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News Article | February 27, 2017
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Guillaume Pepy Président du directoire de SNCF et président directeur général de SNCF Mobilités : «Nous poursuivons notre développement en allant chercher la croissance où elle se trouve. Grâce à une forte réactivité sur le plan commercial et à une maîtrise exemplaire de nos charges, nous affichons un résultat positif. La transformation de l’entreprise se poursuit au service de nos clients pour en faire un Groupe de référence des solutions de mobilités et de logistique en France et dans le monde. » Patrick Jeantet Président délégué du directoire de SNCF et président directeur général de SNCF Réseau : « Nous accélérons la rénovation du réseau quotidien et mettons en œuvre des solutions industrielles performantes. L’automatisation et le numérique vont devenir les fers de lance de notre secteur au bénéfice de nos clients entreprises ferroviaires. Nous détenons toutes les clés pour devenir, et c’est notre ambition, le gestionnaire d’infrastructure de référence mondiale.» Le groupe SNCF affiche 32,3 Mds€ de chiffre d’affaires en 2016 dont un tiers à l’international. En progression de +2,8 % (-1,5% à périmètre et change constants), notamment grâce à des choix de développement qui permettent d’aller chercher la croissance où elle se trouve (Geodis America). En dépit d’un contexte économique et d’un environnement conjoncturel difficiles en 2016 qui auront pesé au total pour près de 700 M€ sur le chiffre d’affaires (attentats, inondations, grèves, crise de l’acier et des céréales), SNCF enregistre des succès tangibles dans tous les métiers: Avec 200 M€ investis, 2016 marque un tournant pour le digital. Côté industriel, les technologies digitales améliorent le pilotage des infrastructures, des trains et des gares (télédiagnostic, supervision et maintenance préventive…). Côté client, le digital se traduit par le déploiement du WiFi gratuit en gare et la progression des ventes en ligne. Voyages-sncf.com affiche une hausse des transactions en ligne de +4,8% avec 9,2 millions de clients actifs. Le digital facilite le porte à porte. L’application ID Pass, application pivot du Groupe dans la proposition de solutions de mobilité porte à porte connaît une forte croissance. Et Keolis intègre LeCab, deuxième acteur du VTC en Île-de-France. À Lyon, Keolis inaugure la première desserte de transport public par véhicule 100% électrique autonome sans conducteur : NAVLY. Enfin, Gares & Connexions poursuit le déploiement des pôles d’échanges multimodaux (trains, bus, métro, tramway, taxi, vélo etc.). Avec 5,2 Mds€ d’investissements engagés sur le réseau ferroviaire, priorité aux investissements au service de la sécurité et de la performance de l’infrastructure utilisée par les transports du quotidien. Accélération en 2016 de tous les programmes d’actions sécurité et poursuite de la mobilisation pour la maintenance et la rénovation (dont un programme de renouvellement atteignant un niveau record de 2,8 Mds€): SNCF Réseau poursuit sa politique de performance industrielle : digitalisation et modernisation de la maintenance, massification et optimisation du temps des travaux, nouveaux équipements et développement de partenariats industriels. De grands projets de développement se sont achevés: Avec ses 16,4 Mds€ d’euros d’achats (hors péages, partenariats public-privé Réseau et sous-traitance Geodis), le groupe SNCF génère 164 000 emplois indirects en France. Cela représente 31 000 fournisseurs dont plus de 20 000 PME ou TPE (25% du montant d’achats). Son impact économique sur les territoires est essentiel, c’est pourquoi le Groupe déploie une politique RSE (Responsabilité Sociétale et Environnementale) très active. SNCF Réseau noue des partenariats industriels de longue durée avec ses fournisseurs pour accélérer l’industrialisation de ses travaux. Ce développement, dans un contexte de croissance toujours faible en France et en Europe accentué par des événements exceptionnels (tourisme morose suite aux attentats, fortes inondations et grèves au printemps), est possible grâce au sérieux budgétaire et à la discipline financière de l’ensemble du Groupe. Le Groupe atteint 4,1 Mds€ de marge opérationnelle en 2016, soit 12,8% du chiffre d’affaires, en baisse par rapport à 2015 principalement du fait de la baisse de rentabilité des activités ferroviaires voyageurs. Ce niveau a été atteint, en dépit du contexte difficile, grâce à la poursuite du plan de performance transverse, du plan industriel de SNCF Réseau et du plan industriel et commercial de SNCF Mobilités qui ont permis d’obtenir des gains de productivité à hauteur de 825 M€ au total sur l’année 2016, dépassant les objectifs (750 M€ pour 2016). Notamment, une