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June 21, 2021 | StreetDrone & CEA

The French Research Institute CEA List invests in a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Development Platform from StreetDrone

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CEA List, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) institute dedicated to Smart Digital Systems, has taken delivery of a new self-driving vehicle supplied by StreetDrone. The StreetDrone Twizy will help CEA List’s researchers to develop and deploy advanced technologies for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs).

CEA List R&D programs address major economic and societal challenges in areas such as artificial intelligence, industry of the future, cyber-physical systems and digital health. Specifically in the mobility field, CEA List is developing safe, secure, sustainable CAV solutions and has an extensive expertise to develop and validate: hardware and sensor architectures, perception algorithms and sensor fusion technologies, localization, navigation, and decision-making functionalities.

The StreetDrone platform has been acquired as part of a “Carnauto” project, a network of nine major stakeholders in French public research certified by the French National Research Agency and dedicated to the automotive industry and the ground mobility sector.

StreetDrone autonomous-ready vehicle, equipped with sensors, drive-by-wire and compatible with open-source self-driving stacks such as Project Aslan, will help researchers develop and test advanced technologies for driver-assistance based on environment perception algorithms.

Mike Potts, CEO of StreetDrone commented,

“CEA List choosing StreetDrone’s Twizy-based platform for their research and development programs is extremely exciting for us at StreetDrone. Our first French customer has a significant presence in cutting-edge future mobility projects, including Carnauto, and has the potential to bring some very exciting developments to the wider Connected and Automated vehicle industry.

We look forward to supporting CEA List’s vehicle program and we’ll be eagerly following their progress.”

Alexandre Bounouh, CEO, CEA List, adds:

"CEA List developed a modular, flexible, efficient centralized, service-oriented architecture, compatible with most existing automotive sensors and actuators such as those equipping the StreetDrone’s autonomous-ready vehicle. This will help our researchers and industrial partners to benefit from this centralized architecture, as well as the development and deployment tools of our newly created startup Alkalee, in order to prototype and deploy advanced technology for connected and autonomous vehicles.

We look forward to expanding our collaborations and new projects, building off the solid base provided by StreetDrone’s vehicle".


For more information on StreetDrone's research and development platforms, contact Dotun Ibukun, Business Development Manager.

For more information on CEA List’s work in Connected and Automated Mobility, please contact Yann Gallais, Mobility program manager

 

 

29 avril 2021 | Scalnyx et le CEA

Scalnyx et le CEA proposent une solution pour accélérer l’analyse de données en toute confidentialité dans le cloud

cybersecurite 250Scalnyx et le CEA s’associent pour proposer une solution industrielle « sécurisée par conception » pour accélérer l’exécution d’applications de traitement de données répondant aux plus fortes exigences de confidentialité. Baptisée Scaltrust, cette nouvelle solution intégrée allie les technologies de chiffrement homomorphe du CEA-List et d’accélération de logiciel de haute performance de Scalnyx.

La recrudescence des attaques sur les données personnelles met en évidence la vulnérabilité des infrastructures connectées à Internet. Les secteurs les plus touchés sont le médical, le commerce de détail, les organismes publics et l’assurance-finance. Au moment où de nombreux acteurs se tournent vers l’externalisation du stockage et de l’analyse de données à caractère privé sur des serveurs distants, comment garantir la confidentialité des données de leur collecte à leur traitement – y compris par des tiers distants – tout en respectant les réglementations en vigueur sur la transparence de la gestion de ces données ?

Le chiffrement homomorphe répond aux enjeux de confidentialité des données. Celles-ci étant manipulées uniquement sous forme chiffrée, le résultat des opérations est seulement accessible à la personne détenant la clef de déchiffrement. Le CEA-List a développé dans cet objectif la technologie Cingulata, qui permet de créer, d’optimiser et de déployer des applications de traitement sur données chiffrées sur des serveurs distants, tout en préservant leur confidentialité de bout en bout. Grâce à cette technologie, il est déjà possible d’adresser une large gamme d’applications où une réponse instantanée n’est pas requise, notamment dans les domaines de la santé, de l’énergie, de la lutte contre la contrefaçon, de l’usine du futur.

