Haltian Delivers one of the Largest IoT Solutions in Europe

Haltian Delivers one of the Largest IoT Solutions in Europe

Haltian Delivers one of the Largest IoT Solutions in Europe

Finnish Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturer Haltian supplies Lindström with over 100,000 IoT devices and a managed IoT data layer service.

The multi-million euro deal for one of the largest public IoT installations in Europe to date, was made in late 2017. Smart technology will be rapidly implemented in all of Lindström’s towel dispensers.

It’s a challenge for businesses to keep up with the pace of today’s ever changing digital world. However, companies that make digitalization a priority and harness the latest technological advancements to operate, engage with customers and grow their businesses have a distinct advantage. As almost everything can be connected, the value that IoT solutions brings is the key consideration. These solutions become increasingly feasible as cost-efficient sensors become more available and examples of profitable IoT cases continue to emerge.

“IoT continues its rapid growth and it is expected to more than double in the next three years. Industrial asset management, inventory and warehouse management and supply chain management are the fastest growing IoT areas,” says Pasi Leipälä, CEO, Haltian.

Lindström, one of Europe’s leading textile service companies, paves the way for future IoT solutions

Together with Haltian Thingsee and Wirepas Mesh, Lindström has created a new service offering called Flowability Smart Washroom Service. The solution offers two-way communication and location information and provides reliable wireless connectivity for Lindström Group customers across their facilities. With this smart solution, Lindström increases efficiency by cutting waste and channeling work in a smarter way, thereby decreasing costs.

The Flowability Smart Washroom Service will be installed in shopping centers, hospitals and other public spaces to mention a few. A sensor retrofitted to the towel dispenser measures towel usage in real time. The sensor sends notifications to a site maintenance team when it is necessary to change towel rolls, which helps in planning work more efficiently and in decreasing costs.

“Washroom cleanliness affects the choice of shopping venue and even increases the value of purchases. With Haltian’s solution we save both money and time and keep our customers happy. All of these make it possible to improve the customer experience,” says Satu Haikarainen, Director, Service Concept, at Lindström.

Haltian Thingsee shortens the journey from solution kick-off to commercial operations

The solution developed by Haltian and Lindström is based on Haltian’s new Thingsee IoT Devices platform. The platform allows new IoT solutions to reach commercial maturity faster and easier by offering customizable IoT devices with managed data layer services. The platform is completed with plug & play IoT devices, solutions customization services and lifecycle services – providing customers a smooth journey from ideas to commercial operations.

“Retrofitting wireless sensors to existing company assets and processes is a fast-growing business. We have now more than 25 active pilots running globally in industries varying from manufacturing to asset tracking and facility management.”

“Our growing device and service portfolio provides a good starting point for building new IoT solutions. We can easily customize the whole platform, starting from simple device application development to a fully customized new sensor device,” comments Leipälä.

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Vodafone signs telematics deal with UK’s largest car insurance provider

Vodafone signs telematics deal with UK’s largest car insurance provider

Vodafone signs telematics deal with UK’s largest car insurance provider

Vodafone has become the digital telematics partner for Admiral Insurance, the UK’s largest car insurance provider.

As part of the new agreement Vodafone will provide the underlying telematics services for the Admiral LittleBox offer, including devices, connectivity, data management, crash analysis and safety related services.

Telematics enabled Usage Based Insurance provides drivers with discounted car insurance premiums based on analysis of real time driving behaviour. The Vodafone service provides Admiral with detailed driving data that can be shared with the customer through an online dashboard to display driver scores and deliver updates and rewards for customers, delivering a great customer experience.

Additionally, Vodafone will be able to provide Admiral Insurance with detailed information on crash situations, helping the company to digitise the overall claims process. The new system will result in an approach to customer claim handling which will be increasingly data led and integrated with additional services for the customer.

Vodafone is also able to offer Admiral a number of extra services such as a managed stolen vehicle recovery capability which will build on the Vodafone’s existing network of secure operating centres across Europe.

