SEAT and Orange partner on development and use of connected vehicles

SEAT and Orange Spain have entered into a strategic partnership to promote the development and use of connect vehicles by focussing on several work areas.

As part of the deal, the companies will focus on three primary areas: formulation of innovations for connected vehicles to enhance user experience; turn the car into the user’s second digital home by bringing digital home or office experience to the vehicle and launch a cross-company loyalty and frequent use programme to promote use of the new connectivity and mobility solutions (related to connected cars) rolled out by them in the market.

The partnership is not just confined to the formulation of digital applications for cars but both SEAT and Orange will work together to generate initiatives that encourage using the fresh functions. The loyalty programme is a result of these initiatives.

Under their efforts to enhance entertainment and leisure services for drivers and passengers, initially music, audiovisual and learning content will be included – without any compromise to the safety of the vehicle occupants.

Luis Santos, Orange Director of Innovation and New Digital Services for Spain, expressed confidence that “this strategic agreement with SEAT is a great step for Orange in its strategy of connected objects and Big Data and opens the door to innovations and new developments surrounding cars of the future, which will contribute to helping us achieve our goal of connecting our customers with what truly matters most to them.”

While inking the deal, Arantxa Alonso, Head of Business Development at SEAT, comments: “This partnership opens up a large collaborative space for both companies that are pursuing a common goal – promote the use of the connected car and make the car user’s experience easier and more efficient.”

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Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Cargotec Develops Intelligent Cargo Handling with Global IoT Connectivity Services From Orange

Three-year, multimillion euro IoT global connectivity deal. Cargotec will benefit from better collaboration, predictive maintenance.

Orange Business Services and Cargotec have signed a three-year, multimillion euro agreement for worldwide IoT connectivity that helps Cargotec keep goods moving efficiently and safely.

Cargotec, with headquarters in Finland, is a leading provider of cargo and load handling solutions. Cargo traffic is one of the vital services that helps keep our global society up and running. Millions of items, from raw materials to consumer products, are transported locally and between countries around the clock.

Cargotec‘s business areas – Kalmar, Hiab and MacGregor – are leading players in their fields, and they have a unique position to optimize global cargo flows and create sustainable customer value. Kalmar offers cargo handling equipment and automated terminal solutions, software, and services that are used in ports, terminals, distribution centers and various industries. Hiab provides on-road load handling solutions to customers operating in the land transport and delivery industries, while MacGregor offers solutions and services for marine cargo and offshore load handling.

Cargotec aims to become the global leader in intelligent cargo handling. This requires connectivity during every stage of its customers’ lifecycles. The IoT connectivity solution from Orange will integrate intelligence into the machinery to provide better collaboration for daily operations, monitor and maintain equipment to enable the highest possible uptime and react remotely before problems arise. It will also help Cargotec develop insightful data-driven services.

The Orange IoT connectivity service provides tangible business benefits for Cargotec, enabling new digital services and delivering a much higher degree of operational efficiency, both internally and further down the value chain at the customer level. These include: seamless IoT SIM card ordering, simple activation and tracking through a dedicated portal; one price per IoT SIM card regardless of location; and scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.

“A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo handling. We chose Orange Business Services for these reasons,” says Soili Mäkinen, CIO, Cargotec.

“Cargotec is determined to grow its business through strong customer focus and improved IoT services that are vital in its development. We are very happy to have been selected as their provider of choice and to help enable their ambitions to lead and transform the cargo handling business globally,” says Fabrice de Windt, senior vice president, Europe, Orange Business Services.

Orange already supports over 14 million connected devices through its Datavenue IoT and data analytics solution across a variety of sectors, including automotive and transport, smart cities, industry and manufacturing and daily life (smart home, healthcare and wearables).

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Orange and Cargotec team up on intelligent cargo handling

Orange and Cargotec team up on intelligent cargo handling

Orange and Cargotec have teamed up on a three-year, multi-million euro deal to develop a connected cargo offering.

French telecoms giant Orange business services and cargo-handling machinery specialist Cargotec have announced a partnership in which the two companies will explore ways that connected hardware and software can be used to keep goods moving efficiently and safely around the globe.

Headquartered in Finland, Cargotec is one of the world’s most prominent providers of cargo and load handling solutions. Orange, not surprisingly, wants to tap into this lucrative market. Although by no means a new industry, cargo handling is one of the world’s most vital services, contributing to the smooth running of global society.

Around the clock, millions of items – from raw materials to consumer products – are transported between towns, cities and, of course, countries. Managing all these parcels isn’t an easy task, but there is good reason to believe that IoT technologies can help optimize cargo flows and create new value.

Equipment from Cargotec and its Kalmar, McGregor and Hiab businesses is already hard at work at ports, terminals and distribution facilities around the world and this equipment is increasingly ‘smart’.

Read more: Cargotec picks Cloudera to give data-driven services a lift

Cargotec on a mission

The company’s stated mission now is to become “the global leader in intelligent cargo handling” – but this, of course, will require around-the-clock connectivity, which is where Orange comes in.

Using an IoT connectivity solution from Orange, intelligence will be integrated into machinery and cargo management systems so that they offer “better collaboration for daily operations, monitor and maintain equipment to enable the highest possible uptime and react remotely before problems arise,” according to the firm.

The Orange IoT connectivity service to Cargotec will include IoT SIM card ordering; activation and tracking through a dedicated portal; and one price per IoT SIM card regardless of location; and connectivity across 220 countries and territories.

According to Soili Mäkinen, CIO of Cargotec, the cargo industry is in desperate need of digital transformation. “A reliable IoT communications infrastructure, global presence, with local support everywhere in the world, and an attractive business model are vital for us to become the leader in intelligent cargo handling,” he added. 

