Actility powers Pixel Networks rollout of first LoRaWAN network for Hong Kong, enabling complete IoT solutions

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Actility powers Pixel Networks rollout of first LoRaWAN network for Hong Kong, enabling complete IoT solutions

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks and a Cisco Preferred Solutions Partner, and Pixel Networks, the Hong Kong-based IoT network and solution provider and Cisco Registered Partner, today announce they are rolling out a LoRaWAN wireless network providing IoT connectivity throughout Hong Kong. Pixel is providing not only the network, but is also a one-stop shop for all elements of IoT solutions, including sensors, software for data analytics and visualisation, and full system support, integration and maintenance.

In the densely-packed and vibrant community of Hong Kong, which has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world at over 300, it’s no surprise to discover that smart building integration with applications such as temperature monitoring in offices, smart lighting solutions for cost saving and pre-emptive maintenance of light bulbs, electric vehicle parking and charging management and hot desking solutions are among the first applications that Pixel’s customers will be deploying. 

In response to customer demand, Pixel is also enabling virtual private LoRaWAN networks, which can utilise Pixel’s public network infrastructure but at the same time be extended using the customer’s own outdoor or indoor gateways. The network leverages Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ Platform, which is combined with Cisco’s leading IoT solutions and the latest LoRa WAN (Low Power, Long Range) gateway technology, addressing the requirements of both public and private managed networks and simplifying the deployment of end-to-end IoT solutions for Pixel.

Kirill Nosov, CEO of Pixel explains “Hong Kong is a highly competitive and cutting edge city, and at the same time an open and thriving market always on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency in day to day operations. We think that makes HK a very good fit with our core business of providing fully integrated hardware and software solutions, ready to use on day one. We also think that this dynamic city environment will be a great place to develop solutions that will be easily adapted to other international markets”

“We’re very pleased to welcome Pixel Networks to the rapidly growing ThingPark-powered LoRaWAN ecosystem,” comments Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Hong Kong is a global powerhouse of business and technology innovation, and Pixel has brought those two facets together in their solution. I’m sure we’re going to see some real pioneering development in Hong Kong and we’re delighted to be able to provide a tried and tested platform on which Pixel can build a stand-out offering and create ground-breaking solutions for their customers.”

“Cisco has been helping our customers to embrace digital transformation and accelerate the development of new business models based on the Internet of Things. We are glad to see that our IoT solutions are enabling Actility and Pixel to fuel the growth of the next generation of IoT services. We look forward to  tremendous value being realized for the community we are living in, and use cases which will serve as valuable examples for other cities in the world,” adds Argon Ho, General Manager, Cisco Hong Kong and Macau.

“We’ve known Actility for a long time, and watched their strong growth in solutions and client base , which helps network operators and solution providers lie us deliver high quality services for our customers. Supported by Cisco’s IoT technology, the choice of Actility as a partner was quite obvious,” concludes Nosov.

Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally

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Actility energised by $75m funding round to accelerate industrial IoT solutions globally

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) for the internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has successfully completed its Series D funding round, raising $75M to enhance its portfolio of IoT solutions. The company’s expansion will focus on enabling industrial IoT solutions in key verticals: logistics and supply chain; smart buildings; and energy & utilities. In the first closing, Creadev, Bosch and Inmarsat are among the new investors, alongside existing investors such as Idinvest, Bpifrance, Ginko Ventures, KPN, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom and Foxconn. A second closing later this month will see additional strategic investors joining the company in support of this over-subscribed capital raise, which was achieved by the company without involving banks.

Since the 2015 Series C financing, Actility has become the clear leader in global IoT solutions based on LoRaWAN, a dedicated radio network protocol for the IoT, co-invented by Actility. Today, the ThingPark platform is powering most national and large-scale LPWA rollouts worldwide. ThingPark has grown increasingly more industrial, supporting LoRaWAN, LTE-M and NB-IoT, becoming the most powerful IoT service orchestration platform available today. 