Admiral Insurance, Head of Telematics Gunnar Peters, said:
“Admiral always wants to encourage safer driving and telematics gives us the ability to reward good drivers whilst helping all our customers to become better drivers. We are excited by the prospect of having an innovative partnership with Vodafone and we are impressed by what they can offer our customers now and in the future.”

Vodafone’s director of Automotive Gion Baker said:

“The advantages of telematics technology is being felt well beyond the car. We are seeing forward thinking insurance companies like Admiral using it as a digital bridge to their customers allowing them to get closer to them and to better understand their needs. Admiral is one of the leaders in this kind of digital innovation.”

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The world’s largest IoT event arrives in the Bay Area next week!

The North America IoT event will arrive in the Bay Area next week for the final leg of the 2017 World Series. The world’s largest IoT event will host over 9,000 attendees in the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA where it will be co-located with the Blockchain Expo and AI Expo. The 3 events will feature 500+ industry leading speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge on the latest technology trends and the future of these sectors, in addition to a free exhibition where you can see the latest innovations in action from over 300 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to tech giants.

The 3 events will feature 500+ industry leading speakers sharing their experiences and knowledge on the latest technology trends and the future of these sectors, in addition to a free exhibition where you can see the latest innovations in action from over 300 companies, ranging from exciting start-ups to tech giants.

Taking place on the November 29-30, the IoT Tech Expo North America will explore the entire IoT ecosystem, and with so many unmissable sessions to cover, here’s a hand-picked selection of highlights from each conference track:

Connected IndustryKeynote: Realizing the Value of IIoT

Opening the Connected Industry track, Lionel Chocron, Vice President Industry and IoT Solutions at Oracle will be asking; To what extent do you need to redesign organisations, partnerships & operations to realise the value of Industry 4.0? Chocron will be discussing how Oracle are identifying and working with new ecosystem partners and how to support your products and processes through the entire product life cycle. There will be further discussions around developing your own proprietary platforms vs working with external vendors. November 29 – 9:20am.

Data & Security – Case Study: Data Protection in USA Market

Senator Ben Kieckhefer will join the Data & Security conference track to discuss data protection in the USA. Ben Kieckhefer is the Senator of the State of Nevada and will be presenting a case study specifically focusing on North America, and the regulations governing data protection within the IoT market, both existing and future. November 29 – 4:30pm.

Developing for the IoT – Keynote Panel: Monetisation – Unlocking the revenue potential

Senior-level speakers from Wells Fargo, Visa, Geotab and Momenta Partners will be discussing different strategies to enable monetisation and achieve competitive advantage whilst asking the question; Should companies move away from one function devices? The session will explore the role of collaboration and how partnerships can help unlock revenue potential, ways in which new data sources can be utilised to provide new opportunities and what problems this may cause, before examining the different strategies for start-ups to monetise new products and move towards value based outcomes. November 30 – 2pm.

IoT Innovations & Technologies – Bluetooth Session: The Expanding Role of Bluetooth in the IoT – Bridging the Gap Between Connected Places and Smart Places

Bluetooth will host a unique series of fireside chats which will tap into some of the leading integrators, suppliers, customers and analysts to explore the impact of a newly expanded range of fit-for-purpose network topologies from Bluetooth across multiple sectors, including Smart Industry, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, and Smart Homes. Panellists from Bluetooth, Intel, National Instruments, Aruba and more will explore how Bluetooth technology is transforming connected places into smart places. November 29 – 9:20am.

IoT in Enterprise – Keynote Panel: IoT Technologies in Enterprise

Leading speakers including Thyssenkrupp’s CEO and Software AG’s CTO will join the keynote panel alongside Shell, Treeline and Evans Data to discuss the impact that integrating IoT technology from wearables to smart lighting has on an enterprise, the main stakeholders affected, and what benefits can be leveraged by a business when integrating IoT.

