Actility and Helium Network Announce Roaming Integration to Scale IoT Coverage and Drive Large Scale Enterprise Adoption Globally

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Actility and Helium Network Announce Roaming Integration to Scale IoT Coverage and Drive Large Scale Enterprise Adoption Globally

The partnership will bring mass adoption and usage to the Helium Network, unlocking coverage for millions of IoT devices. 

San Francisco, California & Paris, France – October 15, 2021 

Actility, the leader in IoT connectivity solutions and LPWA technology, and Helium have launched a roaming integration partnership, unlocking affordable and ubiquitous coverage for millions of IoT devices. This roaming integration is made possible by the Helium blockchain, which allows LoRaWAN compatible devices already supported by Actility to utilize coverage provided by the Helium Network and pay a fraction of the cost for data transfer. The interoperability is done through Actility’s ThingPark Exchange, the industry’s first and de facto standard LoRaWAN® IoT peering hub.  

The Helium Network is the fastest-growing wireless network, decentralizing connectivity and expanding access to the internet worldwide. In the fewer than two years since the Network’s launch, it has achieved global adoption with more than 215,000 Hotspots deployed in over 19,000 cities. Through this integration with ThingPark Exchange, Actility will be able to immediately bring the Helium Network coverage to 25 already connected networks worldwide, spanning large nationwide public LoRaWAN networks, multinational corporate private networks, and a set of satellite networks, giving them access to scalable, secure, and manageable peering. 

As a result of this partnership, all IoT devices served by the networks that are connected to ThingPark Exchange can now roam between Helium-compatible Hotspots and the networks from all the other providers joining the peering platform, such as Actility-powered public LoRaWAN networks managed by Orange in France, KPN in the Netherlands, Proximus in Belgium, Swisscom in Switzerland, and many more. The number of roaming networks is constantly increasing as new networks join both from more than 50 large-scale users of Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ IoT platform and also others using standards-compliant 3rd party network servers.  

As a founding member of the LoRa alliance, this integration signals Actility’s commitment to expand the LPWAN integration to all types of LoRaWAN networks, and to advance the Helium Network ecosystem by offering roaming to both public and private LoRaWAN networks that support large-scale enterprise customers worldwide. 

Actility supports a variety of use cases, including IoT applications for smart industries and cities, energy and utilities, logistics and supply chain, facility management, precision agriculture and proximity detection and contact tracing for COVID-19, by various partners including Cisco, Volvo, Veolia, Schneider Electric, Accenture, Quuppa, Olympus, and now Helium. 

Notably, Bouygues Construction Group tracks over 20,000 pieces of equipment in real-time using Helium-compatible Abeeway sensors from Actility, which Volvo Group also uses to optimize their yard management in its France and U.S. truck plants. In Saudi Arabia, The Red Sea Development Company is deploying over 39,000 Helium-compatible LoRaWAN trackers for construction workers and vehicles to further ensure employee safety using location-based insights. As businesses seek to meet goals and cut costs, the use cases enabled by Helium and Actility are inexhaustible. Even consumers benefit from roaming when tracking their goods and pets. Check out the details of how Abeeway trackers using Helium Network operate in this dedicated webinar.  

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“The growth of the Helium Network has been explosive. By creating a roaming integration with the Helium Network, we are now able to offer any LoRaWAN network, public or private, access to this coverage, enabling them to deploy applications in more markets faster with low cost and less hassle, while also bringing more users to Hotspot owners to maximize their rewards,”

said 
Alper Yegin, Actility’s VP of Advanced Technology Development
who also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of Technical Committee for the LoRa Alliance.
 

“The Helium Network’s mission and the driving force behind our decision to partner with Actility is to democratize the internet through ubiquitous connectivity, we’re proud to team up with Actility and expand connectivity to millions of IoT devices that can now roam on the largest and fastest-growing LoRaWAN network in the world.” 

said Helium co-founder and CEO Amir Haleem.

For information about roaming on the Helium Network, visit helium.com/roam.

About Helium

Co-founded by Shawn Fanning and Amir Haleem in 2013, Helium is building the world’s first peer-to-peer wireless network to simplify connecting devices to the Internet by rewarding anyone to become a network operator. CEO Amir Haleem comes from an extensive background in triple-A video games. Helium is backed by GV (formerly Google Ventures), Khosla Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Multicoin Capital, FirstMark, Marc Benioff, Shawn Fanning and other top VCs. The Network is live in more than 19,000 cities globally. More information can be found at helium.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 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.  

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

Option™ and Actility Join Strengths to Offer Tailored, High-end LoRaWAN IoT Solutions

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Option™ and Actility Join Strengths to Offer Tailored, High-end LoRaWAN IoT Solution

Leuven, Belgium & Paris, France – October 6, 2021 

Option™, a subsidiary of Crescent, has joined forces with Actility and its Abeeway division as Channel Partner. The robust and versatile CloudGate gateway works seamlessly with Actility’s flagship private LoRaWAN®  network management platform ThingPark Enterprise.

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Option’s CloudGate gateway is backed by its extensive engineering consultancy and has powerful interfaces for aggregating sensor data to Cloud environments. Option has developed a successful innovative CloudGate LoRa portfolio specifically designed for Smart Building applications. 

CloudGate gateways are LoRaWAN® technology enabled, connecting to the vast majority of the world’s leading LoRaWAN Network Providers such as Actility.  CloudGate gateways offer proven superior indoor performance and are ideal for Smart Building and Smart Energy & Metering 

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. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life.  

ThingPark Enterprise is a LoRaWAN IoT connectivity management platform that helps customers build network infrastructure by managing LoRaWAN gateways, add new LoRaWAN devices, monitor network operations, and control the flow of data to application servers. ThingPark Enterprise is specifically designed for enterprises: it’s simple, scalable, and easy to operate, and offers a unique low-power IoT communication infrastructure to enable an infinite number of industrial use cases. 

Option’s CloudGate gateways are fully integrated with ThingPark Enterprise and are available in Actility’s gateway portfolio on Actility’s IoT marketplace, ThingPark Market 

Option’s CloudGate gateways are the world’s leading smart-edge gateways and feature centralized remote update and configuration management, state-of-the-art authentication mechanism, centralized channel-plan management, with no dependency on local time keeping. Now also available for the LoRaWAN environment. 

Contact:

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Edwin Bex
Gaston Geenslaan 14 
B-3001 Leuven, Belgium 
TEL: +32 (0) 16 31 74 11 
E-mail: investor@option.com 
www.opticrescent.com 

About Crescent 

CRESCEN NVT, a Company listed on Euronext Brussels, is a technology group led by Eric Van Zele.  Crescent IoT Solutions combines 5G technology from its engineering services division with distinctive RF antenna design capabilities to provide solutions and services deployed in reliable (private) IoT networks. Option™ with its CloudGate platform, has powerful open interfaces for aggregating (sensor) data to (Cloud) environments and has developed a successful innovative proprietary LoRa platform specifically designed for Smart Building applications. Remoticom BV develops IoT sensors for Smart Lighting, Smart City and Smart Industry applications which are commonly connected via NB-IoT/LTE-M cellular technology and will expand its sensor technology with non-cellular as well as 5G connectivity solutions. As a system integrator, S.A.I.T BV delivers solutions for business-critical communication systems and integrate the possibilities of private 5G technology with state-of-the-art sensing solutions.

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 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.  

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

Dutch Construction Leader Deploys 20,000 Smart Building IoT Sensors Using LoRaWAN

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Dutch Construction Leader Deploys 20,000 Smart Building IoT Sensors Using LoRaWAN

The Smart Building concept includes private LoRaWAN® network management and seamless integration with Microsoft IoT Hub at scale, provided by Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform.   

Press Release – Paris, France & Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 2d, 2021 

Beyond Eyes, a brand initiated by Heijmans N.V., a major Dutch construction-services business, founded in 1923, with CSU Cleaning Services BV, deployed over 20,000 LoRaWAN-connected IoT sensors for Heijmans’ clients in the Netherlands, as part of their innovative Smart Building concept. Beyond Eyes uses wireless sensors from CLICKEY to collect anonymous data on a building’s utilization, occupation, usage, and indoor environment. Smart Building sensors are then connected through the private LoRaWAN® IoT network managed on Actility’s ThingPark® Enterprise IoT platform, where data is aggregated and then forwarded to Microsoft Azure IoT Hub using using ThingPark Enterprise Azure connector.

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Diagram: Simplified architecture of the Beyond Eyes Smart Building Solution  

A sustainable work environment with efficient building management using seamless technological integration for flawless solution functioning 

Heijmans is an innovative player in the construction industry. In 2017,together with CSU Facility Management, the company initiated Beyond Eyes, a smart data-driven service which collects data in buildings, then combines that data with smart technology to achieve the business objectives of building owners and property managers. Beyond Eyes is committed to sustainable, smart, safe, and healthy work environments, it currently provides smart building solutions throughout the Netherlands, with a plan to expand their solution, which focuses on health, welfare, and productivity of the end-users, worldwide. Beyond Eyes Smart Building Solutions leverage CLICKEY Solutions and Actility IoT technology and expertise. CLICKEY, an IoT product and ecosystem development company founded in 2013, is an early adopter of LoRa radio technology.  For Smart Building Solutions, they provide a suite of plug-and-play sensors which can be easily integrated into existing building-management systems: 

  • Desk Occupation Sensors 
  • Room Occupancy Sensors 
  • People Counters 
  • Energy Sensors 
  • Comfort Sensors 
  • Environmental Sensors 

Each of these sensors, which can be mounted under desks, walls, and ceilings have a unique ID number, and are wirelessly connected to a software system, using LoRaWAN network. The collected anonymous data is then sent to the Cloud where it can be analyzed and visualized via an online platform.  Clients gain access and insights from their data through a variety of front-end applications.

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The sensors constantly measure activities and circumstances important for office locations, such as: space occupation, traffic to and from the building, comfort, and air quality (temperature, CO2 levels, light intensity, humidity, noise level).  Information from various building environments and locations is sent to Actility’s LoRaWAN network server, where it comes together on the Microsoft Azure platform in the cloud. This is where data security and management occur, after which the aggregated data is made accessible on a dedicated application. Actility enables a seamless, industrial grade integration between ThingPark Enterprise LoRaWAN networks and Azure IoT as well as IoT Central, allowing large scale IoT projects deployment in a record time.   

ThingPark Enterprise is a LoRaWAN IoT connectivity management platform that helps customers build network infrastructure by managing LoRaWAN gateways, add new LoRaWAN devices, monitor network operations, and control the flow of data to application servers. 

Beyond Eyes infrastructure is developed on Azure. The IoT hub ingests data which is then processed in Azure Digital Twins v2 (Beyond Eyes also participated in the private preview of ADTV1). Dynamics 365 is used as an implementation tool and to record the building structure.  Furthermore, a variety of other Microsoft Azure functions are used, for example Azure app plans. 

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Detailed architecture of the Beyond Eyes Smart Building Solution

Allowing smart and sustainable decisions for end users 

Beyond Eyes Smart Building solutions provide insight into the performance and use of a building which ultimately leads to process, staffing and building improvements to enable cost savings. The solution is suitable across a wide variety of building types:  including offices, museums, universities, hospitals, stadiums, and other organizations. 

Beyond Eyes Smart Building Solutions provides benefits to four end-users: 

  • Employees: Employees are provided with immediate insight into workplace availability and occupancy rates in particular departments. Upon arrival, employees can quickly see what spaces are open to them. They can also reserve workplaces or spaces, make notifications, book transport, and register visitors.
  • Cleaners: Cleaners receive precise real-time information about which areas need immediate attention (toilets, desks, conference room) and can modify their duties, planning, and routes accordingly. Cleaners can also submit specific notifications through the app, in order to speed maintenance or repairs – for instance, providing a notification when a light bulb needs to be replaced. 
  • Facility managers: Facility managers gain full visibility through the app, so that they can optimize their building management, maintenance, and hospitality accordingly.  Ongoing monitoring and data collection also provides insights that can be useful when it comes to refurbishment or new construction. While retail owners and other building tenants gain more insight into usage and traffic patterns with the ability to monitor different areas, measure occupation by counting the number of people entering and leaving, and also monitor indoor climate and comfort. The solution also tracks energy consumption of the building and where that energy is mainly used. Providing the mechanism to better manage buildings that currently remain heated or lit when not in use.  
  • CEOs: CEOs gain visibility into the actual occupancy and use of office premises, allowing them to make smarter, fact-based decisions about their housing and real estate strategy, that will ultimately save them money.
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Lower cost and wide-scale deployment with LoRaWAN 

LoRaWAN® is 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. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life. Actility provides the LoRaWAN® network server and a highly reliable and advanced IoT platform for network management – ThingPark™, already powering the vast majority (over 50) of public nationwide LoRaWAN® deployments and hundreds of companies worldwide. ThingPark Enterprise is specifically designed for enterprises: it’s simple, scalable and easy way to operate, and offers a unique low power IoT communication infrastructure to enable an infinite number of industrial use cases.

LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) connectivity like LoRaWAN is an important enabler for Azure IoT, as it provides integrators with a tool to wirelessly capture data “over the top” directly from the sensor, without a need to adapt to intermediary systems or concentrators. It is the ideal tool to rapidly add new sensors to an existing installation or to retrofit existing buildings. For example, it is possible to implement air quality measurements in an entire building without a need for any wiring.  

The LPWAN network can collect data from native LoRaWAN sensors but can also wirelessly connect to most legacy wired interfaces like ModBus, mBus or RS485 systems, and of course digital, analogue and pulse I/Os. Connectors between LPWAN networks and Azure IoT are key to the overall performance and stability of the system.  

Jeroen Groenen, Manager of Beyond Eyes
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With our partners CLICKEY and Actility, we managed to build efficient IoT solutions with a seamless integration of thousands of connected devices over a large mission critical LoRaWAN network, and our application fully leverages the scalability and analytics performance of Azure IoT. With our solutions, we make buildings management more sustainable and people happier”

said Jeroen Groenen, Manager of Beyond Eyes.

“Together with Actility and Beyond Eyes, we have been able to take bigger steps into the world of smart buildings. Our goal is that the solutions created can make work life easier, more comfortable and safer”

said Pedro de Smit, CEO of CLICKEY solutions.

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Beyond Eyes is designed to enable organizations to bring employees back to physical workplaces safely. Actility looks forward to capitalizing on this collaboration with, Beyond Eyes, CLICKEY and Microsoft to jointly develop scalable IoT solutions that are seamlessly integrated and designed for fast deployment and industrial grade stability

said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.

At its heart the Beyond Eyes solution utilizes Azure Digital Twins and Microsoft Dynamics 365 to help workers get back to the office safely and at the same time, help those who are providing workspaces more efficiently manage their properties. It has been great working with Actility to make sure that the power of LoRa technology can be utilized by Azure solution builders. By using Digital Twins and Dynamics, Beyond Eyes can digitally model the structure of a building with all its properties. Using sensor data, they can visualize in real-time how the building is performing, how it is being used, and how to optimize it across multiple use cases”

explained Tony Shakib, Partner General Manager, Azure IoT Business Acceleration at Microsoft 

Tony Shakib, Partner General Manager, Azure IoT Business Acceleration at Microsoft
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About Beyond Eyes 

Beyond Eyes believes that everyone has the right to a healthy, safe and sustainable (working) environment through smarter buildings. We achieve this through the combination of smart technology, data, advice & implementation. Our services are the smart eyes of your property. A technological addition that reaches further than the human eye can see. We see where cleaning needs to be done, which rooms are occupied, where air quality needs to be optimized and where energy can be saved. 

About CLICKEY

CLICKEY solutions already existed since 2012, it originally started under the name Invenit BV. We are proud to say that CLICKEY solutions is one of the ‘founding fathers’ of the new standards for IoT networks. Everything based on the idea that connecting things to the internet needs to happen without expensive (data) subscriptions, big battery packages and traditional SIM-based communication components. In addition to being a manufacturer of various standard IoT solutions, CLICKEY solutions is also a product development company where customized solutions are made. CLICKEY solutions is based in Raamsdonksveer, the place where our smart and creative ideas for new IoT solutions are developed.

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 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.  

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

Actility – ThingPark™ Wireless Integration is now part of the latest version of akenza.io

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Actility - ThingPark™ Wireless Integration is now part of the latest version of Akenza.io

Press Release, Zurich and Paris – August 2021.

Actility and Akenza are glad to announce the integration of Actility’s ThingPark™ Wireless accounts into the latest version of the akenza IoT platform.

Akenza offers a low-code IoT platform allowing you to build IoT products and services by connecting, controlling and managing IoT devices in one place. By offering centralized connectivity management, akenza allows you to manage your connectivity portfolio with minimal effort.

Specifically, it is now possible for Actility clients to natively integrate their accounts into akenza and manage their IoT device fleet and connectivity in one place. The integration process can be done in a few clicks in akenza and is entirely automated. Akenza is multi-tenant capable and provides an optimized user interface, data processing & data storage capabilities, and a unified experience using ThingsPark Wireless and other access technologies.

The newest version of akenza provides smoother onboarding and enhanced self-service features that allow companies to start their IoT case right away, even without coding skills. Akenza’s no-code Data Flow, no-code Rule Engine, extensive Device Type Library and advanced user management allow you to start your IoT project on a solid technological foundation and accelerate your development process while focusing on your business case.

Thanks to this integration, companies get direct access to ThingPark™ Wireless to connect IoT devices anywhere, gathering data to cloud applications on any scale through LoRaWAN networks. ThingPark™ Wireless edition is designed for operators, already powering vast public nationwide LoRaWAN deployments worldwide.

The akenza platform also offers the possibility for network providers using the Actility infrastructure to resell their connectivity through the “Connectivity as a Service” offering from akenza. It is currently the case with the nationwide LoRaWAN network from Swisscom, the leading telecom company in Switzerland.

About Akenza 

Akenza AG was born in 2017 to deliver fast, easy and cost-effective IoT solutions. Akenza is headquartered in the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich, where it helps companies from all around Europe to develop their own smart IoT solutions.

Akenza is  one of the winners of the IoT Breakthrough Award 2021, the technology provider received the title “Smart Construction Solution of the Year” in the field of the Internet of Things. With this competition, the creators of the IoT Breakthrough Award recognize, according to their own statements, “outstanding achievements and creativity, hard work and the success of IoT companies, technologies and products”.

The company has established itself in long term relationships with major clients such as the Facility Management Provider  ISS Switzerland, Georg Fischer as well as with various SMEs. 

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 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.  

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

Tensei Philippines Inc. Now Distributes IoT LoRaWAN Solutions from Actility and Abeeway

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Tensei Philippines Inc. Now Distributes IoT LoRaWAN Solutions from Actility and Abeeway

Press Release, Paris, France & Manila, Philippines – 30 July, 2021 

We are happy to announce that Actility has partnered with Tensei Philippines Inc. – TPI – a Japanese-founded company created in 2014, and a leading provider of a wide range of services from technology, security, or recruitment, to business process outsourcing, starting from the initial concept to its implementation. TPI is now an Actility Channel Partner, allowing its clients deploy IoT solutions for Smart Buildings embedded with a private LoRaWAN® network infrastructure using Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform, and Abeeway devices for asset management and workforce safety.  

Tensei Philipines is a multi-faced organization which combines both Japanese and Filipino expertise, offering strong skills in the development of a wide range of services which include intelligent Building Management Systems (iBMS), Video Management Systems (VMS), System Development, Document Management Systems (DMS), Hospital and Hotel Management Systems (HMS), Robotic Process Automation (RPA), or Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), with the aim of creating innovative technology solutions that will continue helping transform the future. 

Therefore, the company aims to implement intelligent Building Management System (iBMS) solutions across many verticals, engaging in different protocols and applying many different ideas to make their iBMS solution become a one-stop solution. For this TPI decided to include the LoRaWAN ThingPark Enterprise technology in their product offer, which grants the ability to gather, analyze and transform raw data into insights to optimize any industrial process. 

Since it is the first time TPI engaged with LoRaWAN technology, the company searched for Actility’s know-how, acquired through years of experience and thousands of use cases deployed, to help them deploy their private network server and handle their Abeeway asset management devices offer. Offering TPI gives the opportunity to expand end-to-end smart tracking solutions to own services for reliable indoor and outdoor human and asset safety and location. 

Tensei Philippines decided to choose Actility, having carried out a careful comparison with other companies, after being impressed by Actility’s service flexibility. Being able to work with any IoT device connected to the LoRaWAN protocol allows TPI to produce new systems which couldn’t get offered before. 

LoRaWAN® is a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks. With LoRaWAN®, devices can communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections. It also allows for devices’ batteries to last longer, therefore significantly lowering the Total Cost of Ownership. Actility already powers more than 50 telecoms operators with LoRaWAN® connectivity across the globe. Its enterprise-grade LoRaWAN® network server – ThingPark Enterprise – operates over 35.000 network base stations worldwide. In additional to its international reach, Actility also brings to the partnership its Abeewaytracking devices that work both indoors and outdoors thanks to their multi- technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, Wi-Fi Sniffing and Bluetooth Low Energy. 

We have been able to add a new line of products to our IoT platform, iBMS. Through this partnership with Actility, we can now offer something that has been difficult to do in the past. We know that new solutions and businesses are born from encounters with our customers, and now clients can feel free to contact us about any problem they have, with the certainty that we will be able to solve their problems together” 

said Takamori Nishikawa, COO/CFO at Tensei Philippines Inc. 

Through this partnership with Actility, both companies intend to support their clients by acquiring the opportunity to leverage Tensei Philipine’s vast catalogue of solutions, optimizing any industrial process through powerful, flexible and scalable IoT solutions usingLoRaWAN® connectivity and managed on Actility’s TPE platform, which allows to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks for an infinity ofIoT use cases. 

About Tensei Philippines Inc. 

Tensei Philippines Inc., established in 2014, is a Japanese funded organization part of Tensei Group of Companies in Fukui Prefecture, Japan – offering customized and robust technology solutions revolving around B2B and B2C system development, system integration smart building and security solutions, and business process outsourcing. 

Tensei’s purpose is to enable organizations run their businesses and operations better through efficiency-enhancing technology solutions. 

Contact Tensei Philippines Inc. https://www.tenseiph.com/contact/

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 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.  

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

Olympus adopts Proximity Detection and Contact Tracing in its Japanese Factories to Fight Against COVID-19 using LoRaWAN

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Olympus Adopts Proximity Detection and Contact Tracing in its Japanese Factories to Fight Against COVID-19 Using LoRaWAN®

Press Release, Tokyo & Paris – August 3rd  2021

Olympus Corporation, a major Japanese manufacturer of optics and reprography products with headquarters in Tokyo, has deployed in its Japanese factories the “Tracking Solution for Infectious Diseases (COVID-19)” provided by Macnica Networks, a global network, security and cloud solutions provider with headquarters in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, an Actility Channel Partner distributing and supporting ThingPark IoT platform. Olympus’ goal is to reduce the risk of service interruption and spread of infectious disease by quickly and accurately identifying infected people who have been in close contact, and therefore to ensure a stable supply of medical equipment. 

Read Macnica’s Press Release (in Japanese) and detailed use case description here (in Japanese). 

The solution, based on Actility’s Proximity Detection & Contact Tracing for Covid-19, is using Abeeway sensors and Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise for private LoRaWAN IoT connectivity in SAAS in order to track the contact history of people infected with the coronavirus and those who have come into close contact with them in factories.

Olympus, also a leading company in the medical equipment industry, has been implementing thorough measures to prevent infectious diseases in response to the spread of COVID-19. In the face of the coronavirus, the company has been working on countermeasures with the mission of “never stopping medical device reparation services” and was considering the introduction of even more robust measures to minimize all risks in order not to stop the operation of the repair center.

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Risks and Challenges in Olympus Repair Center

In factories and repair centers, it is difficult to fully introduce telework, and employees inevitably must work on-site. Under normal circumstances, employees work with social distance, but depending on the nature of the work, it is inevitable that they will have close conversations during meetings, trainings, guidance, consultation, etc.

In addition, even if we take all possible measures in the workplace, we cannot eliminate the risk of infection outside the home or workplace, and there is a risk that viruses brought in from outside may cause clusters in the factory. Once an infected person or a person in close contact with an infected person is confirmed, there is no way to objectively measure who the person was in contact with and to what extent in the factory, and the company had no choice but to narrow down the list of people in close contact with based on vague information from memory. At Olympus’s overseas repair factories, when an infected person was confirmed, the entire production line had to take a leave of absence, which affected the manufacturing and repair operations.

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Abeeway tracker with medical crew

Among the company’s products, there are gastrointestinal endoscopes, which are used for visualization, diagnosis, and treatment of the digestive tract such as the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, Olympus boasts a high market share of over 70% globally. Medical devices, including endoscopes, are directly related to health care, as they are used for regular medical checkups and surgeries, and therefore require high quality and strict management. 

