Telex: CNIL takes over Briefcam case, Cluster: French cloud on HPC, AI and quantum, Objenious LoRaWan network acquired

– CNIL tackles the Briefcam affair. A survey conducted by our colleagues at Disclose has warned about the use of Israeli facial recognition software (now owned by Canon) since 2015 by the Ministry of Interior. The problem is that the latter did not inform the competent authorities about this use and in particular the CNIL. the last one just announced about “initiation of control proceedings against the Ministry of the Interior following the publication of a journalistic investigation informing about the possible use of video surveillance software by the state police, published by #BriefCam “.

– Cluster: French Cloud for HPC, AI and Quantum. As part of the future 2030 investment plan, several companies and academic and research bodies have decided to combine resources to offer cloud services in the field of HPC, quantum and artificial intelligence. The initiative is called Clusster and has 9 partners at launch. These are GENCI, CEA, CNRS and Inria for the academic part, as well as Eviden (Atos group), OVHcloud, CS GROUP, ActiveEon and Qarnot for the private sector. From 2024, users will have access to various resources, including specific software through business verticals, especially in the geospatial domain (CS GROUP), climate (CEA), risk calculation and 3D rendering (Qarnot), as well as digital simulation. The program also plans to work on large language model (LLM) processing or digital health, as well as other areas such as geosciences in collaboration with the national GaiaData infrastructure.

– Purchased the shameless LoRaWan network. It is the Polar group, through its European operator Netmore, which is acquiring the assets of Bouygues Telecom’s internet-of-business subsidiary. The scope of the operation is not disclosed, but the goal is to ensure the continuity of customer service. In addition to the LoRaWan network, Netmore also inherits Spot’s customer management portal. They will benefit from the operator’s European network, which operates in 11 markets. Please note that LTE-M, NB-IoT, 4G and 5G technologies are not affected by this operation and are managed by Objenious.

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