Leading speakers including Thyssenkrupp’s CEO and Software AG’s CTO will join the keynote panel alongside Shell, Treeline and Evans Data to discuss the impact that integrating IoT technology from wearables to smart lighting has on an enterprise, the main stakeholders affected, and what benefits can be leveraged by a business when integrating IoT. The session will explore which blue sky IoT technology could be utilised by enterprises in the future, the leaders within this field and their successes, and what regulatory and legal issues will enterprises incorporating IoT technologies have to consider in the future? November 30 – 9:50am.

Smart Transportation & Cities – Panel: Connected Spaces – using IoT for public safety and increased quality of life

Featuring CIOs from the City of Albuquerque, City of San Leandro and the County of San Mateo, this panel discussion is not to be missed. These CIOs will look at how technologies like smart phones, NFC, RFID, beacons and sensors are being utilised in cities and beyond for both increasing public safety and maximising the QOL of citizens, in addition to issues surrounding data collection from IoT projects around traffic monitoring, waste management, water metering and street lighting such as privacy, and analytics? The session will also explore the connectivity issues, the role of cloud for data storage and analytics and the factors needed to get engagement from government and citizens alike. November 30 – 3:40pm.

The co-located events will host a further 9 conference tracks covering a range of industries which are being disrupted by Blockchain and AI. These include:

Blockchain Expo – ‘ICOs, Tokens & Cryptofinance’, ‘Blockchain for Enterprise’, ‘Developing Blockchain Applications’, ‘Blockchain Technologies’ and ‘Transforming Financial Services’.

AI Expo – ‘AI in the Enterprise’, ‘AI in Consumer & Digital Transformation’, ‘AI for Developer’s and ‘Bot & Virtual Assistant Development’

There is just  a week left to register for the IoT Tech Expo North America in Santa Clara, CA and there are a range of tickets available from free passes to all-access passes to the 3 co-located events. View the ticket types and register here.

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Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Rongwen and Silver Spring Networks Connect Smart Lighting in China’s Third Largest City

Delivers One of China’s Major Smart City Projects Using Standards-Based RF Mesh and IPv6 Technology in Guangzhou to Help Reduce Energy Consumption.

Today, Guangdong Rongwen Energy Technology Group (Rongwen) and Silver Spring Networks, Inc. announced their selection to connect smart LED street lights in Guangzhou, China.

Through its go-to-market partnership with Rongwen, one of the largest smart LED street light providers and operators in China, Silver Spring is planning to network more than 30,000 LED street lights in Guangzhou.

According to Rongwen, its efficient and patented LED street lights and outdoor lighting controls, combined with Silver Spring’s StreetLight.Vision (SLV) Central Management System (CMS), will increase the city’s energy savings by more than 70%. The project is China’s first smart city project using Silver Spring’s secure, reliable, IPv6 platform and Wi-SUN® standards-based mesh technology, built on the IEEE 802.15.4g specification.

Guangzhou, which is China’s third largest economic hub and a major foreign trade port, has committed to reducing its carbon emissions up to 45% by the end of the decade.

Zhixiong Lee, General Manager of Rongwen, said:

“Rongwen is using Silver Spring’s pioneering smart city platform to provide seamless IoT connectivity to more efficiently operate existing city-wide resources to achieve immediate cost savings and speed time to value for smart city initiatives.”

“As one of the early movers in smart street lighting system integration, Rongwen is the first company in China that adapts and deploys internationally recognized smart city technologies. We believe that the scalability and sustainability of this system will allow cities such as Guangzhou to grow their network to millions of devices in the future.”

“Guangzhou is an example of a major hub deploying an IoT network to drive sustainability, create resource efficiency and build a more livable city, which in turn draws in new investments. We are thrilled to connect smart city devices in our first project in China, as Rongwen deploys our standards-based platform to connect street lights and establish a foundation for additional smart city services for the Guangzhou Development Zone,” said Jeff Ross, VP of Channels, Silver Spring Networks.

“By working with our partners, we continue to evolve our standards-based platform’s capabilities, in an effort to address our cities’ biggest challenges, such as traffic congestion, pollution and public safety.”

