IoT Application and Hardware AB is now an Actility Channel Partner

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Actility’s Channel partners program continues growing thanks to the new incorporation of IoT Application and Hardware AB

We are happy to announce thatIoT Application and Hardware AB in Sweden has signed an Enterprise IoT master channel partner agreement with Actility for the countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. 

Up till today more than 35.000 LoRaWAN gateways are connected to the Actility managed networks. IoT application and Hardware AB have created Sensor-Online, a multitenant IoT platform with numerous functions which allow visualization of IoT sensors, including user alarm, management report and many more useful features like rest API with more than 100 endpoints and a payload decoder for more than 70 IoT devices. 

Actility, as one of the LoRa Alliance founding members, has the best performing engineering and technology skills in this area. With this agreement IoT Application and Hardware AB can now help companies to set up and operate private LoRaWAN networks of the highest standards, allowing them to take advantage of all of the LoRaWAN qualities such as its low-power requirements, easy implementation, high scalability, bi-directional communications, firmware over-the-air upgrades and data security.

We are very happy to have a new partner like IoT Application and Hardware AB in Sweden, as this is a market with major opportunities, and which is experimenting very high levels of progress in the IoT field. Together, we will leverage our expertise and support our customers to give each of them the perfect solution to their IoT problems.

Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility

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About IoT Application and Hardware AB 

IoT Application and Hardware AB is an IOT consultancy with 30 years of experience in the automation industry for product sales, installation, programming and support. They offer a wide range of high quality IOT sensors and IOT modules that can be integrated with existing operating monitoring systems (SCADA) or other platforms.  

About Actility 

Actility is a global leader in the IOT LPWA Software and Infrastructure space that is sold to communication service providers and enterprises. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology is a foundational piece of IOT that will bring mass scale adoption of IOT on a global basis. Actility’s mission is to enable the largest private and public LPWA IoT networks in the world and allow device activation and management, as well as data mediation of the IoT sensor data. 

About the LoRa Alliance: 

The LoRa Alliance® is the fastest growing technology alliance. A non-profit association of more than 500 member companies, committed to enabling large scale deployment of Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) IoT through the development and promotion of the LoRaWAN® open standard. Members benefit from a vibrant ecosystem of active contributors offering solutions, products & services, which create new and sustainable business opportunities. 

Through standardization and the accredited certification scheme the LoRa Alliance® delivers the interoperability needed for LPWA networks to scale, making LoRaWAN® the premier solution for global LPWAN deployments. 

IoT at the service of Spanish hospitals in the fight against COVID-19

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IoT at the service of Spanish hospitals in the fight against COVID-19 with LoRaWAN-connected patient bedside nurse-call buttons

Dealing with increased Covid patients flow, Barcelona hospitals implemented a nurse-call solution using wireless sensors with geolocated buttons from Abeeway, geolocation specialist within the Actility Group, the world leader in IoT LPWAN connectivity solutions, alongside the contribution of technology companies Everynet, for the network infrastructure, Redexia, for the IoT connectivity in Spain,  myDevices, for the software platform, including Semtech, which also contributed along others to cover the costs in order to make the solution free for the hospitals. 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated during March, many hospitals are dealing with an overflow of patients, putting pressure on medical staff working in facilities that are already at capacity, creating a state of medical war zone.  In an initiative to support the Spanish healthcare system with the application of the latest secure wireless network technology – LoRaWAN® – Actility, Everynet and Redexia provided Barcelona hospitals with hundreds of Abeeway IoT devices to endow temporary hospital facilities with geolocated nurse-call buttons, at no charge, in order for patients to be able to notify medical personnel in case of urgent needs.  

As there is no infrastructure in ad-hoc field hospitals, LoRaWAN® is the perfect communication protocol to implement IoT solutions quickly, as it offers excellent penetration through walls and enables seamless indoor and outdoor wireless coverage. The ultra-low power consumption allows the tiny battery powered devices to last for months before requiring a charge. 

Within this consortium of technology partners, local service providers Everynet and Redexia have created the necessary LoRaWAN network for the hospital facilities. Everynet, in particular, has offered its secure wireless data network to the healthcare system for free for the entire duration of the emergency. The myDevices software IoT platform collects and presents the data to healthcare professionals in a clear dashboard and enables real-time nurse-call alerts with the systemRedexia played a vital role to coordinate the integration and deployment logistics and to get this valuable system in to the hands of the healthcare system. Finally, Semtech is the IP owner of the underlying LoRa Technology, and contributed along the others to cover the cost of devices. 

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Together these technology pioneers pooled their resources to endow hospitals Bellvitge, San Pau, Parc Taulí, Germans Trias i Pujol and Del Mar in Barcelona with this important nurse-call solution. As of today, nurse-call buttons were installed directly in each of 750 hospital beds so that patients can notify an emergency at any time

The Abeeway micro-tracker devices were perfect for the purpose, providing an easily actionable button, easy to clean (waterproof) and compact. The button also embeds a Bluetooth scanner which can recognize the bed or surrounding equipment for easy location by hospital personnel, a GPS for outdoor location and as well as temperature sensor. A firmware update will soon enable contact tracing & physical distancing features leveraging the integrated 80dBa speaker.

Considering the devices long battery life, the quick deployment and the long-lasting service life, health structures will not need to worry about maintenance or management of the service, so that doctors and nurses only need to be fully focused on their duties and can promptly help those in need. 

Improving healthcare facilities operations for patients and staff is critical in an effective fight against the spread of Covid-19. With Abeeway devices communicating through LoRaWAN, nurses get real-time information about a patient call for a nurse and the positioning of the patient bed. This enhances overall patient safety and medical staff efficiency and allows to save lives

Olivier Hersent, CEO et Actility.

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Abeeway devices are specifically designed to be easily used by people: not only patients, but also the personnel, workers in factories, constructions sites etc.  It is versatile and multi-purpose. The Abeeway Micro Tracker is a multi-mode tracker with embedded geolocation sensors for accurate outdoor and indoor geolocation, leveraging the very low-power LoRaWAN IoT connectivity. The device is also used for Proximity Registration, allowing efficient contact tracing for Covid-19, to maintain a dynamic virtual geofence around an employee at site levelpreventing and warning against proximity.

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We are honored and humbled that we could provide real help in such trying times and we hope our contribution will alleviate some of the burden on overloaded medical staff. We believe that our initiative to deliver our network for free, together with the strong ecosystem of partners that we built together with Redexia, can make a difference
 

says Lawrence Latham, CEO of Everynet

The unprecedented and rapid spread of the coronavirus has created a strain in the healthcare field with the immediate need to expand hospital capacity. myDevices is pleased to contribute to this cause, alongside our partners, by providing the LoRa-enabled technology to empower the solution. The Nurse-Call system effectively alerts medical staff when patients require assistance, essential in preserving patient lives, and the safety of the healthcare staff.

said Kevin Bromber, CEO & Founder of myDevices.

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About Abeeway, an Actility Group company   

Abeeway (www.abeeway.com) 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™

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About Actility  

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

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About Redexia 

Redexia (www.redexia.com) is the first LoRaWAN™ Network provider to launch services in Spain. Redexia helps companies, integrators, and other operators to take profit from all the advantages of LoRaWAN technology. With expertise than more than 15 years in telecom and infrastructure market, with more than 400 integrators located in Spain, Redexia targets to be the leader in IoT connectivity in Spain.

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About Everynet 

Everynet (www.everynet.com) has pioneered the concept of #BitsBillionsandCents: IoT digital transformation by connecting the most constrained devices at massive scale and for ultra-low cost. Everynet is leading the market with LoRaWAN™ innovation in both its commercial model and platform architecture to power shared infrastructure deployments, enabling a neutral host to build out high-quality infrastructure and leasing wholesale coverage to service providers. A model proven by Everynet’s flagship network: the highest utilized national LoRaWAN network in the world.

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About myDevices  

myDevices, the IoT solutions company, empowers channel and technology partners, and enterprises to quickly deploy and commercialize IoT solutions. The company’s mission is to simplify the connected world by providing tools that enable the creation of device and connectivity agnostic IoT Solutions for healthcare, hospitality, food service, industrial, and other verticals. myDevices is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit www.myDevices.com and www.pushandcall.com

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Optimization of field pasture using IoT is now possible thanks to Farmote Systems and Actility

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Optimization of field pasture using IoT is now possible thanks to Farmote Systems and Actility

Farmote is a breakthrough pasture optimization system that combines satellite-based multispectral technology with real-time data from ground Motes. Farmote fused AI engine takes the guesswork out of pasture and grazing management. The devices connect through a pervasive ultra-low-power LoRaWAN® network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark™ industrial LPWAN platform.

Grazing rotation, Fertilizing & Watering: farmers’ daily decisions directly impact yield

Pasture quality and quantity varies by the day according to weather conditions, location, and past use for grazing. As a result, it is difficult for farmers to optimize the location of cattle every day, although this is a key decision which directly influences yield and profitability. This problem is particularly complex in New Zealand where farms can extend over 300 square miles, and optimization of productivity per unit of surface has been a priority topic for agriculture research.

Farmote Systems, a Smart Agriculture company based in New Zealand with ongoing deployments in many regions of the world (New Zealand, Australia and Europe), has allowed farmers to solve this problem by monitoring the amount of existing pasture on their farms and optimizing grazing management to maximize the profitability of the input invested in their farms.

This is all possible through Motes. These IoT devices embed laser sensors that evaluate the quantity and moisture of pasture daily. This is achieved by processing raw laser data through AI algorithms to derive pasture quality metrics which are directly usable by farmers.

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Less effort for farmers, but increased profits  

The Motes communicate through a wireless network leveraging LoRaWAN® technology. The ThingPark® industrial network system dynamically optimizes LoRaWAN® transmission parameters and fully leverages macro-diversity over the farming area to provide robust data collection. All wireless base stations, each with a range up to 15km, collaborate to provide seamless indoor and outdoor coverage across the farming domain.

The Farmote application converts data collected from Motes into daily grass height estimates and quantity of pasture per unit of surface. Leveraging this essential metric, the system can recommend optimal cattle location every day. The value provided by Farmote AI does not stop at daily cattle dispatching but also takes a forward-looking approach to yield optimization. By analyzing historical grass growth trends, and combining with automated satellite image analysis, the system also provides recommendations as to when and how much to fertilize each area and also provides diagnostics for some cattle distress situations.

Farmote Systems helps farmers to increase productivity and drive profitability by making farms more efficient and effective. Making the correct decisions at the right time is crucial – the Farmote System provides precise pasture data and automated cattle location and fertilizing recommendations, allowing farmers to make the best decisions at every moment.

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Motes are unique on the market, as no other wireless IoT devices are designed to stay permanently on the field gathering continuous pasture quality information.

In order to fully package the solution and streamline deployment of Low-Power WAN networks, Farmote turned to Actility and signed for the ThingPark Embedded program, allowing solution providers to embed Actility’s industrial LPWAN network management technology -trusted by over 50 public LPWAN networks worldwide- into their vertical products and deploy anywhere their business requires. This way Farmote can deploy on-demand private LoRaWAN® networks, or leverage public LoRaWAN networks through the Actility ThingPark Exchange roaming and peering hub. ThingPark Embedded has a flexible pricing model aligning to the needs of solution providers and its all-inclusive licensing allows hassle-free adaptation to the requirements of each field deployment.

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“We chose Actility’s ThingPark Embedded offer because it facilitates our business model. It offers industrial stability and allows us to save time and have lower engineering costs, we also liked the alignment of pricing structure with our business model and level of IoT expertise with local support in many countries… all much needed for our global expansion”

says Richard Barton
Founder & Managing Director at Farmote Systems.

 

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“We are happy to support Farmote in their go to market by facilitating LPWAN network deployments. Farmote fused AI approach combining ground data collected by wireless Motes and satellite image analysis brings powerful quantitative optimization technology at the service of farmers. This is all about making it robust and simple to use, and ThingPark Embedded helps ensuring stable daily pasture measurements”
 

said Olivier Hersent
Actility’s CEO.

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® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.

About Farmote:

Farmote is a company founded in New Zealand in 2016, which offers a smart, innovative pasture monitoring system that combines satellite-based multispectral technology with accurate on-ground Motes to take the guesswork out of pasture and grazing management.

Farmote covers all the stages of the deployment of its solution to look beyond the complexity of data and focus on the useful insights offered by their system. It is mainly intended for farmers who are looking to optimize their resources.

Nordic specialist distributor Connego Oy partners with Actility to offer end-to-end predictive maintenance solutions

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Nordic specialist distributor Connego Oy partners with Actility to offer end-to-end predictive maintenance solutions

Connego Oy Ltd, a Nordic distribution company which provides wireless solutions for corporate markets, announces its partnership with Actility. This partnership offers Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform and dashboards for corporate customers in its region and Connego’s AI Sensors. By combining technology from both companies, Actility’s ThingPark and Connego’s AI Sensors, the partnership offers the possibility of turnkey end-to-end secured predictive maintenance solutions

An unexcelled combination which targets the optimization of industrial processes 

Connego’s focus nowadays is on providing professional IIoT/IoT end-to-end solutions. They are targeting a predictive maintenance for industrial electric motors, which is based on artificial intelligence. Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise platform allows to gather, analyze, and transform raw data into insights to optimize industrial processes. Also offering two operational models, granting the opportunity to use it as as SaaS or in the company’s own premises.  

Connego has researched markets for reliable solutions for a couple of years, since their corporate customers operate in service, industrial, smart building, and infrastructure sectors, and has found in Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise the solution which meets the demanding requirements. Actility’s investors, which are giant companies like CiscoOrange and KPN, also operate in the same genre of markets with a broad presence, which provides reliability and long-term resourcesConnego’s long experience in providing IIoT/IoT end-to-end solutions, makes this partnership hugely beneficial for both companies and their clients. 

Connego’s priority in IoT technology is LoRaWAN because of its low-power requirements, easy implementation, high scalability, bi-directional communications, firmware over-the-air upgrades and data security. LoRaWAN’s flexibility and unique technology allows IoT platforms and sensors to be used in public areas and in customers own private networks.  

Actility, on its side, is one of the founding members of LoRa Alliance, and therefore, has the best performing engineering and technology skills in this area and a good overview of IoT markets.

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“The leading IoT technology which comes from Connego’s and Actility’s partnership allows corporate customers to modernize their business processes in a whole new way.”
 
Matti OnnelainenConnego Managing Director 

We are happy to have a new partner like Connego in Finland, where the IoT market sees major progress and the opportunities are endless, especially in the industrial field. Together, we accelerate the IoT adoption and solutions creation
says 
Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility

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Connego  has also launched a predictive maintenance IoT solution to industrial markets in Finland.  A turnkey Artificial Intelligence solution, based on Eolane LoRaWAN Bob sensor, that analyses machine behavior and alerts on possible failures in real-time on a single centric plant operation at effective and user-friendly dashboard. Measuring machines and equipment vibrations frequencies, it enables detecting any anomalous equipment behavior, thereby predicting their possible failures. It reduces downtime, improves reliability, and safety of customers assets. 

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® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable, and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

About Connego: 

Connego is a distributing company for IoT products and solutions operating through LoRaWAN, SigFox and NBToT networks, with decades of experience in distributing mobile and wireless technology solutions for various demanding business segments. Connego focuses on artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance, enterprise platforms, dashboards and multi technology for assets, people and vehicle tracking and other IoT sensors and their selected vendors are global leading manufacturers in the IoT business. 

Taking care of cattle with unprecedented benefits using IoT, thanks to Cattle-Watch and Actility.

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Taking care of cattle with unprecedented benefits using IoT, thanks to Cattle-Watch and Actility.

