BELGIUM and its ICT Industry

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A summary of the Information and Communication Technologies Industry of Belgium. Presentation held by Mr. Jan DEPREST, within the first session of the FORUM „INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT”, dedicated to interoperability, held at Chisinau, January 16th 2012.

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BELGIUM and its ICT Industry

  1. 1. BELGIUM and its ICT Industry Jan DEPREST January 16th, 2012 Moldova
  2. 2. Denmark UK Ireland Leeds Dublin Liverpool The Netherlands Den Hague Amsterdam Cardiff London Rotterdam Antwerp Germany Belgium Cologne Brussels BonnThe economic power Frankfurt Luxembourgbase of Europe: Strasbourg Stuttgartthe “Golden Banana”, ParisBelgium is in the center. Bern Switzerland Milan France Italy Rome Spain Barcelona
  3. 3. Belgium at the heart of Europe 750 km Belgium offers access to € 6 Tri GDP (67%)the largest one-day-market 500 km in Europe: main markets € 3,7 Tri GDP (42%) can be served within 24 250 km hours € 1,5 Tri GDP (17%) 54 Mio consumers (12%) 131 Mio consumers (29%) 236 Mio consumers (53%) Total EU population: Total EU GDP: 490 Mio € 12.00 trillion Source: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Report 2004
  4. 4. Belgium “Most Globalized” - award KOF Source: KOF Press Release Jan 29, 2009
  5. 5. Globally recognized Productivity Productive, Multi-lingual Workforce Belgium
  6. 6. High-Performance Educational SystemBelgium Belgium Belgium Sharp focus on applied skills
  7. 7. Major Industries BFS AutomotiveLogistics Industry is driving ICT ICT is driving Industry Chemicals and Plastics Food Life sciences
  8. 8. Broadband Country, advanced e-Gov • Households: Belgium is a broadband country – Two competing broadband technologies: ADSL and cable – Broadband: 55% of households connected – PC: two third of households have PC @ home • Companies: 99% of SMEs are Internet-connected and use all sorts of ICT-applications • Government: interesting e-gov building blocks: – eID, database of entreprises and citizens, platform using Social Security authentic sources,…
  9. 9. The ICT knowledge base of Belgium
  10. 10. The Belgian ICT-sector: employment• Employment: 150 600 people – about 3,4% of Belgian employment• Information technology IT-hardware, services & software: – 85 500• Development & production of ICT: – 20 600• Telecom-operators: – 44 400
  11. 11. ICT expertise in Belgium Research Centers and education system• IBBT (Interdisciplinary Institute for BroadBand Technology) – focus on: e-health | New media | Mobility | Image processing | e-Government and enabling technologies – Multi-disciplinary and demand driven research – 600 highly skilled researchers• IMEC (Interdisciplinary Micro-Electronics Center) – Europe’s largest independent research center in nano-electronics and nano-technology – over 1,600 employees coming from all over the world – research is applied in better healthcare, smart electronics, sustainable energy, and safer transport• University research centers: Leuven, Ghent, Brussels• High quality education system
  12. 12. ICT Expertise in Belgium excellence centers in companies– Centers of excellence in companies: Alcatel-Lucent Bell, Barco, Scientific Atlanta/Cisco, Agfa, LMS, Metris, Zetes, Vasco Data Security, Philips, Option, Televic…– Belgian ICT-sector = 4% of GDP, but 20% of all R&D- efforts…– Government support systems for company R&D • Project support • Fiscal measures • 75 % of withholding tax not due for company employees active in R&D
  13. 13. Belgium : 6 domains of expertise in ICT1. Nano-electronics, nano-technologies & micro-electronics2. Financial security solutions & smart card technology3. Telematics, GPS, cartography & Location Based Services, Geo-ICT4. Telecommunication & Network equipment5. Digital audio-video products & digital printing6. Software products
  14. 14. 1. Nano-electronics & Micro-Electronics IMEC, AMI semiconductors, STMicroelectronics, Tyco Electronics, … • IMEC, a world-class micro-electronics research center with lots of spin-offs
