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Back from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES - Las Vegas), ENGIE increases its involvement in developing innovative solutions

February 2, 2016




Connected devices for ever more efficient buildings

ENGIE, via its subsidiary SSINERGIE, and “French Tech” start-up Ubiant, have entered into a licensing agreement aimed at boosting the energy performance of tertiary and multiple-unit residential buildings.

The agreement focuses, in particular, on the integration of new data into “VERTUOZ by ENGIE” energy consumption management platform, using Ubiant’s connected device dialogue and design technologies.

The new solution will enable building occupants to better manage their level of comfort (temperature, brightness, air quality, etc.), while controlling energy consumption from their smart phones.

Users will also be able to take advantage of Luminion, by Ubiant. Winner of an innovation award at CES Las Vegas, this connected object maps and displays energy consumption on a vertical luminous indicator.

ENGIE, via its subsidiary ENGIE Cofely, acquires a stake in Partnering Robotics

At CES, ENGIE subsidiary ENGIE Cofely, which specializes in environmental and energy efficiency services, announced that it has acquired a stake in Partnering Robotics, furthering the investment it made a year ago in service robotics with Diya One.

Diya One is a non-humanoid, multi-tasking robot capable of learning from and interacting with those around it to provide an entire range of services, including air purification, energy consumption reduction, and maintenance request management for building occupants.

With this investment, ENGIE increases its capacity to assist customers in realizing a variety of improvement plans:

  • Energy efficiency:  continuous optimization through real-time monitoring of energy consumption;
  • Health and comfort of building occupants: guaranteeing and improving the quality of the indoor environment through air quality monitoring and treatment;
  • Responsiveness:  immediate local intervention through interaction with occupants and real-time alerting of on-site teams;
  • Cost-effectiveness:  through building management optimization.

We are thrilled with the confidence ENGIE Cofely has shown in us. One of our challenges has been to find a major industrial partner receptive to ‘disruptive innovations’ and both willing to build an original customer offering and to support us in entering these markets. In ENGIE Cofely, we have found that partner,” said Ramesh Caussy, founder and CEO of Partnering Robotics.

“This is a significant investment in a priority development area for us: building services. It also represents an innovation model well suited to the very real challenges of a global digital economy that is constantly changing,” added Jean-Pierre Monéger, CEO of ENGIE Cofely.

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 152,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €74.7 billion in 2014. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).

A recipient of the “innovative company” label from BPI (France’s state-owned public investment bank), Ubiant designs and develops solutions for connected devices and buildings. Its mission is to further the deployment of “ambient intelligence” to improve the future well-being of individuals while preserving natural resources. In making buildings smarter, Ubiant anticipates the needs of tomorrow’s smart cities and Positive Energy Territories, which will rely on a great many connected buildings and devices. Ubiant offers unique expertise in artificial intelligence, real-time distributed system management, and human-machine interfaces. It believes that, in order to be adopted, technologies must take a back seat to user services and become facilitators of daily life, at home and in the office. ubiant.com

Founded in 2007 by Ramesh Caussy, Partnering Robotics is an innovative young company that imagines and realizes digital solutions (hardware platforms, software programs, services) and services for emerging markets (robotics and energy efficiency) and markets that are undergoing industrial reconfiguration (digital printing). Ramesh Caussy is the inventor of Diya One, the first neuro-inspired, interactive robot that monitors the indoor environment and purifies the air. More than just a robot, Diya One is an open platform that positions Partnering Robotics in the business service market.

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