optimisation du montant des achats liés à la rénovation du réseau, la réduction des coûts de production, une politique commerciale très réactive, l’adaptation de l’offre et la lutte contre la fraude côté transporteurs et la baisse des frais de structure du Groupe. Le Groupe a poursuivi sans relâche ses efforts sur les deux priorités que sont la sécurité et la satisfaction clients. Sur la première, les efforts ont porté leurs fruits : les Évènements de Sécurité Remarquables (ESR) ont baissé de 21 % en 2016, soit la plus forte baisse depuis 15 ans. Sur la seconde, la satisfaction des clients est globalement élevée et dépasse plus de 80% pour les activités ferroviaires. En 2016, SNCF Réseau est devenu le premier gestionnaire d’infrastructures ferroviaires au monde et la première entreprise de transport en Europe à émettre une obligation Green Bond de 900 M€ (affectés à des projets de modernisation durable). Par ailleurs, SNCF Réseau a lancé un nouveau programme de financement obligataire en US Dollar, via une émission publique inaugurale de 1 MD USD, majoritairement placée en Amérique du Nord, Asie et Moyen-Orient. Au total, 4,7 Mds€ ont été levés par SNCF Réseau en 2016. SNCF Mobilités a également réussi avec succès une émission obligataire de 1 Md€ en tout début d’année 2017 dans des conditions financières remarquables. Ces deux opérations démontrent à la fois l’excellente gestion du financement des 2 opérateurs SNCF et la qualité de leur signature unanimement reconnue sur le marché des investisseurs. La prévision de croissance pour 2017 est marquée du sceau de la prudence en raison notamment des incertitudes sur l’évolution du tourisme et un moindre dynamisme du commerce international (croissance la plus lente des échanges internationaux depuis 2009). Par ailleurs, il reste en 2017 des trafics à redresser : le fret ferroviaire en France, certaines activités ferroviaires touchées par une concurrence de plus en plus agressive. Dans cet environnement incertain, le groupe SNCF poursuit ses objectifs ambitieux et amplifie ses efforts de réduction de coûts et d’amélioration de la productivité. Les métiers continueront d’évoluer pour répondre aux exigences des clients avec toujours en filigrane la sécurité, la sûreté, la qualité de service et l’information : personnalisation de la relation client, développement du « porte à porte » pour les voyageurs et du «end to end» pour les chargeurs. À propos du groupe SNCF SNCF est l’un des premiers groupes mondiaux de transport de voyageurs et de logistique de marchandises avec 32,3 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires en 2016, dont un tiers à l’international. Avec son socle ferroviaire français et riche de son expertise d’architecte de services de transport, le Groupe emploie 260 000 salariés dans 120 pays. Son objectif est d’être la référence de la mobilité et de la logistique en France et dans le monde. SNCF couvre 6 métiers : SNCF Réseau (gestion et exploitation du réseau ferroviaire français), SNCF Voyageurs (transport en Île-de-France, transport public régional et interrégional, transport grande vitesse en France et en Europe), SNCF Gares & Connexions (gestion et développement des gares), SNCF Logistics (transport et logistique de marchandises au niveau mondial), Keolis (mass-transit et transports publics en Europe et dans le monde) et SNCF Immobilier (gestion et valorisation des actifs immobiliers et fonciers). www.sncf.com À propos de SNCF Réseau Au sein de SNCF, groupe public ferroviaire, l’un des premiers groupes mondiaux de mobilité et de logistique, SNCF Réseau gère, maintient, développe et commercialise les services offerts par le Réseau Ferré National. Il est le garant de la sécurité et de la performance de plus de 30 000 km de lignes, dont 2 100 de Lignes à Grande Vitesse. Il est le garant de l’accès au réseau et aux infrastructures de services pour ses 38 clients dans des conditions transparentes et non discriminatoires : 26 entreprises ferroviaires circulent sur le réseau et 12 autres entreprises, appelées candidats autorisés (opérateurs de transport combiné, ports, etc.), commandent des sillons qu’elles confient ensuite à l’entreprise ferroviaire de leur choix. Deuxième investisseur public français, comptant 55 000 collaborateurs pour un chiffre d’affaires de 6,4 milliards d’euros en 2016 (dont 3,5 milliards d’euros facturés à SNCF Mobilités pour péages). www.sncf-reseau.fr/en/investing-for-the-rail-network-of-the-future À propos de SNCF Mobilités Au sein du groupe SNCF, l’un des premiers acteurs mondiaux de mobilité et de logistique, SNCF Mobilités, l’opérateur de transport réalise 30,5 milliards d’euros de chiffre d’affaires en 2016, dont un tiers à l’international. Présent dans 120 pays avec 194 000 collaborateurs, son objectif est d’être la référence d’excellence mondiale des services de mobilités et de logistique. SNCF Mobilités s'appuie sur 4 branches d’activité : SNCF Voyageurs (transport en Île-de-France, transport public régional et interrégional, transport grande vitesse en France et en Europe), SNCF Gares & Connexions (gestion et développement des gares), SNCF Logistics (transport et logistique de marchandises au niveau mondial) et Keolis (mass-transit et transports publics en Europe et dans le monde). www.sncf.com