CattleWatch is an AI Remote monitoring system based on electronics collars which provides farmers with comprehensive behavioral analysis and alerts, including activity, theft alert, Geo fence, herd counting, Bull performance, calve delivery and cattle location. The system increases profits through increased calving yields as well as reducing losses, allowing farmers to focus on more valueadded tasks. CattleWatch devices communicate using an ultra-low-power LoRaWAN® network communicating with the electronic collarspowered by Actility’s ThingPark™ industrial LPWAN platform.

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Cattle-Watch pervasive AI leveraging Actility ThingPark® improves cattle health, increases calving & profitability 

Many areas around the globe are struggling with calving yield. Farmers have been seeking ways to increase the number of calves and as a result, increase their revenue.  

Cattle-Watch, a Smart Agriculture company founded in 2013 in Israel with ongoing projects in Europe, Pacific, Africa and South America, identified these needs and focused on the biological status of the cows, realizing that when behavioral habits of the cattle are optimized, the biological status increases and the number of calves peaks. 

Cattle-Watch created a system which tracks cattle every 10 to 20 minutes to identify these behavioral habits. After analyzing them through an Artificial Intelligence system, Cattle-Watch is able to detect possible illnesses, attacks, thefts, etc. This information enables farmers to reduce losses and improve calving. 

Real-time cattle location and herd counting helps fight theft and recover lost cattle. After the AI system has raised an alert, Cattle-Watch sends drones, pre-positioned on each farm, to the area of distress and get real time images of what is happening, helping farmers take real-time decisions, saving time and resources. These drones can also be controlled by the farmer at any moment from any smartphone, computer or tablet.

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ThingPark® industrial LoRaWAN® technology provides pervasive real-time data collection with no dead zones.  

Collars are placed on each animal and fitted with a purpose-built LoRaWAN® sensor including motion sensing, body temperature measurement and tracking functions. The trackers have edge intelligence optimizing data transmission based on flexible triggers, and typically provide over a year of battery lifetime. The collected data and alert triggers are transmitted in real time to the Cattle-Watch AI system through the ThingPark® LoRaWAN® network, and up-to-date behavioral analysis is continuously made available by Cattle-Watch to farmers. The AI system can also tune edge sensor triggers and other settings without requiring any physical manipulation, as the LoRaWAN® network is bidirectional. 

The LoRaWAN® technology is extremely low power, allowing years of battery autonomy. The ThingPark® industrial network system dynamically optimizes transmission parameters and fully leverages macro-diversity over the farming area to provide robust data collection even in metal buildings and other difficult spotsAll wireless base stations, each with a range up to 15km, collaborate to provide seamless indoor and outdoor coverage across the farming domain. The system blends long range connectivity from ground base stations with satellite connectivity to ensure connection even in the most remote areas of the world. Many of Cattle-Watch equipped farms are located in remote locations, e.g. in Africa, not covered by any public communication network.   

In order to fully package the solution and streamline deployment of Low-Power WAN networks, Cattle-Watch has joined with Actility’s ThingPark Embedded program, where solution providers embed Actility’s industrial LPWAN network management technology,  -trusted by over 50 public LPWAN networks worldwide, into their vertical products and deploy anywhere their business requires. This way Cattle-Watch can deploy on-demand private LoRaWAN® networks, or leverage public LoRaWAN networks through the Actility ThingPark Exchange roaming and peering hub. ThingPark Embedded has a flexible pricing model aligning to the needs of solution providers and its all-inclusive licensing allows hassle-free adaptation to the requirements of each field deployment.

We chose Actility because we needed an easy solution which had a fully integrated offer. Their team provided us with many facilities and local supportalso offering us a pricing structure that adjusted to our pricing-per-collar model and made it very easy to work with them

Ilan Arbel, CEO of Cattle-Watch

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Animal behavior tracked to increase profits 

The use of these trackers, combined with LoRaWAN® technology opens a wide range of possibilities, especially to increase production and revenues. In areas affected by livestock shortages, being able to monitor cattle, allows farmers not only to react quickly to unusual events, but also to prevent these problems and to make the best possible use of their investments.

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“The Cattle-Watch offer is unique on the market, with its ability to be deployed anywhere leveraging LoRaWAN® and satellite technology and AI technology backed by automated drone control to always keep the farmer at the center of each decision. We are happy to serve Cattle-Watch global go-to-market strategy by leveraging Actility’s ThingPark industrial LPWAN platform, available worldwide as hosted service or on-premise”
 

Olivier Hersent – CEO & CTO, Actility

Making cattle’s welfare a priority 

Cattle-Watch is currently participating in a H2020 project, ClearFarm, funded by the European Commission. This project aims to improve the welfare of pig and dairy cattle on production farms. Together with the Actility’s communication network, Cattle-Watch is collaborated with the project partners to design a software platform which will provide animal welfare information collected by sensors to farmers, to help them optimize their production processes and provide customers more information on the background of the animals producing the products they consume. 

This project not only involves farmers and consumers, but also regulators and policy makers who will benefit from all the information given by the platform. This offers the opportunity to guarantee animal’s well-being while helping to contribute to sustainable pig and cattle production. 

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® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable, and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary AbeewayThingPark Market supplies the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases. 

About Cattle-Watch: 

Cattle-Watch is a company founded in 2013, which offers tracking solutions for cattle in order to monetarize their behavior and gather conclusions from it. These conclusions allow farmers to prevent problems which might be affecting their cattle development and, in consequence, their farm’s revenue. 

About ClearFarm: 

ClearFarm is an H2020 EU project aimed at creating a platform aimed to control animal welfare in pig and dairy cattle farming. The project will use precision livestock farming technology (PLF) and integration of animal-based data to enable improved animal welfare across the entire production chain. This will contribute to improved sustainable pig and dairy cattle production, the two livestock production systems with the highest shares of livestock products in Europe. It will co-design, develop and validate a platform that will inform both farmers and consumers to assist their decision-making. 

Covid-19: how the Internet of Things can save People

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Covid-19: how the IoT can save people. Solutions from WMW, Abeeway and Actility

Press Release, Hasselt / Paris, 07.04.2020 

WMW, a Belgian “framework” for IoT, Abeewaya location intelligence solution provider for IoT, and Actility, the leading provider of Low-Power WAN networking solutions, are launching several solutions to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic at different stages, using various geolocation technologies and low-power IoT networks.  

The three companies have integrated their solutions: WMW is an adaptive registration dashboard with micro-modules, allowing to visualize data from IoT devices and get valuable insights. The WMW solutions takes inputs from Abeeway devices processed by ThingPark Location Enginethe fused location provider platform of Actility.  

There are 3 solutions that are offered: 

1) Private Proximity Registration. Companies that want to return to work demand solutions to protect their employees. This kit provides a private network and personal trackers to maintain a dynamic virtual geofence around an employee at site level. Since we will have to be careful for several more months to come and our employees are our most important assets, this solution helps to prevent and warn against proximity. 

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2) MySpace Monitoring. Elderly people, that we would want to follow up a little closer, can be in closer contact with their caregivers or family. Panic buttons, sensors that monitor movement, energy, and even doors, can be used in hospitals and rest homes, but also for people who still live at home. This allows direct, but also indirect, anomalies to be reported and timely action can be taken. 

3) Quarantine Monitoring. People who should live in (self) quarantine do not always follow the rules and sometimes dare to go outside their zone, posing a high risk of spreading the virus. This solution registers the breach and informs about it.

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Deploying technology against Covid spreading 

The world of IoT is usually aimed at the visualization and big data of the things that our society uses to help an organisation or industry to operate. Examples cover a very wide range such as Smart Waste, Smart Parking, and even Building Management. WMW is not just an IoT Platform, but more specifically a technology (framework) to build platforms. Thus, WMW have taken a step back to create greater flexibility and to allow them to build tailored applications fully focused on the “use case”. This flexibility is extended very far. For example, the WMW platform is device-agnostic, network-agnostic, database-agnostic, and is being used worldwide through partners. 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve focused primarily on applications, derivatives of the 97 apps we’ve already built, that can handle various impacts and observations around Covid-19. Our resellers worldwide are close to their governments and this allows us to draw global conclusions that are not valid only in Belgium. Of course, it helps that we know a lot of device makers and that we can help inspire their strategy. After all, we report the questions from the market back to them,” according to Bert Vanaken, CEO of WMW. 

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Abeeway offers a complete low-power indoor&outdoor fused geolocation solution for the Internet of Things that surpasses simple GPS. Through location intelligence, we enable efficient management of your mobile and fixed assets, protecting people and monitoring animals. We give organizations, industries, logistics companies, and the entire supply chain transparency and more effective processes.  

Abeeway decided to contribute its extensive expertise in the field of low-power geolocation in order to help people, companies and hospitals in the fight against COVID-19. With the Abeeway tracking system, including miniature trackers and badge trackers, you can set automated alarms and geofence boundary alerts to register breaches, help people to remain  alert and allow proximity back-tracing, according to Olivier HersentActility & Abeeway’s CEO.

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Worldwide availability 

These innovative solutions can be deployed everywhere on available LoRaWAN public networks or also using dedicated private networks.  

Actility  ThingPark Enterprise platform provides SaaS as well as on-site private IoT LoRaWAN network managementThingPark is the market leading LPWAN platform, deployed by over 50 service providers worldwide, and adapted to the needs of Enterprise use cases. It focuses on security, simplicity and rapid deployment on campuses of any scale, providing seamless connectivity without dead zones to for people safety or any other IoT use case.

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About Abeeway, an Actility Group company  

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 is a member of LoRa Alliance™ and is an Actility group company. 

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Actility is a world leader in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary AbeewayActility 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.   

Website: www.actility.com

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About WMW  

WMW is a product of ClearDigital NV, a Belgian player in the IoT spaceWMW is not an IoT platform, but a technology to build platformsThe library approach is unique in its kind and allows the development of applications, with maximum flexibility and tailoring towards customised use cases, in extremely short time. It has produced over 100 applications already and is being sold worldwide by resellers and partners in the Telco world (such as Orange, NNNco, LRTC, …), and in the System Integrator world (such as SCSK – subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp ,Capita, …) . 

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Energy management of a big industrial zone in Vietnam using LPWAN

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Energy management of a big industrial zone in Vietnam using LPWAN: innovation success by Opinum and Actility

Opinum, the Belgian energy management technology provider, has made it possible to achieve what was never done before in Vietnam: monitoring the supply and energy management of an industrial zone via a Low-Power wide-Area Network (LPWAN) technology, in partnership with Actility, the world leader in LPWAN industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things.

Actility‘s ThingPark Enterprise™ solution, offering companies the possibility to deploy private IoT networks, ensures a stable and secure communication from sensors to its servers over the LoRaWAN™ network, and to Opinum Data Hub™ for data analysis and insights. These power consumption data allow accurate customer profiling and increasing understanding of power grid optimization.

The challenge of energy monitoring on a big industrial site

Located in Hai Phong city and Quang Ninh province, the fastest-growing industrial region of Vietnam, three industrial zones cover over 3,300 hectares overall, hosting a growing number of companies of all kinds – chemical and petrochemical, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, logistics and others. This is where the Belgian/Vietnamese group DEEP C Industrial Zones, a developer specialized in construction and operation of industrial infrastructure, operates.

The group needed to understand how their electrical distribution services work, to collect more data regarding their customers consumption, considering the huge size of the area and the fact that when carried out manually, this task is very demanding in terms of human resources.

Niels Hubert, COO of DEEP C Green Energy

Since we were operating on a large area, we needed an automation solution to collect information to better organize our own activities. We looked into several types of technologies and ended up opting for LoRaWAN (Low-Power, Wide Area Network) technology. Its advantage is to allow the remote collection of large amounts of data and low-cost information transfers in areas where availability of power supply sources and communication network coverage are not optimal. We also needed a solution to process this data in the most practical way possible” explains Niels Hubert, COO of DEEP C Green Energy, one of the group’s entities.

This is how they started working with Opinum and Actility, focusing on energy services and environmental impact.

Efficient, accurate and reliable solution based on LoRaWAN

 

Smart meters were installed across this big industrial infrastructure in order automate the collection and analysis of energy and environmental data. DEEP C decided to turn to Opinum and Actility, partnering up with a local system integrator, namely the Vietnamese subsidiary of the Japanese operator KDDI.

Power consumption data are collected every 30 minutes. To get into the Opinum Data Hub for data analysis and insights, the data is securely communicated over the LoRaWAN network, powered by Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise.

ThingPark Enterprise is the leading LoRaWAN private networking solution, managing over 35,000 commercial gateways. It allows industries to streamline their digital transformation, eliminating wiring for most sensors. With 7+ years field experience worldwide, we support integration of remote sites for all regional radio regulations and offer the widest device interoperability. ThingPark Enterprise delivers carrier-grade technology tailored for the enterprise market:

  • It has a fully managed SaaS service, 365×24/7 monitoring, and High Availability, while all updates and upgrades are managed by Actility.
  • It’s designed to be integrated within any IoT application with a full set of available APIs and Cloud Connectors.
  • It scales with you – 3 tiers to get you started at the right pace, with a full set of products and options such as Device management, Geolocation services, Roaming, and FOTA to go beyond connectivity.

Software flexibility to increase the understanding of power grid optimization

 

Whatever the activities industrial customers have, the Opinum Data Hub solution collects and centralizes a fixed set of variables: voltage, capacity, consumption. Their analysis serves two purposes: on one hand, precise and transparent data collection of customer’s consumption profile and, on the other hand, more efficient and precise management of the DEEP C energy grid.

The solution offers a very flexible interface: changes can easily be made, for example adapting and developing new reports, designing dashboards, and adding sensors.

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There are two main reasons why we chose the Opinum Solution” stresses Niels Hubert.The first is the simplicity and clarity of the interface. The intuition of the interface allows us to quickly on-board new users with various user profiles with minimal training.  

The other reason is the advantage of flexibility. “Changes can easily be made. This is very important for us as we want to be able to operate autonomously, without having to depend too much on our software provider, for instance when we install new sensors, when we need to connect a new client or when we deploy new services. We will be able to do it ourselves.

It should be noted that the deployment of a remote energy data collection solution, via LoRaWAN connections, was a first in Vietnam. This was one of the main obstacles to be overcome in a country with strict control over communications.

The Opinum solution will eventually allow to better plan their maintenance interventions, to implement predictive maintenance programs, based on trends, and anticipate actions to be taken. The group also intends to expand the type of data collected in order to extend Opinum Data Hub analytical capacity to its water distribution activities — DEEP C Blue entity — and its facility management entity – DEEP C Park Operations. These other entities will be able to economically equip their respective infrastructures thanks to the availability of the already deployed private LPWAN network within the industrial zone.

Opinum has demonstrated its ability to manage large amounts of data. Our customers select our Data Hub for its robustness but mainly for its flexible architecture that allows them to successfully build up several added-value use cases.

Loïc Bar, Opinum CEO.

Loïc Bar, Opinum CEO

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® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market provides the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.

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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.

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Specialist Distributor Saelig Launches Abeeway Location Tracking Sensors to USA market

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Specialist Distributor Saelig Launches Abeeway Location Tracking Sensors to USA market

Fairport, NY   Specialist distributor Saelig Co. Inc. announces its new partnership with leading IoT tracking solutions provider, Abeeway.  The agreement sees Saelig becoming the USA distribution center for Abeeway products which complement Saelig’s other LoRa and RF offerings.  Abeeway offers a complete, high performing, power-efficient, and low cost tracking technology – a flexible IoT multi-technology geolocation solution optimized for LoRaWAN™. With advanced location-solving algorithms, the Abeeway platform and trackers bring a geolocation intelligence fit for existing and new use situations. Abeeway’s high quality of service, extended battery life, and intelligently-configured multimodal operation gives reliability and versatility. Abeeway devices combine cutting-edge location technologies, robust hardware, meticulous selection of highest performing low-power chipsets and a no-compromise optimized software. This allows flexible application, highly responsive to changing needs, and guaranteeing asset and people location in various coverage scenarios.  High-quality hardware houses multiple embedded geolocation technologies such as GPS, Low Power GPS, Wifi Sniffing, and Bluetooth Low Energy. Abeeway trackers are small, light, and highly resistant to harsh environments (ATEX certified​).

