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Advantech and Actility launch an Edge Solution-Ready Package to deploy Enterprise IoT LoRaWAN Networks

Press Release – Paris, France & Taipei, Taiwan – Tuesday  June 7th, 2022 . See the PR on Advantech’s website

Advantech and Actility are happy to announce the launch of a new joint solution allowing to deploy and manage private LoRaWAN® networks on customer premises, by combining advanced and ruggedized Advantech IPC with embedded Actility software, bringing a highly reliable and secure industrial-grade service with extended compatibility with gateways, cloud platforms and devices.  

This integrated solution aims at meeting the needs of the fast-growing industrial automation market, by allowing businesses to leverage the power of LoRaWAN®, the fast-growing long range unlicensed wireless technology to deploy many IoT use cases in a simplified, quicker et more cost-effective way that eliminates wiring, thus accelerating the realization of Industry 4.0. 

The Edge Solution-Ready Package, under ordering code ESRP-ACT-UNO2484, consists of Advantech’s new generation UNO-2000 series of industrial Embedded Automation Computers with a preinstalled version of Actility LoRaWAN network server – ThingPark Enterprise® for set-up on customer premises. The fully on-premises installation ensures service continuity that does not depend on Internet access and makes it easier to comply with the stringent end to end security policies of industrial sites. . The solution can interconnect with other on-premises private LoRaWAN networks,  ThingPark Enterprise SaaS cloud networks or public LPWAN networks through standard LoRaWAN peering and roaming . The software is pre-installed under an upgradable 3-month trial license.  

Accelerating industrial facilities digitalization with easier and more powerful data collection

ThingPark Enterprise is a LoRaWAN IoT management platform that helps customers build and operate the LoRaWAN infrastructure by managing LoRaWAN gateways, managing LoRaWAN devices and monitoring network operations. ThingPark Enterprise also streamlines the communication to business logic and application servers, implementing a large number of connectors and taking care of semantic conversions.  

ThingPark Enterprise is specifically designed for enterprises, scaling from single gateway sites to large multi-gateway campuses. It is extremely flexible and can seamlessly interconnect multiple on-premises and SaaS sites, from multiple countries, in any combination. It also exists in High-Availability (HA) clusters to support the requirements of industrial use cases. 

LoRaWAN® is a widely used wireless protocol that allows battery-operated devices to communicate with IoT applications via long-range, wireless connections, allowing longer battery life, thus lowering the cost of device ownership. 

The Advantech-Actility Edge Solution Ready Package allows customers to: 

  • Build a multi-gateway, geo-redundant, high-availability LoRaWAN® network with a user-friendly interface and monitor it in real-time 
  • Extend cloud intelligence and analytics to edge devices, with end-to-end infrastructure security, trusted by major telecommunication operators 
  • Enjoy carrier-grade support and maintenance including 24/7 monitoring of smart IoT platform 
  • Benefit from a seamless inter-operability among Smart Things, respecting and aligning with the market’s norms 

The Actility ThingPark Enterprise is compatible with all popular LoRaWAN base stations on the market, including Browan, Cisco, Kerlink, Multitech, Ufispace, Tektelic, Gemtek, RAD SecFlow and Option’s CloudGate.  Moreover, ThingPark Enterprise supports all LoRaWAN versions and classes (A/B/C) including multicast, and all regional profiles (EU-868, US-915, AS-923-1/2/3/4, AU-915, RU-864, IN-865, KR-920, CN-470, EU433, CN779…). It also includes a large managed library of drivers/CoDecs to facilitate application payload decoding for easy third-party application integration. This library is regularly updated as the LoRaWAN ecosystem expands, but users can also adapt drivers or add their own. 

ThingPark Enterprise exposes data through various mechanisms including HTTP or MQTT for easy connection to all popular clouds or applications. It comes preconfigured with a series of bidirectional connectors to popular IoT cloud services including AWS IoT and Microsoft Azure IoT Hub and IoT Central, which have been tested for stability and capacity, and take care of all required configuration as well as ontology translation. The Connectors allow easy, fast and cost-efficient integration, accelerating go-to-market and project delivery 

As the industrial IoT has many already deployed legacy communication technologies such as Modbus or HART, ThingPark Enterprise comes with integrated interfaces and protocol adaptation services to ease integration with Modbus end-nodes and applications, mBus or RS485 systems, and of course digital, analogue and pulse I/Os, thus allowing easy upgrade of already-deployed solutions. 

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Although countless facilities are equipped with advanced hardware, the lack of remote monitoring mechanisms makes them susceptible to minor disturbances, lowering efficiency or even halting operations. Therefore, we collaborate with Actility to help customers accelerate the development of industrial applications and build a smart manufacturing environment.

says Ching-Po Lin, Associate Vice President at Advantech

Stability is key for IoT as maintenance costs quickly add up when managing thousands of devices. It is even more important for Industrial IoT. Our partnership with Advantech combines field proven industrial computing with the leading carrier-grade LoRaWAN infrastructure and edge processing, adapted to seamlessly integrate with both industrial protocols and leading IoT platforms

says Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility


Additional information about advantech-actility solutions

Kit for Predictive maintenance

The new Advantech-Actility appliance can serve an infinite number of IoT applications. But one of the key use cases for Manufacturing is Vibration Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance. Advantech and Actility released a turnkey IoT solution to monitor your machines 24/7. It allows to analyze data from sensors measuring vibrations frequencies of machines and equipment in order to detect anomalous behavior, therefore enabling industrial end customers to decrease machines shutdowns and work accidents while increasing performance and safety. This evaluation starter kit available on ThingPark Market, provides you with the required hardware, software and connectivity service to assess this integrated plug-and-play solution.

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Advantech worked together with Actility to launch the new WISE-2410 LoRaWAN Smart Vibration Sensor on Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise Platform. WISE-2410 can transform original vibration data into spectral information via further transformation functions to calculate vibration values. The WISE-2410 sensor is now available on the ThingPark Market. 

About Advantech 

Advantech’s corporate vision is to enable an intelligent planet. The company is a global leader in the fields of IoT intelligent systems and embedded platforms. To embrace the trends of IoT, big data, and artificial intelligence, Advantech promotes IoT hardware and software solutions with the Edge Intelligence WISE-PaaS core to assist business partners and clients in connecting their industrial chains. Advantech is also working with business partners to co-create business ecosystems that accelerate the goal of industrial intelligence. (www.advantech.com) 

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About Actility   

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 providespatented 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.  

Contact us here: https://www.actility.com/contact

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