ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia
ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

Digitization is an absolute priority in Russia and IoT is an obvious way to start for companies and municipalities.

Victor Ratnikov, VP Innovation B2B and IoT

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia
Second biggest
Telco in Russia

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia
Award
Fastest growing telecommunication company in Russia

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia
800 billion rubles
Volume of the Russian IoT market by 2022

End customer

ER-Telecom

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Accelerate digitization with a widespread IoT communication solution

Last September, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the city of Perm. After shaking hands with a meet-and-greet robot and learning about blockchain software being developed locally, the President spent some time with Actility customer and partner ER-Telecom Holding, discovering how the company is powering Russia’s digital transformation with the deployment of cutting-edge network technology, including extensive optical fibre to the home for consumers, and a state of the art LoRaWAN to accelerate the adoption of industrial IoT. The President’s visit underscored just how central the role of comprehensive digital infrastructure will be in transforming industries and the economy across the whole vast country of Russia.

For ERTH, the IoT represents an early business opportunity and a powerful catalyst for industrial transformation. “Digitization is an absolute priority in Russia and IoT is an obvious way to start for companies and municipalities. Our job is to bring this technology in an easy-to-consume way anywhere in the Russian Federation, and globally with our roaming agreements.” Says Victor Ratnikov, VP Innovation B2B, and IoT, ER-Telecom Holding. ERTH sees a clear need for rapid and affordable digitization for companies and institutions, with opportunities to improve P&L, create new revenue streams, and optimize their business models.

Russia offers a unique environment for IoT connectivity compared to densely populated European countries, because of the sheer size of the Russian Federation and its sparsely-populated or empty areas where there is no GSM mobile network coverage – although these areas can still be home to industries such as mining, oil & gas production or logging. In addition, there is a specific requirement to store and process all data within Russian borders to comply with national data protection regulations.

SOLUTION

A dedicated ThingPark platform to cover the Federation’s specific needs

Searching for an IoT communication solution that is easy to deploy, offers long -orange coverage and the lowest total cost of ownership, ERTH was quick to recognize the benefits of LoRaWAN, and chose to work with Actility, based on the company’s existing track record in powering over half of all the national scale LPWA networks deployed by operators globally. “The agreement signed between ER-Telecom Holding and Actility is an important step in building a federal IoT coverage”, says Andrey Kuzyaev, the President of ER-Telecom Holding.

ERTH has already purchased and deployed 700 gateways, and completed radio planning for the network in the initial phase of roll-out encompassing 50 cites. By mid-July 2018, 50 cities will be deployed with full outdoors coverage and some deep indoor. The roll-out plan is to offer complete coverage of 62 cities by the end of 2018, all with over 300,000 m inhabitants. “We have completed testing the LoRaWAN coverage in half a dozen dense urban areas and we are very impressed with the penetration performance, providing deep indoor coverage.”

ERTH also has begun dozens of pilot projects with a variety of customers across many industries, especially in oil & gas, energy, and logistics.

To meet the regulatory requirements and offer the best service for ERTH’s customers, at the end of 2017, Actility deployed a local ThingPark platform in a Moscow data center in, which is scaled to process messages from of tens of millions of end devices and deliver the data to customers or cloud applications hosted by the platform.

BENEFITS

Walking the talk of digital transformation

The Russian ecosystem is burgeoning rapidly. Today, there is a shortage of localized devices using the dedicated radio frequencies for LoRaWAN in Russia, but according to ERTH, there are enough to begin PoCs. ER-Telecom Holding is working with local and global partners to address this issue. Many IoT start-ups are beginning to emerge to join the Russian IoT and LoRaWAN ecosystem and ERTH will open a dedicated developer portal for Russia with the help of Actility. “Actility is not only supporting ERTH with its network roll-out, but it will also offer IoT expertise to Russian customers as well as lead the development of a Russian LoRaWAN ecosystem.” Felix Marnin, Actility

ER-Telecom Holding is also transforming itself and creating new business in the process. The company is developing own products and platform for SMEs offering a building management utility. “We want to become an IoT business“, says Victor Ratnikov. “In technology, there’s no one size fits all. We are not focused on technology, but on our customers, their businesses, and how our solutions can help them transform.”

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Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives

Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives
Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives

Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives

This IoT application is about using technology to help keep our traditions going in years to come.

Matti Särkelä, Head of Office

Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives
36% of Finland
reindeer husbandry area

Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives
250,000
animals herded each year

Connected reindeer pave the way for improved herders’ lives
10%
of the herds go missing

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

A race against natural elements to find missing animals

Reindeer herding is a three-century-old Finnish tradition that still thrives in Lapland. “Reindeer herding to produce meat, furs, and antlers is one of the most traditional ways of living for us in Lapland”, explains Matti Särkelä. “But it is also crucial for the economy since tourism is booming in the region.” Reindeer are big business in the region, with up to 300,000 animals herded each year, generating around €25m.

Matti has been the Reindeer Herders’ representative in Rovaniemi since 1999.  He is responsible for “developing technologies and all kinds of initiatives that help reindeer herders”. Their activity is a way of life, not just a job since semi-wild animals roam freely most of the year. Growing up in herders’ family, Matti knows it as well as any herder.

Jarno Konttaniemi is a member of the Palojärvi cooperative near Rovaniemi. He has made a living as a herder for 15 years, sometimes walking up to 40 km a day to protect his animals from predators – bears, wolves, eagles, wolverines and lynxes-, and from road and railroad traffic. Still, up to 10% of herds go missing each year, of which only ⅕ can be found.

This is a problem, because the Finnish government offers financial compensation to herders like Jarno if he can produce evidence that the animal has been killed. Here comes the tricky part: what is the right technology to

  • track and locate roaming animals across 120,000 km2;
  • implement in a rural area with limited GSM coverage and GPS accuracy;
  • offer cheap and comfortable sensors able to withstand harsh winter conditions.

“The previous GSM-based solutions required energy-hungry trackers, their batteries making them both large and heavy thus uncomfortable for the animals. Even then, the devices could send only one location per day. Which is a problem because during winter, herders only have a few hours to find a missing reindeer until its track on the ground gets covered by snow.”

Ari Kuukka, Director, Head IoT Services, Digita Oy

SOLUTION

The power of LoRaWAN combined with GPS

Matti and his peers are never short of ideas when it comes to innovation with technology! The Association’s journey started over ten years ago, using GPS and GSM solutions. It continued three years ago with a smartphone app called “Porokello” (reindeer bell in Finnish) warning drivers of the presence of reindeer near the road.

In 2017, the herders contacted Digita Oy, the main national broadcast services provider, to help them equip animals with cheaper, smaller and lighter trackers, that also have year-long-lasting batteries to cover the time between two roundups. Challenge accepted by Digita!

As a matter of fact, at the end of 2016, the operator Digita started rolling out its nationwide LoRaWAN network using Actility’s ThingPark platform. Gateways were mounted on the company’s existing television 300 meter-high masts to achieve very long-range coverage.

“Digita is building a LoRaWAN network to provide services for several business sectors in Finland ranging from housing to logistics or air quality monitoring. There is big demand for this kind of low-power, wide-area technology.”

Ari Kuukka, Digita Oy

BENEFITS

 
The most challenging use case in Finland

 

The pilot study began in June 2017 with a few tens of trackers being installed on selected animals at the bi-annual round-up in October. The trackers use GPS satellite signals to determine their location, but communicate that location to Digita’s gateways over low power LoRaWAN. This maximizes the battery life and reduces costs since there’s no need for cellular subscriptions for every device.

During the first phase of this pilot, lasting until next summer, Ari and his team are assessing what network technologies they need for this use case. They are also testing partner devices that can withstand harsh winter conditions. “Once we have successfully evaluated the technology, we will most likely extend the pilot to larger volumes, customizing the solution to be even more comfortable, compact and light for the animals to wear”, says Ari Kuukka.

In terms of technology, Ari is also convinced that the next step is to combine LoRaWAN and GPS into a solution tailored to the herders’ needs. Reindeer tracking in Lapland is one of the most challenging LoRaWAN use cases imaginable:

“If we manage to track reindeers in Lapland, it means that we can track virtually anything!”

Mika Flinck,  IoT services Sales Director at Digita.

Watch this space to learn more about new tracking solutions inspired by the reindeer herders of Rovaniemi!

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs
A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs

Energy management is an economic necessity.

Tomaž Damjan, Energy Manager, BTC City

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs
470,000 square meters
Area of BTC City

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs
60 million kWH/year
Total energy consumption

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs
of total budget
Energy costs

End customer

BTC City

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

A Shopping Center The Size of a City

BTC City Ljubljana is one of the largest business, shopping, entertainment, recreation and cultural centers in Europe, located just three kilometers from Ljubljana city center and 200m from the Ljubljana ring road. It is considered a must-visit destination by city residents and tourists.

Due to the large number of facilities, wide area, high consumption of electricity, water and heating, BTC’s energy needs are comparable to those of urban centers.

