Electronics is gaining ground across all sectors of the economy, and currently makes up 10% of the world’s GDP. The electronics industry is the primary vector of intelligence for the products and services it enables, and is a crucial factor in the development of a Smart World and new ways of using things. As the fourth industrial revolution gains global reach, new forms of cooperation are emerging between traditional economy sectors and electronics. This is the backdrop against which Electronics Valley is gradually taking shape in the West of France, ready to respond to new trends and demands for new uses, and to invent the electronics industry of the future.
Based on the current environment, we have organised a guided tour of several local businesses. See for yourself: the Smart World is being built in Anjou:
Visiting 7 sites, we will present our region’s prowess in terms of SMART USES for the future, with examples of competitive clusters, initiatives and group projects:
Smart Agri, Smart Health, Smart Wear, Smart Security, Smart Mobility, Smart Energy, Smart Factory
For more details about these seven themes:
France is Europe’s biggest agricultural producer and its second biggest exporter. In the Pays de la Loire region, farming accounts for almost 6% of local jobs and takes up 2/3 of the land. Its force lies in its diversity: livestock, crop production and seafood to name just a few. In total, there are 11 different types of farm in the Pays de la Loire. This makes Western France an obvious choice for large agricultural cooperatives at the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to new types of production.
French medicine is reputed the world over, and France has secured its place on the map as a pioneer for Smart Health innovation and testing, for hospitals and home care. Ahead of the game in terms of data protection, new types of solutions and approaches for remote health care are emerging in Western France.
The textile, cloth and footwear industries have been present on the territory for a long time : 50% of the clothing, shoes and leather goods manufactured in France is produced in the Western region. The “Pays de la Loire” has unrivalled expertise in ready-to-wear clothing, sportswear, shoes and industrial work wear. The western region of France is one of the major area in France where electronic research, design house and manufacturing plants are well established for many years. The combination of this both electronic and wear industries and know-how makes this region very attractive. Driven by a high level of innovation, numerous innovative projects (connected shoes, smart clothes,…) are developed here reflecting the high dynamism of our area and contributing to its economic strength.
Cyber skills are honed here in the West before being deployed among military and civilian organisations across Europe. Cybersecurity is crucial for creating the trust on which the Smart World depends, and it requires a combination of hard and soft approaches that few other ecosystems can deliver.
A Smart Home is one that provides its home owners comfort, security, energy efficiency (low operating costs) and convenience at all times, regardless of whether anyone is home. Smart Home is the term commonly used to define a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.
Energy efficiency and a varied energetic mix have become key factors in securing the sustainability of our growth model. The West has adopted an avant-garde position for this energy shift, combining technological development, innovation, and deployment, to accelerate the emergence of new ways of using Smart Energy.
It’s not just driverless cars – for which France and the French car industry play a leading role on the world stage – but an entire industry that is arising as new mobility solutions are developed. Embedded intelligence in vehicles and infrastructures is reshaping travel as we know it; not only with new ways of travelling, but the economic models they represent.