The endoscopes of today are not only for examination but also have the fate of being a therapeutic instrument for direct treatment. That’s why it is very important from a social standpoint to maintain a stable supply of equipment by establishing a stable repair system,” explained Tsutomu Hosoya, who is in charge of BCP promotion in the medical repair department. That is why it is required to repair and return the repaired products received from medical institutions as quickly as possible and with accurate quality. 

In Japan, more than about 10 million endoscopic examinations are performed annually. In order to continue providing endoscopes to the medical field, the company has established a system that enables high-quality repair and maintenance all over the world, and currently has over 150 repair centers globally.

Solution Features and Reasons for Adoption

This “Tracking Solution for Infectious Diseases (COVID-19)” provided by Macnica Networks is a system that monitors the contact status using small sensors using LoRaWAN®/BLE from Abeeway, a subsidiary of Actility, a global provider of LWPAN connectivity solutions. The sensors, under a badge format, are worn by each employee and measure the distance through BLE wireless communication with each other, and when the contact condition exceeds the standard value corresponding to intensive contact, an alert is sent to the centralized management application in the cloud. The application displays and records the contact alert status of all devices. The data can be searched backward in time and date and can be exported as a CSV file.

Even though the solutions introduced in Japan before were over-spec and highly accurate, they were expensive as a result. Moreover, they were still in the development stage, so they were not the most suitable for us, who wanted to deploy them as soon as possible,” said Hosoya. They wanted a solution with a system and logic as simple as possible.

That’s why we focused on the LPWA solution using LoRaWAN provided by Macnica Networks. In particular, the simplicity of the solution, which can be managed by a server in the cloud, as well as the budget, met the company’s requirements“. However, Mr. Atsunori Ikeuchi, who is in charge of systems in the medical repair department, recalls that there were some systemic concerns from the beginning. “We were concerned about whether or not the system would have any impact on the company’s internal facilities, as it uses radio waves, and whether or not there would be any radio wave interference from the already installed facilities. In fact, we found out that LoRaWAN is capable of long-distance communication, saves power, and is resistant to noise. In this sense, we thought that it would have little impact on the existing environment,” he explains.

There was another concern that the number of repeaters would become huge because many devices would communicate with one repeater in order for repair workers to wear the device. “If a large number of LoRaWAN repeaters are required, the operational burden will increase in terms of maintenance and response to failures. However, we found out that we only needed about two of them for a single floor, which impressed us once again with the amazing technology,” said Mr. Ikeuchi.

Operation and effect

This solution is currently in operation at two factories, monitoring the contact status of hundreds of employees. Employees wear dedicated devices on their chest at the beginning of their workday and keep it on until the end of their workday. The badge is small enough that it does not interfere with the work and is operated with little burden.

In fact, when a case of suspected close contact occurred among employees, the company was able to use this system to quickly determine who the person in question was in close contact with in the factory, and the company was able to confirm the effectiveness of this system.  

As for the concerns about behavioral monitoring, they were able to resolve them by turning off the GPS function, informing the field that they would only use the contact history in case of emergency, and educating them about the significance of this.

Olympus decided to implement this system because of its superiority in the following areas:

  • The ability to quickly narrow down the list of people based on accurate and objective contact data.
  • No other manufacturer in Japan offers a similar service.
  • The system can be implemented immediately by purchasing dedicated devices and gateways.
  • The device is very small, lightweight and does not interfere with people’s work.
  • Using LPWA communication, specifically, LoRaWAN®, allows to cover a wide area, with small number of gateways installed, which allows significantly reduced communication and operating costs.

The introduction of the LPWA solution has made it possible to quickly investigate the contact history in the event of an emergency and has succeeded in creating an environment that minimizes business risks from the perspective of business continuity. The company has also been able to establish a stable process for medical institutions that request repairs, which is helping to build a sense of trust.We have been holding weekly status sharing meetings with each SORC, and we have received reports that the system is operating without any problems, such as the stable collection of contact history,Hosoya explains. 

With the introduction of this solution, some workplaces have begun to use the acquired data to design work lines and work styles that do not lead to intensive contact in the first place. Mr. Hideki Ohki, who is in charge of SORC management and implementation, explains the new trend: “By looking at the history, we are able to identify the processes that may lead to intensive contact, and we are now considering how to avoid such processes in the process of business improvement”.

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Lower cost and wide-scale deployment with LoRaWAN®

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. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life. Actility provides the LoRaWAN® network server and a highly reliable and advanced IoT platform for network management – ThingPark™, already powering the vast majority (over 50) of public nationwide LoRaWAN® deployments and hundreds of companies worldwide.

ThingPark Enterprise is a LoRaWAN IoT connectivity management platform that helps customers build network infrastructure by managing LoRaWAN gateways, add new LoRaWAN devices, monitor network operations, and control the flow of data to application servers. ThingPark Enterprise is specifically designed for enterprises: it’s a simple, scalable, and easy way to operate, and offers a unique low-power IoT communication infrastructure to enable an infinite number of industrial use cases.

Possibility of other future LPWA solutions  implementation

Currently, COVID-19 has led to the installation of LPWA solutions at two medical device repair centers. In the future, the LPWA solution is expected to be used for new applications, such as monitoring the entry history of people in dangerous areas, or checking if anyone is left behind in a factory in the event of a natural disaster.

“For example, we may consider using it to grasp the history of people’s entry into areas where cameras cannot be installed, while gaining the understanding of workplaces, and we look forward to Macnica Networks’ proposals on how to use this system after COVID-19 comes to an end. There is a good possibility that the foundation of the LPWA solution laid this time can be used in situations such as the use of IoT for the DXification of factories.” 

said Mr. Tsutomu Hosoya, Olympus Corporation
BCP Promotion, Medical Repair Division

A LoRaWAN-based proximity detection and contact tracing solution allows to automate the monitoring of new safety policies like social distancing, while empowering employees as part of the new normal in business operations. It is a great and innovative way to protect the continuity of manufacturing and corporate operations with instant return on investment by avoiding costly full shutdowns”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility

Olympus Company Profile

Olympus Corporation provides a variety of solutions to meet customer requirements in the medical, life science and industrial fields. Over the past 100 years, Olympus has continued to contribute to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, to life science research, and to the safety of people. It’s specialized in development, manufacture, sales, repair and maintenance of precision instruments in the medical, life science and industrial fields Provision of services and other solutions.

Capital: 124.6 billion yen (as of March 2021)Head Office Shinjuku Monolith, 2-3-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0914, JapanRepresentative Yasuo Takeuchi, Director, Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO

Website https://www.olympus.co.jp/

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 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.  

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

Macnica Networks Company Profile

Macnica Networks is a technology trading company that provides optimal cutting-edge technologies based on intelligence cultivated through extensive experience and research in partnership with numerous overseas companies. Our product lineup covers a wide range of areas such as security, network infrastructure, AI, and DX, and we boast a track record of introducing our products to a large number of customers, including government agencies, educational institutions, and general companies, through our full range of services from product introduction to operation and support.

Company name: Macnica Networks, Inc.
Capital 300 million yen (as of March 31, 2021)
A wholly owned subsidiary of Macnica, Inc.
Head Office Address 1-5-5 Shin-Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 222-8562, Japan
Representative: Jun Ikeda, President and Representative Director
Website https://www.macnica.net/
Business description Provision of IT solutions, including import/export, development, sales, consulting and maintenance services for corporate networks and security-related hardware and software.
The names of the companies and products mentioned in this document are the registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective companies.
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ThingPark Exchange Extends LoRaWAN Roaming to 25 Networks

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ThingPark Exchange Extends LoRaWAN Roaming to 25 Networks Worldwide with New NS Vendors and Satellite Operators

Press Release, Paris, France – 22 July 2021

Actility is proud to announce that ThingPark Exchange, the first and de facto standard LoRaWAN® peering hub in the industry, has successfully completed interoperability with multiple new LoRaWAN infrastructure vendors, terrestrial and satellite operators, and has reached 25 connected networks globally. The new additions bring LoRaWAN® roaming virtually worldwide thanks to Actility’s roaming platform.

Actility, with its mission to accelerate LoRaWAN® adoption by lowering barriers, continues to lead the LoRaWAN roaming footprint expansion and the standard specification development after being the first to operate the first LoRaWAN® peering hub since April 2019 – ThingPark Exchange – to facilitate roaming across the globe by building the LPWAN backbone.

Standards-compliant open platform: connect once, peer with any other network.

ThingPark Exchange is vendor-neutral, as it is fully compliant with the LoRa Alliance standard roaming protocol, and an open platform.

ThingPark™, Actility’s IoT platform, is already being used by the vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies all over the world. ThingPark Exhange has been connecting many public LoRaWAN® service providers and large industrial solution providers, giving them access to scalable, secure, and manageable peering among the ever-increasing number of networks, spanning public and private networks, terrestrial and satellite, LoRaWAN and non-LoRaWAN networks, and networks based on both Actility and non-Actility platforms.

Successful interop with the network implementations of Sagemcom, Everynet, Loriot, Orbiwise, A2A, Semtech, Lacuna and Hiber keeps on expanding the ThingPark Exchange interconnection service to networks served by these 3rd-party infra vendors. The Hub is also connecting two LoRaWAN Join Servers: Semtech Join Server and Actility’s ThingPark Activation/ Join Server. Moreover, the addition of new satellite networks Kineis and Swarm, joining the already connected Lacuna and Hiber, brings to 4 the number of space connectivity providers roaming on ThingPark Exchange.

LoRaWAN Backend Interfaces Technical Specification completed in Q4 2020 (see LoRa Alliance press release) enhance ease-of-use for roaming implementations and add support of LoRaWAN geolocation features for roaming devices. LoRaWAN roaming covers both mobile assets and fixed ones of multi-national customers whose devices leverage the radio coverage from roaming partners across multiple countries. In addition to public-to-public network peering, LoRaWAN’s roaming capabilities also support public-to-private peering. The LoRaWAN protocol also offers a unique feature, whereby a given device could be served simultaneously by several gateways that may belong to the home and one or more visited networks. From a functionality perspective, this allows several networks’ gateways to act as one, with unified coverage serving the device.


Device Activation made easy for global solution providers.

One of the biggest advantages of the ThingPark Exchange platform is that it facilitates the activation of devices in any country for solution providers with a global footprint. 

With the availability of nationwide coverage, ThingPark Exchange service as a peering hub that interconnects multiple LoRaWAN networks has helped create a global market for multi-country LoRaWAN use cases in Smart Manufacturing and transport and logistics. By adding the support of its ThingPark Activation Service on top of the ThingPark Exchange peering hub, Actility makes it easy for large device manufacturers to securely manufacture devices and roll them out across multiple country markets without the hassle of sharing secure device credentials for multiple provisioning across multiple networks.

For example, Schneider Electric is using ThingPark Activation to enable their global LoRaWAN-based solutions in Energy Management and Industry 4.0 verticals. The device manufacturer can massively produce LoRaWAN devices without having to personalize them for a given LoRaWAN network. ThingPark Exchange takes care of securely sending activation requests from any network to a central ThingPark Activation service.

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ThingPark Exhange at a glance:

At the time of this publication, LPWAN networks using ThingPark Exchange include: 


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Orange in France and Romania


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Swisscom in Switzerland


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KPN in Netherlands


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Proximus in Belgium and Luxembourg


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Digita Oy in Finland


Pingday in Sweden


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National Narrowband Netwonk in Australia


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Objenious by Bouygues Telecom in France


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Altibox in Norway


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ER-Telecom in Russia


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A2A in Italy


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Connexin in the United Kingdom


Telekom Srbija

Telekom Srbija in Serbia


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VTC Digicom in Vietnam


3S in Tunisia


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Everynet-powered public networks in Brazil (American Tower do Brazil), Indonesia (Telkom Indonesia), Iceland (Lysir), UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and the United States


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Schneider Electric (a multi-country private network)


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Abeeway (a multi-country private network)


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Actility ThingPark Activation / Join Server (global)


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Semtech Join Server (global)


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Kineis (satellite network)


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Lacuna (satellite network)


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Hiber (satellite network)


Swarm (satellite network)

ThingPark Exchange is an open platform that successfully interoperates with the vendor implementations below using the LoRa Alliance roaming and activation standard specifications. With the latest addition of Loriot and Orbiwise, Actility welcomes the networks running on these implementations to join ThingPark Exchange as well!


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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 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.

