Kinéis, founded in 2018, is a satellite operator and global connectivity provider.
The company draws on the expertise of the Argos system, which was founded by the CNES (French Space Agency) and has historically been operated by CLS (Collect Localisation Satellites), to develop a reliable technology that provides easy and everywhere access to useful satellite data. Kinéis locates and connects objects wherever they are on the planet. As a result, she uses all her technological innovation capabilities to bring together the New Space and the Internet of Things.
Kinéis has raised 100 million euros from public and private investors for the development, production, and launch of a constellation of 25 nanosatellites, the installation of 20 satellites around the world, and the development of new computer infrastructure for system renewal by 2020.
Kinéis now has the label FrenchTech120 after integrating the FrenchTech40 program for two years in a row.
Kinéis satellite IoT connectivity inherits from the ARGOS system, which started in 1978 as a French American cooperation involving CNES (French Space Agency) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), with support from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).
- In 1986, CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites) is created by CNES as a subsidiary to exclusively operate, maintain and commercialize the ARGOS system.
- In 2006, Eumetsat (European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites) joins the Operations Committee, later followed by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).
- In 2018, Kinéis is created by CLS and CNES to take over the operation of the ARGOS system.
Kinéis believes that providing easy and global access to useful satellite data will simplify and expand the uses of professionals and individuals. Kinéis is developing cutting-edge technology that she hopes to make available to everyone.
Men and women
Kinéis are men and women who are passionate about spatial technologies and want to help the international community.
After spending two years at CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), Alexandre TISSERANT became the CEO of Kinéis, a new satellite connectivity provider dedicated to connected objects. A graduate of École Polytechnique and Télécom ParisTech, he was Deputy Director of the Secretary of State's cabinet for digital and innovation from 2015 to 2017, where he oversaw the project that became law for a digital republic. He has also held several positions at the Ministry of Finances, including managing the media and digital budget in France, and has worked for two years as the director of operations at Always Innovating, a San Francisco-based startup that develops computer hardware.
Kinéis is based on an unprecedented, solid and coherent public-private capital structure. Space industrialists working on the constellation and financial partners have joined forces with CLS, which is at the origin of the project supported by two strategic players, CNES and Bpifrance, via the SPI fund.