Actility signs agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport

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Actility signs agreement with Pittsburgh International Airport

Pittsburgh International Airport
Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pittsburgh International Airport in a move that will greatly expand the airport’s IoT capability and position it among the most technologically advanced airports in the world.

By 2023, a high-tech $1Bn terminal will be built at Pittsburgh International Airport with plans for the best IoT technology embedded from the outset of the design phase, in order to provide the most up to date offering in a world-class facility.

Under the MOU, the airport will establish an LPWAN IoT Lab with Actility to enable different use cases to be deployed and tested to identify the best candidate devices and application partners for the overall new terminal design. Targeted areas will include asset movement, people movement and building management.

Actility CEO and co-founder Olivier Hersent said: “We are delighted to sign this MOU with Pittsburgh International Airport to undertake the first phases of the IoT Lab using our ThingPark Business Accelerator Program. We will supply the airport with the tools, knowledge, and techniques to make their IoT services successful and to demonstrate the benefits of LoRaWAN technology. We look forward to bringing the airport and its visionary management team through the critical first steps of a commercially successful IoT service.”

“Technology innovation is critical for us,” said Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis. “This is one step toward our goal of building the ‘smartest’ airport in the world. Building an ecosystem of technology leaders and advanced thinking partners will enable us to learn and adapt to be the leading airport in meeting passenger and airline needs while continuing to increase efficiencies.

Actility’s Business Accelerator Program (BAP) consultative service is the first step in IoT service and business case definition. It sets the goals for client projects, tests assumptions, and establishes high-level go-forward plans for launch.

“The expected growth of IoT is exponential, and therefore, as part of our transformation to a smart airport, we need to understand how impactful and valuable this wave of technology can be to our airport and the industry,” said Katherine Karolick, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pittsburgh International. “We will work with Actility and the IoT ecosystem to first learn and test the value in our existing airside terminal and then refine and perfect it. When our new landside terminal opens in 2023, we will have deployed proven, reliable, secure, and innovative systems.”

Actility was launched by IoT industry and LoRaWAN experts in 2010 to accelerate low power global connectivity. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer low power wide area (LPWA) networking technology.

ENDS

For further information:
Actility: Anne van Gemert
anne.vangemert@actility.com / +33 6 47 37 30 21

Notes to editors:
Actility connects the industrial internet of things. Our IoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable our customers to create IoT solutions that transform business, industries and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale, from global or national networks to secure on-campus enterprise solutions, managing devices, data flows and monetization. Our value-added applications and business services enable roaming, device software update, geolocation and smart grid. Actility is at the heart of a thriving customer ecosystem, connecting solutions partners, supporting developers and device makers preparing their LPWA product for market, and providing an e-commerce Marketplace offering global distribution to solution providers. Actility co-founded the LoRa Alliance and continues to pioneer LPWA networking technology.

ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

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ER Telecom turns to LoRaWAN to accelerate digital transformation in Russia

Digitization is an absolute priority in Russia and IoT is an obvious way to start for companies and municipalities.

Victor Ratnikov, VP Innovation B2B and IoT


Second biggest
Telco in Russia


Award
Fastest growing telecommunication company in Russia


800 billion rubles
Volume of the Russian IoT market by 2022

End customer

ER-Telecom

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Accelerate digitization with a widespread IoT communication solution

Last September, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the city of Perm. After shaking hands with a meet-and-greet robot and learning about blockchain software being developed locally, the President spent some time with Actility customer and partner ER-Telecom Holding, discovering how the company is powering Russia’s digital transformation with the deployment of cutting-edge network technology, including extensive optical fibre to the home for consumers, and a state of the art LoRaWAN to accelerate the adoption of industrial IoT. The President’s visit underscored just how central the role of comprehensive digital infrastructure will be in transforming industries and the economy across the whole vast country of Russia.

