Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

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Actility launches ThingPark Wireless 5.0 with advanced security features, LoRaWAN roaming support and 3GPP IoT standards integration

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, 28 February 2018: Actility announces the release of ThingPark Wireless 5.0, a major upgrade to the world’s most advanced industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform for public IoT networks and service providers. The new release brings advanced security features addressing data security, privacy and reliability, LTE-M & NB-IoT network integration, new tools for deploying and updating device firmware in the field, multicast capability, and support for LoRaWAN roaming and managed customer networks.

“ThingPark Wireless is the world’s most popular LPWA connectivity platform for large-scale IoT networks, already chosen by 50 service providers worldwide to power their rollouts. With this release, Actility remains at the forefront of IoT connectivity technology, addressing our customers’ key requirements, including the most advanced security, 3GPP IoT technology support and new network and device management capabilities addressing key use cases, for example multicast and FUOTA which are key to fully support smart metering applications at scale in the field."With the growing maturity of the market, support for roaming between IoT networks is becoming essential. Our customers have already demonstrated roaming successfully in the field, and ThingPark 5.0 industrialises this capability. At our MWC Booth, 8.0C3, you’ll be able to see the latest LPWA technology in action, with demos of device update using FUOTA, one-click provisioning with Secure Element enabled devices, and 3GPP integration using ThingPark EPC Connector.”

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ThingPark 5.0 new and enhanced features include:

Enhanced security

Secure Join Server for device and activation. LoRaWAN 1.1 compliant ThingPark Hardware Security Module offering fully secured on-boarding of provisioning keys from leading secure element manufacturers, delivery of security keys to application providers supporting high-security use cases, and generation of security keys embedded by device makers.

Multicast

Some applications, such as smart Demand Response in an electricity grid, require communication with a specific group of devices in real time. The ThingPark Reliable Multicast Server (RMS) allows a single message to be delivered simultaneously to defined groups of devices. For example, in a street lighting application, devices can be controlled at the street, neighbourhood or city level.

FUOTA

To ensure long device lifetime in the field and support of devices installed in remote locations, FUOTA offers the ability to update IoT device firmware over the air. This critical service enables the deployment of device firmware upgrades and activation of new features. Since end devices have limited memory and bandwidth, software updates are delivered in segments. ThingPark FUOTA does this fragmentation, delivery and error checking via the RMS, which also reliably manages the update of a large “fleet” of devices in the field.

3GPP-IoT Support

Seamless management of IoT networks combining LoRaWAN, LTE-M or NB-IoT connectivity using ThingPark EPC Connector for maximum flexibility, enabling optimised solutions for specific use cases

Roaming and managed customer networks

Enabling customers to offer global services aggregating connectivity from several LoRaWAN network providers, or to combine public and dedicated enterprise network connectivity, extending the reach of dedicated IoT applications.

Billing

ThingPark Billing is designed to simplify the monetization of IoT solutions combining LPWA connectivity (LoRaWAN & LTE-M), applications and devices, in a fast and cost-effective way. ThingPark Billing is pre-integrated with the ThingPark Wireless platform and ThingPark Market, accelerating the go-to-market across multiple distribution channels.

ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

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ThingPark Wireless powers 50th commercial national operator network as Telekom Srbija begins rollout of IoT network for Serbia, supported by Teri Engineering

ThingPark Wireless, the leading IoT connectivity platform, reaches a significant milestone today as Actility announces that Serbia’s Telekom Srbija is the 50th customer to select the ThingPark solution to power a national-scale commercial LPWA network roll-out. Actility’s regional partner and reseller, TERI Engineering, will provide front-line project management, integration and maintenance support during the roll-out and operation of the network. Telekom Srbija is innovative a locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in rolling out new technology solutions in the fixed, mobile, Internet and digital service spheres, for the benefit of its customers both in Serbia and in the region at large.

Filip Bankovic, CTO of Telekom Srbija, explains the interest in IoT: “The Internet of things is the foundation of a new digital industrial economy having extraordinary growth potential. The opportunities that digital economy provides are virtually unlimited. We have decided that an IoT network is a natural extension for our business, and will launch an IoT network with state-wide coverage in Serbia to accelerate the growth of that new economy. To meet our IoT connectivity needs with the best solution, Telekom Srbija intends to implement an LPWAN network based on LoRaWAN technology using Thingpark Wireless in cooperation with our partners Actility and Teri Engineering.”

Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility, comments: “We’re very proud that our platform has been selected by Telekom Srbija. As well as showing that ThingPark Wireless is the best solution for this national commercial IoT network rollout, the fact that we’ve reached this important milestone of 50 operator customers clearly demonstrates that ThingPark is the world’s leading IoT network platform, commercially and technically, which is why it is already powering over half the national and large-scale LPWANs globally.”

The first stage in Telekom Srbija’s rollout plan is deploying an internal company solution for monitoring the opening and closing of manhole covers to increase the security of the company’s infrastructure and support maintenance crews. This application will also provide a reference and case study for further commercial applications. The second phase of the rollout will be implemented by adding devices and applications for various commercial use cases such as home security, tracking and logistics and agriculture.

In addition, Telekom Srbija plans to work with the local developer community to encourage new applications, business models and connected applications.

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About Telekom Srbija

Telekom Srbija a.d. is a modern, entirely locally-owned telecommunications company that for 20 years has had a leading role in the fixed, mobile, Internet, multimedia and digital service spheres both in Serbia and in the region at large. By fostering the innovative spirit, Telekom Srbija continuously develops new technological solutions for the benefit of its customers and the environment and maintains the high quality of unhindered communications offering a wide range of channels and transmission devices. Our services are synonymous with trust, superior performance and innovative technologies.

About Teri Engineering

TERI Engineering is an ICT company headquartered in Belgrade (Serbia), with companies in Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia. TERI Engineering regionally represents leading global vendors of advanced technologies, products and services. For 30 years, TERI leverages those partnerships to help its customers to select and implement solutions, enhancing their operational efficiency and creating and preserving competitive edge. For more information, visit www.terieng.co.rs.

du leverages Actility’s ThingPark Wireless core platform and Cisco programmable Internet Of Things gateways for LoRaWAN based Smart City applications

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du leverages Actility’s ThingPark Wireless core platform and Cisco programmable Internet Of Things gateways for LoRaWAN based Smart City applications

du becomes the first company in the Middle East to launch LoRa IoT Network proof of concept to support Smart Dubai Initiative

After successfully testing the Middle East’s first Internet of Things (IoT) network, the Dubai-based telecom operator du has showcased real life applications that will make UAE cities Smart.  The demonstrations, held at Gitex, featured du’s live, low power, long range (LoRa) IoT network, based on Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ core network server and Cisco IoT gateways.

du used a wide variety of LoRa’s Smart applications, demonstrating the network’s ability to revolutionize the way UAE residents interact with their surroundings – and better manage city resources. Furthermore, working examples of geo location capabilities were showed, which pin point any asset with a Smart sensor countrywide. These can track movement, support personal SOS alarms or provide info on who has entered or left a building.

The demos also showed LoRa’s unique cost saving capabilities. As cities become Smart, billions of sensors will be placed in everyday objects to share information across the UAE. The LoRa network offers a low power alternative to connectivity, adding years to the battery life of sensors countrywide – making huge long term savings.

Cisco’s Gateway uses Semtech’s LoRa chip to create a platform enabling easy deployment and rapid expansion of IoT sensors and end-devices. The sensors and gateways are piloted by Actility’s ThingPark Wireless™ core network server. The LoRa platform is a bidirectional wireless solution that complements M2M cellular infrastructure. It enables the deployment of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks and thus provides a Long Range and low-cost way to connect battery operated and mobile devices to the network infrastructure. It also helps to improve the battery lifetime of end-user devices, while minimizing signal interference. The result is a network ideal for Internet of Things (IoT) enabling low power M2M applications such as metering, security, asset tracking.

Its low power and long range capabilities mean LoRa can be deployed in a wide variety of situations: smart metering, inventory tracking, vending machine monitoring; automotive industry, utility applications, street lighting, waste management, load sensing of bridges, signaling, smoke detection and traffic control.

Olivier Hersent, Chairman and CTO Actility, said “Our collaboration with du on this project is really valuable to both companies. This roll out of a LoRa Network based IoT Pilot is a first step of our strategy to increase our footprint in the UAE together with our partner Cisco. We truly believe our technology will bring disruptive services in any verticals of this market.”

Carlos Domingo, Senior Executive Officer, New Businesses & Innovation, du, said: “We’re proud to be leading the way in bringing Smart City capability to the UAE. Working with Cisco and Actility, who share our passion for innovation, we’re confident we have the new breed of network required to help the UAE become a global Smart City leader.“

Andy MacDonald, Vice President, Global Service Provider Business, Cisco, Middle East & Africa, said: “Today, network development has entered the era of things; large-scale application of wireless sensor technology connects every corner of the city. Cities can collect all types of data from sensors, measuring sound, temperature, light, energy, carbon dioxide concentration, and even traffic changes.” 