News Article | February 15, 2017
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This is a roundup of product news and announcements for travel distribution in tourism and hospitality for February 2017. Tuesday 14 February 2017: Air Canada renews Travelport pact The new long-term agreement will give Travelport-connected agencies access to the airline’s fares and inventory. The deal includes the Travelport Rich Content and Branding platform and the Agencia service in Canada. Monday 13 February 2017: Travelport signs new Avis Budget agreement The multi-year partnership sees the car rental group distribute its inventory and ancillary products to Travelport-connected travel agencies. The agreement covers the Avis, Budget, Payless, Apex and Maggiore brands. Trailfinders renews Travelport deal The travel agency network will use Travelport to access air, hotel and other travel content, included branded fares and ancillaries. Trailfinders has 32 travel centres in the UK. Friday 10 February 2017: Rail Europe available through Alitrip Voyages SNCF is ramping up its presence in China with a deal to sell European rail tickets and packages through Alibaba’s travel marketplace Alitrip. Its year-old Rail Europe China subsidiary is hoping to sell one million tickets a year to Chinese travellers through the platform by 2020. Thursday 9 February 2017: SiteMinder partners Agilysys The property management system belonging to Agilysys, known as rGuest, will integrate with SiteMinder’s Channel Manager platform as part of the deal. Agilysys customers will be able to manage and distribution rates and availability to third parties on the CM platform. Tigerair Taiwan scores with Matchbyte Matchbyte will handle ecommerce duties for the low-cost carrier, allowing passengers to book tickets on both website and mobile platforms. The system sits on top of the existing Navitaire Passenger Service System used by Tigerair. Wednesday 8 February 2017: Travelport swims with Marine Travel The UK-based agency has renewed its agreement with Travelport so that it can access flight, hotel and other content through the GDS. The partnership includes use of the Smartpoint agency desktop platform. Fareportal renews Amadeus agreement Both Fareportal’s CheapOAir and OneTravel consumer-facing brands will continue to use Amadeus as its product provider for their respective websites. The deal has been extended and widened to include markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America – target areas for Fareportal’s growth strategy. Paxport agrees Cobalt deal The new Cypriot carrier will use Paxport to handle its distribution and merchandising strategy, as it looks to position itself as a Europe-to-Asia carrier. Cobalt currently operates leisure flights from the UK, Greece and France, with plans to expand the network – using Cyprus as hub – to the Middle East and Asia.. Tuesday 7 February 2017: Cathay Pacific launches NDC functionality IATA’s New Distribution Capability standards will be adopted by the Hong Kong-based airline, giving it additional tools to connect to intermediaries with full use of ancillary services and shopping tools. OpenJaw Technologies is handling the integration for Cathay. Sabre signs Global Hotel Alliance The independent hotel alliance will use SynXis for its central reservation system and distribution network. GHA represents some 35 small brands covering 550 hotels, resorts and spas around the world. Monday 6 February 2017: Sabre secures Omega Travel deal The UK-based agency group will use Sabre to help expand the business outside of its core Europe-Far East trip network. The multi-year agreement will include content and use of the Sabre Red Workspace. The company intends to increase its number of destinations served to markets in the US, Europe and Asia. Travelport gives Viva branded fares The Greek online travel agency, Viva Online Services, will be the first in the country to implement Travelport’s branded fares and ancillaries into its service, including content from 200 airlines. Thursday 2 February 2017: SiteMinder distributes TFE Hotels Toga Far East will use SiteMinder to power the distribution of its portfolio of properties to third parties around the world. The chain’s 70 hotels in Europe, Australia and New Zealand come under its Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and TFE Hotels Collection brands. NB: Travel distribution image via Shutterstock.