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


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Optimize Workspace Management with the Latest End-to-End IoT Solution

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Optimize Workspace Management with the Latest End-to-End IoT Solution

Press Release, Paris 5th July 2021

Actility, in joint work with and Elsys, now offers a new Workspace Management Starter Kit focused on the monitorization of work areas 24/7. This IoT solution allows to simultaneously monitor data provided by indoor environments like temperature, humidity, lighting, personnel presence, and directional people counting (left-right) for real-time monitoring of staff interventions, cleaning based on real-time usage data, and improvement of the team’s productivity for better organization. Vertical M2M , Elsys.se,  Skiply, and Parametric has released a new Workspace Management Starter Kit focused on the monitorization of work areas 24/7. This IoT solution allows to simultaneously monitor data provided by indoor environments like temperature, humidity, lighting, personnel presence, and directional people counting (left-right) for real-time monitoring of staff interventions, cleaning based on real-time usage data, and improvement of the team’s productivity for better organization.

The trial kit offers the opportunity to reduce operational costs and improve business outcomes, providing users with the necessary equipment and connectivity to assess the whole integrated plug-and-play solution.

A guarantee of workspace optimization

Workspace occupant’s productivity and wellbeing are two of the most important assets of a company. The main challenge for managers is being able to monitor and know when to act to guarantee and improve issues.

Now available on ThingPark Market, Actility’s IoT solutions marketplace, the kit, which can be used in offices, meeting rooms, shops, industrial facilities, public buildings, classrooms, and many other areas with high occupancy, helps management units from all sectors to monitor multiple operations simultaneously and drive new insights thanks to the data provided by smart sensors, allowing to act on real-time usage data and pre-set thresholds, connecting and monitoring all assets through wireless sensors, centralizing data readings in one single place, and exporting and sharing information across the whole business.

This solution, offers a wide range of automation opportunities, improving the productivity of the entire team, reducing operational spending, and optimizing business outcomes. Monitorization, measurements, recordings, and alerts on real-time control systems are provided, offering the opportunity to act quickly to save operational costs and protect occupant’s wellbeing. The application dashboard displays information about monitored equipment in any business, enabling a navigation panel for facility management through a dashboard including workspace occupancy, environmental monitoring and proof of cleaning.

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Everything included in the kit:

The kit, which offers a 1-month trial, is equipped with the following devices:

Figure one

The Elsys.se IoT sensor for temperature, humidity, light, and presence in an indoor environment. This sensor can be installed inside rooms, offices, shops and halls for 24/7 environment monitoring allowing users to configure both sampling mode and transmission schedules, configurable via Downlink or NFC.

The Elsys.se solutions offer pre-integrated interoperability, with Actility’s application dashboard for simple decoding and encoding services.​ This multi-sensor type of devices provide robust and resilient solution to support different environments and at the same time are discrete in both business and home environments.​

Figure two

Personnel presence IoT sensor through magnetic cards, designed by Skiply Smilio. This sensor can be installed in borne, walls, restaurants, restrooms, or any physical place for continuous reporting of service personnel presence using magnetic cards.

The five connected buttons integrated in the solution guarantee staff monitoring interventions, including proof of presence technology through integrated magnetic sensors for staff time of arrivals/departures, and authenticating through a unique 5-digit code.​ The central button can also be used for particular actions like problem reporting, corrective actions settings, and is also configurable via Downlink.

Figure three

The Parametric PCR2 sensor for measuring peoples flows with directional counting (left/right), which can be mounted sideways or overhead to detect people passing by.

Figure four

Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise LoRaWAN connectivity infrastructure

Figure five

The UfiSpace Enterprise Indoor Gateway, which allows to conveniently create a LoRaWAN coverage around buildings. The gateway has an intuitive web and application interface for easy installation and is shipped with ThingPark LRR software preinstalled and configured for ThingPark Enterprise.

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3 months subscription to ThingPark Enterprise SaaS service, the leading LoRaWAN private network which streamlines IoT network operations, providing enterprises with a proficient UX to easily build a multi-gateway LoRaWAN network and feed data to IoT applications. By deploying ThingPark Enterprise, customers benefit from a dependable, secure, and scalable private LoRaWAN® connectivity infrastructure to enable a wide variety of IoT use cases.

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1 hour of technical assistanceduring trial period.

About Vertical M2M

Vertical M2M is an IoT/M2M software developer since 2008. Their product, CommonSense IoT Platform, enables solution providers, system integrators, industrial players, telcos or device makers to build and deploy with ease end-to-end IoT solutions.

 

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About Elsys.se

ELSYS.se is a leading provider of LoRaWAN® sensors, connected devices, and network solutions. Elsys provide their own products in connected vehicles, logistics, and LoRaWAN® for the professional market, with products deployed in many countries around the world. They also provide development services in electronic hardware and software design with the main focus on wireless sensors and embedded systems.

Contact: https://www.elsys.se/en/kontakt/

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About Skiply

Skiply develops easy-to-use solutions recognized for their efficiency having won many innovation competitions each year, gaining prestigious partnerships like Microsoft, IBM, Google or Orange, and being present on 4 continents.

Contact: https://www.skiply.eu/en/contact-us/

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About Parametric

Parametric GmbH is an Engineering & Products Company located in Switzerland. They focus on highly reliable digital platforms for smart transport and smart infrastructure applications, turnkey solutions and lifecycle services.

Contact: https://parametric.ch/contact/

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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 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.  

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

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SenRa and Actility intensify partnership to deploy LoRaWAN® end-to-end solutions

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SenRa and Actility intensify partnership to deploy LoRaWAN® end-to-end solutions

Press Release, NEW DELHI, India & PARIS, France – June 30, 2021

SenRa, a PAN-India LoRaWAN® public network operator, and Actility, global leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions, announce today a partnership to accelerate LoRaWAN® adoption across the globe.

SenRa’s expertise in connectivity services and data analytics coupled with Actility’s advanced product portfolio allows for rapid deployments of LoRaWAN® solutions across many IoT segments such as Smart Cities, Industrial IoT, Smart Buildings, Logistics & Supply Chain, not only in India, but across the globe.  

The companies have already implemented go-to-market strategies to deploy end-to-end solutions across many verticals. The seamless integration of Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise private network server and Abeeway asset management devices extends SenRa’s product portfolio to include reliable indoor and outdoor tracking solutions based on LoRaWAN®, such as SenRa’s end-to-end smart tracking solution, uFind.

Abeeway, a subsidiary of Actility, offers extremely energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart multi-technology location system optimized for LoRaWAN® connectivity. The partners are now deploying solutions for human safety and asset management in airports, factories, and, more recently, in the defense sector.

An additional benefit of the partnership is the ability to combine Actility’s Proximity & Contact Tracing solutions with Abeeway’s devices, jointly safeguarding citizens in India in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution alerts people who do not comply with the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Together, SenRa and Abeeway are combining their knowledge in wireless communication and tracking solutions to keep people safe and healthy.

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“Actility offers a variety of personal safety, proximity and asset management solutions which enable us to address our customer’s needs. We are already working together on several projects in wildlife conservation, smart factories, and the defense sector and we look forward to the continued collaboration”

said SenRa’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Hosseini

“Our collaboration with SenRa is enabling a faster adoption of IoT solutions in India through the expansion of LoRaWAN® networks and help both companies in offering advanced solutions not only to customers from India, but globally”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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About SenRa

SenRa, a contributing member of the LoRa Alliance®, is a PAN India Low Power Wide Area Network Provider (LPWAN), specifically LoRaWAN®, for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine to Machine (M2M) solutions and applications. SenRa is currently deploying LPWANs throughout India for projects which require secure, reliable, long distance communication at low cost. SenRa is working with global partners to deploy smart solutions across many IoT segments in India. For additional information, visit: https://senraco.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 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.  

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

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New ThingPark IoT Solution Released for Efficient Energy Optimization

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New ThingPark IoT Solution Released for Efficient Energy Optimization

Press Release, Paris 24th June 2021

Actility, in joint work with Opinum and Adeunis, now offers a new Energy Optimization Starter Kit focused on boosting energy efficiency. This IoT solution allows to improve energy efficiency by identifying where, when, and how energy is consumed and offering power-saving measures. It is used to determine the existing energy spending of in-service equipment, through the identification of patterns, to prevent costly operational spending and optimize energy consumption.

A guarantee of operational optimization

There are numerous sources of energy consumption in industrialized buildings, and these can present overconsumption issues which can lead to significant energy expense. The main challenge for managers in industrial buildings like factories, hospitals, ports or airports is to identify where the largest items of expenditure are situated in the building to be able to optimize the equipment.

The first step to optimizing building’s energy usage is to collect and analyze consumption data. For this it is necessary to set up all the elements from the kit, which have an extremely easy configuration and is focused on being easy and quick to deploy while not require any implementation of heavy infrastructure to operate.

This Energy Optimization Starter Kit, now available on ThingPark Market, Actility’s IoT solutions marketplace, allows to monitor hundreds of remote sites in a unified portal, making the company’s energy profiles visual and understandable and providing easy accessibility, usability, management, and control. The solution integrates with existing meters and systems, helping to better plan energy consumption with pre-defined targets or KPIs, improving energy budgeting corresponding to each plan, helping to enhance utilization capacity reducing maintenance and manpower, and improving systems uptime. The solution is now available on-premises and cloud-based application.

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Everything included in the kit:

The kit, which offers a 3-month trial, is equipped with the following devices:

Figure one

The Adeunis Pulse Sensor which connects directly to the monitored machine. This device counts electrical pulses through a sensor. The counters are then sent to a programmable frequency through LoRaWAN network.

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The Adeunis Modbus interface acts as a Modbus master and manages up to 20 slaves connected to a wired bus (RS232/RS485) RTU mode (Remote Terminal Unit), enabling to read and write Modbus equipment registers through the LoRaWAN network.

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The UfiSpace Enterprise Indoor Gateway, which allows to conveniently create a LoRaWAN coverage around your building. The gateway has an intuitive web and application interface for easy installation and is shipped with ThingPark LRR software preinstalled and configured for ThingPark Enterprise.

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Opinum Business Application allows to visualize and analyze standardized data relationships that may exist by unlocking meaningful insights, removing the complexity of managing energy-related data, APIs for automatic integration, enables automatic management tools and is flexible – agnostic to algorithms.

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3 months subscription to ThingPark Enterprise SaaS service, the leading LoRaWAN private network which streamlines IoT network operations, providing enterprises with a proficient UX to easily build a multi-gateway LoRaWAN network and feed data to IoT applications. By deploying ThingPark Enterprise, customers benefit from a dependable, secure, and scalable private LoRaWAN® connectivity infrastructure to enable a wide variety of IoT use cases.

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3 hours of technical assistance during trial period.

Years of experience concentrated in a kit

Opinum counts with many years of experience behind their back, conquering big energy management achievements never seen before. One clear example of Opinum’s know-how is the use case deployed in Vietnam to manage the energy of a 3.300 hectares industrial zone using LoRaWAN.

The fastest-growing industrial region in Vietnam sought an automated solution to collect information to better organize their activities and optimize the amounts of energy they were using. To solve the issue, smart meters connected to LoRaWAN were installed across this big industrial infrastructure to automate the collection and analysis of a fixed set of variables like voltage, capacity, consumption every 30 minutes, including clear dashboards to better understand the data.

The deployment gained some optimal results and now allows to better plan maintenance interventions, implement predictive maintenance programs based on trends, and anticipate actions to be taken.

About Opinum

Opinum is a Belgian company founded in 2014. Opinum has created and ensures the continuous development of the “Opinum Data Hub” platform, designed for energy and environmental actors. Opinum is the key partner of these actors in their digital transformation journey.

Opinum Data Hub covers all stages of the data management value chain to allow its users to look beyond the complexity of data and focus on their core value and expertise. Opinum Data Hub is mainly intended for electricity, gas and water (local) distribution system operators, Power & Gas Utilities and companies with expertise in the energy & environmental sector.

About Adeunis

Adeunis guarantees the complete chain of information, from sensors to the transfer of data, and to their customers’ applications.

From the manufacture of connected devices to support on sites including the deployment and maintenance of our solutions designed specifically for each use case, and the integration of connectivity (management of subscriptions, tailored technology selection), Adeunis has its place along the entire chain of data exploitation.

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 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.  

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

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Norada and Abeeway join strengths to reinforce senior care communities in North America through LoRaWAN

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Norada and Abeeway join strengths to reinforce senior care communities in North America through LoRaWAN®

Press Release, Paris, France – June 2021

Norada, a vertical solutions provider operating in Canada and the US, which has recently joined Actility’s Channel Partners network, is supporting staff in Senior Care communities in North America by providing them with Abeeway Micro Trackers using LoRaWAN network technology to help mitigate their hyper-constrained staff resources.

