Press release

Fred Pieau

b<>com and Europe: a strategy that serves technological sovereignty

5G, augmented reality, e-health… the European projects that b<>com contributes to relate to international markets where technological innovation is a must. But b<>com’s commitment to these European projects goes well beyond scientific contributions: It’s a way to address the sovereignty issues raised by these major digital projects. A bold strategy that puts the institute and its partners at the heart of European research and innovation.
b<>com and Europe: a strategy that serves technological sovereignty

A new international standard for medical imaging

With the DICOM-RTV international standard, b<>com opens up possibilities for the health care market. The product of three-and-a-half years of research, the DICOM-RTV (for Real-Time Video) standard is a major achievement for the teams of the IRT b<>com and DICOM Standards Committee, and a big step in the e-Health market. This advance will make video accessible to a larger number of professionals in operating rooms, which will have concrete positive impacts on patients.
A new international standard for medical imaging

Content protection: b<>com and Viaccess-Orca combine their skills to detect video piracy

In order to develop technologies that protect video-content, Viaccess-Orca, a subsidiary of the Orange Group, is joining b<>com. The first step in this long-term partnership is a unique innovation in watermarking that tracks pirates who redistribute illegal streaming services.
Content protection: b<>com and Viaccess-Orca combine their skills to detect video piracy

Naval Group, b<>com’s new industrial investor

{Rennes, April 23, 2019} Naval Group has just joined b<>com, a European innovation center based in France. This partnership brings together the European leader in naval defense and the researchers and engineers of the innovation center with a wide range of expertise. It will help to accelerate technological advances in the field of new digital and communication technologies. The two partners will work together on breakthrough solutions and innovations to reinvent digital solutions for naval defense solutions.
Naval Group, b<>com’s new industrial investor

Broadcasting: b<>com honored by industry professionals at the NAB Show 2019

{Rennes, April 11, 2019} In Las Vegas, b<>com won the Product of the Year Award given to the most successful and promising technologies in the broadcast industry. This prize is awarded each year by a panel of independent experts at the NAB Show (National Association for Broadcasters), the world’s largest event for this industry. Already a Technology Innovation Award winner at the NAB Show 2017, b<>com’s *Universal HDR Converter Box* technology has now been honored twice by industry professionals.
Broadcasting: b<>com honored by industry professionals at the NAB Show 2019

World-first achievement by b<>com and Rennes University Hospital

{Rennes, January 17, 2019} A medical and paramedical team from Rennes University Hospital (CHU de Rennes) carried out the first-ever series of surgeries using their high-tech solution that retransmits images of the equipment used in the operating room, perfectly synchronized and in real time. Initiated by the b<>com Institute of Technological Research, tested and then implemented in close cooperation with the care and technical teams at CHU de Rennes, this new international standard for real-time streaming video management is a major advance that will aid in numerous upcoming developments in surgery.
World-first achievement by b<>com and Rennes University Hospital

b<>com et Human Design Group imagine the future of user experience together

{Rennes, September 24, 2018} In order to better anticipate issues related to human factors in industrial technologies and engineering, Human Design Group (HDG) is joining b<>com, the Institute of Research and Technology (IRT). A fruitful collaboration whose first concrete results will be previewed at MONDIAL.TECH, from October 2-6, 2018, at Paris Porte de Versailles.
b<>com et Human Design Group imagine the future of user experience together

MWC 2018: ENENSYS Technologies and b<>com announce their 5G network deployment partnership

{Rennes, February 26th 2018} SME ENENSYS Technologies, which specializes in transmitting video feeds, has joined the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology to work on adapting its solutions to 5G and accelerate its development. The two of them are combining their knowledge of 5G network development.
MWC 2018: ENENSYS Technologies and b<>com announce their 5G network deployment partnership

Europe's augmented reality players must join forces to compete globally

{Rennes, January 16th 2018 } An Industry Specification Group with b<>com, Fraunhofer HHI, the CEA, and Institut Mines Telecom as founding members was launched at ETSI last December to define an interoperability framework for augmented reality applications. Industrials are starting to join the effort with Siemens as a new member and actors like Bosch, Technicolor and Orange contributing to the discussions while considering joining. The focus on interoperability will benefit both technology providers and end-users.
Europe's augmented reality players must join forces to compete globally

