Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

Sigfox launches certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with partner OleumTech

The partnership brings together two power-houses, OleumTech with their domain expertise operating in hazardous environments, and Sigfox, with their worldwide LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network. The Sigfox enabled C1D1 devices will allow users to benefit from out-of-the-box LPWA wireless connectivity, leveraging OleumTech’s patented self-contained, battery-powered wireless transmitter technology with an intrinsically safe design made for operating in hazardous environments.

OleumTech, a leading provider of M2M communications and industrial automation solutions, today launched a full line of certified C1D1 wireless sensor nodes with their partner Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT).

As a leading pioneer of design innovation in the digital oilfield, OleumTech manufactures and distributes industrial wireless automation systems across various sectors including Energy and Water. Having already launched a general-purpose line of Sigfox enabled products, our products have radically transformed how companies gather data in the field, providing visibility to disparate assets, especially in remote, hazardous locations, enabling real-time optimized decisions regarding resource deployment and regulatory compliance. With a global installed base of over 350,000 devices, OleumTech’s products provide critical data for measurement variables such as pressure, flow, temperature, level, alarms, etc.

Companies can now benefit from OleumTech’s C1D1 intrinsically safe wireless sensor nodes. Specifically designed for use in industrial hazardous environments with numerous benefits including:

  • Exceptional battery life – up to 8 years in most Sigfox applications
  • Easy servicing with no hot work permit or requiring removal from the process
  • Convenience of LCD version providing local indication
  • Extended range of up to 30km to cost effectively monitor remote assets

“OleumTech continues to release innovative products and platforms, enabling customers to take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things, and reimagine their operations. Our Sigfox enabled C1D1 offering reinforces this commitment”, said Brent McAdams, Sr. Vice President of Global Strategic Initiatives, OleumTech.

“The ultimate benefit of our C1D1 (zone 0) Sigfox enabled transmitters is that they can be deployed in hazardous environments where there is always explosive liquids, vapors or gases present and customers can have confidence that through our intrinsically safe design, we will not generate enough energy to even cause a spark, providing the safest operating environment for both personnel and equipment.”

“We recognize the significant effort and investment required to obtain regulatory approvals for the Class 1, Division 1 (Zone 0) certifications”, said Raouti Chehih, Chief Adoption Officer, Sigfox.

“With this global offering, the OleumTech product line fills a much-needed gap in our Sigfox ecosystem enabling customers operating in hazardous environments to benefit from our global connectivity solution”.

The intrinsically safe C1D1 line of OleumTech wireless transmitters with embedded Sigfox connectivity is now available.

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Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Nokia and EDF join forces to test Internet of Things technology for industries

Project led by R&D division of EDF, will explore low power, wide area (LPWA) wireless technologies to support safe and secure connections with potentially millions of sensors and other devices. Joint effort incorporating Nokia TestHub services is among the industry’s most comprehensive testing to date using IoT devices for industries. Represents key step in EDF’s move towards the use of IoT; highlights Nokia’s role as a key partner for the deployment of networks for industries.

Nokia has been selected by French power utility EDF’s R&D unit to test the performance of LPWA wireless networking technologies – key emerging standards for Internet of Things (IoT) device connectivity – to support critical operations for industries.

The two companies will engage in a comprehensive testing regime, among the first of its kind in the industry, exploring the capabilities of LPWA technologies to support real-world industrial applications. Nokia is EDF R&D’s exclusive partner for this effort.

EDF R&D will utilize Nokia TestHub Services in Nokia’s Device Testing Lab in France – which gives customers access to state-of-the-art, carrier-grade wireless infrastructure – when testing IoT/M2M objects, chipsets, modules and user devices across all wireless technologies and frequencies. This enables devices to be tested on real network infrastructure rather than a simulated network, which reduces guesswork in testing and analysis and minimizes risks in advance of widespread commercial introduction.

The testing will compare IoT technologies recently standardized by the 3G Partnership Project (3GPP) – including NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-Machine (LTE-M) (also known as enhanced Machine-Type Communications or eMTC) – with other emerging, largely unlicensed IoT technologies.

This agreement builds on Nokia’s strong track-record providing mission-critical networks toindustries, and highlights the company’s strong position in the emerging market for IoT connectivity. It also highlights the progress of Nokia’s strategy of expanding its customer base outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company’s diversification efforts.

Stéphane Tanguy, head of IT Systems, EDF R&D, said:
“The Internet of Things offers tremendous opportunities for our group. Many use cases can be enabled by IOT technologies in various businesses from power generation to marketing. As the R&D engine of the EDF Group, it is our responsibility to characterize the objects, their connectivity, their integration into IoT platforms and the related end-to end cybersecurity properties. Among the connectivity solutions, it is essential that we understand the performance, the maturity and the adequacy of each technology for our different use cases by an objective and agnostic approach. The cellular IOT technologies (LTE-M and NB-IOT) are two major technologies that we have decided to test with Nokia, which provides us with a very interesting test environment and valuable expertise to carry out these evaluations.”

