Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

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Actility launches Ecosystem Partner Program

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, has launched the Ecosystem Partner Program (EPP). This new program is focused on leveraging Actility’s ThingPark platform and partners’ technologies to deliver increased value by providing certified, complementary and scalable IoT solutions.

The Ecosystem Partner Program will help the adoption of IoT use cases by extending the capabilities of Actility’s LoRaWAN™ network server and providing a one-stop-shop for complete IoT solutions.

David Royet, director ecosystem and digital services, Actility, said: “We have established the EPP to simplify everything for our partners by bringing it all under one roof and by removing all technical complexity. In addition, we have improved the setup of our partners’ products with the implementation of dedicated profiles for each device and have also simplified device activation and payload decoding.

“Our service offering and partner numbers continue to grow so we identified the need to develop the Partner ecosystem in a streamlined way that would create value for end customers. We have already had very positive feedback from partners who have converted to the EPP and we look forward to welcoming many more in the coming weeks and months.”

Francis Raimbert, founder and owner, ATIM Radiocommunication said: “Actility’s ecosystem partner program advances our ongoing strong relationship with the company and enables us to further integrate with ThingPark Enterprise and the LoRaWAN ecosystem. Our LoRaWAN products will be presented in the device profiles gaining increased exposure to their other partners. It’s a win-win scenario.”

End customers looking for high-quality partners will benefit from the new ThingPark Connected label which certifies that products including devices, gateways, and applications are correctly integrated on the ThingPark Platform.

By using ThingPark Connected products, Actility’s customers have the assurance they can deploy their IoT use cases simply and efficiently. They can fully focus on their business and work with their validated products.

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.

For further information about Actility, please visit: https://www.actility.com/ecosystem-partner/

For further information about ATIM, please visit: http://www.atim.com

“If you build it, they will come!”

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“If you build it, they will come!”

Unless you are a Baby boomer or Generation X, this may mean nothing to you! “If you build it, they will come!” Is a famous quote from a great movie of the late 80s called Field of Dreams. It’s a movie about baseball, the great American sport, and I imagine most Europeans have no idea what I’m referring to, even if from the right generation!

Actility has built it! We are launching ThingPark Enterprise at Mobile World Congress. ThingPark Enterprise is the most powerful and advanced dedicated Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution. The making started a few quarters back with a vision, as in the movie, a vision in which few believed, and many were skeptical.  

We needed to arm ourselves with research and data. And we did a lot of research! The reports from Orbis Research stated the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) LPWA Connections were to Grow at a 206 Percent CAGR to 2021 and HIS Markit said LPWA networks are expected to make a significant contribution to the M2M and IoT ecosystem, with an estimated $23 Billion in service revenue by 2020. This told us which direction to go, and at what speed. And mostly researched you, the customer. By doing our own surveys, and analyzing reports from OVUM that state:

“By 2018 we expect to start seeing see significant numbers of LPWA enterprise contract awards and the proliferation of application use cases.”

Start small and you will grow

With this deep insight, we analyzed your needs. We concluded you needed not a connectivity platform, but a solution. A complete, secure, manageable solution, that would give you what you needed to improve your process, to facilitate your day to day, improve the services you deliver, help you manage your valuables, your assets. We agreed this had to be a cost-effective complete solution, which would include the hardware required, the software, the installation, the services and the support. We knew we had to make it simple, flexible, accessible. We took into account we had to make it scalable, as we know you will start small and you will grow. And that is what we did!

Think of your ThingPark Enterprise network in the same terms as your WiFi network. For certain objects, in certain places, connecting to public WiFi is best. And in other cases, you deploy your own WiFi network. We designed the user interface (UI) to give you a graphical view of your solution and enable you to drive data from each device independently, or in groups, to the applications of your choice.

Transform business, industries and processes

IIoT is what we do! Who better to build this for you? The Actility IIoT connectivity platform, tools, and fast-growing ecosystem enable customers to create solutions that transform business, industries, and processes. The ThingPark LPWA platform connects sensors gathering data to cloud applications on any scale. 

Our ThingPark Wireless LPWA platform is the most deployed solution in the world, operated by leading service providers offering public connectivity. ThingPark Enterprise responds to the natural evolution of the market, addressing the Enterprise segment, where public connectivity is not available or does not fit the requirements.

If you build it, they will come! We built it! and we deliver this to you via the Actility Distribution Partners. Your trusted SI will be trained and certified to help you start your digital transformation and bring you to the field of dreams.  We already have a few early adopters, and we look forward to having you join them.

Come see ThingPark Enterprise on our stand at Mobile World Congress in hall 8.0 C3. Our team of experts is ready to present the solution to you.

