Senet and Sagemcom Partner to Demonstrate LoRaWAN Geolocation at CES 2018

Senet and Sagemcom Partner to Demonstrate LoRaWAN Geolocation at CES 2018

Senet and Sagemcom Partner to Demonstrate LoRaWAN Geolocation at CES 2018

GPS-Free Geolocation Enables Organizations to Benefit from the Advantages of Geodata Over Low Power Wide Area Networks at a Decreased Cost.

Senet and Sagemcom, a French group and European leader of the high added-value smart terminals market, today announced that they have partnered to demonstrate LoRaWAN™ geolocation services at CES 2018.

With research indicating that over 50 percent of the IoT market is best suited to Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity and a third of the world’s 15 billion connected devices forecasted to be dependent on geodata by 2020, LoRa® geolocation is well positioned to offer power efficient and cost-effective location capability for a wide range of applications that do not require the precision of GPS.

Sagemcom and Senet are demonstrating LoRaWAN tracking capabilities through the integration of Sagemcom’s geolocation solver software with Senet’s LoRaWAN network. Sagemcom Siconia™ multi-sensor devices have been placed on mobile and stationary assets throughout the Las Vegas area and are reporting geolocation and environmental data over the Senet LoRaWAN network. Geolocation information is being combined with other readings and visualized in demo applications that illustrate how users across industries can leverage IoT data for asset management, inventory, security and maintenance.

Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom SAS, said:

“LoRaWAN geolocation brings a strong disruption in the asset management and logistic markets and is a viable commercial technology for a wide variety of IoT applications where GPS is cost and/or battery life prohibitive.”

“Through our tight collaboration with Senet, we are able to rapidly deliver these new features and capabilities to market and successfully drive new business opportunities where the promise of IoT had previously been slowed by cost and scalability challenges.”

“Geolocation is an exciting enhancement to our LoRaWAN connectivity services and opens up new use cases that are expected to drive substantial revenue streams for LoRaWAN network operators and solution providers,” said Dave Kjendal, CTO of Senet. “We are pleased to be partnered with Sagemcom to deliver such high-performance and highly differentiated solutions to the market.”

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Baltic Sea marina uses LoRaWAN to benefit from smart street lighting

Baltic sea marina uses smart street lighting via NAS LoRaWAN

Haven Kakumäe, a yacht harbour located in the Western coast of Kopli Gulf in the Baltic Sea region, has used smart lighting through a LoRaWAN network in a bid to gain better control around energy usage and cost efficiency.

The project management team behind the Haven Kakumäe marina in the Estonian capital of Tallinn has been keen to use new technologies and to ensure the sustainable use of resources.

Their use of LoRa technology began in March 2017, and today, all of the port’s luminaires and over 500 metres of the harbour’s breakwater lighting can be controlled remotely through a LoRaWAN network. This uses Luminaire controllers manufactured by industrial automation development company Nordic Automation Systems (NAS), installed on 45 outdoor lamps.

Read more: Philips Lighting looks at city life in 2035

Reducing energy consumption

By using these controllers, NAS executives claim, the company can reduce energy consumption by turning the lights on and off at optimal times. The street lights can be set to go on at specific dates and times, for example, and the technology can monitor light intensity, so that unnecessary lighting is avoided and that lights can be dimmed where appropriate.

The controllers are connected to the LoRaWAN Gateway via radio frequency, and the network server transfers data to the gateway through ethernet, 3G or 4G. The IoT hub platform interprets encrypted data from the end nodes of the LoRAWAN back end. Haven Kakumäe then has the option to connect with external applications via APIs to use the data in third-party systems.

Haven Kakumäe has also installed more than 100 dock electrical and water distribution pedals, which are equipped with the NAS-developed LoRAWAN electricity meter which provides 24-hour access to electricity usage. The marina’s access control systems will also be controlled through the LoRAWAN network so that it can alert management of any possible unauthorized activity.