Matthieu Bourguignon, head of Global Enterprise and Public Sector, Europe, for Nokia, said:

“The use of IoT devices in industrial networks is in its infancy, but given the expected huge numbers of devices that will be deployed in the future, it is critical that our customers can evaluate now the various technologies before making substantial investments. Nokia’s Device Testing Lab, staffed by some of the most experienced wireless networking experts in the industry, will make it much easier for EDF to evaluate the performance of LPWA against other emerging technologies and reduce the risk of future deployments.”

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Acklio and Cisco Demonstrate IPv6 Operation Over LoRaWAN

Acklio and Cisco Demonstrate IPv6 Operation Over LoRaWAN

Acklio and Cisco Demonstrate IPv6 Operation Over LoRaWAN

With LoRa Alliance at the “Things Conference”, the two companies showcase a new IETF protocol enabling IP connectivity across Low Power Wide Area Networks.

LPWANs, optimized for low power, wide area, and low bandwidth IoT usage, have lacked an IP solution. Thanks to a new IETF compression-decompression technology named SCHC (pronounce “chic”), it is now possible to integrate LPWANs into IP networks. Implemented for the first time by Acklio, SCHC enables interoperable use of the IP protocol suite across LoRaWAN.

The Smartgrid use case, demonstrated by Acklio and Cisco, simulates IPv6 messaging between a SCADA industrial controller and a remote utility grid storage unit. In the case of main communication link failure (Ethernet, 3GPP), LoRaWAN is used as a backup link via a Cisco LoRa gateway for IPv6 messaging with the storage unit.

Pascal Thubert from CISCO, says:

“This proof of concept combines IETF and LoRa Alliance protocols to use LoRaWAN for both upstream and downstream IPv6 communication. This is a major step for the Internet of Things, at least as significant as the introduction of 6LoWPAN ten years ago.”

Acklio proves the potential of its solution. The Internet of Things needs a simple solution to provide interoperable IP connectivity across any type of network. The development of compression-decompression standards for IETF IP/UDP/CoAP protocols provides simple, rapid and transparent integration of LPWANs into service provider and industrial networks.

The SCHC technology will become a new standard in a few weeks thanks to the work of the IETF LPWAN Working Group and the leadership of Acklio and Cisco.

For Alexander Pelov, Acklio CEO:
“This is a vote of confidence in our innovation and demonstrates the interest of operators and industrials to deploy our interoperable solution. Based on open standards, Acklio ensures end-to-end communication security and accelerates the deployment of new IoT solutions.”

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Internet of Things (IoT) Security Product Market to reach US$ 48 Bn by 2027

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Product Market to reach US$  48 Bn by 2027

Internet of Things (IoT) Security Product Market to reach US$  48 Bn by 2027

Increasing adoption of digital technologies including web-based services, online education, and online banking has accelerated adoption of smartphone among individuals, which in turn has necessitated security of such technologies against cyber-attacks.

Various governments across the globe have imposed stringent laws, in order to ensure secure environment and maintain privacy for connected devices. In addition, several enterprises are focusing on implementation of Internet of Things (IoT)-based solutions, encouraging employees in bringing their own devices for flexibility.

In its recent research, Future Market Insights (FMI) projects the global IoT security product market to register a staggering expansion at 14.9% CAGR through 2027.

In 2017, the market will account for revenues worth US$ 12,007.9 Mn, and it is further estimated to reach nearly US$ 50,000 Mn by 2027-end. This growth is primarily attributed to continuous launches of IoT security offerings by enterprises, soaring number of service providers, and emergence of niche players in the market.

FMI chart: IoT security product market value analysis

North America will Remain Dominant in the Global IoT Security Product Market

North America will remain dominant in the global IoT security product market, with sales estimated to reach nearly US$ 16,000 Mn in revenues by 2027-end. Government organisations of various North American countries have entered into partnership with major technology companies in order to implement IoT across urban cities. These organisations are also providing funds to technology vendors for development of IoT applications. In addition, increasing smart city projects in North America have led to a significant adoption of sensor applications. The aforementioned factors are anticipated to drive growth of IoT security product market in this region.

A number of government authorities have issued guidelines to be followed by IoT device manufacturers for protection against cyber-attacks on IoT devices and networks. However, several device manufacturers and users are not adhering to these guidelines, ignoring precautionary measures. This further has resulted into security lapses, incurring challenges for IoT security solutions providers, which is expected to restrain growth of the market in North America.

