Regarded as one of the major growth areas of the global IT market, Machine to Machine (M2M) and the Internet of things affect all sectors: health, transport, media, construction, energyetc. According to Idate, 80 billion objects will be connected in 2020, as opposed to 15 billion currently.
Connected objects: a passing fad?
Some connected objects have a societal function: medicine, agriculture, ecology, energy, traceability, safety, prevention of natural hazards. Others are grouped under the term “quantified self” (quantification of personal data) and wearable technology: connected scales, connected GPS sports counters, rings, underwear, eyewear or shoes, a plant analyser that tweets when the plant no longer has water etc.
However, only 1% of objects are connected at the moment. By 2018, the number of connected objects is expected to exceed the total number of PCs, smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs.
Whatever the technologies used to connect these objects (SIM card, modem, Bluetooth, WiFi, RFID or NFC chip), they appear in all areas: intelligent transport systems, infotainment, remote diagnostics, insurance based on use, home automation, connected cars, fleet, parcel, energy network and smart water management, personal assistance, multimodal transport etc.
A balanced sector mix
ALTEN is active in all sectors related to these new technologies. Through its strong presence in the Telecoms and Multimedia sector, the group’s experience in terms of M2M is extensive in all sectors. As a partner of Agilent and a member of the Genivi Consortium, ALTEN is a proactive player offering multiple services in the area:
- Embedded and communicating software;
- Information and mobility systems;
- Ergonomics and Design;
- Programme Management Support.
Our R&D projects
The Group also has a Department of Research and Development, which operates these new technologies for societal purposes:
Smart Building Project
An energy efficiency project using statistical modelling whose aims were to:
- Provide enriched decision-making factors in the design of buildings;
- Improve the energy gain vs. investment ratio;
- Facilitate replicability based on models;
- Provide pedagogical support to building occupants.
Smart Services Project
Home Automation – Development of a Home Automation Gestural command demonstrator (applicable to the visually impaired): automated home multimedia office access facilitated with the integration of cloud computing and automation network security.
Health – Exploratory development: Immersive Augmented Reality for desensitisation in behavioural disorders (agoraphobia, autism etc.) with environment virtualisation, 3D reconstruction, photorealism in 3D (colours and textures) and detection of physical interaction between user and virtual obstacle.
Health – Robot for homecare assistance for the elderly. The services that have been developed are: “Carrying” of everyday objects (robot assistant), media management (Diary, Music, TV, Internet, Phone etc.), medical monitoring and alerts with mobile TV camera.