Who needs Rudolph? LoRaWAN guides herders protecting connected reindeer
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An ever-growing and diverse group of people are using the IoT to change their world, and ours, for the better. They’re making our cities more sustainable and nicer places to live. They are transforming agriculture to meet the needs of Earth’s growing population, while respecting long-standing traditions. They are innovating in industry to manufacture, transport and store goods more efficiently, sustainably, safely and securely.
Actility is proud to share a few stories from the people who explore, innovate, learn and grow with our technology every day in their quest to improve the way the world works. We hope they inspire your projects in 2018 and beyond.
The primary business objective of Plainvue Farms is to maximize profit from sustainable pasture-based dairy farming. In this effort, the Walters face challenges in four main areas: water and fertilizer management, health, and compliance. Actility, Spark NZ, the network provider, and Sensys, creator of wireless measurement and control systems, joined forces to help the Walters.
In July 2017, Spark started deploying a public LoRaWAN network across New Zealand. With Sensys Networks, the network provider immediately launched a smart agriculture pilot project and Plainvue Farms agreed to participate.
The Sensys SP3 Soil Probe provides measures soil moisture and temperature, costing 25% less than the old systems.
Sensors are getting smaller and better. In a couple years, it’s going to be amazing.
In the insurance business, after signing up for a policy, customers only contact the company to ask for assistance in case of an incident. Due to this very limited interaction, Mobiliar wanted to create positive opportunities to engage customers on an ongoing, regular basis. Actility, Swisscom and Abeeway, a geolocation system specialist, partnered up to help Meier.
Mobiliar was interested in leveraging the national LoRaWAN network that Swisscom was about to roll out, combined with the tracking expertise of Abeeway, to provide clients small tracking devices for personal items.
Mobiliar’s resulting FindMe service included giving customers Abeeway micro-trackers to be placed in a car, on a boat, in a jacket, under a bicycle seat or in a laptop bag, notifying owners in cases of loss or theft.
Tracking makes it possible to protect valuable things in a brand new way, and that’s what appeals most to people.
Suez was seeking a better solution to track the transport of dangerous, confidential and medical waste from where they are produced to off-site waste management facilities, a heavily regulated process. Actility and KPN joined forces to use IoT to provide more accurate and detailed information on waste throughout its movement.
Powered by Actilty’s ThingPark, KPN launched the world’s first nationwide LoRaWAN IoT network, aimed at turning the Netherlands into a smart country. First announced in 2016, the complete roll-out occurred in less than a year.
By placing sensors on containers, Suez tracks them from the facility where the waste is produced, to the off-site waste management facility that stores, treats or disposes of hazardous waste.
“We need to partner with innovators and by using the LoRa network, KPN is one of them.”
Raymond de Schrevel
My name is Philippe Guérin and I am Mayor of Froidfond, a town in the Loire region of France. For a few years now, we’ve worked to reduce our energy footprint with initiatives introducing public building energy metering, electric cars and windmills. We are now looking at IoT and smart grids to support our transition to sustainable energy.
Eight public and private stakeholders teamed up to launch the largest European smart grid experiment over a five-year period: Smart Grid Vendée. SyDEV, owner and responsible for the electrical network in Vendée and provider of property management software solutions, ENEDIS, manager of the electrical network, and Actility, IoT technology provider, were among the drivers. The goals are to introduce more renewables in the public energy mix while rationing more traditional types of consumption.
For Smart Grid Vendée, Actility has deployed a private LoRaWAN network for deep indoor usage. The 25 implemented gateways cover usage for a dozen local towns participating in the pilot.
Once the IN’O State Report and Output Control sensor is plugged in, it can immediately connect to the LoRaWAN network. This device, the least energy consuming sensor on the market (Class A), offers the unique ability to control up to four different processes via its output and handles energy metering through its input. Actility has deployed hundreds of these inside public buildings.
IoT offers us granular visibility into our energy consumption that was impossible before.
Yann Dandeville, Development & Innovation Manager, SYDEV
My name is Jarno Konttaniemi and I have been a reindeer herder for 15 years, here in Lapland. My animals roam freely in the forests most of the year and it is difficult to monitor and keep them safe from predators, traffic and other hazards. Sometimes I walk up to 40 kilometers a day! In the past, technology has helped in the form of snowmobiles, but it would be even better if I could check on my herd at home via a mobile application and know precisely when to come to the aid of one of my reindeer.
The Reindeer Herding Association is embracing technologies to support herders and is now testing LoRaWAN sensors to track animals, locating them quickly and precisely when they are in danger. The herders’ requirements are: long-distance coverage for roaming animals, the smallest, most comfortable and most affordable devices possible, and most critical of all: device batteries that can survive the freezing cold of an entire Arctic winter.
Digita Oy, a Finnish communications company, accepted this challenge. To bring disruptive IoT services to the market, they have invested in a national LoRaWAN network. Digita is integrating partner companies’ devices and applications into ready-to-use solutions for companies and professionals, such as reindeer herders.
The first phase of the pilot, to be completed in Summer 2018, will test various devices provided by global and local device-makers in extreme weather conditions. In a second phase, Digita Oy will customize the chosen device to suit specific herding needs. Konttaniemi hopes that one day there will be a tracker so small, it can be placed inside a reindeer’s ear.
With a mobile application, I can see from home where my reindeers are, I don’t need to spend all my time in the forest!