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Zenner, Datacake and Actility release a new IoT Indoor Air Quality solution for CO2 monitoring

Press Release – Paris, France – October 12, 2022

Actility, in joint work with Zenner, a leading manufacturer of measuring devices and sensors from Germany and DataCake, a leading low-code IoT platform provider, now offer a new IOT Indoor Air Quality Solution focused on monitoring the environmental characteristics inside buildings that may affect human health, comfort, or work performance sustained.

The solution is using LoRaWAN® connectivity and includes CO2 monitoring sensor from Zenner, LoRaWAN Network Server and Management platform from Actility – ThingPark Enterpise, and the application from Datacake. The solution is extremely simple to set up and allows monitoring in real-time the concentration of CO2 to create a safer and healthier indoor ambient condition, protect employees, workers or students, and meet air quality regulations levels. It can be used in any indoor space, including classrooms, offices, meeting rooms, shops, industrial facilities, and public buildings, among others.  

This IOT Indoor Air Quality Solution is now available on ThingPark Market, Actility’s IoT solutions marketplace!

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The sensor reliably records and transmits CO2 values

Optimization of air quality is crucial for healthy and productive working conditions

Covid-19 has dramatically changed our lives, we have changed our lifestyles, spending more time in our homes being forced to cope with medical emergencies, therefore it has become increasingly important to monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

The concentration of CO2 is an important indicator of air quality. The higher the CO2 value in a building, the less comfortable it is for the people who live there. CO2 concentrations rise rapidly in poorly ventilated rooms.

The EU Royal Decree of 2 May 2019 well-being code at work on indoor air quality establishes that the employer must take the necessary technical and/or organizational measures to ensure that CO2 concentrations in the workplace are less than 900 ppm.

According to scientific research, improving IAQ is as effective as vaccinating 50-60% of the population in reducing aerosol transmission. Carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (PM), humidity, and temperature monitoring necessitate the installation of sensors in facilities that do not typically rely on pre-existing wiring for this purpose. These installations are facilitated by wireless IoT networks such as LoRaWAN. It is the ideal technology network to meet these requirements.

LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) is an open standard connectivity technology that has proven to be a market leader for smart applications, delivering solutions that are easy to scale, optimize operational costs, and reduce utility waste. LoRaWAN enables the use of its extremely long-range and low-power capabilities to cover thousands of kilometers at a low cost, particularly in remote and difficult-to-reach areas, and to install devices that provide data in real time while lasting for years on a single battery charge.

Key Solution Features:

  • Sensor design: clean and modern design, which makes it discrete in both business and home environments.
  • Ease of use: A wireless and battery-based sensor provides the conditions for its users to perform the tasks safely, effectively, and efficiently while enjoying the experience.
  • Adaptability: Scalable and tailor-made solution: An adapted kit to any indoor industrial environment such as warehouses storage, retail, offices, and much more.
  • Low-power and low-cost: LoRaWAN long-range technology allows easy installation and the ability to monitor sensors in a very large area with low infrastructure cost.

Data-driven management: Efficiency gain: stand at the threshold of our shared indoor spaces, and answer new questions raised: “What is the air quality?” or “Do we need to open a window?”

What you will find in the kit:

Zenner CO2 sensor

Zenner CO2 Indicator L868 ID A Sensor

A sophisticated designed Zenner Sensor

A compact indoor EU868 LoRaWAN radio sensor for measuring the CO2 content of indoor air. With the integrated display and the color-changing LED display, the sensor always provides real-time information about the current CO2 value, the battery level, and the status of the connection.

An intuitive and // application by Datacake

Datacake is a multi-purpose, low-code IoT platform that requires no programming skills and minimal time to create custom IoT applications that can be brought into a white-label IoT solution at the push of a button. With the Datacake platform, you can realize your Industrial IoT use cases, such as condition monitoring, data logging, real-time dashboards, and data analytics.

It provides you with templates for the most popular devices.

  • Device Templates
  • Integrations for LoRaWAN Network Server
  • Payload Decoders and Downlinks

With the trial kit, you will get a 3 x Months subscription to Datacake application up to 2 devices.

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Screen of Actility app

IoT Connectivity Platform by Actility

Dependable connectivity infrastructure with a proficient UX to easily build a LoRaWAN network, Cloud-based or On Premises, using pre-integrated high-end Base Stations & an advanced Actility Network Server with dashboards providing key operational insights on the network & alarm management.

With the Trial Kit, you will get 3 x Months subscription to ThingPark Enterprise SaaS service.

Browan gateway

1 x Browan Pico NEXT LTE Gateway (included) pre-installed and configured
Or OPTION: 1 x Milesight UG65 Semi-Industrial LoRaWAN® Gateway

The Pico Next Gateway is a LoRa gateway with GPS, using numerous ways of connection: ethernet, LTE, and Wi-Fi. Depending upon the SKU, some functions might not be available. Pico Next is specifically designed for wide-area IoT applications. Applications include, but are not limited to, home security, automatic meter reading, monitoring fault-indicators, and monitoring streetlights. This gateway is very suitable for small businesses or restricted area uses like parking lots, exhibition centers, and campuses.

Milesight gateway

UG65 is a robust 8-channel indoor LoRaWAN gateway. Adopting SX1302 LoRa chip and high-performancequad-coreCPU, UG65 supports connection with more than 2000nodes.UG65 has line of sight up to 15 km and can cover about 2kminurbanized environment, which is ideally suited tosmart office, smart building and many other indoor

About Zenner

ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG, with headquarters in Saarbrücken, develops, produces and sells measurement technology for the global market. The product line includes apartment, household and bulk water meters and modern system technology. Zenner customers primarily include power suppliers, public utilities and Smart Cities but also industrial companies, wholesalers and measurement service providers. Since 2016, as part of the digitization strategy, ZENNER has relied on innovative system solutions based on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. ZENNER offers the complete value chain from project development to measurement data recording and processing up to applications for the end user and IoT network operation. ZENNER has production facilities in Europe, Asia and the USA and is globally present with 20 local sites. Founded in 1903, the company has been a member of the family-managed corporate group Minol-ZENNER since 2005. Worldwide around 4200 employees work for Minol-ZENNER-Group.

More information: www.zenner.com

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About Datacake

Datacake is a versatile low-code IoT platform that requires no programming skills and minimal time to create custom IoT applications that can be transformed into a white-label IoT solution at the touch of a button. Thanks to its multi-network architecture, Datacake supports the connection of a wide range of connectivity options, including LoRaWAN, which has been made particularly easy in terms of initial device onboarding. Here, Datacake has a whole range of different sensors, which have a start template out of the box and thus make it very easy for the user to connect the first devices to the platform.

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About Actility   

Actility is a 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 companies trust ThingPark™ all over the world. Through its subsidiary Abeeway, Actility also providespatented ultra-low power tracking solutions. ThingPark Market offers the largest selection of interoperable IoT gateways, devices and applications to simplify and accelerate deployment of use cases.  

Contact us here: https://www.actility.com/contact

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