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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For further information:
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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.

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For further information:
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, 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.