“Energy management is an economic necessity,” says Tomaž Damjan, Energy Manager at BTC City.

In a bid to reduce energy consumption and costs as well as subsequent CO2 emissions, BTC sought to implement an energy management (EM) system for its multi-purpose facilities, such as those used by Smart Cities, and in line with the ISO 50001 standard, aimed at supporting organizations to conserve resources and tackle climate change.  

BTC turned to Solvera Lynx, the region’s leading provider of comprehensive energy management solutions, to help devise their own system to monitor and reduce energy consumption.

Specialists from Solvera Lynx described the key to greater efficiency and energy management coordination was to provide BTC City with “systematic control” over energy consumption.

“Due to the large number of BTC facilities, it was important to control the consumption of individual energy products and monitor consumption by individual end-users,” explained Janez Klančnik, Project and Energy Manager at Solvera Lynx. “BTC needed tools that allowed the easy collection of data, performance analysis and production of automated reports.”

SOLUTION

Applying Smart City Energy Management Tools

Solvera Lynx set several objectives for implementing their Smart City EM solutions:

  • To gain remote control over energy consumption
  • To implement an alarm system
  • To define and analyze key energy efficiency indicators in real time
  • To introduce an energy accounting system with a clear, transparent view of energy use
  • To provide a tool for employees to carry out relevant and efficient energy management activities

To achieve these objectives for BTC, Solvera Lynx had four types of communication equipment in mind: GsmBox.WG, ComBox.MComBox.L and GsmBox.X4. These wireless, long-range sensors utilize LoRaWAN technology to send data to GemaLogic, an advanced energy management software platform.

 

The idea was to connect and deploy this network of sensors and communication equipment throughout the entire BTC City, digitizing utility meters that could then send data on electricity, heat, natural gas and water consumption from all facilities to the GemaLogic software, where energy managers could constantly gather, process and analyze the data and produce automated reports.

Deploying a network of indoor/outdoor sensors requires a special communication technology to overcome a variety of obstacles. LoRaWAN was the natural choice and Actility supported the Solvera Lynx team on its use.

To easily understand the benefits of LoRaWAN-enabled sensors, it is useful to compare it to WiFi, the commonly known indoor, wireless networking technology. Covering the wide area of BTC City would require dozens of WiFi access points, whereas only two LoRaWAN gatewayswere needed. With LoRaWAN, BTC City was able to set up its own private network within a week.

In addition, the battery life of LoRaWAN-powered sensors is much higher—5 to 8 years on average.

The most exciting aspect for Klančnik was observing the small time intervals of sending data from normally inaccessible places.

“Once we connected the meters in the water shafts to the ComBox.L devices, we could receive data on water consumption every 15 minutes. Before, that was not possible and water leakages were not detected in time,” said Klančnik.

This was just the tip of the iceberg.

BENEFITS

Steep Reduction in Costs and Consumption

Once Solvera Lynx implemented the network, deployed the sensors and connected them to the GemaLogic platform, results were instantly observed.

For example, once the energy data was digitized, energy managers could immediately start monitoring and analysis in real time, and start benchmarking and forecasting. Solvera Lynx EM solutions also include an alarm system that can detect deviations in consumption, such as those caused by a water leakage, alerting the managers for a quick response. EM systems can be improved over time and the easy monitoring leads to taking effective measures to continuously increase BTC City’s efficient consumption of energy.

A Smart Response To a Slovenian Shopping Mall’s High Energy Costs

In fact, after one year of implementing Solvera Lynx’s EM system, BTC City has reduced its energy consumption by 5%. Even more staggering, BTC City has observed that before, water loss was measured at 40%, whereas after the EM solutions were installed, that figure plummeted to 4.5%. Moreover, early detection of equipment defects, such as in air-conditioning units, has led to replacement of parts that have cut electricity consumption by half!

In the past year BTC has invested massively in its infrastructure to guarantee and maintain the highest level of efficiency for its operations. The company has a strong environmental strategy and is dedicated to optimizing and reducing water leakages and energy consumption, serving an example of sustainability on a national level.
With all the measures the BTC energy team have introduced they have reached successful results – in the last 10 years of constant monitoring and improving they have reduced water leakages up to 20% ”

The system has paid-off,” said Tomaž Damjan, Energy Manager at BTC City. “We will continue using the GemaLogic energy management platform.”

Meanwhile, the case study has also been a major win for the collaboration between Solvera Lynx and Actility, according to the former’s Toni Žužek.

We really appreciate the timely and professional support from Actility’s experts,” said Žužek. “They helped meet our needs and strategic milestones, as well as plan and organize more effective sales and marketing activities in order to promote our advanced EM software and hardware solutions.”

BENEFITS

Guarantee traceability throughout the disposal chain

Recycling bins throughout Dutch cities provide clear evidence of this successful IoT implementation. A sensor placed in each bin signals to collectors when it is full. As a result, waste vehicle collection routes can be optimized to reduce cost, traffic, and pollution.  The same solution is deployed in public places such as airports and train stations. The cleaners are informed when trash bins need to be emptied, improving the workload and efficiency of the cleaning staff. In both cases, IoT brings a higher quality of service and well-being for everyone.

Suez is also connecting waste collection trucks, equipped with load sensors. Treatment facilities are informed almost in real-time of the amount of trash expected from each truck. LPWA technologies ensure that even in complex city environments and at long distances in the countryside the trucks remain connected, improving their operation and streamlining the process. Optimal visibility and control of waste management are particularly critical when collecting hazardous waste: knowing exactly how much waste has been collected is a key tool in optimizing the treatment phase. For companies dealing with industrial waste, Suez’ IoT innovations help improve collection and especially guarantees traceability throughout the disposal chain.

Some cities are encouraging their homeowners to sort their waste by installing smart bins in individual homes. These bins weigh the amount of litter received, allowing for per usage consumer billing. This incentive-based program encourages everyone to be proactive and responsible in their personal behaviors.

Suez is proud to lead the waste management revolution to make it more:

  • circular since it aims to regenerate resources essential to life
  • concrete in so far as it involves tangible and innovative actions securing resources
  • collaborative: it engages every contributor to better manage resources for the future.

RESOURCES

You can download the case studies here

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response
Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response

Thanks to Actility's expertise in Energy Management and Demand Response, we extract value from our flexibility as an industrial company

Christophe Lepoutre, Vice President Energy and Sub-Contracting Procurement, Veolia

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response
11.34 M€
for revenues in the water sector, and for water supply

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response
100 million
people supplied in water

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response
5.5 billions m3
of water supplied annually

End customer

Veolia

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Improve the efficiency and automated control of pumping stations and reservoirs

Veolia Water is a leading global operator of water services. They provide delegated management of freshwater and wastewater services for municipal and industrial clients by handling every step in the water cycle. Energy consumption is involved during the whole process, from the pumping of water to the treatment process and distribution via the network. Electricity purchase represents an important expenditure for Veolia. More than 80% of it is used for pumping and aeration. Typically, pumping stations pay electricity at a fixed rate, with limited price differences between peak and off-peak hours. However, prices on the electricity market show a much larger variation. This creates opportunities for flexible consumers like Veolia to optimize their large storage capacities (water tanks) and a high number of flexible electrical devices with short activation times (pumps, valves, aerators…)

Encouraged by an increase in water production and environmental challenges, the company chose Actility’s platform ThingPark Energy to improve the efficiency of its pumping stations and treatment plants. Actility brings its real-time optimization algorithms to model the complex water processes. Electrical devices are remotely controlled, taking into account fluctuating energy prices.
The final operational plan is scheduled to minimize the overall cost of electricity while ensuring that operational limits are never violated. Moreover, Actility drives additional revenues for occasional grid balancing, considering real-time price opportunities and reacting to Demand Response requests from the grid operator (TSO).

SOLUTION

Operational assistance and estimated gains

Actility’s ThingPark Energy Platform makes use of high-performance data analytics tools. The predictive modeling capability allows to respond automatically and in optimal ways to unplanned situations. The operational plan is updated automatically respecting process constraints. This provides significant support to on-call operation teams.

The same prediction capabilities, combining with the operational monitoring, can detect failures and mobilize human experts as soon as such issues are detected. This enhances the process and business KPIs. Actility brings a strong understanding of information management systems.

This allows seamless integration between the ThingPark Energy solutions for energy process optimization and Veolia’s existing management system, using specific data collection and communication. Actility rolled out a highly redundant and secure VPN between Veolia’s server and ThingPark Energy, ensuring a transparent solution.

Finally, Veolia’s water management system is turned into a Smart Water Solution. After validation by Veolia, ThingPark Energy optimizes the operations and benefits from electricity market opportunities and fully integrates Automated Demand-Response to the energy management system so that Demand Response activations neither involve Veolia’s on-site operators nor challenge the global production.