For ERTH, the IoT represents an early business opportunity and a powerful catalyst for industrial transformation. “Digitization is an absolute priority in Russia and IoT is an obvious way to start for companies and municipalities. Our job is to bring this technology in an easy-to-consume way anywhere in the Russian Federation, and globally with our roaming agreements.” Says Victor Ratnikov, VP Innovation B2B, and IoT, ER-Telecom Holding. ERTH sees a clear need for rapid and affordable digitization for companies and institutions, with opportunities to improve P&L, create new revenue streams, and optimize their business models.

Russia offers a unique environment for IoT connectivity compared to densely populated European countries, because of the sheer size of the Russian Federation and its sparsely-populated or empty areas where there is no GSM mobile network coverage – although these areas can still be home to industries such as mining, oil & gas production or logging. In addition, there is a specific requirement to store and process all data within Russian borders to comply with national data protection regulations.

SOLUTION

A dedicated ThingPark platform to cover the Federation’s specific needs

Searching for an IoT communication solution that is easy to deploy, offers long -orange coverage and the lowest total cost of ownership, ERTH was quick to recognize the benefits of LoRaWAN, and chose to work with Actility, based on the company’s existing track record in powering over half of all the national scale LPWA networks deployed by operators globally. “The agreement signed between ER-Telecom Holding and Actility is an important step in building a federal IoT coverage”, says Andrey Kuzyaev, the President of ER-Telecom Holding.

ERTH has already purchased and deployed 700 gateways, and completed radio planning for the network in the initial phase of roll-out encompassing 50 cites. By mid-July 2018, 50 cities will be deployed with full outdoors coverage and some deep indoor. The roll-out plan is to offer complete coverage of 62 cities by the end of 2018, all with over 300,000 m inhabitants. “We have completed testing the LoRaWAN coverage in half a dozen dense urban areas and we are very impressed with the penetration performance, providing deep indoor coverage.”

ERTH also has begun dozens of pilot projects with a variety of customers across many industries, especially in oil & gas, energy, and logistics.

To meet the regulatory requirements and offer the best service for ERTH’s customers, at the end of 2017, Actility deployed a local ThingPark platform in a Moscow data center in, which is scaled to process messages from of tens of millions of end devices and deliver the data to customers or cloud applications hosted by the platform.

BENEFITS

Walking the talk of digital transformation

The Russian ecosystem is burgeoning rapidly. Today, there is a shortage of localized devices using the dedicated radio frequencies for LoRaWAN in Russia, but according to ERTH, there are enough to begin PoCs. ER-Telecom Holding is working with local and global partners to address this issue. Many IoT start-ups are beginning to emerge to join the Russian IoT and LoRaWAN ecosystem and ERTH will open a dedicated developer portal for Russia with the help of Actility. “Actility is not only supporting ERTH with its network roll-out, but it will also offer IoT expertise to Russian customers as well as lead the development of a Russian LoRaWAN ecosystem.” Felix Marnin, Actility

ER-Telecom Holding is also transforming itself and creating new business in the process. The company is developing own products and platform for SMEs offering a building management utility. “We want to become an IoT business“, says Victor Ratnikov. “In technology, there’s no one size fits all. We are not focused on technology, but on our customers, their businesses, and how our solutions can help them transform.”

Learn how ThingPark can help you boost your digital transformation

Slovenian Smart Factory manages Electricity Consumption with LoRaWAN

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Quality Guard enables cold chain traceability in Belgian food industry

Salonit Anhovo leverages Actility's partner Solvera Lynx's energy monitoring sensors and management system

The good thing is that we now have a good picture of energy consumption which is shared throughout the organization. We plan to reduce our energy consumption in the long run.

