CEO Spotlight: Mike Mulica, Actility

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CEO Spotlight: Mike Mulica, Actility

French firm Actility, founded by technology entrepreneur Olivier Hersent in 2010, is one of the biggest advocates of LoRA technology to enable Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, and is also a founding member of the LoRA Alliance, which is rapidly growing in both size and reputation.

The company last year secured $25 million funding from large scale operators KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn, intended to accelerate its launch of ThingPark, its open standard IoT network solution.

This serves as the company’s primary product, which is designed for IoT deployments of various sizes, from single enterprises through to smart cities. ThingPark aims to work with low power devices, and provide the connectivity at low cost.

Now, as interest in the LPWA market begins to ramp up, with rival proprietary LPWA solutions emerging on the market from Sigfox and Ingenu, and the pending release of 3GPP-backed NB-IoT standards, Actility has opted to appoint telecoms and technology industry veteran Mike Mulica to lead it towards its next stage of growth.

Mulica, who has held leadership roles with Phone.com, Syncronoss and Real Networks, told Mobile World Live it was clear to him, upon meeting Hersent, that LPWA was really going to take off in the second half of the year, and joining Actility was an opportunity he could not turn down.

In this interview, he opens up on some of the challenges vendors may face in accommodating IoT networks, which could prove to be a “very low cost market” to run, his open approach to competition, and his thoughts on why LoRa technology could be likened to an Android ecosystem.

 

MWL: What is your view of LPWA and Actility’s journey so far? 
Mulica: LPWA has become the rage over the course of the past year in terms of its ability to economically connect many things, and capture and deliver data to those things that wasn’t possible before.

These extremely low levels of economics are produced into the system, so the folks here built an end to end platform that includes the radio layer and the mash up layer, allowing for the connection of all kinds of things and the capture of data from many different applications. This marketplace allows vendors to deliver their sensors and applications into the markets where the networks exist.

Actility itself is now on an open systems march towards LPWA and making that pervasive. The first couple of years have been about building out networks to make sure there is coverage and the first network technology available in this category was LoRa.

To that end, we have six nationwide deployments globally, with many more planned. This also consists of deployments planned in Asia, that will be announced in a couple of weeks and many planned in Europe, with a whole lot going on in North America that should also get announced in the next month or so.

In any event, the idea here is to be a LPWA technology company to embrace many, or even all, radio frequency technologies when they come to market.

 

MWL: The LoRa Alliance has had some high profile backing from some large scale operators in recent weeks. Where does a small player like Actility fit into that ecosystem?  
Mulica: We were one of the co-founders of the LoRa alliance with IBM and SemTech, so, from a strategy stand point, we have invested a lot of time in terms of technical leadership and co-chaired many of the committees around its development. I think we are at 330 members of the alliance now and it is growing fast. The nice thing about it is the fact it operates a structure that’s very open so there can be a lot of different participants at every layer of technology, making it a very accessible market to join. Now, we have big companies like Orange also on board, and Cisco is a large partner of ours from a distribution standpoint, which makes them involved too. It’s got a lot of momentum behind it.

 

MWL: How will Actility respond to NB-IoT standards from 3GPP, and what is your view on some of the other proprietary LPWA technologies on the market? 
Mulica: We will embrace NarrowBand IoT from 3GPP. It is part of our roadmap and we will deliver a NB-IoT capable product as soon as the standards are ratified. It’s been in development and we are excited about that aspect of our product.

We also think there are lots of things that are complimentary about the different radio technologies, and when they come together in the portfolio they are better. At the end of the day, it’s not about the radio technology, as most of these connections are low cost connections, and there’s got to be many, many millions of them happening.

We think the key is creating an environment where it is really easy to connect something and make it happen in a low cost, automated way. There is now a seamless marketplace of having things that are built in an aging territory that might have a particular need for connecting to a certain object.

Radio settings can be seamless and easy to do, similar to the way the internet works. We actually see this as like the internet, and you can plug into the internet in many different ways, through your Ethernet cable or your Wi-Fi modem, it’s sort of irrelevant the way you do it. The real value is in making the ecosystem work in the best possible way.

 

MWL: So you don’t see rival technologies clashing? 
Mulica: I think there are clearly going to be different vendors, but this will be a very low cost market. Many of the vendors that have built up the mobile networks in the past and built that marketplace need to understand this is a different paradigm in terms of the value of the network and the cost of the network – and it may be difficult for them to adjust to this different cost basis.

It’s sort of classic evolution, it’s hard to do the next thing when you became used to the last market.

 

MWL: Are you not at all concerned by competition from rival players like Sigfox for example?
I see it as a positive, it’s good to have funding into this marketplace in a big way and they’ve had great backing, so they are able to be aggressive and raise awareness from an ecosystem perspective of what low power wide area can do and the impact it can have.

In any case, it’s always good to have someone you can compare yourself against, as we are also well funded and it’s a big world. There are even certain aspects of some of the closed technologies that we like, so our strategy from a technology perspective is to be all inclusive.

We are the type of company that is very ecosystem friendly so it’s easy to be a participant at every layer of the market with us – whether you want to be a component supplier or a base station supplier, an operator or an application supplier, there is a lot of entry into those layers and this creates an exponential effect on the amount of R&D we can do.

It’s very difficult to be a vertically integrated company, which makes them a bit more like Apple in their vertically integrated form, while we operate an open ecosystem form, which makes us a bit more like Android, but it’s good to have alternatives.

 

MWL: What is your vision for growth at Actility?
Mulica: We are growing fast and part of that will be to secure more capital to ensure we are in the position in the market that we want to be in. We are in pole position and we want to maintain it. It is crazy from a growth standpoint and we need capital consistent with that growth to be able to capitalise on the market opportunity.

 

MWL: What encouraged you to take the role?
Mulica: My background is mobile, internet, cloud and I probably age myself a little when I say I was in Chicago when Motorola introduced the first mobile phone, and I helped them roll out the first mobile networks of the world. But I’ve always really been focused on reaching markets that will grow globally, and Actility has already done such a great job in getting into this market, deploying its network and getting up and running.

This clearly isn’t just a science project and it looks like the market will really take off in the second half 2016.

Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

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Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

Actility is pleased to invite you to a webinar exploring LPWA technology solutions!

In this webinar, FontOlivier Hersent, CTO and founder of Actility, compares 3GPP and LoRaWAN connectivity technology for the Internet of Things. The presentation is aimed at senior technology managers in telcos, IoT infrastructure vendors and industry verticals such as smart buildings or agriculture. Olivier will delve deeply into the technology and market requirements and present a market segmentation and technology map to reveal how the complementary 3GPP and LoRaWAN LPWA solutions can best be used alongside one another.

The webinar will be offered in two time-slots, for the convenience of our global audience:

June 16 – 09h00 – 09h30 (CET)

June 16 – 17h00 – 17h30 (CET)*

Join us! Please fill in the form below and receive an invite by email:

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Looking forward to welcoming you on this webinar!

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Meet Actility at Mobile World Congress Shanghai

After a highly successful MWC 2016 in Barcelona, Actility will be showcasing their ThingPark platform at MWC in Shanghai, from 29 June till 1 July.

With more than 70 000 attendees, the Mobile World Congress is Asia’s biggest mobile industry event  where thousands of visionary leaders and tech-savvy consumers will gather to experience a connected life. 

Actility  will show its products and demos in the LoRa Alliance Booth, Hall N2, #E86

Actility Appoints Global Technology Executive Mike Mulica as Chief Executive Officer

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Actility Appoints Global Technology Executive Mike Mulica as Chief Executive Officer

Mulica to drive global expansion and rapid growth in the Low Power Wide Area Internet of Things (IoT)

Paris, France, 1st June 2016 –  Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio networking and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT solution platform, has today announced the appointment of high-tech business veteran Mike Mulica as  Chief Executive Officer. Mulica brings decades of experience in leadership roles with globally-focused companies including Phone.com, Openwave, Syncronoss and Real Networks. He has been a business pioneer in transformational technologies including commercial internet, voice over IP and mobile, mobile internet, and cloud.

Backed by prestigious investors including tier-one telcos KPN, Orange and Swisscom and electronics giant Foxconn, Actility is at the forefront of the global IoT revolution. It is supporting national network roll-outs in partnership with operators and broadcasters in six European countries, and a citywide network in Dubai, with deployment projects in two Asian countries in progress and trials under way in the Americas.

“The next transformational global technology wave is IoT,” says Mulica, “and it will trigger an explosion of productivity by connecting and enabling smarter things in domains as varied as as cities, agriculture and factories”. Explaining his decision to join Actility, Mulica adds that: “All of the most successful technology waves were driven by product innovation combined with a global industry architecture. Actility gets that, and Olivier Hersent, Actility CTO and Founder, and his ThingPark team clearly recognise the importance of combining great product architecture with great industry architecture, which together enable a complete and dynamic ecosystem.”

“We’re extremely pleased to have Mike on board, with his experience of driving technology innovation into some of the largest global markets,” says Actility CTO and Founder, Olivier Hersent. “Mike understands service provider, enterprise and direct to consumer markets on a global scale, and his experience and worldwide network of connections will help us meet the demands of rapid growth while maintaining ThingPark as the leading solution platform for IoT.”

“To succeed, IoT needs to become, like the internet itself, an open global ecosystem in which the best people can innovate around products, business models and services,” adds Mulica. “I believe that Actility, with our ThingPark platform and continuing commitment to the rapidly-growing LoRa ecosystem, and to emerging standards such as NB-IoT, is pioneering that open and collaborative approach to IoT. ThingPark allows us to connect things, people and solutions into a meaningful global marketplace”

ThingPark has three main elements: ThingPark Wireless, the core LoRaWAN network infrastructure and tools; ThingPark Cloud, offering Open Data management and protocol translation; and ThingPark Marketplace, the hub of the ecosystem and marketplace. Together, ThingPark is a “one-stop shop” enabling the deployment of end to end services, offering device purchasing and delivery, device activation and registration with IoT networks, application distribution and pairing with devices, worldwide distribution over public networks, and the deployment of private customer networks.

About Actility

Actility is an innovator and industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large scale infrastructure. Actility’s ThingPark™ is a next generation standards-based IoT platform. The ThingPark Wireless LPWA network provides long-range coverage for low-power consumption sensors. ThingPark Cloud offers big data storage for sensor data and exposes sensor capabilities through an open API, enabling developers to create vertical applications using the installed base of sensors. The ThingPark platform offers embedded software solutions and cloud solutions to connect devices with innovative applications. With its dedicated online marketplace for IoT sensors, applications and network solutions, ThingPark simplifies and accelerates the roll-out of innovative IoT services. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance: the largest, most powerful open standards-based enabler of the Internet of Things. To find out more, visit www.thingpark.com.

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myDevices and Actility announce partnership to simplify IoT deployments

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myDevices and Actility announce partnership to simplify IoT deployments

Actility and myDevices combine capabilities to accelerate the development and deployment of LoRa application use cases.

Santa Clara, CA – May 10, 2016 — Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) networks, and myDevices, creators of Cayenne – the world’s first drag and drop IoT project builder, today announced their technology partnership at Internet of Things World Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The partnership is designed to combine Actility’s vast IoT platform and myDevices’ connected device solution to simplify the creation and deployment of IoT projects utilizing the diversity of the LoRa ecosystem.

“This partnership underscores our commitment to simplify and accelerate the deployments of complex IoT projects such as Smart Cities and Smart Buildings” says Olivier Hersent, Actility’s founder and CTO. “The myDevices’ Cayenne solution enables our multivendor marketplace of products and services to rapidly prototype and showcase their LoRa IoT solutions.”

Actility is at the forefront of the global IoT revolution, supporting national network roll-outs in collaboration with operators and broadcasters in a number of European countries, and a citywide network in Dubai, with projects in Asia in progress and trials in the Americas. myDevices is the inventor of Cayenne, a robust IoT project building tool to efficiently mix-and-match connected devices, collect and visualize data, and apply sophisticated rules and alerts.

