Wien Energie Partners with Actility to Deploy LoRaWAN Network in Vienna

Press Release – Vienna, Austria & Paris, France – June 29th, 2023.  Read the press release in German here. 

Wien Energie and Actility today announced a strategic partnership to deploy a LoRaWAN® network in Vienna. This significant initiative falls in line with Vienna’s digital strategy, aiming to position Vienna as the most livable and smartest city in the world. The project leans into the city’s commitment to human digitalization, ensuring the technology supports its residents rather than displacing them.

“Wien Energie is a utility provider that understands the need for strong, reliable partnerships. In Actility, we have found a dynamic ally who not only provides connectivity for Vienna but can also help us deal with any challenges. With their expertise, we are equipped to implement and manage sustainable IoT use cases that directly benefit our city.”

Paul Prinz-Wallner,
Product Owner IoT – Business Development Telecommunications at Wien Energie.

Actility, renowned for its advanced IoT solutions, provides its flagship ThingPark Wireless platform for the project. A preferred choice for service providers rolling out LPWAN connectivity services, ThingPark Wireless powers most large-scale, nationwide IoT network deployments across the globe. The platform is appreciated for its security, carrier-grade availability, scalability, multi-radio support and adherence to the latest specifications of the LoRa Alliance, ensuring seamless interconnection with other public and private networks.

Through this cooperation, Wien Energie would like to make a significant contribution to the digitization initiative in the city of Vienna to facilitate processes. Wiener Netze, a sister company of Wien Energie, is entrusted with building the outdoor network in Vienna, while Wien Energie focuses on indoor solutions. The network is currently undergoing a testing process, with implementation of highly scalable use cases and projects expected to begin in early 2024.

This partnership represents a significant stride towards Wien Energie’s commitment to climate protection. Through deploying LPWAN technologies, the company significantly reduces its energy requirements. Furthermore, it aligns with their ambition to achieve net carbon zero by 2040.

The close cooperation of Wien Energie and Actility encapsulates a vision for a smarter and more sustainable future, setting Vienna on the path to becoming the world’s smartest city.

“We are thrilled to join hands with Wien Energie in deploying a city-wide IoT network in Vienna. This initiative paves the way for smarter resource use and sustainable urban solutions, positioning Vienna at the forefront of the world’s smart cities. Combining their deep local insights with our technological expertise ensures a robust and resilient infrastructure for the city. We are fully committed to providing all necessary support and knowledge to make this project a resounding success, driving Vienna forward as a global leader in smart and sustainable urban living.”

Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility.

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About Wien Energie: 

Wien Energie is a leading utility provider in Vienna, dedicated to delivering efficient and sustainable solutions. With a strong focus on digitalization, Wien Energie aims to transform Vienna into a smart city that offers enhanced living standards for its residents.

About Actility 

Actility is the world leader in low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) industrial-grade connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things. Actility provides its ThingPark™ platform and network technology to deploy, operate and maintain public and private wireless IoT networks within a unified, scalable and versatile network infrastructure. The vast majority of nationwide LoRaWAN® network service providers (over 50) and hundreds of enterprises trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also provides patented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of numerous use cases.

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