BENEFITS

Leveraging the flexibility of the plant

Energy Process Modeling is one of the ThingPark Energy’s solutions controlling multiple sites using predictive modeling to determine each site’s optimal load curve. The whole portfolio of sites is then globally optimized, with the sites responding to the commands sent by ThingPark Energy to their local controllers (e.g. local PLCs). This solution is reliable and highly scalable, allowing Actility to support Veolia in many countries in their transition to Smart Water management with minimum investments in monitoring and control systems.

Actility’s solution for Energy Process Optimization and Automated Demand Response offers multiple benefits to Veolia Water:

• Delivering additional revenues with Automated Demand Response

• Monitoring smart electricity consumption and detecting abnormalities in the process actively contributing to improved security of electricity supply and CO2 emission reduction

• Relieving basic workload of operational team, allowing to focus on special issues

 

Actility works together with the industrials to collect data and gain insight regarding operational limits. The industrial process is modeled and if necessary, the station is equipped with meters and communication devices, even if this is a source of CAPEX increase for the project.

RESOURCES

Technical diagram

Veolia uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its flexible capacity through Demand Response

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East
BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East

Turning a city smart is a journey

Marc Nader, Chief Operating Officer, Data Consult

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East
655,000 meters²
People benefit from the Group’s waste collection services

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East
6-900 meters
altitude of village

BeitMisk, Lebanon Paves the Way to Smart Cities In the Middle-East
1,800 units
of apartments, villas and townhouses

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Introducing Lebanon’s New IoT Network

Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Ogero Telecomhave been busy rolling out a nationwide IoT network, a project they aim to complete by the end of 2017.

The country recognizes the potential benefits of IoT to industry, agriculture, healthcare, urban planning, exportation, etc. Increased efficiency, competitiveness and resource management will all result from the precision and data provided by M2M connectivity and, more specifically, LoRaWAN technology. Meanwhile, partners are already beginning to implement solutions within a variety of sectors and end-customers are seeing the results. Several partners have converged at BeitMisk to create Lebanon’s first Smart City. 

The village BeitMisk is a 655,000 square-meter residential community, set several hundred meters high in the Metn hilltops above Beirut. Selected as a partner in transforming the village into the first Smart City in the Middle East, Data Consult has provided innovative solutions insecurity, Internet of Things, data centers, network & system infrastructure and management, etc., for over 25 years.

For this project, there were several challenges:

  • to digitize elements of the city’s infrastructure and residential utility gauges
  • to connect these elements to a customized digital platform through a wireless network
  • to analyze and secure the massive flow of data

SOLUTION

The digital infrastructure

“Turning a city smart is a journey,” says Marc Nader of Data Consult, charged with overseeing BeitMisk’s transformation.

The first step of the journey was to deploy sensors for collecting data on a variety of sources including gas, water and electric apartment meters, oil and water reservoirs, atmospheric gases, sewage treatment systems, legacy security systems, fire alarms, etc. Due to the wide, hilltop location of the village, LoRaWAN sensors were chosen for their long-range and low-powered wireless capabilities.

To gather the data, Data Consult implemented Actility’s ThingPark platform, chosen for its reliability in managing data from the diverse set of LoRaWAN sensors. They then stored the data on their own Data Orchestration Platform, built inside the Google Cloud.

A Smart City app, created to connect city operators and citizens to the platform, displays a responsive dashboard with analytics and visual data. A Facebook Messenger chatbot was also developed for tenants to easily access information and interact with their surroundings.

Transmitted data is encrypted from sensor to platform, secured within the Google Cloud by SSL secure sockets and single sign-on authentication, while the Facebook Messenger app and browsers used by the end-customers are HTTPS-secured.

BENEFITS

Increasing citizen awarenes

Of the most striking results of the project were the speed and ease in which the city was digitized. The sensors seamlessly connect with non-born-digital elements, such as plugging LoRaWAN pulse sensors into water and gas meters or installing solar-powered air quality sensors on the sides of buildings. Converting measurements into digital data was nearly instantaneous and non-intrusive. The entire process was operational within a couple months.

“The innovation phase is dramatically accelerated,” Nader explains, “because developers just hook on to the Actility LoRa server and securely receive the data. We love the fact that security and sensor management is so well taken care of that we can focus our attention on the product we are creating.”

Furthermore, by leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze the massive flow of data resulting from the city’s digitalization, officials can focus on better managing scarce resources, saving energy and improving citizens’ consumption habits.

But it’s not just project managers and City Hall noticing the changes around town. Equipped with high speed internet, enhanced security systems, and interactive applications through which to monitor and access everyday data, citizens also take part in the project and increase their own awareness of their environmental impact. Therefore, empowered by this new information, the entire village can work together to improve BeitMisk’s quality of life.

“We are only scratching the surface in providing a better citizen experience in Lebanon,” says Nader.

RESOURCES

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better
In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better

IoT is set to push the future of agriculture and farming to the next level

Maher Choufani, IoT Project Manager, Libatel

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better
300 hectares
vineyard size

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better
40 countries
where Château Kefraya exports

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better
1951
year the estate was founded

End customer

Château Kefraya

In Lebanese Vineyard, LoRaWAN Is Making Wine Better

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Faster, easier collection of data

Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Ogero Telecom have been busy rolling out a nationwide IoT network, a project they aim to complete by the end of 2017.

The country recognizes the potential benefits of IoT to industry, agriculture, healthcare, urban planning, exportation, etc. Increased efficiency, competitiveness and resource management will all result from the precision and data provided by IoT connectivity and, more specifically, LoRaWAN technology.

Meanwhile, partners are already beginning to implement solutions within a variety of sectors and end-customers are seeing the results. Such efforts have coalesced at Château Kefraya, one of Lebanon’s pioneering examples of Smart Agriculture.

This 75 year-old vineyard, nestled in the West Bekaa Valley southeast of Beirut, spans 300 hectares across terraced slopes in the foothills of Mt. Barouk, a thousand meters above the Mediterranean Sea. Château Kefraya has been in the Bustro family for generations and its wine is sold in over 40 countries.

As the estate already produces excellent, renowned wines (their Comte de M 2012 vintage was highly rated by famous wine critic Robert Parker), it is reasonable to inquire why a successful enterprise would seek to introduce new technology, especially in an industry often proud of traditional methods.

For the past three years, Château Kefraya has partnered with engineers from Saint Joseph University to improve agricultural methods and better manage resources. The research team studies the terroir, the combination of climate and soil, and its effect on grape quality.

“Enhancing agricultural techniques can’t happen without agricultural research,” said Dr. Yolla Ghorra Chamoun, a professor at Saint Joseph University. “Until now, the data was collected manually—a process that is long, hard and expensive.”

SOLUTION

Selecting LoRaWAN for quick implementation

Several weeks ago, Ogero and Libatel joined the team. For 40 years, Libatel has pioneered technology in both the public and private sectors with IP telephony, software development, data switching and routing, security and now the Internet of Things and Smart Solutions.

Libatel is testing IoT applications and installing sensors throughout the vineyard—even on the grapevines themselves—to help the research team gather data for the estate. Their software engineers have developed a program in parallel to receive the data sent by the sensors in the field. To transmit this data, Libatel choseLoRaWAN for its ability to provide low-power, wide-range solutions within a rapid timeframe. Actility assessed the requirements and, through the ThingPark platform, provided full support during its deployment.

The data is then visually presented through clear charts and graphs in real time on the computers and smartphones of the agricultural engineers and winemakers’ computers and smartphones. The information includes soil and water temperature, humidity, soil moisture, luminosity, etc., on six different parcels.

BENEFITS

Reaping early rewards

Recycling bins throughout Dutch cities provide clear evidence of this successful IoT implementation. A sensor placed in each bin signals to collectors when it is full. As a result, waste vehicle collection routes can be optimized to reduce cost, traffic, and pollution.  The same solution is deployed in public places such as airports and train stations. The cleaners are informed when trash bins need to be emptied, improving the workload and efficiency of the cleaning staff. In both cases, IoT brings a higher quality of service and well-being for everyone.

Suez is also connecting waste collection trucks, equipped with load sensors. Treatment facilities are informed almost in real-time of the amount of trash expected from each truck. LPWA technologies ensure that even in complex city environments and at long distances in the countryside the trucks remain connected, improving their operation and streamlining the process. Optimal visibility and control of waste management are particularly critical when collecting hazardous waste: knowing exactly how much waste has been collected is a key tool in optimizing the treatment phase. For companies dealing with industrial waste, Suez’ IoT innovations help improve collection and especially guarantees traceability throughout the disposal chain.

Some cities are encouraging their homeowners to sort their waste by installing smart bins in individual homes. These bins weigh the amount of litter received, allowing for per usage consumer billing. This incentive-based program encourages everyone to be proactive and responsible in their personal behaviors.