Alan Lowne, Saelig’s CEO, says: “Through their use of multiple geolocation technologies with LoRaWAN connectivity, Abeeway trackers can be used both indoor and outdoor to track and monitor assets such as trucks, containers, parcels, people and more with ease and accuracy. We are thrilled to have become the official USA distributor for Abeeway. We are constantly searching for the best solutions to meet our customers’ requirements and Abeeway certainly leads in the field of geolocation tracking. Paired with our expert technical support, we look forward to growing Abeeway throughout North America.”

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ThingPark™ offers key factors for success of your IoT project: 

  • Full deployment flexibility: private networks with ThingPark™ Enterprise, available with full on-site of SaaS platform, all the way to nationwide public networks.
  • Openness: Networks committed to 15 year+ IoT services cannot afford single supplier dependency. ThingPark™is hardware agnostic and runs over all leading LoRaWAN gateway manufacturers, providing seamless administration interfaces and ensuring that you can always use the hardware best suited for your use case, country of deployment, and budget.ThingPark implements open standards APIs and connectors to all leading IoT cloud platforms.
  • All-inclusive industrial grade service: our SaaS service is fully managed including 365×24/7 monitoring, geo redundancy & high availability. Non-stop upgrades are also managed by Actility.
  • Comprehensive set of value-added services such as reliable multicast, firmware updates (FOTA), Peering/roaming or low-power geolocation services, to go beyond connectivity. 
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Nicolas Jordan, CEO of Abeeway commented, “Abeeway is very pleased to partner with Saelig, which is well-known for bringing unique and novel industrial electronics products to the American marketplace. As tracking and logistics becomes one of the key verticals for IoT adoption, Abeeway will leverage its expertise in its multi-technology based, power efficient geolocation products, and will be happily supporting Saelig in addressing this huge market.”

About Saelig:  Saelig Co. Inc. is a leading distributor of industrial test and measurement products. Now adding Abeeway to its portfolio of RF test products, Saelig provides easy access to the best in class hardware, service, and support to customers throughout North America. Saelig’s vision is to provide solutions that ideally match users’ needs, with support from our expert technical team.

About Abeeway:  Abeeway was formed in 2014 in Meylan, near Grenoble. It arose from the birth of LoRa, a wireless data communication technology developed by Cycleo, a Grenoble-based company acquired by Semtech in 2012. Abeeway is the market leader in low-power 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 LoRaWAN™

Akenza and Actility Announce Integration Partnership

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Akenza and Actility Announce Integration Partnership

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Actility – ThingPark™ Wireless Integration into the Akenza Core 

Actility and Akenza AG have partnered up to add even more value to ThingPark™ Wireless, Actility’s multi-technology IoT connectivity platform for public and private Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). It is now possible for Actility clients to natively integrate their accounts into the Akenza Core and completely manage their IoT device fleet and connectivity in one easy-to-use agnostic Enterprise IoT System, designed to help companies and cities build real-time connected solutions.

 

Now through Akenza Core, 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 the vast majority of  public nationwide LoRaWAN deployments worldwide. ThingPark™ already manages over 30,000 public network antennas, including KPN, Orange, Proximus or Swisscom networks in Europe, a major cable network operator in the US, CAT, NNNCo or NTT in APAC and many others in over 50 countries.

The native integration of your Actility LoRaWAN Connectivity into the Akenza Core enables you to synchronize and manage existing and new devices from one user interface, alongside other network and sensor technologies. Akenza core is multi-tenant capable, provides an optimized user interface, data processing (rule engine) & data storage capabilities, and a unified experience when using ThingsPark Wireless and other access technologies.

 

“Actility is a world leader in IoT networks management and has a strong background in large-scale project delivery. We are delighted to include them as one of our partners. Not only do we share a common goal to help clients and networks to achieve their IoT goals, we are also committed to providing a seamless experience for all involved”

Simon Rieser – Simon Rieser, Co-CEO & VP Product, Akenza

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ThingPark™ offers key factors for success of your IoT project: 

  • Full deployment flexibility: private networks with ThingPark™ Enterprise, available with full on-site of SaaS platform, all the way to nationwide public networks.
  • Openness: Networks committed to 15 year+ IoT services cannot afford single supplier dependency. ThingPark™is hardware agnostic and runs over all leading LoRaWAN gateway manufacturers, providing seamless administration interfaces and ensuring that you can always use the hardware best suited for your use case, country of deployment, and budget.ThingPark implements open standards APIs and connectors to all leading IoT cloud platforms.
  • All-inclusive industrial grade service: our SaaS service is fully managed including 365×24/7 monitoring, geo redundancy & high availability. Non-stop upgrades are also managed by Actility.
  • Comprehensive set of value-added services such as reliable multicast, firmware updates (FOTA), Peering/roaming or low-power geolocation services, to go beyond connectivity. 
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“Actility is happy to be integrated into Akenza Core, bringing additional mutual value with a joint effort to facilitate IoT business. Companies deploying IoT Solutions now have a one stop solution service from the Akenza Core, leveraging native integration to Actility ThingPark IoT Platform, enabling them to synchronize and manage IoT devices and networks from one user interface”

Olivier Hersent – CEO & CTO, Actility

About Actility 

Actility is a world leader of industrial-grade Low-Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the Internet of Things. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark Wireless platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. The ThingPark platform, ISO 9001 certified and demonstrating 7+ years of field experience in all regions of the world, is the dependable engine behind many innovations which improve the way we grow crops or livestock and enhance safety and productivity of many industries, contributing to a more sustainable economy. ThingPark Market provides the largest selection of interoperable gateways, devices and apps.

 

About Akenza AG 

Akenza AG is a global technology provider radically simplifying your IoT onboarding process, so you can focus on the last mile of your IoT application. 

Akenza Core 

The Akenza Core, Akenza’s key product, is an easy-to-use agnostic Enterprise IoT System designed to help companies and cities build real-time connected solutions, to decrease time to market with connectivity management, payload parsing and rule engine. Akenza is committed to deliver state of the art security protection with the highest regard to privacy. Integration to your own enterprise system is possible due to open APIs, enabling seamless integration of other platforms and services as well as hosting in various cloud environments. 

Akenza was born in 2017 to deliver fast, easy and cost effective IoT solutions. Founded by Swiss based digital experts Vikram Bhatnagar and Sascha Smolokovski, Akenza is headquartered in the financial capital of Switzerland, Zurich with teams in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Helsinki and Tel Aviv. In the last three years, Akenza has grown very strongly, currently employing 30 employees.

Tracking in Germany: Favendo extends geolocation portfolio with Abeeway

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IoT Tracking in Germany: Favendo extends geolocation portfolio with Abeeway

Bamberg, Germany / Paris, France – February 7th, 2020

Actility & Abeeway partner up with Favendo, the German leading provider of real-time location services, to address together the tracking needs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a complete location solution, working both indoors and outdoors, for safety and security of people and assets in various industries. 

Favendo is now channel partner of the Actility daughter Abeeway. The French company specializes in geolocation and tracking solutions via ultra low-power LoRaWAN connectivity and its technology is a perfect fit with the solution portfolio of the German indoor tracking specialists at Favendo. The contract was signed in January. The company will continue to expand its technological partnerships in the future in order to be able to offer its customers geolocation solutions tailored to all applications.

Favendo-CEO Arnaud Becuwe: “We are experts in the implementation of multi-component and complex tracking projects. The new partnership with Abeeway opens up new opportunities for applications where positioning and tracking is required in outdoor areas and will help us to further strengthen our position in the market for real-time location systems, especially in the DACH region”.

In addition, Favendo customers and partners will be able to choose between Favendo’s own RTLS platform Commander, Abeeway’s ThingParkX Location Engine or a custom-fit hybrid solution, which ideally combines the strengths of both systems, depending on the application and requirements. For customers, Favendo remains the only contact partner with its proven installation and roll-out service. Initial customer projects in the areas of outdoor asset tracking, people tracking in the oil and gas producing industry and visitor tracking in high security areas are scheduled to fill the partnership with life in the first quarter of 2020.

Nicolas Jordan, COO at Actility, CEO at Abeeway: “Germany is full of opportunities for applications in asset tracking and the protection of people working in its countless industries. Many complex projects require the know-how of several players, which is why Abeeway/Actility is partnering with Favendo – to provide a solution that works everywhere, indoors and outdoors.”

About Abeeway:

Abeeway is a leading provider of low-power geolocation solutions for asset management, people safety and track-and-trace of industrial and consumer assets. In April 2014, Abeeway was created in Meylan, a commune near Grenoble. It sprung from the birth of LoRa, a wireless data communication technology which was developed by Cycleo, a Grenoble-based company acquired by Semtech in 2012. Since the first LoRaWAN tracker was presented by Abeeway in 2015, Abeeway has continuously improved IoT tracking solutions, developing the first patented Low-power GPS (A-GPS for IOT) as well as data fusion to optimize localization & power consumption. In 2017, Actility, the global leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) acquired Abeeway, creating a best in class portfolio of IoT location services to support service providers and IoT solution vendors across a wide range of industry sectors. Abeeway products continue to be available for every LoRaWAN networks, but becoming part of Actility’s allowed Abeeway to leverage its global reach to satisfy the massive market demand for IoT location use cases.

 

About Favendo:

Since 2014, Favendo has made a name for itself as a provider of mobile tracking and navigation solutions for indoor environments. With its solutions, the company ensures smooth wayfinding and people tracking on cruise ships, among other things, and has also already equipped airports, football stadiums and sports arenas in Germany. Together with Ströer, Favendo is responsible for the first nationwide beacon rollout in Germany. The partner network already includes Phoenix Contact and the lighting service provider Trilux. Favendo is also a partner of the ArubaEdge program.

Alliot announce new partnership with Abeeway

Specialist IoT distributor, Alliot Technologies launches Abeeway GPS sensors to UK market

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire / December 5th 2019

Specialist IoT distributor, Alliot Technologies has today announced its new partnership with leading IoT tracking solutions provider, Abeeway. The agreement sees Alliot become the UK’s main distribution arm for Abeeway products which complement Alliot’s expanding end-to-end LoRa offering.

Through their use of multiple geolocation technologies with LoRaWAN connectivity, Abeeway trackers can be used both indoor and outdoor to track and monitor assets such as trucks, containers, parcels, people and more with ease and accuracy. The range offers devices from rechargeable micro trackers to industrial trackers with up to 3 years battery life, monitoring up to 120 positions per day. Alliot’s Product Development Director, Paul Hayes, said, “We are thrilled to have become the UK’s official distributor for Abeeway. We are constantly searching for the best solutions to meet our customers’ requirements and Abeeway certainly lead in the field of Geolocation tracking. Paired with our provisioning services and expert technical support, we’re looking forward to growing Abeeway throughout the UK.” Nicolas Jordan, CEO of Abeeway commented, “Abeeway is very pleased to partner with Alliot. As tracking and logistics becomes one of the key verticals for IoT adoption, Abeeway will leverage its expertise in multi-technology based, power-efficient geolocation to happily support Alliot in addressing this multi-billion market.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Kate Millard | 01484 599544 | kate.millard@  alliot  .co.uk 

About Alliot Technologies:

Alliot Technologies is the UK’s leading distributor of IoT products . Specialising in LoRaWAN, SigFox and NB-IoT, Alliot provides easy access to the best in class hardware, services and support to customers throughout the UK and Europe. Alliot’s vision is to simplify the set-up and ongoing management of IoT devices by providing solutions ready to be interfaced with the users’ selected IT structure through device provisioning services and support from an expert technical team. Alliot makes IoT accessible to all, helping partners to develop their solutions from proof of concept to fully scalable commercial solutions, enabling them to take the specific piece they need to bring their projects to life.


About Abeeway:

In April 2014, Abeeway was created in Meylan, a commune near Grenoble. It sprung from the birth of LoRa, a wireless data communication technology which was developed by Cycleo, a Grenoble-based company acquired by Semtech in 2012. Since the first LoRaWAN tracker was presented by Abeeway in 2015, Abeeway has continuously improved IoT tracking solutions, developing the first patented Low-power GPS (A-GPS for IOT) as well as data fusion to optimize localization & power consumption. In 2017, Actility, the global leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) acquired Abeeway, creating a best in class portfolio of IoT location services to support service providers and IoT solution vendors across a wide range of industry sectors. Abeeway products continue to be available for every LoRaWAN networks, but becoming part of Actility’s allowed Abeeway to leverage its global reach to satisfy the massive market demand for IoT location use cases.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://alliot.co.uk/ https://www.abeeway.com/

Europe’s busiest urban train line gets an indoor location solution in its tunnels, implemented by French companies NomoSense, Abeeway and Actility

Europe’s busiest urban train line gets an indoor location solution in its tunnels, implemented by French companies NomoSense, Abeeway and Actility

PARIS 12/12/19

 

Abeeway, Actility and NomoSense experimented a tracking system for the RATP, the Parisian public transport operator, in order to locate in real time the underground equipment used in the tunnels of RER A in Paris, using low-power IoT networks and robust sensors, adapted to the underground environment.

RER A: The most frequented line in Europe

With more than one million passengers per workday, RER A in Paris is the busiest line in Europe and has been undergoing heavy renovation works for several years. In order to continue to guarantee safety, reliability and optimal availability of the RER A line infrastructure and to strengthen its performance, RATP has been engaged in vast renewal of RER A tracks since 2015, in agreement with Ile-de-France Mobilités. The track renewal on RER A consist of replacing all the tracks, ballast and train switching systems. In total, by 2021, 24 km of track and ballast must be renewed, and 28 switches replaced between Nanterre-Préfecture and Vincennes. A complex operation that required a total interruption of traffic 24 hours a day every summer for 4 weeks until 2018 and then for 7 weeks at night, on weekends and a full week from 2019 to 2021. The organization of the Ballast Track Renewal works is a real challenge due to the complexity of the environment and the human and technical needs to be implemented. The management of the resources of a site of this size motivates RATP to constantly reflect on the tools to be put in place in order to improve and optimize its management.

That is why for the past two years, RATP and NomoSense have been collaborating on an innovation project based on the concept of a connected construction site, with geolocation underground as the main use case. After several technologies tested, NomoSense has experimented, thanks to its partners Actility and Abeeway, with a complete solution that meets the needs of this type of project.

Abeeway technology at the heart of the solution

The choice was made to use Abeeway sensors, which, thanks to their robustness, adapt to the humid and dusty environment of urban railway tunnels. The operation is simple, the Abeeway sensors scan Bluetooth tags (called Beacons). These beacons are positioned every 20 meters to create a positioning reference frame. Once scanned by the Abeeway sensor, this information is sent back through a private LoRaWAN network. Finally, on the basis of this information, NomoSense was able to develop a geolocation algorithm to determine where the construction machines are located in the tunnel. This device could also offer in the future the improvement of the safety of workers in hazardous areas since the sensors are equipped with an alert button and an immobility detector, which makes it possible to send the position in the event of activation.

The importance of connectivity solved with Actility

Before finding the right communication network, this innovative solution required some thought, particularly on how to connect the sensors to the outside. After 2 years of reflection and several successive phases of tests in a complex radio environment, making it difficult to use and share conventional connectivity solutions, the majority of the section concerned by the works is now covered by a private LoRaWAN network. The LoRaWAN technology implemented is based on the ThingPark Enterprise solution from the French provider Actility. This technology has effectively covered these white areas with a radio solution and thus enabled the sensors to communicate. In addition, this choice was made because it offers RATP additional connectivity to be able to experiment with other types of connected objects for the supervision of its rail infrastructure equipment.