Many senior care communities suffer from strained staff. Workers find themselves under a lot of pressure and need to find ways to automate small tasks in order to save as much time as possible to be able to reinvest it in quality time for their patients. Norada decided to work on a solution which would provide staff with a seconds set of eyes, allowing them to focus on the high value work they were trained to do.

The solution, which uses Abeeway trackers, allows to precisely locate staff, residents, and equipment, even if they are out of the community boundaries. This is possible due to the LoRaWAN connectivity which the tracking devices are using, allowing to cover hundreds of square kilometers. The solution also allows workers to know when anyone dwells, enters, exits, or is unexpectedly absent from an area.

  • Ease the fear and anxiety of not knowing what is going on when responsible for the safety of others: alert when anyone dwells, enters, exits, or is absent unexpectedly from an area.

  • Create actionable data: provides data visualization and analytics on the history of data collected, like heat maps and data-driven insights, to guide the best course of action.

  • Know whether a service was completed: reduce documentation time by using smart sensors to automatically track when an area has been serviced and monitor the ongoing service intervals.

Norada’s solution also addresses other purposes by helping staff to know when an area has been serviced or is being serviced, minimizing lost time by redoing already completed work. It also provides data visualization and analytics on the collected data’s history, like heat maps and data-driven insights. This allows staff to study and create the best course of action, also minimizing time waste and reinvesting gained time on the community members.

“Nightshift poses the biggest safety risk for residents as Senior Care communities have fewer staff working. Recently, the management team of a community we’re working with, and a resident’s loved ones received a frantic call at 2 AM about a possible resident elopement. It turns out the resident and the staff searching for him were just missing one another while doing laps of the building for 45 minutes. The efficiencies from this system would have completely helped to avoid the stress which was put on the families, staff, and the resident.” 
Senior Care Community Worker

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High value return on investment from a multifunctional tool

Management can also get real-time information in order to manage staff, their most expensive and challenging area to control. Through real-time locating and the rest of the features offered by this smart solution, return on investment gets especially highlighted when mitigating fear and anxiety suffered by the staff while not knowing what is happening and being responsible for the safety of others.

In addition, IoT solutions are many times developed for technicians to control, and insight accessibility is normally complicated for anyone who is not familiarized with IoT interfaces, which limits the value of collected data. However, this solution has been developed for end-users, making it extremely easy to receive, manage data, and extract conclusions, leading to cost-effective solutions.

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The network technology behind it all

LoRaWAN® open standard connectivity technology is a proven leader for smart applications, delivering solutions that are easy to scale and optimizing operational costs. It allows companies to leverage its extremely long-range and low-power capabilities to cover thousands of kilometers of network at low cost, especially in remote areas which are challenging to reach, and to install LoRaWAN devices providing data in real time.

LoRaWAN® technology gets leveraged by optimizing asset’s energy consumption and providing lower operational costs. It is also extremely easy to use and available as on-premises & cloud-based application, offering the option to manage the installation from one single application dashboard with easy accessibility, usability, management, and control, while being completely data-driven, automating compliance reports and alert notifications sent via SMS or email.

This is precisely why Noranda chose Abeeway and LoRaWAN® as the necessary technology for this solution. While addressing people’s safety, assurance of a correct performance of the system needs to be a guarantee. Abeeway is a market leader which only offers certified products, as well as offering support whenever needed, and therefore assuring reliability. LoRaWAN® on the other hand, allows to track people and equipment both inside and outdoors as well as being inexpensive and completely reliable.

Working together

Norada has recently become one of Actility’s Channel Partners, helping us spread our solutions even further by including us as their strategic partner and offering their customers turnkey and tailored solutions.

The Channel Partners program allows to grow and scale businesses by selling or distributing Actility products and solutions, while engaging with a world-class partner ecosystem, building industry knowledge and regional presence to offer the integrated solutions customers need. 

About Norada

Norada is an experienced team that has been providing online application services to businesses for 20 years. Norada provides location tracking, mapping and data visualization, analytics, and alarms to support staff in Senior Care communities.  

Contact Norada: https://www.norada.com/contact/ 

About Abeeway

Abeeway is the market leader in low-power indoor & outdoor fused geolocation and a provider of disruptive IoT tracking solutions worldwide. Abeeway offers the most energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart Multi-technology location system optimized for long-range and low-power-consumption leveraging LoRaWAN™ connectivity. Abeeway devices are available on ThingPark Market   Abeeway is a member of the LoRa Alliance™

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 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.  

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

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Easily control and monitor Indoor Air Quality with LoRaWAN®

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Safer and healthier Indoor Environments with the new IoT Indoor Air Quality monitoring Solution

Press Release, Paris, 4th June 2021

Actility, in joint work with Elsys.se and WMW, now offers a new Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Monitoring Starter Kit focused on enabling safer and healthier indoor environments, to help protect employees, students and workers by meeting air quality regulation levels. The solution also seeks to protect against COVID-19 spread, by controlling and monitoring CO2 levels and people’s presence in closed areas.

This Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Solution, now available on ThingPark Market, Actility’s IoT solutions marketplace, allows to control and monitor CO2 concentration, temperature, humidity, light and people’s presence in real time. The IAQ Monitoring Starter Kit provides the required hardware, software and connectivity services to assess this integrated plug-and-play solution.

The solution has an extremely easy configuration. It can be used for any indoor space like, for example, classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, shops, industrial facilities, public buildings, and much more.

Monitor your IAQ 24/7 through IoT

During the past few years, and especially since the Covid-19 crisis outbreak, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has received increasing attention from environmental governance authorities, making IAQ standards stricter.

Studies have confirmed that people spend around 90% of their time in indoor environments, giving IAQ a significant importance on health. High levels of this indicator have been proven to be harmful to vulnerable groups such as the elderly, children or those suffering chronic respiratory or cardiovascular diseases.

The IoT Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Solution measures the indoor concentration of CO2, temperature, humidity, and light in an automatic manner and real-time, triggering automatic mitigation actions based on the presence and flow of people. The solution helps reduce the spread of Covid-19 through alerting when clean air must be brought in, and potentially contaminated air removed.

CO2 concentration is a key indicator of air quality. Studies have also concluded that areas with high CO2 levels increase COVID-19 spreading, as it is directly linked to the number of infectious particles suspended in the air. A high number of CO2 in the air also means a high number of aerosols, which increases the risk of infection for the people present in the room.

When a person infected with Coronavirus speaks, coughs or sneezes, millions of aerosols and droplets penetrate the air and spread around the room. Non-ventilated indoor spaces increase the likelihood of Covid-19 transmission through aerosols, and insufficient ventilation may lead to long-range airborne transmission of the virus and opportunistic infection. Therefore, IAQ monitoring plays a crucial role in minimizing Covid-19 viral transmission in schools, offices, restaurants, and any shared indoor area.

Indoor climate also plays a key role in health protection, as pathogens remain in rooms for hours at typical air exchange rates in residential and office buildings. Air renewal takes considerable time and so, periodic fresh air supply is recommended.

Enhancing IAQ has been seen to be as effective in reducing aerosol transmission as vaccinating 50-60% of the population, according to scientific research. The monitorization of carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (PM), humidity, and temperature, need the installation of sensors in facilities which do not usually count on pre-existing wiring for this matter. These installations are greatly facilitated by wireless IoT networks, like LoRaWAN, ideal tech network to cover these needs.

 LoRaWAN® (Long Range Wide Area Network), is an open standard connectivity technology, proven leader for smart applications, which delivers solutions that are easy to scale, optimizes operational cost and reduces utility waste. LoRaWAN® allows to leverage its extremely long-range and low-power capabilities to cover thousands of kilometers at low cost, especially in remote areas which are challenging to reach, and to install devices, providing data in real time while lasting for years on one battery charge.

Easy to install kit format ensuring operational optimization

The solution has a focus on being extremely easy to install, with a plug-and-play feeling, making it intuitive as well as extremely precise. This solution allows to configure up to 6 parameters at once: CO2 level, temperature, humidity, luminosity, motion, and directional counting. Users can also configure both sampling mode and transmission schedule via Downlink or NFC Android cell phone application configuration.

The kit works by notifying whenever a KPI falls out of the preset range by sending a SMS or email to designated contacts, so that they can take immediate corrective action. Authorized people’s presence capacity can also be monitored in indoor closed areas, preventing overflooded zones.  Automated compliance reports for all monitors facilities areas are produced on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule delivered via emails.

LoRaWAN® technology gets leveraged by optimizing asset’s energy consumption and providing lower operational costs. It is also extremely easy to use and available as on-premises & cloud-based application, offering the option to manage the installation from one single application dashboard with easy accessibility, usability, management, and control, while being completely data-driven, automating compliance reports and alert notifications sent via SMS or email.

Everything included in the kit:

The kit, which offers a 3-month trial, is equipped with the following devices:

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Elsys.se ERS CO2 sensor device. Smart LoRaWAN sensoring device which have the capacity to measure CO2 levels, temperature, humidity, and luminosity of indoor environments and report the data to the application to activate any alerts and events based on the preset KPIs.

Thanks to Elsys’ sensor, users gain full access to the information and control over the air quality, while detecting motion with Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors to monitor the flow of people preventing over occupied areas.

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Parametric PCR2 device. An integrated dual-channel radar transmitter which allows directional people counting (left/right), to detect people passing by. These sensors are also GDPR compliant, as they do not include any cameras for counting, and are resistant to extreme temperatures, up to -20°C ​ or +70°C.

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UfiSpace Enterprise Indoor Gateway. Thanks to this gateway, LoRaWAN coverage can reach the whole deployment. This gateway has an intuitive web and application interface for easy installation.

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Access to the WMW application and a 1-hour training to get to understand it. WMW offers the hub where all the data is collected and distributed. The version included in the kit offers diverse features such as device, employee, or infrastructure management, as well as the opportunity to set alarms.

This WMW application helps to manage entire facilities or buildings while presenting complete overviews of health status, ensuring that people are kept safe and in perfect environmental conditions.

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3-month subscription to the ThingPark Enterprise SaaS service and an hour of technical assistance during the trial period. ThingPark Enterprise is the leading LoRaWAN® private networking solution that streamlines the digitalization of business processes by connecting assets with efficiency.

By deploying ThingPark Enterprise, customers benefit from a dependable, secure, and scalable private LoRaWAN® connectivity infrastructure to enable a wide variety of IoT use cases. 

ThingPark Enterprise streamlines IoT network operations,  providing enterprises with a proficient UX to easily build a multi-gateway LoRaWAN® network and feed data to IoT applications. ThingPark Enterprise dashboards provide key operational insights & alarm management. LoRaWAN gateways and devices are managed by a fully geo-redundant platform with 24/7 supervision.

About Elsys.se  

 

ELSYS is a leading provider of LoRaWAN® sensors, connected devices, and network solutions. Elsys provide our own products in connected vehicles, logistics, and LoRaWAN® for the professional market, with products deployed in many countries around the world. They also provide development services in electronic hardware and software design with the main focus on wireless sensors and embedded systems.

Contact: https://www.elsys.se/en/kontakt/

About Parametric

Parametric GmbH is an Engineering & Products Company located in Switzerland. They focus on highly reliable digital platforms for smart transport and smart infrastructure applications, turnkey solutions and lifecycle services.

Contact: https://parametric.ch/contact/

 

About WMW

The WMW platform gathers, processes and analyzes data collected from people and things. Review, predict and prevent situations and act accordingly! Optimize, increase and become more efficient! 

 WMW is a hub where you combine your operational data with information provided through sensors and people. The hub acts as a single user interface to collect, visualize and manage all assets over various locations and use cases. Everything you want to know about your assets, people and external services can be linked digitally to your organization. WMW can be part of a dedicated end-to-end solution or serve as the single point of operation for multiple sensors, projects and sites. 

Contact: https://www.wmw-hub.com/contact

About UfiSpace

UfiSpace takes pride in being the industry’s leader for innovation and leading the way for the next generation of 5G open network solutions. Yet, not forgetting their humble beginnings, they also strive to bolster our ecosystem of partners in order to provide the best and most impactful solutions for their customers. Their customer centric values enabled UfiSpace to be the pioneer for disaggregating and open networking solutions with industry firsts for cell site gateways, the core network and edge network. UfiSpace’s focus has been high-end networking solutions to ensure their commitment to their customers for fast time-to-market and state-of-the-art disaggregated open networking platforms.

Contact: https://www.ufispace.com/contact

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 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.  

