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Near Field Communication enables wireless connections between two objects close to each other. These technologies are well spread in smartphone devices, especially to allow mobile payments. If this technology is well-known in the phone sector, its application in other domains is growing fast. Decorative pattern
Luca - Consultant / Amaris

Can you explain in few words your project?

I am working in the R&D engineering department, especially in the vehicle control systems unit, of a system provider for automotive industry. The project concerns automotive application of Near Field Communication (NFC) such as: car access system to lock and unlock doors, immobilizer system to enable engine cranking or data exchange with the vehicle (like diagnostic data or settings).

What are the objectives of your mission?

The first goal is to build a demonstration car for the customers. Indeed, we need to show them the advantages and the drawbacks of the NFC technology used for the car accessing and the communication with regards to the CAN (Controller Area Network). The second is to prepare the RFQ (Request for Quotation) documentation for the first NFC fleet car sharing access: NFC card is used to allow you entering the booked car-sharing vehicle, instead of standard car keys; you just need to tap the reader located on the vehicle windscreen with your enabled NFC card. NFC card contains a secret code used to authenticate the user and to keep the car access as safe as per today state of the art.

What are your role and the Amaris contribution in that project?

I am working as a Project Leader in the R&D engineering department following the two projects described above.  My main tasks are:

- Insure the performance of the different activities for each project: negotiation, planning, monitoring, controlling, reporting, escalation while respecting the project constraints (budget, effort, milestones, and human resources),

- Being leader of an international project team on the different assigned projects,

- Manage the work of the R&D team inside the international project team,

- Being responsible of our client’s customer interface while respecting the technical aspects of the projects or the products,

- Insure the customers’ technical support and the negotiation of the products requirements,

- Develop the application of the project management and the engineering processes while respecting the internal and international standards (PMI; GDPIM, ISO 15504, Automotive SPICE, CMMI SW-SE, ISO 12207, ISO 16949, TQM, ISO9000f),

- Manage the change requests, incidents and bugs of the products during the development and the production phase,

- Manage different services (planning, order and acceptance) for all the projects in the prototype shop, the test center and the external supplier/services.

What do you get of that experience?

I’m glad to improve my electronic skills and the projects management in automotive field in an international environment.

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The environmental awareness and the reduction of household waste quantity are some issues that affect more and more our daily life. In this regard, “Grenelle Environment” decided to establish an incentive pricing based on the principle “polluter pays”. Decorative pattern
Amelie - Consultant / Amaris

In a few words, could you explain what the RIVP project is?

The RIVP project consists in supplying to local authorities, an invoicing service for the incentive tax. Particulary, the company offers a whole package: equipment (RFID reader systems on collecting vehicles and RFID chip on wastes containers), software (installation, configuration, trainings, setting-up and follow-ups) and methodological assistance.

What are the context and issues of that project?

In the waste issue, “Grenelle Environment” set objectives to reduce the production of household wastes and increase the recycling rate. So that, the incentive tax has been created to bring people change their habits.

The principle is simple: the more a home produce waste, the more they pay for this. The recycling or fermentable (waste only composed with organic biodegradable material) wastes aren’t billed. So everyone can reduce his bill by recycling correctly.

From now on, when a vehicle collects a household wastes’ container, some elements have to be recorded: the container number, the date and the time, and sometimes, the weight in the container.

The RFID technology allows recording in real time, easily and automatically, the information while the container is emptied,. Without this technology, it would have been difficult to set-up the incentive tax without a considerably increase of the collecting cost.

What are your role and the Amaris contribution in that project?

I’m in charge of deploying the RIVP solution for local authorities in the following areas: Rhin & Rhône.  I’m currently doing the follow-ups of 7 local authorities.

My added values are my methods of work in the phases of needs analysis as well as in the phases of deployment (trainings, projects follow-ups’, customers relationship).

What do you like in this project?

First of all, I like the ecological dimension: the incentive tax is an efficient way to sensitize people on reducing the quantity of household waste and on sorting trash.

On the other hand, I like the fact I build something. When I arrived at the beginning of 2010, the company just finished the project deployment on the first site; nothing was industrialised. They still were discovering the field’s issues about how billing the household wastes. So I had to learn “on the spot” and capitalized on my knowledge to not do again the same mistakes. Now, we are industrialising the deployment process.

Do you think the incentive tax system could be extending to others areas?

This system is already extended. The principle is to pay regarding the consumption you have of the service. In this case, it’s about the household waste collect and treatment. But the principle is exactly the same for the energy (electricity, gas) and the water use for example. 

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I am currently leading a project within one of the French leaders of the mobile industry, specifically, in the “Mobile Application Program” department. Decorative pattern
Alexandre - Consultant / Amaris

In a few words, can you describe your project?

I am currently leading a project within one of the French leaders of the mobile industry, specifically, in the “Mobile Application Program” department.