Suez is proud to lead the waste management revolution to make it more:

  • circular since it aims to regenerate resources essential to life
  • concrete in so far as it involves tangible and innovative actions securing resources
  • collaborative: it engages every contributor to better manage resources for the future.Even though the project is in its early stages, many results are already apparent. Château Kefraya’s employees are spending less time walking around the vineyard analyzing the vines themselves. They find the new data accurate and reliable and are even using it to compare with laboratory analysis of their grapes and during tastings. Furthermore, the estate intends to use the collected data in the future to determine how and when to take certain actions within resource management, such as optimal irrigation times and locations, which will then lead to higher production quality at a lower cost.

    “Now, by placing sensors in the field,” reports Dr. Chamoun, “(we) automatically collect data to achieve results that are faster, clearer and better.”

    Maher Choufani, IoT Project Manager at Libatel, has also been impressed by the speed and effectiveness in which the various parties worked together to implement a full LoRaWAN Iot solution from scratch. Within two months, they successfully collaborated with a major telecom operator, university research team, various IoT solutions providers and the wine estate itself to deploy the sensors, connect them through gateways to the platform and onward to users’ online dashboards.

    “I was surprised by how much IoT—especially LoRaWAN—helped the viticultural engineers improve wine quality, and therefore wine production,” Choufani said. “IoT is set to push the future of agriculture and farming to the next level.”

    While Libatel touts the evolution toward what they describe as “precision viticulture”, the country of Lebanon itself has further evidence that IoT can increase productivity and efficiency to boost the country’s exports and achieve its larger economic goals.

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Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries
Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries

​Since 2019, Actility Energy has become Flexcity, part of the Veolia group.

We are very proud of this smart grid world premiere that contributes to the French electricity grid’s stability while creating immediate and substantial ROI

Hervé Mallet, Energy Director, Technical & IS Direction, Orange France

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries
11 million
Broadband internet customers in France

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries
3.9%

Broadband customer base increase in 2016

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries
12 000
Number of batteries in the project

End customer

Orange

Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Get an ROI from passive but essential back-up resources

Orange is one of the largest operators of mobile and internet services in Europe and Africa and a global leader in corporate telecommunication services. As a leader on its domestic French market, the Telco guarantees the Quality of Service of its network for fixed-line telephony as well as broadband internet on a 24/7 basis. To do so, Orange operates thousands of technical sites or relays distributed across the country.

The operation of these sites is very critical as they must provide a continuous telecommunication service. Sustained operations are guaranteed during power outages thanks to a high-capacity array of small back-up batteries installed on each site. The battery stores sufficient energy to keep the site operational for an extended period without any external power supply. In case of an incident, the backup system relies on a monitoring platform that Orange implemented to track the state of charge of its 10 000-site batteries.
The backup batteries are rarely used, but they represent quite an investment for Orange to ensure its high-quality network. The Telco chose Actility, flexibility aggregator and technology company, to generate a short-term ROI of the existing security system. Actility’s solution ThingParkEnergy connects, manages, controls and monetizes the storage capacity of Orange’s fleet of batteries on the most adequate Demand Response services of RTE (the French Transmission System Operator of the grid) while ensuring reliable power supply of these critical operational sites.

SOLUTION

Integrate the flexible capacities of small units

 To participate in most of the DR programs, participant sites are required to offer a minimum of power. The need to aggregate those sites, respecting their technical constraints, is tremendous to unlock that potential power for flexibility. The DAAS (DeAggregation and Aggregation Server) is a high performance, large scale DR algorithm of ThingPark Energy, that allows very small flexible units to participate altogether in DR programs. Thanks to large number of units controlled, the DAAS matches every minute an aggregated group response profile with the requested power profile as closely as possible.

This reliable, highly scalable solution unlocks the potential of flexibility for various small electrical devices, like heaters, water pumps, or batteries, enabling distributed energy resources curtailments to be competitive.

Actility works together with Orange technical managers to gain insight into critical operations’ constraints. Understanding the batteries’ behaviour and rebound effect of the sites when plugged back to the grid is essential to manage curtailments.

To pilot the batteries, Actility connects the Orange monitoring system to ThingPark Energy via an on-premise proxy. Real-time data on availability and state of charge allows to successively switch on / off groups of batteries to always deliver the power required by RTE during a DR activation. Actility has transformed a passive monitoring interface into an active platform connected to grid balancing services.

BENEFITS

Control distributed flexibility to generate revenues

As an aggregator, Actility offers the flexible capacity of its portfolio to the grid operator (TSO). In case of disturbance on electricity supply, the TSO can choose to activate Actility’s portfolio within less than ten minutes. Actility gets paid for delivering the requested amount of energy to the grid, then distributes the gains among the flexible capacity suppliers.

Actility’s ThingPark Energy Platform leverages a high-performance algorithm to control a very large group of units – for instance, Orange’s batteries – while respecting each unit’s technical limits and availability.

Actility’s solution for large-scale Automated DR offers multiple benefits to Orange:

  • Generate revenues ROI in less than three months with minimal hardware investment
  • Allow to control remotely a fleet of batteries
  • Improve security of electricity supply
  • Cut CO2 emissions with green curtailments

For the first time, a French DC-metering system allows small sites to participate in DR programs. As a result, minimal hardware investment was needed from Orange to control a first pilot group of 5,000 / 12,000 batteries.

“Building on this highly profitable green curtailment, we are looking with Actility to leverage other distributed infrastructure assets within Orange to generate ROI.” Hervé Mallet, Energy Director, Technical & IS Direction, Orange France

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Technical diagram

 The Orange batteries project implementation followed six main steps:
Orange uses ThingPark Energy to monetize its back-up batteries

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service
Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service

To be successful, we needed an innovative IoT technology partner to develop a LoRaWAN tracking device and a platform to test our business use case. Luckily, with Abeeway we found the perfect partner.

René MEIER, Business Innovations Manager at Die Mobiliar

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service
1826
Foundation of the oldest private insurance company in Switzerland

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service
28.7%
Market share: market leader in personal insurance for individuals and property

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service
35
The Corporate Innovation grew from 6 to 35 members since 2014

End customer

Die Mobiliar

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Adapting a traditional business model to the digital economy

Die Mobiliar is an insurance group operating in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. It offers personal and household insurance, private liability insurance, pet and legal protection insurance, travel and motor vehicle insurance and much more.

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Given the nature of the insurance business, when a customer signs up for a service, they only get in touch with the company to ask for assistance in case of an incident. This leads to a very limited customer interaction. Mobiliar wanted to create positive opportunities to engage with its customer base both on a regular basis and in the long run.

The second challenge of Mobiliar was to adapt its traditional business model to the current digital economy. In order to keep its leading position on its market, Mobiliar was keen to explore a new route: creating innovative digital services.

“We see our competition coming more from Google and Facebook, and insurance is now essentially about data. Indeed, the more data we have, the more we can offer targeted services. To do so, we need to analyze behaviors based on relevant information. René Meier, Die Mobiliar

The Mobiliar management realized that it needed to adapt its organization to create a context for customer-focused innovation in a digital environment. That’s why the company decided to create a separate corporate and innovative entity, working with a lean start-up methodology but aiming at developing new business models outside pure insurance.

SOLUTION

The first smart tracking service based on LoRaWAN

In 2014, Mobiliar launched its “Corporate Innovation” team to investigate on technologies and new business opportunities. The objective was to create new services that would bring added value and regular engagement with end customers.

HAND IN HAND WITH SWISSCOM AND ABEEWAY

The following year, this new entity focused on tracking and location services: “Track & Trace” to protect personal items. The team worked hand and hand with Swisscom, Switzerland’s largest ICT and telecommunications provider in lean approach based on customer feedback. The first idea that came up was a community-based tracking service. It soon proved unpractical both in terms of its technicality and functionality, but it steered the innovation team towards a strictly personal solution.Building upon this, Corporate Innovation thus decided to design a hassle-free solution:  

 

 

Die Mobiliar Disrupts Itself With A LoRaWAN-Based Tracking Service

Abeeway’s FindMe Microtracker

  • with no monthly fee
  • with a long battery life
  • able to work anywhere and anytime.

As Mobiliar business and innovation partner, Swisscom’s dedicated team of  IoT experts were able to work with Mobiliar from the prototype phase and on through to the market stage.

 

 

 

The Swiss ICT and telecommunications provider was exploring the capabilitiesof the emerging LoRaWAN technology with its partner Actility.  “Our role is to be a strong innovation partner for our customers”, comments Jaap Vossen Head of IOT. “In Mobiliar’s case, we felt that LoRaWAN’s capabilities combined with our partner Abeeway’s solution were a good match.

“Our IoT ecosystem and Actility’s support with the roll out Swisscom’s LoRaWAN network helped us meet early LoRaWAN adopters such as Mobiliar’s needs.” Jaap Vossen, Swisscom

Mobiliar was interested in leveraging the national LoRaWAN network that Swisscom was about to roll out, combined with the tracking expertise of Abeeway, a subsidiary of Actility since April 2017. The latter offers very low-power GPS tracking devices, mainly dedicated to asset management, logistics, and security of goods and people, with various applications. Abeeway can guide us because they see lots of other players in the IoT market”, comments René Meier.

