[Tech] News to remember: RATP, Google I / O and Orchestra.io

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Google’s annual conference for developers… The lifting of BonitaSoft and Orchestra.io… RATP’s true-false call for projects for a facial biometrics project… Back to tech news.

RATP considers then abandons a facial recognition billing system

As soon as it was unveiled, the “facial recognition” toll project for which the RATP had made a call for skills with the business association SME Pact is abandoned. According to the specialized site Numerama, this call would be made by the engineering department of information systems of the RATP, which would indicate that “it is an initiative not validated by the hierarchy and which does not correspond to the ethics of the company “. The project is therefore “definitely abandoned”.

According to the information in the functional and technical specifications, the project included a “concept of public transport toll, without anti-fraud barrier, capable of automatic detection of the traveler, entering and leaving, without or with presentation of an object “. So no more Navigo tickets and cards, which were to be replaced by a “facial recognition-based toll system allowing the traveler to be identified when entering and leaving the network” operating using cameras and sensors comparing “the biometric signature of the traveler present in front of the sensors, to those recorded in the database and will calculate a transport cost ”.

Anthony Falco (ex-Basho) raises $ 3 million to launch Orchestra.io

A few months after leaving Basho, a startup he co-founded, Anthony Falco has just completed a first funding round of $ 3 million with True Ventures, Frontline Ventures and Resonant Ventures Partners. These funds should allow Falco to finance the launch of Orchestra.io.

Orchestra.io is an API similar to Twilio. It is aimed at developers building web or mobile applications using a lot of data for their functionalities. “We take a complex task – covering a lot of databases – and put it behind an API that developers can use to build applications faster,” explains Anthony Falco at TechCrunch.

But also…

The Mountain View firm held its traditional conference for developers last week. If many announcements were expected, such as Google Play Music All Access, the redesigns of Google + and Maps or even a Galaxy S4 under “pure” Android, not a word was said on Google Glass… FrenchWeb takes stock of this 2013 edition.

Matt Cutts, in charge of R&D at Google, returns in one of his usual video presentations on the next actions of the Mountain View firm in terms of SEO, particularly in the fight against abusive SEO. Updating PageRank and combating link sales platforms are mentioned.

Big Data, Open Data, Data-journalism… Data are ubiquitous today and their use can be very profitable, as long as we know how to use it. After the takeover by Twitter of Lucky Sort, a startup specializing in analysis and data visualization, FrenchWeb looks back on 5 young French shoots specializing in this sector.


Transparency towards users, defense of their privacy in court, lobbying … The Electronic Frontier Foundation takes stock in its annual report “Who has your back” on the internet giants who protect your personal data the most against governments.

After a 130% growth in its activity in 2012, the publisher of open source business process management solutions from Grenoble BonitaSoft completed a round of funding of 10 million euros last week. These funds should enable the specialist in multi-sector Business Process Management to strengthen its investments in R&D and its presence on the American continent.

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