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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actility & ThingPark™ 

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

Radio Bridge

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

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

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

Paris / Montpellier: 02 Octobre 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Webinar: How LoRaWAN boosts smart water management for your industry

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LESSONS FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST LORAWAN SMART WATER METER DEPLOYMENT 

Reduce water waste and reap long-term benefits

Saving water will never be a cliché. This is especially true to cities and townships as they treat it as an increasingly precious resource. For this reason, it is even more important to carry out effective metering and monitoring to ensure accurate data-driven water management.  

Birdz/Veolia and Actility join forces to bring you these key lessons in this webinar:

    1. How LoRaWAN is disrupting the smart water meter market 
    2. The benefits of using LoRaWAN-enabled water meters in your organization 
    3. Why Birdz/Veolia chose LoRaWAN to implement the biggest connected water meter deployment in the world 

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Bruno Hamamlian

Director of International and Strategic Marketing, Birdz/Veolia 

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Olivier Hersent 

Chief Executive Officer, Actility 

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Actility proudly receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

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Actility proudly receives ISO 9001:2015 certification

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Actility & ThingPark™ 

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

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VPK monetizes energy flexibility thanks to Demand Response services

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VPK monetizes energy flexibility thanks to Demand Response services

Through a transparent partnership with Actility, VPK Paper can further improve the economical efficiency of the investment in its gas turbine

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CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Reduce the energy bill for heavy industry processes

VPK Packaging Group is a pioneering Western European packaging company. Since 1935, it has been producing protective cardboard packaging for logistics. Its two paper mills in Belgium and France produce 900,000 tons of paper each year, exclusively made from 100% recycled paper.

Since 2015, Actility and VPK Paper, the Belgian packaging paper mill, have partnered to add flexibility to the energy management strategy of VPK. Paper production is an energy-intensive industry. Indeed, producing paper involves heavy electrical machinery and large amounts of steam and heat… which result in substantial electricity bills!

As a heavy industrial in Europe, VPK Group has to comply with stringent energy management constraints on Demand Response services. In-depth process optimization, use of efficient, state-of-the-art technologies, renewable energy and cogeneration of power and heat are key elements of this strategy. Using Actility’s Demand Response (DR) services, VPK Paper has been valorizing its power on reserve markets for two years now and is now looking for new processes to monetize.

SOLUTION

Implementing Demand Response in the cogeneration process

Leveraging its expertise in industrial process monetization on Demand Response services, Actility studied VPK Paper’s machinery as well as the Belgian mill’s technical constraints to secure the paper production. It became clear that cogeneration of power and heat using a combined heat and power plant (CHP) was the best process to monetize. 

‘Elementary’… As Mr. Holmes would have said! The CHPs on-site act as the beating heart of the site, running continuously at full load day and night, while providing both electricity and heat for the various processes on the production site.  

In addition to producing energy, the gas turbine CHP can be used to support the electrical grid by reacting to frequency deviations within a few seconds, major power plant outages or unexpected consumption peaks.  Furthermore, some paper machines can be stopped to reduce the stress on the electricity grid when planned in advance.

“Together with VPK Paper, we identified two revenue streams, with frequency containment reserves (Primary Reserve or R1) as an ideal method to generate additional revenues with the CHP and Capacity management reserves for the less reactive paper machines”, comments Arnout Aertgeerts, Energy Portfolio Manager at Actility.

The Belgian utility Elia requires the R1 DR service to control and contain the frequency of the European electricity grid. Using Actility’s advanced DR services, the CHP is equipped with a smart control device, the Actility box.

Actility worked closely with VPK Paper as well as the supplier of the CHP to securely connect the generator to the box. Based on frequency measurement, this device modulates the CHP’s power output only when necessary, severely limiting the impact on the CHP as well as on the paper production. This Actility box runs a local algorithm to deliver the R1 service in a continuous, automatic and decentralized way since the service requires an immediate response to frequency deviations.

BENEFITS

Leveraging the flexibility of a CHP on primary reserve

“Thanks to our partnership with Actility and our CHP supplier, we deliver the R1 service fully automated without any need for intervention from our site operators. ”–

Johan Dhaese, Group Energy & Environment Manager VPK Packaging Group

The benefits of implementing this new DR service with Actility are:

  • Easy, secured and seamless set-up of the Actility box on-site.And no upfront investment needed! The box automatically builds a secure VPN access towards Actility with two majors benefits for VPK’s IT teams: no need for their intervention and no unnecessary network risk due to Ethernet points opening.
  • Generate revenues on some of the most gainful DR services in Europe
  • Contribute to electricity grid balancing security supply and security of the electricity grid, which results in a cut in Co2 emissions.

“VPK Paper has been able to deliver R1 perfectly, providing a top-notch service to Actility and Elia.” Johan Dhaese, Group Energy & Environment Manager VPK Packaging Group.

Discover how you could monetize your energy flexibility with Demand Response services!

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