Revolutionize Safety and Efficiency in Hazardous Environments with the New LoRaWAN-powered Abeeway ATEX & IECEx Tracking Solution

Revolutionize Safety and Efficiency in Hazardous Environments with the New LoRaWAN-powered Abeeway ATEX & IECEx Tracking Solution

Blogpost – Paris, France – Jan 31, 2024

In an age where technological innovation is paramount, introduction of the Abeeway tracking solution for explosive atmospheres marks a significant milestone. Designed for the Internet of Things (IoT), this kit transcends traditional GPS systems, offering a comprehensive, low-power geolocation solution that ensures the safety of both personnel and assets in explosive environments.

The base kit includes one Abeeway Compact Tracker ATEX/IECEx Zone 2-22  sample. You may add other trackers by ordering them separately as well: Micro Tracker, Smart Badge, and Industrial Manageable Beacon. Each device is meticulously engineered to cater to a variety of safety-critical use cases, thereby revolutionizing how organizations execute their digitalization strategies while conforming to ATEX/IECEx directives. This ensures not only efficient but also safer and more productive business operations.

The Abeeway Tracking Solution provides a range of connectivity options to suit various operational needs. Customers can select a suitable ThingPark Ready LoRaWAN® Gateway, available for different regions (channel plans). These options ensure robust and adaptable connectivity, whether using ThingPark Community, Thingpark Enterprise SaaS or self-hosted.

ATEX, IECEx, and HAZLOC certifications are globally acknowledged, ensuring the safe operation of equipment in explosive atmospheres. These certifications are critical for industries handling flammable materials, ensuring that the devices used meet the highest safety standards.

What sets the Abeeway trackers apart is their battery-powered, diverse form factors, making them ideal for a range of industrial applications. These trackers are particularly essential in industries like oil & gas, mining, chemical, and even cosmetics & pharmaceuticals, where the presence of flammable substances demands stringent safety measures. The Abeeway solution offers a proactive approach to mitigating risks in such hazardous settings.

For example, over 800 Abeeway Smart Badges have been deployed at Mina Justa for real-time personnel tracking, setting a new standard in mining safety and marking a key development in Peru’s mining sector. Similarly, 2,500 workers of Coal India are now equipped with our cutting-edge Smart Badges, enhancing their safety in the dangerous mining environments in India.

The Abeeway trackers  are equipped with advanced technical features like multi-technology geolocation (GPS, Low-power GPS, LoRaWAN, BLE, Wi-Fi), long battery life, and a rich user interface (including SOS assistance), and they are designed for both indoor and outdoor use, shifting seamlessly between environments.

Furthermore, the Abeeway mobile tracking application for iOS and Android delivers a comprehensive tracking solution, allowing users to visualize the current and historical locations of multiple assets and people on a map. This is complemented by the Abeeway Device Manager cloud application, which empowers efficient management and testing of your tracker fleet. Bundled with the ThingPark Location Engine, it allows you to streamline the assessment and configuration process.

In conclusion, the Abeeway Tracking Solution is a game-changer for industries operating in explosive atmospheres. Its combination of safety, technology, and ease of use makes it an indispensable tool for businesses looking to enhance their safety protocols and operational efficiency. Start your journey with the Abeeway solution today, and transform your business’s approach to safety and efficiency in complex, hazardous environments.

In our recent webinar, “Hazardous Area Certified IoT Solutions for the Process Industries”, speakers from TotalEnergies, TWTG, Extronics Ltd., Abeeway , and Actility talked about how LoRaWAN gets deployed in oil refineries and mining operations by leveraging IECEx/ATEX-certified products. We invite you to watch the webinar to learn more!

SNCF Implements LoRaWAN IoT Solutions to Monitor Railway Assets and Rolling Stock

SNCF Implements LoRaWAN IoT Solutions to Monitor Railway Assets and Rolling Stock

Blog post – Paris, France – Jan 23, 2024

SNCF, the state-owned railway company of France, is extensively implementing IoT solutions for monitoring the inventory and condition of its assets, infrastructure, and rolling stock.

SNCF’s engineering team developed innovative products for an efficient, multi-purpose IoT network using LoRaWAN® technology. This enhances digital transformation, offering cost-effective management and improved security, maintenance, and operations.

