Energy management of a big industrial zone in Vietnam using LPWAN

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

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

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

The challenge of energy monitoring on a big industrial site

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

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

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

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

Efficient, accurate and reliable solution based on LoRaWAN

 

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

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

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

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

Software flexibility to increase the understanding of power grid optimization

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Actility:

Actility is a world leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark® network core and platform to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. Over 50 public network services providers and thousands of enterprises trust the ThingPark platform all over the world. Actility also provides patented ultra-low power geolocation technologies through its subsidiary Abeeway. ThingPark Market provides the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and apps to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.

About Opinum:

Opinum is a Belgian company founded in 2014. Opinum has created and ensures the continuous development of the “Opinum Data Hub” platform, designed for energy and environmental actors. Opinum is the key partner of these actors in their digital transformation journey.

Opinum Data Hub covers all stages of the data management value chain to allow its users to look beyond the complexity of data and focus on their core value and expertise. Opinum Data Hub is mainly intended for electricity, gas and water (local) distribution system operators, Power & Gas Utilities and companies with expertise in the energy & environmental sector.

Specialist Distributor Saelig Launches Abeeway Location Tracking Sensors to USA market

Specialist Distributor Saelig Launches Abeeway Location Tracking Sensors to USA market

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

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

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

  • Full deployment flexibility: private networks with ThingPark™ Enterprise, available with full on-site of SaaS platform, all the way to nationwide public networks.
  • Openness: Networks committed to 15 year+ IoT services cannot afford single supplier dependency. ThingPark™is hardware agnostic and runs over all leading LoRaWAN gateway manufacturers, providing seamless administration interfaces and ensuring that you can always use the hardware best suited for your use case, country of deployment, and budget.ThingPark implements open standards APIs and connectors to all leading IoT cloud platforms.
  • All-inclusive industrial grade service: our SaaS service is fully managed including 365×24/7 monitoring, geo redundancy & high availability. Non-stop upgrades are also managed by Actility.
  • Comprehensive set of value-added services such as reliable multicast, firmware updates (FOTA), Peering/roaming or low-power geolocation services, to go beyond connectivity. 

Nicolas Jordan, CEO of Abeeway commented, “Abeeway is very pleased to partner with Saelig, which is well-known for bringing unique and novel industrial electronics products to the American marketplace. As tracking and logistics becomes one of the key verticals for IoT adoption, Abeeway will leverage its expertise in its multi-technology based, power efficient geolocation products, and will be happily supporting Saelig in addressing this huge market.”

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

About Abeeway:  Abeeway was formed in 2014 in Meylan, near Grenoble. It arose from the birth of LoRa, a wireless data communication technology developed by Cycleo, a Grenoble-based company acquired by Semtech in 2012. Abeeway is the market leader in low-power geolocation and a provider of disruptive IoT tracking solutions worldwide. Abeeway offers the most energy-efficient, reliable and flexible geolocation solutions using unique tracking devices and a smart multi-technology location system optimized for long-range and low-power-consumption LoRaWAN™

Akenza and Actility Announce Integration Partnership

Akenza and Actility Announce Integration Partnership

Actility – ThingPark™ Wireless Integration into the Akenza Core 

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

 

Now through Akenza Core, companies get direct access to ThingPark™ Wireless to connect IoT devices anywhere, gathering data to cloud applications on any scale through LoRaWAN networks. ThingPark™ Wireless edition is designed for operators, already powering the vast majority of  public nationwide LoRaWAN deployments worldwide. ThingPark™ already manages over 30,000 public network antennas, including KPN, Orange, Proximus or Swisscom networks in Europe, a major cable network operator in the US, CAT, NNNCo or NTT in APAC and many others in over 50 countries.

 

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

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

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

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

  • Full deployment flexibility: private networks with ThingPark™ Enterprise, available with full on-site of SaaS platform, all the way to nationwide public networks.
  • Openness: Networks committed to 15 year+ IoT services cannot afford single supplier dependency. ThingPark™is hardware agnostic and runs over all leading LoRaWAN gateway manufacturers, providing seamless administration interfaces and ensuring that you can always use the hardware best suited for your use case, country of deployment, and budget.ThingPark implements open standards APIs and connectors to all leading IoT cloud platforms.
  • All-inclusive industrial grade service: our SaaS service is fully managed including 365×24/7 monitoring, geo redundancy & high availability. Non-stop upgrades are also managed by Actility.
  • Comprehensive set of value-added services such as reliable multicast, firmware updates (FOTA), Peering/roaming or low-power geolocation services, to go beyond connectivity. 

“Actility is happy to be integrated into Akenza Core, bringing additional mutual value with a joint effort to facilitate IoT business. Companies deploying IoT Solutions now have a one stop solution service from the Akenza Core, leveraging native integration to Actility ThingPark IoT Platform, enabling them to synchronize and manage IoT devices and networks from one user interface”

Olivier Hersent – CEO & CTO, Actility

About Actility 

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

 

About Akenza AG 

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

Akenza Core 

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

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

Tracking in Germany: Favendo extends geolocation portfolio with Abeeway

IoT Tracking in Germany: Favendo extends geolocation portfolio with Abeeway

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Abeeway:

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

 

About Favendo:

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

Alliot announce new partnership with Abeeway

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

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire / December 5th 2019

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

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

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

About Alliot Technologies:

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


About Abeeway:

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


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