Mobile Services Initiative, an accelerator of innovation
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Inria, Institut Télécom, the Cap Digital, SCS, and Systematic competitiveness clusters, the Mobile Alley association, Telecom Valley, OSEO, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, Bouygues Telecom and a large group of SMEs are establishing the Mobile Services Initiative (ISM). Its purpose is to pull together all national stakeholders in the field. Its objective is to stimulate the innovation ecosystem and French mobility market, to make France visible in terms of technology and products, and to increase France's share of the global mobile services market.
The initiative is organized around 10 specific actions. These actions include:
- The deployment and provision of a public and private data marketplace for application developers: on this marketplace, data publishers will be able to publish their APIs, their metadata and the licenses under which they are prepared to provide them. This action is already underway within the context of the Data Publica project.
- Market and ecosystem mapping: introduction of a web 2.0 site presenting all of the stakeholders (major groups, SMEs, clients, research laboratories, Clusters, etc.), technologies, expertise, products, applications, etc. This action has already been implemented through the site.
- The OSEO targeted SME support programme. Inria and OSEO will implement a transfer support programme for SMEs wanting to enter this market or increase their presence.
Who is involved?
The initiative is open to innovative SMEs, medium-sized companies and major groups. It will also bring together clients and those involved with public research. It will be based on a national coordinated transfer action, able to boost innovative ecosystems (in particular the competitiveness clusters) and drive and coordinate existing initiatives.
Stimulate growth of the French ecosystem of applications and services on mobile terminals.
Cooperative projects between major groups, SMEs and research laboratories, an integral part of ISM (Industry, Science and Medical), will be implemented within the natural framework of the competitiveness clusters. Besides the three ICT areas mentioned above, joint efforts will be gradually put in place with other clusters which want to join the initiative (ICT clusters or more vertical clusters). Generally speaking, the launch of the initiative is only a preliminary step and other stakeholders are invited to join this dynamic.
EIT ICT Labs: the European laboratory
The ISM clearly positions itself in a European context and will be part of the community of knowledge and innovation EIT ICT Labs: a project of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, conducted by Inria for France and of which Institut Télécom and Alcatel-Lucent are members, in partnership with several competitiveness clusters. This initiative is supported by public authorities, in particular the State Secretariat for Planning and Development of the Digital Economy (secrétariat d'État chargé de la prospective et du développement de l'économie numérique) and the Delegation for Internet Usage (Délégation aux Usages de l'Internet).