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perella Weinberg Partners today announced that David Azéma has joined the Firm as a Partner in its Advisory business. Mr. Azéma will lead the Firm’s investment banking practice in France, providing strategic and financial advice to clients in the country. He will be based in London. Mr. Azéma joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was Chairman of Global Infrastructure and Vice Chairman of Global Corporate and Investment Banking for Europe since 2014. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Azéma oversaw the French government’s holdings in strategic companies, including inter alia EDF, Engie, Orange, Renault, Safran and Airbus, as head of Agence des participations de l’Etat (APE). Prior to that, he served as CEO of KEOLIS, a global leader in public transportation; Deputy CEO of SNCF Group, a leading French transport and logistics group; CEO of Vinci Concessions, the infrastructure division of Vinci, a global concessions and construction company; and CEO of Eurostar Group Ltd., the high-speed passenger rail service between the UK and mainland Europe. Peter Weinberg, Founding Partner and Head of Advisory at Perella Weinberg Partners, said, “We are excited to welcome David to the Firm. David is an experienced executive and a well-respected member of the European businesses community. His experience, knowledge and network will be invaluable to the Firm and our clients.” Dietrich Becker, Partner and Co-Head of European Advisory at Perella Weinberg Partners, said, “Europe remains a center for deal making as European companies seek growth opportunities and foreign buyers target attractive assets on the continent. France is among the most attractive European countries for our business, and David’s addition significantly strengthens our ability to serve our clients in this important market.” Mr. Azéma commented, “PWP has a demonstrated ability of providing its clients differentiated solutions that address their distinct strategic needs. I am excited to be joining this firm, which remains an agile and independent company with a workforce of 600 collaborators.” Mr. Azéma began his career in 1987 as an auditor in the government accounting office. In 1993, after two years in the cabinet of France’s Minister of Employment, he joined SNCF, the French railway company, where he held positions of increasing responsibility, including “Charge de Mission” in the Strategy Department and Advisor to the President and Director of Subsidiaries and Participations. He later became Chairman of the Consortium InterCapital and Regional Rail Ltd. before assuming the role of CEO of Eurostar Group Ltd, the subsidiary of SNCF, SNCB and Eurostar UK that operated the Eurostar high-speed rail service. In October 2002, Mr. Azéma joined VINCI as CEO of VINCI Concessions. In June 2008, he returned to SNCF Group as Deputy CEO, rising to become CEO of KEOLIS. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Azéma was Commissioner for the French Government Shareholding Agency, then he joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chairman of Global Infrastructure and Vice Chairman, Global Corporate and Investment Banking Europe. Mr. Azéma holds a Bachelor degree in Law and is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (political sciences institute) and Ecole Nationale d’Administration. Perella Weinberg Partners is a leading independent, client-focused financial services firm providing advisory, asset management and energy securities research, underwriting and trading services to a broad, global client base, including corporations, institutions and governments. The Advisory business advises clients on mergers, acquisitions, strategic and capital structure matters, financial restructuring and capital raising. The Asset Management business includes a suite of hedge fund strategies, private investment funds and outsourced CIO solutions. Together with its affiliates, the Asset Management business has capital commitments and managed assets of approximately $12.6 billion. The Firm’s energy practice operates as Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co (http://www.tphco.com). This practice provides high quality advice and services to the energy industry as well as sales and trading, underwriting and research coverage on approximately 140 issuers worldwide. With more than 600 employees, Perella Weinberg Partners maintains offices in New York, Houston, London, Abu Dhabi, Denver, Dubai, San Francisco, and Calgary. For more information on Perella Weinberg Partners, please visit http://www.pwpartners.com.