Magda Gabrijelcic , Energy Manager


Created 90 years ago
Oldest and biggest cement factory in Slovenia


3.180 tons of clinckers
Daily production capacity


9 Million euros
Yearly energy bill (mostly electricity)

End customer

Salonit Anhovo

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Join the top 10 % most energy-efficient cement factories in Europe

Salonit Anhovo is the biggest cement production factory in Slovenia. Founded some 90 years ago in the central valley of Soča, the factory has been an innovation driver for the region ever since. In the past ten years, the factory invested massively in its production line.

Salonit also has a strong environmental regulation compliance strategy and it is dedicated to optimizing and reducing energy consumption. The goal was to reach the top 10 % most energy-efficient cement factories in the European Union. “We already use around 60 % alternative fuels and our CO2 emission factor is below benchmark factor”, explains Magda Gabrijelcic, Energy Manager at Salonit Anhovo.

But producing clinker is energy-intensive: its electricity consumption averages 85 GWh, with 2500 Tera Joules of energy used for clinker burning. In the past years, Salonit’s energy bills went up to 9 million EUR per year, mainly for electricity.  

“Our company wanted to understand into details the energy flow through the company and we were looking for a system to handle energy consumption data automatically.”

Salonit needed to comply with European energy regulation. The company could leverage a co-financing mechanism to invest in equipment and monitoring solutions that help meet the energy consumption reduction target.

SOLUTION

Focus on energy savings, not on cabling

Salonit Anhovo  We chose a wireless technology over wired technology to simplify the roll-out of an energy management system (EMS). LoRaWAN was the obvious choice with its long range capabilities. The Salonit site stretches over 3 km in a valley, meaning that connecting all energy meters via a wired system is a huge hassle.

“Using LoraWAN devices from Solvera Lynx allowed us to focus on the energy-saving potential of the project instead of the cabling”, confirms Magda Gabrijelcic.

Salonit chose to implement Combox.L CI-B series of sensors for their long battery lifetime, but also because they are suitable for the harsh industrial environment. 

Before they implemented the EMS, some data were collected via a legacy SCADA system. A  “walk-around” team manually registered monthly consumption of energy. Data was mostly used for monthly consumption reports and billing of their internal services.

BENEFITS

A detailed view of energy metrics to reduce consumption in the long run

Salonit Anhovo  All energy data is now automatically collected via the Gemalogic EMS from Solvera Lynx. Energy management data is coupled with production data and stored in an online database.  

Madga and her teams have created specific alarms on energy consumption and specific KPIs which link production data with energy consumption. Special analyses are also prepared such as M&T pairs for in-depth analysis of energy consumption. The EMS also automatically prepares energy usage reports, which are shared throughout the organization. Special reports are prepared and shared with Salonit’s top management.

“After 16 months of good operations, we are highly satisfied with our choice”, says the Energy Manager.

After using the LoRaWAN-based EMS for almost a year now, Salonit is now able to monitor its energy efficiency performance. Magda Gabrijelcic explains the factory’s production is strictly linked to the market situation and energy consumption varies with the type of products they are manufacturing and how well they are doing with energy efficiency.

“The good thing is that we now have a good picture of energy consumption which is shared throughout the organization. We plan to reduce our energy consumption in the long run.”

Salonit plans to introduce some more reports and alarms and we are also bringing additional measurement points into the system. Magda Gabrijelcic concludes that ” the solution we have created fits our organization. Combox.L CI devices with LoRaWAN and Gemalogic as energy management system work for us.”

 

Discover how LoRaWAN can make revolutionlize your supply chain!

RESOURCES

Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP

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Fuel tank monitoring in Belgium made easy by FULLUP

There is a gap between heating oil users and their suppliers. FULLUP aims to fill that gap. We are using new technology to make fuel tanks smart.

Catherine de Viron, Managing Partner

End customer

FULLUP

 

CUSTOMER CHALLENGE

Lack of data and limited communication between fuel suppliers and end users

Today in Belgium, 40% of homes are heated by oil.  Homes have a fuel tank somewhere on the property, often buried underground, placed above ground near the house, or in a basement. Managing oil consumption is difficult, and knowing exactly when the tank needs refilling is a challenge.  Prices are higher in winter, leaving the furnace level low in summer can increase cost… and everyone fears running out!