As a technical project manager, I’m in charge of several software solutions, both for the application and the back-end parts. The application refers to the mobile app as you can see on your screen. The back-end corresponds to all services that application uses to work and user can’t see. For example, it can be the server that stocks data or the system that sends information related to the customer’s consumption. So far, I have been in charge of two projects?

* The first one was about the setting-up of a DRM system (Digital Right Management), which allows, among others, to secure applications against hacking,

* The second one consisted in the creation of a new version of the applications’ downloading platform.

What’s the project manager’s role? Reconcile: marketing expectations, deadline and cost limits in order to bring a technical and coherent answer to the need.

What are the context and the objectives?

Till some time ago, there were 3 major operators fighting for the mobile telephony and Internet market. Nowadays, they are 4. The last one came on the market with a tariff package more than attractive, putting competitors in a bad position.

In order to face this aggressive offer, our client has to put in lights its competitive advantages by deploying its services’ portfolio, whose applications are part of it. For example, there’s an application to follow football games, another offers discounts for cinema tickets or, with another one you can also check your phone consumption.  

My work issues are dual: brand image and turnover of the company.

What are your role and the Amaris contribution in that project?

Amaris offers a competence to our client; through this, I had the opportunity to work on tasks in which the implemented technologies still had a lack of maturity. All technological and managerial knowledge, developed over these years, allow me to move forward projects and to provide solutions to the problems.

Let me give you an example. When an error is detected, preventing the smooth running of the application, the system automatically generates a temporary license. This license is sent to all users, allowing them the use of it despite the dysfunction. However, the system is unable to detect if the user has an official, a testing or a pirated version. Therefore, it is important to fix the error as soon as possible; otherwise, everyone would end up in possession of the application representing a loss for the company.

Thus, I had to solve one of these internal errors during the test of one of our editors’ solution: it was due to the VPN (secure connection between two machines) that prevented the sending of the application.

What do you get of that experience?

I improved my technological knowledge by discovering all the specific technics of our client (their SI, services or platforms’ running) and my general knowledge (communication between two servers, http protocol, secured payment…).  I also discovered a new environment, new constraints and a new way to monitor a project.  In the automotive field for example, where I used to work, projects are much longer and are highly segmented. My team and I were only assigned to the preliminary study and to the innovation’s specification. Now I manage innovating projects from the beginning to the end, from the needs presentation to the implementation on the market.

This mission is truly rewarding, in every way.

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In the Aeronautic, the security is a requirement that borders on obsession, and it is the least we can do. Each element must be tested to validate its correct operation and compliance with the required standards. But the validation procedures must also meet this security requirement. Decorative pattern
Matthieu - Consultant / Amaris
In a few words, can you describe the project?

As share of the development of a new Italian civil helicopter, the project consists in developing some electronics cards, which are responsible of the primary distribution of power; that is to say, the supply of all the items requiring power: reactors thrust, hydraulic systems, contactor (switches), calculators (FPGA-Field Programmable Gate Array), lights on the dashboard and so on. One card manages the supply power of a single element in the helicopter.

These cards are specific to each aircraft/helicopter, and they have been designed in compliance with aeronautic standards and specifications of our client.

As essential elements of the system, they must guarantee the security by ensuring that the critical elements of the helicopter are supplied at any moment. For this purpose, the essential parts and the non-essential parts of the supply are separated in commands (segregation of elements).

For example, if a short circuit appears in a non-essential part of the supply, the card which takes care of this part will first isolate the short circuit by isolating the power supply, and then it will "inform" the other cards; According to this, the other cards will have to adapt themselves to manage the supply.

What are the context and the issues?

In the Aeronautic, the issues are above all safe In case of a component’s failure, it should be possible to guarantee that the main supplies are maintained, in order to maintain the aircraft in flight and ensure safety of people.

What are your role and the contribution of Amaris in the project?

My role within the project is to create and validate test procedures (VTP: Verification Test Procedure) for the electronics (VTP-SAS: Sub Assembly Specification) and for the equipment part (VTP-SES: Equipment Supplier Specification). I also have to share potential problems as the technical requirements impossible to verify, the design errors, etc.

For the sake of traceability, we use specific tools such as DOORS, for the traceability and the writing of various documents relating to the project, or Gemini, for the redaction of the problems’ reports.

In summary, before being integrated into the equipment, the electronic part must be verified by following the aforementioned procedure. Once that's done, the electronic part is installed in the full equipment, which will follow a different procedure for validation. We must ensure that the equipment meets the requirements both functional and safe (standards and client).

What do you get of that experience?

This is a very rewarding experience; I handle dozens of people who have some expertise in various fields. I had to develop my communication skills and gain some knowledge in these fields that are among others the mechanics and the electronics in order to adapt myself to the requirements of the Aeronautics field.

I also developed a culture of rigor and high standards in my work to leave no place for errors, which can have serious consequences.

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