LoRaWAN connectivity offers SNCF critical advantages like easy integration and deployment flexibility, enabled by private network infrastructure, provided by Factory Systemes, leading distributor of IT and industrial IoT hardware and software, and powered by Actility’s ThingPark® Enterprise IoT connectivity platform.

Deployment details were presented by Norbert Becuwe, SNCF Ground & On-board Communication Specialist, at the Factory Systemes EDGE#2021 Conference (in French).

Introducing IoT to the Railway Industry  

SNCF, responsible for nearly all of France’s railway traffic, including the high-speed TGV, operates approximately 14,000 trains daily.

The company faced increasing risks and costs due to outdated, non-connected equipment and infrastructure, highlighting the need for smarter systems. IoT integration in railways focuses on connecting previously isolated systems while safeguarding existing investments. In response to these challenges, SNCF integrated IoT solutions to enhance their diagnostic and maintenance capabilities.

Today, all SNCF locomotives, including TGV and TER, are equipped with IoT devices, facilitating remote sensing and control. The most notable success has been with the 40-year-old ‘Corail’ trains, illustrating SNCF’s commitment to eco-friendly practices by prolonging asset lifespan.

In April 2016, SNCF announced its plans to install sensors across its 50,000 km. of track, 40,000 technical centers, 2,200 referral systems, and all stations. During summer 2017, SNCF installed hundreds of temperature sensors on train rails to prevent accidents, such as the 2014 incident in Brétigny-sur-Marne. Full-scale industrialization began in late 2018 and continues to expand.

SNCF’s R&D team developed two IoT projects, Marti & Meli, to facilitate remote diagnostics and transition maintenance from physical to remote. This shift to preventive and predictive maintenance is crucial for continuous system health monitoring, allowing for timely interventions and failure prevention:

Marti’ is a versatile module for information transmission, compatible with any sensor and capable of integration into both public and private LoRaWAN networks.

Meli’, on the other hand, is a specialized LoRaWAN-4G communication gateway, primarily used to transmit data from LoRaWAN sensors via 4G networks to Actility’s LoRaWAN network server.

For efficiency and scalability, SNCF has installed 500 gateways and 6000 MARTI modules in 2021.

Evolving from Conventional M2M to IoT: What are the Gains?  

Traditional ‘machine-to-machine’ systems required expensive, complex integrations, such as roof antennas and wired sensors, generating large real-time data volumes but with challenging RoI. Conversely, IoT objects with long battery lives (5-10 years) offer simple integration, minimal data generation, and cost-efficiency, thus improving RoI. The wireless sensors allow new use cases, where mainstream solution was still much more expensive and not allowing a good RoI.

Installing equipment on train roofs is complicated due to high voltage catenaries, safety concerns, and the need for certified railway-compliant equipment. Marti & Meli were developed to overcome these challenges.

IoT simplification has been vital for SNCF, reducing tasks that once took days under strict constraints to mere hours, as sensors can be quickly connected, configured, and tested. Before, trains were immobilized for several days, whereas now it only takes half a day to connect all the equipment. The IoT is game-changing from the RoI perspective and the SNCF is benefiting from it.

Mutualizing the Network for a Multitude of Use Cases

SNCF equips all rolling stock series, prioritizing simple measurement IoT applications for practicality and RoI:

• Supervision of opening and closing of train doors to prevent accident, delays and revenue losses due to door malfunctions

• Battery voltage monitoring to reduce risk of failures of storage battery system in trains and therefore reduce their downtime

• Pressure monitoring in the launch tanks to prevent the start of a fire

• Monitoring of the sandpits, windscreen washer tanks and other liquids to reduce train downtimes and expenditures on level controls

• Monitoring of rail tracks temperature to set a dynamic heat-risk management, ensuring the weather or usage does not impact the quality of the rail, and reducing delays and disruption for customers

• Railway container tracking: temperature and location of transferred goods between trains and trucks

• Predictive maintenance planning, product lifecycle tracing and quality assurance: batteries (voltage, internal resistance, health), HVAC modules (air quality, heating/temperature, humidity), monitoring operational efficiency (tachometer data), bearings/wheels (vibration, shock), traction converters/control systems (status, energy consumption), water closets (water level, lighting)

• A TGV trainset today includes 20-50 sensors and each to provide 2,000 pieces of information elements per month. For the new Bombardier trains, it’s 70,000 information elements. Every opening and closing of the doors are tracked, whether at the level of the tension of the belt, the sealing of the joints, etc.