Bien que des optimisations de calcul soient réalisées dans le code généré par Cingulata, le déploiement des traitements sur les ressources de calcul reste un enjeu majeur pour atteindre les meilleures performances. Afin d’y répondre, Scalnyx a combiné Cingulata et sa technologie d’accélération de logiciel, Scalgo, associant les algorithmes de machine learning à un modèle d’exécution ultra léger et scalable.

Issue de cette combinaison, la nouvelle solution Scaltrust facilite le déploiement de codes applicatifs et permet de faire un meilleur usage des ressources de calcul disponibles. Les bénéfices de cette solution sont de réduire à la fois la consommation d’énergie et le temps de réponse de l’applicatif et donc de limiter le coût d’usage dans le cloud. Ceci ouvre l’usage du chiffrement homomorphe, pour l’analyse de données confidentielle dans le cloud, à de nouveaux domaines d’application comme la finance-assurance, la santé, la défense et le manufacturing.

Le premier démonstrateur commun, qui se fondera sur des applications dans le secteur de la finance, est prévu pour la fin de l’année. La coopération entre Scalnyx et le CEA est soutenue par le projet européen Booster financé par l’agence EIT Manufacturing et par Bpifrance via la Bourse French Tech Emergence d’aide aux startups innovantes, suite à la labellisation Deeptech de Scalnyx.

 

January 7, 2021 | ENGIE, Bureau Veritas and the CEA

ENGIE, Bureau Veritas and the CEA assure the traceability of green energy thanks to blockchain

CP Engie BV List 250Bureau Veritas and the CEA execute the first validation of smart contracts by formal proof for the digital solution of the startup ENGIE TEO (The Energy Origin), reinforcing clients’ confidence on the origin of their green energy.

Incubated by ENGIE, the internal startup TEO (The Energy Origin) allows the Group’s professional clients – companies and local authorities – to embark on the path of green energy consumption. Thanks to the solution developed by TEO, clients can not only choose the source of energy most adapted to their needs, whether solar or wind, but also precisely identify the site that will produce this energy from within the portfolio of ENGIE’s renewable plants, in order to select a source closest to their sites of consumption. Seven days a week, clients are informed of the source of the energy consumed, as well as the positive impact generated, communicated in terms such as tons of CO2 avoided, the amount of auto emissions avoided, or trees planted.

The TEO solution depends upon blockchain, and more specifically upon the execution of smart contracts, irrevocable information programs that execute a number of predefined instructions. The mandatory value of these contracts is not guaranteed by law, but directly by the digital code. ENGIE has partnered with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, and the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), a French public research body, to conduct an audit of the solution and validate the precision of the processes and calculations generated by TEO. By leaning upon their expertise in formal methodologies and proof of ownership, the researchers of CEA-List, the CEA institute dedicated to intelligent digital systems, have led an in-depth study of the code for these smart contracts, establishing the correspondences between the defined requirements and effective implementation of these contracts. Bureau Veritas validated the methodology used by the CEA and verified its corresponding execution by TEO. The three partners thus demonstrated how smart contracts developed by TEO allow ENGIE clients to establish traceability of the green energy consumed.

«For ENGIE, whose ambition is to accelerate the energy transition towards carbon neutrality, this collaboration marks a further step in supporting our clients towards sustainable and environmentally friendly solution. By choosing to join forces with world-renowned expert partners, ENGIE is once again affirming its desire to integrate innovation and technology into the heart of its practices, and to respond increasingly to the need to customize customer solutions.», says Vincent Verbeke, a member of the Executive Committee of ENGIE's Global Energy Management business unit.

«Smart contracts are at the heart of many market platforms and require new verification processes. The validation of smart contracts by Bureau Veritas provides all participants in the blockchain with the assurance that they are operating in accordance with their expectations. In this innovative project, Bureau Veritas verifies the process and the result of the program’s calculations using a solid methodology defined with the CEA. This is an important step in the development of this technology.», adds Thomas Daubigny, Chief Digital Officer of Bureau Veritas.

«For 20 years, the CEA-List has directed its skills towards proof and validation in service of software confidence. The need for this expertise is growing as citizens ask more from the digital systems with which they interact. The CEA-List, fulfilling its mission of transferring research to industry, has joined forces with Bureau Veritas, an expert in certification, to strengthen confidence in the blockchain technologies used by ENGIE. It is thus extending its scope to deal with new generations of distributed digital systems, the use of which is spreading very rapidly» says Alexandre Bounouh, Director of the CEA-List Institute.

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