Cisco Live in the city of lights!

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Cisco Live in the city of lights!

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Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. This year, Actility sent two hands full of their crew to support its very own booth at the edition in Las Vegas, running from 25-29 June. Over 28000 partners and customers attended the event and benefited from a curriculum of more than 1,000 sessions offering unique opportunities to acquire cutting-edge knowledge and skills on innovative technologies.  Cisco Live is a five-day immersion in sessions and specialty programs on numerous topics including, of course, IoT. It is a chance to see and be seen by suppliers and customers, to see and deliver demos, to explore and assess the latest solutions from all markets and meet the industry’s top vendors.

For Actility, this event was a tremendous success. The LPWA market in the US is just getting traction and now is a fantastic time for us to position ThingPark™ as the leading Network Server in that space. We come back fully energized and rich from the experience. We realized we were capable of grabbing real attention from visitors. The attendees interested in IoT and in connected objects were drawn to our booth, impressed with the possibilities Actility’s ThingPark delivers and the power of LoRaWan in the LPWA landscape.

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We spent our days evangelizing. Our booth focused on Smart City solutions, as our market analysis tells us this is the ‘low hanging fruit’ in the US.  We had numerous devices to demo on our booth, such as a Smart Streetlight powered by Flashnet, a Smart Parking solution with our partner PNI, a SmartBin waste management solution, the ever-popular connected mousetrap and others focused on that vertical market. And our biggest hit was our live shuttle bus tracking demo, powered by Actilitys’ ThingPark and Abeeway™ tracking devices and using Cisco IXM gateways. 

Cisco used seven gateways, of which four deployed indoor covering the entire convention center and only three were necessary outdoors to cover the shuttle route on the entire southern part of the Las Vegas Strip. Cisco placed Actility’s Abeeway trackers inside the buses taking participants to and from the Convention Center and their hotels. And the demo was impressive! Shown on our booth as well as Cisco’s, and on the information desk in the lobby. We got people’s attention. Here is when we truly contribute to making people’s lives easier and smarter: using an app on their smartphone or public screen to determine the arrival time of the next shuttle bus between their hotel and the Mandalay Bay Convention Centre, attendees could wait for their shuttle inside, and avoid waiting in the Nevada heats they had to last year!

The general theme of the event was Calling all Super Heros, You’re IT.  I can tell you, we brought our Super Hero, and his name is Gabor Pop! Each day Gabor had a 15-minute presentation, in which he introduced Actility and explained a use case. We chose Smart Parking, Tracking, Smart Lighting and Smart building.  His presentations stopped traffic, and guided people to our stand afterwards.  We played our cards well. We found new channels to help us bring ThingPark to US market, we found new customers, some with immediate projects, others we need to develop. With a complete team based across the US, Actility is invested and betting the US LPWA market will catch up to the Europeans and Asia/Pac. Thank you Cisco Live! We enjoyed playing, meeting many superheros, and winning new relationships!

Actility’s IoT perspectives in the Middle East from oil rigs to happiness meters

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Actility’s IoT perspectives in the Middle East from oil rigs to happiness meters

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By Ahmed Bouna: Actility is exploring new territories as much as it is pioneering with IoT technologies. As the sales lead for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), me and my team attended IoTx event in Dubai (21-23 May). Let me share some feedbacks on this event as well as my insights on LPWA technologies adoption in my region, which is an IoT sweet spot.

IoTx Dubai: the must-attend event

IoTx is the must-attend event for anyone interested in innovative IoT technologies in the MENA region, whether you are a customer or a provider. Held in Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE, IoTx marked the first of many events to follow for Actility in the Middle East.

Altogether 180 visitors visited our booth, ranging from Operators such as Etisalat, du, STC, Ooredoo, Thuraya, Yahsat and MTN Iran, to System Integrators such as ARC, Emircom, Orange Business Services, Samtech, GBM and Skop Holding. Actility is clearly perceived a serious player in the LoRAWAN™ ecosystem. We are acknowledged for our global Tier 1 customer references, as well as for the largest IoT ecosystem (https://market.thingpark.com/) and have unmatched technical expertise on LPWA technologies. We were also very proud to display our partners’ devices on the booth.