APEJ will Register Fastest Expansion in the Global IoT Security Products Market

Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) will continue to be the fastest growing market for IoT security products, registering a high double-digit CAGR through 2027. Growing number of connected devices is leading towards expansion of IoT ecosystem in APEJ. This is further prompting the region’s leading companies for developing services and platforms, helping them in efficient management and analysis of real-time data streams gathered from multiple data sources. These companies are now focusing on IoT data analytics, and setting up strategies for procuring and deploying adequate tools in order to enable successful IoT adoption, and real-time analysis of operations. These factors are anticipated to drive demand for IoT security products in APEJ.

With rapidly changing technologies, enterprises are faced with difficulties in deploying technology-specific networks, which in turn is expected to impede market growth in this APEJ. In addition, rapid adoption of IoT among enterprises has led to a surge in cyber-attacks, owing to increasing internet exposure to a number of devices. This has further resulted into an increased chances of cyber-threats, which in turn is estimated to inhibit growth of the IoT security product market in APEJ.

Manufacturing to Remain the Largest Vertical for IoT Security Products

Manufacturing is estimated to remain the largest vertical for IoT security products in the global market. Revenues amassed from sales of IoT security products in manufacturing are expected to reach US$ 15,088.9 Mn by 2027-end. In addition, healthcare will be the fastest growing vertical in the global IoT security products market, followed by energy & utility, and transportation & logistics.

Although smart grid will remain sough-after among applications, home & building automation is expected to witness fastest expansion in the market through 2027. Revenues amassed from smart grid, and home & building automation applications of IoT security products will collectively account for revenues worth US$ 26,753.5 Mn by 2027-end.

Network security will remain preferred solution for IoT security products, with sales anticipated to account for nearly US$ 15,000 Mn by 2027-end. End-point/ device security will continue to be the second largest solution for IoT security products. In addition, vulnerability management solution for IoT security products will register fastest expansion through 2027.

By component, software will continue to retain its dominance in the global IoT security product market, with sales expanding at 15.2% CAGR through 2027. In addition, sales of hardware in the market is expected to surpass revenues worth US$ 20,000 Mn by 2027-end.

Key market players identified in FMI’s report include IBM Corporation, Cisco System Inc., Intel Corporation, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., Trend Micro Inc., Infineon Technologies, Symantec Technologies, Sophos Group PLC, Palo Alto Networks, ARM Holding PLC.

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Thuraya Launches Its First Dual-Mode, Mobile M2M Solution

Thuraya Launches Its First Dual-Mode, Mobile M2M Solution

Thuraya Launches Its First Dual-Mode, Mobile M2M Solution

Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced the launch of its Thuraya Tracking and Monitoring (T2M) service in conjunction with the launch of the first product release of the year, the T2M-DUAL terminal.

A mobile, dual-mode device for superior machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and remote asset tracking and monitoring, the T2M-DUAL enables the simultaneous collection of data from multiple points including location information, data from external sensors and peripheral devices, and input gathered from vehicle or heavy equipment CANBus.

The T2M-DUAL’s robust system and interoperability render it a top-class solution for widespread projects in sectors like transportation, logistics, energy, utilities, agriculture and mining. The solution brings unprecedented ease of integration to applications that are traditionally more complex to manage and monitor, such as vehicle tracking and fuel consumption, thereby resulting in operational efficiency.

The new solution allows for the integration of any third-party applications and has several built-in smart features such as geo-fencing, network selection based on least cost routing, internal battery backup and location and sensor data. With dual-mode capabilities, T2M-DUAL ensures that connectivity is automatically maintained as assets move between regions covered by GSM and those that lie beyond the confines of cellular networks – under the strong and secure coverage of Thuraya’s satellite network.

The T2M-DUAL solution is designed to support on-the-move M2M/IoT applications seamlessly on Satellite and GSM networks, allowing for optimized connectivity based on the best available network, which ensures unrivaled total cost of ownership. The terminal is robust and built to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

Rashid Baba, A/Chief Commercial Officer at Thuraya said:
“Industries and businesses are constantly looking for solutions that give them a competitive advantage with lower risks, higher automation and cost-saving potential. As more players enter sectors like logistics and transportation, for example, the monitoring of remote assets on the move by managers increase opportunities for faster decision-making, deployments, worker safety, and operational efficiency.”

“Thuraya’s resilient network and IoT services already have a strong foothold across verticals that require high-security connectivity for remote, mission-critical operations. T2M-DUAL solution caters to these sectors’ evolving needs and we are confident that it’s well-placed to meet the market demands.”

Thuraya T2M-DUAL diversifies the company’s growing M2M portfolio. Its advanced capabilities serve a different set of requirements than the previously released solutions, the Thuraya FT2225 and the IP M2M service.

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