“The IoT/IoE will continue to push cities to adopt the most impactful digital applications and services, catering to the citizens and improving the quality of life. This is why we commend du for once again taking the lead in furthering Dubai’s Smart City vision.”

Actility extends the ThingPark wireless low power network to space during Stratocaching event in Prague

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Actility extends the ThingPark wireless low power network to space during Stratocaching event in Prague

In a world premiere for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technologies, Actility demonstrates ultra long range sensor connectivity range up to the stratosphere.

The ThingPark Wireless tracking seed, one of the lightest devices, transmitted a signal below 25mW from a very small 2.5cm printed antenna.

This experiment illustrates the enormous potential of the Thingpark Wireless low power networking technology for tracking and other battery powered IoT applications.

The event was followed online by over 120 000 viewers. 10.379 stratocachers registered for the game and 842 reported findings of a stratocaching seed but the ThingPark Wireless seed is still to be found.

IMST announces integration of their LoRa radio solutions with Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT network

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IMST announces integration of their LoRa radio solutions with Actility’s ThingPark Wireless IoT network

IMST will be providing new low power bidirectional LoRa radio modules on the LoRa to enable new sensors for the ThingPark Wireless Internet Of Things network.

Amsterdam. 4th of November 2014. IMST, the German expert for wireless solutions based near Dusseldorf announced the integration of their LoRa radio solutions with Actility’s LoRa-based Internet of Things network, ThingPark Wireless. IMST brings their expertise to the growing ThingPark Wireless LoRa eco-system with products such as the compact iM880A-L low-power module and the appropriate USB adapter iU880A designed for industrial control, security/automation, smart metering, smart building and smart city applications. “The Internet of Things will require LoRa-based networks like ThingPark Wireless and wireless modules to enable new sensors for all vertical applications. This partnership with a network provider leverages our business with LoRa solutions,” said Heinz-Syrzisko, Head of Wireless Solutions at IMST.

Enabling sensor development on the ThingPark Wireless long range network

The development of ultra long range low power networks creates new opportunities around the transformation of existing sensors into LoRa-enabled devices. They also stimulate a new market around new use cases made possible with LoRa’s reliable transmission of low data rate signals up to 15 km. This long range enables support for a wide range of applications such as smart home, smart building and smart metering applications. Data captured from IMST solutions are sent through the ThingPark Wireless to third-party smart energy management solutions or can be stored in Actility’s ThingPark Cloud infrastructure. “As an end-to-end Internet of Things service provider, Actility sees new opportunities for new sensors which can be enabled by leveraging IMST’s experience in LoRa based wireless products,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO of Actility.

Time-to-market is very important in launching connected smart sensor solutions and IMST’s solutions provide a cost effective and quick solution for integrating LoRa technology into existing or new products. With their integration with ThingPark Wireless LRR base stations, Actility and IMST simplify and accelerate the first steps of LoRa integration by new smart service providers.

IMST offers integration support for the modules, antenna/hardware design, and software customization. They provide a complete service chain for wireless product development, starting from feasibility analysis and system design to all stages of development – demonstration, prototype, initial production, and full production with regulatory certification. The 180 employees have expertise in all wireless technologies and provide advice regardless of the specific technology.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in Machine to Machine (M2M) large scale infrastructure with ThingPark®, the new generation standard-based M2M communication platform. Actility’s ThingPark Wireless® network provides long-range coverage for low-power sensors used in SmartCity, SmartBuilding and Smart Factory applications. Actility also provides the ThingPark Cloud which provides big data storage for sensor data and exposes sensor function through an open API allowing developers to provide vertical applications on top of rolled out sensors. To help vendors transform their sensors Actility provides the ThingPark IoT platform which include embedded software solutions and cloud solutions to help devices connect to innovative applications. Visit www.actility.com.

About IMST 

IMST GmbH is a leading design house and development center for wireless modules, communication systems, chip design, antennas, EDA software, and regulatory certification using an in-house accredited/certified regulatory test center.  IMST offers both standard products such as radio modules with hardware/software as well as complete system and product design. Individualized support during every phase of product development including wireless technologies, from initial consulting to series production is one of the unique selling propositions of IMST. For more information, visit http://www.imst.com

* LoRa is a trademark of Semtech Corporation