Accelerating Delivery of Proven Smart City Technology with Rongwen D-ONE

To further accelerate the delivery of Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform and solution to the growing smart city industry, today Rongwen and Silver Spring also announced the availability of the Rongwen D-ONE Wireless Outdoor Lighting Controller. The D-ONE integrates Silver Spring’s network interface cards (NICs) into Rongwen’s outdoor lighting controller to help monitor and control the brightness of the lights based on pedestrian and vehicular traffic, time of day and weather. The D-ONE utilizes a standardized 7-Pin NEMA Socket and collects a variety of energy usage information including voltage, current, lamp burning hours, and temperature. The D-ONE also integrates with SLV for seamless configuration, monitoring and real-time control.

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Kerlink Continues Global Expansion with the Rollout of World’s Largest LoRaWAN IoT Network

Kerlink Continues Global Expansion with the Rollout of World’s Largest LoRaWAN IoT Network

Kerlink today announced its expansion into India with the creation of a subsidiary that will coordinate the company’s partnership with Tata Communications and the emerging IoT ecosystem to deploy the world’s largest LoRaWAN™ network.

The rollout, which will bring a cost-and-energy-efficient IoT network to more than 400 million people in nearly 2,000 cities and communities across India, will include more than 10,000 Kerlink Wirnet™ iBTS Compact stations. The subsidiary, Kerlink IoT Solutions India Private Ltd., is based in Chennai, India.

Kerlink, which recently announced a partnership to roll out a LoRaWAN™ network across Argentina, is ramping up its global supply chain to meet strong demand for its equipment and network design, installation and operation services worldwide.

The new Kerlink subsidiary, which will oversee the company’s continued growth in India, is headed by Girish Dadheech, vice president of technology, customer & partner engagement.

Kerlink CEO William Gouesbet, said:

“This expansion into India underscores Kerlink’s commitment to provide Tata Communications with superior customer service for the rollout and operation of their LoRaWAN™ network.”

“It also signals the success of our ongoing strategy to rapidly expand in regions around the world where our equipment and services are increasingly in demand.”

“Girish Dadheech1 is an excellent addition to our teams in India and Asia,” Gouesbet added.
“He has been in the forefront of technology innovation, with extensive experience especially in digital transformation, evolution of exponential data and customer-experience segments. He has broad and deep exposure to virtualization, cloud computing and big data analytics. Moreover, his cross-border and diverse experience in leading and managing technological transformations will help Kerlink India to meet its strategic objectives. Girish will help devise synergies bridging Kerlink capabilities and customer expectations, while helping to grow our footprint throughout the region.”

Dadheech noted that the IoT will help boost India’s economy in a variety of ways, such as supporting infrastructure projects and creating demand for innovative services and applications.

“The Internet of Things will have enthusiastic reception in India in the major application categories of transport, agriculture, asset tracking, logistics, smart cities, smart homes and security and safety. These are being driven by strong and dynamic programs led by the state and private companies, like ‘100 Smart Cities’,” he said. “The LoRaWAN™ network, powered by Kerlink stations, can be deployed simply and will quickly begin delivering the efficient, two-way connectivity throughout Tata Communications’ targeted nationwide coverage areas.”

Kerlink’s subsidiary is located in Chennai, and is close to Flex, a leading end-to-end supply chain services company, selected earlier this year by Kerlink to manufacture its stations locally. Production for the India network deployment began this summer on a new manufacturing line.

Kerlink’s new Wirnet™ iBTS Compact stations include a 3G dual-SIM modem to ensure backhaul continuity of service for data transmission to applicative servers. Moreover, its geolocation-ready design also immediately enables Tata Communications to anticipate new global, innovative and cost-efficient services for its customers, based on the native geolocation capability for LoRaWAN™ connected devices.

1 Prior to joining Kerlink, Dadheech served as chief technology officer for Astellia India, a leading provider of subscriber intelligence to improve customer experience at mobile telecom operators. He also co-founded a technology-consulting firm in London, primarily dealing in fraud analytics.
His professional career has been divided between Europe & India, where he worked for companies like Telefonica, Hughes, Astellia, Orange & Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Dadheech also has been associated with the IoT for more than 10 years, including work on a pilot for smart metering in London.

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