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FCEDA explores “Intelligent Connectivity” at Mobile World Congress

Jatinder Kaur Khosla from the FCEDA’s Tysons headquarters and Markus van Tilburg, director of the  FCEDA Berlin office, participated at the 2019 Mobile World Congress and held three days of meetings with approximately 35 European companies during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 25 to 28.

MWC19 attracted more than 109,000 attendees from 198 countries, 2,400 companies and 7,900 CEOs, who showcased their products and solutions.

Attendees explored the era of Intelligent Connectivity – a theme that encompassed the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, IoT, artificial intelligence and big data.  Intelligent Connectivity is expected to usher in a new era, defined by highly contextualized and personalized experiences delivered when the consumer wants them and by shaping the future of the industry and our world through innovation. 

Scenes from Barcelona: The FCEDA met with prospective companies at both the Mobile World Congress (upper two frames) and the 4 Years from Now conference, which ran concurrently. (Photos, FCEDA)

FCEDA, startups consider 4 Years From Now in Barcelona 

In Barcelona, the FCEDA conducted and participated in multiple meetings at an event created especially for start-ups called “4 Years from Now” (4YFN), which took place concurrently with the Mobile World Congress at a separate venue.  FCEDA representatives counseled the fledgling firms on growth strategy and their potential plans to enter the U.S. market.

The 4YFN startup business platform enables startups, investors and corporations to connect and launch new ventures.  Incubators from Airbus, Mercedes Benz and other large companies had booths to allow young companies to showcase their business models.

4YFN has developed into one of the most influential startup event platforms in the world. The event welcomed more than 23,000 attendees in its sixth edition in Barcelona. The event’s Innovation Market showcased more than 760 exhibitors, while the conference offered attendees content on topics including AI, blockchain, IoT, technology transfer and corporate venturing.

IDEMIA displays new offices, new technologies and grand views of Fairfax County

IDEMIA hosted an official grand opening and tour of its new offices in the Reston area of Fairfax County on June 20. The company announced it was moving its North American headquarters from suburban Boston to Northern Virginia last December and now occupies the top floor of an 18-story tower at Reston Town Center, offering 360-degree views of the Northern Virginia landscape and beyond.

IDEMIA, with more than 14,000 employees worldwide, is a global leader in Augmented Identity that specializes in security and identity solutions.

“Fairfax County is an amazingly rich technology area,” said IDEMIA CEO Ed Casey, “Not only will we be doing our part to bring jobs but we will look to drive innovation in the area.” Casey knows Fairfax County well. Previously CEO of Serco North America (now headquartered in the Herndon area of the county), he reached out to the FCEDA for site selection assistance in July 2018 as IDEMIA was considering its move.

“Your company’s interest in innovation matches Fairfax County’s interest,” noted Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, who was on hand for the grand opening. “Fairfax County works hard to attract foreign-owned firms that benefit from being close to Washington, D.C.”

In addition to being near its government customers and ongoing legislative debates concerning identity security, Casey, said that IDEMIA also chose Fairfax County because of its “deep pool of talent” and “proximity to Dulles International Airport.”

Casey said the company, which generates about $3 billion in annual revenue, could soon be looking for additional space at its gleaming new address that accommodates 95 employees as well as a customer demonstration center, offering a glimpse at the latest technologies in facial and biometric recognition, access control, payment processing, security and digital transformation.

Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, congratulates IDEMIA CEO Ed Casey at the official opening of that company’s new headquarters in the Reston area of Fairfax County. (Photo, FCEDA)

IDEMIA’s demonstration center within its new Reston, Virginia offices offers customers multiple opportunities to view the latest in technology, including enhanced video for identification purposes. (Photo, FCEDA)

Van Tilburg promotes FCEDA at GATA event in Stuttgart

FCEDA Berlin office director Markus van Tilburg was a key speaker on the topic of U.S. location decision strategies at the German American Trade Association event in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 4.

Attended by many leading German companies, the GATA event, in its 17th year, included seminars to help companies gather information about entering the U.S. market with their first sales operation, production facility or other business activities.

Van Tilburg spoke to about 35 participants concerning site selection in the U.S. and promoted Fairfax County as a prime location for starting a business in the U.S.

Fairfax County indoor ski slope could emulate SnowWorld’s Netherlands sites

Netherlands-based SnowWorld International and Alpine-X, based in the McLean area of Fairfax County, are proposing to bring indoor skiing to Fairfax County.

The indoor slopes and adjacent sports recreation center would be built on a 489-acre landfill through a public-private partnership with the county.

SnowWorld owns two indoor ski resorts in the Netherlands and has designs on building as many as 20 similar facilities in North America in the next decade through its partnership with Alpine-X. The Lorton site, as proposed to a subcommittee of the Fairfax County Sports Tourism Task Force, could be the first.

The proposal would feature a 450,000-square-foot facility with multiple slopes (including one up to 1,700 feet long) for skiing and snowboarding, snow tubing runs and a beginners’ slope. Additionally, it could include a gondola between the base and peak of the snow sports facility, a mountain zipline and a mountain coaster amusement ride with bobsled-styled cars.

With a hotel and multiple restaurants, bars, shops and event space, there are projections of up to 400,000 annual visitors that could generate $25 million in direct economic impact and another $40 million of indirect impact for the county.another $40 million of indirect impact for the county.

Artist’s rendition of the proposed SnowWorld facility in the Lorton area of Fairfax County. (Image, Fairfax News)

Vricon’s 3D imagery in the FCEDA spotlight

Vricon Systems LLC, created in 2015 in a joint venture between Sweden’s Saab and Digital Globe, a supplier of geospatial data, is the recent subject of an FCEDA “Innovation in Fairfax County” video.

Isaac Zaworski, vice president of business development, talks about Vricon’s evolution and the success it has enjoyed, in part because of its location in the Tysons area of Fairfax County, in close proximity to its government customers and at the center of Fairfax County’s business community.

Utilizing commercial satellite imagery and 3D technology, Vricon is able to create models that offer public- and private-sector decision-makers highly-accurate analytical and data models to visualize situations, anticipate challenges and make critical real-time choices.

Since production of the video, Vricon used the GEOINT 2019 Symposium in San Antonio, Tex. to announce its partnership with Philadelphia, Pa.-based Cesium to provide 3D digital surface models through Cesium ion. Vricon also received a potential $95 million contract from the U.S. Army for its One World Terrain prototype project.

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