Understanding different IoT technologies

One of the key discussions with Operators was related to the confusion created by four kinds of IoT technologies (LoRa, NB-IoT/LTE-M, sigfox, ingenu). The IoTx event enabled to give a clear status on those technologies:

  • LoRaWAN: Already deployed by major Tier 1 Operators, backed by the LoRa Alliance, composed of more than 500 members including Cisco/IBM/HP…, offering the widest IoT ecosystem.
  • NB-IoT/LTE-M is proposed by the traditional Telco vendors. It will become a reality in 2 or 3 years since Operators need to upgrade their core networks and also, they need to secure affordable ecosystem. LoRaWAN and NB–IoT/LTE-M are seen to be complementary.
  • Sigfox + ingenu: Those are 2 companies offering property technologies, small ecosystems and no private data hosting in the domestic markets.

From a media standpoint, recent press releases outlining our collaboration with Machines Talk in Saudi Arabia and GET Wireless in Tunisia were a clear signal that LPWA is real. Rolling out a LoRaWAN network with Machines Talk is a true reference since Saudi Arabia is the most complex market to conquer within the MENA region.

Overall, it was a very successful event. In my opinion, tradeshows do not only help increase visibility, they confirm a real interest from a business development perspective which builds trustworthy and long-term relationships with people and companies. In the coming months, we aim to participate in events and trade fairs in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Tunisia, and Oman, which are key countries in terms of IoT adoption.

Optimization, from oil rigs to happiness meters

As you may have guessed, one of the main drivers in my region is the oil industry, that constantly needs to increase revenues and manage their high costs. Implementing IoT is an excellent means to better monitor machines, automate processes and operations, and eventually, take better decisions to increase efficiency.

“We have been doing a lot of research into what type of technologies are out there today that can take Dubai ahead of the game. And, we have found that blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are some of the nascent technologies that have been present in the market for the past five or six years. They are still relatively new and need a mature approach, where they can be shaped to fit a citywide implementation.” Dr. Aisha bin Bishr, director general of the Smart Dubai Office*

From a very different standpoint, Dubai is a pioneer in this quest for optimization; it aims at becoming the happiest city in the world thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and services. If you are in the UAE’s hub, chances are that you will run into a Happiness Meter. Smart Dubai, the Governmental entity in charge of transforming Dubai into a smart city, has invested in innovative technologies such as IoT to offer its citizens and visitors alike a seamless and efficient living experience… A first step towards happiness indeed!

* http://www.khaleejtimes.com/blockchain-iot-and-big-data-are-tools-of-the-future-experts-say

Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China

Bing Liu, CEO of ThingPark China

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Actility and Ginko Ventures launch ThingPark China to support rapid development of LPWA IoT in China

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN), has announced it will co-invest in a new corporate entity called ThingPark China, along with Ginko Ventures, in a move to speed the deployment of LPWA across China. The establishment of ThingPark China is another major step taken by Actility to develop comprehensive end-to-end IoT solutions that are dedicated to the Chinese market and its users.

ThingPark is a leading IoT solution launched by Actility, providing services to a wide range of customers in Europe, China, Australia, Japan and the Americas. China is an opportunity like no other in the IoT market and it is estimated that one third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices in 2020 will be in the PRC. Actility and Ginko Ventures today announced they have appointed Mr. Bing Liu as the Chief Executive Officer of ThingPark China. Liu will be responsible for defining the company’s long-term strategic plan, developing products and business solutions, and managing its general operations.

Referring to his new appointment at ThingPark China, Mr. Bing Liu said:“The global deployment of LPWA is ushering in an important turning point in large-scale IT deployments. Additionally, vertical application development and production have entered a critical stage of commercial operation. Actility has always been focused on the development and progress of IoT, and the ThingPark solution has become the first choice of many top-tier communication operators and companies.”

“Ginko Ventures’ strong capacities in investment and technology manufacturing will help to lay the foundation in promoting large-scale IoT development in China, and the integration of upstream and downstream resources. As an essential step to creating an IoT ecosystem, ThingPark China will actively cooperate with communication operators, system integrators, and corporate customers, and strive to upgrade the industrial infrastructure and large-scale IoT development in China.”

Before joining Actility, Liu served as the General Manager of Greater China for Jawbone, a leading global brand of consumer electronics and a pioneer in wearable technology. He also worked as the Vice President of Operations & General Manager at Technicolor (formerly also known as Thomson), building Technicolor’s Asia Pacific operations and supply chain from ground up. In his earlier career, Liu also worked and served in key engineering and operation positions in companies such as Motorola and Lucent Technologies.

“Over the past 20 years, Bing has served in a number of roles in general management, production and business development, sales operations and supply chain in the areas of hi-tech, wireless and telecommunication and consumer electronics. He has successfully led large-scale business operation roll-out and expansion, team building and organizational development for both multinationals and startups,” said Mike Mulica, CEO at Actility. “I believe that Bing will lead ThingPark China to huge success as a leading player in the IoT in the region.”