IBC: b<>com enlivens VR with spatial audio

{Rennes, September 12th 2017} Spatial audio is what will enable virtual reality to succeed as a new media format. This vision has led b<>com to present exclusive versions of two mixes produced in HOA: A music video of the band Fanfaraï produced by Tour’n’sol Prod and Radio France International, and "Vaudeville", a fiction short film by the DVGroup, at the Future Zone of the IBC (H8 G14).
IBC: b<>com enlivens VR with spatial audio

IBC: b<>com tests out the virtual reality of the future in a French theme park: The Virtual Arctic Expedition

{Rennes, July 12th 2017} In advance of the 2017 annual IBC show (International Broadcasting Convention), b<>com, a French Institute of Research and Technology is currently testing for the first time in public its next-generation virtual-reality demo: a dive into the Arctic Ocean. This test has been set up in collaboration with the French ocean theme park, Océanopolis. Testing out brand-new developments in virtual reality with park attendees is an awesome opportunity and the potential for application in education and health is very exciting.
IBC: b<>com tests out the virtual reality of the future in a French theme park: The Virtual Arctic Expedition

b<>com wins the prestigious Technology Innovation Award during NAB Show

{Rennes, April 26th 2017} The French innovation center b<>com has just been awarded at the NAB Show 2017 for its SDR-to-HDR up-conversion technology. Launched during the 2009 NAB Show, the Technology Innovation Award recognizes organizations that bring advanced technology exhibits and demonstrations of significant merit to NAB Show, the first worldwide gathering and trade show for the broadcasting industry.
b<>com wins the prestigious Technology Innovation Award during NAB Show

New release : the most versatile SDR-HDR converter technology

{France, April 13th 2017} The French innovation center b<>com has been selected to exhibit at NAB show’s Futures Park (booth N2035FP). Among the five cutting edge technologies released, b<>com will present for the first time several implementations of a compact, high-performance technology to convert SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content into HDR (High Dynamic Range) format in real time. It makes it possible to benefit from the performance of the new HDR screens while preserving the artistic intent of SDR sources.
New release : the most versatile SDR-HDR converter technology

The Future of experience starts at Futures Park

{France, March 27th 2017} For the first time, the French innovation center b<>com has been selected to exhibit at NAB show’s Futures Park (booth N2035FP). It will present five cutting edge technologies, all focusing on achievements of our Hypermedia research department - one of b<>com’s strongest fields of expertise: ultra-high definition images, 3D sound, smart content, and virtual and augmented reality. Among the hot topics showcased will be SDR to HDR conversion and new immersive content and experiences.
The Future of experience starts at Futures Park

Nokia joins with b<>com and accelerates its 5G innovation

{France, December 12th 2016} Nokia has just confirmed its investment in the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology specialized in digital technologies. Early January, the research and innovation teams of Nokia Bell Labs will be involved in projects related to the deployment and security of the coming 5G standard.
Nokia joins with b<>com and accelerates its 5G innovation

Mitsubishi Electric and b<>com join up to develop the communication networks of the future

{Rennes, France, November 3rd 2016} On September 29, the Rennes research center of Mitsubishi Electric in Europe and the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology made a long-term commitment to innovation in order to develop future generations of communication solutions. Now, researchers from Mitsubishi Electric and b<>com are working together to optimize multi-antenna fifth-generation (5G) transmissions as networks are becoming denser and energy efficiency is growing. In concrete terms, some researchers from Mitsubishi Electric's will be present at the b<>com campus for several months, within a multidisciplinary team from the Networks & Security field.
Mitsubishi Electric and b<>com join up to develop the communication networks of the future

Merging and b<>com are presenting a complete solution to improve immersion through sound

{Switzerland, France, September 5th, 2016} Merging Technologies will exhibit its new products at IBC, the International Broadcasting Convention, from September 9 to 13 in Amsterdam. On the agenda: the latest version of its digital audio workstation Pyramix, which incorporates audio spatialization plugins (High Order Ambisonics*) from b<>com, a French Institute of Research and Technology.
Merging and b<>com are presenting a complete solution to improve immersion through sound

Reducing the power consumption of data centers: the Watcher project by b<>com selected by the OpenStack community

{Rennes, June, 23rd 2016} The mission of the OpenStack community: providing a cloud computing platform that meets the needs of public and private clouds. Its members are also investing in lowering the power consumption of data centers, a major challenge for the coming years. Watcher, which was intended to provide a resource consumption optimization solution for data centers, was accepted as an official OpenStack project on May 31, 2016.
Reducing the power consumption of data centers: the Watcher project by b<>com selected by the OpenStack community

b<>com new test platform for the future 5G

{Rennes, May 23rd 2016} b<>com’s 5G experimentation platform will be deployed this summer. The objective: to carry out certain tests on the future 5G network’s components and security in a telecom and IT environment. Innovation projects will be carried out by the IRT (Institute of Research and Technology) teams, but also by the IRT’s partners, in the context of collaborative projects.
b<>com new test platform for the future 5G