NomoSense: an IoT platform and unique services interaction to visualize data

Thanks to its data aggregation solution, NomoSense was able to centralize 100% of the bricks of this service, whether it be beacon management, LoRaWAN antenna administration, sensor decoding or location algorithms to make the system efficient. This centralization was an essential challenge to provide an ergonomic service and not to burden the management processes of these sites. This innovative system, implemented and tested on site during the summer of 2019, made it possible to validate the proper functioning and, above all, the interest of the final service with RATP teams. Beyond the “Proof Of Concept” type tests, the solution was designed on the basis of standardized technologies such as LoRaWAN technology or Beacon networks, which allows it to be deployed on an industrial scale.

« The use of standard technologies was a key issue in order to centralize data in a single platform but also to replicate the solution on an industrial scale »

            Mazic Bekka, Research & Innovation Project Manager at the RATP Engineering Department

Opening to other uses

The implementation of this technical solution in an environment as extreme as the one of the RATP is a real technical and operational success. This success was made possible thanks to the strong collaboration between the companies NOMOSENSE, ABEEWAY and ACTILITY. Other uses such as hardware inventory based on this scan solution are under study.

Finally, Abeeway sensors being equipped with a WiFi scan and a GPS, a continuity of indoor / outdoor service is already considered for future developments.

 

About NomoSense

NomoSense is a company established on the Internet of Things (IoT) market. It provides building communities and managers with centralized sensor solutions to the management platform. Its solutions optimize the human and material resources. NomoSense commit itself daily to ensure a continuity of the delivered service, to optimize the performance of our solutions and to evolve its services according to the new technologies.

 

For more information : http://www.nomosense.com

Contact :

Caroline CLERC

Chargée de communication

cclerc@nomosense.com

About Actility

Actility is a global leader in LoRaWAN® connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things.Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solution partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology.

 

For more information : https://www.actility.com/

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Gabor Pop

Director, Corporate & Strategic Marketing

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About Abeeway

Abeeway is a leading provider of disruptive IoT solutions for battery-powered tracking, based on innovative LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network connectivity and a patented cloud-powered technology that makes positioning low power and more valuable. Abeeway offers its expertise and services to achieve powerful and complete geolocation solutions with shortest time-to-market, allowing it to be a true enabler for mass-market IoT sectors such as asset tracking and management, logistics, process optimization or safety of people, animals and objects. Abeeway’s mission is to deliver a full visibility of your businesses and matters along with the tools to optimize and control them. Abeeway has been founded by the creators of LoRaWan™, and now it is a member of the LoRa Alliance™: the largest, most powerful standards-based effort to enable the Internet of Things (IoT). Since April 2017, Abeeway belongs to Actility group, an industry leader in LPWA large scale infrastructure with ThingPark®, the new generation standard-based IoT / M2M communication platform.

 

For more information : https://www.abeeway.com/

About RATP Group

With 16 million of traveler transported daily in the world, RATP group is the 5th transport urban operator in world. Implanted in 14 countries and 4 continents (France, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, USA, India, China, South Korea, Philippines and Qatar), RATP group exploit grid of subway, tramway, bus and regional express line.

In addition, RATP group exploit in Ile-de-France the most important grid in world and export his expertise in France and internationally, especially via his subsidiaries RATP Dev, Systra and Ixxi.

RATP group imagine, design and lead infrastructure development projects, exploit and keep grids, whatever transport mode. He develops also innovative devices of mobility help (traveler information, tele-tiketing…).

Contact SERVICE DE PRESSE GROUPE RATP • T 01 58 78 37 37 • www.ratp.fr • servicedepresse@ratp.fr

Actility and Radio Bridge partner to deliver vertical end-to-end solutions for smart buildings and industries in the US market

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Actility and Radio Bridge partner to deliver vertical end-to-end solutions for smart buildings and industries in the US market

PARIS, FR and MINNEAPOLIS, MN, US October 16, 2019

Actility, the global leader in industrial IoT connectivity solutions, and Radio Bridge, a prominent designer and manufacturer of cost-efficient, LoRa®-based wireless sensors, are collaborating to provide complete solutions to support the needs of vertical markets in smart buildings and industry. These will be leveraging industry-grade sensor certifications and full compliance with Actility network server-based operator and enterprise networks.

As different US industries shift to more innovative IoT tools and platforms for their operations and resource management, the demand for affordable, yet high quality, solutions is on the rise. The two industrial IoT solutions providers aim to provide this through their complementary products and services. While Radio Bridge provides cutting-edge hardware and software interface that address large-scale industry needs, Actility will fuel this with innovative, secure, and dependable LoRaWAN connectivity solutions ensuring proper and efficient data communication and management. Specifically, this means that Radio Bridge clients can enjoy the functionalities of Actility’s platforms through its APIs.

In addition to this, Steve Kilts, CEO and Co-Founder of Radio Bridge, said, “The integration and interoperability testing with Actility is critical as they provide the underlying network server technology for major LoRaWAN operators around the world. Actility’s professional-grade LNS is also a top recommendation for private, enterprise-wide LoRaWAN networks utilizing Radio Bridge sensors.”

“We are thrilled to have Radio Bridge amongst our key partners. Partnerships to deploy full end-to-end solutions are the key factor of success for IoT projects and we are happy to enable Radio Bridge solutions with the world’s most innovative LoRaWAN connectivity solutions,” said Gabor Pop, Director of Ecosystem, Marketing and Digital Services.

Through this partnership, end-to-end industry-grade connected solutions for cities, buildings, agriculture, and industrial automation are more achievable at both lower costs of ownership and high-quality products.

Actility & ThingPark™ 

Actility connects the Industrial Internet of Things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries, and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation, and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology.

Radio Bridge

Radio Bridge Inc designs and manufactures long-range wireless sensors for the Internet of Things (IoT) industry using emerging wireless standards such as LoRaWAN. The portfolio of sensors are all designed for very long range, low cost, and extended battery life applications. Target industries include building security and automation, smart city, medical device, and industrial automation. All products are designed with an open architecture for flexible integration, and an optional web-based console for provisioning, monitoring, and configuration of the sensors in the field. Custom design is also available with the goal of achieving seamless sensor-to-cloud solutions for a variety of applications.

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Kuzzle and Actility enter into a partnership to simplify the deployment of LoRaWAN projects

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Kuzzle and Actility enter into a partnership to simplify the deployment of LoRaWAN projects

Paris / Montpellier: 02 Octobre 2019

At IBS and Smart City Paris 2019, Actility, the global leader in LoRaWAN Low Power IoT networks and Kuzzle, publisher of Europe’s first Open-Source backend platform for IoT and Mobile, announced the signature of a partnership to accelerate the time-to-market of IoT projects and positioned themselves as global IoT partners in sectors such as smart cities, connected buildings, industrial asset  tracking, logistics and transportation.

The partnership aims to facilitate the implementation of IoT projects, particularly in terms of integration of IoT data through LoRaWAN Low Energy networks and development of IoT business applications.

Today, to rollout an end-to-end IoT project, it is necessary to solve IoT connectivity, complex data integration and business application development issues.

The all-in-one Kuzzle-Actility solution aims to meet the growing number of IoT use cases and address customer expectations by focusing on their specific business requirements, offering ready-to-use LoRaWAN connectivity and a software platform to manage IoT data and develop business applications.

The joint solution accelerates the time to market of IoT projects, reducing deployment, development and integration costs by more than 40%.

Kuzzle, an open-source, robust and scalable open-source IoT platform for low-speed and low-power IoT projects.

Kuzzle is an open-source, secure, scalable and fully customizable IoT backend. It is capable of collecting, indexing and processing massive amounts of heterogeneous data from the Internet of Things in real-time.  Kuzzle IoT backend offers within a single platform a multi-protocol API toolbox, advanced functionalities for multi-devices, multi-clouds, multi-IoT networks to meet various business use cases, while guaranteeing a high level of security and control.

Jacques Le Conte, CEO of Kuzzle, commented: “We are delighted to have Actility as our global IoT partner. Our customers need low power, low speed and long-range wireless networks and sensors, optimized for stand-alone equipment. Our ambition is to offer an open platform to leverage the power of the LoRa alliance and provide a high value-added service jointly with Actility. This agreement is fully in line with our growth strategy by working with leading partners in the IoT space.”

Actility is the world’s leading provider of connectivity solutions for low-power networks.

With its ThingPark IoT platform, Actility connects sensors collecting data to cloud applications at all scales, via LoRaWAN (Long Rang Wide Area Network) core network,, enabling customers to create end-to-end IoT solutions with low total cost of ownership. Whether for global or national networks or enterprise solutions, Actility transforms business, industries and processes by providing efficient and secure data transfer, sensor management, operational support system, data flow management and monetization. 

For Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility “the partnership between Kuzzle and Actility points out the importance of data flow management in IoT projects. The very strong complementarity between the two companies will allow a faster and less complex integration with business applications. This will allow the end customer to focus on the use case and business benefits and not lose time & resources in technical implementation.

 

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Actility proudly receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

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Actility proudly receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

A Commitment to Continuous Delivery of Quality Products and Services to Clients

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[PARIS, FRANCE, September 4, 2019—] Actility happily announces its official ISO 9001:2015 certification after an audit conducted by TÜV Rheinland France in June 2019.

The scope covers the design of connectivity products and services, delivered as software or SaaS, operated by Actility, and trading of equipment, including a radio functionality. The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a globally acclaimed standard that verifies the effectiveness of an organization’s quality management system in addressing client needs with their products and services.

In a rapidly changing world where customer demands continue to evolve, Actility always recognizes the need to innovate and adapt its products and services to satisfy market needs. This is why the company never stops the improvement of its internal processes and keep high quality practices to maintain both product and service excellence. Achieving the ISO 9001:2015 certification is a concrete manifestation of this commitment as it is considered as one of the most meticulous and prestigious standards in the world.

Internally speaking, this is also an attestation to the thorough understanding of employees on each of their roles, including performing best practices in interacting with both colleagues and clients, effective troubleshooting, and suggesting improvements. Being able to do so nurtures a well-organized and harmonious working atmosphere within the company resulting to delivering only the best to its external stakeholders, especially the customers.

As Actility CEO Olivier Hersent said, “[…] Actility passed ISO9001 certification, not just for R&D (research and development) process as often the case in our type of tech company, but for the whole company! This exercise was extremely challenging amidst the storm of regular business; however, it was necessary and extremely useful. […] The process also helped a lot creating more communication across functions.”

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In addition, he remarks, “Needless to say, as any engine, processes need regular oiling, so this achievement is only the beginning.” Indeed, Actility is steadfast, more than ever, in its dedication to both operational and service excellence for the next years to come.

Actility & ThingPark™ 

Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries, and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation, and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology. 

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Global IoT leader Actility accelerates IoT networks deployment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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Global IoT leader Actility accelerates IoT networks deployment in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Paris, France, May 14th, 2019 – Actility SA, the world leader in the low-power networks industry, announces deployment launch of large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) networks in Ukraine with IoT Ukraine and in the Kyrgyz Republic with Smart Technologies LLC, based on LoRaWAN™ technology. 

Companies and government organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia are increasingly embracing the Internet of Things, with many planning to accelerate investments in the short term.  The announcement arrives a year after Actility’s cooperation agreement signature with ER Telecom, the largest Russian IoT operator, to accelerate the deployment of IoT in Russia, using Actility’s ThingPark connectivity platform, having covered over 50 Russian biggest cities as of today. With almost all the major LPWAN national networks in the world using the ThingPark platform,  Actility manages more than 30,000 antennas deployed in more than 50 countries: France, United States, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Australia, Thailand, Japan and many others.  

Now, IoT is gaining momentum in the East European and Central Asian countries, which offers business investment opportunities and use case implementations across a spectrum of industries. IoT is strategic for utilities, manufacturing, transportation and retail organizations in this vast region, which see IoT as an aspirational opportunity that can enhance automation and provide a competitive advantage. Some concrete examples of IoT innovation in the Smart City domain are taking place across the region, from the rollout of smart trash bins or smart parking, to much more complex deployments such as street lighting and traffic management solutions. 

IoT Ukraine, created in 2017 as the national LoRaWAN network operator, is serving Kiev and its region, Lviv and Kropivnitsky, currently expanding to other different regions of Ukraine. Until the end of the year, IoT Ukraine plans to expand its network to all regional centers and suburban areas, the main regional centers of the country. This Ukrainian IoT national network is deployed in partnership with the digital operator Lifecell, with Cisco as a general supplier of Actility’s network platform. The first implemented solutions of the company were: smart lighting and smart parking for large shopping malls, entertainment and business centers, as well as tracking – precisely the motion tracking of vehicles belonging to a company specializing in the delivery of food in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Another use case is remote metering of gas consumption in the regional center Kropivnitsky. 

IoT Ukraine also expresses their enthusiasm and engagement: “Our company has deeply and seriously selected the suppliers of IoT solutions of the first national LoRaWAN network for our 40 million population Eastern European country. Today we have connected more than 80 Cisco gateways based on the Actility platform together with the national digital operator Lifecell for smart lighting, smart parking, tracking, gas, water, electrical metering, environmental monitoring and agro solutions on territories with more than six million people in Ukraine. After a year of testing IoT solutions IoT Ukraine has begun commercial operation of the network. Today, we can confidently offer our LoRaWAN solutions to both commercial and governmental clients, being confident in the reliability of the solutions and professional support of the world leaders of the IoT market”.

 

In Kyrgyz Republic, “Smart Technologies” LLC, a Kyrgyz telecom operator, announced the start of cooperation on the deployment of LoRaWAN wireless networks, in partnership with ER-Telecom and Actility, to provide services based on the Internet of Things, as one of the key areas of its growth strategy, in particular, to provide IoT solutions to large companies and government agencies using LoRaWAN technology. At the initial stage, the network will be developed in the city of Bishkek, later in all regions of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz enterprises are in the process of digital transformation, which will significantly increase business efficiency. 

“We are very excited about the opportunity to work together with Actility and ER-Telecom, large innovative players in the huge market of the Internet of Things that is opening up great opportunities. We believe that thanks to the great experience of our partners in industry and regions, we will be able to very quickly and successfully implement LoRaWAN solutions on the network that we deploy”says  Smart Technologies LLC.  

The Internet of Things is the foundation for the development of the digital economy, with unlimited growth potential. According to estimates, based on forecasts of the world’s leading analytical agencies, the volume of the Internet of Things in the world by 2022 will reach 1.2 trillion dollars (USD). Considering all the opportunities offered by the digital economy, Smart Technologies LLC decided to enter adjacent markets and launch an IoT network with regional coverage in 3-5 cities with their partners. At the initial stage of the project, special attention will be paid to the housing and utility sector, and the mining industry – the most important sectors of the Kyrgyz economy. The sensors connected to the LoRaWAN networks can provide remote monitoring and data collection from housing and utilities metering devices. In the mining industry, the LoRaWAN can be used for such applications as the monitoring of machinery and equipment for preventive maintenance, preventing accidents and work stoppages, or tracking employees to ensure their safety, for example during blasting operations. The capabilities of LoRaWAN technology will also be useful for logistics and manufacturing companies that can improve the efficiency of supply chain management and operations. Cargo geo-positioning solutions raise particular interest among companies.  

“Today, the strong impact IoT has on business is broadly acknowledged by decision makers. Based on technologies like LoRaWAN, IoT is spreading rapidly across the globe, and now particularly in the countries of East Europe and Central Asia, with Actility supporting a growing number of companies and governmental organizations either testing projects or fully deploying implementation“, says Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility.

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Notes to editors: 

Actility & ThingPark 

Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology. 