The joint effort will enable enterprises with easy IoT development capabilities such as:

  • IoT Project Builder – Easily connect, monitor and control sensors, motors, lights and others devices
  • Mix and Match  – Combine different sensors, motors, actuators from any hardware manufacturer into a single project view
  • Remote Sensor Monitoring – Visualize real-time and historical sensor data
  • Remote Device Control – Turn on and off motors, lights and other controllable devices using the online dashboard or from the iOS and Android apps.
  • Advanced Rules Engine– Quickly create triggers (e.g. If something happens on Device A then trigger an action on Device B)
  • Scheduling – Set single or recurring events to turn on or off devices at pre-determined times.

“We are proud to launch this application partnership with Actility to provide the LoRa community with innovative technologies that simplify the connected world,” said Kevin Bromber, CEO of myDevices. “We are confident our partnership will impact enterprises and provide them with the ability to rapidly prototype IoT projects and facilitate innovation in the manufacturing, healthcare, home, energy, public safety, industrial, transportation and retail markets.”

Actility and myDevices are both members of the LoRa® Alliance. The LoRa® Alliance is a non-profit association of members that collaborate to drive the success of LoRaWAN™ as the open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform that enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance. http://www.thingpark.com/en

About myDevices

myDevices develops platforms and applications for the Internet of Things that “simplify the connected world.” myDevices customized solutions allow companies that manufacture, sell, and support connected devices to efficiently connect products, manage data, and interact with their customers. myDevices is the creator of Cayenne – the world’s first drag and drop IoT Project Builder. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and is a division of Avanquest. For more information please visit www.myDevices.com

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Actility speaker at the LPWAN Conference

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Actility speaker at the LPWAN Conference

From 18 to 20 May will be held at Paris CDG the LPWAN Conference, the 1st international conference on IoT and M2M wireless LPWA technologies.

From 18 to 20 May will be held at Paris CDG the LPWAN Conference, the 1st international conference on IoT and M2M wireless LPWA technologies. Actility is speaker in the conference on the deployment of country-wide LoRa networks in Belgium and the Netherlands, starting at 11h45.
 
Proximus and KPN have selected Actility to roll out a LoRa (Long Range) network based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution. On KPN’s side, the roll-out has been accelerated and will be ready by the second quarter of 2016. First returns on experience and use cases will be presented.
 
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Actility present at Czech IoT Summit 2016

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Actility present at Czech IoT Summit 2016

On 28 April the Czech IoT Summit will take place in Prague. Actility participates to a conference organized by the Czech telecom operator České Radiokomunikace

On 28 April the Czech IoT Summit will take place in Prague.

During this event, Actility participates to a conference organized by the Czech telecom operator České Radiokomunikace, during which experts will talk about international LORA deployments, maturity of the technology and use cases already flying as the inspiration for Czech potential market.  

Actility and České Radiokomunikace signed a partnership for the deployment of a pilot LoRa network in the city of Prague and the 13 largest regional cities of the Czech Republic for the first LoRa network in this country.

Actility wins ‘fundraising of the year’ award at Cleantech Europe

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Actility wins ‘fundraising of the year’ award at Cleantech Europe

Actility has proudly received the Award for Fundraising Achievement of the Year 2016 at the Cleantech Forum Europe in Lyon on April 12th.

The award is the result of a very fruitful year for the company that in one year time grew and continues to grow exponentially and has confirmed its position as a global industry leader in LPWA solutions, following a €22.5m funding in June 2015.

Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group’s (CTG) mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. Cleantech has recognized innovation leaders in the field of energy, resource efficiency and sustainability since 2002. IoT players and Smart Cities are a newer, but very important phenomenon in the scope of coverage.

To Actility, winning this award is of a great recognition to its growth and confirmation of its global activities that will help deploying smart cities and buildings all over the world. The company has recently secured a new partnership with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using the LoRa technology via the Cisco Solutions+ offer and collaborates with major telcos such as Proximus, KPN and Swisscom who are currently deploying and relaizing a wide range of IoT use cases.

Actility and Ceske Radiokomunikace partner to deliver the largest-scale LoRa network in the Czech Republic

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Actility and Ceske Radiokomunikace partner to deliver the largest-scale LoRa network in the Czech Republic

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and operator Ceske Radiokomunikace are proud to announce the deployment of a pilot LoRa network in the city of Prague and the 13 largest regional cities of the Czech Republic – the first time a LoRa network has been deployed at such a large scale in the Czech Republic.

The trial will prepare for a national roll-out, and allow customers to engage with LoRa technology in a number of applications, including Smart Industry, Smart Cities, Smart Building and Logistics. The LoRa core network service is delivered through Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the Internet of Things, allowing objects to connect and to communicate with a range of up to 15 km. Making use of 43 Ceske Radiokomunikace broadcast masts for base stations means that the technology is deployed at the highest points in the cities, and can be exploited at its maximum range.

“IoT is an extremely important technology for the future. We can already see great interest from businesses and governments in this revolutionary innovation. IoT is a key element of Ceske Radiokomunikace’s vision and technology roadmap,” explains Petr Sichrovský, CCO at Ceske Radiokomunikace. “We selected Actility’s ThingPark because the capability is very well aligned with our needs. Through the ThingPark Wireless OSS (Operations Support System), Ceske Radiokomunikace will be able to monitor our network performance in real time,” adds Mr Sichrovský.

“We are delighted to launch a pilot project on this scale for the first time in any Central European Country. Thanks to Ceske Radiokomunikace’s broadcast masts, we are able to build an extremely efficient LoRa network. Actility will provide all the essential tools for network planning, from spectrum analysis to network survey,” comments Olivier Hersent, Founder and CTO of Actility.

LoRaWan: the protocol for Low Power Wide Area networks

A founding member of the LoRa Alliance, Actility works within the LoRa ecosystem of device and application providers to enable public or private networks connecting multiple applications onto the same network infrastructure. This means that only a few base stations are needed to cover an entire city or country, making the Internet of Things possible at minimal infrastructure investment.

Actility Platinum sponsor of the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting

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Actility Platinum sponsor of the LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting

Actility will be participating to the 4th LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting and Open House on 4-6 April in Santa Clara (US) and is a Platinum sponsor of the event that has a very promising program.

This fourth edition of the event stretches out over three days and kicks off with meetings for all members, followed by a full Open House day during which IoT and LoRa products and solutions are showcased and demonstrated.

The Open House is the place where members gather and welcome interested parties to discover all about LPWA and the LoRa technology.

Actility’s participation will mark its global vision in the development of IoT and will showcase its ThingPark product, the first dedicated IoT management platform that can meet the needs of operators and new entrants.

More information on the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1V6GvD3

Meet Actility at Smart IoT London!

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Meet Actility at Smart IoT London!

Actility will be showcasing its IoT eco-system and solutions at Smart IoT London, to be held on 12 and 13 April at ExCel London.

The conference is the largest and most influential gathering of Internet of Things expertise in the world and gives access to to days of invaluable knowledge sharing, education and business.
 
Actility will be programmed among the over 200 presentations and will present the following topics: ‘Building a global unifying framework for low power IoT’ 12 April – 13:10 13:35 – Smart Connectivity & Location Technology Theatre ‘Understanding requirements of key low-power verticals such as Smart City, Smart Industry’ 13 April – 14:00 14:25 – Smart Platforms Theatre More info on the event here: http://www.smartiotlondon.com/welcome

Actility strengthens its position on the Dutch energy market

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Actility strengthens its position on the Dutch energy market

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has been active on the Benelux market for already quite a while thanks to its highly competitive IoT network solutions. Earlier this year, the company announced its partnership with Dutch telecom operator KPN in the Netherlands where a LoRa™ network is being deployed enabling the Internet of Things.

Besides the deployment of IoT networks worldwide, Actility has been active for years in the French and Belgian energy markets. The company has decided to enter the Dutch energy market, providing smart energy solutions.

Sustainable energy means a need for flexibility; sun and wind are simply unpredictable energy sources. In order to make efficient use of these   renewable energy sources, it is necessary that an aggregator such as Actility monitors the demand for energy as accurate as possible to help aligning the changing energy supply, without compromising business operations at risk.

Actility is an independent aggregator that supports companies with new and intelligent applications to regulate their energy process in real-time. Actility helps industries optimize the operation of their systems based on the electricity prices. Electricity consumption is scheduled on a day-ahead basis and updated regularly depending on real time prices.

At times with a limited supply of energy and high electricity prices, it makes sense to decrease energy consumption and shift t consumption to moments of higher supply and low electricity prices. As well as participating companies received an allowance, they also contribute to the integration of renewable energy and the decrease of CO2-emissions.

“We are very optimistic about Actility’s expansion activities in the Netherlands and have a  good collaboration with companies, running as flexible as possible and therefore cost efficient their energy processes   said Frank Koopman, General Manager Actility Netherlands.

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Laren, 14 maart 2016 – Actility, de marktleider in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), staat al enige tijd in de picture op de Benelux-markt dankzij haar zeer competitieve IoT netwerk oplossingen. Eerder dit jaar kondigde het van origine Franse bedrijf aan dat het, in samenwerking met KPN, in Nederland een nationaal LoRa™ netwerk uitrolt waarmee het Internet of Things mogelijk wordt gemaakt.

Naast het uitrollen van IoT netwerken wereldwijd, is Actility in Frankrijk en België via Actility Benelux ook al jaren succesvol actief op de energiemarkt. Het bedrijf heeft nu stappen gezet om ook de Nederlandse markt te voorzien van slimme energieoplossingen.

Duurzame energie brengt de behoefte aan flexibiliteit met zich mee; zon en wind zijn nu eenmaal moeilijk voorspelbare energiebronnen. Om zo efficient mogelijk gebruik te kunnen maken van deze hernieuwbare energiebronnen, is het noodzakelijk dat een aggregator zoals Actility de energievraag zo nauwkeurig mogelijk  helpt af te stemmen op dit wisselende aanbod, zonder daarbij bedrijfsactiviteiten in gevaar te brengen.

Actility is een onafhankelijke aggregator die met nieuwe en intelligente toepassingen bedrijven ondersteunt bij het slim en in real-time reguleren van het energieproces. Het bedrijf heeft als doel het flexibiliseren en daardoor optimaliseren van de energievraag, waarbij er zo slim mogelijk gebruik wordt gemaakt van de opgewekte energie en/of verbruik wordt ingepland op het beste moment.

Op momenten met een beperkt aanbod van energie en hoge elektriciteitsprijzen is het zinvol om het energieverbruik te verlagen en het verbruik te verschuiven naar momenten met hoger aanbod en lagere elektriciteitsprijzen. Naast dat deelnemende bedrijven hiervoor een flexibiliteitsvergoeding ontvangen, dragen ze zo ook bij tot de integratie van hernieuwbare energie en het verminderen van CO2-uitstoot.

“We zijn zeer optimistisch over Actility’s uitbreidingsactiviteiten in Nederland en voorzien een goede samenwerking met bedrijven in het zo flexibel mogelijk en daardoor kostenefficiënt runnen van hun energieprocessen”, aldus Frank Koopman, General Manager Actility Nederland.

Actility listed in the 2016 Tech Tour Growth 50 – Europe’s 50 High Growth Companies

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Actility listed in the 2016 Tech Tour Growth 50 – Europe’s 50 High Growth Companies

Geneva, 17 March 2016: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has been listed in the Tech Tour Growth 50 to shine a light on the next generation of Europe’s fastest growth tech businesses, as announced today at the annual Tech Tour Forum in Geneva.

Over the past few months, Tech Tour, a platform that facilitates high-tech growth companies to develop strategic relations with investors, together with Silverpeak Investment Bank and in conjunction with a selection committee of international investors (many of which are Members of the International Venture Club) have researched and evaluated over 175 European private tech companies at a sub one billion US dollar valuation.

