Our innovation strategy is further supported by various partnerships aimed at investigating key scientific areas where the Group does not have the required expertise, but also, thanks to its partners, by developing new uses and new approaches in a co-innovation approach. These partnerships also aim to accelerate the arrival of innovations on the market.
The Group has a dozen or so key partnerships in terms of R&D and innovation :
- PhD theses
- Research programme in Healthcare
- Research programme on territorial innovation and smart cities: ETI Chair
Our research activities in 2020 in partnership with Universities focused on :
- Cybersecurity and behaviour analysis (University of Nantes);
- Fog Computing (University of Nantes);
- Smart Grid and its impact on the overall balance of the energy system - Technologies, regulation and stakeholders’ roles (MINES ParisTech);
- Designing a unique Digital Twin to manage the lifecycle of a Linear Infrastructure (University of Technology of Troyes);
- The internet of things in healthcare: development of a methodology and tools for the implementation of new medical and para-medical organizations in remote medical monitoring projects (University of Angers);
- Research into a model for digital continuity between industrial connected objects and product lifecycle management (University of Technology Compiègne).
The first results of the research work on digital continuity between industrial connected objects and product lifecycle management led to 2 awards at IFIP (International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management) held in Moscow in July 2019.
The results obtained regarding our research work in collaboration with the Icube laboratory and the University of Strasbourg on the scripting of collaborative applications (UMI3D: Unified Model for Interaction in 3D environment) brought us an award at the CSCW18 conference held in New York in November 2018. As an innovative player in this field, we have launched with the Icube laboratory a Consortium initiative that now includes more than a dozen academic and private players. This initiative aims to accelerate the adoption and development of UMI3D by attracting the attention of the international community. UMI3D is an exchange protocol that addresses the problem of sharing 3D media between several heterogeneous devices. Thus, whatever the device used, one can interact in the same way with the 3D media.
The results of all our research will contribute to the development of Inetum's future innovations.
Research programme in healthcare
In our desire to improve patient follow-up and the daily life of healthcare workers, we are conducting a research programme in partnership with the Heart and Vessel Unit of the Cardiac Surgery Department of the Bichat Hospital. This programme aims at developing an innovative technological solution of remote monitoring for the post-operative follow-up of patients having undergone coronary bypass surgery.
Our expertise and know-how combined with the business needs expressed by healthcare professionals and the expectations of patients have led to the development of a solution integrating connected objects associated with an expert alert algorithm. This solution has been tested thanks to the implementation of a prototype connected room within the Bichat hospital, while ensuring the medical safety of the patient. New trials are underway to improve our solution.
Research programme on territorial innovation and smart cities
In its desire to be a major player in rethinking innovation and disruption in its territories and be a source of economic, social and ecological value creation, Inetum continues its strong partnership with the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Paris IAE, as a founding member of the Entrepreneurship Territory Innovation Chair. http://chaire-eti.org/la-chaire/.
This chair is a place for meeting, foresight and collective reflection, but also for feedback and for sharing experience. It brings together private partners (Inetum, EDF, ICADE, SNEF), institutions (Nantes Métropole, Paris City Hall, Grand Est region, etc.), networks of mayors, as well as players in the field of inclusion and solidarity (Yunus Centre, Crédit Agricole’s Gramenn Foundation, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). It aims to develop new ways of undertaking to fertilize our territories. Within this framework, we have recently initiated a new collaborative trial project with the Chair, which consists of applying the concept of "the city of the quarter of an hour or the territory of the half hour" dear to Professor Carlos Moreno, who leads this Chair as Scientific Director. One of the main contributions of the research and development work carried out within the scope of this project has been the ability to simulate urban and territorial mutations in order to imagine new services based on this concept of geo-territorial hyper-proximity.