MUNICH, Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that French Railways operator SNCF is using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) on IBM Cloud to deliver superior customer experiences, heightened operational efficiency and enhanced rail safety to its 13.5 million daily...


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: Shift2Rail-RIA | Phase: S2R-CFM-CCA-02-2015 | Award Amount: 1.34M | Year: 2016

The FINE 1 project aims to reduce operational costs of railways by a reduction of energy use and noise related to rail traffic. The project results are expected to enable an increase of traffic in Europe and to enhance the attractiveness of railway in relation to other modes of transport. The project activities will support the innovation process within the S2R Technical Demonstrators (TDs) by providing methodology and know-how to enable development of low noise and low energy TDs. The project is fully in line with the EU objectives with eight technical work packages (WPs) addressing technologies to support these objectives. The reduction of energy use for rail vehicles is as addressed in WP 3 and WP4 and will indirectly lead to reduced green-house gas emissions, also with most rail transport powered with electricity. Further, reducing energy use will lower the life cycle cost and the costs of vehicle operation. The project also aims at development of practical methods for predicting noise and vibration performance on system level including both rolling stock, infrastructure and its environment. Prediction of interior vehicle noise is addressed in WP 7 and source modelling for interior and exterior noise in WP 8. With an accurate characterization of each contributing source, it will be possible to optimize cost benefit scenarios, as addressed in WP 6, as well as take exposure and comfort into account. Finally, the auralisation and visualisation techniques of traffic noise scenarios and the noise control techniques developed in WP 9, support the reduction of noise exposure for residents by efficient traffic planning and novel mitigation techniques. In summary, the expected FINE 1 advances of the state-of-the-art in noise modelling and control as well as in energy management and control methodology, will improve the competitiveness of the European railway system compared to other modes of transportation and thus promoting a modal shift to rail.


French Famoco, a near-field communications (NFC) specialist, has just raised €11 million euros. The investment comes from Idinvest Partners, Orange Digital Ventures, SNCF Digital Ventures, and BNP Paribas, along with existing investors Hi inov, the Ambition Numérique Fund and Aurinvest. The startup plans to recruit more than 50 people in 2017, and is preparing to open new offices in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the USA and Asia. Famoco has developed a secure, Android-based NFC reader, adaptable to all markets and needs. The solution enables its users to manage multiple transactions per day, to recharge prepaid or transport cards, or to manage buying and selling flows during events. The new funding should enable the company to accelerate the development of new transactional solutions where there is great demand for them, especially in the fields of payment, transport, and smart city applications. Famoco is present in more than 30 countries, including France, Belgium, China and India, in which it is particularly active. The startup now has nearly 200 customers including Google, Gemalto, and Orange.


