France Ecosystem

A strong foothold in the French mobility ecosystem drives business development

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Partnerships are a foundational part of the innovation cycle at Nokia Bell Labs. The collaborations take on different forms and with different partners: from startups to industrial partners, public authorities or research/entrepreneurship driven organizations, we push collectively for new innovative solutions and develop new expertise for Bell Labs and its trusted partners.

The motivations and the objectives for engaging in any collaborations and partnerships are consistently the same:

  • Identify and solve the difficult technical challenges facing tomorrow and beyond
  • Co-create to build innovative solutions that address real-world problems
  • Validate and test solutions in live partner or customer environments
  • Bridge the maturity gap between lab research and proof of concept and customer trials
  • Drive industry thought leadership and position Nokia as a trusted partner

The NBL Global Innovation Ecosystem and Partnerships team in France is managed to co-create a national and global mobility ecosystem that includes tier 1 and 2 carriers, industrial, technology, academic and consulting partners. Its focus is innovative real time technologies that help governments, cities and service providers optimize mobility efficiently and sustainably.

We are grateful for our existing network of partners, and are looking forward to developing new partnerships to create value for society at large.

Mobility Ecosystem partnership

The steady increase of traffic in urban areas has created significant socio/economic/ecological/safety challenges:

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In many suburban areas, heavy traffic congestion and saturated public transportation are notable challenges. This leads to an increase in pollution and has a direct impact on the quality of life for citizens, students and employees, as well as on the attractiveness of the territory. Local Transportation Authorities want to solve these problems but lack the technological tools & the live-precise data to take make informed decisions and evaluate them. The rise of multiple private mobility players has also diminished their influence channel, causing a loss of control over meeting citizen’s needs.

These challenges call for more automation, a process well developed in railways but less so in urban and road environments because of the need for digital transformation.

Several experiments have been conducted to address these pressing challenges in mobile services.



MoveInSaclay is an experiment that was conducted in Paris-Saclay to enhance citizens' mobile experiences. MoveInSaclay is the foundation of MoveInX, a digital mobility management platform for urban authorities. With the Digital Mobility Platform, transportation authorities and local governments will be able to better understand, manage and coordinate the actions of mobile services in their territories. MoveInX formulates recommendations across mobility services, enabling the efficient and reliable planning of alternatives. It also enables the incentivization of behavioral changes for efficient, shared and sustainable mobile use.

This solution was developed by Nokia Bell Labs in collaboration with French local authorities. The use cases were co-designed with local partners. Through the MoveInSaclay project, testing of the solution on the Paris-Saclay cluster began in March 2019. The traction from both local authorities and citizens was confirmed, with 60% of beta-testers sharing data regularly.

After two years of trials, user response remains positive:

  • 85% think MoveInSaclay is an innovative app (based on survey data (76/300) – Jan 2020)
  • 60% regularly consult app
  • 83% regularly share data (based on usage data – June 2020)

Trapeze: Sustainable Transportation through Cloud-Optimized Cooperative Autonomy

Trapeze is a consortium of global industrial partners including 2 OEMs, a transit road operator, Nokia as the digital automation provider, and one academic institution focused on mobility. Its goals are to:

  • Create a new type of efficient and sustainable mode of road transport
  • Relieve road congestion by increasing passenger flow on existing lanes while optimizing the total cost of the solution
  • Maximizing passenger safety

5G Open Road: a 5G experimentation platform for the automotive industry and mobile operators

The platform offers deployment of a 5G network on the Saclay plateau, accelerating the marketing of innovative services while taking advantage of 5G, first in connected / autonomous vehicles, the Industry 4.0.

Several use cases have been defined with mobile stakeholders. Among them “Cœur de Ville”: In the heart of the city or on large campuses, all types of vehicles mix with pedestrians in 20 km / h zones. This use case will explore the best way to manage security and services without prohibiting vehicle access.

Project contacts

Oriana Marechal

Mobility Ecosystem Services Manager

Eric Lacombe

Leading mobility project to business value