Leading IoT sensor provider Clickey scales up its workplace management solutions with Actility

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Leading IoT sensor provider Clickey scales up its workplace management solutions with Actility

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PARIS, France – Actility proudly announces Clickey’s transition to the ThingPark LoRaWAN platform to enhance workplace efficiency through their smart sensors in the Netherlands.

The future of smart buildings with Actility and Clickey is now. Clickeyone of the pioneering providers of IoT solutions for businesses, hachosen Actility to power their smart sensors for connected buildings in the Netherlands. This is in line with their intention to further scale their device deployments across their customer-base. 

As Clickey’s business expands, they recognize the need to transition from an open-source LoRaWAN server to a more secure, scalable solution from ActilityBecause Actility has a track record for managing large-scale networks, it makes it an ideal platform for deploying even over 100,000 devices with a high level of reliability and security. 

Currently, Clickey has provided sensors with Actility LoRaWAN connectivity to a top European building and construction services provider. These sensors, which were branded BeSense as part of the building company’s initiative, gather specific information, such as occupancy, temperature, and air quality in buildings, particularly workspaces. The collected data are then analyzed in order to manage workplaces more efficiently. 15,000 sensors have already been deployed in smart buildings and Clickey is preparing to increase this amount to over 100,000 units in the next months to come. 

The Dutch company provides 4 different types of sensors to their clients – the Occupation Sensor, Comfort Sensor, TempPro, and Energy Monitor.  

The Occupation Sensor detects the presence of individuals behind a work desk, in meeting rooms, or in restrooms. Meanwhile, the Comfort Sensor records temperature, humidity, light, sound, CO2 levels, and battery levels. It also registers human presence through movement and human interaction through its push button. Additionally, the TempPro is a multi-purpose temperature sensor that sends out an alarm whenever specific temperature thresholds are reached. This is ideal for workplaces where temperature levels need to be monitored. Finally, the Clickey Energy Monitor measures how much and where energy is being used. 

Clickey has also developed a people counter that determines the number of persons passing through a hall or a doorway in real-time. Specifically, it can identify a very good estimate of the number of people who are passing in groups or simultaneously.  

The increasing growth of the smart building industry opens up more diverse use cases that require a large spectrum of different sensors. In this regard, we will be developing more smart building products in the coming months, such as a paper bin level sensor, running on Actility LoRaWAN connectivity. Through this, we visualize ourselves taking the lead in optimizing workplace efficiency through making buildings smarter using devices that are supported by a secure, reliable network, said Pedro de Smit, Technical Director of Clickey. 

Since Clickey’s transition to Actility, the company already has 85 gateways in the Netherlands and is planning to increase this to over 100. Clickey is also considering deploying gateways in Germany and other European countries. 

Actility & ThingPark™ 

Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries, and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation, and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology. 

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Actility announces availability of its ThingPark Activation service on top of its multi-country peering hub ThingPark Exchange to enable global device manufacturers

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Actility announces availability of its ThingPark Activation service on top of its multi-country peering hub ThingPark Exchange to enable global device manufacturers

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MWC Barcelona, February 25th, 2019 – Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, announced the deployment of its LoRaWAN-based ThingPark Activation service over its multi-country peering hub ThingPark Exchange, the first hub for international IoT roaming.

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.

Actility CEO and founder Olivier Hersent said: “We launched ThingPark Exchange in mid-2018 to extend the capability of our clients’ national networks. By adding ThingPark Activation on top of ThingPark Exchange in 2019 a 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” Since announcing the launch of ThingPark Exchange in 2019, Actility has added new peering partners such as Schneider Electric, to enable their global LoRaWAN-based solutions in Energy Management and Industry, KPN the LoRaWAN nationwide network provider in the Netherlands and Hiber the LoRaWAN low-cost satellite connectivity network provider.

“LoRaWAN’s potential is phenomenal and we are leading the way in proving its capability. We first focused on connecting cities but now entire countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and The Netherlands have full IoT connectivity with LoRaWAN. We can now create a pan-European LoRaWAN network. Through the combination of ThingPark Activation and ThingPark Exchange we not only aggregate data connectivity from multiple networks but we simplify and secure the process for LoRaWAN device manufacturers by aggregating activation requests once a device connects to a network anywhere in the world,” added Olivier Hersent.
 

ThingPark Exchange is a component of Actility’s ThingPark Services Center, which offers a range of services to enrich and augment the capabilities of deployed networks. It includes ThingPark Activation for large-scale device activation; TP Location for one-stop location determination and exposure using a mix of several location technologies; and TP FOTA Server which enables firmware-over-the-air update of devices in the field, increasing their lifetime & enhancing security.

The Exchange hub enables LoRaWAN service providers to consistently execute and control their roaming agreements. If necessary, traffic policy and Service Level Agreements (SLA) can be customised through individual commercial agreements.

Actility was launched by IoT industry and LoRaWAN experts in 2010 to accelerate low power global connectivity. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer low power wide area (LPWA) networking technology.

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Anne van Gemert: anne.vangemert@actility.com / +33 6 47 37 30 21

Notes to editors:
Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology.

Actility signs agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport

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Actility signs agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport

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Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pittsburgh International Airport in a move that will greatly expand the airport’s IoT capability and position it among the most technologically advanced airports in the world.

By 2023, a high-tech $1Bn terminal will be built at Pittsburgh International Airport with plans for the best IoT technology embedded from the outset of the design phase, in order to provide the most up to date offering in a world-class facility.

Under the MOU, the airport will establish an LPWAN IoT Lab with Actility to enable different use cases to be deployed and tested to identify the best candidate devices and application partners for the overall new terminal design. Targeted areas will include asset movement, people movement and building management.

Actility CEO and co-founder Olivier Hersent said: “We are delighted to sign this MOU with Pittsburgh International Airport to undertake the first phases of the IoT Lab using our ThingPark Business Accelerator Program. We will supply the airport with the tools, knowledge, and techniques to make their IoT services successful and to demonstrate the benefits of LoRaWAN technology. We look forward to bringing the airport and its visionary management team through the critical first steps of a commercially successful IoT service.”

“Technology innovation is critical for us,” said Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis. “This is one step toward our goal of building the ‘smartest’ airport in the world. Building an ecosystem of technology leaders and advanced thinking partners will enable us to learn and adapt to be the leading airport in meeting passenger and airline needs while continuing to increase efficiencies.

Actility’s Business Accelerator Program (BAP) consultative service is the first step in IoT service and business case definition. It sets the goals for client projects, tests assumptions, and establishes high-level go-forward plans for launch.

“The expected growth of IoT is exponential, and therefore, as part of our transformation to a smart airport, we need to understand how impactful and valuable this wave of technology can be to our airport and the industry,” said Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pittsburgh International. “We will work with Actility and the IoT ecosystem to first learn and test the value in our existing airside terminal and then refine and perfect it. When our new landside terminal opens in 2023, we will have deployed proven, reliable, secure, and innovative systems.”

Actility was launched by IoT industry and LoRaWAN experts in 2010 to accelerate low power global connectivity. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer low power wide area (LPWA) networking technology.

ENDS

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Actility: Anne van Gemert
anne.vangemert@actility.com / +33 6 47 37 30 21

Notes to editors:
Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology.

Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

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Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, has launched the Ecosystem Partner Program (EPP). This new program is focused on leveraging Actility’s ThingPark platform and partners’ technologies to deliver increased value by providing certified, complementary and scalable IoT solutions.

The Ecosystem Partner Program will help the adoption of IoT use cases by extending the capabilities of Actility’s LoRaWAN™ network server and providing a one-stop-shop for complete IoT solutions.

David Royet, director ecosystem and digital services, Actility, said: “We have established the EPP to simplify everything for our partners by bringing it all under one roof and by removing all technical complexity. In addition, we have improved the setup of our partners’ products with the implementation of dedicated profiles for each device and have also simplified device activation and payload decoding.

“Our service offering and partner numbers continue to grow so we identified the need to develop the Partner ecosystem in a streamlined way that would create value for end customers. We have already had very positive feedback from partners who have converted to the EPP and we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming weeks and months.”

Francis Raimbert, founder and owner, ATIM Radiocommunication said: “Actility’s ecosystem partner program advances our ongoing strong relationship with the company and enables us to further integrate with ThingPark Enterprise and the LoRaWAN ecosystem. Our LoRaWAN products will be presented in the device profiles gaining increased exposure to their other partners. It’s a win-win scenario.”

End customers looking for high-quality partners will benefit from the new ThingPark Connected label which certifies that products including devices, gateways, and applications are correctly integrated on the ThingPark Platform.

By using ThingPark Connected products, Actility’s customers have the assurance they can deploy their IoT use cases simply and efficiently. They can fully focus on their business and work with their validated products.

Actility was launched by IoT industry and LoRaWAN experts in 2010 to accelerate low power global connectivity. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer low power wide area (LPWA) networking technology.

For further information about Actility, please visit: https://www.actility.com/ecosystem-partner/

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Actility launches annual Actility Operator Forum

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Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

Actility, the global industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, and Europe’s leading energy aggregator, has officially launched the annual Actility Operator Forum. The first two-day event took place in Paris on the 29th and 30th of November 2018.

Over 50 global network operators and 100 clients and partners converged on Paris to join Actility in celebrating the growth and maturity of the LoRaWAN ecosystem and to share success stories, feedback, and best practice. The event was launched on Thursday morning by Actility CEO and Founder Olivier Hersent who delivered a keynote speech.

“Thanks to the Actility Operator Forum we realize that so much of what NNNCO is doing in Australia has global implications and that many of our breakthroughs and learnings are just as applicable in Asia, the US, Europe and beyond. We must all look beyond our own borders and that’s where roaming comes in. The focus now must be on supporting the large global device manufacturers in industries such as metering industrial controls to leverage global gateway growth as one global roaming network.”
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Rob Zagarella
Founder, CEO and Board Member, NNNCo
“It was a great opportunity for Orange to understand key requirements from the LoRaWAN ecosystem, especially large solution providers looking to roll out massively and to share with other LoRaWAN operators on how to best accommodate those requests.”
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Luc Savage
VP of Enterprise IoT, Orange

Fellow keynote presenters included industry experts from Schneider Electric, Itron, Semtech, HERE and Actility. The afternoon sessions were each chaired by a subject matter expert with presentations and input from three guest panelists from companies such as NNNCo, GEFCO, Nexans, ER-Telecom, Birdz.

Topics ranged from general discussions about the LoRaWAN ecosystem to more specific topics covering industrial, enterprise and private networks and then deeper into vertical use cases on those networks, including agriculture, logistics, smart cities, smart water. Given the maturity of LoRaWAN, the forum was also able to delve into go-to-market strategies, pricing models, deployment models, and roaming. The entire program can be viewed here: www.actility.com/forum

Actility is a global leader in LoRaWAN solutions. LoRaWAN is a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks that allows devices to communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections with extended battery life. Actility also enables multi-country geolocation solutions through its LoRaWAN roaming hub and Abeeway, its subsidiary that makes low power, long-life trackers.

GEFCO partners with Actility and Wakeo to develop a new track and trace solution for motorcycles cradles

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GEFCO partners with Actility and Wakeo to develop a new track and trace solution for motorcycles cradles

This partnership with Actility and Wakeo allows GEFCO to provide an innovative, tailor-made solution to streamline cradle management processes in Europe, reinforcing its leading position in automotive logistics.

This latest development also demonstrates the unique added value brought to customers by GEFCO’s innovation strategy, which last year led to the start of another key partnership, with accelerator Techstars.

An innovative, tailor-made solution bringing added value to customers

Once motorcycles leave the factory, they are stored and transported to dealers’ facilities on cradles. A shortage of cradles generates additional costs and production management problems. Cradles are not easy to track and are sometimes lost or stolen, which reduces manufacturers’ fleets and leads to delivery delays. GEFCO has developed a unique tailor-made solution to solve operational issues and streamline cradle management processes in Europe by partnering with Actility, a leading LoRaWAN solution provider, and Wakeo, the provider of a real-time visibility platform.

  • Actility is a global leader in LoRaWAN solutions. LoRaWAN is a low power wireless protocol for wide area networks that allows devices to communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections (up to 15 kilometers) with extended battery life (up to 10 years). Actility powers more than 50 public LoRaWAN service providers in over 30 countries, along with managed enterprise networks for dedicated vertical IoT solutions. Actility also enables multi-country geolocation solutions through its LoRaWAN roaming hub and Abeeway, its subsidiary that makes low power, long-life trackers.
  • Wakeo provides a SaaS platform to bring real-time visibility on B2B multimodal transport flows. The software aggregates transport providers’ data and guarantees data quality by enriching it with independent information (IoT data from hardware partners, AIS and satellite data). Using in-house algorithms, Wakeo predicts times of arrival and sends proactive alerts to enable operational teams to anticipate delays.

A collective intelligence solution to meet customers’ needs

Smart trackers have been provided by Actility and installed on the cradles to provide positions with an accuracy up to three meters and a battery lifetime of more than seven years. Tracker data is then collected via the LoRaWAN networks and analyzed on the Wakeo platform. This platform updates the motorcycles’ estimated arrival time at the dealer’s facility in real time. The platform also allows the user to locate the cradles, showing if and when they have been delayed. Automated alerts are sent to operational teams about delays. Thanks to this system, motorcycle manufacturers can make sure the initial transport plan is being followed, while being informed of possible delivery delays and the cradles’ return.

“The integration of these two innovative solutions will give GEFCO customers a comprehensive overview of their flows. They will benefit from real-time, predictive, cost-effective, energy-efficient and sustainable solutions for managing logistics resources and complex supply chains. This demonstrates the effectiveness of our innovation strategy and confirms the added value that our partnership with Techstars can bring to our customers,” commented Emmanuel Cheremetinski, Executive Vice-President Inland at GEFCO.

Last year, GEFCO also initiated another key partnership, with Techstars, as part of its innovation strategy to explore and invent new business lines. This strategy has three priorities: detecting new ideas and opportunities with the Innovation Watch and Business Intelligence teams, testing new ideas proposed by internal teams at the GEFCO Innovation Factory, and investing in specific projects with Innovation Funding.

Actility collaborates with Microchip Technology

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Actility has announced at Electronica that it is collaborating with Microchip to allow IoT device manufacturers to speed their time to market and ensure seamless integration with LoRaWAN operator networks globally.

Microchip has fully validated interoperability of the LoRaWAN network stack with the newly launched SAM R34 System-in-Package (SiP) family and qualified the hardware through Actility’s ThingPark Connected programme, ensuring that any vendor using the SiP can be sure that their device is fully interoperable with any of the 60 national or large scale LPWA IoT communication networks deployed across 5 continents by Actility customers and powered by the ThingPark Wireless platform.

ThingPark Connected is an interoperability test programme for hardware, devices and applications, covering multiple regions, LoRaWAN versions and device classes. It goes beyond simple standards compliance to ensure end to end performance on networks powered by ThingPark Wireless in realistic use conditions. We’re delighted that Microchip has taken advantage of the benefits of working with ThingPark Connected, delivering interoperability at a fundamental level in the overall stack and thus enabling a large vendor ecosystem using the SAM R34.

David Royet, Director of Ecosystem and Digital Services, Actility
"As the LoRa ecosystem expands rapidly across geographies, interoperability testing with networks is crucial to reduce risk and time to market. In addition to a certified reference design, LoRaWAN software stack and a complete development tool environment, the SAM R34’s proven interoperability on networks powered by ThinkPark Wireless significantly simplifies the development process, enabling products to get to market faster."
Clayton Pillion
Director of marketing, Microchip’s Wireless Solutions business unit

The SAM R34 is a highly integrated LoRa SiP family that combines an ultra-low-power 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), sub-GHz RF LoRa transceiver and software stack in a 6 x 6 mm package. The devices provide the industry’s lowest power consumption in sleep modes, making the SAM R34 family ideal for long-range, low-power IoT applications. Developers will enjoy using Microchip’s fully-integrated development environment to write their application using Microchip’s LoRaWAN™ software stack.

