FR-Alert: mobile operators in Overseas France join forces with Intersec to implement the new alert system

Paris, France, May 31, 2022 - Intersec, selected by the French Ministry of the Interior and the major national mobile operators, is also joining forces with most of the overseas operators following a series of tenders to provide the new public warning system, FR-Alert. 

In the event of a major incident, the authorities will be able to send out targeted and contextualized alerts to all affected areas, including the most remote. The population will be better informed about the risk, the situation, and the safety recommendations to follow thanks to this method.

Overseas territories of France are physically exposed to natural hazards, which can have severe consequences for the population and infrastructure. In this instance, high-intensity weather events occur frequently in the tropical regions where many of the Overseas territories are located. Because natural disasters are unavoidable, the FR-Alert system will be a vital tool for practically the whole population. In addition to natural disasters, all public safety issues are covered by this system such as industrial accidents, health crises, terrorist attacks, and technological incidents. On the eve of the 2024 Olympic Games and its large gatherings, the need for such a system is indisputable to ensure the safety of local populations, sports delegations and thousands of visitors expected, especially on the Polynesian island of Tahiti, which will host the Olympic surfing events.

Yann Chevalier, Intersec's CEO, said: "These new mandates illustrate the trust that our staff has earned, as well as the quality and dependability of our public alerting solution. We are especially happy to collaborate with mobile operators in Overseas France as FR-Alert deployment is guaranteed in all French territories around the world.”

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Press contact:

Charlotte Cardona, Communications Director
Email: charlotte.cardona [at] intersec.com

About Intersec

Intersec is a global leader in mobile data and location-based services. Value creation is at the heart of its platform and business applications, whether it is enabling public authorities to effectively warn people of danger or helping telecom operators innovate and find new sources of growth. For more information, visit intersec.com.

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Intersec 5G-ready geolocation platform accelerates positioning use case enablement

Paris, France, January 18th,  2022 / PR Newswire / ("Intersec" or the "Company"), a global leader in mobility and activity data solutions, announced the acceleration of the adoption of its 5G-ready Agora platform by tier-one Communication Service Providers around the world, enabling them to monetize new 5G positioning use cases, in compliance with data privacy regulations. The platform has already been selected by tier-one telecom operators in France, Canada, Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam and, Hong Kong.

“The arrival of 5G opens a wide range of geolocation use cases for mobile operators, public authorities, media, manufacturing, automotive, and transportation industries,” said Intersec CEO Yann Chevalier. “Performance requirements in terms of accuracy, availability, latency, and reliability encourage operators to go beyond connectivity and capitalize on new revenue streams to seize sustainable growth opportunities”.

The Intersec platform collects anonymized location datasets on a mass scale, computes insights, detects pre-defined or machine-learned patterns in real-time, and triggers relevant instant actions. By bringing its positioning accuracy down to the meter thanks to 5G, it enables CSPs to fully leverage top-of-the-shelf location-based applications, unlock monetization opportunities with existing use cases, and seamlessly plug in any new and disruptive use cases.

Over the past 12 years, Intersec has developed a comprehensive catalog of active and passive geolocation integration schemes, providing cellular, subcellular, and indoor accuracy. 5G achieves unprecedented precision thanks to the use of millimeter waves and beamforming, unleashing the potential of the RF Fingerprinting technology. By combining those geolocation techniques in the 5G ecosystem, the Intersec platform enables a higher spatial and temporal accuracy, optimizes network resources, reduces blind spots, and provides enhanced tracking capabilities.

For more information, Intersec experts will be hosting a 5G geolocation webinar on February 15th.

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Press contact:

Charlotte Cardona, Communications Director
Email: charlotte.cardona [at] intersec.com

About Intersec

Founded in 2004, Intersec is a global leader in location and mobility data solutions. Intersec offers innovative and disruptive software enabling fast data analytics, mass communication, and AI-based decisions. Its industry-focused products enable private and public organizations to turn geodata into actionable insights in the fields of contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, public safety, smart cities, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). With more than 100 clients in 80 countries, Intersec currently enables its customers to leverage the location of nearly one billion humans and connected objects. Learn more at intersec.com.

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Croatia chooses Intersec GeoSafe for its new national public warning system

Paris, France, November 23, 2021 – Croatia has selected Intersec’s GeoSafe technology as the basis for its new national public warning system (PWS). The decision sees Croatia adopting a best practice response to the European mandate that all EU member states must implement a modern digital public warning system by June 2022

Ingolf Ruh, Chief Revenue Officer, for Intersec says: 

“The Croatian government wanted the best technology possible in order to serve its population in a crisis. Simply complying with the European regulations regarding public warning systems was not enough: they wanted to innovate and prepare for the future. As part of an end-to-end solution that enables government and network operators to work seamlessly together from the outset, GeoSafe will deliver a public warning system for Croatia that will keep citizens informed and protected for many years to come.” 

Croatia has a population of over 4 million but attracts almost five times as many tourists annually (19.6 million in 2019). Croatia’s Ministry of the Interior and Civil Protection Directorate (MoI/CPD) was tasked with improving its current processes and introducing new communication channels to provide a single national system to alert citizens and visitors during a crisis. A key requirement was the ability to target specific segments of the population in real-time using mobile messaging, dependent on their (changing) position relative to the crisis.

Using a combination of cell broadcast and location-based SMS, Intersec GeoSafe provides the technology that will enable the MoI/CPD to provide early warning and subsequent crisis communications in case of national emergencies such as floods, fires, epidemics, or terrorist incidents. Providing critical alert aggregation capability, its powerful data processing will enable anonymized geolocation data to be used to provide the best possible information in an emergency. The system will also help to track whether messages have been received and how people are responding. GeoSafe can differentiate between users of Croatian mobile networks and foreign national operators, so crisis communications can be sent in foreign languages, in real-time, without violating personal data protection regulations.

