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10th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessibility in a connected world

30 May 2016, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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How the Internet of Things has the potential to make the world accessible to everyone

Jean-Christophe COIFFIER
Nokia France

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photo Jean-Christophe Coiffier

Jean-Christophe Coiffier is Head of a business entity dedicated to InterOperability Testing (IOT) for mobiles, chipsets & smart devices with wireless networks for worldwide needs. At the centre of an ecosystem which is now welcoming actors from the Internet of Things (IoT), Jean-Christophe has a strong belief in the impact of smart devices on our world and their potential to help people manage their lives and in particular their health and disabilities. The connected environment will tell us more about people and their needs, but like security and privacy, these needs need to be factored in from the outset.



Most people now have internet at home. In 2020, 5 billion objects will be connected via the mobile network and in 2025 this is set to rise to 50 billion. By 2025 we predict that over 500 billion euros of revenue will be generated by these technologies. The Internet of Things covers a spectrum of sectors, including public safety, digital health, mobility, industries, smart cities, utilities, smarthomes, retail services and the workplace. Mobility and health are two sectors in particular in which connected objects are likely to improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

Nokia has been involved in technological revolutions that have helped improve people’s wellbeing for over 100 years. The company is getting prepared for this future and plans to take a stake in this new business sector, not by designing new objects but by developing new infrastructures and safeguarding the interconnectivity of these objects worldwide. From the move to analogical, then digital, then mobile and finally cloud technologies, Nokia has been at the forefront of the ever-evolving communications sector. At present, Nokia is working on the next revolution which will be available around five years from now.

The key players of this particular technological revolution are no longer the large manufacturers or multinationals. IoT technology is now so widely available and sufficiently affordable that anyone with a good idea or concept can develop a connected object. Most cities have technical prototyping platforms for innovation and invention known as “fablabs” and cloud computing, open source software and 3D printers are now widely available. Many promising examples are emerging, such as a 3D hand-prosthesis print out, an exoskeleton that can help people recover the ability to walking, a vibrating alarm clock for people with hearing impairments, and gloves that translate sign language into text.

Nokia has recently invested in two IoT companies operating in the health and mobility sectors – Withings and Drivy – in order to gain a better understanding of how people interact with the world around them through these connected objects.

Nokia’s role is to provide the support and infrastructure necessary for this revolution to take place. It has set up an innovation centre in the Paris area in which academic researchers are invited to prototype and test connected objects. It is hoped that these objects will improve the lives of persons with disabilities.

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