The Government and Alstom present the progress of the commitments made for the maintenance of railway and industrial activities at the Belfort site 17 February 2017 - Christophe SIRUGUE, Minister of State for Industry, and Henri POUPART-LAFARGE, Chairman and CEO of Alstom, presented today in Paris the progress of the commitments made by the Government and Alstom for the maintenance of rail and industrial activities at the Belfort site. For the second time, they convened the national monitoring committee, which brings together the State, the management and trade unions of the Alstom group, as well as the elected representatives of the territory of Belfort and the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region. The local committee, bringing together local elected representatives, trade unions, Alstom and the State services in the regions, was convened on 6 February under the authority of the Prefect of the Territory of Belfort. The diversification of the Belfort site, in particular the services and maintenance activities, continues: since October 2016, Alstom has already invested one million euros in the development of a new industrial building dedicated to maintenance. On 6 February 2017 the State, local authorities, SNCF Réseau and Alstom signed a financing agreement for the electrification of the site's test track. These investments underline Alstom's decision to create a European locomotive maintenance centre in Belfort. Akiem, a subsidiary of the SNCF group and Deutsch Asset Management, plans to entrust the maintenance of 23 locomotives to the Belfort site. This choice highlights the commitment to turn the Belfort site into the Alstom group's centre of reference for locomotive maintenance in Europe. The decision will be formalised by Akiem before 15 March. In parallel, SNCF Réseau confirms its need for 20 emergency locomotives, the acquisition procedure of which will be decided in the coming weeks. The State will continue to accompany Alstom in the development of the bimodal locomotives, both through the support of the ADEME for the development of this new platform, decided last autumn and representing four million euros, and through export markets on which the company can position itself. SNCF Mobilités has confirmed that it will buy 15 Euroduplex TGV trainsets to modernise its train fleet. The acquisition decision will be made at the Board of Directors' meeting to be held on 23 February. SNCF Mobilités and Alstom are continuing to hold discussions over the trains destined for the Paris-Milan line, their characteristics, the business plan and financing. Key steps have also been taken to develop the TGV of the Future as part of the innovation partnership between Alstom and SNCF. The acquisition of the thirty regional TET trains (trains d'équilbre du territoire) was decided by the Passengers' Committee of SNCF Mobilités on 7 December and the financing voted at the AFITF Board of Directors' meeting on 31 January 2017. Notification of the order will be given before 10 March, just after the signing of the TET agreement between the State and SNCF. The Government and the Chairman and CEO of Alstom welcome the achievement of several major milestones in the continuity plan for the rail activities of the Belfort site and will continue to pay close attention to its implementation. Henri POUPART-LAFARGE said: "In line with the commitments made on 4 October, Alstom is investing in the creation of a European centre of excellence for maintenance in Belfort. This is reflected in the implementation of several Alstom investments, including the reconstruction of a test track on the site announced last week." "The implementation of the continuity plan for the railway activities at Belfort is progressing and reflects the strong commitment of the Government to fulfil the commitments made. I am particularly attached to the growth of the new activities of the site, which will participate, alongside orders, in ensuring the continuity of Alstom's site at Belfort. I will of course pay close attention to the continuation of our collective efforts in this direction," said Christophe SIRUGUE. About Alstom As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market - from high-speed trains to metros and tramways - customised services (maintenance, modernisation,...) and infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.9 billion and booked €10.6 billion of orders in the 2015/16 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 31,000 people today. Alstom's employees in France total approximately 8,800, providing a pool of expertise to serve French and international clients. A job at Alstom creates about three amongst its suppliers.  www.alstom.com A propos d'Alstom Promoteur de la mobilité durable, Alstom conçoit et propose des systèmes, équipements et services pour le secteur ferroviaire. Alstom offre la gamme de solutions la plus large du marché - des trains à grande vitesse aux métros et tramways - des services personnalisés (maintenance, modernisation,.) ainsi que des solutions d'infrastructure et de signalisation. Alstom se positionne comme un leader mondial des systèmes ferroviaires intégrés. En 2015/16, l'entreprise a réalisé un chiffre d'affaires de 6,9 milliards d'euros et enregistré pour 10,6 milliards d'euros de commandes. Alstom, dont le siège est basé en France, est présent dans plus de 60 pays et emploie actuellement 31 000 collaborateurs. Ses quelque 8 800 collaborateurs en France sont détenteurs d'un savoir-faire destiné à servir les clients français et internationaux. Un emploi chez Alstom en génère environ trois chez ses fournisseurs. www.alstom.com