Intersec partnered with Croatian companies King ICT and GDI to respond to the competitive tender. As one of four businesses bidding for the project, the Intersec consortium won by proving that its system was technically superior, offered robust data anonymization processes for maintaining citizen privacy, and could deliver a cost-efficient, future-proof solution at both governmental and network operator levels. 

All three national telecommunications operators in Croatia have confirmed their participation in the project, thereby ensuring coverage of the entire Republic of Croatia, and enabling the government to reach up to 100% of mobile device users. 

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Press contact:

Charlotte Cardona, Communications Director
Email: charlotte.cardona [at] intersec.com

Founded in 2004, Intersec is a global leader in location and mobility data solutions. Intersec offers innovative and disruptive software enabling fast data analytics, mass communication, and AI-based decisions. Its industry-focused products enable private and public organizations to turn geodata into actionable insights in the fields of contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, public safety, smart cities, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). With more than 100 clients in 80 countries, Intersec currently enables its customers to leverage the location of nearly one billion humans and connected objects. Learn more at intersec.com.

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Intersec selected by the French Ministry of the Interior to provide the population alerting platform on mobile phones

The Ministers of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili and of the Interior Gérald Darmanin announced, on September 24, 2020, during a visit to Rouen one year after the fire at the Lubrizol plant, the launch of an alert system for populations on their mobile phones. Intersec was successfully chosen to deploy the foundation of this system that is officially launching in the first half of 2022 with an aim to protect the population.

Paris, France, Thursday April 15, 2021 – Intersec is a big data software vendor based in Paris, la Défense. After an international competitive process, Intersec has been selected by the French Ministry of the Interior, to provide the solution that will result in sending each person, in the Metropolitan France and French overseas territories, an SMS alert in the event of danger to people or property.

The selection process involved providing communication in real-time to the services of the Ministry, the Civil Security services, smart cities, and Infrastructure service suppliers. Other broadcasting channels will also be provided to alert the population (digital channels, connection to the existing siren system, etc.)

The platform provided will include an application called GeoSafe Crisis Management which will be used by State services. There will also be a mediation platform which will allow alert messages to be routed to the infrastructures of mobile network operators that are present in the Metropolitan France such as in French overseas territories. The French government is negotiating with telecommunications operators for extensions to their network to be able to relay these alerts to their subscribers, depending on their geolocation. The alert messages do not require the prior installation of a smartphone application and can be transmitted to the 76 million mobile phones that are currently in circulation throughout France, as well as those of foreigners roaming in French territory.

The confidentiality of mobile subscribers data will be protected by an algorithm which presents location data to public service end users, in an anonymized and aggregated manner. This will be to enable the public services to fulfill their civil security missions, while keeping the location of mobile devices within the limits of the networks of telecommunication operators, who will send unitary messages to these recipients.

Intersec has become a leading global player in the supply to telecommunication operators and public authorities. Its solutions enhance and strengthen the protection of civilian populations e.g. by viewing the active location of a citizen on a distress call and the facilitation of access to all geolocation data during legal investigations etc.

Intersec is today a critical partner for public authorities, civil security services, smart cities, and telecommunication operators, as it accounts for the protection and security of populations around twenty-five customers in ten countries and five continents. Intersec currently enables access to the location of nearly 1 billion humans and connected objects.

Yann Chevalier, Intersec CEO declares today: “As a teenager, I regretted that my father, a civil servant, had no other choice than to spend whole evenings, and long hours on weekends, in an operational center in the prefecture, to prepare and distribute warning messages to various municipalities that were going to be affected by floods, mainly by iterating calls, faxes and telexes to the mayors who in turn would warn their citizens. I am happy that technology is now making it possible to provide a very fast, fully automated process that will reach as many people as possible and save lives. We are all proud, at Intersec, that our product has been selected by the French authorities after a very competitive process!"

Romain Moutard, Lieutenant Colonel of professional firefighters and Director of Projects at the DNUM of the Ministry of the Interior, in particular in charge of modernizing accessibility and receiving emergency communications for the security services, health and emergency services, adds: "we are pleased to have the skills, know-how and products necessary in Europe, allowing us to build a sovereign, first-rate alert solution, deploying without delay innovations and features developed only a few months ago. We have the ambition to build a solution that will be a European benchmark. We were seduced by the completeness of Intersec's solution, by its experience in delivering messages on a very large scale depending on the real-time location of recipients, and by the willingness of its teams to keep this solution at the forefront of the state of the art over the years to come”.

This selection by the French Ministry of the Interior validates the significant investment strategy implemented by Intersec in recent years, in product development and commercial development in five continents. In 2021, Intersec plans to recruit 30 to 40 employees in long-term jobs, to continue to enrich its GeoSafe offer and maintain market leadership, while approaching new customers around the world.

Founded in 2004 by three Ecole Polytechnique graduates, Olivier Guillaumin, Yann Chevalier and Jean-Marc Coïc, Intersec has built a platform for managing activity and mobility data. Intersec deploys very high-speed message sending capabilities, and artificial intelligence algorithms. It enables one hundred leading customers in eighty countries around the world to implement uses in the field of contextual marketing, geolocated advertising, public safety, smart cities management, and the management of connected object fleets (IoTs). The company is financed by prestigious institutional investors such as Innovacom-Turenne Capital, Crédit Mutuel Innovation, Highland Capital Partners Europe and Omnes Capital. Regularly awarded for its innovations, Intersec is financially supported by Bpifrance in its innovation and export development initiatives.