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.

Adeunis RF et Actility annoncent la signature d’un contrat de partenariat pour le développement d’offres M2M, IoT bas débit

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Adeunis RF et Actility annoncent la signature d’un contrat de partenariat pour le développement d’offres M2M, IoT bas débit

La nouvelle offre Produits d’Adeunis RF, basée sur la technologie LoRaWan, sera désormais supportée par le réseau ThingPark Wireless® d’Actility.

Adeunis RF est aujourd’hui un acteur clé dans les objets connectés. « Nous nous réjouissons de l’arrivée d’un tel partenaire dans notre écosystème de partenaires du réseau Internet des Objets ThingPark Wireless et LoRaWan », a déclaré Olivier Hersent, fondateur et CTO d’Actility.

Adeunis RF, une expertise unique dans le domaine de la radio fréquence pour déployer des solutions dédiées aux marchés M2M et IoT.

LoRaWan offre des avancées technologiques significatives améliorant  la fiabilité de communication. C’est la raison pour laquelle Adeunis RF a intégré cette brique technologique dans ses produits dédiés aux applications très longue portée/basse consommation. Ces produits sont particulièrement adaptés aux applications du type Internet des objets (IoT), capteurs en réseaux, environnement, bâtiments intelligents, télé-relève de compteurs, sécurité ou encore M2M.

« La signature de ce contrat de partenariat avec Actility, opérateur de services Machine-to-Machine reconnu dans le monde du M2M et de l’IoT nous permet de commercialiser des produits LoRaWAN compatibles avec son infrastructure réseau longue portée ThingPark Wireless.» a déclaré Frank FISCHER, Directeur Général Délégué d’Adeunis RF. Et de poursuivre : « La solution ThingPark Wireless dédiée à la connexion de réseaux de capteurs au Cloud dans les domaines du « bâtiment intelligent » nous intéresse car elle nous permet de développer des produits finis et capteurs dédiés. Les données ainsi collectées pourront être hébergées au sein de l’infrastructure déjà existante ThingPark Cloud d’Actility à des fins d’analyse dans le cadre de programmes d’optimisation de la consommation énergétiqueCela nous permettra de proposer cette solution à nos clients. »

Actility among 20 Most Promising M2M Solution Providers 2015

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Machine-to-Machine has become a keyword that has the potential to transform operations in nearly every industry. With the primary aim of connecting, monitoring and actuating devices that are used chiefly in the telecom industry, the technology is now shifting towards cellular connectivity and data services that monitor the hardware equipments utilized in different industrial sectors.

Greater demand for M2M solutions has primarily triggered the widespread adoption and creation of affordable wireless communication. As the adoption of M2M increases, managing the sheer amount of connected devices is resulting in reduced workflow performance and giving rise to new types of security threats. Further, the convergence of trends like the cloud, mobile, and big data is fuelling a huge inflow of data in M2M space. To overcome these issues, the M2M vendors and service providers are offering new strategies in the submarkets such as M2M security, Connected Device Platforms (CDP) and Application Platforms.

While there are thousands of M2M solution providers in the market, the variety in solutions and their use cases have made spotting the right solution, a difficult task to accomplish. To simplify and help CIOs identify the right M2M solution providers, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and CIOReview editorial board have selected the top M2M solution providers. The companies featured here demonstrate an ability to develop innovative technologies and methodologies, while offering outstanding customer service.

In our selection process, we looked at the vendor’s capability to fulfill the need for cost-effective and flexible solutions that add value to the M2M landscape.

We present to you CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising M2M Solutions Providers 2015.

The fast growing industry leader in Internet of Things (IoT) and Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, Actility, founded in 2010 in France, has recently secured a $25 million funding round led by Foxconn through Ginko Ventures and major telecom players, allowing the company to improve its market strategy for their ThingPark® solution. The ThingPark Wireless®, ThingPark Cloud® and ThingPark Store® services allow millions of objects to communicate bi-directionally and offer an online market place platform commercializing the IoT business. A look inside the intriguing world of connected objects. 

Machine to Machine (M2M) communication is increasingly becoming available for a broader scope of applications and has enabled the development of innovative concepts like Smart Cities and Factories. In a connected world, machines communicate automatically to enhance greater efficiency along with security. However, today’s wireless technologies are not optimized to run on a battery with minimal maintenance. 

“The main challenge today is the need for connected devices with low energy consumption. With the Internet of Things (IoT) new needs for business and consumer business cases, energetic independency is the key for Smart Objects”, says Olivier Hersent, Founder and CTO, Actility.

Actility leads the new generation standard-based M2M communication through its ThingPark platform and is a provider of network solutions and managed information systems for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. With headquarters in Paris, in the heart of the IoT French Tech, Actility’s ThingPark Wireless network provides long-range coverage for low-power sensors used in SmartCity, SmartBuilding and SmartFactory applications. “Since numerous studies predict that by 2020 there will be 20-50 billion connected objects, there is a need for low-power and low energy consumption devices. These trends trigger the need for LPWA network,” adds Hersent.

Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution is unique because the radio technology used in this solution covers very long distance with low power and is bidirectional. This means objects can stay connected for months without requiring any battery recharge. The spread spectrum modulation technology with a wider bandwidth in ThingPark helps in covering dense city areas up to the range of 1, 2 to 3, 1 mile and up to 9, 3 miles in the countryside. In all, the technology allows for millions of objects to be connected and to communicate in any given situation and at any given time, all over the world. 

“ThingPark provides the technology to connect both long range and low power sensors over unlicensed radio band spectrum, allowing low cost and fast rollout of IoT networks,” says Hersent. “ThingPark Wireless is a thoroughly integrated platform for IoT and has been therefore designed in such a way that it can be implemented anywhere in the nation to enable and enhance services for any market sector,” adds Hersent.

ThingPark Cloud provides Big Data storage for sensor data and exposes sensor function. ThingPark Store introduces the « long tail » App Store business model, developed with success by Apple and Google, on the IoT market. The online Store provides an open garden environment to thousands of potential IoT solution vendors who need to be exposed in a market place and be automatically activated on an order. Actility uses both public and private networks dedicated to IoT to roll-out its technology.

The funding round has opened doors for partnerships with major telecom players such as Swisscom (Switzerland), KPN (Netherlands) and Proximus (Belgium) which will enable major IoT roll-outs in the coming year, covering complete cities and countries. Moreover, many companies across a variety of industries have benefitted from adopting Actility’s ThingPark on their private network. A good example is the project “Habitat Toulouse” which is a social housing management company in France. Habitat Toulouse faced issues when managing renovations with the buildings. The organization had approached Actility seeking for a cost effective building monitoring process and to deploy complex infrastructures. “We proposed our solution, ThingPark, which allowed running the monitoring test in all the buildings. As a result, Habitat Toulouse was able to derive desirable results,” expresses Hersent.

Actility successfully completes ETSI M2M interoperability test during ETSI’s Plugtest in Sophia Antipolis

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Actility successfully completes ETSI M2M interoperability test during ETSI’s Plugtest in Sophia Antipolis

Actility’s ThingPark platform complies fully with the ETSI allowing ThingPark Wireless sensor and application vendors to easily integrate with the ThingPark Wireless IoT network

ETSI’s Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI) has organized the 1st Machine-to-Machine (M2M) interoperability testing event of the ETSI M2M architecture with the support of the European Commission.. The purpose of this event was to verify the M2M primitives interoperability as defined in the ETSI standards and to check end-to-end functionality on ETSI M2M interfaces dIa, mId and mIa.

The event was scheduled from 10 to 12 September 2014 in ETSI, Sophia Antipolis. Actility was successful in engaging in test sessions with M2M vendors allowing all parties to assess the level of interoperability of their implementations and verify the correct interpretation of ETSI M2M standards.

All M2M systems vendors (including M2M Devices, DA, GSCL, NSCL, NA…) were invited to participate. For more information on the ETSI M2M architecture please refer to our dedicated channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/681026

Interoperability test scenarios were conducted based on ETSI M2M standards TS 102 690 and TS 102 921. All participants had the possibility to verify the common mechanisms (registration, subscription, discovery, access rights, etc …) specified in the standard, whatever M2M use cases is deployed for the implementations.

Actility and Semtech announce Long-Range bi-directional wireless technology for M2M and Internet Of Things (IoT) sensors

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Actility and Semtech announce Long-Range bi-directional wireless technology for M2M and Internet Of Things (IoT) sensors

New ThingPark Wireless® service enables M2M OEMs and integrators to connect end-points to the cloud for Smart Building, Smart Factory or Smart City deployments…

Actility and Semtech announced today the launch of the ThingPark Wireless® service to enables M2M system integrators to connect low-power sensors to the cloud for Smart Building, Smart Factory or Smart City deployments

This new technology is based on the new generation of bidirectional LoRa™ radio transceivers from Semtech and Actility’s wireless M2M base station with an open REST-based API(Application Programming Interface) for IoT application development. The ThingPark Wireless® service can support a wide-range of innovative sensor-based services such as smart parking, digital signage monitoring, EV charging, smart meter, safety sensor metering and many more.

With this disruptive technology, a typical Smart City or Smart Building project  would require only a low-cost, small antenna on a rooftop to connect sensors in a 2-5 km radius for dense cities or in a 15 km radius in countryside applications. Semtech’s LoRa™ technology has 5-10 dB more link budget than cellular technology for in-building penetration where cellular and GPS cannot reach. With the integration of Semtech’s LoRa spread-spectrum technology into ThingPark Wireless it is now possible LoRa-enabled sensors to transmit low data rate signals up to 15 km without issues related to crystal accuracy found in legacy smart metering systems and industrial applications.

You can read the full press release by Actility and Semtech here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140305005414/en/Actility-Semtech-Offer-Low-Cost-Long-Range-Radio-Solution#.UxcvHl5sPSo