Accelerating broadcasting innovation: b<>com presents its first solutions at the NAB Show

{Rennes, April 18th 2016} The NAB Show is the world's largest gathering for the broadcast industry. Once a year in Las Vegas, it attracts widespread attention and represents a chance for companies to unveil their new products. For the first time there, from April 18 to 21, the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology exhibited innovations based on its research.
Accelerating broadcasting innovation: b<>com presents its first solutions at the NAB Show

BBright adopts b<>com innovation and converts SDR videos into HDR for the NAB Show (Las Vegas)

{Rennes, April 5th 2016} BBright has recently included the SDR to HDR up-conversion technology developed by b<>com Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) into its flagship product, UHD-Play, a quad 3G-SDI baseband video player made for broadcasters and network operators. The two partners will present their products at the upcoming NAB Show, a major conference of industry professionals, in Las Vegas from April 18 to 21.
BBright adopts b<>com innovation and converts SDR videos into HDR for the NAB Show (Las Vegas)

b<>com hosts international experts in telecom networks

{Rennes, March 10th 2016} The b<>com Institute of Research and Technology held a standardization meeting of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) on its campus in Rennes, and has hosted about thirty experts since Monday, March 7.
b<>com hosts international experts in telecom networks

b<>com earns ISO 9001 certification for its quality approach

{January 20th 2016} Confirming the performance of its management and organization that are solidly geared toward satisfying its customers, the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology is one of the first French companies to obtain ISO 9001:2015 certification.
b<>com earns ISO 9001 certification for its quality approach

b<>com applies its SDN vision to Optical Networks

{ December 16, 2015 } b<>com, the French Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) dedicated to digital research and innovation, is helping Ekinops 360 DWDM Platform to work with an SDN Controller
b<>com applies its SDN vision to Optical Networks

A new event venue: b<>com *l’Espace*, a locus of innovations now open to businesses

[December 2, 2015] Hosting an event is no simple task for a business. Though the content of the event is itself important, the site where it is held is equally so, because it sends a strong message about the company's image. At the b<>com campus, researchers and engineers enjoy quality equipment with the latest technologies in sound and images, in order to test the innovations of tomorrow. Now, b<>com is providing companies with this one-of-a-kind venue to transform their events into a unique experience with innovation as its hallmark.
A new event venue: b<>com *l’Espace*, a locus of innovations now open to businesses

b<>com, a European player in digital technologies, strengthens its global reach

[September 13, 2015] At the IRT Forum that took place today in Grenoble, b<>com announced its contribution to two large-scale European research projects: 5G Ensure, in the field of networks, and Orpheus, for immersive audio. The gathering of French institutes of research and technology, with a global scope, is also a chance for b<>com to show how it is continuing its internationalization through the partnerships it has forged since its creation.
b<>com, a European player in digital technologies, strengthens its global reach

b<>com exhibits two innovations at IBC 2015

[September, 10, 2015] At IBC, a major trade show for broadcasting professionals take place from September 11 to 15 in Amsterdam, b<>com is exhibiting two innovations for more immersive video content in partnership with Thomson Video Networks and VideoStitch: A 4K player and a spatial audio technology.
b<>com exhibits two innovations at IBC 2015

b<>com and Thomson Video Networks Announce Distribution Agreement for 4K *Ultra Player*

[September 8, 2015] RENNES, France – b<>com and Thomson Video Networks today announced, at IBC, a new distribution agreement for b<>com’s *Ultra Player*, a solution for playing the latest generation of uncompressed audio/video content. The b<>com 4K *Ultra Player* will be sold by Thomson Video Networks as a complement to its ViBE® 4K HEVC encoder beginning in September 2015.
b<>com and Thomson Video Networks Announce Distribution Agreement for 4K *Ultra Player*

b<>com joins a European programme for a responsible approach to datacenters

{July 6, 2015} The Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) b<>com has just had its datacenter added to the European Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency programme (CoC). This volunteer approach, which is rare on the European level, shows a strong commitment to environmental responsibility and optimizing the infrastructure's operational costs. Low power consumption, cutting-edge technology and heightened security: A look at the b<>com datacenter after six months of operation.
b<>com joins a European programme for a responsible approach to datacenters

b<>com inaugurates its new campus: 6,000 m2 dedicated to digital innovation

{ April 29, 2015 } 400 guests are expected to celebrate the new campus of the Institute of Research and Technology (IRT) in Rennes, designed to accommodate more than 200 people. Since the start of the project, 85 jobs have been created, including engineers, researchers, PhD students, designers, and ergonomists. This campus will ultimately host 300 employees.
b<>com inaugurates its new campus: 6,000 m2 dedicated to digital innovation

Why health professionals should be interested in digital technology?