Read more: Royal Dirkzwager keep eye on seas with satellite comms and big data

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Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

Orange Belgium new IoT Network reaches 100% coverage

The possibilities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT) are growing strongly in Belgium and throughout the world. In order to maintain its leadership on this market, Orange Belgium decided last year to invest in new IoT technologies based on international standards.

Today Orange announces the availability of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE-M technologies, so called “Mobile IoT”, on the whole Belgian territory, reaching nationwide coverage both indoors and outdoors.

The NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies are Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) cellular network layers that will allow millions of everyday objects to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). LPWA technologies offer many advantages when connecting objects to the Internet of Things, such as extending the battery life of the connected equipment by up to 10 years thanks to low energy consumption, or drastically reducing the cost of the radio modules inside the devices that need to be connected. Smart furniture, smart parking and asset tracking for instance become possible.

Orange turns Belgium into a Mobile IoT test lab by launching the first nationwide LPWA cellular network in Belgium

Today Orange Belgium announces the nationwide roll-out of Mobile IoT on its network, as committed 1 year ago.

The Mobile IoT technologies bring a different approach to LPWA technologies. Apart from the extended battery life and the minimal cost of the radio modules, NB-IoT and LTE-M:

  • also enable full bidirectional communication between the object and the network allowing firmware software updates over the air;
  • have the best possible mobile coverage (up to +20dB compared to 2G/4G coverage), considerably improving signal penetration inside buildings;
  • can rely on a guaranteed connectivity abroad (roaming) on other operators’ Mobile IoT networks;
  • and they are the safest solution for IoT connectivity as it operates in licensed spectrum. Moreover, the SIM card offers secure connections thanks to LTE networks’ unique capabilities in terms of authenticating and encrypting the data in transit.

Gabriel Flichy, Chief Technology Officer of Orange Belgium, explains:

“The choice for Mobile IoT technologies is future-proof as it is fully consistent with the future evolution towards 5G. It will then be possible to connect objects that require very high reliability e.g. for the remote control of critical devices and automation processes.”

“Today we are already using our Mobile IoT network together with the Flemish government for a project with connected bikes in collaboration with our partners Huawei and Sensinxs; IMEC is testing a smart plug project as part of Antwerp’s City of Things program and we have teamed up with CommuniThings for smart parking solutions.We invite all application developers, system integrators and early adopters to test the advantages of Orange Mobile IoT network.”

Overall Mobile IoT will act as the catalyst for companies to establish connections that would not have been viable with existing technologies. Consumers will see a huge variety of new products, services and applications enabled by Mobile IoT.

More info on the website business.orange.be/iotstarterskit

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Orange Business Services Advances Enterprise IoT with LTE-M Network and Devices

Orange Business Services Advances Enterprise IoT with LTE-M Network and Devices

Orange Business Services has accelerated its LTE-M strategy to support the development of internet of things (IoT) solutions for the enterprise market.

This follows the announcement by Orange in February 2017 that the Group would be prioritizing LTE-M across its footprint in Europe, and today it announces significant progress.

Orange has launched several LTE-M field trials:

  • In Spain, Orange has started several tests with strategic customers and device manufacturers in an open ecosystem of participation. The trials cover different sectors and applications, including smart utility, smart cities and facility management.
  • In Belgium, Orange is preparing the opening of an LTE IoT City in Antwerp, open for customer pilots in Q4 2017.
  • In France, Orange is planning internal trials on both technical and usage aspects starting in Q4 2017.

All of these trials are being carried out ahead of the LTE-M network launch in 2018.

Orange reinforces its test program for LTE-M device makers

The availability of LTE-M is part of the Group’s dedicated program to support connected object and module makers. Orange welcomes object makers in its “Open IoT Lab” (compliant with GSMA) located at Orange Gardens. At this innovation site, the Group provides technical resources and expert support.

The availability of three LTE-M devices marks a new milestone in Orange’s continuous commitment to boost the IoT ecosystem. The first equipment Orange has tested on its LTE-M network includes:

  • rugged products designed to be used in asset tracking and Industry 4.0 use cases;
  • a GPS personal tracker with a waterproof casing that is targeted at lone worker applications;
  • a small GPS tracker developed for tracking valuable items.

The first samples of these products are now available for testing in customer pilots.

LTE-M is an evolution of the LTE (or 4G) mobile network, which is designed to meet the lower consumption required by IoT applications. The network will be integrated into the Orange IoT strategy through the Datavenue IoT and Data Analytics offer. It will enrich the connectivity solutions, such as LoRa®, 2G/3G/4G and Wi-Fi, which connects objects securely. The LTE-M tested modules also enhance the Datavenue connected device catalog, which now has 80 objects.

Olivier Ondet, Vice President of IoT and Analytics, Orange Business Services, said:
“The development of the LTE-M network is part of our strategy to provide a full range of IoT connectivity options for our customers through Datavenue.”

“The availability of the LTE-M devices enables our customers to start developing their LTE-M applications before the full networks are launched in 2018. We believe that LTE-M is a perfect match for a wide range of IoT use cases in Industry 4.0, fleet management and asset tracking.”

There are many enterprise IoT use cases linked to LTE-M, such as asset tracking, remote monitoring, predictive maintenance, smart metering, telematics and automotive insurance. Demonstrations of the Orange LTE-M network (running live on the Orange Spain network), equipment and use cases will be on display at the IoT Solutions World Congress in Barcelona. An industry first, the live LTE-M demo will leverage the Orange data management platform Live Objects. Visit the Orange booth, #E581, to see IoT in action for the manufacturing, logistics, utility and retail industries.

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