In little more than a year, Software République has taken important steps to drive innovation to meet the challenges of future-oriented mobility. This has enabled the establishment and strengthening of collaborations with players from the private sector (startups, small and medium-sized enterprises, large corporations), the public sector (local authorities) and academia (schools, universities).
- – Creation of an “economic interest group” (GIE/Groupement d’Intérêt Economique) to further develop Software République activities and oversee the initiation of projects in the shared ecosystem.
- – Launch of the Software République Incubator in March 2022 with an individual funding program to accelerate joint projects and support startups. Five startups are currently being funded: Angoka, Geoflex, Parcoor, Vianova and Wattpark.
Out of more than 30 ongoing projects, 4 are currently completed:
- – A cybersecurity solution for “detection & response”: a huge challenge for mobility is cybersecurity. Telecommunications provider Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Cyberdefense, car manufacturer Renault and Thales, and start-up Parcoor announced the joint development of a cybersecurity solution. The solution is designed to detect and analyze cyberattack attempts; it is also intended to protect vehicles as part of a rapid response. The solution is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is expected to be used in Renault vehicles starting in 2025. The project is supported by BPIfrance.
- – A tool for modeling traffic flows: safety and traffic flow are major challenges for metropolitan areas. To model vehicle flows, Dassault Systèmes, Orange and Renault are jointly developing a solution. A pilot project has already been launched with the French department of Corrèze. The tool provides the administration and other stakeholders in metropolitan areas with important data on traffic, infrastructure condition and safety. This makes it possible to optimize spending on maintenance and construction.
- – A project for a smart and secure two-way charging station: to solve the challenges of security and integration of electric car charging networks, Orange, Renault, chip manufacturer STMicroelectronics and Thales, in collaboration with Mobilize, a Renault Group brand, are initiating a joint development project focused on smart charging stations. The project is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2022.
- – Teaching cybersecurity skills at the Software République Academy: The need for professionals with cybersecurity skills is growing rapidly. The six partners of Software République therefore announced two educational programs starting in September 2022. The first program combines selected partner training modules for the Software République ecosystem. The second consists of two university training programs in collaboration with the French cybersecurity school Ecole 2600 and the French digital technologies university EFREI. The duration of the programs will be between three and five years.
By 2025, Software République aims to launch 10 new product and service offerings, support more than 50 startups, and provide services in at least 50 regions.