Sweden raises the bar for LoRaWAN

ThingPark Baltic Sea User Forum

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Sweden raises the bar for LoRaWAN

ThingPark Baltic Sea User Forum

Our client Blink Services recently took the opportunity to combine hosting the second ThingPark Baltic Sea User Forum with their own customer event. It was held the 19th and 20th of September in Gothenburg, Sweden and welcomed new participants from Russia and Norway who have joined Actility’s operator community in the Baltic Sea region.

Actility CEO Olivier Hersent attended to present his views on the market, where Actility has been successful since the start of 2018, what we have learned and our product strategy for the future. Each operator got the opportunity to share their experiences over the last six months. The progress with the expansion of coverage and range of use cases on offer is inspirational. Deploying national and regional LoRaWAN networks is by no means a simple exercise, but the close collaboration between the operators and Actility has made it possible.

Blink Services’ customer event had over 150 participants and brought together many partners from the Nordics and Baltics. They have set the bar high for the next forum in Spring 2019, which Digita has offered to host. The User Forum’s members are Actility, Blink Services (Sweden), Digita (Finland), ER-Telecom (Russia), Lattelecom (Latvia), Levikom (Estonia), Lyse (Norway) and SEAS-NVE (Denmark).

City Hub Alliance introduces LoRaWAN connectivity in Sweden

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The City Hub Alliance introduces LoRaWAN connectivity as a service in Sweden

City Hub Alliance Sweden

LoRaWAN connectivity as a service

Let me introduce myself: I’m the COO of Öresundskraft, a communication and energy company in the south of Sweden. In February 2017, we designed and established the world first “Open City Hub” (Stadshubb in Swedish) in Helsingborg, based on the unique Swedish open wholesale business model for local fiber networks. Some 200 Swedish municipalities own and operate local open fiber networks.

A City Hub is a regional LoRaWAN network with an open and neutral wholesale business model for connectivity, basically LoRaWAN connectivity as a service.

Anyone who needs to communicate with LoRaWAN sensors can easily do so without having to build or operate their own network.

Base infrastructure

An Open City Hub offers significant benefits for companies, residents and the community:

  • simplify access to IoT connectivity
  • lay the ground for Smart cities services
  • complement the city fiber network.

The City Hub Alliance is made up of a growing number of fully or partially municipally-owned companies, working together both commercially and technically to provide regional City Hubs all using Actility’s ThingPark platform, operated by Öresundskraft.

Large-scale and local

Each City hub runs its own business including sales, marketing, and network management. Building on the dense national fiber infrastructure combined with LoRaWAN, the Alliance offers a technical and a business platform for multiple cities. By combining the benefits of large-scale operations with local presence and market knowledge, the City Hub Alliance brings out the best of both worlds.

This LPWAN business model is now the leading one in Sweden and is growing rapidly: a new City hub a week in 2018!

I believe this model can inspire many other countries than Sweden. Would love to hear your questions or comments!

3 Good Fairies Welcome the Newborn Swedish LoRaWAN™ Ecosystem

Mark Maidman and Nicolas Beaumer at the Blink Services IoT event

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3 Good Fairies Welcome the Newborn Swedish LoRaWAN™ Ecosystem

Mark Maidman and Nicolas Beaumer at the Blink Services IoT event

Actility was invited to the Blink Services and Landskrona Energi IoT event on 9 June to brief their potential customers on LoRaWAN™ use cases. Nicolas Beaumer, IoT Product Strategy Manager and myself, Mark Maidman, UK and Northern Europe Sales Manager, were honored to meet the newborn Swedish LoRaWAN™ ecosystem.  

Blink Services’ insightful and inspiring IoT event

The IoT event organized by Blink Services in Landskrona (Sweden) on 9 June was very inspiring to meet so many interested parties in one location. They were really engaged throughout the presentation and asked highly relevant questions about specific use cases such as soil moisture at the end which was fantastic for me as:

  1. I didn’t send them to sleep
  2. They understood my English accent!!

The event also demonstrated Blink’s positioning in the IoT market and the great customer relationships they are building across Sweden. I can’t wait to go back and help Blink develop their capabilities in partnership with Actility even further.

“We appreciate the firm support we received from Actility by sending their star speaker, Mark Maidman, to our event. Mark’s performance was highly appreciated by the audience and he managed to bring clarity to the IoT concept”, says Matts Lilja, Managing Director at Blink Services.

Actility partners with Blink Services to bring nationwide IoT connectivity to Sweden

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Actility partners with Blink Services to bring nationwide IoT connectivity to Sweden

Smart city use case by Blink

Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and Blink Services, the Swedish company offering connectivity through the open network, LoRaWAN™ and smart city solutions, today announce they are working together to launch a national IoT network in Sweden. The partnership leverages Actility’s extensive expertise and pioneering IoT technology platform, combined with Blink Service’s digital smart city solutions, to deliver connectivity and scalable services. Through this approach, both parties will facilitate the digitalisation process and lay the groundwork for cities to adapt to smarter solutions. 

Following Blink Service’s initial launch of the network in Helsingborg and Landskrona, it has gained rapid momentum, with several cities standing by for installation. By partnering with Actility, Blink Services will be able to increase the speed of deployment and deliver IoT connectivity on a truly national scale. The network will pave the way for a host of socioeconomic benefits, including smart traffic solutions, which dramatically reduce fuel consumption and pollution while increasing road safety, and smart agriculture technologies, which power more sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices. 

These services will be underpinned by Actility’s world-leading portfolio of location technologies, with IoT geolocation and tracking proven to optimise logistics and supply chains for a wide range of industry sectors. Blink has also developed its own applications in cooperation with the sister company, Blinkfyrar, Sweden’s leading road sign supplier. A shared vision to increase road safety and create sustainable and efficient systems resulted in a product called Signsensor, which detects if a road sign is damaged and alerts engineers to repair it, eliminating the need for regular inspection visits.

“We’re excited to be working with Actility to bring IoT connectivity to the whole of Sweden,” commented Matts Lilja, Managing Director of Blink Services. “A digital wireless infrastructure for IoT will mean major changes and many opportunities. Technology can fundamentally change the conditions for several established business models, as we already see installed systems around the world.  Through working with Actility, we will be able to utilise its experience and hands-on knowledge, and work to set the standard for how things communicate with each other, both locally and nationally,” Lilja added.

“National IoT networks have the potential to bring untold benefits to both lives and businesses, and truly enable us to build a better world,” added Mike Mulica, CEO, Actility. “We are therefore delighted to be working with Blink Services to deliver nationwide IoT coverage in Sweden, and are looking forward to seeing the positive changes the network will drive.”