PYCOM is a British company specializing in the Internet of Things (IoT).
It offers a global offering that integrates the development platform and prototyping as well as electronic components that include a wide range of communication technologies.
The company’s goal is to facilitate the development of IoT solutions and reduce time to market by connecting developers, businesses, and customers within an ecosystem that fosters innovation and knowledge sharing.
PYCOM currently brings together more than 700,000 developers in 120 countries developing new projects related to the Internet of Things.
meeting with Bettina Rubik SlaterCo-founder and Director of Operations.
Can you introduce us to PYCOM and its activities?
We co-founded PYCOM with Fred de Harrow In 2015, with an effective launch in 2016. We first focused on certain complex sectors of the IoT field, because at that time many connected devices had only one or two connection technologies (mobile network, wifi, or bluetooth).
In addition, the time required for technical developments can extend over 24 months or even 36 months. This resulted in a long time to market for IoT solutions as well as difficulty in maintaining products that were not very stable or required upgrades.
From this observation PYCOM was born. We wanted to provide a platform that could simplify operations and provide a solution for developers, embedded systems developers and IoT developers that would allow them to:
- PoC (Proof of Concept) implementation,
- access to multiple networks,
- Take advantage of multiple network devices,
- program easily,
- You have a cloud solution and a management tool that allows you to create an entire data ecosystem (full stack).
Do you have an example app for your platform?
Yes, if we take the case of agriculture and livestock monitoring, our platform makes it possible to ensure such monitoring through a cellular connection, a LoRa (low speed connection of connected objects) or a LPWAN network. These multiple connections allow collected information to be transmitted to the cloud and processed using online dashboards.
Originally, we developed electronic materials that enabled us to solve complex problems related to networks and this led us to work on software and services related to IoT technologies.
Our platform has undergone strong development and has reached a level of maturity that makes it a great productivity tool in developing IoT solutions.
Our customers are suppliers of electronic components (chipsets and radio modules) who do not have a complete “technical suite” and can complete their offers thanks to our platform. Thus, they benefit from a fully integrated package thanks to the ‘low touch’ model which allows access to documentary resources which can develop into ‘light touch’ for cases requiring greater expertise.
This “low-touch” environment allows us to support hundreds of thousands of developers in completing projects for small markets by providing our innovative technology solutions on a white label or through partners.
In short, we facilitate the development, connectivity and management of IoT projects thanks to our electronic components, software and cloud platform.
Global IoT solutions are still few in number worldwide, thanks to our solutions we allow the developer community to tap into the knowledge base in order to benefit from the experience of other players and thus save time and reduce time to market.
We also host a forum dedicated to the Internet of Things, which is certainly the largest in the world, bringing together over 700,000 users.
What are your reasons for staying on the Cote d’Azur?
Today PYCOM is present in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and has approximately 35 employees. We have chosen Sophia Antipolis to support our growth and enhance our IT talent recruitment strategy.
Sophia Antipolis and the Cote d’Azur is a technology center where many talents are already trained and working. In the international recruitment market under pressure, the region in which the company is located is an additional factor in attracting new employees.
Our innovative offer and challenges already attract many developers, with our presence on the Côte d’Azur we enhance our appeal by offering a unique environment in the world, between the sea and the mountains, promoting a balance between personal life. and professional life.
We have already managed to recruit very good talent locally or from the Paris region.
Finally, France offers an adequate framework for research and development activities with various support mechanisms for research activities, such as the research tax credit.
What support did you receive from the Cote d’Azur team?
The Cote d’Azur team and in particular Jean-François Chaperonne, allowed us to connect with valuable people and resources to start our business: lawyers, recruitment agencies, commercial real estate brokers, incubators, local institutional actors… The help we received was limitless.
We also met the 3IA Côte d’Azur which is a great structure dedicated to the development of artificial intelligence at the Côte d’Azur and we hope to be able to welcome students or PhD students in the near future.
The support we received was really helpful and played a major role in our decision to establish ourselves on the French Riviera. Had we not been accompanied, everything would have been much more difficult and perhaps we would not have made this investment.
Finally, we saved a lot of time by taking advantage of access to a network of partners selected by the Côte d’Azur team.
What are your development prospects?
The Sophia Antipolis team will primarily focus on cloud technologies, software development, as well as artificial intelligence, as we integrate machine learning models at the edge of networks. Since we offer a “full stack” offer, the skills being mobilized also relate to the field of electronics.
We envision a team of 10 to 20 people by the end of 2022 and around forty employees in 3 years. The growth of the team will primarily depend on the rapid completion of appointments and the growth of our sales.
We already work with clients in France, but our market is global with clients in 120 countries around the world: a third in Europe, a third in Asia and a third in North and South America.
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