Angers is preparing for the ” Davos of the electronics “

From 24 to 28 October, Angers to be the headquarters of the 22nd World Electronics Forum (WEF), a sort of “Davos of the electronic” which brings together the global giants of the sector. An amazing spotlight on a city that dreams in the capital of the world of connected objects.

With Bull, Thomson, Motorola, or Packard Bell, Angers boasts of being a fertile ground for the electronics. Thousands of industrial jobs have long nourished this land of the West before it evaporates, at the dawn of the 2000s, sucked in by the emerging countries, asian essentially, where computer manufacturers have found a workforce that is more accommodating and less expensive. The latest victim is called Technicolor, whose factory was wound up in 2012, leaving 347 employees on the tile.

But, since 2015, the city has started to dream of a brighter future by focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT, ” Internet of things “), these devices and equipment connected to it, whose growth is more than exponential. It is estimated that there will be 30 billion in circulation in the world by 2020.

Factory inventor

The students who come out of great schools have a wealth of ideas to connect the objects to their smartphones. The young start-up Eisox, founded by two graduates of the Ecole supérieure d’électronique de l’ouest (Eséo) and award-winning in Silicon Valley, will present to the leaders expected to Angers (Lenovo, LG, Apple, Dell, IBM, and others) its thermostatic valves are connected, under the watchful eye of Gary Shapiro. The president of the Consumer Technology Association is hosting the WEF but also the Consumer Electronics Show (ces) in Las Vegas. He took an interest in the ecosystem angevin. And friendship for the mayor (LR) of Angers, Christophe Béchu, who is said to have gone ” to look for the WEF with the teeth “.

For the past two years, Angers is the seat of the City of the connected object. A unique space…

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