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.”

ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

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ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

ThingPark Wireless, the leading IoT connectivity platform, reaches a significant milestone today as Actility announces that Serbia’s Telekom Srbija is the 50th customer to select the ThingPark solution to power a national-scale commercial LPWA network roll-out. Actility’s regional partner and reseller, TERI Engineering, will provide front-line project management, integration and maintenance support during the roll-out and operation of the network. Telekom Srbija is innovative a locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in rolling out new technology solutions in the fixed, mobile, Internet and digital service spheres, for the benefit of its customers both in Serbia and in the region at large.

Filip Bankovic, CTO of Telekom Srbija, explains the interest in IoT: “The Internet of things is the foundation of a new digital industrial economy having extraordinary growth potential. The opportunities that digital economy provides are virtually unlimited. We have decided that an IoT network is a natural extension for our business, and will launch an IoT network with state-wide coverage in Serbia to accelerate the growth of that new economy. To meet our IoT connectivity needs with the best solution, Telekom Srbija intends to implement an LPWAN network based on LoRaWAN technology using Thingpark Wireless in cooperation with our partners Actility and Teri Engineering.”

Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility, comments: “We’re very proud that our platform has been selected by Telekom Srbija. As well as showing that ThingPark Wireless is the best solution for this national commercial IoT network rollout, the fact that we’ve reached this important milestone of 50 operator customers clearly demonstrates that ThingPark is the world’s leading IoT network platform, commercially and technically, which is why it is already powering over half the national and large-scale LPWANs globally.”

The first stage in Telekom Srbija’s rollout plan is deploying an internal company solution for monitoring the opening and closing of manhole covers to increase the security of the company’s infrastructure and support maintenance crews. This application will also provide a reference and case study for further commercial applications. The second phase of the rollout will be implemented by adding devices and applications for various commercial use cases such as home security, tracking and logistics and agriculture.

In addition, Telekom Srbija plans to work with the local developer community to encourage new applications, business models and connected applications.

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About Telekom Srbija

Telekom Srbija a.d. is a modern, entirely locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in the fixed, mobile, Internet, multimedia and digital service spheres both in Serbia and in the region at large. By fostering the innovative spirit, Telekom Srbija continuously develops new technological solutions for the benefit of its customers and the environment and maintains the high quality of unhindered communications offering a wide range of channels and transmission devices. Our services are synonymous with trust, superior performance and innovative technologies.

About Teri Engineering

TERI Engineering is an ICT company headquartered in Belgrade (Serbia), with companies in Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. TERI Engineering regionally represents leading global vendors of advanced technologies, products and services. For 30 years, TERI leverages those partnerships to help its customers to select and implement solutions, enhancing their operational efficiency and creating and preserving competitive edge. For more information, visit www.terieng.co.rs.

Enforta and Actility announce deployment of IoT network spanning the vast territory of the Russian Federation

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Enforta and Actility announce deployment of IoT network spanning the vast territory of the Russian Federation

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Enforta, the Russian telecom operator owned by ER Telecom Holding, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks have begun a collaboration to deploy a LoRaWAN wireless network delivering IoT services across Russia.

ER Telecom is the second largest and fastest-growing Russian telecom operator, already catering to the majority of Russia’s largest enterprises. The company has decided to develop an IoT business on the basis of LoRaWAN technology as one of the key directions of its strategic development, planning to provide IoT services for large corporations and state authorities.

The sheer size of Russia, spanning eleven time zones, presents some real challenges to national scale  telecom operators, but also creates great opportunities for LoRaWAN technology, with its long range enabling extensive coverage to be deployed with the minimum of network infrastructure.

Andrey Kuzyaev, President of ER Telecom Holding, comments: “Russian enterprises are currently in the stage of digital transformation that will considerably improve the efficiency of business. The Internet of things is the foundation for the development of a digital economy having unlimited growth potential.  By our estimates, based on the forecasts of the leading international analytical agencies, the volume of the Internet of Things market in Russia will reach almost 800 bln. Roubles by the year 2022. Taking into account all the opportunities that digital economy provides, we have decided to extend our business and enter adjoining markets and launch an IoT network with the federal coverage in 60 cities with our partner Actility”.

An important early focus of activity will be the oil and gas and mining industries, powerhouses of the Russian economy.  Sensors connected via LoRaWAN allow the oil flow remote monitoring through remote pipelines in remote and sometimes hostile environments.  In mining, LoRaWAN can be used to monitor vehicles and machinery and trigger pre-emptive maintenance to prevent faults and downtime, or track workers to ensure their safety during blasting operations.

Taking advantage of the tracking capabilities of LoRaWAN,  early customers of the new network could be  industrial and logistics companies, which could benefit from connected logistics  to increase the efficiency of  supply  chain and operations.   Special interest is shown by these companies in geolocation of  goods, especially along the Trans-Siberian railroad.

