Actility opens IoT Lab in Paris with widespread 3GPP industry partner support

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Actility opens IoT Lab in Paris with widespread 3GPP industry partner support

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, March 1, 2018: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks connectivity, today announces the opening of an IoT Lab in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris, home to technology giants and start-ups. The Lab will enable developers to connect, test and prepare for market their devices and applications using a full range of IoT connectivity including LTE-M, NB-IoT and LoRaWAN powered by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless Platform. The lab has garnered support from a wide range of industry partners offering 3GPP-compatible network elements, modules and sensors. The Paris IoTLab is the first of a number to be opened this year by Actility in partnership with customers around the world.

“Our IoT Lab in Paris will offer local network coverage for testing LTE-M/NB-IoT and LoRaWAN devices,” explains Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “The lab is open to anyone interested in building applications and use cases or testing their devices/modules and real-world integration with cloud platforms such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix. In our quest to make the lab the best environment possible for our visitors, we’re collaborating with a number of class-leading technology partners throughout the IoT value chain. The best technology is critical to enable our visitors to create and test the best solutions.”

The main goal of the IoT Lab is to enable LoRaWAN, LTE-M and NB-IoT device makers to perform functional testing and application developers or end-to-end solution developers to provision IoT devices and route their data to cloud application using Actility’s ThingPark Wireless developer platform. The lab will also be used to showcase applications and use cases leveraging both LoRaWAN and LTE side-by-side in a real deployment within a lab environment. In the lab, Actility will also onboard device manufacturers in the ThingPark Partner program and ThingPark Marketplace, and Click & Go.

“Actility’s IoT Lab is exactly the kind of initiative developers need to help them deliver on the vast potential of low-power wireless access technologies,” said Andy Odgers, Quortus Founder and CEO. “At Quortus, we’re already seeing deployments in use cases such as factory IoT that use 4G LTE in concert with 5G-aligned core technologies like network slicing, to deliver the benefits of LPWA today. The flexibility and scalability offered by current and future network architectures means that innovation is restricted only by the limits of the developer’s imagination. We’re proud to be chosen for this key role in the IoT lab, and look forward to a close and ongoing co-operation with Actility and users of the lab.”

“MultiTech and Actility share a desire to simplify the development, testing and deployment of IoT solutions around the globe,” said Stefan Lindvall, CEO of MultiTech. “We are pleased to support the Actility IoT Lab in Paris and enable the next generation of end-to-end IoT application development with our industry-leading portfolio of licensed and unlicensed LPWA hardware.”

“The IoT marketplace needs LPWAN solutions that leverage hardware-software integration to provide the connectivity and networking for a range of applications. These networks offer answers to the challenges of customer adoption including operating costs, connectivity, breadth of coverage, and power consumption,” said Digi Vice President of Product, Scott Nelson. “Approximating real-world conditions in Actility’s IoT Lab test lab gives us the opportunity to test Digi XBee Cellular LTE modems in a manner similar to the way in which our customers will actually use them. We’re looking forward to participating in the test lab so we can demonstrate through example how Digi XBee Cellular products meet the diverse needs and connectivity challenges customers will face during implementation.”

“Actility’s decision to put CND’s OpenEPC multi-access core network software at the heart of its new IOT Lab will help to accelerate the development of commercial IoT solutions for a broad range of use cases. We’re very excited to be part of this important initiative,” said Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Core Network Dynamics.

SODAQ has been in IoT and LPWA since 2013 producing development boards like the SODAQ ONE and ExpLoRer. “People often ask me what LPWA technology is the best” says SODAQ’s CEO Jan Willem Smeenk. “Well, each technology has it’s own advantages and disadvantages and we believe that there is a market for all of them, whether it is LoRa, NB-IoT or LTE-M. It is great that places like the Actility IoT Lab exist, so you can experience this at firsthand and to be able to test and compare. And we are delighted to have our developer boards available in this lab.”

“Actility is definitely the world leader in LPWA technology, being part of their IoT Lab has allowed us to test the latest technology and demo our products to potential customers that would be otherwise impossible to reach. LPWAN is here to stay and will definitely ignite the IoT revolution and thanks to Actility we can to play a leading role in this revolution,” says Gimasi CTO Massimo Santoli.

“The cellular IoT or LPWAN market demands mature communication solutions”, states Lars Melzer, Managing Director of CommSolid. “From the beginning we have focused on extensive verification and pre-certification of our NB-IoT modem solution – internally as well as in cooperation with partners. We are pleased to expand our verification activities to the Actility Lab supporting development and release of IoT optimized products with highest maturity level.”

Other participants in the Actility IoT Lab include Pycom and U-Blox.

Developers interested in visiting the lab can learn more and book a visit on the Actility web site (Community>Thing Park Lab).

Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

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Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 28 February 2018: Actility announces the release of ThingPark Wireless 5.0, a major upgrade to the world’s most advanced industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform for public IoT networks and service providers. The new release brings advanced security features addressing data security, privacy and reliability, LTE-M & NB-IoT network integration, new tools for deploying and updating device firmware in the field, multicast capability, and support for LoRaWAN roaming and managed customer networks.