ThingPark China accelerates the IoT ecosystem by launching a Developer Lab and Marketplace

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ThingPark China accelerates the IoT ecosystem by launching a Developer Lab and Marketplace

ThingPark China announces the opening of an IoT Ecosystem Lab in Beijing enabling customers to evaluate their IoT solutions, and an online Market which will enable Chinese IoT device and application sellers to market their IoT solutions to business customers in China, and also to benefit from the global audience and IoT sales opportunities enabled by Actility’s ThingPark Market.

Bing Liu, CEO of ThingPark China says, “Our Ecosystem Lab and Marketplace will help accelerate the growth of LoRaWAN-based IoT in China by supporting the local ecosystem at every stage from developing and testing their products to distributing solutions to local customers and taking them to market worldwide. We’re bringing the tried and tested solutions from Actility and adapting them to the needs of the local market.”

Chinese device makers and application developers will be able to create a free account on the ThingPark China developer SaaS platform, hosted in China, giving them access to LoRaWAN connectivity and a suite of tools and APIs, including a self-test capability, to support the integration of their solution with ThingPark. A dedicated Ecosystem Lab facility in Beijing will provide a location with LoRaWAN coverage. Within the facility, developers will be able to use the self-testing tools for devices using the Chinese LoRaWAN frequency bands, and also prepare for international distribution by testing against European, APAC and US channel plans. For customers who prefer to develop and test in their own location, ThingPark China will offer a Developer Kit and gateway pre-configured to connect remotely to the ThingPark China developer platform.

Along with support for developers to create their products, the opening of the ThingPark China Market will provide the opportunity for them to sell local-market IoT products to business customers in China with a user experience optimized for Chinese buyers, and also to sign up to the international ThingPark Market, through which they can sell IoT devices and solutions for any region to customers around the globe, who will be able to buy them in almost 30 different local currencies.

“Here at the LoRa Alliance All-Members Meeting, we can see how quickly the interest and commitment to LoRaWAN is growing in China,” says Bing Liu, “and we’d like to extend an invitation to any company that is interested in adopting, developing and marketing LoRaWAN products globally to join our ecosystem, make use of our lab facilities, developer kits or online tools and sign up for our Market to accelerate their progress in bringing their solution to this dynamic and fast-growing market.”

CAT Telecom selects Actility to power rollout of Thai national IoT communication network

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CAT Telecom selects Actility to power rollout of Thai national IoT communication network with support from Teo Hong Silom

Actility is pleased to announce today that Thailand’s CAT Telecom has selected the ThingPark Wireless LPWA connectivity platform to power a national IoT communication network rollout across the country, beginning with a smart city solution for Phuket, soon to be followed by Bangkok. Actility is partnered with local system integrator and communication network specialist Teo Hong Silom Group to support the deployment and scale-up of the network.

Colonel Sanpachai Huvanandana, President of CAT Telecom, explains: “CAT Telecom is determined to develop a LoRaWAN network to support IoT services in line with the Government’s Thaliand 4.0 agenda. The key factors in developing true smart cities, such as we are pioneering with the city of Phuket, are infrastructure and services. These smart services will include Smart Metering, Smart Buildings, Smart Lighting, Smart Parking, Smart Farming, Smart Logistics and Smart Tourism. These services require a data communication infrastructure which covers a long distance, uses low energy and cuts the operating cost, all of which are major advantages of the LoRaWAN wireless network.”

“We’re very proud that our platform has been selected by CAT Telecom. This is a big win for Actility, demonstrating once again that ThingPark Wireless is the preferred solution for national commercial IoT network rollouts worldwide. We’re delighted to welcome CAT Telecom to the community of over 50 operators already using ThingPark-powered networks to support innovation in IoT applications and services. We’re also glad to be able to help CAT encourage innovation with a developer platform and a series of hackathons across the country.”

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Wisut Kaewbangkapom, Deputy General Manager ICT Solutions Business of Teo Hong Silom Co., Ltd (THS), comments: “We are excited and inspired by being a part of this project. We are confident and ready to deliver innovative solutions to CAT Telecom, to stimulate IoT activities and benefit everyone nationwide”.

CAT has also launched a ‘LoRaWAN IoT by CAT (Thai link)’ platform to support the commercial sector in developing and innovative industrial IoT services. Currently the company is testing a tracking service combining GPS and IoT communications enabling cars, motorbikes, dump trucks and coaches to be tracked across the province. In Phuket the service is supporting tourism, with a speed-boat businesses deploying the tracking technology to ensure the safety of their customers by installing trackers on their boats and providing tracking wristbands for their customers. CAT is also working with its alliance partners to support the smart tourism campaign through the Smart Phuket 4.0 mobile application, ‘Beacon’ devices that accurately inform tourists and foreigners in the province about product deals and tourist attractions, and ‘Digital Signage’ locating restaurants, tourist spots, accommodation, hospitals and the locations of key governmental offices.

“In the future, the information on the behaviours and activities of tourists will be aggregated by a Big Data Platform”, adds Colonel Huvanandana. “It will greatly benefit the business owners and city administration in. They will be able to perform deep analysis of consumer behaviour, and also improve the quality of life and the safety of the local citizens, improve all aspects of city management in all aspects and make Phuket a world class smart city.”

CAT Telecom will use its learnings from the Phuket project to create a transferrable business model and technical solutions to accelerate the deployment of Smart Cities in 18 provinces across Thailand, including the Bangkok region, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen, Nan, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Pathom. and the three provinces in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), namely Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao.

HERE partners with Actility to locate assets in indoor and outdoor environments

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HERE partners with LoRaWAN leader Actility to locate assets in indoor and outdoor environments

Actility and HERE Technologies announce a partnership that will improve the location capabilities of IoT solutions by pinpointing the position of assets accurately, seamlessly and continuously in both indoor and outdoor environments. Combining Actility’s LoRaWAN connectivity management platform and HERE positioning capabilities, this integration will give Actility customers more cost-effective, energy efficient and sustainable solutions for asset management in logistics and supply chain applications across industries.

The combined solution can locate any asset, such as a tool or piece of equipment, with minimal energy consumption and low cost of ownership, bringing plant-to-store goods tracking or industrial supply chain transparency to life.

Actility is a global leader in LoRaWAN connectivity solutions. LoRaWAN is a low-power wireless protocol for wide area networks that allows devices to communicate with IoT applications over long-range wireless connections and with an extended battery life.Actility powers more than 50 service providers in over 30 countries and enables managed enterprise networks for dedicated vertical IoT solutions. As a result, Actility can enable multi-country geolocation solutions using its LoRaWAN roaming hub and Abeeway, its subsidiary that makes low-power, long-life trackers.

Through its partnership with HERE, Actility brings a complete low-power location solution to the market that combines GPS, A-GPS and Wi-Fi positioning. HERE venue mapping and “fingerprinting” (information about the current set of Wi-Fi signals and signal strengths available to a mobile device at a given moment) capabilities significantly improve indoor positioning precision, with an accuracy of five to seven meters.

“Through our new partnership with Actility, we continue to increase our capabilities and presence in the IoT market,” said Francois Fortun, Head of Business Development of IoT Partner Ecosystem at HERE. “HERE is a worldwide leader in mapping and location services, providing the highest levels of accuracy and global coverage, and our ongoing growth in this market underscores our position as the go-to location services provider for IoT technology.”

“Asset tracking is a strategic market for Actility, especially since our acquisition of Abeeway last year, which strengthened our solution portfolio with a LoRaWAN tracking device,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility. “Today, we are very enthusiastic to join forces with HERE to fill what we believe to be a gap in the market: multi-country, low-power geolocation solutions with increased accuracy in almost every situation and a compelling business case based on low TCO.”

Actility partners with network operators worldwide to launch ThingPark Exchange, the first LoRaWAN international roaming hub

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Actility partners with network operators worldwide to launch ThingPark Exchange, the first LoRaWAN international roaming hub

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network connectivity, today announces ThingPark Exchange, the first hub for international IoT roaming, and the agreement of a number of public LoRaWAN operators around the world to sign up to the service. LoRa Alliance members including Australian operator NNNCo and Finland’s Digita, will connect their LoRaWAN network servers to the Actility ThingPark Exchange platform to enable instant packet roaming between their networks.

“Global roaming between different networks will enable new multi-country use cases and new business models with simpler deployment models,” explains Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “Although roaming between different LoRaWAN operators has been standardized, it still requires operators to establish individual connections between many public or enterprise operators, making the process long, expensive and inefficient. ThingPark Exchange is the first roaming enablement platform to be fully compliant with the new LoRa Alliance roaming specifications. Now, once set up on the platform, any operator has an instant connection to all the other partner operators.”

The Exchange hub enables LoRaWAN service providers to consistently execute and control their roaming agreements. If necessary, traffic policy and Service Level Agreements (SLA) can be customised through individual commercial agreements.

By joining ThingPark Exchange, service providers will be able to more easily meet their customers’ requirements for global roll-outs. For example, companies active in a several countries or globally will be able to contract with only one operator for their IoT connectivity, instead of a different operator in every country. The chosen single operator, connected to ThingPark Exchange, will be able to make use of other Exchange-connected roaming partners to supply a multi-country connectivity solution for its customer.

“ThingPark Exchange will allow Digita to provide high-quality LoRaWAN services for our customers wherever they are needed globally, whilst simplifying the process of setting up worldwide connectivity arrangements dramatically,” says Digita’s IoT Services Director Ari Kuukka.

“We’re excited by the possibilities ThingPark Exchange opens up,” says NNNCo CEO Rob Zagarella. “Not only international use cases, but also the ability for our customers with regional enterprise or city networks to use roaming between networks to extend coverage for certain use cases throughout Australia.

ThingPark Exchange is a component of Actility’s ThingPark Services Center, which offers a range of services to enrich and augment the capabilities of deployed networks. It includes ThingPark Activation for large-scale device activation; TP Location for one-stop location determination and exposure using a mix of several location technologies; and TP FOTA Server which enables firmware-over-the-air update of devices in the field, increasing their lifetime & enhancing security.

Connexin and Actility announce launch of pioneering UK smart city IoT network

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Connexin, the leading smart city infrastructure provider, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, today announce that they are working together to deploy a LoRaWAN IoT communication network for the City of Hull, in the north of England. Specializing in building and operating award-winning Smart City Infrastructure to support the Internet of Things, Connexin works in partnership with local authorities, global technology companies and specialist technology providers to build metropolitan networks and smart city infrastructure.

“This is the infrastructure layer that smart cities have been waiting for: total coverage, indoors and outside.” explains Connexin Head of Smart Cities, Sam Forster. “It will allow sensors and smart devices to be deployed at scale and for innovation in services to be enabled and driven. We are committed to this technology because we feel it is the most powerful way to build Smart City solutions at scale.”

“We’re very proud to have been chosen by Connexin to support their roll-out of a dedicated network for the smart city of Hull,” comments Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “This network will support more efficient public services and create opportunities in for commercial businesses across the City, and make Hull one of the clear leaders in the UK in deploying IoT for the benefit of its citizens.”

“The attractiveness of the network needs to be looked at in three ways,” expands Sam Forster. “First, for improved and more efficient public services; secondly for special users – emergency services, healthcare and social care – to be able to benefit from smarter services and more real-time data to keep people alive, healthier and improve their well-being; and thirdly, the commercial sector, so retail, parking, food and beverage, entertainment, service providers, estate managers… the list is endless.”

Connexin is deploying the network before having paying customers for it, as an investment in essential infrastructure, pioneering a new approach to enabling smart cities. Once the network is deployed, the company will offer both free and commercial services depending on the use case, end customer and commercial objectives.

Explaining Connexin’s choice of Actility as a partner, Sam Forster says: “Actility is a leader in LoRaWAN and a key player in the LoRa Alliance. The ThingPark multi-tenant platform brings true carrier-grade capacity and management capabilities, and will allow us to operate as a Smart City Operator, providing a network to many different large and small smart services providers. The city council and individuals will be able to run their business across a single network. We are delighted to have Actility as a partner and expect to drive Smart Cities at scale across the UK in the coming years.”

ER Telecom and Actility sign cooperation agreement during Presidential meeting at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum

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ER Telecom and Actility sign cooperation agreement during meeting of President Macron and President Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum

St Petersburg, Russia, May 25th 2018: Actility and ER Telecom have signed a further collaboration agreement to accelerate the deployment of IoT in Russia during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian Premier Vladimir Putin to the International Economic Forum in St Petersburg. The agreement, signed in the presence of Delphine Gény-Stephann, Secretary of State in the French Economic and Finance Ministry, covers the collaborative development of infrastructure and software for IoT systems for both the corporate and consumer markets. ER Telecom is the second largest and fastest-growing Russian telecom operator, already catering to the majority of Russia’s largest enterprises.

Actility CEO Olivier Hersent explains “This collaboration agreement builds on the agreement already signed at Mobile World Congress for ER Telecom to deploy a ThingPark LPWA network management solution in Russia. As well as that infrastructure, we’ll be working together to accelerate the deployment of complete IoT solutions for customers in Russia, collaborating on software, roaming solutions and compatibility with international standards for LPWA networks. We’re very proud that the value of this partnership to Russian and French industry and the two countries’ economies is being recognised in the agreement being signed in front of the two Presidents during this State visit.”

Andrey Kuzyaev, President of ER Telecom Holding, comments: “By mid-July this year, our LoRaWAN network will extend to 62 cities in Russia. We have over 10 pilot projects under way in the energy sector, mining, retail and logistics, and 2018 will see the first full commercial launches. This market is continually gaining momentum. We are probably the only company that has taken the risk of building a Federal network with complete outdoor coverage, and we expect over 20 million sensors to be connected in the next three years. Not long after that, we predict that the number of connected sensors will exceed the number of active SIM-cards.”

The extended agreement will also see ERTH capitalising on Actility’s expertise and platforms to deploy a local Marketplace for IoT devices, applications and solution packages, and provide support and tools for the local IoT developer community to accelerate their go-to-market. Actility’s ThingPark Market platform will give those manufacturers and developers access to global markets and distribution beyond Russia’s borders.

Öresundskraft and Actility announce rollout of Swedish IoT network using unique “City Hub” model

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Öresundskraft and Actility announce rollout of Swedish IoT network using unique “City Hub” model

Öresundskraft, the Swedish energy company and fibre network operator, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks , today announce that they are working together to deploy a LoRaWAN IoT communication network within the Helsingborg Open City Hub, which could be the first of many rolling out across Sweden under the auspices of the StadshubbsAlliansen (“City Hub Alliance”). In the Open City Hub model, the IoT connectivity platform is offered by the municipality as an open access, commercially neutral network available to all companies or consumers in the city. Öresundskraft provides “connectivity as a service” for the Helsingborg hub.

“A Stadshubb is a regional LoRaWAN with an open and neutral wholesale business model for connectivity,” explains Öresundskraft’s Bo Lindberg, “ which enables anyone who needs to communicate with LoRa sensors to do so  easily, without having to build or operate their own infrastructure. This siginificantly reduces the threshold for service providers and end users to establish IOT services and solutions, thus accelerating and simplifying digitalization in general and the development of the smart city in particular.”

“We’re very pleased to have been selected to partner Öresundskraft in the roll-out of this ground-breaking smart city infrastructure and innovative business model,” comments Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “An Open City Hub creates significant benefits for companies, residents and society in the region. It simplifies connectivity and enables key services, underpinned by secure LoRaWAN communication powered by ThingPark Wireless, delivering data to its owners’ cloud applications through a common horizontal infrastructure available to all on equal terms.”

