Öresundskraft and Actility announce rollout of Swedish IoT network using unique “City Hub” model

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Öresundskraft and Actility announce rollout of Swedish IoT network using unique “City Hub” model

Öresundskraft, the Swedish energy company and fibre network operator, and Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks , today announce that they are working together to deploy a LoRaWAN IoT communication network within the Helsingborg Open City Hub, which could be the first of many rolling out across Sweden under the auspices of the StadshubbsAlliansen (“City Hub Alliance”). In the Open City Hub model, the IoT connectivity platform is offered by the municipality as an open access, commercially neutral network available to all companies or consumers in the city. Öresundskraft provides “connectivity as a service” for the Helsingborg hub.

“A Stadshubb is a regional LoRaWAN with an open and neutral wholesale business model for connectivity,” explains Öresundskraft’s Bo Lindberg, “ which enables anyone who needs to communicate with LoRa sensors to do so  easily, without having to build or operate their own infrastructure. This siginificantly reduces the threshold for service providers and end users to establish IOT services and solutions, thus accelerating and simplifying digitalization in general and the development of the smart city in particular.”

“We’re very pleased to have been selected to partner Öresundskraft in the roll-out of this ground-breaking smart city infrastructure and innovative business model,” comments Actility CEO Olivier Hersent. “An Open City Hub creates significant benefits for companies, residents and society in the region. It simplifies connectivity and enables key services, underpinned by secure LoRaWAN communication powered by ThingPark Wireless, delivering data to its owners’ cloud applications through a common horizontal infrastructure available to all on equal terms.”

The StadshubbsAlliansen was founded and is operated by Öresundskraft. Growing in 2018 at a rate of a new member every week, the Alliance is made up of either fully or partially municipally owned companies working together both commercially and technically to provide regional Stadshubbs (city Hubs) all using the same ThingPark Wireless platform from Actility, operated by Öresundskraft. The members of StadshubbAlliansen consist of regional fiber network providers with extensive experience of providing digital communication solutions. All own their own fiber networks, which provide key communication links in the City Hubs, and all have broad experience in working with local businesses and private customers whilst also dealing with infrastructure issues and urban development needs.

“In Actility we have a very strong partner, both in technology and in world-leading deployment expertise. Actility has been able to support StadshubbsAlliansen from the earliest days as a start-up and continue as we now are rapidly are growing throughout Sweden. With this well-developed infrastructure in and LoRaWAN™ service the StadshubbsAlliansen and Actility are creating a marketplace to realize the full potential of all digitalization through one technical and one business platform for multiple cities. Together we will build Sweden’s Smartest Cities,” concludes Bo Lindberg.

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.”