Actility’s night at the museum

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Actility’s night at the museum

Actility Operator Forum

The first Actility Operator Forum in Paris on the 29th and 30th of November 2018 saw over 50 global network operators and 100 customers or partners join Actility, at the invitation of CEO and Founder Olivier Hersent, to celebrate the growth of the ThingPark LoRaWAN® ecosystem and to share success stories, feedback, and best practice.

As a global leader in LoRaWAN solutions and a founding member of the LoRa Alliance(™), the Actility team and our partners have a lot to celebrate as LPWA technology is adopted globally at an ever-increasing rate. 

After a day hearing about the best in IoT technology, the maturity of LoRaWAN, and operators’ readiness for multi-country roaming, we wanted to share with our guests the very best our home city of Paris had to offer, and where better than with a very special private after-hours tour of the Louvre?

With almost 7000 square meters of gallery space displaying tens of thousands of history’s greatest artworks and antiquities, the Louvre is the largest museum in the world, and with over eight million visitors per year, it’s also one of the most popular. Want to avoid having to rub shoulders with thousands of people while you’re enjoying this global treasure-house? You should have come to Actility sooner!

Our tour guide explained that the Louvre is home to more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments. For our tour, she selected the most captivating rooms and most notable works of art like the Mona Lisa, Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, the Coronation of Napoleon, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo.

With no one else around, we had the time and space to thoroughly admire the stunning building and interiors with their echoing hallways, multicolored marble floors, elaborate plaster moldings, sweeping staircases, and above our heads, the spectacularly painted ceilings.

The Louvre is vast, and every square meter above, around and underfoot is beautiful! There are entire wings dedicated to decorative arts, French paintings, Italian masterpieces, and more, and we had the pleasure of touring a “greatest hits” selection thanks to Actility and the inaugural Actility Operator Forum.

The tour was followed by a reception in The Café Richelieu in the Mollien Pavilion, close to Napoleon’s former apartments. From the first-floor terrace, guests could take in the views of the Eiffel Tower, Le Cour Napoleon, and the Louvre pyramids while sipping champagne and feasting on Chef’s finest canapés.

The evening, and the entire Actility Operator Forum, were a huge success, with nothing but enthusiastic responses from our guests! The only problem is how on earth do we provide an even more memorable experience for our customers and partners next year? The bar has truly been set high. 

Business France and the IE-Club recognize Actility as French Tech leader

Business France and the IE-Club recognize Actility as French Tech leader

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Business France and the IE-Club recognize Actility as French Tech leader

Business France and the IE-Club recognize Actility as French Tech leader

Business France and the IE-Club recently organized the 16th presentation of the Trophées de l’International du Numérique (International Digital Awards) – as part of the International Meeting of French Tech – on the 24th of October at the Business France HQ in Paris.

As part of this distinguished event, our COO and co-founder Nicolas Jordan was presented with the main award and gratefully accepted on behalf of Actility. The award recognizes Actility as a French tech company which is leading the way in connecting people and objects internationally.

Speaking about the win, Nicolas said: “This award is a recognition of the rapid expansion of our global customer footprint. We serve customers on all continents from Europe to Japan through Russia, India, China, South East Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas, which is a much larger spread than the majority of our competitors.”

Actility honored at the Élysée Palace

Remise du Pass French Tech à l'élysée par Mounir Mahjoubi

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Actility honored at the Élysée Palace in recognition of hyper-growth status

Remise du Pass French Tech à l'élysée par Mounir Mahjoubi

On Monday 24th September, Actility CEO Olivier Hersent received an award on behalf of the company at a prestigious event at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Presented by Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, the award acknowledges and celebrates the hyper-growth of Actility.

The “Pass French Tech” for the 2017-2018 class brings together 107 companies from three sectors including digital, industry and health. The government-based program was launched in 2014 to provide networking, administrative and other professional support to hyper-growth companies like Actility.

Speaking about the award, Mr. Hersent said: “To be recognized by the French government in this way is a huge honor. We have worked very hard in these eight short years, so to be recognized as a hyper-growth company and receive the significant support of French Tech has been vital to our global success. We look forward to continuing this important relationship.”