The selection committee, chaired by Jean-Michel Deligny, Silverpeak, was composed of international venture capital firms, advisers and experts including: Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Accel Partners, Highland Capital Partners Europe, Amadeus Capital Partners, DN Capital and The World Economic Forum.

“We are proud to be a part of this listing, which underlines the significance and fast growing character of the IoT market and more specifically Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions”, explains Olivier Hersent, CEO & CTO at Actility. “Using the LoRa technology, we currently deploy IoT networks in four European countries and run several trials in Asia and the Americas, allowing for smart cities and smart countries to be rapidly built.”
William Stevens, Managing Director, Tech Tour, commented “The billion dollar “unicorn” successes that grab our attention are just the tip of the iceberg. The Tech Tour Growth 50 puts the next layer of Europe’s high-tech, high-growth businesses in the limelight. The Tech Tour Growth 50 Companies have created over 8,000 high-tech jobs, attracted over $3.5 billion of investment and have an estimated combined valuation of $14.2 billion. This is a clear demonstration of Europe’s strength, potential and competitiveness in scaling-up tech businesses.”
 

Two main decision making factors used by Tech Tour Growth 50 relate directly to the companies’ stellar growth rate, taking financing size and speed as a proxy for growth. From a median foundation date of 2008, companies took, on average just 1 year and ten months to achieve their first funding round at an average amount of $7.5 million, and hit their most recent funding round (average of 4 funding rounds in total) in 4 years 2 months after the first funding round at an average of $38.5 million.

In June 2015, Actility has secured a $25 million funding round, an investment that allowed the company to accelerate its go-to-market strategy for ThingPark, its open standard IoT network solution, and to build a high level of service and a healthy ecosystem.

Actility leverages a fully integrated platform for nationwide IoT, Actility’s ThingPark™, designed to enable IoT services for any market sector, offering ready-to-go IoT connectivity plus a full set of ready to sell applications in less than one month. It is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio network built on the LoRaWAN™ standard, developed and supported by the LoRa™ Alliance. LoRaWAN networks address the three critical elements required for IoT networks connecting billions of devices: low power, long range, and low cost. ThingPark represents the first end-to-end, LoRaWAN interoperable platform to serve the IoT market for every use case.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications.ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.

Press contact

Anne van Gemert

anne.vangemert@actility.com

+33 6 47 37 30 21

Meet Actility at Sido: The connected business 2016

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Meet Actility at Sido: The connected business 2016

The 2nd edition of the Internet of Things Showroom (SIdO) will be held on  6 & 7  April 2016 at the Lyon’s Cité Internationale, with more than 5 000 visitors and 50 conferences.

This year’s edition of the event has an even greater focus on Internet of Things ecosystem in France and Europe to help companies conceive tomorrow’s uses and to make the Internet of Things an economic reality.

Actility will be assuring its presence both with a booth and participation on a conference with participants like Sigfox, Qowisio, Adeunis and Objenious:

Connectivity Solutions: What low power radio protocols for the Iot ?

  • 6 April at 11h45am

 

For visitor badges, please contact us.

Visit Actility at Booth 310

For more information, click here.

 

Sido 

6 & 7 April- Cité Internationale, Lyon 

From 8:30 am to 7:30pm 

Meet Actility at MtoM & Connected Objects – Embedded Systems 2016

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Meet Actility at MtoM & Connected Objects – Embedded Systems 2016

On 23 & 24 March will be held at Porte de Versailles in Paris the 2016 edition of the event MtoM, Connected Objects & Embedded Systems, welcoming 4000 visitors and a large audience at no less than 16 conferences.

This year’s edition of the event has an even greater focus on connected objects and their implication in the domain of embedded and communicating solutions.

Actility will be assuring its presence both with a booth and participation on two conferences:

  • Communication protocols and evolution of their usage within the frame of IoT and MtoM
    23 March at 11:15
  • Smart cities: technical challenges and opportunities for the coming 5 years
    24 March at 15:33

For visitor badges, please contactus.

Visit Actility at Booth A5

For more information, click here.

Actility and MultiTech Announce Complete End-to-End Solution For Rapidly Expanding LoRa™ Ecosystem

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Actility and MultiTech Announce Complete End-to-End Solution For Rapidly Expanding LoRa™ Ecosystem

MultiTech’s MultiConnect® Conduit™ Now Fully Pre-Configured for Actility’s ThingPark Platform

Paris, France and Mounds View, MN – Feb. 25, 2016 –  Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and Multi-Tech System, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of M2M and IoT devices, today announced that MultiTech’s leading LoRaWAN™  gateway, the MultiConnect® Conduit™, is now fully pre-configured for Actility’s ThingPark Platform.

MultiTech’s MultiConnect Conduit is a configurable and manageable communications gateway for industrial IoT applications. It can easily be adapted to any data management platform. The gateway is pre-configured at build time by MultiTech to work with Actility’s ThingPark Wireless platform out-of-the-box, bringing flexibility to set up custom LoRaWAN coverage on any location. The Gateway is available both on ETSI EU 868 MHz and US FCC 915 MHz spectrum.

By joining forces, Actility and MultiTech deliver an end-to-end solution to the fast growing LoRa ecosystem, opening a wide range of opportunities for innovative SmartCity and SmartBuilding applications. MultiTech macro-cell Conduit gateways are a small footprint IP67 certified enclosure simplifying roof top or cell mast installations often exposed to rain and extreme temperature. A compact and easy to install indoor version of the Conduit gateway is also available which can significantly extend network coverage in industrial facilities simply and easily without any disruption.

The new ThingPark Certified Conduit™ gateway will be commercially available as part of Actility’s end-to-end ThingPark Wireless network offering. Additionally, it will be available on the ThingPark Marketplace, Actility’s ecosystem solution hub enabling IoT devices, applications and network providers to simplify the creation, integration, distribution and activation of multiple IoT services to serve a large variety of market requirements.

“Establishing this partnership with MultiTech is of great interest for our customers as the MultiTech MultiConnect Conduit delivers best in class quality of service in a very compact format,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO & CTO at Actility. “It is an ideal solution for indoor, campus or enterprise deployments.”

“MultiTech trusts Actility to provide network operators everything they need to deploy nation-wide, public, LoRa networks,” said Daniel Quant, ‎Vice President, Product Management and Strategic Marketing at MultiTech. “We are committed to providing operators “carrier grade” products that are robust, high-quality and designed for long life in harsh environments.”

Mobile World Congress

Actility and MultiTech will showcase their newest collaboration and the benefits at Mobile World Congress (Feb. 22-25) in Barcelona within Actility’s booth (8.0E40).

About Actility:

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform that enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance. http://www.thingpark.com/en

About MultiTech

MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures communications equipment for the industrial internet of things – connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value. Our commitment to quality and service excellence means you can count on MultiTech products and people to address your needs, while our history of innovation ensures you can stay ahead of the latest technology with a partner who will be there for the life of your solution. For more information, please visit www.multitech.com.

Contacts:

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

Jennifer Costello for MultiTech

jennifer@mgresults.com

781-715-4870

Actility collaborates with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using LoRa technology

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Actility collaborates with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using LoRa technology

Actility’s ThingPark™ platform will be integrated in Cisco IoT solutions

BARCELONA, GSMA Mobile World Congress, 25 February 2016 – Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to help customers embrace digital transformation and accelerate the development of new business models based on the Internet of Things (IoT). Actility will today join the Cisco Partner Ecosystem as a Cisco Solutions+ Partner for LPWA solutions for IoT. The collaboration will allow global service providers and other vertical industries to create added value far beyond simple connectivity, in both business markets such as smart cities, connected factories and industrial IoT, and high volume business to consumer applications.

The combined offering of Cisco IoT solutions and Actility’s ThingPark Wireless Platform also addresses the requirements of private managed LoRa (Low Power, Long Range) wide area networks and can be deployed in a customer’s premises or offered as a Software as a Service model (SaaS). The announcement also brings Cisco networking expertise and the latest LoRa gateway technology to the rapidly growing Actility ThingPark ecosystem, which simplifies the deployment of end-to-end IoT solutions for customers.

Actility’s ThingPark provides long-range network connectivity for low-power sensors used in multiple applications such as smart cities, facility management and asset tracking. The Cisco IoT gateways and Cisco Field Network Director tools provide the vital link between the LoRa radio connections to sensors and devices, and the global Internet or private customer network. Actility’s ThingPark OSS helps ensure that it is straightforward for customers to configure and deploy IoT networks and solutions by validating all the components of an end-to-end solution, from sensors and devices through network connectivity and applications. Now ThingPark customers have access to Cisco IoT solutions with world-leading networking technology that is ready to use and deploy in their Actility-powered service solutions.

“We’re very proud to be able to collaborate with a storied industry leader like Cisco to bring new value to the ThingPark ecosystem,” comments Actility CTO and CEO Olivier Hersent. “With the Cisco IoT gateway we are ready for multi-sector deployments and location services where sensors can be localized without a GPS! Now operators have no need to wait for LTE-based IoT solutions: they can address the massive opportunities in the rapidly growing IoT market today.”

This partnership will enable LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) networks to be expanded rapidly on a global scale, fueling the explosive growth of the next generation of IoT services. Cisco and Actility’s relationships with major tier one telecom operators will accelerate the go to market and widespread deployment of the joint solution.

Vikas Butaney, general manager, IoT Connectivity Business Unit at Cisco, said: ‘I welcome Actility to the Cisco partner community for our IoT solutions to help accelerate digital transformation across industries. Our collaboration with Actility will enable us to offer a complete LoRA LPWA-based solution to our customers and partners, and opens up IoT to an untapped market of billions of battery-powered devices. LoRa’s ability to communicate elegantly without draining excessive power makes it suitable for deploying connected devices in the field that can provide actionable business insights over an extended lifetime.’

Actility and Cisco are both members of the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit organization which aims to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN) by sharing knowledge and experience to help ensure interoperability between operators in one open global standard. Cisco’s collaboration with Actility and induction into the ThingPark ecosystem clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the LoRa Alliance in nurturing business relationships that will drive the rapid growth of the Internet of things globally.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform that enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance. http://www.thingpark.com/en

Press contacts :

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

Cisco

Marc Musgrove

mmusgrov@cisco.com

+1 (408) 525-6320

Actility wins calls for tenders to secure the French grid

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Actility wins calls for tenders to secure the French grid

It is the fourth time that Actility has been awarded this role, registering an increasing volume of capacity for this year.
 

Actility laureate of RTE RR/RC call for tenders to secure the French grid

As announced by RTE to the laureates early February, the procurement of fast operating reserve has just been concluded. This product aims at fullfilling RTE’s European obligation of restoring production/consumption balance in less than 15min, a situation that may especially occur when a large production unit experiences a failure.

Actility has been awarded major lots on this tendering event for the third time, and will use stationary storage systems for the first time to back its engagements up.

This critical power will be available to RTE from April to December, and another tender is expected late September for the procurement of reserve in 2017.

Actility wins RTE AOE call for tenders to secure the French grid

In response to the call for tenders launched by the French transmission system operator RTE and finalized in December 2015, Actility has been selected amongst six other European demand response experts, to secure the French electricity grid in 2016. This particular product aims at securing operation margins from consumers at a better price than those from production units.
It is the fourth time that Actility has been awarded this role, registering an increasing volume of capacity for this year. Actility will be responsible for assuring power and energy back-up using the flexibility from industrial sites to sustain the electricity system in case of dire needs. This happens via Actility’s service platform on which many diverse types of industrial loads, ranging from cold storage warehouses to steel making factories offer their flexibility.

For more information, please consult RTE’s website (article in French)

Actility Benelux is awarded higher volumes in ELIA’s R3DP yearly procurement round

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Actility Benelux is awarded higher volumes in ELIA’s R3DP yearly procurement round

It is the third time that consumers massively trusted Actility’s expertise on these markets

As the Belgian TSO, ELIA has been procuring more and more operating reserves from flexible consumers connected to either the distribution or transmission grid.

