INFORMATION AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

Keeping up with digital developments

Having played host to the creation of the World Wide Web back in 1989, Switzerland can truly say that it has been dynamic in the digital domain for a number of decades. The country certainly did not wait for the 4.0 revolution to lay a solid foundation in this field.

The state of Vaud has played a pioneering role in this respect, hosting the establishment of Elca Informatique in 1968, Logitech in 1981, and then large-scale data centers at the turn of the millennium. Vaud is something of a digital safe and provides an ideal framework to carry out secure digital activities, as illustrated by Safe Host and Brainserve which are both based in the canton.

In terms of the development of technology, start-ups and multinationals alike can count on the canton of Vaud’s expertise in terms of research laboratories and world-renowned institutions of further education. A number of the latter, namely the EPFL, the HEIG-VD, and the UNIL, bring together significant forces in the ITC sector. The EPFL alone has two centers dedicated to data science – the Swiss Data Science Center and EcoCloud –not forgetting the brand new Center for Digital Trust, which is the first institution of its kind in cybersecurity.

Digital companies in Vaud develop products and services in extremely diverse domains, ranging from cybersecurity, fintech, digital health, smart factories and cities, to wearable technology and e-tourism.

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Our success stories

Parker Hannifin

For over a century, Parker Hannifin has contributed to technological advances that create a better world. With its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) headquarters in the Canton of Vaud, the US conglomerate offers solutions in a broad range of markets and industrial applications.

Objectis: facilitate and support the digitization of companies

"Specialized in industrial IT and passionate about new technologies": these are the first words of Christopher Bouzas, co-founder and CEO of Objectis, a company based in Yverdon-les-Bains. Founded in 2011 by four co-founders, the SME now has more than 35 employees. In 2018, Objectis achieved a growth of over 30%. Interview (in French).

Largo Films : l’intelligence artificielle au service du cinéma

Fondée en février 2018, Largo Films a pour objectif de mettre l’innovation technologique au service de l’industrie du cinéma. La start-up vaudoise a développé LargoAI, un puissant programme d'intelligence artificielle, piloté par les données, capables de comprendre les ingrédients d'un film et de prédire la réaction du public à chaque partie. L’outil peut être introduit très tôt dans la vie d'un film afin d’aider à l’améliorer, à chaque étape de son développement.

News and events

12/4/2020

Vaud, the nuclear heart of digital innovation

The famous "Health valley" or more recently the Swiss food & nutrition valley bringing together the future of agrifood often embody the economic dynamism of Western Switzerland. However, digital is also a solid dynamic in the region. Little known, it is a real driver of innovation. Explanations. (Article in French)

12/2/2020

ESA and ClearSpace sign €86 million contract for space debris removal

ESA purchases a unique service from an industrial team led by Clearspace SA: the first removal of an item of space debris from orbit. As a result, in 2025, ClearSpace-1, will capture and bring down for reentry a Vespa payload adapter.