The scientific excellence in play here is complemented by the industrial culture, a strong results-driven focus, cost objectives, deadlines and performance – set amidst an international vision (over 200 European projects, collaboration with foreign academic laboratories, etc.).

Bolstering its technological progress

And the results are keeping up the pace. Within the CEA-List’s spheres of application (Advanced Manufacturing, Data Intelligence, Radiation Control for the healthcare sector and On-Board Systems), the supported companies are finding clients and are exporting.

In the field of on-board systems, this is particularly the case for Arcure who is undergoing rapid international growth with BLAXTAIR, its 3D pedestrian detection camera for use in critical environments (industry, worksites, mines, etc.). For Patrick Mansuy, the short loop cycle of “research – industrialization – application” is a truly virtuous path. “Very quickly, we are benefiting from the results of early stage research, we can offer it to the market and, this way, maintain and grow our technological leads. As for the CEA, it saves precious time in implementing these innovative concepts and benefits from feedback from the field that helps to explore/validate new approaches.” Inspirational stuff, reaching as far as Australia…

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18 January 2017