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

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Actility and Abeeway Enable Global Indoor-Outdoor Asset Tracking on Helium’s Global Peer-to-Peer IoT Network

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Actility and Abeeway Enable Global Indoor-Outdoor Asset Tracking on Helium’s Global Peer-to-Peer IoT Network

Press Release, Paris, France – June 2021

Helium, the American company offering a decentralized, open-source IoT network based on public LoRaWAN® access points since June 2019, is now compatible with Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialized in fused multi-technology low-power geolocation, to provide  a whole range of IoT geolocation use cases using Abeeway’s smart sensors, suitable for outdoor & indoor asset tracking as well as people’s safety. A dedicated Starter Kit is now also available on ThingPark Market to try it out.  

Watch the next Helium Uplink Webinar on June 10th - “Introducing Abeeway LoRaWAN GPS Trackers” - to learn more about asset tracking use cases using Abeeway devices on Helium network.

With the Abeeway solutions, it’s easy to always know where your valuable things are. You can place our LoRaWAN-connected smart tracking devices in anything you need to track and protect – be it cars, motorbikes, bikes, keychains, luggage, or handbags. You can also use the device to monitor the safety of      elders, children, and other family members. Or you can securely mount it on your pet’s collar and not worry about it getting lost. This works anywhere in the Helium Network, leveraging your Hotspot but also any other Hotspot in your community. Unlike Bluetooth based tags you do not need compatible phones to be around for recovery and, best of all, there is no requirement for a SIM card.

Abeeway ultra long-life battery-powered trackers devices provide accurate and responsive location, adaptability to a wide range of environments, and easy integration with 3rd party IoT platforms and applications. Abeeway trackers are now fully integrated with The People’s Network – Helium’s IoT Network, enabling simple and affordable asset tracking applications.

Aimed at companies developing uses in the connected home, in asset and animal tracking, or in data collection from infrastructure sensors, the Helium Network is built by individuals who deploy Hotspots. With Helium’s own open source blockchain technology, individuals are incentivized to deploy Hotspots, which simultaneously mine cryptocurrency and provide LoRaWAN® network coverage for hundreds of square miles. Hotspots are the size of a small router (6-inch x 6-inch x 1.5-inch) and easily plug into a home network, providing affordable wireless connectivity for location tracking and theft recovery applications, such as tracking and monitoring vehicles, equipment, trailers, bicycles, livestock and pets, and more. At this date Helium has over 50,000 Hotspots in the world:

Abeeway devices combine multiple geolocation technologies leveraging WiFi hotspots, Bluetooth beacons as well as patented ultra-low power-assisted GPS (LP-GPS) providing quick and reliable GPS location even in harsh environments.  You can quickly geolocate all your valuable belongings anywhere indoors & outdoors (if the tracker is within reach of any Helium hotspot), generate alerts in case of movement, use geofencing to receive notifications when the tracker is in a specific zone. You can easily switch between different tracking modes to optimize battery consumption to each use case.
The trackers are equipped with a powerful buzzer: once in the vicinity of the tracker you can make it ring to spot its exact location.

A dedicated Abeeway tracker package is now available for purchase on ThingPark Market, designed to simplify onboarding of devices on your Helium network.

Abeeway Micro Tracker can be attached to keyrings, placed in a bag, hidden in a bicycle, or attached to a pet collar. They can also be used as a call or SOS button. The Compact Tracker and the Industrial Tracker target asset tracking for construction and industrial environments.  The Smart Badge focuses on visitor tracking and people safety for hotels, factories, construction sites, hospitals, etc.

For example, Bouygues Construction locates more than 20,000 pieces of equipment in real time, while Volvo Group improved its trucks factory operations thanks to Abeeway. Over 39,000 Abeeway sensors are being deployed in Saudi Arabia by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, as part of an extended IoT security solution for its construction workforce and vehicle fleet.

Abeeway Smart Badges can be used for Proximity Detection & Contact Tracing for Covid-19. The solution ensures that people keep a safe distance from each other and reduces interactions, avoiding temporary shutdowns of operating plants with enhanced security measures, but also tracks all interactions between infected and healthy individuals to instantly identify potential contamination clusters and warn employees before they return to work.

The Abeeway trackers are immediately available with a cloud-based device management application which allows them to monitor the devices, their location and to easily configure them. A cloud location platform is provided for easy interfacing to third-party IoT platforms using easy JSON and REST based APIs. A driver is also provided for integrators wanting to interface third-     party applications from the Helium data feed. 

For consumer use, later in the summer, a mobile app will be available for Android and Apple phones, which will provide a simplified configuration interface and will allow you to locate your own trackers as well as share their position with others, so that everyone in the family can know where the cat is. The app also allows users to define custom zones and receive notifications once an item (or a loved one) leaves or enters those areas.

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“The support of Abeeway on The People’s Network furthers our mission to decentralize wireless infrastructure and unleash a whole new world of applications that would otherwise be impossible. With over 50K Hotspots in 5,500 cities across the globe providing LoRaWAN coverage, locating your valuables with Abeeway is easier than ever before.”

says Frank Mong, Chief Operating Officer at Helium

“We are happy to partner with Helium and to revolutionize the IoT together. With Abeeway smart sensors fully integrated with Helium’s out-of-the-box LPWA connectivity solution, tracking works anywhere around your home but also leverages the tens of thousands of other Helium hotspots. It’s all about the community collaborating to make lost pets and objects a thing of the past!
Businesses can also use the solution to quickly deploy various asset tracking use cases, such as visitor management or tool tracking, both indoor and outdoor…”

says Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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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 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.  

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

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Parkki and Actility Join Forces to Revolutionize Parking Space Management using LoRaWAN®

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Parkki and Actility Join Forces to Revolutionize Parking Space Management using LoRaWAN®.

Press Release, Paris, France – April 2021

Parkki, a leading French solution provider for Smart Parking for shopping malls, cities and businesses, has partnered up with Actility, global provider of IoT connectivity solutions, and currently deploys thousands of LoRaWAN sensors using Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform, allowing to determine the number of places left, to get directions to a free parking place and more.

The number of parking spaces of a supermarket usually varies between 700 and 3000 for the biggest ones. Up to date, Parkki has already deployed 6000 Smart Parking Sensors on various instances. For example, for the Super U supermarket in Saint Jean de Monts in France, Parkki is currently installing 4 outdoor gateways and 400 Bosch Smart Parking sensors connected to LoRaWAN. A new deployment is plan on the Reunion Island with 700 sensors.

The 360° vision of connected mobility

Parkki is the first multi-technology intelligent and connected parking platform on the market. It is a turnkey solution that connects all parking spaces, supervises them in real time and redistributes information to users. For all car park managers and motorists, it is the reference tool to improve the parking experience. Parkki is the only tool compatible with all smart-parking devices: barriers, radar sensors on lighting, video analysis and ground sensors. It is a real time supervision solution for all parking spaces that allows:

  • Real-time knowledge of free parking spaces
  • Data streaming to control parking spaces
  • Continuous improvement adapted to user behavior.
  • Driver guidance (mobile application and staking)

Parkki’s solutions are particularly adapted to the retail sector. Already present in many retail chains, Parkki has been serving for several years the strategic challenge of establishing a link between the outdoors activity and the commercial activity of the retail centers. By analyzing key performance indicators, Parkki responds jointly and thanks to a single platform to the needs of business, data and customer experience. In other words, Parkki allows a strong generation of value by interpreting the Outdoor KPIs (vehicle flows, availability of parking spaces, alerts, car parking, etc.) and the commercial activities thanks to the Indoor key KPIs (people flows, people count, turnover, customer path, frequency of visit, etc.).

Thanks to its 360° platform of customer mobility, Parkki allows retailers to have a unified vision and management, as well as a transverse enrichment of the customer experience and thus to integrate the new consumption modes.

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Agnostic multi-technology approach to Smart Parking

Thanks to its multi-technology vision, the Parkki platform can be interfaced with all sensors technologies and can thus easily group together all the strategic mobility services required by today’s retail parks.

Specific use cases require Wi-Fi, 4G, ZigBee communication technologies, but LoRaWAN in particularly is an efficient way to communicate data for sensors installed on the ground. It is reliable and low-cost, and customers appreciate the open system and not proprietary aspect of this technology.

Using smart parking sensors with LoRaWAN and well-connected control systems allow drivers to easily find free parking spots, avoid congestion and reduce fuel consumption and pollution. And this IoT solution can be implemented with a fast infrastructure setup without transforming the entire area into a construction site.  LoRa-enabled parking sensors can be deployed throughout urban areas, enabling parking operators to capture and analyze occupancy data in real-time. Connected road signs and online applications can display information about available parking spots. Actility provides the ideal IoT connectivity platform for cities, public and private parking operators.

LoRaWAN® is 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. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life. Actility, global leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions, provides the LoRaWAN® network server and a highly reliable and advanced IoT platform for network management – ThingPark™, already powering the vast majority (over 50) of public nationwide LoRaWAN® deployments and hundreds of companies worldwide.

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“With Actility, we established a strong win-win relationship. Now that we are expanding our solutions at industrial scale, we found a solid partner to go global, as Actility platform provides extended IoT expertise and 24/7 support.”

says Pierre-Julien Harbonnier, CEO of Parkki

“We are happy to partner with such an innovative player as Parkki and to address this rapidly growing vertical together. Our common goal is to provide a scalable IoT Solution and achieve massive industrial development on the global market.”

adds David Royet, Sales Director – South Europe & MEA at Actility.

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“We are thrilled to work with two innovative partners: Actility and Parkki. Thanks to their know-how, parking management in real-time is easy with the Bosch Parking Lot Sensor! Our sensor is certified by the Lora Alliance and works perfectly with Actility’s LoRaWan Network Server. Parkki brings the data management platform and its algorithms. It guides drivers to available spots thanks to mobile application and staking. Together we can support communities in reducing CO2 exposure by reducing parking search time!”

stated Franck Cazenave, Smart Cities & Real Estate Director at Bosch.

About Parkki

Created in 2016, Parkki is a French Smart Mobility startup. Specialized in mobility, parking and flow data enhancement, Parkki provides a 360° view of mobility and unified management, as well as a cross-functional enrichment of the customer experience.

Parkki is fully involved in an approach to support the challenges and opportunities offered by the Smart City, the Smart Building or more specifically the Smart Mobility.

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 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.  

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

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NGS and Actility Partner to deliver turnkey IoT solutions

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NGS and Actility Partner to deliver turnkey IoT solutions.

Press Release, Paris, France & Navacchio (Pisa), Italy – 21 April 2021

Actility announces that New Generation Sensors, leading Italian company specialized in IoT, is now an Actility’s Channel and Solution Partner, allowing customers to integrate their turnkey and tailored solutions based on LoRaWAN® technology into their IoT systems.

New Generation Sensors S.r.l. (NGS) is an Italian company established in 2015 as a spin-off of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. NGS is supported by a technical advisory board from the University and additionally, the company has a significant network of collaborating developers, allowing it to operate with a small core team and simultaneously keep a high degree of business flexibility served with a wide range of expert capacities and high-quality products.  

NGS has strong expertise in the development of advanced wireless systems which follows the Internet of Things vision. The company started developing devices, applying LoRaWAN® from the very beginning and benefiting from this protocol’s advantages. Nowadays, the company is involved in European projects, developing and commercializing complete and customized E2E solutions for different markets, such as Industry 4.0, Smart City, Agriculture 4.0 and Smart Logistics.

LoRaWAN® is a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks. With LoRaWAN®, devices can communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections. It also allows for devices’ batteries to last longer, therefore significantly lowering the Total Cost of Ownership. Actility already powers more than 50 telecoms operators with LoRaWAN® connectivity across the globe. Its enterprise-grade LoRaWAN® network server – ThingPark Enterprise – operates over 35.000 network base stations worldwide. In additional to its international reach, Actility also brings to the partnership its Abeeway tracking devices that work both indoors and outdoors thanks to their multi- technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, Wi-Fi Sniffing and Bluetooth Low Energy.

Through this partnership with Actility, both companies intend to support their clients by acquiring the opportunity to leverage NGS’s vast catalogue of solutions for the IoT market, optimizing any industrial processes through powerful, flexible and scalable IoT solutions using LoRaWAN® connectivity and managed on Actility’s platform, which allows to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks for an infinity of IoT use cases.  