Thanks to Actility’s service platform, an ever increasing volume of capacities from the demand side has been awarded key contracts to help secure the grid within 15min of a critical event.

It is the third time that consumers massively trusted Actility’s expertise on these markets, and additional volumes are now added every month to the valorized portfolio through the monthly tendering procedure set recently by ELIA.

Actility provides exclusive LoRaWAN network to cover the entire city of Barcelona during MWC

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Actility provides exclusive LoRaWAN network to cover the entire city of Barcelona during MWC

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), is providing a dedicated LoRaWAN network in the city of Barcelona during Mobile World Congress to be held from 22-25 February. The network will be running on the LoRa technology, designed for Long Range communication with low power consumption.

Paris, 19 February 2016 – Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), is providing a dedicated LoRaWAN network in the city of Barcelona during Mobile World Congress to be held from 22-25 February. The network will be running on the LoRa technology, designed for Long Range communication with low power consumption.

Actility has enabled the deployment of a public network in order to demonstrate the benefits of LoRa and the many possibilities of the booming Internet of Things market.  The demo, a joint initiative from the members of the LoRa Alliance, the largest, standards-based association to enable the Internet of Things, will illustrate various use cases using LoRa technologies.

To make this happen, Actility is cooperating with companies Abeeway and Kerlink to enable traffic tracking in the city of Barcelona. Ten Kerlink base stations have been deployed to cover the whole city. More than twenty transport vehicles and taxis will be equipped with Abeeway LoRa trackers to be able to locate them in real time. Actility’s carrier-grade network solution allows to enable, manage, operate and monitor the LoRa network. All LoRa communication between LoRa sensors and the deployed base stations will transit through Actility’s core network servers and the data will be available on the demo applications and screens.Actility, Abeeway and Kerlink have been successfully collaborating on LoRa projects during the past months and realize worldwide proofs of concept and deployments together to enable the Internet of Things.

The network will be available during the event and for six months after and can be used by other parties for purposes of testing. Numerous other demonstrations from LoRa Alliance members will be available during the MWC.

The demo will be visible live at the Actility booth 8.0E40 and the LoRa Alliance booth 8.0E10 at MWC

LoRaWAN: the protocol for Low Power Wide Area networks

The LoRa Technology used by Actility enables public or multi-tenant networks to connect multiple applications into the same network infrastructure. This means that only a few base stations are needed to cover an entire city or country, making the Internet of Things possible at minimal infrastructure investment.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform which enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance.

Press contact:

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

Inmarsat and Actility partner to deliver single, global platform for Internet of Things (IoT)

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Inmarsat and Actility partner to deliver single, global platform for Internet of Things (IoT)

Actility and Inmarsat will provide a single, global solution to meet evolving IoT requirements

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announces its partnership with Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, to enable an end-to-end IoT solution to connect assets over public and private networks, anywhere in the world.

This partnership combines Inmarsat’s global connectivity with Actility’s ThingPark™ IoT management platform to deliver an integrated solution for IoT, linking  connectivity, services and IoT devices from a single application and service management point, to connect objects deployed anywhere on the planet, even in the most remote and hostile locations.

“Inmarsat already has a long and successful history in providing remote connectivity,” said Greg Ewert, President, Inmarsat Enterprise. “This partnership enables additional flexibility for IoT networks – meaning systems integrators and customers using Inmarsat’s connectivity and Actility’s solution – to connect all of their assets on one platform, without having to spend the time and resource dealing with multiple connectivity providers, or the cost and complexity of multiple roaming agreements. It also puts Inmarsat in closer proximity to the wider IoT market.”

Inmarsat recently announced its membership in the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit organisation that promotes the connectivity standard LoRaWAN for Low Power Wide Area networks (LPWAN). This partnership means that assets that use the LoRa standard can now be connected over Inmarsat’s global networks for seamless integration and interoperability, even in areas where cellular or terrestrial coverage is unavailable or unreliable.

This new partnership brings with it new capabilities and a global reach to IoT network solutions, leveraging the explosive growth in highly capable and affordable IoT sensors and applications.

“Actility is thrilled to be collaborating with Inmarsat to provide global customers with an end to end solution and a single service management point to connect their assets and fulfill their IoT business needs anywhere in the world with our ThingPark™ LoRaWAN platform,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO & CTO at Actility.

Join us at Mobile World Congress 2016, Booth 8.0E40 and view our smart building demo at Inmarsat Developer Conference in London on February 29-March 1st.

Actility ThingPark simplifies IoT deployment with new partners

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Actility ThingPark simplifies IoT deployment with new partners

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), is pleased to announce the first partners to have completed full interoperability testing within its ThingPark ecosystem, which will simplify the deployment of commercial IoT solutions and speed market entry for customers. They are: ADEUNIS RF, which specializes in connected objects and dedicated wireless M2M solutions; ATIM, a pioneer in radio electronics for connected systems; Finsecur, a leader in high-technology fire safety solutions; Microchip, provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors and nke Watteco, the European leader in smart sensor solutions.

“Actility is investing heavily in interoperability and partnership development, accelerating go to market for LoRa™ IoT solutions by encouraging open innovation,” says Olivier Hersent, Actility’s CEO and CTO. “With ThingPark, we are aiming to automate whatever it takes to enable partners to deliver ready-to-use commercial products, from connectivity to provisioning, distribution and monetisation of IoT solutions. We’re very happy to have reached this key milestone with these partners clearly demonstrating that ThingPark is fully open for business. They are the first of many!”

Actility, a founding member of the LoRa ™ Alliance, has created the ThingPark™ platform to help customers navigate the potential complexity of creating and launching IoT services. ThingPark™ combines complete LoRaWAN™ network connectivity with an IoT data platform, and an open ecosystem hub, enabling customers to explore and connect with devices, networks and application partners ready to deploy solutions on an Actility powered network.

Illustrating the diversity of the certified ThingPark eco-system partners, ADEUNIS RF has launched two transmitters which can transform any sensor into a LoRa device and any meter into a LoRa smart meter, ATIM offers the ARM-NANO family of LoRa modules with a variety of interfaces, Finsecur has developed the world’s first LoRaWAN smoke alarm which integrates temperature and humidity sensors, Microchip has developed the world’s first LoRa™ Wireless Module (RN2483) that has passed LoRa Alliance certification and nke Watteco provides environmental sensors, general digital and analogue I/O sensors and smart plugs.

To find out more about ThingPark, join the ThingPark ecosystem, or discover ThingPark partners, meet Actility at Mobile World Congress 2016, Booth 8.0E40, or visit our web site, www.thingpark.com

MWC 2016: COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED

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MWC 2016: Countdown has started

Only 5 days left before Mobile World Congress!
Actility will be showcasing exclusive LoRa- LPWA demos on Actility’s booth 8.0E40 and the LoRa Alliance booth 8.0E10 in the IoT Pavilion, Hall 8.0

Only 5 days before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona! 
Actility will be showcasing exclusive LoRa- LPWA demos on Actility’s booth 8.0E40 and the LoRa Alliance booth 8.0E10 in the IoT Pavilion, Hall 8.0

ARE YOU READY FOR OUR DEMOS?

Join us to discover how LoRaWan can help cities in offering connected innovative services such as smart parking, street lighting, air quality management, traffic management and car/bicycle anti theft tracking.

Next to our demos, we have deployed exclusively for this occasion a dedicated LoRaWAN coverage for the city of Barcelona in collaboration with the LoRa Alliance. For example, taxis in Barcelona will be equiped with LoRa trackers, to follow their location in real time.

Our team will be at your service to demonstrate our smart solutions, explain our IoT eco-system and answer all your questions. 

See you in Barcelona!

Be ready for our LoRa-LPWA demos at MWC!

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Be ready for our LoRa-LPWA demos at MWC!

Join Actility at booth 8.0E40 & 8.OE10

Specially for this years edition of the Mobile World Congress, Actility will be showcasing exclusive demos on the booth in the IoT Pavilion, Hall 8.0.

Join us in discovering how LoRaWAN can help cities in offering connected innovative services, such as smart parking, street lighting, air quality management, traffic management and car/bicycle anti theft tracking.

Our team will be at your service to demonstrate our smart solutions, explain our IoT eco-system and answer all your questions.

To book a meeting or to schedule an interview please send an email to: contact@actility.com

KPN accelerates roll-out of Internet of Things network in the Netherlands

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KPN accelerates roll-out of Internet of Things network in the Netherlands

KPN has announced to proceed to a faster roll-out of the IoT network in the Netherlands. The initial aim being to reach a nationwide coverage by the end of 2016, an increasing interest in the project has led KPN to decide to complete the roll-out by the second quarter of this year.

The network is the so-called Long Range Wide Area Network (LPWA), or LoRa network, which allows for devices to be connected and to exchange small amounts of data over a very long distance with a minimal power consumption, enabling new disruptive services. The cities of Rotterdam and The Hague have been connected to the LoRa network since November. As the demand for this network has been found to be bigger than initially expected, poles in the rest of the country will be equipped with LoRa antennas at very short term.

The LoRa network has been launched in addition to the already existing mobile and fixed networks of KPN. The technology enables devices to be connected without the use of a traditional sim-card. Moreover, very little power is used to make the network work. 

Actility wins Ernst and Young regional Start-Up of the Year Award 2016

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Actility wins Ernst and Young regional Start-Up of the Year Award 2016

Actility, the global leader in innovative solutions for the low power wide area internet of things, has been recognized by EY and the French magazine L’Express as the Start-Up of the Year 2016 for the region of Western France. Olivier Hersent and Nicolas Jordan, co-founders of Actility, accepted the award at a ceremony yesterday in the Hôtel de Région des Pays de la Loire in Nantes.

Actility, a start-up created in 2010 in Brittany, offers a low power wide area (LPWA) IoT solution using  open standards based  LoRaWAN technology. Actility’s ThingPark also creates an ecosystem for partners offering products, software, and technology pr services for IoT networks simplifying the deployment of complete end to end IoT solutions.

Olivier Hersent created Actility after founding NetCentrex and serving as CTO at Comverse, both big players in the telecom. Thanks to his creativity and innovative thinking, Hersent developed a solution based on LoRaWAN technology, which allows objects to communicate over a long distance whilst still consuming very low power. His goal: to connect the world through Things and create smart cities and services for enterprises, governments and citizens. “The first word that comes to mind at this very moment is proud. I am proud, so proud to know that Actility has been recognized as Start-Up of the Year in the West in 2016 after an intense year that has marked a turning point for our company in terms of growth and innovation. We have all been working passionately to develop this company and to position it as a leader on the world stage. And this is only the beginning, our plans for the near future are ambitious and we aim to make the world a little smarter through IoT and LPWA networks”, enthuses Olivier.

Nicolas Jordan, co-founder and Senior Vice-President Enterprise Operations and Business Development adds: “To win an award for our innovation potential and growth on the IoT market is the best compliment any entrepreneur could receive. Our adventure has been wonderful from the start and will get even better in the coming years.”

Actility congratulates the other award winners of this contest in the categories of Entrepreneur of the Year, Strategic Vision and Disruptive Strategy.

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is distributed in seven French regions: East, Ile-de-France, Mediterranean, North, West, Rhône-Alpes/Auvergne and South-West.

Actility now goes forward to the national awards which will be held on 18 October in Paris.

Actility successfully provides missing electricity to the grid after EDF strike

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Actility successfully provides missing electricity to the grid after EDF strike

On 9 December Actility successfully provided more than 350 MWh to the electricity grid to compensate for over 5GW of missing power from traditional powerplants (gas, nuclear). This loss of power was the result of a one day strike executed by unions in the gas and electricity industry. The protest anticipated several government decisions, such as the end of regulated tariffs, the shut-down of Fessenheim nuclear power plant, the sizing down of the overall nuclear production capacities in France etc.

