We have just learned with great sadness the passing of our friend Francois Botquin, reached Oct. 24, 2015, at the age of 69.

Francis was one of the seven founding members of EESTEL in 1998. After a long career in telecommunications, Francis became in 1989 Director of Engineering of SCHLUMBERGER-CMS (GEMALTO today), thus being among the pioneers industrial distribution of smart cards in France, and therefore in the world. This expertise, he then put the Oberthur Service from 1993 to 1996, during which he founded CADIMES, office specialized in smart card contact and contactless.

Thanks to his professional qualities, his ability, sense of innovation, and his insatiable curiosity in the observation of physical and electronic phenomena, François has become a world reference expert in smart card.

He retired in 2011 in his adopted Britain to devote himself to his grandchildren and to the surrounding nature. But it will not benefit enough unfortunately.

We keep the memory of a joyful man, affable and benevolent bringing up the image of expertise EESTEL.

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