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ENGIE Cofely introduces a robotics-based call for projects

By ENGIE Cofely



Call for project closed the 30|06|16

Design digital applications that support new robotics-based services

Suject of the call for project

Objective of the call for projects:

The goal is to help develop new services, future applications or connected objects using the robotics platform and to jointly create service offerings for DIYA ONE that are tailored to the diverse skills of the ENGIE Group.

The added value of these services will be crucial for making robots more acceptable and commercially viable. Once operational requirements have been identified, a detailed presentation of hardware, software and societal specifications is expected.

Deadline for applications: June 30th 2016, at midnight.

Earnings and benefits

Rewards and benefits:

Successful applications will be given an opportunity to participate in a unique, innovative project that ties in closely with operational needs. To do this, they will get personalized support from ENGIE. The package may also include:

  • The development of a prototype or pilot
  • Technical support
  • A spot in marketplace events
  • A week of professional coaching
  • A potential business collaboration

Provisional timetable:

  • Deadline for applications: June 30
  • Analysis and selection of applications: July 01-08
  • Presentation for the selection committee: July 18
  • Announcement of winners: July 20

Description of the call for projects


DIYA ONE – A 100% French innovation | The first mobile, independent neural-inspired robot
DIYA ONE is a mobile robot that can move around independently, opening up the possibility of developing new services to help teams working on a site. ENGIE Cofely is using it to provide better services for our customers in several areas:
  • Health and comfort: guaranteeing the quality of the indoor environment and improving it through monitoring and air purification
  • Quick reaction times: point operations conducted by interacting with a building’s users and providing alerts in real-time
  • Cost control: optimizing a building’s various control and monitoring systems
These services can be provided for many kinds of buildings: offices for both public and private sector clients, buildings that are open to the general public (healthcare, shopping, museums, etc.), hotels or schools.


Who is this call for proposals for?

This call for projects is for startups, SMEs, entrepreneurs, researchers, students and universities.

Eligibility criteria

  • Relevance to the topic
  • innovative nature of the project
  • Coherence of the proposed business model
  • Feasibility / economic viability
  • Maturity of the project or solution’s development potential
  • Energy efficiency
  • Capacity to be launched quickly
  • Quality/price ratio
  • Return on investment period
  • Ease of implementation

Selection Procedure

  • Projects will be selected in two stages:
  • Phase 1: a shortlist of 5 projects will be made based on the initial applications
  • Phase 2: shortlisted project teams will be invited to give a 20 minute presentation to the selection committee in late June.

Selection Committee and the call for project partners:

Carole Le Gall, ENGIE Cofely, Marketing & Innovation Director

Raphael Schoentgen, ENGIE, Research & Technologies Director

Jean-Luc Delseray, Engie Cofely, Deputy Director, Director for Operational Performance

Alain Moissanne, Project Director, Engie Cofely

Ramesh Caussy, Partnering Robotics, founder

Guillemette Picard, ENGIE, Domain Director

Why are we launching this call for projects?

Because we want to better meet our customers’ changing needs by working with them to provide the services and solutions that will be relevant now and in the future.
We have identified robotics an area of significant innovation in the service sector. Robotics involves technology solutions that can be applied to many of the areas in which we are currently developing services:

  • An innovative market position in the fields of building maintenance and user services
  • Hosting smart technological platforms that let users modify their environment in real time to improve energy efficiency, comfort and health

Service Robotics: a nuw era in building services and user well being.
What needs are out there? What solutions are we looking for?

A significant step in a priority area for us: developing services for buildings. A model of innovation that is well-suited to meeting the challenges of a global digital economy that undergoes rapid transformations

One of our challenges is to unearth "disruptive innovation" to build new offerings for our customers

About Partnering Robotics

Founded in 2007 by Ramesh Caussy, Partnering Robotics is a young innovative company that designs and produces solutions (hardware platforms, software, services) and digital services for emerging markets (robotics and energy management) or in markets that are undergoing industrial transformation (digital printing). Ramesh Caussy invented DIYA ONE, the first neuro-inspired interactive robot that takes care of indoor environments and purifies the air. More than just a robot, DIYA ONE is an open platform that has allowed Partnering Robotics to become a player in the market for business services.

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