Read more: Analysis: Connected streetlights illuminate path to smart cities

Illuminating uses of connected tech

Smart lighting has been a huge growth area, but it has mainly been used in cities. Last year, Cardiff Council said it was nearing completion of its deployment of a connected lighting system using LED streetlights technology from Philips Lighting. The council claimed that the lighting system will save it over £750,000 a year and reduce energy use for public lighting by 60 percent.

The concept isn’t new; back in 2015, the UK county of Gloucestershire said it would deploy 55,000 LED streetlights to cover 1,000 square miles of the area. They would be wirelessly connected and managed via Telensa’s PLANet Central Management System.

According to Harshvardhan Chitale, vice chairman and managing director of Philips Lighting India, a division of Dutch consumer electronics company Philips, IoT-driven smart lights will “be the default” in the next five to 10 years.

“Today, when we think of buying a phone, we don’t think of a landline phone. By default, we think of a mobile or a smartphone. We anticipate that over the next five to 10 years – closer to five years – potentially, when people think of upgrading their existing lights or installing new ones, they would install lights or lighting systems which are smart,” Chitale recently told India’s largest independent news service IANS.

NAS claims that Haven Kakumäe’s use of street lights is the first for a marina in Northern Europe.

Read more: Smart streetlights may mean big savings in Cardiff

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Kerlink to densify Proximus’s LoRaWAN IoT Network in Belgium

It all started with Proximus’s deployment of a LoRaWAN IoT network in 2015 with 130 Kerlink Wirnet Stations, and Wirnet iBTS Standard reference. The network densification comprises of  geolocation-ready Kerlink Wirnet iBTS Standard stations.

When the additional rollout is completed by year-end, the network will have more than 1,000 Kerlink Wirnet units in the field, making it scalable, reliable and robust.

Wirnet iBTS Standard and Wirnet iBTS Compact stations are deployed outdoors and provide carrier-grade versatile, long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready connectivity. Kerlink customers worldwide have already deployed several thousand of these stations for IoT dedicated networks.

Targeting public network operators, Wirnet iBTS Standard stations’ modularity offers increased coverage through cell densification by simply adding an extra LoRaWAN IoT module. Its geolocation-ready design also enables a fast ramp up to deploy innovative location-based services, natively localizing each end device through the network.

Kerlink’s Wirnet stations were tested before deployment. During trial they demonstrated that they fully meet the expectations of users, backed by the Kerlink team’s constant customer support and confirmed expertise.

This new IoT network has already stimulated innovations and opened the door to new business models. In addition, Kerlink has launched a project with the biggest gas supplier in Belgium, to monitor the domestic gas tanks to improve the service they can offer to their end-customers.    Read more…

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Kerlink Supplies 1,000 Stations to Expand and Densify Proximus’s LoRaWAN IoT Network in Belgium

Kerlink Supplies 1,000 Stations to Expand and Densify Proximus’s LoRaWAN IoT Network in Belgium

Kerlink Supplies 1,000 Stations to Expand and Densify Proximus’s LoRaWAN IoT Network in Belgium

Kerlink today announced it will provide Proximus with 800 more stations for the Proximus LoRaWAN™ IoT network in Belgium.

This network densification with geolocation-ready Kerlink Wirnet™ iBTS Standard stations follows Proximus’s deployment of a LoRaWAN™ IoT network in 2015 with 130 Kerlink Wirnet™ Stations, and Wirnet™ iBTS Standard reference.

When the additional rollout is completed by year-end, the network will have more than 1,000 Kerlink Wirnet™ units in the field, making it scalable, reliable and robust.

Targeting public network operators, Wirnet™ iBTS Standard and Wirnet™ iBTS Compact stations are deployed outdoors and provide carrier-grade versatile, long-range, two-way and geolocation-ready connectivity. Kerlink customers worldwide have already deployed several thousand of these stations for IoT dedicated networks.