In addition, thanks to a cohesive software stack comprising the ThingPark OS service and business support manager, ThingPark X application integration enabler, and the ThingPark Market ecosystem-wide e-commerce platform, Actility stands alone as the sole turn-key IoT ecosystem enablement platform supporting sensor to cloud application solution on-ramping and monetisation through the entire life cycle of automated connected object management and monetisation. At the same time, the company has seen demand for IoT solutions growing rapidly around the world. The emergence of China as a vital market for IoT and rich source of ecosystem partners will accelerate the rapid adoption of LPWA technology globally.

“This funding will enable us to grow our IoT technology and ecosystem platform faster to meet the needs of service providers, solution providers and enterprises in large industry verticals, for example rolling out our disruptive global location and tracking service more quickly,” explains Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “It will also allow us to accelerate our strategy for the US, and build strength in China. And last but by no means least, it will enable us to look at strategic acquisitions to broaden our technology portfolio and cement our leadership in LPWA.”

Florent Thomann, a member of Creadev’s management board, and in charge of new digital models, says: “We have been looking the best project in the business of connectivity for the IoT for a while. In Actility, we found a company that offers an ideal solution and has made the perfect technology choices in LPWA and LTE-M to meet that growing connectivity market. We are convinced by both the company and its management, which shows a real visionary insight into the technology and business models and the way that connectivity will evolve. Furthermore, Actility’s team is proving to be particularly agile at innovation, adapting to new technologies very efficiently. We are pleased to bring our culture of ambition, support and sharing best business practice to help nurture Actility’s long-term growth.”

Paul Gudonis, President, Inmarsat Enterprise, commented: “Inmarsat sees a great deal of potential in Actility, and its expertise in global IoT networks, based on LoRaWAN, makes it a natural fit for our investment. There are clear synergies between us, namely the ability to deliver innovative connectivity services to customers in remote locations, creating the potential for a global IoT network. To this end, we recently developed our LoRaWAN-based network in partnership with Actility to enable IoT to reach every corner of the globe. We have many more projects planned with Actility and we are excited to support the company’s rapid growth as it continues to make great strides in the IoT arena. This market is rapidly maturing and Actility, with its growing ecosystem of partners, is ideally positioned to take advantage of this for the benefit of businesses across a variety of industries.”

Cyril Vancura, Investment Principal at Bosch, explains the company’s investment: “Actility is the clear leader in the emerging LoRaWAN ecosystem for IoT applications and has exhibited impressive growth in the past. We are excited to support the company on the next phase of this journey.” Bosch Managing Partner Ingo Ramesohl adds, “IoT is a strategically important field to Bosch. Our company already has a wide offering in fields such as connected manufacturing, mobility, connected energy, smart building, and connected buildings. As such, we think that there will be substantial collaboration opportunities between Actility and Bosch in the future.”

Anne-Sophie Carrese, Investment Director at Bpifrance, comments, “We congratulate Actility on the considerable distance they have covered since their creation in 2010. The company has gone through major changes ever since and has established a solid international commercial portfolio to build on in the coming months and years. We are proud to being able to provide our financial support and our knowledge to Actility, which entirely fits with our funding strategy and philosophy. The Ecotechnologies fund of Bpifrance, who initiated their engagement with Actility in 2012, has the ambition to continue helping to transform the company from a start-up into the worldwide leader of IoT.”

“We believe that Actility continues to be a world leader in networking for the internet of things,” says Matthieu Baret, partner at Idinvest Partners, ”and we’re excited to be able to support the company’s global growth. We’re also very pleased to see that Actility is maintaining that tradition of technology leadership, both in adopting other 3GPP network technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT, and developing business solution enablers like roaming and location and tracking. We believe the company is well-placed to be at the forefront of the internet of things revolution for the enterprise.”