{ March 12 2015 } According to a recent French study, 79% of all people in France are likely to incorporate connected devices into their health care, because they ensure better medical monitoring. Additionally, 73% believe that they encourage better dialog with a professional, and 3 in 4 surveyed say they are willing to share the data collected with health professionals. This is a trend that the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology has been involved in for some time, offering technological solutions for improving patient care and appointing Emmanuel Cordonnier to lead its e-health division.
Why health professionals should be interested in digital technology?

JCP-Connect invests in b<>com

{ February 24, 2015 } The French Institute of Research and Technology is announcing the arrival of a new member: JCP-Connect, a small business from Rennes (West of France) specializing in R&D and product development in the field of networks. More details on the press release
JCP-Connect invests in b<>com

IDATE is coming to b<>com in Rennes

{ February 3rd 2015 } The Institute of specialized studies in Telecom, Internet, and Media Markets, IDATE, and the French Institute of Research and Technology b<>com, which focuses on agile networks and hypermedia, have announced the signing of an agreement whose initial presence is in the form of an office at the IRT’s new campus.
IDATE is coming to b<>com in Rennes

b<>com sees its first successes

Between delivering products, creating new types of services, and upgrading platforms, 2014 was the year when the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology's work began to bear fruit.
b<>com sees its first successes

b<>com sees its first successes

{ December 19 2014 } Between delivering products, creating new types of services, and upgrading platforms, 2014 was the year when the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology's work began to bear fruit.
b<>com sees its first successes

REFUGE, a short film that reinvents the contents of tomorrow

{ November 12 2014 } The Institute of Research & Technology b<>com has announced the world premiere of REFUGE, an experimental short film that puts technological innovation at the service of the spectator’s experience. Co-produced with Jimmy Lee, the production house of international communication agency Sid Lee, and BLVD, a multi-platform content production business, the film becomes available to all on director Thibaut Duverneix’ online platform.
REFUGE, a short film that reinvents the contents of tomorrow

Catherine Rosenberg to head b<>com’s Scientific Advisory Board

{ June 4 2014 } Consisting of 9 renowned French and foreign scientists, leaders in the areas of activity of b<>com’s Institute of Research and Technology, the Scientific Advisory Board met for the first time in Rennes on Wednesday, May 21st.
Catherine Rosenberg to head b<>com’s Scientific Advisory Board

First international collaboration agreement between b<>com and the SAT

{ May 26 2014 } The Society for arts and technology (SAT, Canada) and the b<>com Institute of Research and Technology have just signed a collaboration agreement in Montreal during the first edition of iX, the International Symposium on Immersive Creativity.
First international collaboration agreement between b<>com and the SAT

b<>com unveils its International Scientific Council

{ December 10 2013 } Symbolising the Technological Research Institute's (IRT) open governance, it is composed of 9 French and foreign scientific personalities who are well-known in b<>com's activity and research fields.
b<>com unveils its International Scientific Council

1st National IRT Forum in Rennes: innovation in images thanks to b<>com

{11th October 2013} The 1st National Technological Research Institute (IRT) Forum was held in Rennes yesterday, attended by and at the request of Louis Gallois, the French General Commissioner for Investment. This exceptional event brought together 400 participants at Les Champs Libres, including many personalities from French industry and innovation. It provided the perfect occasion for b<>com to announce the signature of a convention with the INSERM and to illustrate its technological themes before a gathering of prestigious guests.
1st National IRT Forum in Rennes: innovation in images thanks to b<>com

b<>com sets the scene this autumn

{ 17th September 2013 } The b<>com Technological Research Institute (IRT), dedicated to digital technologies, is already experiencing a busy autumn: arrival of new investors, increase in its operational deployment and so on. It will also be organising the 1st National IRT Forum in Rennes on 10th October.
b<>com sets the scene this autumn