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“We are very pleased to work with NGS to integrate our services with their cutting-edge IoT solutions. Through this partnership we want to continue guaranteeing our customers the best quality of service and provide support for their IoT projects, whilst helping them to leverage a dedicated LoRaWAN® long-range low-power network.”

says Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility

“As developers of IoT solutions, our collaboration with Actility represents for us a wonderful opportunity to bring value to customers. It is also an excellent possibility of growth of our activities and expansion of our IoT solutions into new markets, starting from the logistics field and ending up with smart factories. LoRaWAN® protocol has become essential for every industry willing to fully benefit from the Industry 4.0 paradigm. It’s a pleasure to work with Actility’s team of professionals. We are sure that this alliance will become fruitful for both companies.”

Says Claudio Salvadori, CEO at NGS.

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About NGS

New Generation Sensors S.r.l is a recognized spin-off company of the National Inter-university Consortium of Telecommunication – National Laboratory of Photonic Networks (CNIT) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). Together with CNIT, NGS operates a technology transfer of various research initiatives, e.g., Intelligent Transport Systems, Smart Plant and remote monitoring.  

Contact NGS here: https://ngs-sensors.it/contatti/

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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 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.  

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

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Actility To Power LoRaWAN® Network Roll-out for Smart Grids in New Zealand with Powerco

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Actility To Power LoRaWAN® Network Roll-out for Smart Grids in New Zealand with Powerco

Press Release, Paris, France, April 2021

Actility is set to deploy a large-scale LoRaWAN® network in order to improve the monitoring of New Zealand’s second largest electricity distribution network. Smart Grid sensors will be installed in order to detect in real-time all malfunctions that may occur on various sections of the grid and therefore to ensure the power network is safe, secure and resilient.

Actility has partnered with local utility company Powerco, which will connect smart sensors and manage its LoRaWAN network on its fully secured private instance of ThingPark® Enterprise IoT platform.

LoRaWAN® open standard connectivity technology is a proven leader for smart utility applications, delivering solutions that are easy to scale, optimizing operational cost and reducing utility waste. It allows utility companies to leverage its extremely long-range and low-power capabilities to cover thousands of kilometers of its electricity network at low cost, especially in remote areas which are challenging to reach, and to install LoRaWAN devices providing data in real time, while lasting for years on one battery charge.

The sensors, connected through LoRaWAN, will provide fault, performance and metering information, allowing to more easily detect and locate power outages, identify underperforming assets, and understand power demand. It also means sending field crews to remote locations for routine checks on equipment will no longer be necessary.

Serving urban and rural households, businesses and major industrial and commercial sites around the North Island of New Zealand, the Powerco grid represents 28,000 kilometres of overhead lines and underground cables, some of which are located in remote or challenging terrain.

Starting in June 2021, 200 gateways will be installed around the network over 24 months and LoRaWAN-connected sensors placed on electricity assets such as power poles, lines and transformers. Each gateway can monitor hundreds of sensors, creating a comprehensive picture of the network.

Ian Skipworth, General Manager Service Delivery and Systems Operations says the technology will improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of the network for customers.

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“LoRaWAN will give us much more granular information about our network than we currently have. Our team will be able to see what’s happening pole-by-pole in real-time. That means we can respond quickly to what’s happening now, and plan more effectively for the future”

says Ian Skipworth, General Manager Service Delivery and Systems Operations.

“LoRaWAN gives the opportunity to utilities to create smart IoT applications that are flexible, scalable, easy to use, while simplifying integration and deployment. For Powerco, reducing operational expenses and creating new efficiencies can now be achieved without heavy investment. It will provide a basis for other innovations to come”

says Sourmack Darbouy, Regional Sales Director at Actility.

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About Powerco

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity utility and gas distribution utility with around 1.1m customers (across 446,000 connections) connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Western Bay of Plenty, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Whanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.

For more information email media@powerco.co.nz or phone 06 968 4557.

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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 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.  

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

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Quuppa and Actility Partner Up for Precise Indoor-Outdoor Location Services using Abeeway Trackers.

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Quuppa and Actility Partner Up for Precise Indoor-Outdoor Location Services Using Abeeway Tracker

Press Release, Paris, France, & Espoo, Finland, April 2021 

Quuppa, a leading technology provider for real-time locating systems (RTLS) and indoor positioning systems (IPS), and Actility, global provider of LPWAN connectivity solutions, announce a deep technological cooperation for integration of their software systems and tracking devices made by Abeeway, an Actility Group company, specialized in fused multi-technology geolocation for the Internet of Things. 

Through the partnership, the Quuppa and Actility will develop products that work seamlessly together to provide added value to end customers. Enhancements include making Abeeway’s ATEX certified tags trackable by the Quuppa Intelligent Locating System™, a one one-size-fits-all technology platform for location-based services and applications. This enables the companies to provide a powerful, versatile and scalable asset tracking solution for industrial environments, achieving a location accuracy of below 1 meter. 

Tracking objects outdoors or indoors in an industrial environment presents a lot of challenges. When choosing the right indoor or outdoor positioning technology for your demands, many different factors come into play. While some applications demand pinpoint accuracy, others require more of a basic knowledge of an object’s presence within a defined space.

On the one hand, Quuppa’s Intelligent Locating System™ is a powerful engine for various location-based services and applications. It provides accurate and real-time positioning data for tracked Bluetooth® devices, by using advanced proprietary algorithms.

On the other hand,  Abeeway long autonomy devices allow continuous usage for months and years thanks to LoRaWAN® connectivity. The devices work both indoors and outdoors thanks to their multi-technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, WiFi Sniffing, Bluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth LE Beaconing feature for precise indoor tracking. 

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Abeeway devices combine cutting-edge location technologies, robust hardware, a meticulous selection of high-performing low-power chipsets and the no-compromise optimization of software. This allows flexible behavior, highly responsive to changing needs, and guaranteeing asset and people location in various coverage scenarios.

Unlimited IoT use cases for Industries and Healthcare. 

Making Abeeway trackers compatible with Quuppa software allows new types of use cases for indoor and outdoor geolocation. The integrated solution is designed to deliver reliable location data even in complex indoor and outdoor use cases or hazardous environments like a construction site, a mine, a refinery. It provides you with real-time data of the operating status of your machines and monitoring of mobile assets as well as people. This unique, custom fit IoT tracking solution is particularly relevant for use cases such as asset tracking and management in indoor facilities, factories, resource tracking, theft prevention, warehouse logistics, fleet management and much more. 

Favendo, a provider of RTLS solutions, both Quuppa’s and Actility Solution Partner in Germany for more than a year, is already integrating Abeeway devices into its RTLS system and will be offering the solution to their customers. The integrated Favendo-Quuppa-Abeeway solution is applicable for real-time medical asset tracking in hospitals. The nursing staff spends a lot of time searching for medical equipment in their daily work. Thanks to Abeeway’s compatibility with Quuppa technology this solution can be integrated into an existing HIS and can increase productivity by up to 14% while reducing costs by up to 18%. It will provide a complete overview of the historical usage pattern and real-time location of patients, medical equipment, staff or medications.

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We are excited to welcome Actility/Abeeway into the Quuppa Partner Ecosystem, as this partnership opens up new possibilities for industrial applications, where accurate positioning is required

Fabio Belloni, Chief Customer Officer and Co-Founder of Quuppa commented on the announcement.

Ensuring seamless positioning of industrial assets, both indoor and outdoor, is the essence of Abeeway’s technology and products. Our partnership with Quuppa allows us to bring this principle one step further, leveraging their technology to offer a sub-meter accuracy positioning solution. Combined with the power of vertical applications such as the ones of Favendo or Industraxour industrial customers benefit from the most advanced low-power asset tracking solution of the market.

says Shmuel Solomon, Channels Sales Manager, Enterprise Products at Actility

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Congratulations to our partners, Quuppa and Actility/Abeeway! This strategic alliance adds a lot of value for us and our customers. The ATEX certified Abeeway tags are perfect for industrial environments and the Quuppa positioning platform provides great customizability and scalability for different use cases. Now all of this can be easily integrated into our Zircon API, so our end customers can access the data through one single interface

says Stefan Balduf, CEO at Favendo.

As a long-time partner of both Quuppa and Actility/Abeeway, we are happy to see the two companies starting a direct partnership. With the integration of these two technologies, it is now much easier to deploy both wide-area outdoor tracking per LoRaWAN backbone and precise indoor tracking solutions at the same time, using just one device

says Nicolai Karl, Product Manager at INDUTRAX, a technology-independent Location Aware Software provider.

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About Quuppa

Quuppa is a leading technology provider for real-time locating systems (RTLS) and indoor positioning systems (IPS). The company was established in 2012 by a team of experienced engineers and scientists as a spin-off from Nokia Research Center and has since successfully commercialised its offering, creating a complete product platform: the Quuppa Intelligent Locating System™, a one-size-fits-all technology platform for location-based services and applications. Our platform offers companies a complete software suite of tools for planning, simulating and commissioning projects, that can be used as a solid and scalable foundation for building various location-based solutions. The open API makes it fast and easy to take the platform into use. To date, the Quuppa Ecosystem has more than 200 partners around the world who use Quuppa’s open, versatile and reliable positioning platform to deliver accurate, real-time and cost-effective location solutions to companies in a range of industries, including manufacturing and logistics, retail, healthcare, sports, law enforcement and security. For more information, please see quuppa.com. 

For more information, please contact: 
Christoffer Segercrantz, Vice President Sales:  christoffer.segercrantz@quuppa.com  
Sari Arjamo-Tuominen, Vice President Marketing: sari.arjamo-tuominen@quuppa.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 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.  

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

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Actility and Simfony unite to provide MNO’s and MVNO’s an integrated solution for LoRaWAN® and Cellular IoT networks management

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Actility and Simfony unite to provide MNO’s and MVNO’s an integrated solution for LoRaWAN® and Cellular IoT networks management.

Press Release, Paris, France & Aalsmeer, Netherlands – April 13, 2021

Actility and Simfony both known for their leading role in providing IoT Platforms, announced today to intensify their collaboration to satisfy growing Cellular IoT and LoRaWAN® management demands effectively by joining the best forces and capabilities from each company.

In 2018 Actility and Simfony started their partnership when Actility launched its multi-technology IoT platform: ThingPark Wireless for LTE. The partnership with Simfony allowed Actility to offer Cellular IoT (NB-IoT and LTE-M) and LoRaWAN connectivity management through a single unified interface to MNO’s and MVNO’s.

The new partnership brings together the best-in-class technology, whereby MNO’s and MVNO’s can benefit from the combination of both platforms’ capabilities and strengths. As there is no unique IoT technology capable of covering all vertical use cases, it is necessary for MNO’s and MVNO’s to supply radio agnostic solutions and network infrastructures. As a result of the partnership between the two companies use cases can now be addressed through one single platform that can be delivered completely branded from the cloud or on premise.

Through this partnership, Actility and Simfony are proud to offer one IoT platform service, a new one-stop solution that provides Cellular IoT and LoRaWAN connectivity including the companies, device management, professional services to integrate existing or new systems, and managed services to run the entire IoT environment for any organization.

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“Jointly Cellular IoT and LoRaWAN technology will unlock the potentials, create new values and push the limits of today’s infrastructural boundaries. We are proud to be expanding on our long-standing relationship with Simfony as we move forward to provide MNO’s and MVNO’s an integrated Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) end-to-end solution portfolio for the best user experience”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility Group.

“We are excited about this partnership with Actility, who is the recognized as the leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions. This partnership allows Simfony to now also offer its MNO and MVNO customers on top of our Full MVNO stack and IoT connectivity platform best of class LoRa capabilities. We are also proud that this two-way partnership is providing Actility’s customers the option to benefit from Simfony’s cellular IoT connectivity and M(V)NO core network solutions”

said Joachim de Wild, CEO of Simfony.

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About Simfony

Simfony offers Immediate IoT Infrastructure and powers M(V)NO customers by unlocking the opportunity to supply end-to-end IoT connectivity solutions through its Whitelabel IoT Connectivity Platform. With a pay-as-you-grow model Simfony lowers the entry barriers for M(V)NOs to quickly launch based on either a cloud or on-premise deployment. The Simfony Platform includes a Full MVNE core network stack, together with all needed customer support facilities, OSS/BSS, online charging system, real-time self-service platform and all corresponding APIs. M(V)NO’s can also benefit from Simfony’s competitive wholesale rates using the latest eSIM/eUICC Technology. For more information, please visit: www.simfony.com

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 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.  