Pierre Louette, Deputy CEO of Orange and President of Orange Digital Ventures comments: “We are happy to be strengthening our support for Actility through this new fundraising round, which clearly demonstrates the ability of corporate venturing to help scale-up innovative new companies. Orange Digital Ventures was an early believer in Actility’s management team and in the potential of LoRaWAN technology; this confidence has now been confirmed as the company continues to expand internationally. Today, Orange is one of Actility’s main customers in France and we hope to extend this partnership in other countries across our footprint in Europe and Africa. We are convinced that a growing number of industries will imagine powerful industrial use-cases that are made possible through Actility’s market-leading platform. Orange will continue to lend its support in bringing such IoT solutions to its enterprise customers. We are not at dawn of the next industrial revolution — we are already in it!”

“Since our last investment, in July 2015, Actility has made tremendous progress,” observes Ginko Ventures’ Managing Partner Dominique Pitteloud, “both in terms of global deployment with many of the largest IoT networks, and has extended its product portfolio to become a general purpose IoT platform which is radio-agnostic and supports vital capabilities such as location and roaming. We are proud to be able to continue to support the company’s further development and growth.”

“We’re excited to be an investor as well as one of Actility’s first customers with a nation-wide deployment of LPWAN “explains Stefan Kuentz, Investment Director Swisscom Ventures. “The management team has a compelling vision with a proven ability to execute globally within a short time span. We are looking forward to supporting the company into its next growth stage.”

Herman Kienhuis, Managing Director KPN Ventures, adds “Actility is the clear industry leader in LPWAN networking technology to connect devices to the internet. Through powerful partnerships, Actility is building a truly global IOT network. KPN has been working together closely with Actility in rolling out KPN’s nationwide internet of things network in The Netherlands. We see that the market for connected devices is developing rapidly and a wide range of valuable use cases is emerging, from gathering data for energy and waste management to equipment tracking, and from dike monitoring to parking sensors. KPN Ventures is happy to support Actility in its further growth as part of the strong investor syndicate as well.”

Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first Gold Solution Partner

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Cougar Automation brings Actility LPWA IoT solutions to UK as first
Gold Solution Partner

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Mark Maidman meets Cougar Automation

Industry 4.0 Summit, Manchester, 4th April 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), today announces that Cougar Automation, one of the UK’s largest independent control system integrators, has become its first Gold Partner in the UK, and will be offering IoT solutions powered by Actility’s ThingPark platform. Cougar and Actility are showcasing solutions at the Industry 4.0 Summit, and can be found on Stand Q30.

“ThingPark will allow us to provide our clients with a host of new business advantages,” says Simon Pape, Business Development Manager at Cougar. “It lets them have low-power wide-area connectivity, and manage thousands of sensors and connected items across the Internet of Things. We’ll be able to help them increase the efficiency and reliability of their factories and industrial plants across a range of sectors, improve safety and create new business opportunities.”

Cougar Automation is a well-established, reliable and sought-after supplier of System Integration Services, including industry-leading expertise in tailoring programs based on the Internet of Things. Their team of more than 100 engineers has been offering such services as industrial control and automation, cyber security and safety for more than 25 years from their offices across the UK.

“We’re delighted to have Cougar on board to bring the power of LPWA and ThingPark to industrial IoT projects in the UK,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “Their unrivalled expertise in control and automation will leverage the power of our platform to deliver outstanding solutions for customers, and their commitment to support those customers is second to none. This partnership is a clear indicator of the fact that LoRaWAN is now mainstream as a way of serving the growing appetite for complete industrial IoT solutions.”

Actility’s solution partner programme supports sales of ThingPark-powered IoT solutions by providing an extensive knowledge base, training resources, access to marketing resources and tools to help design, demonstrate and price a proposal. As` a Gold Partner, Cougar will also benefit from high visibility within the ThingPark ecosystem, access to a pipeline of ThingPark leads, and easy-to-use and rich APIs to develop their own tools and applications.