The StadshubbsAlliansen was founded and is operated by Öresundskraft. Growing in 2018 at a rate of a new member every week, the Alliance is made up of either fully or partially municipally owned companies working together both commercially and technically to provide regional Stadshubbs (city Hubs) all using the same ThingPark Wireless platform from Actility, operated by Öresundskraft. The members of StadshubbAlliansen consist of regional fiber network providers with extensive experience of providing digital communication solutions. All own their own fiber networks, which provide key communication links in the City Hubs, and all have broad experience in working with local businesses and private customers whilst also dealing with infrastructure issues and urban development needs.

“In Actility we have a very strong partner, both in technology and in world-leading deployment expertise. Actility has been able to support StadshubbsAlliansen from the earliest days as a start-up and continue as we now are rapidly are growing throughout Sweden. With this well-developed infrastructure in and LoRaWAN™ service the StadshubbsAlliansen and Actility are creating a marketplace to realize the full potential of all digitalization through one technical and one business platform for multiple cities. Together we will build Sweden’s Smartest Cities,” concludes Bo Lindberg.

Actility opens IoT Lab in Paris with widespread 3GPP industry partner support

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Actility opens IoT Lab in Paris with widespread 3GPP industry partner support

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, March 1, 2018: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks connectivity, today announces the opening of an IoT Lab in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, home to technology giants and start-ups. The Lab will enable developers to connect, test and prepare for market their devices and applications using a full range of IoT connectivity including LTE-M, NB-IoT and LoRaWAN powered by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless Platform. The lab has garnered support from a wide range of industry partners offering 3GPP-compatible network elements, modules and sensors. The Paris IoTLab is the first of a number to be opened this year by Actility in partnership with customers around the world.

“Our IoT Lab in Paris will offer local network coverage for testing LTE-M/NB-IoT and LoRaWAN devices,” explains Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “The lab is open to anyone interested in building applications and use cases or testing their devices/modules and real-world integration with cloud platforms such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix. In our quest to make the lab the best environment possible for our visitors, we’re collaborating with a number of class-leading technology partners throughout the IoT value chain. The best technology is critical to enable our visitors to create and test the best solutions.”

The main goal of the IoT Lab is to enable LoRaWAN, LTE-M and NB-IoT device makers to perform functional testing and application developers or end-to-end solution developers to provision IoT devices and route their data to cloud application using Actility’s ThingPark Wireless developer platform. The lab will also be used to showcase applications and use cases leveraging both LoRaWAN and LTE side-by-side in a real deployment within a lab environment. In the lab, Actility will also onboard device manufacturers in the ThingPark Partner program and ThingPark Marketplace, and Click & Go.

“Actility’s IoT Lab is exactly the kind of initiative developers need to help them deliver on the vast potential of low-power wireless access technologies,” said Andy Odgers, Quortus Founder and CEO. “At Quortus, we’re already seeing deployments in use cases such as factory IoT that use 4G LTE in concert with 5G-aligned core technologies like network slicing, to deliver the benefits of LPWA today. The flexibility and scalability offered by current and future network architectures means that innovation is restricted only by the limits of the developer’s imagination. We’re proud to be chosen for this key role in the IoT lab, and look forward to a close and ongoing co-operation with Actility and users of the lab.”

“MultiTech and Actility share a desire to simplify the development, testing and deployment of IoT solutions around the globe,” said Stefan Lindvall, CEO of MultiTech. “We are pleased to support the Actility IoT Lab in Paris and enable the next generation of end-to-end IoT application development with our industry-leading portfolio of licensed and unlicensed LPWA hardware.”

“The IoT marketplace needs LPWAN solutions that leverage hardware-software integration to provide the connectivity and networking for a range of applications. These networks offer answers to the challenges of customer adoption including operating costs, connectivity, breadth of coverage, and power consumption,” said Digi Vice President of Product, Scott Nelson. “Approximating real-world conditions in Actility’s IoT Lab test lab gives us the opportunity to test Digi XBee Cellular LTE modems in a manner similar to the way in which our customers will actually use them. We’re looking forward to participating in the test lab so we can demonstrate through example how Digi XBee Cellular products meet the diverse needs and connectivity challenges customers will face during implementation.”

“Actility’s decision to put CND’s OpenEPC multi-access core network software at the heart of its new IOT Lab will help to accelerate the development of commercial IoT solutions for a broad range of use cases. We’re very excited to be part of this important initiative,” said Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Core Network Dynamics.

SODAQ has been in IoT and LPWA since 2013 producing development boards like the SODAQ ONE and ExpLoRer. “People often ask me what LPWA technology is the best” says SODAQ’s CEO Jan Willem Smeenk. “Well, each technology has it’s own advantages and disadvantages and we believe that there is a market for all of them, whether it is LoRa, NB-IoT or LTE-M. It is great that places like the Actility IoT Lab exist, so you can experience this at firsthand and to be able to test and compare. And we are delighted to have our developer boards available in this lab.”

“Actility is definitely the world leader in LPWA technology, being part of their IoT Lab has allowed us to test the latest technology and demo our products to potential customers that would be otherwise impossible to reach. LPWAN is here to stay and will definitely ignite the IoT revolution and thanks to Actility we can to play a leading role in this revolution,” says Gimasi CTO Massimo Santoli.

“The cellular IoT or LPWAN market demands mature communication solutions”, states Lars Melzer, Managing Director of CommSolid. “From the beginning we have focused on extensive verification and pre-certification of our NB-IoT modem solution – internally as well as in cooperation with partners. We are pleased to expand our verification activities to the Actility Lab supporting development and release of IoT optimized products with highest maturity level.”

Other participants in the Actility IoT Lab include Pycom and U-Blox.

Developers interested in visiting the lab can learn more and book a visit on the Actility web site (Community>Thing Park Lab).

Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

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Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 28 February 2018: Actility announces the release of ThingPark Wireless 5.0, a major upgrade to the world’s most advanced industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform for public IoT networks and service providers. The new release brings advanced security features addressing data security, privacy and reliability, LTE-M & NB-IoT network integration, new tools for deploying and updating device firmware in the field, multicast capability, and support for LoRaWAN roaming and managed customer networks.

“ThingPark Wireless is the world’s most popular LPWA connectivity platform for large-scale IoT networks, already chosen by 50 service providers worldwide to power their rollouts. With this release, Actility remains at the forefront of IoT connectivity technology, addressing our customers’ key requirements, including the most advanced security, 3GPP IoT technology support and new network and device management capabilities addressing key use cases, for example multicast and FUOTA which are key to fully support smart metering applications at scale in the field."With the growing maturity of the market, support for roaming between IoT networks is becoming essential. Our customers have already demonstrated roaming successfully in the field, and ThingPark 5.0 industrialises this capability. At our MWC Booth, 8.0C3, you’ll be able to see the latest LPWA technology in action, with demos of device update using FUOTA, one-click provisioning with Secure Element enabled devices, and 3GPP integration using ThingPark EPC Connector.”

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ThingPark 5.0 new and enhanced features include:

Enhanced security

Secure Join Server for device and activation. LoRaWAN 1.1 compliant ThingPark Hardware Security Module offering fully secured on-boarding of provisioning keys from leading secure element manufacturers, delivery of security keys to application providers supporting high-security use cases, and generation of security keys embedded by device makers.

Multicast

Some applications, such as smart Demand Response in an electricity grid, require communication with a specific group of devices in real time. The ThingPark Reliable Multicast Server (RMS) allows a single message to be delivered simultaneously to defined groups of devices. For example, in a street lighting application, devices can be controlled at the street, neighbourhood or city level.

FUOTA

To ensure long device lifetime in the field and support of devices installed in remote locations, FUOTA offers the ability to update IoT device firmware over the air. This critical service enables the deployment of device firmware upgrades and activation of new features. Since end devices have limited memory and bandwidth, software updates are delivered in segments. ThingPark FUOTA does this fragmentation, delivery and error checking via the RMS, which also reliably manages the update of a large “fleet” of devices in the field.

3GPP-IoT Support

Seamless management of IoT networks combining LoRaWAN, LTE-M or NB-IoT connectivity using ThingPark EPC Connector for maximum flexibility, enabling optimised solutions for specific use cases

Roaming and managed customer networks

Enabling customers to offer global services aggregating connectivity from several LoRaWAN network providers, or to combine public and dedicated enterprise network connectivity, extending the reach of dedicated IoT applications.

Billing

ThingPark Billing is designed to simplify the monetization of IoT solutions combining LPWA connectivity (LoRaWAN & LTE-M), applications and devices, in a fast and cost-effective way. ThingPark Billing is pre-integrated with the ThingPark Wireless platform and ThingPark Market, accelerating the go-to-market across multiple distribution channels.

Actility collaborates with Opencell to offer class-leading IoT digital subscription services

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Actility collaborates with Opencell to offer class-leading IoT digital subscription services

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 28 February 2018: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, today announced a successful technology partnership with Opencell to integrate their class-leading open source billing engine framework into the ThingPark Wireless platform. The Opencell partnership, made possible thanks to a close and effective collaboration between the two companies initiated in 2016, will offer billing-as-a-service for ThingPark Wireless customers, support ThingPark Market ecommerce, and enable key features of Actility’s channel partner programme to support advanced revenue-sharing business models globally.

Olivier Hersent, Actility CEO, explains: “Opencell provided the flexibility we needed to optimise the product billing features available within ThingPark Wireless to the complex and evolving needs of our network operator partners for their IoT billing & settlement. We have also integrated it completely in our IaaS cloud to manage the complex financial flows matrix of ThingPark Market for devices, applications and connectivity, and the related settlement requirements.”

According to Opencell CEO, David Meyer: “Actility’s leading position in industrial IoT presents a wide range of requirements in subscription and usage monetization, settlement and commissioning as well as catalog management. We’re very pleased that Actility recognized the strengths of our platform as we’ve worked hard together to meet their requirements and deliver a world-leading solution addressing the developing needs of IoT customers.”

Opencell’s solution is the only open source billing platform capable of addressing complex B2B and B2C usage scenarios. Its software makes complex subscription and usage-based rating and commissioning accessible to all types of businesses and industries including telecoms, cloud operators, Internet of Things enablers and utilities.

“The partnership between Actility and Opencell significantly reduces the cost barrier to entry of addressing complex IoT business models and ensures the reduced time to market that’s critical in the fast-moving world of LPWAN,” concludes Olivier Hersent.

Actility delivers ThingPark Enterprise to meet evolving IoT market needs

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Actility delivers ThingPark Enterprise to meet evolving IoT market needs

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 27 February 2018: Actility today announces the release of ThingPark Enterprise, the most powerful and advanced IoT connectivity platform dedicated to enterprise applications. ThingPark Enterprise will enable industrial customers to transform raw data into insight driving smarter decisions with immediate business benefits.

“ThingPark Enterprise is a uniquely powerful solution enabling enterprises to secure their IoT networks, and connect and configure sensors and applications in just a few clicks. Customers will be able to manage data and route it to their chosen cloud platforms with a simple dashboard, and scale their network simply and rapidly to meet evolving business needs,” Olivier Hersent, Actility CEO explains. “We kept the customer central when designing ThingPark Enterprise. Our aim was to deliver a comprehensive end to end solution for dedicated enterprise connectivity.“

ThingPark Enterprise will be distributed exclusively by the Actility Channel Partners around the globe, responding to their customer needs in applications demanding very high security such as protected industrial sites or government services, in on-campus networks for predictive maintenance or factory automation, or in remote locations beyond the reach of existing public IoT networks.

ThingPark Enterprise provides a simple graphical user interface to create and operate a LoraWAN network and add further base stations to expand coverage and scale up. Onboarding additional devices or sensors is straightforward, as is routing sensor data to application servers, to popular public cloud providers including AWS IoT, Azure IoT, GE Predix or to advanced AI platforms such as IBM Watson.

“ThingPark Enterprise enables true IT/OT convergence with an industrial-grade software solution which has been designed to scale up with a reliable and sustainable approach,” says Grégory Guiheneuf, Marketing Director at Factory Systemes. “We have chosen to distribute ThingPark Enterprise so as to offer our customers a secured On-Premise LoRaWAN network infrastructure, totally agnostic from device and gateway makers as well as from service companies. Together with Actility, we are enabling our customers to unleash the true potential of digital transformation, and we are happy to partner for success in the fast growing Industrial IoT era.”

“ThingPark Enterprise provides a fast, easy and secure way for any enterprise to start using dedicated LPWA networks today. Based on open standards and continuously evolving, it is ready for the future,” concludes Actility’s Olivier Hersent.

ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

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ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

ThingPark Wireless, the leading IoT connectivity platform, reaches a significant milestone today as Actility announces that Serbia’s Telekom Srbija is the 50th customer to select the ThingPark solution to power a national-scale commercial LPWA network roll-out. Actility’s regional partner and reseller, TERI Engineering, will provide front-line project management, integration and maintenance support during the roll-out and operation of the network. Telekom Srbija is innovative a locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in rolling out new technology solutions in the fixed, mobile, Internet and digital service spheres, for the benefit of its customers both in Serbia and in the region at large.

Filip Bankovic, CTO of Telekom Srbija, explains the interest in IoT: “The Internet of things is the foundation of a new digital industrial economy having extraordinary growth potential. The opportunities that digital economy provides are virtually unlimited. We have decided that an IoT network is a natural extension for our business, and will launch an IoT network with state-wide coverage in Serbia to accelerate the growth of that new economy. To meet our IoT connectivity needs with the best solution, Telekom Srbija intends to implement an LPWAN network based on LoRaWAN technology using Thingpark Wireless in cooperation with our partners Actility and Teri Engineering.”

Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility, comments: “We’re very proud that our platform has been selected by Telekom Srbija. As well as showing that ThingPark Wireless is the best solution for this national commercial IoT network rollout, the fact that we’ve reached this important milestone of 50 operator customers clearly demonstrates that ThingPark is the world’s leading IoT network platform, commercially and technically, which is why it is already powering over half the national and large-scale LPWANs globally.”

The first stage in Telekom Srbija’s rollout plan is deploying an internal company solution for monitoring the opening and closing of manhole covers to increase the security of the company’s infrastructure and support maintenance crews. This application will also provide a reference and case study for further commercial applications. The second phase of the rollout will be implemented by adding devices and applications for various commercial use cases such as home security, tracking and logistics and agriculture.

In addition, Telekom Srbija plans to work with the local developer community to encourage new applications, business models and connected applications.

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About Telekom Srbija

Telekom Srbija a.d. is a modern, entirely locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in the fixed, mobile, Internet, multimedia and digital service spheres both in Serbia and in the region at large. By fostering the innovative spirit, Telekom Srbija continuously develops new technological solutions for the benefit of its customers and the environment and maintains the high quality of unhindered communications offering a wide range of channels and transmission devices. Our services are synonymous with trust, superior performance and innovative technologies.

About Teri Engineering

TERI Engineering is an ICT company headquartered in Belgrade (Serbia), with companies in Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. TERI Engineering regionally represents leading global vendors of advanced technologies, products and services. For 30 years, TERI leverages those partnerships to help its customers to select and implement solutions, enhancing their operational efficiency and creating and preserving competitive edge. For more information, visit www.terieng.co.rs.

Successful international roaming demonstrated by Orange, KPN, Actility opens new horizons for IoT

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Successful international roaming demonstrated by Orange, KPN, Actility opens new horizons for IoT

Orange, KPN and IoT connectivity platform supplier Actility today reveal the first successful field test of actual roaming between nationwide public IoT networks, implementing the latest LoRa Alliance™ specifications. Roaming is the ability for an IoT device to seamlessly connect to different LoRaWAN networks to transmit its data. This successful implementation of roaming protocols in the field opens up the possibility of connecting sensors or trackers that move between countries. It also simplifies the implementation of international business applications – by removing the need to both integrate several IoT platforms and contract with multiple LoRaWAN operators – thereby reducing time to market for customers.