FROM 20 TO 2000 MICROTRACKERS

 Mobiliar has ordered + 20 Microtrackers from Abeeway for a test that immediately brought positive feedbacks and dozens of pre-orders. Soon afterward, the project got approved by the company’s board and was set for the product-market fit phase. Last June, the FindMe service was commercially launched with a dedicated mobile application, extended with the back-end of Abeeway. Die Mobiliar also ordered a stock of 2,000 Microtrackers.

The device from FindMe can be placed in a car, on a boat, but also in a jacket, under a bicycle saddle or in a laptop bag. It even has a special button for an alarm signal. In the case of loss or theft, the owner has the opportunity to quickly retrieve his items. The clients can detect and notify when a belonging is moving outside specific perimeter, track and find it. The device itself is small and flat so that it does not strike the attention of thieves immediately.

BENEFITS

Exploring New Grounds

Digital customer experience

FindMe has created a new digital experience on a user-friendly platform. It offers Mobiliar constant customer feedback as well as opportunities to engage them and also draw in new clients! The Innovation team’s objective is met by consolidating the customer base.

Explore new business models

Mobiliar’s Corporate Innovation team is proud of its successful product launch: they got confirmation that FindMe is tailored to the Swiss market needs, with the right price and features.

“Tracking makes it possible to protect valuable things in a brand new way, and that’s what appeals most to people.” René Meier, Die Mobiliar

FindMe is the embodiment of Mobiliar’s new business approach to an evolving digital economy. The insurer has raised millions of Swiss francs to invest in innovative digital business models and young thumbs.

Leverage LoRaWAN capabilities

What René Meier’s team didn’t know was that the technology partnership with Swisscom and Abeeway would be a true co-innovation adventure. “We are really happy with the support of our technology partners. The FindMe product results from best-in-class IoT technology combined with our team’s digital innovation expertise”, confirms Mr. Meier.

FindMe is one of the first implementations based on Swisscom’s LoRaWAN network. Abeeway trackers offer a one-year battery life and precise geolocation both outdoor and indoor, with a speed precision, very superior to the conventional GPS, thanks to its patented technology, low power GPS.

According to Mr. Meier, improving the technical solution could come from combining Bluetooth with LoRaWAN for new indoor-use applications of the trackers. And that is something he wants to continue exploring with technical partners such as Abeeway.

Learn more about our tracking and location services!

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LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight

LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight
LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight

LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight

Powered by IoT Ventures’ new device and software and Actility as network connection manager, boat-owners can rest easy

Boat owners love playing on their boats and buying new kits. BoatSecure solves a real problem and gives peace of mind that their boat is ready to go whenever they want.

Cam Harris, Marine Electrician

LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight
3,000 km
Auckland’s coastline

LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight
10,000
Boats at moorings and in marinas

LoRaWAN-Connected BoatSecure — A Sailor’s Delight
AS923
New Zealand’s LoraWAN band

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Safety and Security Concerns Beneath the Surface

We’ve all walked by marinas gazing at boats of various shapes and sizes, fantasizing about sailing the high seas or exploring remote seaside coves. But did you realize that for every one of these vessels, moored tranquilly to their dock, there is an owner somewhere constantly nagged by concerns of safety and security?

Boats, especially those left unattended during long winters, can become unmoored and drift away or, more commonly, flood due to a problem with the bilge pump — a device that removes water from the area below the waterline, which can cause serious internal damage and sinking. Even within the safe confines of a marina, staff cannot keep watch over every ship 24 hours, seven days a week, and therefore react quickly enough to access the problem area or notify the owner.

In Auckland, New Zealand, known as the City of Sails with a 3,000-km coastline, there are more than 10,000 boats at moorings and in marinas. That’s a lot of worried boat owners, harbour masters and insurers.

Auckland’s Westhaven Marina, “the biggest (marina) in the Southern Hemisphere”, according to its website, houses over 1,800 boats. Cam Harris, owner of Beacon Marine, services these boats with all their electrical, electronic and maintenance needs. Needless to say, he is well-acquainted with the challenges of boat-ownership.

For instance, he’s the first to tell you that most moored boats rely on solar/wind-powered batteries or shore-connected power to keep bilge pumps operating reliably and items such as fridges and freezers functioning.  Winter storms put boat systems under severe pressure, and returning owners, excited for the summer season, don’t want to come aboard to find major issues.

Harris recently discussed these concerns with John McDermott, founder of BoatSecure who in turn approached Matt Hector-Taylor, Director of IoT Ventures, who provide software and engineering solutions and LoRaWAN-based IoT devices to businesses in virtually any industry.

IoT Ventures’ approach is to examine a problem in close collaboration with the client and agree upon a solution even before its production. “Unless there’s a real problem to solve,” says Hector-Taylor, “there’s no point to the Internet of Things.” This philosophy underscores the practical aims of IoT Ventures’ devices and solutions.

SOLUTION

BoatSecure Keeps An Eye Out For Trouble

You can easily imagine the response of a harbour master, marina electrician and boat owner upon hearing that there is an inexpensive, easy-to-install sensor and mobile application that monitors a boat 24/7 and sends alerts when anything is amiss, wherever you are in the world. This solution constantly checks that batteries are charged and at the right voltage, the bilge pump is operating normally, the boat has not strayed via GPS-tracking and, should anything unintentional occur, send you, or a designated responder, an immediate alert.

McDermott describes BoatSecure as “a boat monitoring solution that keeps an eye on your boat when you can’t.”

Of course, there’s more to it all than meets the eye. For BoatSecure sensors to function practically, they must transmit information over long distances, sometimes from remote locations, and their batteries must operate for years. 3 or 4G networks are not an option as they are not reliable in these scenarios and would drain the batteries quickly regardless.

With a view to facilitate the functionality of these IoT solutions, Spark NZ has partnered with Actility to provide a LoRaWAN connection. Conveniently, one of their first connected sites is Auckland’s centrally located Sky Tower, which covers most of the city’s water areas and can now connect BoatSecure devices to the cloud.

Harris has just recently installed the first device in a trial boat and is impressed how easily the LoRaWAN signal is able to penetrate the cables and cabin whereas 3G is known for its difficulty. Connected to the battery and bilge pump, BoatSecure constantly monitors its own inputs and transmits hourly “reports” to his phone.

Harris has already confirmed the reliability of the LoRaWAN coverage. In fact, just a week before, there was a 48-hour power outage throughout the marina with 20% of boats losing power. As soon as the outage occurred, a notification appeared on his phone.

 

Owners can monitor the status of their boats and receive alerts with an intuitive app on their smartphones

Boatsecure App Notifications

BENEFITS

A Beacon of Opportunity

Both Harris and McDermott are extremely optimistic about the future of BoatSecure. The wireless components are inexpensive, driving down the device’s purchase price; the network connection is also low-cost and reliable; the intuitive dashboard and smartphone app design ensures that owners can easily and comfortably check the status of their boats. Furthermore, network partners Spark NZ and Actility are able to roll out their services to new locations.

For Harris, in particular, a service providing an automated monitoring system allows him to increase revenue for his business while improving customer service.

These kinds of results should guarantee the spread of such solutions to other local markets in New Zealand and onward to Australia as demand grows. It is not hard to imagine further expansion to Europe and the Americas, where the recreational boating industry is surging.

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Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN
Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN

Salonit Anhovo leverages Actility's partner Solvera Lynx's energy monitoring sensors and management system

The good thing is that we now have a good picture of energy consumption which is shared throughout the organization. We plan to reduce our energy consumption in the long run.

Magda Gabrijelcic , Energy Manager

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN
Created 90 years ago
Oldest and biggest cement factory in Slovenia

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN
3.180 tons of clinckers
Daily production capacity

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN
9 Million euros
Yearly energy bill (mostly electricity)

End customer

Salonit Anhovo

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Join the top 10 % most energy-efficient cement factories in Europe

Salonit Anhovo is the biggest cement production factory in Slovenia. Founded some 90 years ago in the central valley of Soča, the factory has been an innovation driver for the region ever since. In the past ten years, the factory invested massively in its production line.

Salonit also has a strong environmental regulation compliance strategy and it is dedicated to optimizing and reducing energy consumption. The goal was to reach the top 10 % most energy-efficient cement factories in the European Union. “We already use around 60 % alternative fuels and our CO2 emission factor is below benchmark factor”, explains Magda Gabrijelcic, Energy Manager at Salonit Anhovo.

But producing clinker is energy-intensive: its electricity consumption averages 85 GWh, with 2500 Tera Joules of energy used for clinker burning. In the past years, Salonit’s energy bills went up to 9 million EUR per year, mainly for electricity.  

“Our company wanted to understand into details the energy flow through the company and we were looking for a system to handle energy consumption data automatically.”

Salonit needed to comply with European energy regulation. The company could leverage a co-financing mechanism to invest in equipment and monitoring solutions that help meet the energy consumption reduction target.