“In addition to its increasing deployment to power new networks in Europe, South Asia and South America, the Wirnet™ product range readily supports cell densification and enhanced service, like geolocation or native security for remote management of gateways,” said Yann Bauduin, director of sales for operators at Kerlink.

“Wirnet™ iBTS Standard stations’ modularity offers increased coverage through cell densification by simply adding an extra LoRaWAN™ module. Its geolocation-ready design also enables a fast ramp up to deploy innovative location-based services, natively localizing each end device through the network.”

“Launching a cell-densification project in a short time after starting the deployment of our LoRaWAN™ network in Belgium is testimony to the positive reception and increasing use of the network by our customers,” said Alex Thomas, IoT program manager for Proximus.

“We tested Kerlink’s Wirnet™ stations before deployment, and they demonstrated that they fully meet the expectations of users, backed by the Kerlink team’s constant customer support and confirmed expertise.”

Joke Tisaun, Proximus IoT product manager, said:

“This new IoT network has already stimulated innovations and opened the door to new business models. This is the case for some interesting applications we support today, like measuring the fullness of glass containers in order to optimize pick-up routes and enhance customer experience. In addition, we launched a project with the biggest gas supplier in Belgium, where we will monitor the gas tanks of people in their homes, to improve the service they can offer to their end-customers.”

Proximus also recently showcased a solution for industry environments to record energy information required for energy optimization.

“For that purpose, sensors monitor the temperature, humidity, light and opening of doors, and send this information, almost in real-time. This ensures higher reliability, and improves management efficiency,” Tisaun said.

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QMC delivered fixed network wireless water meter solution in Canada using LoRaWAN

QMC delivered fixed network wireless water meter solution in Canada using LoRaWAN

QMC delivered fixed network wireless water meter solution in Canada using LoRaWAN

IoT and new Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) technology offers Ontario based utility provider, Alectra Energy Services Inc., a superior business opportunity for commercial and residential water metering using wireless technology.

The result of automated meter reading, better data and meter data transparency results in improved customer service and reduced operating expenses.

Alectra Energy Services Inc. wanted to provide more timely and detailed water consumption information to their customers than their conventional drive-by/manual read data collection system could deliver. Utilizing LoRaWAN technology, QMC delivered a fixed-network solution with seamless integration from the existing water meters to LoRaWAN gateway provided by network operator, eleven-x. All hourly meter data is provided through QMC’s cloud-based MeterConnex™ Service.

This commercialized Internet of Things (IoT) wireless water meter project using LoRa technology is the first of its kind in Canada.

QMC has partnered with Alectra Energy Services Inc. (formerly PowerStream Energy Services Inc.) to upgrade their existing stock of commercial and residential water meters to a wireless fixed network. The solution provides savings on operating expenses, improves asset management and customer-related business process such as billing. The project is geographically located in various cities from Vancouver to Toronto.

QMC partnered with eleven-X to provide the design expertise and LoRaWAN Network. QMC and eleven-X jointly developed an encoded Meter Interface Unit (MIU) which is able to read Alectra Energy Service’s existing stock of Sensus water meters.

According to James Easton, President & CEO of QMC:

“Being able to utilize the existing meter hardware saved considerable cost and time on the project and avoided inconvenient shut-offs and disruptions to the tenants. We now provide Alectra Energy Services with hourly interval data for all the water meters at the site.”

“We’re very excited to have partnered with QMC on this metering project that has been qualified for a much broader deployment across Canada. It’s the first such LoRa-metering implementation in Canada and we’re pleased eleven-X has led the way with a terrific partner in QMC,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-X. “We look forward to the future metering buildout by QMC, while providing our expert networking and technical support.”

For Alectra Energy Services, fixed network wireless meter reading will eliminate expensive drive by/walk by meter reading and will enhance the billing and reporting experience for their customers. “QMC provided us with the ideal solution for us to collect our water meter billing data wirelessly,” explained Daniel Miller, Director Metering Services for Alectra Energy Services. “It has enabled us to operate our business more efficiently in several areas.”

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