17 février 2017 - Christophe SIRUGUE, secrétaire d'Etat chargé de l'Industrie et Henri POUPART-LAFARGE, Président-directeur général d'Alstom, ont présenté aujourd'hui à Paris un nouveau point d'avancement des engagements pris par le Gouvernement et Alstom pour le maintien des activités ferroviaires et industrielles sur le site de Belfort. Ils ont réuni pour la deuxième fois le comité de suivi national, associant l'Etat, la direction et les organisations syndicales du groupe Alstom ainsi que les élus du territoire de Belfort et de la région Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. Le comité local réunissant les élus locaux, les organisations syndicales, Alstom et les services de l'Etat en région sous l'autorité du Préfet du Territoire de Belfort a été réuni le 6 février dernier. SNCF Mobilités a confirmé qu'elle fera l'acquisition de 15 rames TGV Euroduplex pour moderniser son parc de matériel roulant. La décision d'acquisition sera prise lors du conseil d'administration prévu le 23 février. Les discussions entre SNCF Mobilités et Alstom se poursuivent sur les rames destinées à la ligne Paris-Milan, leurs caractéristiques, le plan d'affaires et leur financement. Par ailleurs, des étapes essentielles ont été franchies pour le développement du TGV du Futur, dans le cadre du partenariat d'innovation entre Alstom et la SNCF. A propos d'Alstom Promoteur de la mobilité durable, Alstom conçoit et propose des systèmes, équipements et services pour le secteur ferroviaire. Alstom offre la gamme de solutions la plus large du marché - des trains à grande vitesse aux métros et tramways - des services personnalisés (maintenance, modernisation,.) ainsi que des solutions d'infrastructure et de signalisation. Alstom se positionne comme un leader mondial des systèmes ferroviaires intégrés. En 2015/16, l'entreprise a réalisé un chiffre d'affaires de 6,9 milliards d'euros et enregistré pour 10,6 milliards d'euros de commandes. Alstom, dont le siège est basé en France, est présent dans plus de 60 pays et emploie actuellement 31 000 collaborateurs. www.alstom.com


News Article | February 28, 2017
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Fatou’s pancake is not a widely-recognized term except in my own brain. Yet. But in honor of the auspicious occurrence of the math holiday I’ve dubbed Fatou’s Day, I would like to celebrate this set, the filled Julia set of the function f(z)=(z+z2)/2. It is vaguely pancake-shaped in honor of the other holiday today, Fat Tuesday, and it was investigated by Pierre Fatou himself in 1906. (You can read his article about it on the Bibliothèque Nationale de France website. It is in French, and the mathematical language he uses may be a bit old-fashioned.) I’ve described the set I’m nicknaming Fatou’s pancake as both a bounded Fatou domain and a filled Julia set. What do those mean? There are several ways to define the sets. The one that makes the most sense intuitively is that you look at what happens to points in the complex plane when you plug them into a given function (so the Julia set is the Julia set for a particular function) and then plug the output into the function again and keep repeating that. A point can either stay bounded or run away to infinity. If it stays bounded, it’s in the filled Julia set, and if it runs away to infinity, it’s not. The Julia set is the boundary of the filled Julia set. Fatou domains are a little less intuitive than the filled Julia set. But today is Fatou’s Day, darn it, so we’re going to jump into them! A Fatou domain is an open set that is invariant under the function f(z). That means every point in the domain is taken to another point in the domain. Additionally, the points in one Fatou domain behave similarly. (The exact meaning of “behave similarly” gets a bit technical. One way points could behave similarly is that they could all be attracted to the same point.) Taken together, the Fatou domains form the Fatou set, and the Julia set is everything left over. In my post last week about Fatou’s Day, I mentioned that you can think of the Fatou set as all the stuff that kind of does the same thing in clumps and the Julia set as the set of points around whom behavior is chaotic. If you’re in a Julia set, you don’t know whether a point near you will shoot off to infinity or stay politely bounded nearby. An example is worth a thousand words, so let’s