We’re very proud to be working alongside ER Telecom, a powerful and innovative player in this huge market for industrial IoT which offers such opportunities. With a strong existing customer base of ER Telecom in industry and the regions, we expect to see the applications of LoRaWAN being launched very quickly and successfully on the network being deployed by ER Telecom. This implementation also represents a unique first for us, with our ThingPark platform deployed fully in the territory of Russia, delivering SaaS solutions for customers whilst keeping all the data within Russian borders to comply with Russian legislation.

pureIntegration and Actility develop LoRaWAN RDK-B for the cable industry to expand IoT networks

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pureIntegration and Actility develop LoRaWAN RDK-B for the cable industry to expand IoT networks

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pureIntegration, the solution integration experts and Actility, the industry leader in IoT network enablers, today announced that on the behalf of cable industry clients they have achieved commercial integration of a LoRaWAN™-based solution on the RDK-B software reference platform. The solution will be demonstrated this week at the Mobile World Congress Americas conference in the Actility booth N.701.

RDK-B is the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit, a software platform specifically for broadband services. The platform is used by several operators and is a core element for delivering services.  As operators move to offer IoT and Smart City services, they are in need of enablers to integrate LPWAN solutions .

“We are excited to work with Actility and our cable clients to deliver innovative, new solutions,” says Chris Kocks, Director of pureIntegration’s IoT Practice.  “Our joint efforts will accelerate hight-density network deployments by the operators, enabling them to sieze a market leadership role in IoT services.  The LoRaWAN specification is one of several wireless technologies we are working with to deliver IoT and Smart City solutions,” says Kocks.  He adds, “Regional and global IoT solutions require hybrid wireless network options in many cases.  The future will involve integrating low-power solutions on the same platform with low-latency high-data applications.  It might also include coordination with 5G cellular or satellite networks depending upon the use case or best path for communication in a specific region of the world.”

Actility CEO Mike Mulica comments “Collaborations like this clearly demonstrate how industrial IoT has now moved into a stage of widespread deployment to solve real problems and deliver concrete benefits. This high-density network solution will be a game changer for operators and connected communities, thanks to its dramatic reduction in the TCO of an IoT solution. We’re very excited to be working with pureIntegration to accelerate the deployment of seamless IoT networks that will let our customers focus on delivering business impact with solutions for end users.”

IoT network to launch on New Silk Road, powering enormous socioeconomic benefits

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IoT network to launch on New Silk Road, powering enormous socioeconomic benefits

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Xi’an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau, Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group and ThingPark China invest in transformative network, representing a major milestone in the “Belt and Road” initiative 

ThingPark China, Xi’an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau, and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group, announce the signing of a landmark agreement to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) network on the ‘New Silk Road.’ The initiative will form part of President Xi’s $100 billion Belt and Road programme, which aims to create a modern day version of the ancient Silk Road, driving commerce, connectivity and cooperation between nations. Leveraging the strong scientific and technological strengths and rich human resources of Beilin District, the first stage will be the launch of a test network covering 23 square kilometers in the Beilin District, Xi’an, the historic starting point of the Silk Road. The network will initially be used for environmental monitoring, unlocking the potential for huge social and economic benefits for the region.

First announced in 2013, the Belt and Road scheme is intended to increase trade and stimulate growth across Asia and beyond by building land and sea commerce infrastructure connecting China to countries around the world. IoT connectivity is set to play an integral part of the initiative, and is expected to supercharge the regions’ economies; According to the IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide updated in Sep 2016, global spending on the IoT is forecast to reach $1.29 trillion in 2020.

Bringing its extensive IoT experience and cutting edge technology to the city of Xi’an, ThingPark China, together with Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group, will deploy a the low-power IoT system covering the whole Beilin district. The test network will be tailored to the Beilin District’s business needs, and will include an environmental monitoring data platform. This innovative approach enables collection, upload and analysis of environmental data within the administrative area, dramatically increasing work efficiency and improving scientific decision-making. This industrial innovation platform with IoT at its core will also encourage investment in the region and provide a compelling case for high tech enterprises to open-up in the city.

“We’re excited to launch such a pivotal project, which is set to bring unprecedented socio-economic benefits to Xi’an, and fuel the advancement of the Belt and Road initiative,” commented ThingPark China CEO, Bing Liu. “IoT will play an integral role in building the Silk Road into a modern day transport corridor, as digital transformation is a vital part of modern infrastructure projects, and the huge economic and social benefits brought about by the Internet of Things will soon be felt on both a regional and a global scale.”

“As the world’s leading IoT technology vendor, ThingPark China has front-edge technologies, a mature operating platform, and a experienced R&D and marketing team, which contributes to its leadership in the industry. By partnering and working together with us, it will further promote its large-scale operation mode, and expand the IoT market in western China,” added, Mr. Yan Zhaoxiang, Chairman of Shaanxi Broadcast & TV Network Intermediary (Group) Co. Ltd.

“China is a vital market for IoT, and with the launch of this network we’re looking forward to driving even more innovation and efficiency, and transforming more cities, workplaces and lives,” added Mike Mulica, CEO, Actility. “The partnership with Xi’an Beilin District Science and Technology Bureau and Shaanxi Radio and Television Network Group enables us to bring our extensive expertise, gained from deploying LPWA networks all over the world, to the historic and culturally significant city of Xi’an, and support growth and development in the region. This network in Xi’an is the first step towards a global-scale cargo tracking and monitoring solution, which will make the New Silk road the standard-bearer of the coming revolution in world-wide trade, powered by the IoT.”