To prevent this, most owners will have the tank filled up at the end of autumn, thinking that it is better to be safe than sorry. Fuel suppliers face peak demand during the month of November, as most orders are placed at the first signs of cold weather. Lack of real data and limited communication with the fuel supplier can result in an additional 15 to 30 % spend for homeowners. And the same is true for factories or buildings that require fuel: their costs soar up to 70% thanks to poor demand management. Peaks in demand for homes and commercial buildings is not only damaging to the environment, but also it is a waste of money for everyone.

SOLUTION

Automate fuel consumption data collection, management and analyzis

FULLUP developed a sensor to be mounted directly into the tank to collect crucial missing information:  How much fuel is consumed, when, and how? With accurate and comprehensive data,  homeowners were able to adapt their behavior and optimize their consumption. But FULLUP ran into several few hurdles along the way. Once sensors were placed in consumers’ tanks, some could not connect to the network and collect data because of their underground location. The sensors were silent and useless. Proximus, the Belgian telecoms operator, helped FULLUP overcome this problem by using its LoRaWAN nationwide network and associated connectivity services.  This new Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networkhas a range of up to 15 kilometers to connect sensors to network gateways, and can deliver where others fail to do so. LoRa is able to connect with any sensors, even when buried underground, or secreted in basements. Since most fuel tanks are not powered, long lasting LoRa sensors (10+ years) are the most adapted choice. Once the sensors are connected, using the Actility ThingPark platform, the data is processed and transmitted in real time to the FULLUP application.

BENEFITS

Allow consumers to save energy and money

Thanks to the solution delivered by Proximus in partnership with Actility, the FULLUP application is now able to operate at full capacity. It will allow the owner to track the level of fuel in their tank on their smartphone. The connected sensors detect anomalies in consumption and will alert the owner immediately if any leak is detected. The data collected also enables better management of consumption. Trials clearly show that customer behavior changes as their awareness develops thanks to their smartphone app. Simple actions such as lowering the room temperature when the house is empty, controlled using the FULLUP application on the smartphone, and turning it back up when returning home, can reduce consumption by 20% in individual homes.

Larger consumers, such as buildings and factories, partner directly with the suppliers who are responsible for their furnaces.  For suppliers, the FULLUP application is incredibly powerful. Placing sensors in all their tanks offers them complete visibility and accessibility.  The ThingPark platform enables supervision of the infrastructure, the connectivity and the status of each tank. Suppliers are able to plan optimized and efficient filling schedules, with optimized vehicle routing, reducing costs. The application is a powerful source of information for building managers, who are able to manage consumption easily, and put in place the necessary measure to lower costs.

The results of the application are clearly positive: consumers as well as suppliers are pleased with the FULLUP solution’s benefits… So much so, that more gateways are being installed in the first quarter of 2017 to support more sensors in more homes.

Learn more about LoRaWAN capabilities to help you connect remote/hardly accessible appliances for your customers!

RESOURCES

M4KE.IT INNOVATION STUDIO TESTIMONIAL

Nicolas-Denuit-M4KE.IT 
“Thanks to its ThingPark platform, Actility offers a marketplace for startups involved in the LoRaWAN development that allows those creating new IoT solutions to be immediately seen by any interested customer throughout Europe.
 
Therefore bridging national telecoms operators directly with LoRa-connected makers, Actility enables the fast growing IoT sector to spread over national boundaries and extending into a large interoperable LoRaWAN network.
 
After we struggled to find the right help us enable our LoRa-connected device, Actility appeared as the actor with sufficient knowledge and infrastructure in the rising LoRa network in order to help High Tech and/or start-ups like M4KE.IT to connect new products with web services.”
Nicolas Denuit, Production ManagerM4KE.IT