This reaction proves that the electricity system is going through profound changes that will have an impact on both employment and the wayelectricity is produced in general. The events also demonstrate the value of demand side assets in the portfolio of a TSO to deal with power failures during critical times and ensure the safe and reliable operation of the grid.

Actility selected to secure both the French and Belgian grid

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Actility selected to secure both the French and Belgian grid

Early in December last year, two major European TSO’s, ELIA and RTE, both announced that they have selected Actility as one of the few demand response capacity providers to secure their electricity grid.
 

This is respectively the third and fourth time that Actility has been awarded this role towards these parties, with an ever increasing volume of capacity being provided each year. Through Actility’s service platform, many diverse types of industrial loads, ranging from cold storage warehouses to steel making factories, will provide both back-up power and energy to sustain the electricity system in case of dire needs.

Actility and broadcast network operator Digita to launch a trial LoRa Iot network

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Actility and broadcast network operator Digita to launch a trial LoRa Iot network

LoRa technology contributes to innovating traditional broadcasting

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), and Digita, Finnish broadcast network operator, announce a trial LoRa network to the city of Helsinki and the surrounding area. It is the very first time a LoRa network is deployed in Finland.

The trial aims to prepare the ground for the set-up of a pilot and allows for customers to work with the LoRa technology on several use cases. Initial use cases involve temperature/humidity and motion sensors for monitoring conditions in homes, summer cottages and other property. The network can also be utilized in e.g. smart cities, agriculture and logistics.

The LoRa core network service is delivered through Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution, a fully integrated platform for the Internet of Things, allowing objects to connect and to communicate within a range of up to 15 km. Making use of broadcast masts means that the technology can run through very high points in the city and be exploited to its full range. 15 of Digita’s 38  main masts are over 300 meters high.

COO of Digita Markus Ala-Hautala: “Digita is a pioneer in wireless and digital solutions in Finland so it’s crucial for us to explore the IoT opportunities. We believe that our expertise in broadcast portfolio is transferable into providing top class network services in IoT as well”.

“We are delighted to set up this trial for the first time in a Scandinavian country. Thanks to Digita’s high masts, we expect to beat the current LoRa range record of 15 km, pointing out the potential of the LoRa range capability”, said Olivier Hersent, Founder and CTO of Actility.

Through ThingPark Wireless OSS (Operations Support System), Digita will be supervising its network performance in real time..

LoRaWan: the protocol for Low Power Wide Area networks

As a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, Actility works with the LoRa eco-system of device and application providers to enable public or private networks connecting multiple applications onto the same network infrastructure. This means that only a few base stations are needed to cover an entire city or country, making the Internet of Things possible at minimal infrastructure investment.

RFI Engineering launches carrier-grade modular LoRa® Base Station

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RFI Engineering launches carrier-grade modular LoRa® Base Station

RFI Engineering, a global provider of smart technologies in a world where billions of devices are active, connected and locatable, announced today an easy to deploy outdoor LoRa® base station.
 

RFI Engineering’s main LoRa base station characteristics:

    • Ruggedized modular design: 1, 2 or 3 LoRa® radio’s
    • GPS and 2G/3G radio’s and antenna’s on-board
    • Multiple VLAN & VPN support
    • LoRa® smart client localization support
    • Web interface for local & remote configuration
    • Remotely configurable and OTA software upgradeable
    • Default “customer” configuration during production
    • Pre-integrated with Actility’s ThingPark™ Wireless solutio

The base station’s superior radio performance and flexible configuration can reduce costs for both rollout and operation of a radio network. The ruggedized modular design means the base station can be equipped with 1, 2 or 3 LoRa® radio’s.

According to Olivier Hersent, President and CTO of Actility, “We are delighted to welcome a new partner like RFI Engineering, with over a decade of experience in manufacturing wireless outdoor equipment. RFI base stations are supervised directly through the ThingPark OSS back office. This allows for customers to benefit from a fully integrated experience. The integrated solution is available for private and public networks.’

Ivo van Ling, CEO and CTO of RFI Engineering, says: ‘The design, VLAN & VPN support, external RS-485 interface, total cost of ownership, and the availability of the smart client localization support of the new carrier-grade LoRa® base station creates a whole range of new opportunities for operators.’

Actility ranked in the Top 100 Internet of Things Startups for 2015

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Actility ranked in the Top 100 Internet of Things Startups for 2015

A recent analysis executed by Mattermark Pro put Actility on the map as one of the top 100 IoT startups worldwide. The company positions itself strongly as one of the only four French startups amongst a majority of American ones.

The list is ranked by total funding the different companies received in 2015, which corresponds to a remarkable 25M$ for Actility, due to a funding round in June lead by Ginko Ventures, Foxconn and several big telecom operators.  Total funding for the top 100 IoT startups is currently $6.19B.

Method

Mattermark started their analysis by listing all startups currently active in the IoT market. A combination of artificial intelligence and data quality analysis was used to provide insights into over 470,000 with employee data, and over 100,000 funding events.

New partnerships

Actility’s strong position as IoT startup in the technological ecosystem has been underlined by a recent series of new partnerships in Europe and overseas. Belgium telecom operator Proximus and Dutch telecom operator KPN have both announced the nationwide deployment of a LoRa network leveraging Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ core network platform. By the end of 2016, both countries aim to be fully covered as to make their cities smart. 

Furthermore, Dubai-based telecom operator du is the first company in the Middle East to launch a LoRa IoT network proof of concept. 

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du leverages Actility’s ThingPark Wireless core platform and Cisco programmable Internet Of Things gateways for LoRaWAN based Smart City applications

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du leverages Actility’s ThingPark Wireless core platform and Cisco programmable Internet Of Things gateways for LoRaWAN based Smart City applications

du becomes the first company in the Middle East to launch LoRa IoT Network proof of concept to support Smart Dubai Initiative

After successfully testing the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, the Dubai-based telecom operator du has showcased real life applications that will make UAE cities Smart.  The demonstrations, held at Gitex, featured du’s live, low power, long range (LoRa) IoT network, based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ core network server and Cisco IoT gateways.

du used a wide variety of LoRa’s Smart applications, demonstrating the network’s ability to revolutionize the way UAE residents interact with their surroundings – and better manage city resources. Furthermore, working examples of geo location capabilities were showed, which pin point any asset with a Smart sensor countrywide. These can track movement, support personal SOS alarms or provide info on who has entered or left a building.

The demos also showed LoRa’s unique cost saving capabilities. As cities become Smart, billions of sensors will be placed in everyday objects to share information across the UAE. The LoRa network offers a low power alternative to connectivity, adding years to the battery life of sensors countrywide – making huge long term savings.

Cisco’s Gateway uses Semtech’s LoRa chip to create a platform enabling easy deployment and rapid expansion of IoT sensors and end-devices. The sensors and gateways are piloted by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ core network server. The LoRa platform is a bidirectional wireless solution that complements M2M cellular infrastructure. It enables the deployment of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks and thus provides a Long Range and low-cost way to connect battery operated and mobile devices to the network infrastructure. It also helps to improve the battery lifetime of end-user devices, while minimizing signal interference. The result is a network ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) enabling low power M2M applications such as metering, security, asset tracking.

Its low power and long range capabilities mean LoRa can be deployed in a wide variety of situations: smart metering, inventory tracking, vending machine monitoring; automotive industry, utility applications, street lighting, waste management, load sensing of bridges, signaling, smoke detection and traffic control.

Olivier Hersent, Chairman and CTO Actility, said “Our collaboration with du on this project is really valuable to both companies. This roll out of a LoRa Network based IoT Pilot is a first step of our strategy to increase our footprint in the UAE together with our partner Cisco. We truly believe our technology will bring disruptive services in any verticals of this market.”

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, du, said: “We’re proud to be leading the way in bringing Smart City capability to the UAE. Working with Cisco and Actility, who share our passion for innovation, we’re confident we have the new breed of network required to help the UAE become a global Smart City leader.“

Andy MacDonald, Vice President, Global Service Provider Business, Cisco, Middle East & Africa, said: “Today, network development has entered the era of things; large-scale application of wireless sensor technology connects every corner of the city. Cities can collect all types of data from sensors, measuring sound, temperature, light, energy, carbon dioxide concentration, and even traffic changes.” 

“The IoT/IoE will continue to push cities to adopt the most impactful digital applications and services, catering to the citizens and improving the quality of life. This is why we commend du for once again taking the lead in furthering Dubai’s Smart City vision.”

Actility sponsors Hackathon organized by Swisscom from 6–8 November

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Actility sponsors Hackathon organized by Swisscom from 6–8 November

Actility will be sponsor of a Hackathon organized by Swisscom from 6–8 November in Zürich.

The event will be the first Internet of Things Hackathon enabled by the Swiss telecom operator. Actility’s presence will help the participants by instructing on the use of the LoRa technology, to enable them to realize IoT applications via low-power, wide-area networks (LPWAN). Swisscom is currently cooperating with Actility to deploy the LoRa network in the cities of Geneva and Zürich in order to create Smart Cities. Actility’s assistance will therefore be very valuable for the programmers to be expected during the event.

The hackathon will kick off on 6 November with an introductory day, followed by two days of hack.

http://iot-hackathon.swisscom.com/

Actility and KPN to collaborate to deploy the first nationwide LoRa network

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Actility and KPN to collaborate to deploy the first nationwide LoRa network

Rotterdam, 4 November 2015 – Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), proudly announces its collaboration with Dutch telecom operator KPN for the roll-out of a nationwide IoT network in the Netherlands. KPN has selected Actility’s end-to-end LoRaWAN-based core network ThingPark Wireless™ solution and targets full country coverage by the end of 2016.

Within the partnership, KPN is deploying LoRa base stations on their 3/4G tower locations. This means that as from November, clients can use KPN’s LoRa network for their applications. Examples of use cases are street lights, smoke alarms, smart parking, asset tracking and utility metering. KPN and Actility closely collaborate in a team of expertise with the aim to achieve a nationwide roll-out, which will cover at least 50% of the surface of the Netherlands with indoor coverage by the end of 2016.

KPN will be using Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution to connect a wide range of objects in all key Internet of Things verticals. This open IoT platform will then allow KPN’s wide range of eco-system partners to launch Smart City, automotive, energy, smart building, healthcare and Smart Home applications. Actility’s solution also includes the ThingPark Store, an online marketplace engine dedicated to IoT sensors, applications and network solutions by which Actility makes the roll-out of new innovative IoT services accessible to sensor vendors, network solution vendors and end-users.

“LoRa powered by Actility offers KPN all of the benefits of a new class of IoT networks; low-power, low-overhead, and low-cost plus advantages including true two-way communication, localization and dynamic bandwidth assignment,” said Jacob Groote, VP Mobile Operations at KPN.

“Our collaboration with KPN underlines the importance of nationwide roll-outs throughout Europe. We are delighted with this partnership through which KPN shows trust in Actility by implementing our platform onsite”, said Olivier Hersent, CTO of Actility. “Actility is deeply committed to working together with KPN to address customer needs across key verticals.“

LoRaWan: the protocol for Low Power Wide Area networks

As a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, Actility works with the LoRa eco-system of device and application providers to enable public or private networks connecting multiple applications onto the same network infrastructure. This means that only a few base stations are needed to cover an entire city or country, making the Internet of Things possible at minimal infrastructure investment.

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Actility Energy now operating in the UK, to secure the electricity network

Actility is selected as one of the suppliers to National Grid, the Transmission System Operator for Great Britain, to secure the electricity network in real-time during high demand periods through demand response.

Actility will participate in the new scheme developed in anticipation of the capacity mechanism, entitled DSBR. DSBR is targeted at large energy users who volunteer to reduce their demand during winter weekday evenings between 4 and 8 pm in return for a payment.

