Press Release, Paris, 30 March 2021
Kinéis, space IoT connectivity provider, and Actility, world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions, partnered up in order to make life easier for their users by merging IoT data in a single platform, wherever it comes from Space or Earth. Customers can now receive IoT data seamlessy aggregated from Kinéis or any LoRaWAN® operator through ThingPark – Actility’s IoT platform.
From today, Kinéis operates 8 in-orbit satellites and offers low data rate, low consumption, direct to satellite, two-way connectivity to 20.000 active terminals. The small Kinéis’ chipset and the low consumption technology allow to make miniaturized devices with very long lasting autonomy. Thousands of devices currently provide data to the international scientists community through the Argos services provided by CLS, helping them to better understand the planet: ocean parameters, climate and wildlife study, even some birds have been tracked for years across continents by a few grams device.
Kinéis aims to open these historical applications to current IoT use cases, using LoRaWAN connectivity and the possibility of going “hybrid”, offered by Actility. LoRaWAN® is a wireless protocol that allows battery-operated devices to communicate with IoT applications via long-range, wireless connections. LoRaWAN eliminates wiring, is easy to deploy and does not need any licenses. It reduces the energy consumption of connected objects while giving them years of autonomy by exchanging small data at low speed.
Data collected from assets using both Kinéis and LoRa connectivities are delivered on the same format to business applications and cloud connectors. In logistics, transports, agriculture or energy management applications, it allows to choose the best connectivity option depending on the use case to transmit data, seamlessly on the visualization and management tool. Therefore, Kinéis and LoRaWAN connectivity solutions are complementary.
Particulary, Actility is providing its capability to interconnect any LPWAN technology to LoRaWAN infrastructure with the help of ThingPark RAN Connector (TRC). Kinéis and Actility’s networks are interconnected through ThingPark Exchange, the first global LoRaWAN® peering hub in the industry, going through accelerated growth and already connecting 20 LoRaWAN® networks worldwide.
This partnership provides a ready-to-use platform to manage hybrid connectivity, and all the required integration to application platforms. The data can then flow into many of the major cloud IoT platforms connected to Actility’s ThingPark – Microsoft Azure, AWS IoT Core, IBM Watson, Google CloudIoT, and PTC Thingworx.
By getting integrated with the ThingPark Exhange ecosystem, Kinéis makes the satellite network coverage available to any terrestrial LoRaWAN network provider, public or private.
“We talk about a hybrid connectivity, LoRaWAN and Kinéis data gathered by Actility for a seamless use, this is what Actility and Kinéis have achieved together. Space IoT connectivity is the perfect ally of LPWAN networks, it completes coverage where terrestrial networks are not available (which represents about 85 % of the Planet) and brings an answer to the roaming question. We will launch a constellation of 25 nano-satellites in 2023 to upgrade the service of the 8 satellites available today, fully upward compatible with the thousands of devices connected today, including hybrid devices and data delivering to IoT platforms or cloud connectors.”
said Rémi Ferrier, Kinéis Chief Product Officer.
“We are very excited to have interconnected Kinéis satellite network into ThingPark LoRaWAN infrastructure via the ThingPark RAN Connector making it available for the ever-growing set of terrestrial networks around the world via ThingPark Exchange. We believe Massive IoT can only be achieved through successful integration of multiple technologies by industry collaboration. We are very happy to have achieved a good example of this together with our partner Kinéis.”
said Alper Yegin, VP of Advanced Technology Development at Actility, and Vice-Chair of the LoRa Alliance.
Created in 2018, Kinéis is a satellite operator and global connectivity provider. It inherited 40 years of expertise in the Argos system, founded by CNES (French space agency) and historicaly operated by CLS (Collecte Localisation Satellites), to develop reliable technology that provides easy access to useful satellite data. To make life easier for professionals and individuals and encourage them to use its products and serivces, Kinéis locates and connects objects wherever they are on the planet. To that end, it harnesses all of its technological innovation capabilities to forge links between New Space and IoT. In 2020, Kinéis has raised capital of €100 million (CLS 32%, CNES 26%, Bpifrance 20%, Ifremer, Thalès, HEMERIA, CELAD, BNP Paribas Développement, ETHICS Group, MJKD, Consuls Développement, Invest Marel, and others) and generated revenue of €7 million (a 40% increase compared with 2019). In 2021, Kinéis is part of the French Tech Next40.
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Actility is a 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 companies 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 use cases.
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