The group also connects the toilets of its TGV trains, to check the filling level of their water tanks. When more than three oars are dry, the train is obliged to stop to be replenished. If smart devices perform these analyzes in real time and warn the train crew, it can be recharged during stops at the station.

With a single network SNCF implements many use cases already and there are many more in the pipeline.

Creating Mobile LoRaWAN Networks for Industry Requirements

Usually when we think of “infrastructure”, we think of static installations planted on the ground. SNCF has revolutionized the concept of infrastructure by proving that it can be mobile. Their network seamlessly moves with their assets, accommodating the dynamic nature of trains.

After evaluating various connectivity technologies, SNCF now prioritizes LoRaWAN for its adaptability and mobility. Their engineering team has crafted an environment that supports easy reconfiguration to match the ever-changing train compositions.

SNCF needs several gateways that move, and the compositions are very mobile because the train numbers are never the same. And from one day to the next, from one hour to the next, they must replace them and change the composition. The LoRaWAN solution allows for a quick reconfiguration. 

In the railway sector, integrating new IT solutions into existing systems is risky and costly. SNCF’s autonomous, train-independent solution, Marti & Meli, simplifies this process, avoiding extensive regression testing and potential disruption to existing systems.

In both trains and automobiles, existing computer systems control crucial functions and often rely on older networks with accessible data. Upgrading these systems with new solutions poses risks and high costs, as each addition requires thorough non-regression testing to avoid disrupting current operations. SNCF’s adoption of an autonomous solution, independent of the train’s primary functions, significantly simplifies this process.

The development of Marti & Meli was a strategic move by SNCF, allowing for a wide range of applications across their entire train fleet. These tools were designed to be versatile and cost-effective, catering to various needs without the need for separate certification processes.

One significant hurdle in railway IoT is the metal structure of trains, which impedes radio wave propagation. SNCF discovered that the effective range of LoRaWAN in trains is more limited, prompting them to install multiple gateways per train to ensure dependable communication.

For trains, the LoRaWAN range is reduced to 200-300 meters, unlike the usual 2km. Considering trains typically consist of 6 to 10 cars, communication reliability diminishes from car to car. Testing revealed that installing 2 to 4 gateways per train, based on the number of cars, enhances communication reliability.

To enhance reliability and performance, SNCF relied on advanced radio management provided by ThingPark Enterprise. and achieved the high success rate necessary for industrialization (99%).

The capability of any LoRaWAN-4G gateway to communicate with any sensor, regardless of train type, simplifies operations. This interoperability is a key advantage, especially considering the impracticality of using embedded network server in each gateway in railway applications.

The establishment of private, mobile IoT networks on a single separate netwok server provides SNCF with numerous benefits: the ability to expand and densify the network, enhance security and reliability, and achieve a high level of availability through multiple gateways. These  networks also effectively overcome the propagation challenges posed by the ‘tin can’ nature of trains and offer the advantages of private networks over public ones.

Through continuous research, development, and modernization efforts, SNCF remains at the forefront of IoT technology in the railway industry. Their focus on network reliability and the introduction of innovative IoT solutions helps them lead the market.

Veolia and Birdz Deploy Millions of Smart Water Meters in France

Veolia and Birdz Deploy Millions of Smart Water Meters in France

Blog post – Paris, France – Jan 16, 2024

Veolia Water, the world’s largest supplier of water services, sets a benchmark for all aspects of the water cycle in France, working on behalf of local authorities and industrial companies. Through its subsidiary, Birdz, Veolia is bringing its services to the new digital age. Over 3 million smart water meters have been deployed in France, offering accurate billing, leak detection, and customer empowerment.

The state of Veolia-Birdz deployment has been presented at the LoRaWAN World Expo in Paris in July 2022, by Laure Simon, Director of Telco Projects at Veolia Water France.

This massive deployment is leveraging LoRaWAN® IoT network technology to connect the smart meters. In France, Birdz is using Oranges LoRaWAN nationwide network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark platform

From Experiment to Large-Scale Deployment  

Veolia is a proud pioneer in smart metering and has been experimenting with it for 20 years, with the first deployments and feedback in the beginning of the 21st century.

