Bull exports its innovative solutions for the 'Smart Cities' of the future to China
27, 2014 -
To coincide with the State visit to France of Chinese premier Xi Jinping - marking the 50th anniversary of France's recognition of the People's Republic of China - Bull and IZP Technologies have signed an agreement to implement 'Smart Cities' solutions in China. IZP Technologies is a privately owned Chinese company based in Beijing, which has experienced extremely rapid growth since it was set up in 2008, especially in its work developing Big Data analysis tools for the country's three major telecoms operators.
Bull has been chosen by IZP because of its successful 'Smart Cities' projects in France and across Europe, including projects related to environmental management (such as air quality evaluation and management), water distribution management and intelligent transport projects (public transport fleet management). These innovative services are based on technology platforms that combine real-time analysis and value extraction from Big Data with the widespread use of intelligent connected objects.
In 2012, the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launched 193 pilot 'Smart Cities' projects, due to be rolled out over the next five years. IZP has already completed Smart Cities projects for municipalities including Shenzhen (10.5 million citizens), Chongqing (30 million citizens) and Karamay (350,000 citizens).
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of the French Minister of Finance Pierre Moscovici, and Nicole Bricq, the Minister for Foreign Trade, as well as Gao Hucheng, the Chinese Minister of Commerce. Following the ceremony, Philippe Vannier, Chairman and CEO of Bull, commented: "This agreement opens up the way to a fast-growing market for Big Data and the Internet of Things to support citizens in improving the quality of their day-to-day lives. The collaboration between Bull and IZP Technologies reflects China's recognition of France's expertise and digital technologies. It is a sign for our industry that technological excellence has huge potential for export."
According to Luo Feng, CEO of IZP Technologies: "Integrating Bull's innovative solutions will help speed up our growth and development in the Smart Cities market. 'Smart Cities' offer the promise of much better managed and cost effective urbanization, with the best services being delivered to citizens. Bull's complete projects in Europe clearly demonstrate their expertise in technologies that capitalize on and extract value from Big Data."
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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