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An X incubated start-up revolutionizes the management of connected objects

SpinalCom, a start-up established within the Entrepreneurial and Innovation building of Polytechnique six months ago, developed a smart platform to securely process and share data between connected objects in real-time. This new technology should be of interest to both the smart cities and smart buildings markets.

By 2020, the number of connected objects in the world is expected to be approximately 50 billion. This explosion of the internet of things will generate the need for fast processing of data emitted by the billions of sensors that will make up cities. To process this data, traditional cloud computing will not be able to scale to the needs of IoT networks. In order to share data with connected objects in real-time reliably comes the advent of Fog computing. Anticipating the potential of this new Fog computing market, three entrepreneurs decided in 2014 to embark on their adventure. Jérémie Bellec has a doctorate in Mechanical engineering and works as a computer scientist. He partnered with Sébastien Coulon, with a background in marketing and sales in software companies, and Julien Sorin, an entrepreneur. Together, they created SpinalCom, a start-up that offers a decentralized smart platform that is locally connected to IoT objects. To develop their project, the three co-founders choose to locate the company at the incubator of the French Polytechnique School at the end of 2015.

Contextualized and real-time information

Their product is based on the principles of Fog computing. "It is a software platform installed on hardware products such as routers, gateways, or other network devices" says Jeremie Bellec, CTO of SpinalCom. SpinalCore is a micro-middleware solution that provides connectivity and intelligence that becomes the core of a Fog (local network) based operating environment. There are a number of key advantages to a fog based deployment in a Smart Buildings, Smart Cities and other applications. These include low latency (near real-time operation), high reliability and significantly increase security versus a cloud based deployment.

In smart buildings, "the use of data in real time allows the deployment of systems in buildings which increases energy savings and the security of assets and people. As an example, adjust the air conditioning in a meeting room depending on its usage or if is not used. “By connecting devices, analytics and external data sources, the Smart Building of the future will integrate environmental, security, lighting and AV systems to optimize the operation, energy usage and security for all occupants” says Jeremie Bellec.

Interactions with other start-ups from the incubator

Since they invested in the offices of La Fibre Entrepreneur - Drahi - X Novation Center building on the campus of the Polytechnique School, the three entrepreneurs launched their company. Another member of the X network of startups, Auxivia, which develops connected glass products, has collaborated with SpinalCom services. "Auxivia has used our technology to capture data from the smart glass devices and to perform analysis in real time without having to send data to the Cloud for reasons of protection of privacy," said Sébastien Coulon, CEO of SpinalCom. Result: A development project estimated initially at six months and recently reduced to 30 days.

Another advantage of the incubator for the startups is interaction with the corporate world and particularly larger groups such as Hewlett-Packard. "Thanks to the X network, we have been able to join HP Enterprise’s “acceleration program", said the founders of the start-up. The ecosystem of the Polytechnique School also allowed them to work with professors and students of HEC (Best French Business School). "Three students help us a few hours a month with our marketing, which is very much appreciated", recognizes Sébastien Coulon. Their development platform, “Spinalcore”, is now available for download on the their website. "Developers may use our platform autonomously thanks to our Quick start documentation", according to Sebastien.
Six people currently comprise the start-up. "We plan to expand the company with a number of new technical positions", according to Sebastien. For this, the founders of SpinalCom plan to raise between two and four million euros by January 2017.

Spinalcom will exhibit and present at the Fog Computing Expo in Las Vegas from 11 to 14 July 2016 including a session on the smart management of the risk of fire in buildings.