Initially, Veolia built its own network based on proprietary radio networks (868MHz), but decided to shift to LoRaWAN in 2018. At that point, they established Birdz as a specialized subsidiary to manage solution deployment and connectivity, since this was not Veolia’s core business.

Today Birdz designs communicating sensors for water meters that are compatible with several radio technologies, including LoRaWAN & Homerider.

In France, Veolia supplies roughly 25 million people with drinking water and has 6,9 million end-customers, meaning water services subscribers, each of them using a meter, which is compulsory. Currently half of those meters are smart meters.  The goal is to read more than 70% of the meters remotely by 2027.

A crucial particularity in France is that the decision to use smart meters depends on the municipality, which issues tenders for 7-8 years. Municipalities must be convinced that such a solution offers value and efficiency, lowers costs for customers, and is worthy of their trust. The tenders must also explain how they can change provider at the end.

Currently, Veolia has established 1,400 water contracts with local authorities, manages 2,172 drinking water plants, and distributes 1.6 billion cubic meters of drinking water.

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Elaborating the Perfect Smart Meter Solution

Birdz has chosen Orange Business Services to help it make a strategic shift from a technology requiring deployment of a radio network infrastructure to a solution that is open, interoperable, and  meets the needs of their customers.

And for that, Orange has a long history of working with Actility for managing its public LoRaWAN network. This network currently covers 30,000 municipalities and 95% of the population of metropolitan France.

Birdz water meters work seamlessly with the Actility ThingPark IoT platform to collect and aggregate meter data. Relevant business metrics are calculated and transmitted to operations teams or end customers in ready-to-use applications. This data is also exported in the form of flows adapted to the IT architecture of our customers by using restful APIs, FTP, and data warehouse techniques.

Birdz found an ideal partner in Actility, which offers a unified, scalable, multipurpose IoT network infrastructure for utilities and cities, featuring well-defined points of interoperability between systems, significantly simplifying and reducing integration costs and challenges.

LoRaWAN provides optimal network coverage and is complementary to other connectivity technologies. For meters not employing LoRaWAN sensors, the Birdz LoRaWAN bridge provides a means to utilize LoRaWAN, mitigating challenges in the typical constrained utilities environment (such as buried meters, industrial sites, etc.) and facilitating connection to the LoRaWAN network.

How did Smart Metering Transform the Water Business?

This smart water meters project is increasing water management efficiency from distribution to consumption and is greatly improving customer services.

• First, Veolia consumers have now access to real-time water usage data which they can use to identify problems and inaccuracies. Having real-time consumption data makes billing more accurate.

• The information is given back to the customers, and they are told when there is a problem, for example when a leak is detected. In 2021 alone, 60,000 customers received information about leaks. This approach saved over 3 million cubic meters of water, constituting 2% of all water distributed in France. This awareness also reduces complaints and the workload for customer services.

• It allows better and more accurate water network management, with a focus on true leaks and accurate consumption monitoring, which is a legal requirement. Thanks to smart meters, Veolia is reducing non-revenue water by easily detecting fraud and unauthorized connections and usage.

• This transformation is also paving the way for more ecological and innovative pricing. For example, raising the prices when the resources are getting scarce or incentivizing customers for better usage practices.

Besides the 3 million deployed smart meters, additional water sensors are scheduled for deployment to transition from pure metering to environmental services. The result will be a unified multiservice connectivity network to support digital transformation of water utilities.

Regarding Return on Investment (RoI), it’s important to understand that even though smart meters are more expensive than conventional ones, the data they provide enables a better understanding and change in water consumption patterns. In the context of climate change and water getting scarce, it’s an absolute priority to reduce its consumption and waste. Consumers getting data and advice can change their behavior. And the savings coming from it justify the investment.

What is the Role of LoRaWAN in Making it Possible?

For local authorities that agree to switch to smart metering, confidence in connectivity technology has utmost importance. And LoRaWAN, by being an international standard used by several industries, brings the guarantee of its perennity.

With Veolia, there’s no lock-in; customers are free to shift to another provider or LoRaWAN network operator. But in any case, they can use the data and it’s important.