SOLUTION

Focus on energy savings, not on cabling

Salonit Anhovo  We chose a wireless technology over wired technology to simplify the roll-out of an energy management system (EMS). LoRaWAN was the obvious choice with its long range capabilities. The Salonit site stretches over 3 km in a valley, meaning that connecting all energy meters via a wired system is a huge hassle.

“Using LoraWAN devices from Solvera Lynx allowed us to focus on the energy-saving potential of the project instead of the cabling”, confirms Magda Gabrijelcic.

Salonit chose to implement Combox.L CI-B series of sensors for their long battery lifetime, but also because they are suitable for the harsh industrial environment. 

Before they implemented the EMS, some data were collected via a legacy SCADA system. A  “walk-around” team manually registered monthly consumption of energy. Data was mostly used for monthly consumption reports and billing of their internal services.

BENEFITS

A detailed view of energy metrics to reduce consumption in the long run

Salonit Anhovo  All energy data is now automatically collected via the Gemalogic EMS from Solvera Lynx. Energy management data is coupled with production data and stored in an online database.  

Madga and her teams have created specific alarms on energy consumption and specific KPIs which link production data with energy consumption. Special analyses are also prepared such as M&T pairs for in-depth analysis of energy consumption. The EMS also automatically prepares energy usage reports, which are shared throughout the organization. Special reports are prepared and shared with Salonit’s top management.

“After 16 months of good operations, we are highly satisfied with our choice”, says the Energy Manager.

After using the LoRaWAN-based EMS for almost a year now, Salonit is now able to monitor its energy efficiency performance. Magda Gabrijelcic explains the factory’s production is strictly linked to the market situation and energy consumption varies with the type of products they are manufacturing and how well they are doing with energy efficiency.

“The good thing is that we now have a good picture of energy consumption which is shared throughout the organization. We plan to reduce our energy consumption in the long run.”

Salonit plans to introduce some more reports and alarms and we are also bringing additional measurement points into the system. Magda Gabrijelcic concludes that ” the solution we have created fits our organization. Combox.L CI devices with LoRaWAN and Gemalogic as energy management system work for us.”

 

Discover how LoRaWAN can make revolutionlize your supply chain!

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Communithings brings shoppers back to town with smart-parking solution in Mons

Communithings brings shoppers back to town with smart-parking solution in Mons
Communithings brings shoppers back to town with smart-parking solution in Mons

Communithings brings shoppers back to town with smart-parking solution in Mons

At CommuniThings we are focused on the customer journey while remaining agnostic to the technology used. The city of Mons wished to deploy smart parking over LoRa. The service was launched successfully, keeping residents, shoppers and merchants satisfied.

Etay Oren, Co-founder, CEO of Communithings

End customer

City of Mons

Communithings brings shoppers back to town with smart-parking solution in Mons

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Increase parking capacity as well as vehicle rotation in shopping

In Mons, a staggering 30% of traffic congestion was due to parking search. Mons was suffering from insufficient parking capacity in its commercial zones, resulting in cars cruising for space and making it unpredictable to plan shopping visits. In addition, due to lengthy stays of vehicles during the day, each parking spot generated less than three rotations a day. The parking meters in place could not address the low rotation issue, and the steward resources were insufficient to reduce parking infringement.  Overall, the municipality felt the impact on local retailers was considerable and required innovative action to reduce parking search while increasing parking rotation and shopping incentive.

“We, local shopkeepers from Mons, had been waiting for quite a while to benefit from more free parking spots, available for short periods of time. We’re delighted now that it has been implemented!”, commented Claire Servais, a Mons shop keeper on Belgian television.

Several smart parking solutions were considered, but they entailed resorting to a meshed network, involving repeaters in every street. This approach was deemed too expensive, and undesirable for the preservation of the city landscape.

SOLUTION

LoRaWAN allowed an easy and cost-effective rollout of the smart parking service

 Once the city of Mons had set its mind on a wireless solution, the choice was the LoRaWAN technology made perfect sense. Achat-Minute was the first wide-scale LoRaWAN deployment in Belgium – over the Proximus national network, thus proving its technical benefits:
  • It is wireless and suppresses the need for repeaters and inherent setup costs
  • The coverage is optimized making it an obvious alternative to meshed networks.
  • Its battery lifespans 5 to 7 years

As a pioneer in its field, CommuniThings initially carried out a two-month pilot (November-December 2015) in two zones involving 50 merchants.The city granted 30 minutes of free parking in a dedicated zone. Sensors on the ground measured time spent and reported infringements to controllers. Users could use the mobile app to find available parking and follow session duration on their mobile phones. Merchants could prolong the parking session by 15 minutes after their purchases, using a QR code reader.

The results were staggering: within 2 months, total rotations per space tripled in each spot, from less than three a day before the pilot to over 9 rotations a day! Retailers appreciated the ability to extend parking duration and enable more purchasing. Following the pilot, and an ensuing public tender, the city of Mons proceeded with a wide-scale launch of the solution across 110 spots (representing less than 20% of its capacity in the city center).

Achat-Minute is a free visual app that can be downloaded on any smartphone via Apple or Android’s app store.Access to the service is kept simple: Once downloaded from the app store, users can view real-time heat map advising on parking availability and enabling navigation to the available space.  Once checked-in, the timer on the app advises on time remaining, controllers are informed real-time of elapsed parking duration, allowing for efficient fine-handling of cars in breach. Parking managers receive statistics on usage patterns per parking and comparative analysis between periods (hours, days etc.)

BENEFITS

Dynamic use of parking spots to disentangle the city center

CommuniThings was chosen for its ability to deploy a solution that is innovative, technically sound as well as cost effective. CommuniThings developed an end-to-end parking management solution adapted to various uses in every aspect of the city.

Mons “Achat-Minute” offers considerable advantages to all parties involved:

  • For residents: real-time availability of spaces, check-in, navigation, timer
  • For controllers: occupancy and infringement handling
  • For retailers: becoming involved in attracting shoppers even without ownership of adjacent parking spaces
  • For the municipality: usage patterns information enabling daily records for further uses

The city’s landscape and beauty are preserved. Mons is indeed a beautiful old city and the municipality was keen to preserve the scenery with a wireless solution. The LoRa technology offers considerable improvements without impacting the city landscape. Technical benefits and cost structure are extremely favorable.

Complementary smart parking use cases based on the LoRaWAN national network include:

  • Scalability: adding new parking spots simply requires to deploy more sensors (no repeaters, no gateways).  This means a quicker rollout and a more cost-effective maintenance. The most congested areas can be identified and the offer adapted with specific spots
  • Services: address other dedicated areas in the city, such as residential parking, handicapped zones, and parking areas with charging spots for electrical cars

We’re available to discuss your smart city project!

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Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands
Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands

We need partners to innovate with. One of them is KPN that supports us in using the LoRa network.

Raymond de Schrevel, Business Development Manager

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands
57 million
People benefit from the Group’s waste collection services

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands
130 
Operating storage centrers worldwide

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands
42 million metric tonnes treated
Waste generated by Suez customers

End customer

Suez

Suez optimizes waste management in the Netherlands

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Innovate to optimize the waste management chain

Suez is one of the oldest multinational corporations in the world and prides itself on continuously adapting to our changing world.  Suez Environment has four major activities, one of which is recycling and waste recovery. Suez is responsible for waste collection and disposal, and it also promotes waste recovery to generate renewable energy and secondary raw materials.

Aiming to support municipalities, industries and healthcare professionals in the most complex waste management projects, Suez turned to KPN– the largest telecommunication company in the Netherlands – to help implement a very innovative solution throughout the waste management chain.

Suez understood that the IoT could offer a wide range of opportunities for them and their clients.

SOLUTION

Smart technology implemented from collection to treatment but also in recycling

In the Netherlands, KPN has deployed a nationwide Low Power Wide Area network based on LoRaWAN technology. This network technology offers great coverage, low consumption, long battery life and ease of deployment.

Actility has created the ThingPark software platform to help its customers such as KPN to easily roll out and operate an LPWA network. Thanks to the network solution offered by KPN and powered by Actility, Suez is now leveraging smart technology in several areas of waste management from collection to treatment but also recycling.

By placing sensors on containers of dangerous, confidential and medical waste, Suez started tracking them from the generator facility where the waste is produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat or dispose of the hazardous waste. Accurate waste management information is essential to most organizations operating in regulated industries and the healthcare sector, and today IoT brings this required detailed information and history of the waste and its movement.

BENEFITS

Guarantee traceability throughout the disposal chain

Recycling bins throughout Dutch cities provide clear evidence of this successful IoT implementation. A sensor placed in each bin signals to collectors when it is full. As a result, waste vehicle collection routes can be optimized to reduce cost, traffic, and pollution.  The same solution is deployed in public places such as airports and train stations. The cleaners are informed when trash bins need to be emptied, improving the workload and efficiency of the cleaning staff. In both cases, IoT brings a higher quality of service and well-being for everyone.