“Actility brings an unrivalled level of innovation to our service offerings,” says Simon. “We’re pleased to be partnering with an organisation that understands what our customers need to function at peak performance levels. And they bring the highest devotion to customer service, which is a perfect match for our culture at Cougar.“

Actility launches ThingPark Approved Programme to simplify and accelerate IoT solution deployment

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Actility launches ThingPark Approved Programme to simplify and accelerate IoT solution deployment

LoRa Alliance All Member Meeting, Munich: 21 July 2016

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, and the innovator behind the ThingPark LPWA IoT platform, today announces the launch of the “ThingPark Approved” programme, and welcomes its first partners to obtain the ThingPark Approved status. Covering the solution spectrum from sensors and modules to gateways and ultimately applications, ThingPark Approved products are evaluated across a range of interfaces and integration points to ensure interoperability within an end to end solution. 

Highlighting the diversity of partners in the ThingPark Ecosystem, Actility is delighted to announce ThingPark Approved status for Adeunis RF, AllThingsTalk, ATIM, Daliworks, Expemb, Finsecur, Flashnet, Foxconn, Globalsat, IMST, Kerlink, Microchip, MultiTech, MyDevices, Nemeus, NKE-Watteco, Omniimpex, Rising HF and Sensing Labs.

“One of the key challenges in making the IoT a global reality is to simplify the process of creating and deploying end to end solutions,“ says Actility Vice President for Ecosystem Christophe Francois. “Even today, there are thousands of potential solution components from hundreds of suppliers, the ecosystem is exploding. Open standards and certification programmes have a key role to play, but they address specific technology requirements. ThingPark Approved is a business enabler, not a certification programme. It allows partners in our ecosystem to feel confident that they can rely on interoperability with any other product or service found in the ThingPark Marketplace.”

“We are very proud to be approved by ThingPark and join this family.” comments Alpha Tsai, EVP of GlobalSat, “GlobalSat is among the very first LoRa adaptors in Asia. We have spent tremendous effort in promoting LoRa applications. Actility is our first choice network provider thanks to their reliability and instant support. We have gone through intensive interoperability testing to provide customers the easiest integration from end-node to application platform through the ThingPark environment.”

“It’s a great opportunity for Expemb to work with Actility, to master the unique challenges and opportunities offered by the industrial IoT,” adds Franck Priou, IoT & M2M Market Manager at Expemb. “We are delighted to offer our ThingPark Approved gateways, simple and scalable connection solutions which promote greater adoption of industrial IoT. We strive to better meet the needs of businesses to access their data, allowing them to focus on the development of their business applications.”

“By combining Actility ThingPark with myDevices’ Cayenne, the world’s first drag and drop IoT project builder, we have provided smart cities and enterprise customers with the ability to quickly prototype and deploy large-scale IoT projects,” explains Kevin Bromber, CEO myDevices. “This partnership will enable end customers to select from a growing list of LoRa sensors, motors and actuators that can be combined into a single project where remote monitoring, data visualization, triggered events and SMS/email notifications can be assembled and deployed for a variety of use cases.”

“We are pleased to be among the first ThingPark Approved gateway and module vendors for Actility LoRaWAN networks,” says Daniel Quant, Vice President of Product Management and Strategic Marketing at MultiTech. “With Actility software preloaded on our new Conduit LoRa Starter Kit, Actility and MultiTech make developing and deploying LoRaWAN-based IoT applications easier than ever.”

The ThingPark Approved Programme offers a complete business accelerator to fast-track IoT solutions to market. ThingPark partners can connect and test their products and achieve ThingPark Approved status, interact with other solution providers in the ThingPark ecosystem, and then market and sell their solutions in the ThingPark MarketPlace. The straightforward process will be managed through the ThingPark Partner website. ThingPark Approved partners will have opportunities to participate in co-marketing activity, and all will be able to display the ThingPark Approved logo on their products, collateral and web-sites. The ThingPark Partner web-site will be open for business early August, after completing its pilot phase. It will be accessible at: partners.thingpark.com

The ThingPark Approved programme is the latest step in the development of Actility’s ThingPark IoT solutions platform. Alongside ThingPark Marketplace, it also comprises the ThingPark Wireless LPWA network, and ThingPark Mash-up, an open API data mediation platform.