Connexin and Actility announce launch of pioneering UK smart city IoT network

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Connexin, the leading smart city infrastructure provider, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, today announce that they are working together to deploy a LoRaWAN IoT communication network for the City of Hull, in the north of England. Specializing in building and operating award-winning Smart City Infrastructure to support the Internet of Things, Connexin works in partnership with local authorities, global technology companies and specialist technology providers to build metropolitan networks and smart city infrastructure.

“This is the infrastructure layer that smart cities have been waiting for: total coverage, indoors and outside.” explains Connexin Head of Smart Cities, Sam Forster. “It will allow sensors and smart devices to be deployed at scale and for innovation in services to be enabled and driven. We are committed to this technology because we feel it is the most powerful way to build Smart City solutions at scale.”

“We’re very proud to have been chosen by Connexin to support their roll-out of a dedicated network for the smart city of Hull,” comments Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “This network will support more efficient public services and create opportunities in for commercial businesses across the City, and make Hull one of the clear leaders in the UK in deploying IoT for the benefit of its citizens.”

“The attractiveness of the network needs to be looked at in three ways,” expands Sam Forster. “First, for improved and more efficient public services; secondly for special users – emergency services, healthcare and social care – to be able to benefit from smarter services and more real-time data to keep people alive, healthier and improve their well-being; and thirdly, the commercial sector, so retail, parking, food and beverage, entertainment, service providers, estate managers… the list is endless.”

Connexin is deploying the network before having paying customers for it, as an investment in essential infrastructure, pioneering a new approach to enabling smart cities. Once the network is deployed, the company will offer both free and commercial services depending on the use case, end customer and commercial objectives.

Explaining Connexin’s choice of Actility as a partner, Sam Forster says: “Actility is a leader in LoRaWAN and a key player in the LoRa Alliance. The ThingPark multi-tenant platform brings true carrier-grade capacity and management capabilities, and will allow us to operate as a Smart City Operator, providing a network to many different large and small smart services providers. The city council and individuals will be able to run their business across a single network. We are delighted to have Actility as a partner and expect to drive Smart Cities at scale across the UK in the coming years.”

How to control energy processes at home with LoRaWAN

Smart energy for the smart home

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How to control energy processes at home with LoRaWAN

Smart energy for the smart home

Fulfill domestic energy needs

Welcome to Oud-Heverlee in the Flemish Brabant region, home of 10 000 people. This Demo 1 shows how storage can change the way to fulfill domestic energy needs. In a first phase, Actility was able to take control of the heating of the house by applying a dynamic pricing model based on the Belgian energy market (belpex) prices.

“For more than a month, we managed to cut the total energy cost for the heat pump while taking the control boundaries such as comfort temperature into account.” 

A high-tech heat pump

A high-tech Danfoss heat pump (soil grid/water) was installed in a house as a central heating unit and for providing domestic hot water. The heat pump provides heat for floor heating circuits that use the heat capacity of the concrete of the building. The Danfoss heat pump can be controlled and monitored via a standard ModBus interface.Our Belgian IoT integration partner Smartlog helped us a great deal by providing a ModBus to LoRaWan converter.

“Building on our experience in connecting industrial assets with LoRaWAN, we were happy to provide Actility with a ModBus – LoRaWAN device as well as a cloud platform to control the heat pump.”  Lise Vandeborne, SmartLog

heat pump
The heat pump is connected via a Modbus LoRaWAN converter and becomes a smart grid device

ModBus LoRaWAN converter

The ModBus integration of the heat pump shows the potential of connecting a device after it is built. The heat pump is connected via a ModBus LoRaWAN converter and instantly transforms the heat pump in a smart-grid connected device. The manufacturing cost of this device is largely covered by the gains of additional services of the heat pump after connecting to the cloud.

Self-consumption model

Building on this first success, we decided to extend this dynamic pricing and self-consumption (limiting the energy exchanged with the grid of a house or the complete neighborhood) models to a whole neighborhood ie 12 houses. This is the goal of the Demo 2 in Oud-Heverlee in the coming months.

This concrete example shows how beneficial it is to optimize residential electricity consumption today in a single house. We are now integrating the whole neighborhood into our optimization what will likely lead to even better results!