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RATP Group is taking part in the 5th edition of Viva Technology, from 16 to 19 June 2021. The Group is inviting 27 start-ups to this hybrid version of the event, in person on its stand and virtually in its e-LAB. This unmissable event provides an opportunity to discover RATP Group innovations that are helping to shape smart and sustainable cities.
Innovating for the cities of tomorrow
RATP Group dedicates every day to better city living. To this end, we offer efficient and innovative services in France and throughout the world, facilitating the daily lives of passengers on our networks, developing our industrial excellence, inventing and preparing for the city of tomorrow. And for the Group, tomorrow is today. Viva Technology will thus provide an opportunity to promote innovations developed by RATP Group in collaboration with its partnering start-ups, offering concrete solutions to build smart and sustainable cities.
The Group will be presenting its approach to innovation around 4 key topics, one on each day:
• The sustainable and inclusive city
• Autonomous and shared mobility
• Industry 4.0
• Augmented travel
Preview of our innovations
Many innovations and demonstrations will be on display on the RATP Group stand and e-LAB from 16 June. Here is a preview of three of them.
A connected ring
RATP Group is experimenting as a pilot partner for the connected ring from start-up ICARE Technologies. Named Aeklys by Starck and designed by Philippe Starck, this ring features NFC technology. The principle is simple: with the ring on their finger, passengers or employees can just walk past the validation terminals to join the network they are authorised to access. Using technology developed by Calypso Network Association, this connected ring provides the highest level of security and personal data protection.
Exoskeletons to help maintenance staff
RATP maintenance staff at the Porte des Lilas bus depot are now working with exoskeletons. This innovation is also being trialled by maintenance staff on RER line A and is a great help to operators in carrying out their work. Slipped over the shoulders like a bionic vest, the exoskeleton increases the wearer’s physical capacities and reduces strain on the shoulders.
This innovation, developed in collaboration with the occupational health department, improves employees’ working conditions and provides them with significant help in performing their tasks.
STREMIA, artificial intelligence to facilitate rail traffic control
The STREMIA project (rolling stock garaging strategy using artificial intelligence) is a decision support tool. It was developed by RATP and the start-up Fieldbox.ai and uses artificial intelligence algorithms to help the work of the operations teams in charge of traffic control.
The goal is to simplify the daily work of controllers and dispatchers by using real-time analysis of collected data to facilitate their decision-making.
Since September 2020, STREMIA has been undergoing tests in the operations room at the Unified Control Centre (CCU) of RER line B. This predictive operations project is a full-scale experiment and one of the first structuring projects launched under RATP Group’s AI programme.
A physical stand and a digital e-LAB
Located in Hall 1, stand J-14, RATP Group will be welcoming 27 start-ups over the 4 days, either face-to-face or digitally. Covering an area of 200m2, the Group stand will include a stage for start-ups and conferences, corners for demonstrations of internal and external innovations, an immersive activity featuring a tram driver’s cab simulator, and an area dedicated to artificial intelligence and industry 4.0.
Private and professional visitors will be able to meet the Group’s experts, try out innovations for the cities of today and tomorrow, and talk to start-up partners who are contributing to the development of smart cities.
In addition, an e-LAB, accessible from the Viva Technology platform, will make it possible to live the experience remotely, and to access the content until 30 November 2021.
- 4 days dedicated to innovation
- 4 topics – 1 day, 1 topic
- 1 stand of 200m2 in RATP Group colours, located in Hall 1, stand J-14
- 27 start-ups, including 12 from RATP Group’s start-up accelerator (season #1 and season #2)
- Around fifty meetings
- 3,000 RATP Group employees will be taking part in the event
About Viva Technology - In only 4 years, VivaTech has become Europe’s biggest startup and tech event and is recognized worldwide as a powerful catalyst for business transformation, startup growth and innovation for the common good. VivaTech brings together in Paris every year business leaders, startuppers, investors, researchers and thinkers from around the world for a unique experience combining inspiration, networking and innovation discovery. Starting 2021, VivaTech will be enriched with a digital platform that will bring together an even larger community of innovators. In 2019, VivaTech had already reached 231 million people worldwide, bringing together 124,000 visitors including more than 13,000 start-ups, 3,000 venture capital firms and 2,500 journalists from 124 countries. The 5th edition of VivaTech will be held on June 16-19, 2021.
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