“The launch of the ThingPark Approved programme clearly demonstrates the growing maturity of the ThingPark ecosystem,” concludes Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “We’re delighted that such a diverse group of partners have stepped up to launch the programme and take advantage of the go-to-market acceleration that it delivers.”

Actility collaborates with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using LoRa technology

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Actility collaborates with Cisco to deliver IoT solutions using LoRa technology

Actility’s ThingPark™ platform will be integrated in Cisco IoT solutions

BARCELONA, GSMA Mobile World Congress, 25 February 2016 – Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks announced that it is collaborating with Cisco to help customers embrace digital transformation and accelerate the development of new business models based on the Internet of Things (IoT). Actility will today join the Cisco Partner Ecosystem as a Cisco Solutions+ Partner for LPWA solutions for IoT. The collaboration will allow global service providers and other vertical industries to create added value far beyond simple connectivity, in both business markets such as smart cities, connected factories and industrial IoT, and high volume business to consumer applications.

The combined offering of Cisco IoT solutions and Actility’s ThingPark Wireless Platform also addresses the requirements of private managed LoRa (Low Power, Long Range) wide area networks and can be deployed in a customer’s premises or offered as a Software as a Service model (SaaS). The announcement also brings Cisco networking expertise and the latest LoRa gateway technology to the rapidly growing Actility ThingPark ecosystem, which simplifies the deployment of end-to-end IoT solutions for customers.

Actility’s ThingPark provides long-range network connectivity for low-power sensors used in multiple applications such as smart cities, facility management and asset tracking. The Cisco IoT gateways and Cisco Field Network Director tools provide the vital link between the LoRa radio connections to sensors and devices, and the global Internet or private customer network. Actility’s ThingPark OSS helps ensure that it is straightforward for customers to configure and deploy IoT networks and solutions by validating all the components of an end-to-end solution, from sensors and devices through network connectivity and applications. Now ThingPark customers have access to Cisco IoT solutions with world-leading networking technology that is ready to use and deploy in their Actility-powered service solutions.

“We’re very proud to be able to collaborate with a storied industry leader like Cisco to bring new value to the ThingPark ecosystem,” comments Actility CTO and CEO Olivier Hersent. “With the Cisco IoT gateway we are ready for multi-sector deployments and location services where sensors can be localized without a GPS! Now operators have no need to wait for LTE-based IoT solutions: they can address the massive opportunities in the rapidly growing IoT market today.”

This partnership will enable LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) networks to be expanded rapidly on a global scale, fueling the explosive growth of the next generation of IoT services. Cisco and Actility’s relationships with major tier one telecom operators will accelerate the go to market and widespread deployment of the joint solution.

Vikas Butaney, general manager, IoT Connectivity Business Unit at Cisco, said: ‘I welcome Actility to the Cisco partner community for our IoT solutions to help accelerate digital transformation across industries. Our collaboration with Actility will enable us to offer a complete LoRA LPWA-based solution to our customers and partners, and opens up IoT to an untapped market of billions of battery-powered devices. LoRa’s ability to communicate elegantly without draining excessive power makes it suitable for deploying connected devices in the field that can provide actionable business insights over an extended lifetime.’

Actility and Cisco are both members of the LoRa Alliance, a non-profit organization which aims to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN) by sharing knowledge and experience to help ensure interoperability between operators in one open global standard. Cisco’s collaboration with Actility and induction into the ThingPark ecosystem clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the LoRa Alliance in nurturing business relationships that will drive the rapid growth of the Internet of things globally.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform that enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance. http://www.thingpark.com/en

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