Already operating in France and Benelux, Actility Energy will bring its disruptive expertise in advanced modelling and control to provide clean demand response resources to National Grid, and support their ambition to spend £200 million to £400 million a year on demand side services in Great Britain by 2020.

“Actility’s breakthrough into the UK market collaborating with a key player such as National Grid is truly a great accomplishment. “ Paul Cobos, Regional Sales Director.

“We are very encouraged with the growth of participation within the Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) service and welcome Actility as a new provider for the 2015/16 winter season.” David Preston, Senior Account Manager.

LoRa Alliance surpasses 130 members in 6 months, introduces new chairman and next European Open House

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LoRa Alliance surpasses 130 members in 6 months, introduces new chairman and next European Open House

The LoRa® Alliance is one of the fastest growing Internet of Things (IoT) alliances. Launched in April to define and promote a low power, secure, carrier grade standard for low power wide area IoT connectivity, LoRa® Alliance membership has surpassed 130 members in just six months. These companies, which include chip and module vendors, network software developers, OEMs and network operators, are all working together to develop an open specification for the next generation of IoT networks and devices. The Alliance named Geoff Mulligan chairman to lead the fast-paced growth and drive the specification work.

Mulligan helped design IPv6 and created the 6lowpan protocol, which allows the smallest devices and low-power devices to participate in the IoT. He has worked on IoT technology since 2001, serving at the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the IoT and Additive Manufacturing, and is the U.S. representative to the ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities Strategic Advisory Group. Internet pioneer Vint Cerf referred to Mulligan as the “father of the embedded Internet.” 

‘The LoRa® technology and the LoRaWAN™ specification are a critical missing piece for the widespread deployment of the Internet of Things,’ Mulligan said. ‘And because the LoRaWAN™ specification is open, it provides a phenomenal foundation for businesses and operators to develop business models for deployment that best meet the needs of the specific applications, including smart energy, intelligent transportation, industrial manufacturing, commercial building management, and smart cities.’

Released in June, LoRaWAN™ is becoming the ubiquitous standard for secure, carrier grade low power wide area networks. It is the first LPWAN protocol for sensor, base station and network server providers and will provide interoperability security for network operators deploying large multi-tenanted open networks running multiple applications as well as private networks. Open House Companies interested in LoRa® Alliance membership and LoRa® technology are invited to attend an open house in Rotterdam, Netherlands, November 9-10, hosted by KPN and Proximus

The open house will feature the LoRa® Alliance roadmap, technology announcements and exclusive live demonstrations, and the launch of the LoRaWAN™ Certification Program. There will be a marketplace for members and other stakeholders that will showcase the entire ecosystem from the sensors to the application. The open house will be held in conjunction with the Alliance’s all-member meeting.

“As a member of the LoRa® Alliance we are proud to launch a LoRa® network in Rotterdam and The Hague soon and we plan national coverage in The Netherlands in 2016. LoRa® will definitely boost useful applications and the development of the Internet of Things in general,” said Jasper Snijder, EVP new business at KPN. “As co-host of the LoRa® Open House we are pleased to welcome potential parties and LoRa® partners in Rotterdam.” 

“The LoRa® Alliance is very valuable for Proximus as it offers the perfect combination of a technology responding to our customers’ needs and an open ecosystem of players in line with Proximus’ innovation principles,” said Geert Standaert, CTO for Proximus. “Proximus recently successfully launched its commercial offer for Internet of Things via its LoRa® network. With our unique end-to-end LoRa® offering we enable companies in many industries to be more efficient through improved and simplified business processes and to innovate faster through the development of new services.”

Adeunis RF et Actility annoncent la signature d’un contrat de partenariat pour le développement d’offres M2M, IoT bas débit

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Adeunis RF et Actility annoncent la signature d’un contrat de partenariat pour le développement d’offres M2M, IoT bas débit

La nouvelle offre Produits d’Adeunis RF, basée sur la technologie LoRaWan, sera désormais supportée par le réseau ThingPark Wireless® d’Actility.

Adeunis RF est aujourd’hui un acteur clé dans les objets connectés. « Nous nous réjouissons de l’arrivée d’un tel partenaire dans notre écosystème de partenaires du réseau Internet des Objets ThingPark Wireless et LoRaWan », a déclaré Olivier Hersent, fondateur et CTO d’Actility.

Adeunis RF, une expertise unique dans le domaine de la radio fréquence pour déployer des solutions dédiées aux marchés M2M et IoT.

LoRaWan offre des avancées technologiques significatives améliorant  la fiabilité de communication. C’est la raison pour laquelle Adeunis RF a intégré cette brique technologique dans ses produits dédiés aux applications très longue portée/basse consommation. Ces produits sont particulièrement adaptés aux applications du type Internet des objets (IoT), capteurs en réseaux, environnement, bâtiments intelligents, télé-relève de compteurs, sécurité ou encore M2M.

« La signature de ce contrat de partenariat avec Actility, opérateur de services Machine-to-Machine reconnu dans le monde du M2M et de l’IoT nous permet de commercialiser des produits LoRaWAN compatibles avec son infrastructure réseau longue portée ThingPark Wireless.» a déclaré Frank FISCHER, Directeur Général Délégué d’Adeunis RF. Et de poursuivre : « La solution ThingPark Wireless dédiée à la connexion de réseaux de capteurs au Cloud dans les domaines du « bâtiment intelligent » nous intéresse car elle nous permet de développer des produits finis et capteurs dédiés. Les données ainsi collectées pourront être hébergées au sein de l’infrastructure déjà existante ThingPark Cloud d’Actility à des fins d’analyse dans le cadre de programmes d’optimisation de la consommation énergétiqueCela nous permettra de proposer cette solution à nos clients. »

Actility announces partnership with Belgian telecom operator Proximus for nationwide IoT deployment in Belgium & Luxembourg

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Actility announces partnership with Belgian telecom operator Proximus for nationwide IoT deployment in Belgium & Luxembourg

Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2015: Actility, industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, proudly announces its collaboration with Belgium’s largest telecom operator Proximus for the roll-out of a nationwide Internet of Things (IoT) network in Belgium and Luxembourg. Proximus has selected Actility to roll out a LoRa (Long Range) network based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution. It is the first time a LoRa network is rolled out on this big a scale. The new IoT network will trigger a wave of innovation in both countries, opening up new business models and allowing for processes to run more efficiently.

As part of the partnership between the two parties, Proximus has deployed the LoRa network in the ten major urban and logistic areas in Belgium as well as in the city of Luxembourg. This deployment includes the installation of LoRa base stations and the setup of the central network controllers and management platforms. Up to now, the LoRa technology has been used in asset tracking and facility management use cases and several other applications are being developed. The LoRa network will be rolled out in the whole of Belgium and Luxembourg in 2016.

“Actility is proud to cooperate with Proximus to develop one of the first networks worldwide for IoT, based on the LoRa technology. This will boost innovation and the digital economy in the region”, said Pierre Verbruggen, Managing Director Benelux at Actility.

Proximus relies on Actility’s capabilities to deliver a SaaS (Software as a Service) deployment which enables a fast roll-out centralized through the ThingPark Wireless platform. “We are very excited to be collaborating with Actility, which allows us to use the LoRa technology to enable a quick, safe and a low energy consuming network. The ThingPark Wireless platform allows us and our customers to easily set up, manage and monitor the IoT Network and Devices” said Geert Standaert, Chief Technology Officer at Proximus.

Proximus leads a series of upcoming worldwide LoRa based LPWA deployments that will be realized by other countries in Europe and overseas in the next coming months.

Practical use cases

The current LoRa deployments are being used for several use cases. One of them involves asset tracking luggage carts at Zaventem Airport. Sensors which are implemented on these carts can display their location in order to increase efficiency. Furthermore, a smart parking solution will be shortly launched in order to guide car drivers via the Smart Parking app to the nearest empty parking space. Other examples of operational use cases are fridge monitoring and maintenance of offices. 

Leveraging the ThingPark platform for Internet of Things services

The ThingPark Wireless solution requires a low-cost antenna to connect sensors in a 2-5 km radius for dense cities or in a 15 km radius for countryside applications. The ThingPark Wireless solution has been integrated to Proximus’ Application Enablement platform M2M Factory. 

LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting

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LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting

The next LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on 9 & 10 November.

The meeting aims at gathering all members of the Alliance as well as to welcome new members and show interested parties around.

Please feel free to join and have a look at the Open House on 10 November and collect more information on the activities and benefits of joining the Alliance!

For subscriptions, please visit the LoRa Alliance webpage: https://www.lora-alliance.org/News-Events/Events

Olivier Hersent elected LoRa Alliance Vice-Chair

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Olivier Hersent elected LoRa Alliance Vice-Chair

On October 1st, during the LoRa Alliance Board meeting, Olivier Hersent, Chairman & CTO of Actility, was officially elected Vice-Chair of the Alliance.

His position as Vice-Chair is a well deserved and important addition to his role as Vice-President of the Technical Committee of the LoRa Alliance. 

Olivier’s contribution to the Alliance is of great value as he is one of the authors of the LoRaWAN network protocol, which has made the Internet of Things possible with minimal infrastructure investment.

Actility sponsors IoT World Europe

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Actility sponsors IoT World Europe

Please visit Actility in it’s booth at the IoT World Europe event as part of the LoRa Alliance.

IoT is fast becoming much more than just a buzzword as European industry & governments begin to take note of the huge potential of this future technology to significantly boost economies and enhance society and lifestyle.

Following the huge success of the world’s largest IoT event, Internet of Things World in San Francisco, Internet of Things World Europe is THE premier IoT event in Europe to address the huge commercial and business opportunities from IoT & to tackle some of the obstacles hindering development moving forward.

Register for the October 5th pre-event day and join us in our conference: LoRa Alliance-Led Panel: Deployment Models for LPWAN.

The event attracts the entire IoT eco-system to build business relationships and learn from industry experts.

VenueMARITIM proArte Hotel, Friedrichstraße 151, 10117, Berlin, Germany.

For more information, please visit: http://iotworldeurope.com/

Meet Actility at upcoming events!

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Meet Actility at upcoming events!

After a very successful spring and summer season, Actility will mark its presence at several events in France and Europe the next following months.

  • 15, 16 & 17 September – M2M Innovation World in Marseille (France)
    Conference & Innovation show for IT and vertical industries
    For more info, please visit: http://www.m2minnovationworld.com/
  • 15 & 16 September – i-Connect in Lyon (France)
    Trade fair exclusively dedicated to connected solutions
    For more info, please vitit: http://www.iconnect-exhibition.com/
    Get your visitors passes here: http://bit.ly/1Qqx3q0
  • 7 & 8 October – IBS Smart City & Smart Grid in Paris (France)
    Trade show for intelligent networks in cities and countries
    For more info, please visit: http://www.smartgrid-smartcity.com/
  • 3, 4 & 5 November – European Utility Week in Vienna (Austria)
    The annual landmark event for the entire Smart Utility market
    For more info, please visit: http://www.european-utility-week.com/

Please join us to discover more about our services and projects, to stay informed about our latest innovations and to assist to conferences and round tables.

Actility among 20 Most Promising M2M Solution Providers 2015

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Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

Machine-to-Machine has become a keyword that has the potential to transform operations in nearly every industry. With the primary aim of connecting, monitoring and actuating devices that are used chiefly in the telecom industry, the technology is now shifting towards cellular connectivity and data services that monitor the hardware equipments utilized in different industrial sectors.

Greater demand for M2M solutions has primarily triggered the widespread adoption and creation of affordable wireless communication. As the adoption of M2M increases, managing the sheer amount of connected devices is resulting in reduced workflow performance and giving rise to new types of security threats. Further, the convergence of trends like the cloud, mobile, and big data is fuelling a huge inflow of data in M2M space. To overcome these issues, the M2M vendors and service providers are offering new strategies in the submarkets such as M2M security, Connected Device Platforms (CDP) and Application Platforms.

