Actility and Rubicon Water Forge Strategic Partnership for IoT-Driven Water Management Innovation

Press Release – May 2024 – Paris, France

Actility, a leader in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Rubicon Water, an innovator in developing sustainable water management solutions. This collaboration is set to significantly assist Rubicon in providing IoT technology to further enhance irrigation efficiency worldwide and tackle the exacerbating global challenges of water scarcity and agricultural productivity.

Rubicon Water, with its well-established history since 1995, has been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge solutions that improve the management of water in open canal networks to increase overall water availability and enhance agricultural productivity. Their flagship Total Channel Control (TCC) solution, autonomously manages water from the point of diversion down to the farm via a series of interconnected smart-gates that both measure and control water to reduce losses and enhance distribution efficiency from on average of around 60%, to 90%+. Rubicon is a global leader in the industry and one of the only companies that is focused on automating the distribution of surface water in large-scale canal networks. TCC is recognized globally, with Rubicon’s technology now adopted in over 20 countries.

Through this partnership, Actility’s expertise in IoT will integrate seamlessly into Rubicon’s ecosystem of water management solutions. The collaboration has already seen the implementation of the TP Embedded (TPE) platform, enhancing device connectivity and operational efficiency. Actility’s LoRaWAN® implementation offers significant stability enhancements in communicating end-to-end data packets across wide geographic areas, with the TPE providing a detailed interface of the IoT network operations.

Rubicon’s successful deployments across diverse geographies, including Australia, Italy, and India, highlight the global application of their solutions. The technology is creating significant water savings globally, while reducing energy expenditure and enhancing on-farm productivity. As an example, one of Australia’s largest irrigation districts is conserving over 429 gigalitres of water annually.

Rubicon and Actility are committed to developing technology that is supporting the sustainable future of agriculture. With plans to launch solutions featuring ThingPark FUOTA (Firmware Update Over-the-Air) by late 2024, the partnership aims to introduce the capability to upgrade assets in remote areas, increasing application features, accessibility, and performance.

This strategic partnership represents a step forward in the challenge of managing global water resources more efficiently and sustainably.

“The collaboration on this project with Actility is opening a world of new possibilities in the IoT/agricultural water space, especially in regard to the benefits that FUOTA introduces in remote areas. This solution not only caters to our existing customers but also provides an accessible entry point for new customers seeking improved water management. It’s a valuable addition for our current users and offers scalability for emerging markets. We’re excited to introduce this advancement across our solution ecosystem.”

Bruce Rodgerson
CEO, Rubicon Water

“Partnering with Rubicon Water marks a pivotal advancement in our mission to empower sustainable agriculture through advanced IoT solutions. This collaboration allows us to deliver robust, scalable technologies that not only enhance water management practices but also drive significant environmental benefits globally. We are excited to set new standards in irrigation efficiency, paving the way for a future where water sustainability is at the forefront of agricultural innovation.”

Olivier Hersent
CEO, Actility

About Rubicon Water

Rubicon Water is dedicated to addressing water scarcity by providing innovative solutions to governments, water management utilities, and growers. Their mission is to increase water availability and agricultural productivity through improved water-use efficiency. With advanced technology and a focus on precision water management, Rubicon empowers their customers to optimise water resources with unparalleled efficiency and control.

To date, Rubicon has designed, built and installed over 35,000 automated measurement and control devices that manage water distribution through more than 5,000 kilometers of canals located in 20+ countries.

About Actility 

Actility is the world leader in low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of enterprises trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of numerous use cases.

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