How LoRaWAN powers up smart cities of tomorrow today

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How LoRaWAN powers up smart cities of tomorrow today

July 4, 2019 | written by ALAYKKA FOWLER

Gone were the days when “smart cities” only existed in films and stories.

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Today, cities all over the world feel the immense pressure to transform into the cities of tomorrow and for sound reasons. City planning and construction affect the way everything around it operates, including their citizens’ way and quality of life. As resources become scarcer and facilities outdated, governments globally are taking different measures to address these issues and adjust to evolving demands.

Now, cities are leaning more towards a data-centric approach to solve various issues. Moreover, this is also to improve services and living environment for their citizens. For this reason, more of them are installing connected devices where data is crucial, e.g. parking spaces, trash bins, and utility systems. However, the challenge lies within having the right type of connectivity for optimum data gathering and service delivery as one type varies from another.

 

LoRaWAN for smart cities

When it comes to digitally transforming cities, the usual LTE or WiFi connectivity alone is not enough. In fact, there is a rising problem in the limited data spectrum that the world has today as urban areas become densely populated. This increasing strain on networks and network signals’ difficulty in penetrating enclosed structures and underground areas is a major obstacle in developing connected cities.

Additionally, for massively deployed sensors to work, the network they should be running on has to be dependable, secure, and sustainable in the long run. Unfortunately, this can mean having to face extremely high costs. However, where there are problems, there will always be solutions.

Thanks to LoRaWAN connectivity, cities can now address these challenges.

When the smart devices of cities operate on LoRaWAN, connectivity is reliable and requires low investment costs. This type of connectivity is ideal for facilities that do not involve large packets of data, like water and electricity meters and public transportation. 

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What’s even more interesting is its ability to penetrate densely enclosed places, such as concrete buildings and underground areas. This is something that most mobile data connections cannot do alone (and if they can, it can be really costly).

LoRaWAN is ideal for cities because it is a horizontal, open standard-based platform that does not require individually implementing multiple proprietary technologies. This means that it can accommodate all kinds of vertical use cases, whether it’s water, energy, or street lighting, without needing to deploy numerous infrastructures that are specific for each one. As a result, cities do not have to invest in different silo-based infrastructures achieving significant cost savings and efficient service delivery at the same time.

As the years go by, more cities are turning to LoRaWAN-based solutions either as an initial layer to their digital transformation projects or to complement their already existing internet connectivity.

Caldas da Rainha: Making Queen Leonor Proud

From what started off as Queen Leonor’s thermal town in the 15th century, the city of Caldas da Rainha in Portugal has understood what it means to be a city of the future.

With its recent deployment of Cisco’s LoRa technology solutions powered by Actility’s ThingPark Enterprise, the city now has a better view of their water, waste management, parking, and traffic flow systems. Because of this, Caldas da Rainha can manage their different public infrastructures and facilities better. Consequently, this allows them to monitor the health and performance of these facilities and perform appropriate actions to resolve any issues that they find making them a truly intelligent city.

Installing sensors in the different areas of the city allows Caldas da Rainha to generate and gather real-time data which they transmit over the Actility and Cisco LoRaWAN infrastructure. Afterwards, the command and supervision center will receive these pieces of information on the various applications that they use. For example, through their water facility sensors, they were able to detect leaks in the system which they promptly addressed. On the other hand, the connected devices enabled them to manage the parking and traffic flow of their bus system and run garbage collection more effectively.

By equipping themselves with the right technology and enabling themselves to carry out informed actions, Caldas da Rainha can better protect its investments for its people. At the same time, they can also maximize the benefits that they will get out of these. These will ultimately allow them to serve and take care of their citizens better.

LoRaWAN is of the essence

In this connected world, having the right type of connectivity is crucial to ensure high quality data collection and service rendering. For smart cities, connections need to be complementary. As high-speed mobile connections address the needs of individual consumers, macro-level stakeholders, such as industrial companies and the government should take advantage of LoRaWAN in their operations and services.

Leveraging on LoRaWAN connectivity is an essential layer to developing smart cities. As a low-cost, long-range, highly pervasive, and sustainable solution, LoRaWAN is definitely one of the keys to unlock the potentials of intelligent cities.

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Actility delivers ThingPark Enterprise to meet evolving IoT market needs

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Actility delivers ThingPark Enterprise to meet evolving IoT market needs

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 27 February 2018: Actility today announces the release of ThingPark Enterprise, the most powerful and advanced IoT connectivity platform dedicated to enterprise applications. ThingPark Enterprise will enable industrial customers to transform raw data into insight driving smarter decisions with immediate business benefits.

“ThingPark Enterprise is a uniquely powerful solution enabling enterprises to secure their IoT networks, and connect and configure sensors and applications in just a few clicks. Customers will be able to manage data and route it to their chosen cloud platforms with a simple dashboard, and scale their network simply and rapidly to meet evolving business needs,” Olivier Hersent, Actility CEO explains. “We kept the customer central when designing ThingPark Enterprise. Our aim was to deliver a comprehensive end to end solution for dedicated enterprise connectivity.“

ThingPark Enterprise will be distributed exclusively by the Actility Channel Partners around the globe, responding to their customer needs in applications demanding very high security such as protected industrial sites or government services, in on-campus networks for predictive maintenance or factory automation, or in remote locations beyond the reach of existing public IoT networks.

