Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 42 billion euros in 2019 and 147,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2019, including 87,000 employees in France. The Group has a total customer base of 266 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2019, including 207 million mobile customers and 21million fixed broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services.

Orange’s researchers explore technological breakthroughs, new uses and innovative business models. They invent the technologies required to deploy the networks and services of the future in a world that is fully Digital and Human. We are now the primary private-sector player in digital technology research in France.

Area of research

As tomorrow’s world will emerge from the interaction between the physical world and the digital world, Orange is convinced that research should be integrated. Having this integrated and open research on customers, the Group and its ecosystems means we can identify and guide technological breakthroughs and uses in order to build key assets.

Thing in the future platform

Thing in the future (short Thing’in) is a platform developed by the Research of Orange. Thing’in is an online open and secure graph of digital twins of the physical world, describing the properties of the objects, their relationships that conveys contextual information and access modalities that describes the way to interact with the real object. In BIM2TWIN, Thing’in will be used to implement the graph-based platform for managing the digital twin of buildings in construction.