Orange invests in nine research areas
Orange’s research teams are active in nine areas, with the goal of making proposed products more innovative and of becoming more agile in the face of technological (r)evolutions and changing usage. These research areas were chosen to meet the associated technological and human challenges
- Digital personal life
Each time they go online, users’ digital assets (photos, digital books, personal cloud, browsing history, etc.) grow. Our researchers use the data users entrust to Orange to design new personal and inter-personal services that allow them to communicate, produce, manage, and exchange enhanced digital content.
- Digital society
Be it education, healthcare, transportation, civic life, or agriculture, no segment of society can today escape digitalisation, which relies on technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Big Data. Orange is anticipating tomorrow’s societal challenges in order to understand the mechanisms of transformation at work in these various areas and propose relevant technological responses.
- Digital business
A technological and organisational business transformation is underway. Orange has tasked its research teams to support it with research leading to humane, responsible, and effective digital growth. The key aspect of their work is the creation of an adaptive work environment and dynamic, open digital processes that include our customers and partners.
- Digital emerging countries
Since 2010, 94% of new mobile phone subscriptions have come from emerging countries.* This veritable transformation gives digital technology a key role in the economic and social growth of these regions. Research at Orange is thus working on putting digital ecosystems in place that are tailored to the technical and cultural constraints of developing countries.
When our researchers get up in the morning, they imagine themselves five to ten years into the future. They are working today to build technologies and applications for the world of tomorrow.Nicolas Demassieux, Director of Orange Research
- Ambient connectivity
Orange is working to develop the networks of tomorrow with the goal of offering connectivity that is as ubiquitous as air. Network performance (capacity, speed, and coverage) is a key challenge, but service quality, cost control, and energy consumption are also part of the challenge to be met. Our research is now focused on developing 5G, which will be one of the pillars of the IoT.
- Software infrastructure
An important movement to virtualise networks has begun. Today, storage and computational power are essentially based on immense data centres and centralised platforms. Tomorrow, their bases will be more widely distributed within networks and between the objects themselves. Thus, our research teams must prepare for the arrival of these new infrastructures, in particular by creating a trusted software environment within the equipment itself.
- Data and knowledge
Enormous volumes of data are being collected all over the world, in particular by an increasing number connected objects. The challenge will be to extract all the information in these large quantities of data in order to improve the customer experience, optimise economic models, and develop innovative services. Research is thus concentrated on developing Big Data solutions linked to powerful artificial intelligence, while respecting individual privacy.
- Internet of Things
The IoT or “Internet of Things” is based on the deployment of billions of objects and sensors and will be one of tomorrow’s major revolutions. If the components of this galaxy of devices are to be able to communicate among themselves, significant research must be undertaken to allow them to speak the same language. Groundwork is also being done on fog computing, which will allow usage of all the computational power and storage capacity of connected objects as closely as possible to where they are needed. Finally, research at Orange is focused on the influence of the IoT on the manner in which people will modify the way they interact with services via objects or their “digital avatars.”
- Trust and security
Orange’s entire security strategy is guided by one goal: to become its customers’ “trusted operator”. In order to promote this goal as regards both retail and professional customers, the Group is focusing its research efforts on new “highly trusted” architectures and security monitoring (in particular via cyber security) that are both secure and ensure data privacy.
*Source : ITU