Bull recognizes 'Visual Pro', an intelligent information system combining 3D geolocation and augmented reality, for its innovation.
31, 2014 -
Bull's Innovation Competition 2013, which was open to all employees, culminated in first prize being awarded to the 'Visual Pro' project: an intelligent information system combining 3D geolocation and augmented reality. The aim of the Competition, which was launched in March last year, is to encourage innovation within the Group and strengthen its technological and entrepreneurial culture.
The winning project, 'Visual Pro', led by Franck Dale, is an intelligent information system combining 3D geolocation in closed spaces, with augmented reality. The solution is particularly innovative both from the technological point of view and in how it could be used.
At the heart of its technological innovation is a low-cost method for three-dimensional location in closed spaces.
When it comes to using 'Visual Pro', it is applicable to many different areas, including:
Order fulfillment in retailing: where it could cut the time to process orders by up to five times and optimize routing within the warehouse
Document search: with real-time identification of files or other works
Healthcare: providing care professionals with patient data while at the same time improving confidentiality levels.
The solution architecture incorporates key technological elements including augmented reality glasses, radio-communication mechanisms for three-dimensional geolocation, and data servers hosting up-to-date versions of the information system.
The system is based around industry-standard and open technologies, which means it offers almost limitless potential to be extended when it comes to real-life usage, especially for systems consisting of connected objects where the use of geolocation and augmented reality delivers greater profitability, efficiency and security.
The judging panel for the Competition consisted of Philippe Vannier, Bull's Chairman and CEO, and Pierre Barnabé, the Group's Chief Operating Officer, along with Thibaut de Jaegher, Editorial Director at French business weekly l'Usine Nouvelle, and Jacques Lewiner, Professor and Honorary Scientific Director of the ESPCI ParisTech engineering school. The panel chose Franck Dale's Visual Pro from among more than 40 entries to receive the First Prize for innovation.
Franck Dale was presented with a cheque for 15,000 by Philippe Vannier. The project will be further examined by a committee of experts, who will assess how best Bull can support it in preparation for its market launch.
"This Competition has proved to be a great success! For more than 80 years now, Bull has lived by and for innovation. It's part of our DNA and I'm delighted to see this energy focused on the future at the heart of our Group," said Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull.
Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.
Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of 1.3 billion.
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