LoRaWAN is in full expansion in France for smart cities use cases, reducing the environment footprint of the connectivity overall.  For Veolia, using LoRaWAN allowed a sharp decrease in connectivity costs – they have been slashed by half! In addition, it allowed savings in maintenance operations because there is no need for telco specialists to change the meters .  The savings/earning linked to smart meters nearly pay for the connectivity service.

As a result, the use of LoRaWAN has increased Veolia’s competitiveness in the already mature and competitive French metering market.

Interview: What are the keys to a successful IoT strategy?

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What are the keys to a successful IoT strategy? Interview

Blogpost – Paris, France – October 17th, 2022

Very few companies understand that the main difficulty in IoT is scaling and keeping OPEX costs down. IoT Proof-of-Concept projects should be focused on achieving industrial quality and stability to scale successfully.

These are not “quick demos” but serious projects and working with an experienced partner is a key success factor. The selected platform should be able to start small but grow to millions of managed devices and should work both on-premises as well as a SaaS service.

When you rely on thousands of connected wireless sensors in the field, the last thing you want is to have to manually reboot or upgrade them one by one every time they stop working. Rock-solid stability is arguably the holy grail for businesses or systems that rely on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and the more you have, the more crucial this is. If a sensor fails only once a month and you have a million of them, that means more than 30,000 failures per day!

Unfortunately, a lot of people will just conclude that the “IoT doesn’t work” after such occurrences. But in fact, more reliable IoT network technologies such as LoRaWAN®   have emerged from the experimental stages and are being increasingly applied in the real world. These technologies make our world more efficient and contribute to the transition of our economies to a more sustainable model.

IoT is about far more than just geeky university experiments. Its real-world applications encompass industrial stability and security at scale, and this requires hard work. At Actility, more than 100 expert engineers have worked for over ten years to make sure that our customers’ projects are deployed on time, within budget, and – above all – able to scale to millions of sensors.

We focus on industrial radio management, as well as providing solid answers to questions such as “how do you upgrade a system with over a million devices without a glitch?”, or “what happens if the network restarts after a power outage?”

Above all, it’s our experience that’s the foundation of our success. For the past 10 years we have been providing commercial customer support worldwide, and our systems support a 120% year-on-year growth in the number of connected devices. We have connected thousands of Smart Office devices, and developed automated meter-reading projects for millions of water or gas meters where LoRaWAN®  is clearly the best communication technology.

But, perhaps, some of our most successful projects involve geolocation and tracking.

The technology developed by our subsidiary Abeeway is a new generation of fused multi-technology geolocation which works indoors and outdoors. Bouygues Construction Group uses it to track more than 20,000 tools and toolboxes, while Volvo Group is greatly improving its supply chain by locating manufactured trucks in its factories globally.

The technology is also very popular with security, safety and health applications, in factories, oil and gas and smart construction projects, using LoRaWAN®  Smart Badges. For instance, a major Japanese manufacturer of optics and reprography products, Olympus Corportation, uses them for proximity detection and contact tracing in factories to fight against COVID-19.

LoRaWAN®  is quickly becoming the “Wi-Fi of IoT” standard, complementing cellular technologies by providing an unlicensed alternative for private networks and use cases which require a power efficiency that’s 10 to 20 times what 4G or 5G technologies can achieve. And Actility is right at the cutting edge when it comes to bringing these exciting technologies into the real world. Our ThingPark® platform supports both cellular and Low-power network (LPWAN) radio technologies such as LoRaWAN®.

Actility Highlights from LoRaWAN World Expo 2022

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The biggest LoRaWAN® event ever. How did it go ?

The LoRaWAN World Expo 2022 has been a success! The event has gathered over 1,400 people from all over the globe, uniting enterprises, device makers, system integrators, distributors, developers, solution providers, educational institutions, IoT alliances, influencers, and many more, making this event the largest global LoRaWAN event of the year. We want to send a big thank you to all our Partners and Customers for having joined us and to the LoRa Alliance for allowing visitors from all around the world come together after two long years of on-line meetings, to finally rejoin and share our common interests.