While there are thousands of M2M solution providers in the market, the variety in solutions and their use cases have made spotting the right solution, a difficult task to accomplish. To simplify and help CIOs identify the right M2M solution providers, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and CIOReview editorial board have selected the top M2M solution providers. The companies featured here demonstrate an ability to develop innovative technologies and methodologies, while offering outstanding customer service.

In our selection process, we looked at the vendor’s capability to fulfill the need for cost-effective and flexible solutions that add value to the M2M landscape.

We present to you CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising M2M Solutions Providers 2015.

The fast growing industry leader in Internet of Things (IoT) and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, Actility, founded in 2010 in France, has recently secured a $25 million funding round led by Foxconn through Ginko Ventures and major telecom players, allowing the company to improve its market strategy for their ThingPark® solution. The ThingPark Wireless®, ThingPark Cloud® and ThingPark Store® services allow millions of objects to communicate bi-directionally and offer an online market place platform commercializing the IoT business. A look inside the intriguing world of connected objects. 

Machine to Machine (M2M) communication is increasingly becoming available for a broader scope of applications and has enabled the development of innovative concepts like Smart Cities and Factories. In a connected world, machines communicate automatically to enhance greater efficiency along with security. However, today’s wireless technologies are not optimized to run on a battery with minimal maintenance. 

“The main challenge today is the need for connected devices with low energy consumption. With the Internet of Things (IoT) new needs for business and consumer business cases, energetic independency is the key for Smart Objects”, says Olivier Hersent, Founder and CTO, Actility.

Actility leads the new generation standard-based M2M communication through its ThingPark platform and is a provider of network solutions and managed information systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. With headquarters in Paris, in the heart of the IoT French Tech, Actility’s ThingPark Wireless network provides long-range coverage for low-power sensors used in SmartCity, SmartBuilding and SmartFactory applications. “Since numerous studies predict that by 2020 there will be 20-50 billion connected objects, there is a need for low-power and low energy consumption devices. These trends trigger the need for LPWA network,” adds Hersent.

Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution is unique because the radio technology used in this solution covers very long distance with low power and is bidirectional. This means objects can stay connected for months without requiring any battery recharge. The spread spectrum modulation technology with a wider bandwidth in ThingPark helps in covering dense city areas up to the range of 1, 2 to 3, 1 mile and up to 9, 3 miles in the countryside. In all, the technology allows for millions of objects to be connected and to communicate in any given situation and at any given time, all over the world. 

“ThingPark provides the technology to connect both long range and low power sensors over unlicensed radio band spectrum, allowing low cost and fast rollout of IoT networks,” says Hersent. “ThingPark Wireless is a thoroughly integrated platform for IoT and has been therefore designed in such a way that it can be implemented anywhere in the nation to enable and enhance services for any market sector,” adds Hersent.

ThingPark Cloud provides Big Data storage for sensor data and exposes sensor function. ThingPark Store introduces the « long tail » App Store business model, developed with success by Apple and Google, on the IoT market. The online Store provides an open garden environment to thousands of potential IoT solution vendors who need to be exposed in a market place and be automatically activated on an order. Actility uses both public and private networks dedicated to IoT to roll-out its technology.

The funding round has opened doors for partnerships with major telecom players such as Swisscom (Switzerland), KPN (Netherlands) and Proximus (Belgium) which will enable major IoT roll-outs in the coming year, covering complete cities and countries. Moreover, many companies across a variety of industries have benefitted from adopting Actility’s ThingPark on their private network. A good example is the project “Habitat Toulouse” which is a social housing management company in France. Habitat Toulouse faced issues when managing renovations with the buildings. The organization had approached Actility seeking for a cost effective building monitoring process and to deploy complex infrastructures. “We proposed our solution, ThingPark, which allowed running the monitoring test in all the buildings. As a result, Habitat Toulouse was able to derive desirable results,” expresses Hersent.

La ville intelligente: Interview Olivier Hersent dans EDF Pulse

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La ville intelligente: Interview Olivier Hersent dans EDF Pulse

Toutes sortes de capteurs et d’appareils « intelligents » vont, dans un avenir proche, surgir dans notre environnement, capables de transmettre des informations sur ce qu’ils détectent autour d’eux. Connectés au sein d’un Internet des objets, ils permettront d’optimiser le fonctionnement d’un réseau électrique, d’assurer plus efficacement la sécurité des biens et des personnes ou encore de réguler le trafic et le stationnement. Olivier Hersent, fondateur et président d’Actility, l’une des entreprises françaises en pointe sur le déploiement de ces réseaux intelligents, nous décrit cette révolution qui est déjà en marche.
 
Olivier Hersent : LoRa est une technologie de communication radio à bas débit et à longue portée pour créer des réseaux d’objets connectés à l’échelle d’une ville, d’un département ou d’un pays. Notre société Actility travaille avec de grands opérateurs (télécoms, fournisseurs d’énergie et d’eau) qui déploient des applications de gestion de leurs réseaux par le biais de capteurs et d’objets pilotés à distance : thermostats intelligents, détecteurs de fumée, compteurs, chaudières, etc.
 
Il faut savoir qu’en 2020, on estime qu’il y aura entre 50 et 100 milliards d’objets connectés. La plupart fonctionneront sur batterie et il faudra qu’ils puissent communiquer via Internet pour au moins 10 à 20 ans. Le bas débit LoRa, quelques centaines de bits par seconde, est largement suffisant pour servir des applications automatisées. Cette technologie est par ailleurs peu gourmande en énergie et peu coûteuse à produire. Un capteur LoRa ne vaut que quelques euros. Les antennes émettrices d’intérieur font la taille d’une boîte d’allumettes tandis que les antennes d’extérieur sont grandes comme une boîte de chaussures pour enfant avec un mat de 1,5 mètre de haut. Nous avons misé sur cette technologie qui nous semble la plus porteuse pour l’avenir proche de l’Internet des objets. Cela peut sembler surprenant, mais il se pourrait bien que dans trois ans, la totalité des pays développés disposent de cet « Internet dans l’air »…
 

Y a-t-il déjà des réseaux LoRa en France?

C’est en cours. Bouygues Telecom est en train de déployer un réseau LoRa. Orange, qui a investi dans notre entreprise, n’a pas encore officialisé ses projets. Des acteurs de la distribution grand public sont aussi sur le créneau. À court terme, on devrait voir deux réseaux publics coexister avec des accords de partage.

En quoi les objects connectés vont-ils changer notre quotidien?

Les objets connectés dont on entend le plus parler actuellement sont à usage personnel. Nous parlons ici d’objets pilotés par les fabricants ou des opérateurs qui s’en servent pour améliorer un service ou optimiser le fonctionnement d’un réseau (électrique, eau, gaz…). Prenons l’exemple d’un thermostat connecté. Le distributeur d’énergie qui le fournit aux particuliers pourra ajuster le pilotage de l’appareil selon la charge du réseau électrique et ainsi pouvoir introduire davantage d’énergies renouvelables. Cela dégagera des économies substantielles au niveau des coûts de gestion de l’équilibrage des réseaux que les acteurs concernés pourront employer afin d’améliorer la valeur des services qu’ils fournissent. C’est ainsi que l’on verra arriver des thermostats et d’autres instruments de ce type qui seront réellement intelligents.

A quoi ressembleront les ‘villes intelligentes’ du futur? 

La localisation et le suivi des biens vont considérablement améliorer la protection contre le vol. Il sera très difficile de perdre un objet dès lors qu’il sera connecté. Les systèmes de sécurité seront aussi beaucoup plus performants. Un détecteur de fumée sera capable d’avertir directement les pompiers en cas d’incendie. Un fournisseur pourra couper l’eau à distance en cas d’inondation. Le stationnement urbain devrait devenir plus aisé. C’est déjà le cas à Paris avec le service Autolib où l’application affiche toutes les places libres à proximité. C’est plus agréable pour l’automobiliste et bien plus « vert » puisque l’on gaspille moins d’énergie à tourner pour trouver une place. La ville elle-même contribuera au stockage et à la distribution de l’électricité verte renouvelable. Dans les entreprises, les câbles des bâtiments connectés seront progressivement remplacés par des capteurs sans fil. Et même votre boîte aux lettres deviendra intelligente et pourra vous prévenir lorsqu’il y a du courrier !

World’s first LoRa™ Street Lighting Control Solution, Released by Flashnet, facilitated by Actility

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World’s first LoRa™ Street Lighting Control Solution, Released by Flashnet, facilitated by Actility

LoRa™ based street lighting solutions become a reality with the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa™ controllers which have been presented for the first time by Flashnet on Actility’s LoRaWAN network during the LoRa™ Alliance meeting in Paris.

Paris, 23 July 2015 – Actility, a founding member of the LoRa Alliance, announced a new addition to its fast-growing LoRaWAN-based IoT ecosystem.Following its earlier commitment to integrate the new LoRaWAN communication standard with its smart streetlight control system inteliLIGHT®, Flashnet has successfully presented and demonstrated the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa RF Controller.

Streetlight control today is usually performed through a general switch, either activated manually, on a time-based schedule or on a daylight sensor. This allows very limited flexibility, as the entire system is either on or off. This also requires night-time checkup teams in order to discover lamp failures and any other grid malfunctions. This may not be that complicated in a small city, but when more than 500.000 streetlamps in Mecca need to be managed, it becomes a real challenge. With a pre-integrated vertical control solution for street lighting built around Actility’s core network for LoRaWAN based Internet of Things, Actility and Flashnet hope to improve the central management of streetlights.

Smart streetlight control solutions bring a totally different perspective, integrating the existing lighting infrastructure with the newest communication, hardware and software developments and providing two major benefits. First of all, important energy savings are made, through selective on/off control and dimming. This means that some lamps can be switched off individually when not needed, while others can be dimmed to about 50% of their full capacity. This can reduce the overall energy consumption dramatically, with up to 80%, if combined with LED streetlights. The second benefit is a major maintenance cost saving through lamp and grid monitoring. A smart control system monitors several electrical parameters at lamp and grid level, anticipating and avoiding defects and providing accurate malfunction information to the technical department (detailed problem information, exact location). This eliminates the need of nightly ‘blind’ inspection and significantly improves repair times, bringing down maintenance costs with more than 40% while improving overall lighting performance. Based on thorough interoperability tests performed by Actility and Flashnet on the resilience and availability of the end-to-end solution, both companies hope to accelerate the roll-out of LoRa-enabled street lighting in Smart Cities across the world.

The inteliLIGHT® FRE-220 Luminaire Controller, presented for the first time at the LoRa Alliance members meeting in Paris on 9 and 10 July, was operated through the Class C LoRaWAN network provided by Actility and successfully performed the remote turning on, off and dimming of luminaires. InteliLIGHT® is already managing tens of thousands of streetlights worldwide, but adapting the system to LoRa™ communication standards is a world premiere.

“With LoRa™ and Actility, we have taken inteliLIGHT®, our already proven street lighting management solution, to a whole new level. By adding LoRaWAN to the current PLC and classic mesh RF communication solutions, we can now implement our system with minimal investment, having unprecedented reach and providing unlimited Smart City applications. It truly is a game changer”, has declared Mr. Lorand Mozes, CEO of Flashnet.

Besides the modern and attractive design, the new inteliLIGHT® LoRa™ controller is also extremely robust and provides unprecedented lamp-level functionality and intelligence, enabling individual remote management of any streetlight equipped with electronic ballast.

The controller also carries out independent measurements and analysis of different lamp electrical parameters (active and reactive energy, current, voltage, active and reactive power, power factor and frequency) and communicates all the information through an advanced synchronization mechanism, while any errors and malfunctions are reported in real time. The entire system is fail-proof and can function independently, even in the case of communication and/or power failures.

Also, while ensuring street lighting’s safe and fail-proof operation, inteliLIGHT® offers the possibility to keep the lighting grid powered during daytime, thus providing citywide continuous power supply availability for any additional equipment. This opens the door for countless smart city applications, from street lighting based EV charging to any smart city device controlled and sensors connected throughout the city – a true smart city platform based on LoRaWAN and inteliLIGHT® infrastructure.

