ERTICO Interview with Dr. Stéphane Petti Business Development Manager Orange Business Services


ERTICO: Can you describe your activities in the ITS field?

Stéphane Petti: As a Telecom operator connectivity is our core business. Ubiquitous connectivity enables people to move freely while remaining connected so clearly mobility is at the heart of our value proposal.

Connectivity at the heart…

Our main activity within ITS consists in leveraging telecommunication infrastructure to no longer connect people to each other only but also to enable interactions with machines. Machines are everywhere. Be it a street camera a road light be it a bus or a car. Machines can sense the world and act in it. Developing reliable and global machine to machine or people to machine connectivity solutions and exploring on how to take benefit of massive content that will come out of it is today one of our greatest challenges and focus.

…of smart and multimodal mobility.

In addition the considerable evolution of the network technology and also mobile devices over the last decade has allowed us to build on top of the connectivity new data services like pedestrian navigation traffic information or public transportation information for smarter mobility. These services have become reality thanks to the development of underlying technology on both mobile devices (eg. A-GPS mobile probe based real-time traffic information) and backend (eg. Data aggregation & hosting cloud computing & services). Finally as we believe the phone will play a central role in multimodal mobility we are very active in technologies such as Terminal mode for in vehicle user interface sharing for service continuity and NFC for dematerialised secured keys and public transportation ticketing.

ERTICO: Why have you joined ERTICO?

Stéphane Petti: As most of ERTICO partners we understand the complexity of ITS not only in terms of technology but also in terms of value chain and business models. ITS brings people together that were not necessarily used to work together before and we see the need to share visions challenges and concerns with patience pragmatism and humility even. We joined ERTICO to foster such discussions create new collaborations and partnerships that will bridge gaps between industries and help to focus on the value and deployment of ITS.

ERTICO: What are your expectations for this partnership?

Stéphane Petti: As we explained ITS deployment faces the challenge to bring people together that do not work in the same field do not speak the same technical language have different background motivations or constraints. We expect ERTICO to facilitate the communication between sectors and industries with a pragmatic and operational methodology by setting up focused platforms and workshops and by sharing relevant information to its members may this information come from the industry but also from the regulatory and standardisation bodies.  

ERTICO: Are there any projects activities or sectors that you are particularly interested in?

Stéphane Petti: Currently the Orange and FT groups are involved in several R&Ds projects. Besides this strategic and important R&D activity we are interested in the Telecom sector platform that we intend to actively support and the Cooperative mobility alliance platform.


About Stéphane Petti:

Stéphane joined Orange Business Services in May 2010 in the international M2M competence centre based in Brussels where he is in charge of developing the activity in the automotive sector and help making connected cars a reality. Prior to that he worked for 10 years in Aisin AW co. (Toyota group) where he held several R&D positions from power train to ITS. In the last 4 years he was managing the advanced engineering group in the Navigation department of the EU subsidiary.

Stéphane holds a PhD in Robotics form the School of Mines in Paris where he enjoyed working on autonomous vehicles. He has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Kansas and a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Compiègne.

As many French men he lives in Belgium for more than 12 years with his wife and two kids the youngest of which will be 2 years old at the end of this month.   


Dr. Stéphane Petti Business Development Manager Orange Business Services

Company Profile:  
Orange is the key brand of France Telecom one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With almost 131 million customers the Orange brand now covers Internet television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number two provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and under the brand Orange Business Services is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

Orange Business Services the commercial brand of business-to-business activities in the France Telecom Group has the broadest experience in fixed and mobile voice and data VPN and managed service with global reach. Orange Business Services offers the largest range of communication solutions and delivers the best customer experience to make collaboration simple.

The International M2M Center (IMC) was created by Orange Business Services to provide wireless GSM-connectivity to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and international customers. The IMC is hosted by the Orange affiliate Mobistar which is the M2M market leader in Belgium. The IMC has the expertise on M2M consulting integration SIM card developments and project management enabling to provide best global M2M connectivity offer to the players of the ecosystem.



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Original Publication Date: Fri 29 Oct 2010