In October, the LoRa Alliance released the first version of the LoRaWAN Backend Interfaces Specification. This governs how LoRaWAN sensor data are passed between different networks to enable roaming. Based on this specification, Orange and KPN set up a secure roaming interface between their Actility network server platforms, and have successfully tested Orange devices operating on the KPN network in the Netherlands and KPN devices operating on the Orange France network.

“This first successful LoRaWAN compliant roaming communication in the field is a critical milestone to unlock several key segments of the IoT market by removing the barrier of national borders,” says Bertrand Waels, head of Alternative Radio Access at Orange. “Our tests in an open collaboration with KPN in the Netherlands and with the support of Actility show that the specifications published by the LoRa Alliance do work reliably in the field.”

Roaming is important for the whole IoT ecosystem (device manufacturers, device owners, application platforms, and network operators). Roaming simplifies the development of international use cases, such as with a trucking company’s logistics chain or a start-up selling products across Europe. It can eliminate the need to develop variants of devices and applications for each IoT network and national markets, optimizing time to market and bringing economies of scale.

“Unlocking international markets is a major driver for our customers. We are pleased with this major step, roaming is key to extending our LoRaWAN based IoT services around the globe,” adds Carolien Nijhuis, Director IoT at KPN.

Since its foundation in 2015, the LoRa Alliance has been developing open LoRaWAN IoT standards to the benefit of a large and dynamic ecosystem. 

“Actility was a major contributor to the roaming specification work because we believe the benefits in terms of applications and greater simplicity and reduced costs for the ecosystem are clear,” says Olivier Hersent, CTO of Actility. “Ultimately the LoRaWAN ecosystem can seamlessly cluster thousands of networks. We believe an open and multi-vendor system can scale up to the requirements of the Internet of Things.”

STMicroelectronics and Actility collaborate to speed adoption of LoRaWAN in smart industry

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STMicroelectronics and Actility collaborate to speed adoption of LoRaWAN in smart industry

Actility, the leading low-power wide-area network solutions provider, is working with STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, to accelerate the development and roll-out of LoRaWAN devices around the world. 

Actility is launching a complete set of developer tools, security and device-management solutions for LoRaWAN deployment, leveraging ST’s industry-leading STM32 family of Arm® Cortex®-M core microcontrollers. The tools will allow and encourage manufacturers to deploy IoT devices at scale.

ThingPark-enabled STM32 Developer Kits

Together, ST and Actility are supporting device developers with the leading LoRaWAN-enabled STM32-microcontroller development boards from ST, and the Actility ThingPark partner portal. The ThingPark platform, combined with any LoRaWAN Gateway, allows developers to benefit from self-testing tools for the main LoRaWAN regional profiles including US915 for the Americas, EU868 for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, and AS923 for Asia.

Secure Manufacturing with STSAFE-A and Actility’s ThingPark Join Server

Security is widely recognized as a major concern for IoT roll-out. The ST/Actility Secure Manufacturing solution simplifies a secure pre-commissioning of devices on a manufacturing line, and streamlines the authentication and activation of authorized devices across LoRaWAN networks.

Device Lifecycle Management with Multicast and FOTA

Battery lifetime of LoRaWAN devices is a critical factor, lasting as long as 15 years in the field. With ST, Actility is bringing a unique multicast, globally-available FOTA (Firmware update Over the Air) solution, that allows manufacturers and OEMs to efficiently update their device firmware in the field. Using ThingPark Reliable Multicast Server, which supports both LoRaWAN Class B and C for optimized FOTA campaigns, smart meters and other IoT sensors to be updated throughout their lifetime, staying within the low power consumption requirements of LoRaWAN devices.

Actility will demonstrate how it is helping to speed LoRaWAN adoption with ST at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26-March 1, Hall 8.0 Stand 8.0C3, and at Embedded World in Nuremberg, February 27-March 1, Hall 4A, booth 138-238.

Who needs Rudolph? LoRaWAN guides herders protecting connected reindeer

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Who needs Rudolph? LoRaWAN guides herders protecting connected reindeer

It’s dark in the forests of Lapland at this time of year. The sun peers above the horizon for only a few hours in the late morning. The snow lies heavy on the ground and in the branches of the tall pines. Jarno peers through the trunks, seeking a glimpse of the well-camouflaged black and white reindeer that are his herd. He, like his forefathers for three centuries before him, is a reindeer herder, travelling up to 40km each day following and protecting his animals throughout the bleak Lapland winter and greener summer. 

Unlike his forefathers, though, Jarno has technology on his side. Instead of relying on intuition and experience (though he has plenty of both), he is tracking his herd on his smartphone, thanks to a LoRaWAN communication network connecting GPS trackers around the necks of the animals. With its long-range coverage and extremely low power consumption offering long battery life, LoRaWAN is an ideal solution for tracking semi-wild herds that can roam free in herding districts covering one third of Finland. The reindeer are only gathered together by the herders twice a year, providing the sole opportunity for the trackers to be fitted or recharged.

Reindeer-herding is big business in Lapland, with up to 300,000 animals in the summer being managed by the herders, generating around €25m, per year from meat, fur and antler products. Unlike cattle or sheep, the reindeer spend most of their time in the wild, roaming where they choose according to the seasons and the food supply. Up to 10% of the reindeer are lost, both to the teeth, beaks and claws of hungry wolverine, lynx, bears golden eagles and wolves, and to the fast-moving metal of trucks and even freight trains – only last month over 100 reindeer were killed by a train in a single incident in Norway. Reindeer herders are on the lookout for better ways to protect their stock, and also to improve safety for drivers on Finnish roads.

The Finnish Reindeer Herders Association (Paliskuntain yhdistys) began their technology journey over ten years ago, using GPS and applications, and 3 years ago launched a smartphone app called “Porokello” (reindeer bell), which allowed professional drivers to report reindeers near roads and warn all drivers using this free application. The Association has now begun working with Finnish communications provider Digita to create a solution for tracking the reindeer remotely. Actility’s customer Digita began rolling out its LoRaWAN network in Finland just over a year ago, mounting gateways on the company’s existing television masts to achieve very long-range coverage. Beginning with Finland’s cities and industrial areas, the rollout now covers the remote forests of Lapland.

The pilot study began in June, and this September, at the bi-annual reindeer roundup, the herders were able to put few tens of trackers on selected animals. Because the reindeer move in herds, it’s not necessary to have a tracker on every beast. The herders discovered that putting trackers on “alpha female” reindeer was the best way of locating the herd as whole. The trackers use GPS satellite signals to determine their location, but communicate that location to Digita’s gateways over low power LoRaWAN. This maximizes the battery life, and reduces costs since there’s no need for cellular subscriptions for every device.

Actility names Von Cameron Vice President of the Americas & Global Logistics to lead expansion of IoT network adoption

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Actility names Von Cameron Vice President of the Americas & Global Logistics to lead expansion of IoT network adoption

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced the appointment of Von Cameron as Vice President of the Americas & Global Logistics to lead business development and execution in the region.

Cameron possesses decades of experience selling technology solutions to enterprises, communications service providers and governments globally, building successful sales and business development operations and driving new customer acquisition. He previously served as president of Practics, Inc. where he advised companies in the wireless, IoT and digital security industries, including Actility, providing go-to-market strategies, business development guidance, and other professional services.

“The addition of Von Cameron will help further establish Actility as a global leader in industrial IoT solutions in key vertical sectors such as logistics and supply chain, Smart Cities, energy and more, facilitating our growth in the U.S. in particular,” said Mike Mulica, CEO of Actility. “Von’s expertise in the IoT space and broader mobile industry will be invaluable to our efforts.”

Since 2010, Actility has been pioneering the fundamental technology that led to the operating framework of LoRaWAN™ and was a founding member at the launch of the LoRa Alliance in 2015. Today, Actility is the driving force behind a full suite of LPWA IoT software that serves the world’s largest service providers, solution providers and enterprises in capturing the full benefit of IoT’s explosive growth potential.

Cameron has served in senior executive roles at leading technology companies throughout his career, including senior vice president of worldwide sales at Narus Inc., executive vice president at Smith Micro Software, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Fox Technologies, vice president of sales at Openwave Systems, and vice president of business development at Oracle.

“I have worked closely with Mike and his team for the past year in a consulting role and fully appreciate the tremendous value proposition that Actility brings to IoT deployments,” said Cameron. “Having already established a strong presence with key partners such as Comcast and Cisco, I look forward to expanding our IoT integration in the U.S. and the rest of the Americas.”

Enforta and Actility announce deployment of IoT network spanning the vast territory of the Russian Federation

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Enforta and Actility announce deployment of IoT network spanning the vast territory of the Russian Federation

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Enforta, the Russian telecom operator owned by ER Telecom Holding, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks have begun a collaboration to deploy a LoRaWAN wireless network delivering IoT services across Russia.

ER Telecom is the second largest and fastest-growing Russian telecom operator, already catering to the majority of Russia’s largest enterprises. The company has decided to develop an IoT business on the basis of LoRaWAN technology as one of the key directions of its strategic development, planning to provide IoT services for large corporations and state authorities.

The sheer size of Russia, spanning eleven time zones, presents some real challenges to national scale  telecom operators, but also creates great opportunities for LoRaWAN technology, with its long range enabling extensive coverage to be deployed with the minimum of network infrastructure.

Andrey Kuzyaev, President of ER Telecom Holding, comments: “Russian enterprises are currently in the stage of digital transformation that will considerably improve the efficiency of business. The Internet of things is the foundation for the development of a digital economy having unlimited growth potential.  By our estimates, based on the forecasts of the leading international analytical agencies, the volume of the Internet of Things market in Russia will reach almost 800 bln. Roubles by the year 2022. Taking into account all the opportunities that digital economy provides, we have decided to extend our business and enter adjoining markets and launch an IoT network with the federal coverage in 60 cities with our partner Actility”.

An important early focus of activity will be the oil and gas and mining industries, powerhouses of the Russian economy.  Sensors connected via LoRaWAN allow the oil flow remote monitoring through remote pipelines in remote and sometimes hostile environments.  In mining, LoRaWAN can be used to monitor vehicles and machinery and trigger pre-emptive maintenance to prevent faults and downtime, or track workers to ensure their safety during blasting operations.

Taking advantage of the tracking capabilities of LoRaWAN,  early customers of the new network could be  industrial and logistics companies, which could benefit from connected logistics  to increase the efficiency of  supply  chain and operations.   Special interest is shown by these companies in geolocation of  goods, especially along the Trans-Siberian railroad.

We’re very proud to be working alongside ER Telecom, a powerful and innovative player in this huge market for industrial IoT which offers such opportunities. With a strong existing customer base of ER Telecom in industry and the regions, we expect to see the applications of LoRaWAN being launched very quickly and successfully on the network being deployed by ER Telecom. This implementation also represents a unique first for us, with our ThingPark platform deployed fully in the territory of Russia, delivering SaaS solutions for customers whilst keeping all the data within Russian borders to comply with Russian legislation.

Actility acquires NL Noodvermogenpool, taking the lead in European demand response

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Actility acquires NL Noodvermogenpool, taking the lead in European demand response

European Utility Week, Amsterdam, October 2nd: Actility, the industry leader in the Internet of Energy, today announces that it has acquired NL Noodvermogenpool, the largest demand response aggregator in the Netherlands. Combining the market-leading position and expertise of NL Noodvermogenpool with the innovative technology solutions for smart grid developments offered by Actility’s ThingPark Energy platform will create the undisputed leader in European demand response.

“The energy transition is rapidly unfolding across Europe,” says Cedric De Jonghe, who heads Actility’s Energy Business, “and demand response is a key component”. Smart grid developments improve the security of supply whilst an increasing contribution of renewable energy sources is enabled. This transition creates major opportunities to leverage innovative technologies in energy markets.

NL Noodvermogenpool is a pioneer in demand response in the Netherlands. Established in 2011, it has been providing emergency power to the Dutch transmission system operator TenneT since 2012. NL Noodvermogenpool creates an “emergency power pool” which aggregates the capacity of many partner companies to offer additional power to balance the electricity grid. In addition, this aggregation brings direct economic benefits to flexibility suppliers participating into the pool.

This strategic partnership creates a top European player in the market for smart energy management solutions. Actility’s ThingPark Energy platform offers strong smart grid capabilities covering the full range of demand response services, including process modelling for intelligent consumption and large-scale battery projects.

We are very successful in the Dutch market for both upward and downward emergency power. To meet increasing demand in the rapidly changing energy landscape, we needed a strong technology partner. By combining forces with Actility, NL Noodvermogenpool will continue to lead the evolution of smart grid in the Dutch market and expand its partnerships, with future-proof solutions offers.
Jeroen Schut
Manager, NL Noodvermogenpool

We are delighted to join forces with NL Noodvermogenpool, cementing Actility’s strong position in demand response in Europe. This partnership demonstrates the commitment to building strength in sectors where Actility’s innovative technology can be disruptive. Building upon Actility’s leadership in LPWAN IoT networks, this partnership will also enable to rapidly open new use cases for massive demand response applications leveraging thousands of coordinated participants, particularly in the Netherlands where LoRaWAN already spans the entire country.

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Actility and machineQ Demonstrate Asset Tracking Solution at MWC Americas

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Actility and machineQ Demonstrate Asset Tracking Solution at MWC Americas

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and IoT location solutions, and machineQ, Comcast’s IoT network service and platform, are together demonstrating an asset tracking solution at Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) in San Francisco. Connecting Abeeway Master Tracker hardware to Actility’s ThingPark IoT software platform using the machineQ LoRaWAN network in San Francisco, the demonstration monitors the location of a number of Comcast’s XFINITYTM service vehicles in near real time.

“Tracking maintenance vehicles is a clear demonstration of the power of IoT to optimise essential industrial activities,” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “The first step is to knowing where your vehicles are, but knowing where they are is just the beginning. Beyond that, you can begin to apply sophisticated analytics and machine learning to optimise every truck roll, improving efficiency for the enterprise and quality of service to consumers at the same time. Business cases like this are why we believe that geolocation could be the killer app for the IoT globally.”

“We are seeing significant interest in tracking technology across entirely new verticals and use cases where existing tracking technology has been ineffective due to expensive hardware, short battery life, and high connectivity costs,” says Alex Khorram, machineQ General Manager. “We are excited to leverage the machineQ network with Actility in San Francisco and across the wider Comcast footprint to help bring this innovative technology to market.”

The demonstration solution, which is on show at Actility’s booth N.701 at MWCA, sees  Abeeway Master Trackers, operating on the 915 Mhz ISM band frequency required for the US market, installed in five of Comcast’s XFINITY service vehicles in the North Bay area of San Francisco.  Actility works with machineQ, and the solution utilizes the machineQ network deployed in the Bay Area region.

The tracking solution is highly flexible, thanks to LoRaWAN’s bidirectional communication capabilities. For example, the behaviour of the trackers can be adjusted depending on the status of the vehicle, sending precise location data every minute when the vehicles are moving, but only once an hour if the vehicle is stationary and parked in a depot. The Abeeway Master Tracker is a self-contained industrial product with an internal battery giving it a field life of up to several years, so tracking is not dependent on power from the vehicle being available. The tracker also uses Actility’s innovative “Low-Power GPS” technology specifically optimized for LoRaWAN, which uses fewer satellites and reduces the GPS lock time to a few seconds. The power required for both signal acquisition and processing is reduced: this combination results in a dramatic increase in battery life, by an order of magnitude versus existing GPS location technology. Using this low-power GPS, the trackers will be able to achieve an overall location accuracy of within 5 meters throughout the 5-day duration of the trial deployment.

“We’re delighted to be working with machineQ on this demonstration of the power of geolocation at the leading US telecoms event,” concludes Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “This demonstration is just the first step on a road together to deploy solutions that will accelerate the digital transformation of logistics, supply chain management and transportation services throughout the US.”