Suez is also connecting waste collection trucks, equipped with load sensors. Treatment facilities are informed almost in real-time of the amount of trash expected from each truck. LPWA technologies ensure that even in complex city environments and at long distances in the countryside the trucks remain connected, improving their operation and streamlining the process. Optimal visibility and control of waste management are particularly critical when collecting hazardous waste: knowing exactly how much waste has been collected is a key tool in optimizing the treatment phase. For companies dealing with industrial waste, Suez’ IoT innovations help improve collection and especially guarantees traceability throughout the disposal chain.

Some cities are encouraging their homeowners to sort their waste by installing smart bins in individual homes. These bins weigh the amount of litter received, allowing for per usage consumer billing. This incentive-based program encourages everyone to be proactive and responsible in their personal behaviors.

Suez is proud to lead the waste management revolution to make it more:

  • circular since it aims to regenerate resources essential to life
  • concrete in so far as it involves tangible and innovative actions securing resources
  • collaborative: it engages every contributor to better manage resources for the future.

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SmartLog uses LoRa to make Dutch canals smart

SmartLog uses LoRa to make Dutch canals smart
SmartLog uses LoRa to make Dutch canals smart

SmartLog uses LoRa to make Dutch canals smart

Visualizing the sensor data from the canal results in extremely valuable insights for Rijkswaterstaat. Together with KPN and Actility, Smartlog is proud to help them gain insight in this important sensor data

Joris Van der Elst , Business Developer at SmartLog

End customer

SmartLog
SmartLog uses LoRa to make Dutch canals smart

 

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Increase water level control system efficiency to enhance public security

Many Dutch cities were built around canals. In Amsterdam alone, there are over 100 kilometers of waterways and more than 1500 bridges. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (Rijkswaterstaat), which supervises their construction and maintenance, needs state-of-the-art IoT technologies and tools to prevent flooding.

Smartlog and KPN helped the Dutch Ministry upgrade their network to be able to control the water level in several canals in real time and from a distance. Leveraging sensors already in place but based on an old radio protocol, Smartlog transformed them into intelligent devices. How did this innovative M2M solution provider do that? It connected them to the KPN LoRa network, powered by Actility, which allows sensor data to be visualized by their application.

SOLUTION

Upgrade an old technology to LoRaWAN

Water levels in the canals require constant supervision to prevent flooding of the housing and stores along its quays. This monitoring by Rijkswaterstaat is extremely time consuming. Smartlog, the innovative IoT applications provider, came up with an easy monitoring solution to address this issue.

In September 2016, it started with a pilot in which a single canal in Amsterdam was equipped with sensors. The sensors collect data on water levels, and were monitored remotely. The Smartlog data platform sends alerts and opens sluices to reroute water flows and prevent floods.

The Netherlands is the first country in the world to have a nationwide LoRa network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This KPN network is powered by Actility ThingPark, which enables the connection, management and operation of a wide range of devices and applications. For Smartlog and Rijkswaterstaat, the solution exceeded all expectations.

The LoRa network is unique in its ability to connect low-power sensors to applications over long-range wireless links. The sensors collect large volumes of data which is then processed and routed by the advanced Smartlog IoT platform. The platform manages the communication between sensors, base stations and applications. It also provides tools for the operator to manage and optimize their network.

BENEFITS

Global and detailed insight into water levels

After a successful pilot project, the Rijkswaterstaat is now implementing a LoRaWAN solution throughout the Netherlands to obtain a global and detailed insight into water levels in the canals. This low-cost installation will give them much more information than ever before, which will improve efficiency and quality.  At the same time, other usages are being imagined by the Ministry to launch new projects, such as connected buoys or remote dike monitoring.

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Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP

Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP
FULLUP header

Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP

There is a gap between heating oil users and their suppliers. FULLUP aims to fill that gap. We are using new technology to make fuel tanks smart.

Catherine de Viron, Managing Partner

End customer

FULLUP
Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP

 

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Lack of data and limited communication between fuel suppliers and end users

Today in Belgium, 40% of homes are heated by oil.  Homes have a fuel tank somewhere on the property, often buried underground, placed above ground near the house, or in a basement. Managing oil consumption is difficult, and knowing exactly when the tank needs refilling is a challenge.  Prices are higher in winter, leaving the furnace level low in summer can increase cost… and everyone fears running out!

To prevent this, most owners will have the tank filled up at the end of autumn, thinking that it is better to be safe than sorry. Fuel suppliers face peak demand during the month of November, as most orders are placed at the first signs of cold weather. Lack of real data and limited communication with the fuel supplier can result in an additional 15 to 30 % spend for homeowners. And the same is true for factories or buildings that require fuel: their costs soar up to 70% thanks to poor demand management. Peaks in demand for homes and commercial buildings is not only damaging to the environment, but also it is a waste of money for everyone.

SOLUTION

Automate fuel consumption data collection, management and analyzis

FULLUP developed a sensor to be mounted directly into the tank to collect crucial missing information:  How much fuel is consumed, when, and how? With accurate and comprehensive data,  homeowners were able to adapt their behavior and optimize their consumption. But FULLUP ran into several few hurdles along the way. Once sensors were placed in consumers’ tanks, some could not connect to the network and collect data because of their underground location. The sensors were silent and useless. Proximus, the Belgian telecoms operator, helped FULLUP overcome this problem by using its LoRaWAN nationwide network and associated connectivity services.  This new Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networkhas a range of up to 15 kilometers to connect sensors to network gateways, and can deliver where others fail to do so. LoRa is able to connect with any sensors, even when buried underground, or secreted in basements. Since most fuel tanks are not powered, long lasting LoRa sensors (10+ years) are the most adapted choice. Once the sensors are connected, using the Actility ThingPark platform, the data is processed and transmitted in real time to the FULLUP application.

BENEFITS

Allow consumers to save energy and money

Thanks to the solution delivered by Proximus in partnership with Actility, the FULLUP application is now able to operate at full capacity. It will allow the owner to track the level of fuel in their tank on their smartphone. The connected sensors detect anomalies in consumption and will alert the owner immediately if any leak is detected. The data collected also enables better management of consumption. Trials clearly show that customer behavior changes as their awareness develops thanks to their smartphone app. Simple actions such as lowering the room temperature when the house is empty, controlled using the FULLUP application on the smartphone, and turning it back up when returning home, can reduce consumption by 20% in individual homes.

Larger consumers, such as buildings and factories, partner directly with the suppliers who are responsible for their furnaces.  For suppliers, the FULLUP application is incredibly powerful. Placing sensors in all their tanks offers them complete visibility and accessibility.  The ThingPark platform enables supervision of the infrastructure, the connectivity and the status of each tank. Suppliers are able to plan optimized and efficient filling schedules, with optimized vehicle routing, reducing costs. The application is a powerful source of information for building managers, who are able to manage consumption easily, and put in place the necessary measure to lower costs.

The results of the application are clearly positive: consumers as well as suppliers are pleased with the FULLUP solution’s benefits… So much so, that more gateways are being installed in the first quarter of 2017 to support more sensors in more homes.

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M4KE.IT INNOVATION STUDIO TESTIMONIAL

Nicolas-Denuit-M4KE.IT 
“Thanks to its ThingPark platform, Actility offers a marketplace for startups involved in the LoRaWAN development that allows those creating new IoT solutions to be immediately seen by any interested customer throughout Europe.
 
Therefore bridging national telecoms operators directly with LoRa-connected makers, Actility enables the fast growing IoT sector to spread over national boundaries and extending into a large interoperable LoRaWAN network.
 
After we struggled to find the right help us enable our LoRa-connected device, Actility appeared as the actor with sufficient knowledge and infrastructure in the rising LoRa network in order to help High Tech and/or start-ups like M4KE.IT to connect new products with web services.”
Nicolas Denuit, Production ManagerM4KE.IT

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry
Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry

What is great about the solution, is that everyone wins.

Wim Van Gierdegom, General Manager

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry
4 000 sensors
Deployments in Belgium

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry
800 customers
Nationwide

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry
50 000 users
For the Quality Guard application in the food industry

End customer

Quality Guard

Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

The food inustry needs end-to-end traceability to comply with stringent health and hygiene regulations

For the many businesses and agencies in the food industry, health and regulation are central concerns.  Food hygiene and the prevention of food contamination is vital. And in today’s food industry, a company is not only responsible for what they produce, but also for the raw materials and ingredients that they choose.  For example, the baker who produces your child’s birthday cake is also responsible for the eggs, the milk, the butter, the sugar and the flour used to bake the cake, which all came from different suppliers. How do you choose your partners when quality and safety are paramount? In Belgium, you choose a Quality Guard partner. Four years ago, Quality Guard created an application distributed to 50,000 players in the Belgian food industry that has revolutionized their operations.

