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Worldline digital partner of the polar expedition Under The Pole III

Worldline digital partner of the polar expedition Under The Pole III

Bezons, February 1st, 2018 – Worldline, [Euronext: WLN] European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, pushes the boundaries of innovation by becoming the digital partner of the Under The Pole III polar expedition supported by Explore. This third adventure of the Under the Pole expedition series is dedicated to an underwater exploration of the deep ecosystems of the "Twilight Zone". Worldline offers Under The Pole its highly secure virtual hosting solutions, available in real-time, to accelerate scientific research.


Driven by the pioneering spirit of its founders, Ghislain and Emmanuelle Bardout and a unique collaboration between scientists and divers, Under The Pole III's exploration team has embarked on an extraordinary exploratory adventure for 3 years, from 2017 to 2020, aboard the WHY polar schooner to sail the world's four oceans: Arctic, Pacific, Antarctic and Atlantic.

The Under The Pole III expedition is supported by the Explore private funding organization, created in 2013 under the impulse of the explorer Roland Jourdain to accompany exploration projects combining science, innovation and awareness and responding to major environmental issues.

Worldline is positioned as the digital partner of the expedition

Through this innovative partnership, which is a catalyst for scientific research, Worldline will provide its technological expertise to support the mission of Under The Pole III: Exploring the deep ecosystems of the "Twilight Zone", the "medium light" of the ocean located between 30 and 150 meters below the surface, to bring a better knowledge of these almost unexplored areas and thus to promote the development of a more sustainable world.

With Worldline's highly secure Cloud hosting solutions, explorers and scientists will be able to centrally store all data and media content collected during the expedition on a dedicated virtual server, with unlimited storage capacity. This fully secured information will then be available and accessible in real time by the scientific community of the entire world so that it can be analyzed and processed as quickly as possible. All media content created during the expedition (photos, videos, documentaries) will also be broadcasted online to share in real time the highlights of the journey and the results of the scientific research and discoveries as the expedition progresses and thus raising the general public's awareness about the preservation of the oceans and more broadly the protection of the environment. Robotics solutions are also being studied to sensitize young audience through adapted interactive content and a more playful approach.


Emmanuelle and Ghislain Bardout, founders of this expedition, state: “We are delighted to be able to count on Worldline as a digital partner to accompany us on this adventure. We will therefore be able to rely on Worldline’s innovative solutions for the next 3 years to share data on the studies conducted by the expedition. This is a major advantage that will allow us to focus on our primary mission: uncover the mysteries of unexplored parts of the oceans in order to accelerate scientific research and better preserve our environment.”


Gilles Grapinet, Worldline’s Chief Executive Officer, states: "We are particularly proud to embark on this extraordinary journey in which our technological expertise and innovation capacity will help support the mission of Under the Pole for the benefit of scientific research. As the digital partner of this amazing expedition, we will provide all the skills of our employees to offer Under The Pole the latest technological innovations, which are essential to facilitating research and accelerating discoveries that will promote the protection of the environment for a more sustainable world. The meeting with Under The Pole’s teams was decisive in our will to embark on this ambitious project. Sharing of essential common values such as excellence, research and teamwork has been a driving force in our collaboration."


This partnership is fully in line with Worldline's Corporate Social Responsibility policy and actions, especially regarding its environmental commitments. This large-scale mobilization is also at the heart of Worldline's societal commitment and is consistent with the company's skills sponsorship approach for the benefit of local communities that especially focuses on health and medical research issues and education.

90% of the ocean remains to be explored, while it constitutes an incredible and indispensable resource: climate regulator, carbon sink, fish resources which represent the main source of animal proteins for one billion human beings. For this third expedition, Under The Pole uses its experience of extreme and remote diving in scientific research to allow the study of these unknown areas and better observe the extent of the changes it is undergoing. This layer of the ocean is home to new species to discover, ecosystems to study and behaviors to understand. The scientists involved in this adventurous and innovative approach will focus in particular on the study of bio fluorescence, great sharks, and deep corals. 


For more information on the Under the Pole expeditions, on the Explore funding organization led by Roland Jourdain, please visit the dedicated websites:


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