investigate the Julia and Fatou sets of the very well-behaved function f(z)=z2. Here, I’m using the variable z to remind us all that we’re living in the complex plane. If multiplication in the complex plane is unfamiliar to you, you might want to watch this beautiful video from Grant Sanderson, also known as 3 Blue 1 Brown. The important things to understand for this post are that complex numbers can be thought of as vectors in the the plane with both a magnitude (distance from 0) and a direction (where the angle is measured counterclockwise from the x-axis) and that complex multiplication is not just stretching the way real multiplication is. (We can think about real multiplication as “stretching” or “squishing” the number line.) Complex multiplication has both a stretching and a rotating component. To multiply two complex numbers, we add their angles and multiply their magnitudes. Thus, when we square a complex number, we double its angle and square its magnitude. If it’s really close to zero, with a magnitude less than 1, it will shrink in towards zero while rotating around. If it’s far from zero, with a magnitude greater than 1, it will get further from zero when we square it. If its magnitude is 1, the angle will double, so it will rotate counterclockwise by some amount, and the magnitude will stay the same. The Fatou and Julia sets are based on the long-term behavior of points under repeated iteration of a function. So in the case of f(z)=z2, we don’t just square numbers once; we take an input, square it, square the square, and so on. To look at concrete numbers, we could start with the number i, or the square root of -1. It has a magnitude of 1 and an angle of 90 degrees, or π/2 if you want to be fancy and radian-y about it. Its trajectory would be i, -1, 1, and then it would stay there forever. On the other hand, the number 2 would just run along the x-axis to infinity: 2, 4, 8, 16, and so on. And a small number like 1/4+i/4 would spiral in towards 0: 1/4+1/4i, i/8, -1/64, 1/4096, and so on. In general, all points in the complex plane can be divided into three sets: points that spiral in towards 0, points that explode out towards infinity, and points that stay on the circle of radius 1. The latter points form the Julia set. The other two sets are the two Fatou components. As Holly Krieger says in this fun video about filled Julia sets, the function f(z)=z2 is basically the only function with an easy-to-understand filled Julia set. The function that produces Fatou’s pancake, f(z)=(z+z2)/2, is considerably more difficult to analyze. If we choose a few numbers to plug in, we see that, for example, 0 stays put, as does 1. The number i eventually gets sucked in to 0. But numbers with large magnitudes end up running off to infinity. Eventually, the points that end up back at 0 are the bread of the pancake at the top of this post. Mathematically, that’s the filled Julia set or one of the Fatou domains. The boundary curve around the pancake is the Julia set. That curve is rather complicated, and rougher than it looks, though it has pleasant symmetry, both horizontal or vertical. It's not easy to get your hands on them with pen and paper, but you can explore Julia sets with online calculators. (Note: online Julia set calculators will generally work for functions of the form f(z)=z2+c, where you get to see what happens as you vary the variable c, rather than functions written in a form like f(z)=(z+z2)/2. The functions f(z)=z2+1/8 and f(z)=(z+z2)/2 have similar Julia sets.) Whether you choose to make a filled Julia set out of flour and buttermilk or not, happy Fatou's Day! Read about more of my favorite spaces: The Cantor Set Fat Cantor Sets The Topologist’s Sine Curve Cantor's Leaky Tent The Infinite Earring The Line with Two Origins The House with Two Rooms The Fano Plane The Torus The Three-Torus The Möbius Strip The Long Line Space-Filling Curves The Wallis Sieve Two Tori Glued along a Slit The Empty Set The Menger Sponge The Connected Sum of Four Hopf Links Borromean Rings The Sierpinski Triangle Lexicographic Ordering on the Unit Square The SNCF Metric The Mandelbrot Set


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: Shift2Rail-RIA | Phase: S2R-CFM-CCA-03-2015 | Award Amount: 349.45K | Year: 2016

PLASA represents the 1st proposal of the Shift2Rail members referred, according to MAAP, to the following Work Areas within the Cross Cutting Activities: - WA 3.1: Safety - WA 4.1: Smart Planning The PLASA project aims at significantly increasing customer experience and system robustness in the European rail sector. On the one hand, it improves planning activities of various stakeholders in the railway system by means of precise railway simulation and, on the other hand, it provides a methodology to manage the safety of the railway system based on risk assessment. This will be achieved by an holistic approach involving partners of the rail industry, the operators and universities.

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