Macq develops satellite channel reservation software for France Télévision

The French television channel France3 has a specific mission: to be present and report on local events throughout France.

By means of regional broadcasts, the channel’s different production centres can transmit local information. Operators thus own a large number of satellite retransmission vehicles in the form of vans equipped with parabolic antennas.
France3 was looking for a company capable of developing central management software for satellite channel reservations to enable them to retransmit information from anywhere in France and according to the multiple needs of the different regional centres.
This software had to meet the following criteria:
  • Be perfectly reliable, as the good transmission of events depends thereon,
  • Be accessible throughout France, with an interface proposed by a website,
  • Be easy to use, with a high number of users not being IT specialists,
  • Comply with a very specific demand, with existing commercial solutions not meeting this demand.

Macq invents a flame detector for industrial furnaces in Belgium

"The “Four Industriel Belge” (FIB) is the world leader in furnaces for metal thread treatment. To guarantee safety, an important issue must be taken into account: if gas is injected into the furnace, it must be burned in full. The injection of gas without the presence of a flame risks causing the furnace to explode! "
FIB hired Macq to develop a new generation of detector.

Detector specifications were set out as follows: :

  • Perfectly safe
  • Easy to use
  • Not penetrate the furnace
  • Robust to withstand very difficult environments
  • Easy to maintain
  • Commercially attractive and visible
  • Not too expensive
Based on these requirements, Macq created the Gorgon, an FIB flame detector, which is now successfully marketed around the world.

Macq creates an embedded system for public transport network

The RATP decided to abandon its analogue radio communication network and install a completely digital TETRA-type network. To draw the most benefit from this opportunity, which requires the renewal of the embedded equipment, it also planned to install a new embedded system which, in addition to vocal communication, allows for the transmission of a large amount of data to the network management centre. The implementation of this new system was entrusted to the Belgian company AEG TranzCom, specialised in TETRA transmissions, which sub-contracted the computer software and digital electronics part to Macq. In the long-term, all Parisian vehicles will be equipped with this system, which represents up to:
  • 900 metros
  • 360 suburban trains
  • 200 tramways
  • 4000 buses

The equipment, which is embedded under often critical conditions, must comply with road and rail-related requirements. Macq provided its industrial experience so as to guarantee the compliance of this system with very strict user standards.
Mass production also meets very strict criteria with the expectation of almost zero equipment returns.