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“This event really marked a turning point for LoRaWAN: it is now recognized as a dependable technology for large scale operations by major public and private sector organizations, like Total or US Federal, and 5G is no longer perceived as a threat, but rather a complementary technology. As a result, the ecosystem is thriving, and the number of sensors presented was overwhelming. Actility team felt very proud to be at the core of this ecosystem, both at the technology level, as the official network of the event, mediating all data flows to Microsoft and other Partners, mediating between private, public and satellite networks, and at the business level with thousands of devices transacted through ThingPark Market”

Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility 

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Actility Awards

Actility came out as one of the main winners at the expo, after being awarded with 5 prizes! 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Olivier Hersent: Founder & CTO, Actility; Member of the LoRa Alliance Board of Directors.
  • Distinguished Service Award – Ramez Soss: Senior RF Expert and Wireless Product Manager, Actility.
  • Team Award – Actility and Arad Technologies, who worked together over three years to get LoRaWAN approved by the Ministry of Communication in Israel
  • Innovation Award – Actility, for leading the development of LoRaWAN roaming and being the first network vendor to implement, interoperate, and commercially deploy this feature
  • Team Award: Standards Development Organization (SDO) Task Force Team– Olivier Beaujard, Semtech, lead; Olivier Dubuisson, Orange; Dave Kjendal, Senet; Olivier Seller, Semtech; Alper Yegin, Actility

Discover 11 Actility-features Speeches:

We invite you to watch the following speaking slots at which Actility Experts & Partners will bring you details and news about our various exciting projects and deployments around the world. 

“Mind Over Matter” Actility Keynote

By Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility 

We all know about IoT as a technology. This presentation is about it’s purpose. What is the ultimate goal of all this technology ? What is it that energizes hundreds of companies to fight everyday in this extremely difficult market ? Maybe the IoT is not about “Things” at all.

Resuming, deepening roots into matter to elevate into the cloud. This is what IoT and Actility are about.

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How Total Energies is Implementing IoT LoRaWAN Use Cases 

Elyess Kammoun, TGS/TGITS/MTE/IND/SII, Solution Manager, TOTAL Global Services

Total presents multiple exciting use cases deployed on Actility’s ThingPark Platform, using dozens of thousands of LoRaWAN devices for asset tracking, predictive maintenance, environment monitoring and energy efficiency, deploying in 30 factories un Europe already with projects to implement those IoT Solutions on all continents.

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Cisco Use Cases and Deployment Methodologies for Large Enterprises and Governments

By Michel Harttree, Federal IoT Architect at Cisco, who explores how IoT deployments, using LoRaWAN and Actility’s ThingPark Platform, modernize US Government missions. Safety and efficiency improvements have become major concerns for governments and military around the world, but security concerns and scalability issues need to be addressed. The major benefits of LoRaWAN address the concerns, and we have learn many valuable and practical lessons in these deployments.

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Smart Building Use Case Presentation by Beyond Eyes at Microsoft Keynote 

by Tony Shakib, Partner/GM, Microsoft Azure IoT, with guest speaker Remco van Woensel, Product Owner at Beyond Eyes, Heijmans

Microsoft presents various use cases that leverage LoRaWan plus Azure, with compelling customer examples, some of them done on Actility’s ThingPark Platform. For instance, 20,000 Smart Building IoT Sensors deployed by Beyond Eyes, who provides together with, Clickey, Microsoft and Actility, a smart building solution and several data-driven services for clients, based on a wide variety of building types, including offices, museums, universities, hospitals and others. 

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How LoRaWAN Can Help Utilities in Their Journey of Digital Transformation

Birdz and Actility are working jointly on a 3M LoRaWAN water meter deployment through OBS, which use Actility to operate their French nationwide LoRaWAN network, and had agreed with Birdz-Veolia to use it for this project. At this session, Laure Simon, Project Director at VEOLIA, will provide an insight on this massive project, along wiht insights from Remi Demerle , Marketing Director, Semtech), Damien Fresier (Project Manager Greenalp), Juan Villar (Chief Operating Officer,  Nortegas Energía). 

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In conversation with the inventors of LoRaWAN

Nicolas Sornin, Chief Scientist Officer at API-K, Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility, Olivier Seller, Technical Fellow – Wireless IP at Semtech: all three are the true inventors of LoRaWAN. Hear their insights on the development of this technology at this dedicated discussion.