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About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) large scale infrastructure with ThingPark®, the new generation standard-based M2M communication platform. Actility’s ThingPark Wireless® network provides long-range coverage for low-power sensors used in SmartCity, SmartBuilding and SmartFactory applications. (http://www.thingpark.com/en)

About Flashnet®

Flashnet is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, Flashnet is a leader in intelligent utility management systems with worldwide operations, also being one of the contributor members of the LoRa™ Alliance. (http://www.flashnet.ro)

About inteliLIGHT®

inteliLIGHT® is a street lighting remote management solution and smart city platform developed by Flashnet. In-depth grid management provides an accurate real-time feedback of any change occurring along the grid, reduces energy loss and offers advanced maintenance optimization tools – up to 80% energy savings and 42% maintenance cost savings. inteliLIGHT® manages more than 80.000 lamp controllers today, in 10 cities around the world, being responsible for reducing the lighting energy consumption and corresponding CO2 emissions. (http://intelilight.eu/)

About LoRa™

LoRa™, developed by Semtech, is a long range, low power radio frequency communication technology that brings the Internet of Things concept a step closer to large scale adoption in terms of technical capabilities and cost effectiveness. Its outstanding features: low power, long range, high immunity and spread spectrum are surpassed only by the ease of interoperability and the careful design of its security features.

About LoRa™ Alliance

LoRa™ Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that believe the Internet of Things era is now. Its mission is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications. (http://lora-alliance.org/)

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http://www.flashnet.ro/lorapress

Press contact:

Mr. Ovidiu Vrabie – ovidiu.vrabie@flashnet.ro – tel: +40 268 333 766

Internet of Things specialist Actility announces $25 million funding round led by Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn

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Internet of Things specialist Actility announces $25 million funding round led by Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn

Investment from leading telcos and Foxconn investment fund offers powerful endorsement of Actility’s unique approach to IoT enablement

Paris, France, 16 June 2015: Actility, a leading provider of network solutions and managed information systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) market, today announced it has secured a $25 million funding round led by Ginko Ventures. Ginko Ventures leads a prestigious group of investors including tier-one telcos KPN, Orange, Swisscom and Foxconn, along with the existing investors Fonds Ecotechnologies managed by Bpifrance Investissement, Idinvest Partners, and Truffle Capital.

The investment will allow Actility to accelerate its go-to-market strategy for ThingPark, its open standard IoT network solution; funding its operational resources, building a high level of service and continuing to develop technology partnerships to foster a healthy ecosystem. It follows a recently concluded technology partnership between Actility and Swisscom.

A fully integrated platform for nationwide IoT, Actility’s ThingPark™ is designed to enable IoT services for any market sector, offering ready-to-go IoT connectivity plus a full set of ready-to-sell applications in less than one month. It is a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio network built on the LoRaWAN™ standard, developed and supported by the LoRa™ Alliance. LoRaWAN networks address the three critical elements required for IoT networks connecting billions of devices: low power, long range, and low cost. ThingPark represents the first end-to-end, LoRaWAN interoperable platform to serve the IoT market for every use case.

“Today’s wireless technologies are not optimized for IoT applications which require sensors to be low power and able to run on a battery with very little maintenance. ThingPark provides the technology to connect both long range and low power sensors over unlicensed ISM band spectrum, allowing low cost and fast roll-out of IoT networks for a wide range of IoT applications,” said Olivier Hersent, Founder, CEO and CTO, Actility. “We are delighted to have secured the backing of such prominent communications industry leaders.”

“With more than 50 Billion devices to be connected by 2020, Cisco believes that new scalable IoT infrastructure and services will become key evolution at every scale, for Telcos, cities and corporate campuses,” said Tony Shakib, Vice-President IoE (Internet of Everything) Vertical Solutions at Cisco.
He added:“We backed LoRaWAN as an open technology for IoT and are excited to see today such industry momentum behind Actility, whom we see as a critical partner to make pervasive IoT infrastructure and services.”

“After the rise of personal connected objects such as consumer wearable devices, we are now witnessing the emergence of a second wave: managed connected objects,” said Hersent. “Managed connected objects are creating a more efficient, more sustainable world. With a ubiquitous and cost-effective IoT network in place, utilities for instance will be able to accelerate their smart-metering plans, to optimize the filling of fuel tanks, to increase the use of renewable energy by dynamically controlling thermostats. We have the technology to achieve a paradigm shift in remote monitoring and management – think of instant fire or leak detection, or prevention of loss of valuable equipment using smart tracking. Ubiquitous IoT will have a huge impact in agriculture and other key sectors of the economy. ThingPark is available now, allowing Telecom operators or municipalities to deploy an IoT network in a month.”

Foxconn Group is transforming to be a High Technology Solution Provider, including Hardware and Software Value creation. Through this strategic investment, we will expand our current collaboration with Actility to bring its LoRaWAN technology and IoT Platform and Solutions to Taiwan, China, and the rest of Asia,’ said Fang Ming Lu, Executive Vice President of Foxconn. “We will leverage our strong network to accelerate the development of the IoT ecosystem, as well as promote and integrate Actility’s IoT Solutions for Smart Cities implementation in APAC.’

Jasper Snijder, SVP New Business at KPN, said:“As a founding member of the LoRa alliance, we’re proud to partner with Actility and contribute to the development of the Internet-of-Things – the next big thing in the digital landscape.”

Pierre Louette, Orange’s Deputy CEO who is also responsible for Orange Digital Ventures said: “Actility’s connected objects platform is based on bringing together its open service approach with the power of networks. This clearly corresponds to the ambition of Orange Digital Ventures to invest in actors that are developing innovative digital services that contribute to change our customers experience and answer the changing desires and needs of our customers. The Internet of Things is an extremely promising new market and it is important for Orange to support the start-ups and developers who are currently working on services that will become part of our future.”

Jean-Paul de Weck, CEO Swisscom Broadcast: “This is a technology that comes at the right time for operators to accelerate the connection of objects. There is set to be a huge increase in the demand for IoT and we see Actility as a key partner as we expand our activities in this market.”

“Actility’s innovative platform combined with operators’ ability to deliver long term network services nationwide are key to the adoption of IoT applications such as utility metering, street lighting, asset tracking or home security that need resilient and cost effective infrastructure in place for many years,” saidDominique Pitteloud, Managing Partner at Ginko Ventures. “Key to the structuring of the investment round was to bring together a set of strategic investors to collaborate on building the infrastructure for the successful deployment of these new services.”

RTE assouplit les règles du Mécanisme d’Ajustement permettant de mieux valoriser les puissances réparties de façon très diffuse sur les réseaux venant d’industriels de toutes tailles

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Actility de nouveau retenu par RTE pour la réserve rapide et la réserve complémentaire

LE VOLUME CONTRACTUALISE PAR ACTILITY AU TITRE DE CETTE CONSULTATION A ETE MULTIPLIE PAR 5 PAR RAPPORT A 2014.

RTE a annoncé en Février 2015 avoir sélectionné Actility pour participer au mécanisme de réserve rapide et complémentaire. Ce mécanisme contribue à la sûreté de fonctionnement et à la gestion de l’équilibre offre-demande du système électrique. Le portefeuille de gestion proposé par Actility est composé à la fois de production et d’effacement électriques, permettant à de nombreux industriels de valoriser leurs actifs.

Ces puissances ont été contractualisées auprès de partenaires du secteur hospitalier, de l’industrie agroalimentaire, de la grande distribution, de l’industrie de hautes-technologies ainsi que des Entreprises Locales de Distribution (ELD). Ce portefeuille diversifié permet à Actility de tester ses solutions en les adaptant aux différents métiers de ses clients. « Notre objectif est de proposer du sur-mesure à nos clients et de les préparer aux futures orientations du monde des effacements » dit Michel Agopian, Directeur Général d’Actility.

La valorisation des capacités des consommateurs industriels au titre de ce mécanisme est en hausse à la fois en volume et en chiffre d’affaires pour Actility. RTE annonce une puissance maximale stable depuis 2014 pour la participation des effacements (de près de 450 MW).  Cette annonce confirme la position d’Actility sur ce marché et fait suite à celle du début de l’année et aux résultats de l’appel d’offre effacement (AOE).

« Les clients d’Actility bénéficient de l’apport de nos technologies dans le domaine de l’instrumentation et de notre solution de communication M2M ThingPark Wireless. Soit plus de souplesse dans la mise en œuvre ainsi qu’une optimisation des couts associés » précise Olivier Hersent, Président d’Actility.

« Si nous avons choisi Actility pour répondre à nos besoins internes de valorisation de nos moyens de production, ce partenariat, pour l’ELD que nous sommes, voit plus loin.

Pour répondre aux attentes de nos clients  confrontés à la fin des tarifs réglementés et notamment EJP, Actility se positionne comme un acteur innovant. Par sa connaissance des tarifs électriques et ses accès aux divers espaces de valorisation, Actility nous ouvre ainsi qu’à nos clients de nouvelles perspectives et des options innovantes de valorisation. » ajoute Sylvain Didierjean Directeur Général de l’ELD Creuzwald.

Actility propose aux ELD (Entreprises Locales de distribution) d’opérer un service de valorisation d’effacement auprès de leurs clients. Ces derniers, sortant pour la plus part des TRV, recherchent la possibilité de réduire leur budget électricité tout en bénéficiant de la relation de proximité offerte par l’ELD.

Actility to participate in SG Paris 2015

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Actility to participate in SG Paris 2015

Actility will be present at this year’s edition of SG Paris, to be held on 27, 28 and 29 May in Paris La Défense.

The event is an acknowledged reference in the world of Smart Grids in France and will be welcoming a variety of speakers and companies.

The Smart Grid market is going through rapid changes this year and will evolve in a revolutionary way. The Internet of Things, Big Data and the French energy transition law will bring this market to the next level.

Actility is an expert in both the Internet of Things and its applications to the Energy sector. It plays an active role in this fast growing business and is keen on sharing its knowledge and expertise in public.

Please feel invited to visit our booth B5 at SG Paris to discover our services and know-how and join us at our conferences!

  • Focus on Smart Grid Vendée project
    27 May 15h00 – with the participation of Olivier Hersent, CEO Actility
  • Round table: Internet of Things and Energy: which developments on the Smart Grid market?
    28 May 09h30 – with the participation of OIivier Hersent, CEO Actility

For more information, please visit: www.www.sgparis.fr

Actility announces its partnership with Swiss operator Swisscom for Internet of Things services based on the LoRa technology

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Actility announces its partnership with Swiss operator Swisscom for Internet of Things services based on the LoRa technology

Swisscom includes actility’s thingpark wireless network solution and internet of things marketplace in their low power wide area connectivity ecosystem

Actility announced a new technology partnership with telecom provider Swisscom in the area of LPWA/IoT (Internet of Things). The partnership will leverage both companies’ expertise in the area of IoT for the ongoing development of innovative services for emerging markets such as Smart City or Smart Building services.

Actility offers a network solution that includes ThingPark Wireless base stations, central network controllers and management platforms for low-power sensor provisioning and network monitoring. The full ThingPark solution is a key element in the roll-out of LPWA and LoRaWan networks by operators. The new vertical businesses enabled by the standards-based LoRaWan specification will be presented by Actility and other eco-system partners at the official launch of the LoRa Alliance, held at the at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March 2015.

“We foresee a significant increase in demand for Low Power Wide Area Network based solutions in the market,” states Gerhard Schedler, Head of M2M at Swisscom. “We feel that Actility serves as an important ecosystem and technology partner as we explore new opportunities to meet the diverse and emerging needs of our customers.”

You can read the full press release at http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/actility-announces-technology-partnership-with-swisscom-for-lorawan-based-internet-of-things-services-294630891.html