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

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Red Sea Project deploys Abeeway LoRaWAN® Trackers for Construction Workforce and Vehicles

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Red Sea Giga Project Connects its Construction Workforce and Vehicles in real-time with MachinesTalk, Actility & Abeeway

Press Release, 12 April 2021, Paris, France & Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, is implementing an extensive IoT safety solution for its construction workforce and fleet of vehicles at its site on the west coast of Saudi Arabia. The solution is a consortium formed by MachinesTalk, a regional leader in IoT Solutions and Licensed IoT – Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO) with and Actility, a global leader in IoT connectivity solutions, and smart wearable technology and wireless tagging solutions from Abeeway, an Actility subsidiary specialized in low-power geolocation.

The new technology aims to address four key considerations for TRSDC’s core construction site area: site security, worker safety, access control, and process efficiency. The IoT solution provided by Actility & Abeeway will be deployed by the leading national IoT service provider, MachinesTalk, an Actility Partner. MachinesTalk will deploy and operate a LoRaWAN network to cover more than 3,500 sq.km., and using the nationally developed and hosted IoT Platform “ThingsTalk” to unify and provide location-based insights based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT platform and Abeeway Smart Badges for up to 36,000 construction workers, and Abeeway Compact Trackers for up to 3,000 vehicles, to ensure safety and security.

A challenging project

The Red Sea Project is a land and property development on the Saudi Arabian Red Sea coast announced by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in July 2017. The project is focused on tourism and hopes to contribute to the Kingdoms Vision 2030 strategy by attracting tourists to visit and explore the Saudi western coast.

The giga project is expected to contribute $5.86 billion per year to the Saudi GDP upon completion, at which point it will cover 28,000 km2 (11,000 sq mi) of pristine islands, sweeping desert dunes, mountain ranges and volcanoes. The first phase will complete by 2023 when 3,000 hotel rooms will be constructed along with an international airport, marina and recreation centers. The number of visitors will be capped at one million people every year in line with environmental commitments.

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TRSDC aims to become a world leader in environmental sustainability across planning, construction and operations. The project is planned in a way that considers the natural ecosystem of the area and several policies have been developed in this regard including: no waste-to-landfill, no discharges to the sea, no use of single use plastic, achieving a 100% carbon neutrality. In fact, the project master plan predicts a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040, which will be achieved by enhancing key habitats such as corals, mangroves, seagrasses and land vegetation.

LoRaWAN® is particularly interesting in line with the projects sustainability goals as it can serve a multitude of IoT use cases, not only during construction, but also once the project is finished. The same network infrastructure can be utilized to monitor and optimize waste management, parking, lighting, power and water utilities, remote asset monitoring, to monitor the environment and much more.

“We asked ourselves how we could enhance security on our site and enable an efficient construction process at the same time, while considering upwards of 36,000 workers across 3,500 km2, How could we ensure worker safety in case of health emergencies or prevent workers getting lost in remote locations in the desert or on islands? How could we control access and track the 3,000 vehicles of multiple contractors across the construction site, delivering materials, tools and transporting employees?”

said Ian Williamson, TRSDC’s Chief Projects Delivery Officer.

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The IoT Solution and the innovation behind

Abeeway smart badges and tracking devices allow TRSDC to identify workers and vehicles and secure the construction area against unauthorized individual and vehicle access. Individual access rights will be granted based on role, responsibility, category and group of workers. In addition, the possibility of identifying vehicles remotely, geo-fencing perimeters and setting up alerts based on worker and vehicle access breaches will further enhance security.

A panic button will enable workers in distress to send an SOS signal back to TRSDC’s security and emergency response center, allowing response teams to be sent directly to the location of the worker without losing potentially life-saving time. In fact, TRSDC recently opened their Central Medical Facility which will provide the highest medical care quality and assistance for those living and working on site during the construction phase.

From a process efficiency perspective, all tagged vehicles will have an estimated time of arrival (ETA) to ensure that there are no delays between required tasks. In addition, alerts will be triggered for idle workers or vehicles to enable improved worker supervision.

The technology will apply to all TRSDC’s contractors, who will be able to register their workers and vehicles and receive accreditation for them as required. Real-time and map-based remote tracking of workers and vehicles with heatmaps and counts will allow for more effective resource allocation across locations within TRSDC’s construction area. Given the criticality of the solution and the ranging temperatures experienced on-site, the Smart Badge and tag’s operability will be actively monitored with exchanges of devices with low battery and remote deactivation in cases of loss or misappropriation.

The Abeeway long autonomy devices allow continuous usage for months and years thanks to LoRaWAN connectivity. The devices work both indoors and outdoors due to their multi-technology geolocation system, integrating GPS, Abeeway’s patented Low-power GPS, WiFi Sniffing and Bluetooth Low Energy. TRSDC particularly values the Low-Power GPS – a patented Abeeway technology that significantly cuts GPS energy consumption and increases devices battery life up to 4 times, and BLE Beaconing feature for precise indoor tracking.

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LoRaWAN® is 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. LoRaWAN® is especially useful in large-scale deployments because of its availability, cost, and reach, due to its use of unlicensed spectrum, the availability of standardized, low-cost modules with long battery life.

Machinestalk, is leveraging the Kingdom-wide IoT experience, tailoring the End-End service using ThingsTalk Platform, Application Enablement Platform (AEP), connecting Workforce and Vehicles over the provided LoRaWAN Infrastructure. MachinesTalk licensed as IoT-Virtual Network Operator (IoT-VNO and playing a role to enhance and enable IoT ecosystem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. MachinesTalk provides full-fledged solutions in partnership with world-leading IoT players, at the same time it caters to IoT needs with its own platforms and solutions.

Actility, global leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions, provides the LoRaWAN® network server and a highly reliable and advanced IoT platform for network management – ThingPark™, and already powers the vast majority (over 50) of public nationwide LoRaWAN® deployments and hundreds of companies worldwide.

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“Implementing IoT solutions on this scale with an ambitious timeline requires partners with a proven track record in largescale project delivery, as demonstrated by Actility & MachinesTalk. Their advanced IoT platform and innovative location technology are helping us to meet and exceed the highest international standards for health, safety and sustainability. This partnership will play an important role in ensuring the welfare of our workers, given their experience in providing smart construction technology and alignment with our business goals,”

said John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company.

“We are very excited to be part of this ambitious and visionary project, which represents our first largescale LoRaWAN deployment in Saudi Arabia in partnership with MachinesTalk, and one of the biggest to date in the world. With a large-scale implementation of our cutting-edge IoT solutions, The Red Sea Development Company now will be able to keep the workforce safer and support secure and more efficient operations, clearly setting a new standard globally,”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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“We are very glad to lead one of the biggest & prime projects using LoRaWAN in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We are thinking it’s only a kickstart to long-term Public-private partnership toward smart cities, aims to monetize the provided infrastructure with IoT use cases to scale city operations and uplift people experience. We believe LoRa is the most suitable connectivity method for this project and we are eager to build the first LoRaWAN network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in addition to upholding all the challenges that will lead us to success. Also, we hope it is the start point and we could cover network throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by aligning with CITC and enhance the adoption of IoT and capture more use cases that focusing Sustainability & Wellbeing,”

said Nawaaf AlShalani, CEO of MachinesTalk

About The Red Sea Development Company

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. The destination is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use.

Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 500 contracts signed to date, worth some SAR 15 bn ($4bn).

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 15 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 5,000 workers currently on-site and more than 70km of the planned 80km of new roads are now complete. The Construction Village which is set to house 10,000 workers will be fully open by the end of Q1 this year and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will work at the destination.

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 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.  

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

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About MachinesTalk   

As a leading IoT-based solutions provider, active for 13+ years in Saudi Arabia, machinestalk platforms, services, and products grant enterprises the necessary insight to maximize efficiency and reinforce scalability. The Machinestalk ecosystem stands out in this fragmented, highly competitive, and rapidly changing yet promising market. It takes many players, like hardware providers, programmers, technical support, and customer service, to come up with a solid IoT solution. All of our services and products are designed to relieve customers from dealing with many providers to get the desired result. We provide ready-to-use, easily installable, and highly interoperable solutions that provide the essential insight to run exceptionally efficient operations. Competent, customer-centric, and innovative are the values that best describe Machinestalk’s way of delivering cutting-edge solutions. For more information, please visit http://machinestalk.com

RAD and Actility Partner Up to Facilitate LoRaWAN® Deployments

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RAD and Actility Partner Up to Facilitate LoRaWAN® Deployments

Press Release, Paris & Tel Aviv, 7 April 2021

RAD, the industry pioneer in Industrial IoT (IIoT) and Edge Computing solutions, and Actility, world leader in IoT connectivity solutions, announce a strategic partnership in order to facilitate deployment of IoT use cases for power, gas and water utilities, smart cities, transportation systems and many other verticals. The Partners agreed on technical and business cooperation and mutual promotion of the integrated RAD SecFlow Secure IIoT Gateway with LoRaWAN and Edge Computing and Actility’s ThingPark IoT platform.

RAD’s SecFlow, a 3-time IoT Evolution award winner, now allows seamless connection to Actility’s ThingPark® LoRaWAN® network servers.

IoT gateways use LoRaWAN® to connect smart devices to the cloud for data processing and management. With the trend toward edge computing for lower latency and higher availability, there is a rising demand for IIoT gateways  that support more than secure networking functionality. Such is RAD’s SecFlow’s unique offering, which includes onboard server functionality capable of hosting third-party containers.

A true “Swiss Army Knife”, the SecFlow combines functionalities that would typically require separate dedicated appliances in a single box. This is a much-appreciated feature among IoT project managers as it simplifies deployment and operations by reducing the number of devices and contributes to increased security.

Data collected from LoRa field sensors is backhauled over secured links into many of the major cloud IoT platforms connected to Actility’s ThingPark, such as Microsoft Azure, AWS IoT Core, PTC Thingworx, and others.

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“Thanks to the pre-integration work we have done with Actility, we are able to bring unique value to IoT project owners. We have an extremely powerful combination and proven ability to make their lives much easier, by deploying new projects faster and at a lower risk.”

says Ilan Tevet, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD

“We’re thrilled that RAD has become a Premium Actility Partner, RAD’s expertise in IIoT innovation, coupled with Actility’s advanced connectivity solutions portfolio will allow quicker and more secure deployments of LoRaWAN solutions across many IoT segments on all continents as well through common distributors and system integrators. We are currently deploying multiple private LoRaWAN networks in Europe, the US and Australia.”

said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility

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About RAD  

RAD is a leader in Service Assured Networking (SAN) solutions for critical infrastructure. We address all communication needs of the utilities, transportation and government sectors with always-on reliability and mission-critical protection. We offer best-of-breed SAN solutions that are used for cyber-secure industrial IoT (IIoT), LoRaWAN and operational WANs, edge computing, distribution automation, and TDM to packet migration, as well as Smart/Safe City deployments. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 16 million units and is a member of the $1.5 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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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 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.  

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

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Advantech Joins Hands with Actility to Accelerate Smart Factory LoRaWAN® IoT Solutions Delivery

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Advantech Joins Hands with Actility to Accelerate Smart Factory LoRaWAN® IoT Solutions Delivery

Taipei & Paris, April 7th, 2021

Advantech (2395 TW), a global leader in Industrial IoT technology, has partnered up with global LoRaWAN® Network Server solutions provider Actility to simplify IoT solutions deployment on LoRaWAN® networks, in order to meet the needs of the industrial automation market in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. As a start, the partners announced the launch of the new Advantech’s WISE-2410 LoRaWAN® smart vibration sensor with full integration into Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise IoT platform. The sensor monitors the surface temperatures of machines and autonomously calculates their vibration values and characteristics for predictive maintenance applications.

The WISE-2410 sensor is now available on the ThingPark Market, a leading B2B marketplace for IoT Solutions and Devices.

To learn more about the solution, and discover Actility’s and Advantech vision of Smart Manufacturing & LoRaWAN, please register to Advantech’s “InnoTalks – Industrial IoT Insights” webinar session on 24 April 2021

Ensuring factory business continuity with easier and more powerful data collection

Traditional factories rely heavily on manual inspections, which consume human resources. This also means atypical real-time events are hard to detect and can lead to increased production costs and loss of competitiveness. In contrast, smart manufacturing relies on sensors to acquire massive amounts of data, driving automation. To enable predictive maintenance and machine learning, new computer-integrated manufacturing technologies with high levels of adaptability and digital workflows allow rapid design changes and flexible production strategies.

Smart manufacturing employs IoT technology by connecting machines and automating processes to improve manufacturing performance. Predictive maintenance is a powerful feature that gives manufacturers an advantage in efficiency and trouble-free operations. Predictive maintenance adds up to 20% in machine uptime to factory equipment, according to Deloitte’s market research.

To respond to these needs, 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 transf