The N4B platform is created to give corporations, governments, mobile network operators, and developers, access to Be-Bound’s technology so that they can create or adapt their own apps to work even without internet, and connect the unconnected immediately. Soon after, Be-Bound’s technology is integrated to power the Djezzy 718 app in Algeria: “The First Algerian Directory that works even without Internet”. With its focus still on Africa, Be-Bound partners with La Poste of the Ivory Coast, what3words, and SycaPay to create a powerful new logistical system for deliveries anywhere: Project Dor2Dor.
The government of Bangladesh chooses Be-Bound to help with their “Digital Bangladesh Vision 2021”, a plan to digitalize the entire country. Be-Bound’s technology is chosen because it is a solution for extending e-commerce, e-learning, e-health, mobile payments and more, contributing to the country’s entire digital ecosystem. A new office is opened in Dehli, and the company is invited to join French President François Hollande on his visit to India as a representative of French Tech. Be-Bound and GreenTec Capital announce a partnership to increase Big Data for Africa. Be-Bound wins French Startup of the year, and at year’s end, Be-Bound wins France’s International Digital Trophy: an award for international potential.
Two patents are awarded to Be-Bound: The first: “Asynchronous Application Data Access System and Method”, referring to a unique method of providing data connectivity to geographic areas with limited bandwidth or connectivity. The second: “System and Method for Efficient and Semantically Secure Symmetric Encryption Over Channels with Limited Bandwidth”, referring to a new way of ensuring that information exchanged over SMS is processed securely between mobile phones.
With a technology to connect the unconnected, it becomes clear that this technology belongs in the hands of more than just international travelers. With a global vision, Be-Bound decides to take the company to another level. The company sets its sights on Africa and invests in R&D. Be-Bound secures Series A funding (4 Million Euros), opens an office in Algiers, Algeria, and signs its first partnership in Africa with Algeria’s #1 MNO: Djezzy. Be-Bound becomes the first non-US startup to be hosted by PARC (the Palo Alto Research Center) in Silicon Valley, to work together on further developing the technology (the same place the computer mouse was invented!).
The company opens a new office in Paris, with a new name: Be-Bound. The official Be-Bound app is launched on the Google Playstore on October 25 at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, mainly targeted to international travelers.
Once the technology was ready, and the company founded, it was time to show the world what was possible. In December 2012 Altheia presents its first mobile app, Be-Bound, at the LeWeb start-up competition. This marks the first time that the technology is demonstrated live to a public audience, proving that an app can work anywhere, even without internet. The presentation is a success, and Altheia is one the winners of the event!
Before creating Be-Bound, Albert Szulman was traveling in India when a lack of internet connection prevented him from accessing a critical email right before going into a business meeting. As a result, he was forced to go to the meeting without the information he needed. After this experience, Albert was determined to develop a solution that would make seamless connectivity worldwide a reality. On October 17, 2011, Albert Szulman and Yazid Chir co-founded Altheia (the first iteration of Be-Bound), with an office in Versailles. Their vision was to build a connected world, using a frugal innovation that made mobile connectivity possible across all networks, no matter what the quality.