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NNNCo: For the First Time with LoRaWAN

National Narrowband Network Company (NNNCo), operator of the Australian national LoRaWAN® network powered by Actility, has joined ThingPark Exchange to cover the most remote parts of Australia. Speakers Rob Zagarella (Co-Founder & CEO) and Tony Tilbrook (CTO/COO) from NNNCo will talk about their deployements and use cases, and, among other things, about roaming and multicast capabilities of LoRaWAN, which, combined with the ubiquitous and sustainable nature of the network and a dynamic ecosystem.

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Scaling LoRaWAN solutions with AWS

In this session, Mike Rohrmoser, Segment Lead at Amazon Web Services and Gaurav Gupta, Sr. Partner Solutions Architect, will cover how the AWS’s 1-click integration with LNS providers like Actility make it easy for customers to simplify deployment at scale and drive business outcome. Actility’s integration with AWS IoT and ThingPark’s availability AWS Marketplace will be highlighted.  

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LoRaWAN End-to-End Security Walk-Through: Ensuring IoT Security Today and Tomorrow

By Alper Yegin, Vice-Chair of the LoRa Alliance, VP of Advanced Technology Development in Actility, Ramez Soss, Wireless Product Manager at Actility, along with Dave Kjendal (CTO Senet), Prasad Kandikonda (Vice President of Engineering, Multi-Tech Systems), Martin Wuthrich (Manager Embedded FW, Semtech). This is a must-watch session for those who want to understand how and why LoRaWAN incorporates and implements security in every step of the IoT end-to-end process. LoRa Alliance member experts will take you through a step-by-step talk of LoRaWAN security from the sensor through to the cloud.

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Satellite Connectivity Enabled with LoRaWAN

By Alper Yegin, Vice-Chair of the LoRa Alliance, VP of Advanced Technology Development in Actility, along with Remi Lorrain, LoRaWAN Network Director, Semtech,
Telemaco Melia, Vice-President, General Manager EchoStar Mobile, Luc Perard, Senior Vice President, IoT Business, Eutelsat, Rob Spurrett, Co-Founder & CEO, Lacuna Space

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Diversity of Network & Business Models with LoRaWAN 

By Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility and panelists from each operator type; private, public, hybrid, co-op and satellite and panelists from: NNNCo, Everynet, Senet, Senra, Helium, ATC Brazil. Are you aware that LoRaWAN open ecosystem fosters Network Business Model innovation ? Did you know that LoRaWAN Network providers are able to set-up and combine any type of Networks : Public, Private, Community, terrestrial and satellite, applying any service model ?

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 "LoRaWAN in Action" Venue Monitoring Inside the Palais des Congrès!

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During the whole event, an Actility ThingPark Enterprise LoRaWAN private network was reporting live temperature, humidity, light, carbon dioxide and occupancy statuses using data from Elsys, Parametric and Sensative sensors installed around the facility. The sensor values will be transmitted using Motorola LoRaWAN gateways and visualized using IoThink’s KHEIRON Studio. 

Moreover, fifty attendees were equipped with Abeeway smart badges whose locations will be updated on the event floor plan in real time.

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In-depth technical Demos at Actility Booth

Actility Experts & our Partners brought details and news about our various products and solutions, LoRaWAN best practices, features and benefits, ease of deployment,  through dynamic sessions and interactive live demonstrations. 

Simplified device provisioning through standardized QR codes.

Join us to see Actility’s demonstration of how to leverage the standard QR code format specified by the LoRa Alliance to easily provision your devices on ThingPark in just 2 clicks. The live demonstration will use Abeeway devices pre-commissioned on ThingPark Activation service.

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Demo will be presented to you by our experts Ramez Soss, Wireless Product Manager at Actility,  and Norbert Herbert, Head of Solution Delivery & Ecosystem integration

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WMW Hub: Multi-purpose IoT Business Application for data processing and analysis

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WMW will showcase its one single centric HMI/UI application
dashboard showing various data measured at the event: Indoor tracking using Zone detection & triangulation on BLE with Abeeway devicesSet management, geofencing reporting for entry & exits, panic button, live alert map view (NOC / control room) – link with triage system, social distancing. Moreover, it will present data for Temperature, Humidity, Light, CO2 and Presence sensors at the Palais de Congrès. 

Demo will be presented to you by our experts by Bert Vanaken, Founder & CEO at WMW-Hub.

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LoRaWAN Firmware Update Over the Air with STMicroelectronics

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