Normandy, considered as the cradle of Secure Electronic Transactions, hosts the SET competitive cluster. Spearheading Normandy high
technology, the cluster provides innovative solutions and develops skills and expertise in payment systems, identification/authentication,
telecommunications, e-health, e-administration and daily life related fields.
The cluster’s ambition is to become the European point of reference in terms of R&D, training and industrial development in the field of secure
electronic transactions, as well as a pilot region, cradle of large scale product, service and usage experimentation.
Located on the Effiscience Science & Technology park, the cluster brings together a multidisciplinary scientific community of researchers,
teachers and businesses involved in R&D projects focused on Interactive Mobile Devices.
Secure Electronic Transactions
• 112 members
• 7 training & research centers
• 88 labellised projects
• More than 290 million euros
invested in R&D
Secure elECTRONIc transactions
Normandy – the European Reference for Secure Innovative
The Automatics project, which is labellised by the «Mov’eo» and «Secure
Electronic Transactions» clusters, is working on providing new services to
drivers via contactless technologies (car park access and payment, purchase
of fuel, prepayment of tolls...), demonstrating the advantage of the «vehicle +
NFC telephone» pair as a universal payment and passenger authentication
Six major banks, together with the main French mobile phone operators
have developed a common contactless payment system using a mobile
phone in collaboration with Visa Europe and MasterCard Worldwide.
System testing is underway with 500 customers and 100 retailers in the Greater
Caen Area. This may lead to an international standard. The potential is huge
- by 2012, several million French could be using this new means of payment.
Integrated Passive Devices
Innovative System in Package technologies
PRIIM (Platform for the Realization of Shared Industrial Innovation)
defines new application requirements for very high-growth markets such as
implantable medical devices (stimulators, defibrillators, motion detectors),
multimedia chips and complex embedded systems.
To meet these requirements, IPDiA and its technological partners plan to
work on new materials, structures and innovating processes to produce:
• high-performance silicon passive components capable of withstanding
• innovative assembly technologies allowing ultra-miniaturization of future
Driven by IPDiA, this project has been labeled by Minalogic and TES compe-
titive clusters and represents a global investment of 53 million euros from
the following partners: CEA Leti, CNRS LAAS, CNRS Crismat, 3D Plus, ELA
Medica, Gemalto, Kalray and MOVEA).
By obtaining the European «Living Lab» quality label, the cluster has
established the Normandy region among the most active in terms of
Experimental projects developed within the framework of the NLL explore
new usage within a context of increasing mobility, by involving the end
user in the innovation process.
Extensive Regional Facilities:
The Region has numerous operational infrastructures: an IPv6 test
platform, a monetics platform unique in Europe, a regional black fibre
network, the Effiscience Science & Technology park, an experimental
warehouse for m-logistics, a container test zone at the port, and the
project for a logistic technologies campus in Le Havre.
Normandy Living Lab’s Projects
• Multiservice student card - Ensicaen: via a card integrating both
contact and contactless technologies, tomorrow’s students will be able to
borrow books from the library, pay their meals at the university canteen or
even use the card as a public transport season ticket.
• Contactless payment card - Crédit Agricole: a new fast, efficient and
convenient means of payment for small purchases (below 20 euros). This
operation is carried out with 2000 customers of the bank and 200 retailers
in the Greater Caen Area.
• AM4D-L: project carried out with Nov@log competitive cluster ;
development of tools to improve working conditions for logistics operators.
«LIVING LAB» LABEL
NLL «Normandy Living Lab»
Innovation, Projetcs, Experiments
e-citizen (health, tourism, transportation, city...)
contactless technology (e-payment, e-ticketing...)
ENSICAEN’s Specific Engineering Degrees
• 3 specialised Executive Master’s Degrees (Bac +6), accredited
by the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
Secure Electronic Transactions and Monetics
Microelectronics System Design & Technology
• 1 Engineering Degree (Bac +5)
Specialized engineer in Electronic Banking and Information System
Academic & Corporate Research
Monetics & Biometrics Group:
IT Security, Electronic Transaction Security, and Electronic Payment
The Monetics & Biometrics Group develops fundamental and finalised
research on IT security in secure electronic transactions and automated
Analysis and Characterization of Semiconductors and Materials
LaMIPS is developing innovative methods for characterizing and
analysing microelectronic systems.
NXP: world research and expertise center for the miniaturization of
semiconductors and contactless cards.
Miniaturization of Integrated Passive Devices
Integrated Devices for high brightness LEDs and Silicon based
Integrated Passives for new markets such as medical, automotive,
industrial, aerospace and defense.
Orange Lab: smart cards, SIM cards, e-commerce, NFC, Intranet and
Internet, cryptography and so on.
ELITT (EuroLab for International Transaction Technologies), the sub-
sidiary of GIE Cartes Bancaires «CB» offers expertise on all subjects
related to Secure Electronic Transactions and more generally speaking
in the field of trusted digital exchanges. Elitt is present in all areas of
expertise in card transaction systems: from card issuing to card accep-
tance by terminals, via acquiring sytems.
Presto Engineering: RF and 3D-integration expertise and advanced
test, reliability, fault-isolation and failure-analysis services.
Presto Engineering Inc.has opened
a new services hub in Normandy.
The hub, which includes equipment and infrastructure acquired
from NXP Semiconductors’ facility in Caen, offers comprehensive
failure analysis and reliability testing for semiconductor companies
«This new facility is the springboard for Presto’s expansion into
Europe and our introduction of the labless model to that key market,
which includes some of the world’s top fabless design houses, fab
lines, and other members of the semiconductor community,» said
Michel Villemain, CEO of Presto Engineering.
«For the first time, European chip companies have
access to a state-of-the-art lab with a staff of highly
skilled engineers and technology specialists offering
advanced outsourced test and analysis capabilities»,
said Patrick Poirier director of operations. «We are open for
business and we invite Europe’s diverse chip companies to
meet with us and see how we can help assure the success of
their next product».
with support from
The Caen-based Effiscience Science Technology Park brings together
high-tech industries, research laboratories and academics working on
The Technology Park positions itself as an international expertise center
on interactive mobility, in all aspects of daily life (telecommunications,
home automation, transport, information, entertainment, health,
administration...). It affirms its position as the technological showcase of
Normandy-based competitive clusters.
International Expertise Center on Interactive Mobility
This educational platform based at ENSICAEN engineering school, a
unique tool in Europe, simulates bankcard payment functions. It facilitates
the understanding of mechanisms such as how an ATM or an EPT works.
Every system has been replicated on the platform, i.e., authorisation,
acceptance, card issue, and security.
With the tool, businesses can test the compatibility of their software or
new protocols, and recruit specialised experts that can conduct RD and
innovation activities involving hardware and software issues.
From Theory to Application...
RD and Training:
Caen University /IAE (NIMEC)
The Science Park is an international laboratory observing and studying
the world of nomad technologies and applications as well as an innovation
accelerator serving innovative high-tech entrepreneurs, project sponsors,
researchers, students and teachers.
Jean-Claude SIX, NXP Innovation Campus Director
For us, the campus is an ideal environment. We are surrounded by a
wellspring of researchers, namely the scientists at NXP and the SET cluster.
We can draw on a potential of interactivity and services with neighbouring
businesses and local customers.
Yves Randoux, General Manager - GIE Cartes Bancaires
Innovation Support Corporate Assistance