Actility partners with Macnica Networks to lead the way from M2M to IoT in Japan

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Actility partners with Macnica Networks to lead the way from M2M to IoT in Japan

Yokohama, Japan, 14 December 2016: Global semiconductor, networking and security giant will accelerate the growth of Actility’s ThingPark platform in the Japanese manufacturing, government and telco sectors.

Actility, the industry leader in low power wide area networking, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Macnica Networks, the global network, security and cloud solutions provider, to distribute and support the ThingPark IoT platform in Japan. Not only will Macnica Networks offer ThingPark as a component of IoT solutions for its end customers in government, manufacturing and telecoms, but the company will also provide technical support for the ThingPark developer programme in Japan, conduct ThingPark Approved interoperability testing, and sell developer kits for the local market.

“We’re very pleased to launch this collaboration with Macnica Networks, a company with almost 40 years experience in providing network and security solutions for the largest companies in Japan,” says Actility CEO Mike Mulica. ”This partnership is about much more than simply distributing ThingPark. It’s about helping to grow the vitally important ecosystem around ThingPark by supporting local developers as they explore the possibilities of the IoT. And it’s also about offering ThingPark Approved testing in the Japanese market for the first time, which will help developers and hardware vendors bring their products to market more quickly, safe in the knowledge that they will work reliably in any ThingPark-powered network.“

“We consider LoRaWAN to be a very promising technology for low power wide area IoT networks, which is getting more and more traction in the market. Our partnership with Actility is an important milestone to expand our IoT solution.”” explains Jun Ikeda, Macnica Networks Corp. President.

Actility’s ThingPark suite is an enabler of scalable LPWA networks and interoperable IoT Applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity. ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to applications. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework which exposes data from connected things to applications, and offers off the shelf IoT  industrial applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating, distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the ThingPark platform. 

For vendors, it provides reassurance as they develop their products that they will work “out of the box” when deployed, and access to the largest base of LPWA networks globally to market their products; and for network operators, it provides a catalogue of tested devices that can be depoyed immediately in end to end solutions for their customers.

Actility partners with SoftBank to accelerate the Internet of Things in Japan

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Actility partners with SoftBank to accelerate the Internet of Things in Japan

Actility, the global leader in LPWA network infrastructure and service platforms, is working with SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) to support the roll out of a complete low power wide area network solution which could trigger explosive growth in the IoT in Japan this year. The LoRaWAN network will enable a wide range of applications in Japan, ranging from tracking elderly family members to monitoring the condition of tunnels or automated water metering.

“SoftBank is a recognized global leader in all the important layers of the Internet economy. We are thrilled to be working together with the SoftBank team on their IoT strategy, and in particular, their commitment to LPWA and their forthcoming LoRaWAN deployment in Japan.” Mike Mulica, CEO of Actility

“SoftBank has been impressed with Actility’s deep knowledge of the LPWA market and their efforts in pioneering LoRaWAN. We look forward to building a vibrant LPWA business in Japan through close technology and market collaboration with Actility and their ecosystem partners,” explains Hironobu Tamba, Vice President, Service Platform Strategy & Development Division of SoftBank.

LPWA networks can connect remote sensors and devices over ranges of up to 15km, in heavily built-up urban areas, and with a battery life of up to ten years thanks to extremely efficient power consumption. This capability, coupled with low cost sensors and devices, is expected to drive explosive growth in IoT by transforming the affordability and commercial viability of applications across industry, infrastructure and even at home. SoftBank will provide complete IoT solutions using LoRaWAN, including devices, base stations, IoT network platform, and all the services required to implement these solutions including consulting.

In the future, SoftBank envisages applications in commercial facilities management; smart buildings; equipment monitoring and remote control and tracking in warehouses, for example; automated meter reading of gas and water meters; keeping watch over the elderly and children; road, tunnel and infrastructure monitoring; and transport fleet management.

The simplicity and low cost of LoRaWAN network deployment enable a rapid roll-out for IoT driven specifically by the low power consumption capability. As well, SoftBank expects to enable optimized IoT solutions which take advantage of the capabilities of cellular LTE networks alongside the LPWA network.

Partnering with SoftBank and Actility in this deployment and co-operating in the growth of a LoRaWAN ecosystem are the world’s largest OEM vendor, Foxconn Technology Group (headquartered in Taiwan) and LoRaWAN technology vendor Semtech Corporation (headquartered in the USA). 

Overview of LoRaWAN™

LoRaWAN is an LPWA networking standard developed by the LoRa Alliance, which provides wide area bidirectional connectivity to IoT devices with unprecedentedly low cost and energy efficiency. Over 390 companies have already joined the LoRa Alliance (at September 2nd, 2016), creating the largest IoT solution ecosystem for enterprises and consumers.

LoRaWAN ™ in Japan communicates using the 920MHz. The main features are as follows.

  • Battery life: 10 years or more (*1)
  • Communication range: up to 15km (*2)
  • Base station capacity: 10s of thousands of devices can connect to a single base station (*3)
  • (1) Battery lifetime in the field depends on the communication requirement.
  • (2) communication range is a published values of LoRa Alliance, not the actual range of the deployed services in Japan.
  • (3) Base station capacity depends on the time needed for communication by each connected device