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German French Innovation Prize


SAP Labs France has won an honorable second place in the French-German Business Award 2011 in the category “Innovation”. The prize is delivered by the German-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The patrons of the award are the French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, François Baroin; and the German Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler.

The prize was won with the project RescueIT led by Dr. Laurent Gomez from SAP Labs France and his team (Mehdi Khalfaoui, Anis Abdelkabir and Aurelien Mazoyer) and Dr. Andreas Schaad from SAP Germany and his team. The scientists were honored for their research on December 5 in Paris. The patrons of the award are the French Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, François Baroin; and the German Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Dr. Philipp Rösler. Environment.

The German Fraunhofer Institute won the 1st prize in the Innovation category for a project focusing on better energy rendering in the photovoltaics industry.

RescueIT – a global security project

The scope of the project RescueIT is to secure the entire supply chain, both the physical and the virtual part of it, across borders and through different transportation systems. On the French side, Laurent Gomez and his team have been focusing on ensuring that the safety regulations are in place all along the supply chain, using RFID and sensors to detect incidents. The partner TELECOM SudParis (Maryline Laurent, Ethmane El Moustaine, Ayoub Abid) is designing new security and privacy mechanisms adapted to RFID, so the introduction of RFID identification of goods brings easy tracking and inventory control to supply chains, with no security deterioration. On the German side Andreas Schaad and his team have been focusing on the IT infrastructure, modeling the supply chain and the potential risks associated with it.

An incident could be a physical incident, for instance if a container was opened by thieves or if a cargo of meat was exposed to high temperatures. However, an incident could also take place in the logistics software. The objective for the project is to make sure that the supply chain will always be alerted in case of such an incident.

Throughout the project the research teams have been cooperating with external partners: universities and end users such as Casino, Kuhne & Nagel and Dr. Oetker.

The RescueIT project is a three-year project, next step will be integration between the French and the German part, working together with end users towards a pre-solution in April 2013.

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