ThingPark Enterprise provides a simple graphical user interface to create and operate a LoraWAN network and add further base stations to expand coverage and scale up. Onboarding additional devices or sensors is straightforward, as is routing sensor data to application servers, to popular public cloud providers including AWS IoT, Azure IoT, GE Predix or to advanced AI platforms such as IBM Watson.

“ThingPark Enterprise enables true IT/OT convergence with an industrial-grade software solution which has been designed to scale up with a reliable and sustainable approach,” says Grégory Guiheneuf, Marketing Director at Factory Systemes. “We have chosen to distribute ThingPark Enterprise so as to offer our customers a secured On-Premise LoRaWAN network infrastructure, totally agnostic from device and gateway makers as well as from service companies. Together with Actility, we are enabling our customers to unleash the true potential of digital transformation, and we are happy to partner for success in the fast growing Industrial IoT era.”

“ThingPark Enterprise provides a fast, easy and secure way for any enterprise to start using dedicated LPWA networks today. Based on open standards and continuously evolving, it is ready for the future,” concludes Actility’s Olivier Hersent.

“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.

myDevices and Actility announce partnership to simplify IoT deployments

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myDevices and Actility announce partnership to simplify IoT deployments

Actility and myDevices combine capabilities to accelerate the development and deployment of LoRa application use cases.

Santa Clara, CA – May 10, 2016 — Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) networks, and myDevices, creators of Cayenne – the world’s first drag and drop IoT project builder, today announced their technology partnership at Internet of Things World Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

The partnership is designed to combine Actility’s vast IoT platform and myDevices’ connected device solution to simplify the creation and deployment of IoT projects utilizing the diversity of the LoRa ecosystem.

“This partnership underscores our commitment to simplify and accelerate the deployments of complex IoT projects such as Smart Cities and Smart Buildings” says Olivier Hersent, Actility’s founder and CTO. “The myDevices’ Cayenne solution enables our multivendor marketplace of products and services to rapidly prototype and showcase their LoRa IoT solutions.”

Actility is at the forefront of the global IoT revolution, supporting national network roll-outs in collaboration with operators and broadcasters in a number of European countries, and a citywide network in Dubai, with projects in Asia in progress and trials in the Americas. myDevices is the inventor of Cayenne, a robust IoT project building tool to efficiently mix-and-match connected devices, collect and visualize data, and apply sophisticated rules and alerts.

The joint effort will enable enterprises with easy IoT development capabilities such as:

  • IoT Project Builder – Easily connect, monitor and control sensors, motors, lights and others devices
  • Mix and Match  – Combine different sensors, motors, actuators from any hardware manufacturer into a single project view
  • Remote Sensor Monitoring – Visualize real-time and historical sensor data
  • Remote Device Control – Turn on and off motors, lights and other controllable devices using the online dashboard or from the iOS and Android apps.
  • Advanced Rules Engine– Quickly create triggers (e.g. If something happens on Device A then trigger an action on Device B)
  • Scheduling – Set single or recurring events to turn on or off devices at pre-determined times.

“We are proud to launch this application partnership with Actility to provide the LoRa community with innovative technologies that simplify the connected world,” said Kevin Bromber, CEO of myDevices. “We are confident our partnership will impact enterprises and provide them with the ability to rapidly prototype IoT projects and facilitate innovation in the manufacturing, healthcare, home, energy, public safety, industrial, transportation and retail markets.”

Actility and myDevices are both members of the LoRa® Alliance. The LoRa® Alliance is a non-profit association of members that collaborate to drive the success of LoRaWAN™ as the open global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWA connectivity.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) IoT infrastructure and Smart Grid applications. Actility ThingPark™ is a complete IoT solution, combining LPWA networking, an IoT data management platform, and an extensive ecosystem of fully interoperable devices and applications. ThingPark is a carrier-grade IoT platform that enables service providers to accelerate their IoT strategy and go-to-market. ThingPark Wireless delivers long-range networks for low-power sensors and devices used in multiple industries, smart-cities, agriculture, and connected living. ThingPark Cloud provides IoT protocol and data management services that enable web applications to connect seamlessly with data from a vast range of different sensors. ThingPark Store & Marketplace is at the heart of an ecosystem of certified IoT devices and application partners, and fully automates the creation and activation of end-to-end IoT offers across multiple sales channels. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa™ Alliance. http://www.thingpark.com/en

About myDevices

myDevices develops platforms and applications for the Internet of Things that “simplify the connected world.” myDevices customized solutions allow companies that manufacture, sell, and support connected devices to efficiently connect products, manage data, and interact with their customers. myDevices is the creator of Cayenne – the world’s first drag and drop IoT Project Builder. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and is a division of Avanquest. For more information please visit www.myDevices.com

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