SOLUTION

The LoRaWAN newtork reaches any restaurant fridge – mostly underground

Light, humidity or door opening influence temperature and must be recorded at all times

Quality Guard knew there was room for improvement in the control of the complex world of the food industry. It created a service based on an application that could help all levels of the food supply chain ie companies, health inspectors and of course consumers.  The solution developed by Quality Guard manages all aspects of the food business by automatically collecting the legally required information and ensuring it is checked. The temperature controlled supply chain is the priority for food hygiene supervision, and failure to respect it is where most bacteria are introduced in the food chain.  

Complying with temperature requirements is not simple, since many factors come into play. And a slight variation can introduce damaging bacteria. Light, humidity or door opening  influence temperature and must be recorded at all times, from start to finish… your plate. Quality Guard found the LoRaWAN solution offered by Proximus was virtually 100 % reliable. This Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology supports communications between sensors and gateways without barriers such as walls, floors, or distance. The LoRaWAN network can reach restaurant fridges no matter where they are located – which is often underground where other networks fail to reach.

Proximus deployed and connected sensors to the LoRa network throughout the food chain to record key data. The IoT solution signals any kind of abnormality by an alarm, enabling the restaurant owner to take corrective measures before any damage is caused.

BENEFITS

Simplifying processes and operations in highly complex chain

Another major pain point for many restaurant’s daily operations is pest control. How do you remember where you’ve placed the mousetraps? How can you discover that a mouse was been caught before it starts to smell?  A mouse trap directly connected to the Quality Guard application alerts restaurant owners to which traps are full and where they are. It’s a major improvement in terms of hygiene and makes life simpler for everyone except the mice!

Invisible, but enabling these optimized business processes, is Actility’s software solution, ThingPark and its associated services. It enabled Proximus to plan, deploy and run the IoT services offered to Quality Guard.

The Quality Guard application reduces administrative work and guarantees high reliability and quality. Quality Guard’s Managing Director, Wim Van Gierdegom, is proud to report that the solution reaches 100 % customer satisfaction! To date, the company has deployed over 4000 sensors in Belgium alone, serving approximately 800 customers.  And they have hundreds more to equip in the months to come. The application has become the main reference for quality throughout the industry.  Quality Guard is looking beyond Belgium to develop markets across Europe as other food health and safety organizations are showing great interest in this outstanding solution.

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Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

Habitat Toulouse captures accurate data for accurate decisions in smart buildings
Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

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NNNCo is working in close partnership with Actility to leverage their Network Server and IoT Platform which has been successfully deployed by operators around the world.

Rob Zagarella, CEO of National Narrowband Network (NNNCo)

Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

1.7 million km2
Geographic coverage

Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently
1st July 2016
Queensland government-owned Ergon and Energex merge

Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

$24AUD billion assets
Energy Queensland: Australia’s largest electricity distributor

End customer

Ergon Energy

Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Energy demand variations place pressure on a huge distribution network

Ergon Energy has one of the lowest customer densities of any utility company, resulting in very long distribution lines, making load variation and management a key issue for the company. In response to load issues in the energy network, the traditional solution is to upgrade the network and increase capacity, with significant infrastructure costs.

In 2015, Ergon Erergy ran an internal Innovation Challenge that Sanjeewa Athuraliya, Telecommunications Architect at Ergon Energy, won with his Load Control Wire IoT submission. Ergon was looking for a scalable solution that has the capability to go beyond the trial. The company chose NNNCo as a partner able to provide a nationwide carrier service based on LoRa as their core technology and deliver the end-to-end solution. “I see it as a long-term relationship with NNNCo if the trial works and we roll out the network across the state”, adds Athuraliya.

The company chose its headquarter city Townsville (200 000 inhabitants) to trial the solution, developed with NNNCo and Actility, which will enable it to connect and control beyond substations to individual household power consumption, such as water heating. In October 2016, the company began a 6-month trial with a small number of households, where sensors and control modules are being installed on hot water circuits. If successful, LoRaWAN will roll out to other towns and regions throughout Queensland, Australia’s second largest state.

SOLUTION

Leveraging unique LoRaWAN capabilities and ecosystem

“To be successful, the network needs a lot of players coming in so that it becomes mainstream technology and the costs come down”, argues Athuraliya. Indeed, Ergon Energy’s choice of the open-standard LoRa technology was guided by its ability to offer individual addressability to each end point, multi-cast functionality for group communication and bi-directional communication.

  • Long range technology is essential to support the utility’s network across very large distribution areas ie 1.7 million km2.
  • Open standard allows for an open and growing ecosystem, a choice in suppliers and no vendor lock-in.
  • Individual addressability means that Ergon Energy can configure each endpoint with unique characteristics and remotely.
  • Multi-cast functionality keeps the traffic in the LoRa network manageable and ensures the solution is scalable from communicating with a few end points to thousands.
  • Bi-directional communication ensures we get feedback from endpoints so that it becomes a managed network.

“The successful implementation of end-to-end Multicast functionality results in a truly cost-effective, robust and scalable two-way network service”, concludes NNNCo’s Zagarella.

BENEFITS

A more efficient network management with the potential to drive substantial cost savings

The solution’s business benefits for Ergon Energy are:

Granular control and efficient management of the network

The LPWA IoT solution will give Ergon Energy granular control to switch individual loads on and off so that they can be reduced where needed and in times of peak power demand without impacting customers. For instance, it may change the time that a household’s hot water is heated up so that it occurs when network load is low.

Avoid unnecessary infrastructure spending

IoT makes network upgrades – which account for a large share of a utility’s infrastructure costs- unnecessary and thus drives significant cost savings in the long run.

A cheaper bill and better service for end-consumers

Energy consumers cost savings in the long-term: The objective is actually to be completely seamless to the consumer. We’re not trying to change their behavior or get them too involved and we won’t use their wifi. They will benefit long-term from a more effectively managed energy network but they don’t have to work hard for it.

 

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Habitat Toulouse captures accurate data for accurate decisions in smart buildings

Habitat Toulouse captures accurate data for accurate decisions in smart buildings
Ergon Energy trials LoRaWAN in Townsville to run its network more efficiently

Habitat Toulouse captures accurate data for accurate decisions in smart buildings

This service delivers the accurate, objective measurements and the feedback necessary to support our commitment towards efficiency improvement and higher performance for our housing properties

Gérard Lepain, Director of Owners at Habitat Toulouse

End customer

Habitat Toulouse

Habitat Toulouse captures accurate data for accurate decisions in smart buildings

 

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

In the city of Toulouse in the South West of France, the local housing authority, Habitat Toulouse, manages over 17500 buildings. They opted to put in place a retrofit program to optimize their buildings’ energy efficiency. As soon as the decision was made, they faced several key questions: On what basis were the costs to be justified? How were the renovations to be prioritized? To make the right choices, data was necessary. So how could they obtain complete and accurate facts to make the right decisions at the right time?

Habitat Toulouse turned to the experts in building innovations, the CSTB (the French Scientific and Technical Institute for construction). Could they provide a solution to measure the buildings’ current existing energy demands, and find the options to lower them as much as possible?

SOLUTION

Measure energy performance and define potential improvements

A key objective for  CSTB’s is to stay ahead of market demands. This French organization provides research and innovation, consultancy, testing, training and certification services in the construction industry. When Habitat Toulouse approached them with their problem, Lionel Bertrand, Head of Innovation and Development in the Energy & Environment department, knew he had the solution.  His team at the CSTB had been working with Actility to develop an innovative service for analyzing energy consumption in occupied buildings.   The service could measure energy performance and highlight potential improvements by integrating various factors such as temperature, human behavior and electricity consumption. Homes are equipped with LoRaWAN (Long Range Radio technology) network sensors and rooftop base stations.  Gerald Lepain, Real Estate Director at Habitat Toulouse, was thrilled with the possibilities the project offered, and chose to launch a test project in 168 apartments.

BENEFITS

Empower smarter decisions based on accurate measurements

  • Collect all data

The first step of the project was to deploy the Actility ThingPark LoRa network platform solution. After that, measurements could begin. All types of data related to energy performance were collected: heating, cooling, ventilation, humidity, energy consumption of lighting and appliances.  The data gathered by sensors was delivered to the ThingPark OS platform.  In real time, the data was then analyzed and audited, taking into accounts factors such as weather conditions, and each family’s behavior.  Gerard Lepain explains that “this service delivers accurate, objective measurements and the feedback necessary to support our commitment towards efficiency improvement and higher performance for our housing properties.”

  • Measure impacts

The following step of the project was to analyze the collected data, which not only enabled the housing manager to justify relevant thermal renovations, but also to quantify their impact. According to Lionel Bertrand, the main benefit of ThingPark is that  “it provides a clear and accurate visibility of energy performance, which has never been available before. This helps make smart decisions for future investments; decisions which are now founded on reliable information, not on intuition or approximation.”

  • Extend the project

For Habitat Toulouse, the pilot project in the 168 habitations will run for a second winter to consolidate energy efficiency data. As part of their efforts to constantly improve the performance of all their properties, the public housing authority plans to further deploy ThingPark gateways and sensors to more apartments throughout the city. 

To learn more about how deploying LoRaWAN could help boost energy effeciency in buildings and facilities