  15. 15. 2. Financial Security Solutions &Smart card technology – Authentication solutions, smart card technologies, IT-governance, compliance, integrated financial solutions,… – Capco, Zetes, Callataÿ & Wouters, Certipost, Verizon, Utimaco Safeware, Vasco Data Security, Norkom, Intellect, Clear2Pay, Isabel, Keyware Technologies, Diebold, Cable Print, Cosic, Financial Architects,… – LSEC – ICT security cluster – Agoria Banking Club : exporters of financial IT solutions
  16. 16. Examples of authentication and smart card technology applications
  17. 17. 3. Telematics, GPS, cartography,Location Based Services, Geo-ICT,road pricing, … – Mercator, inventor of the cartography in 16th century, was born in Flanders – Septentrio, Punch Telematix, Transics, Tele Atlas (Tom Tom), Luciad, Traficon, GIM (Geographic Information Management),… – ITS (Intelligent Traffic Systems) & Telematics Cluster
  18. 18. Cartography: a Belgian tradition
  19. 19. 4. Telecom & Network Equipment (Fixed and Wireless) – Alcatel-Lucent Bell, – Ericsson, – Nokia-Siemens Networks, – Telindus, – Televic, – Newtec, – Option, – Scientific Atlanta/Cisco, – Zenitel, – Septentrio…
  20. 20. Successful Belgian telecom products
  21. 21. 5. Digital Audio-Video Products & Digital printing – Philips, – Barco, – Agfa Health Care, – Esko Artwork, – Alfacam, – Scientific Atlanta/Cisco…
  22. 22. Examples of digital audio-video and digital printing applications
  23. 23. 6. Software products – LMS, Materialise, Inventive Designers, Real Dolmen, ACA- IT-solutions, Invenso, Produmex, Metris, Helios-IT, … – Speech & Language Technology: Nuance,… – Gaming: Larian Studios – Agoria ISV (Independent Software Vendors-platform) – Mobile applications: Jamo, … – Media: Adam Software, …
  24. 24. A few illustrations of succesful software developers• LMS “Virtual.Lab Desktop”• Materialize “Magics”• Metris “Camio Studio”• Larian Studios “Superia”
  25. 25. Conclusion• Belgium ICT expertise = IP and product, solution driven• Expertise in number of areas, build on in-depth industry knowledge• ICT as enabling technology
  26. 26. Certipost, your partner in electronic and paperdocument exchange, is a specialised and experiencedservice provider enabling secure electronic datainterchange between companies, consumers andgovernment institutions. Gert Roeckx + 32 53 60 11 11 info@certipost.com www.certipost.com
  27. 27. COSIC is a research group with multi-disciplinaryresearchers from all over the world who arespecialized in computer security and industrialcryptography. Danny Decock decockd@esat.kuleuven.be
  28. 28. LIN.K nv is a Belgian privately owned leading providerof technologies and services for: – online user registration, identification, strong authentication – digital signature/validation of data/transactions using smart – cards, mobile (smart)phones, tokens and biometrics Mario Houthooft + 32 9 252 28 47 info@lin-k.net www.linkid.be
  29. 29. VASCO is a world leader in Strong Authentication andElectronic and Digital Signature solutions, specializing in online accounts, identities and transactions. Bart Renard + 32 2 609 97 00 bart.renard@vasco.com www.vasco.com
  30. 30. Services offered: – Network solutions – Security solutions – IT solutions – Communications solutions Johan SYS +32 475 34 32 47 Johan.sys@verizonbusiness.com
  31. 31. Zetes are an EMEA leading provider of identification and mobility solutions. By utilising high-secure identification, data capture and data communicationtechnologies they link people to their unique identity. Sarah Dheedene Ronny Depoortere + 32 475 58 14 20 ronny.depoortere@zetes.com www.zetes.com/moldova
  32. 32. Jan DEPREST Walter VAN ASSCHE Frank LEYMANSebastiaan De Brouwere
  33. 33. Th@nk you! JAN DEPREST Chairman Maria-Theresiastraat 1/3 Bruxelles 1000 Brussel TEL +32 2 212 96 00 FAX +32 2 212 96 99 Jan.deprest@fedict.be www.belgium.be/fedict© fedict 2011. All rights reserved

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