“ThingPark Wireless is the world’s most popular LPWA connectivity platform for large-scale IoT networks, already chosen by 50 service providers worldwide to power their rollouts. With this release, Actility remains at the forefront of IoT connectivity technology, addressing our customers’ key requirements, including the most advanced security, 3GPP IoT technology support and new network and device management capabilities addressing key use cases, for example multicast and FUOTA which are key to fully support smart metering applications at scale in the field."With the growing maturity of the market, support for roaming between IoT networks is becoming essential. Our customers have already demonstrated roaming successfully in the field, and ThingPark 5.0 industrialises this capability. At our MWC Booth, 8.0C3, you’ll be able to see the latest LPWA technology in action, with demos of device update using FUOTA, one-click provisioning with Secure Element enabled devices, and 3GPP integration using ThingPark EPC Connector.”

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ThingPark 5.0 new and enhanced features include:

Enhanced security

Secure Join Server for device and activation. LoRaWAN 1.1 compliant ThingPark Hardware Security Module offering fully secured on-boarding of provisioning keys from leading secure element manufacturers, delivery of security keys to application providers supporting high-security use cases, and generation of security keys embedded by device makers.

Multicast

Some applications, such as smart Demand Response in an electricity grid, require communication with a specific group of devices in real time. The ThingPark Reliable Multicast Server (RMS) allows a single message to be delivered simultaneously to defined groups of devices. For example, in a street lighting application, devices can be controlled at the street, neighbourhood or city level.

FUOTA

To ensure long device lifetime in the field and support of devices installed in remote locations, FUOTA offers the ability to update IoT device firmware over the air. This critical service enables the deployment of device firmware upgrades and activation of new features. Since end devices have limited memory and bandwidth, software updates are delivered in segments. ThingPark FUOTA does this fragmentation, delivery and error checking via the RMS, which also reliably manages the update of a large “fleet” of devices in the field.

3GPP-IoT Support

Seamless management of IoT networks combining LoRaWAN, LTE-M or NB-IoT connectivity using ThingPark EPC Connector for maximum flexibility, enabling optimised solutions for specific use cases

Roaming and managed customer networks

Enabling customers to offer global services aggregating connectivity from several LoRaWAN network providers, or to combine public and dedicated enterprise network connectivity, extending the reach of dedicated IoT applications.

Billing

ThingPark Billing is designed to simplify the monetization of IoT solutions combining LPWA connectivity (LoRaWAN & LTE-M), applications and devices, in a fast and cost-effective way. ThingPark Billing is pre-integrated with the ThingPark Wireless platform and ThingPark Market, accelerating the go-to-market across multiple distribution channels.

Actility reveals ThingPark solution supporting seamless integration of 3GPP and LoRaWAN™ technologies

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Actility reveals ThingPark solution supporting seamless integration of 3GPP and LoRaWAN™ technologies

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces support for 3GPP LTE-M and NB-IoT technology within the ThingPark IoT software suite, allowing service providers to seamlessly deploy and manage networks combining LoRaWAN and NB-IoT LPWA using a single OSS/BSS, device management solution and data exposure interface. Visitors to Actility’s booth at MWC (8.0C3) will be able to see the seamlessly integrated dual-technology network in action, delivering data from LoRaWAN and 3GPP connected sensors through the same platform to a cloud host.

“Service providers are facing big challenges in integrating IoT devices on the required massively large scale, explains Actility SVP of Products, Boris Lacroix.  “At the same time as device ARPU is decreasing rapidly, the large number of transactions is increasing IT cost, OSS/BSS costs and MME/HSS licensing fees are dominating the business case, and expensive EPC upgrades are killing the early MTC revenue. Something has to change, and we believe our ThingPark EPC connector is that game changer. It will enable integrated networks, allowing operators to monetize existing R8-R11 networks and evolve towards future R13 deployments.”

The solution is available within Actility’s ThingPark IoT platform. Key features include: unified device management, with single layer provisioning for LoRaWAN and 3GPP Iot devices and automated SIM provisioning; integrated OSS/BSS offering unified connectivity management services and unified LPWA billing, traffic shaping and policy management; and data exposure through a single API, including metadata.  The result is a seamlessly integrated LPWA network powered by ThingPark, offering features such as service activation and role management, IoT offer creation and subscriber management, and order management.

“This is a key evolution for our platform,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica, “effectively allowing our service provider customers to immediately expand their LPWA commercial services to LTE-M and NB-IoT, in addition to the existing LoRaWAN network, and always offer best in class LPWA technology going forward for all IoT use cases. We’ve always believed that LPWA was not an either-or choice between LoRaWAN and 3GPP technology, but that both are needed and will work in parallel, sometimes together, to deliver best-fit solutions for specific use cases. We’ve been inspired to turn that belief into a concrete solution within the ThingPark platform, and we’re ready to deploy it for our customers.”

Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

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Join our Webinar: The technology of LoRaWAN and 3GPP LPWA for the internet of things

Actility is pleased to invite you to a webinar exploring LPWA technology solutions!

In this webinar, FontOlivier Hersent, CTO and founder of Actility, compares 3GPP and LoRaWAN connectivity technology for the Internet of Things. The presentation is aimed at senior technology managers in telcos, IoT infrastructure vendors and industry verticals such as smart buildings or agriculture. Olivier will delve deeply into the technology and market requirements and present a market segmentation and technology map to reveal how the complementary 3GPP and LoRaWAN LPWA solutions can best be used alongside one another.

The webinar will be offered in two time-slots, for the convenience of our global audience:

June 16 – 09h00 – 09h30 (CET)

June 16 – 17h00 – 17h30 (CET)*

Join us! Please fill in the form below and receive an invite by email:

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Looking forward to welcoming you on this webinar!