Actility Acquires IP-based LPWAN Pioneer Acklio, Advancing Yet Another Step Towards the Internet of Everything

Press Release – Paris, France – 20/07/23

Actility, the global leader in IoT network infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of Acklio, the leading provider of SCHC (Static Context Header Compression) technology for LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) networks.

This acquisition will further strengthen Actility’s position as the leading provider of end-to-end IoT solutions and will enable the company to offer a broader range of IP-based IoT applications over LPWAN networks.

Acklio’s SCHC technology is a key enabler for IP-based IoT over LPWAN networks. SCHC compresses the IP header, which significantly reduces the amount of data that needs to be transmitted over the network. This makes it possible to run IP-based applications over LPWAN networks, which are typically characterized by low data rates and long battery life.

The acquisition of Acklio will allow Actility to offer a wider range of IP-based IoT applications over LPWAN networks. These applications include:

  • Smart metering: several meter vendors already adopted Acklio SCHC technology to connect standards-based DLMS/COSEM meters to LoRaWAN and NB-IoT network.
  • Smart industry: protocols such as ModBus/TCP can be carried transparently and efficiently over LoRaWAN networks using SCHC header compression.
  • Smart buildings: KNX/IP and other leading IP protocols for building automation which do not have yet efficient long-range RF transport layers can immediately be deployed over LoRaWAN campus IoT networks without any modification.
  • Electric vehicle charging: the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) has become the de-facto standard for smart charge point control, but it is difficult to deploy IP networks in underground parking lots. LoRaWAN networks are a perfect solution and SCHC provides the required adaptation layer for OCPP.

Actility is also committed to keeping Acklio’s SCHC technology open and licensable to all industry players. This will help to accelerate the adoption of IP-based IoT over LPWAN networks, and to create a more open and interoperable IoT ecosystem. With SCHC, the notion of Internet of Everything truly becomes a reality.

Actility is the leading provider of industrial IoT LPWAN network infrastructure, and this acquisition will accelerate the adoption of our SCHC technology to more industry verticals using IP based protocols. This integration makes IP devices 1st class citizens on LPWAN networks, and will significantly streamline and simplify the onboarding journey.

Alexander Pelov CEO of Acklio

“We are excited to welcome Acklio to the Actility family. Acklio’s SCHC technology is a game changer for IoT as it enables standard IP protocols to be used in extremely energy constrained applications, which includes all battery-powered devices. SCHC will help to accelerate the adoption of IP-based IoT over LPWAN networks, including uses cases which drive very large volumes of devices such as metering and car charging.”

Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.

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About Acklio: 

Acklio provides software solutions to enable any LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) with IP connectivity (such as LoRaWAN, Sigfox, NB-IoT, etc.). These solutions offer native interoperability, simple and universal integration, and end-to-end security. Leveraging over 20 years of research experience and more than 13 doctoral theses in network protocols, architecture, and security, Acklio’s software represents the world’s first implementation of the new compression-decompression technology for LPWAN.

About Actility 

Actility is the world leader in low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of enterprises trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of numerous use cases.

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