Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo and Sagemcom Launch the First IoT Network in Tunisia

Ooredoo Tunisia and Sagemcom have just launched the first Tunisian Internet of Things (IoT) network, based on LoRa™ technology.

The network enables devices to exchange small amounts of data, with a standard battery providing independent battery life of up to 10 years.

This IoT network will also facilitate the development of solutions in various areas: Smart City (smart parking, presence detection, etc.), Smart Industry (machines predictive maintenance, asset management and tracking, logistics, etc.), Smart Environment (fire detection, etc.) and other uses in health, transport, agriculture, etc.

This launch will strengthen Ooredoo’s activities in the Internet of Things.
Youssef El Masri, CEO of Ooredoo Tunisia, said:

“Following the marketing of the first connected device in 2014, the launch of the first M2M managed connectivity solution in 2015 and the success of the first tests on various long-range, low-consumption technologies, Ooredoo is today launching the first IoT network in Tunisia.”

“This has been made possible through the license issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies in June. We are proud to be the first operator in Tunisia to deploy this technology, which is globally recognised as the most successful Internet of Things solution,” he added.

Sagemcom believes that “this close collaboration with Ooredoo will reinforce both our vision and strategy for the Industrial Internet of Things, through our SICONIA™ products and solutions, and our long-term presence and support in Tunisia and in the wider region”. Eric Rieul, CEO of Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, also stressed that “Sagemcom is delighted to be able to support and expedite Ooredoo’s IoT ambitions in Tunisia, thus contributing to the country’s economic growth.”

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The First Albanian Network Operators Forum

On Tuesday, 14 November 2017, Albanian Internet Service Providers gathered in central Tirana for the first Albanian Network Operators Forum (ALNOF). The event was organized by RASH, the Albanian Academic Network, and NaMeX, the Internet Exchange Point based in Rome, Italy, with the goal of bringing Albanian ISPs together to discuss their common issues. The Internet Society sponsored the event.

The main topics on the agenda were Interconnection and Networking Community. Albania is one of the only countries in Europe that doesn’t have a neutral Internet Exchange Point: Internet traffic from one Albanian ISP to another sometimes crosses many borders and reaches Amsterdam, London, or Copenhagen before returning to Albania. RASH and NaMeX presented their partnership to create ANIX, the first neutral Internet Exchange Point in Albania, and MIXP presented its experience of the Internet Exchange Point in Montenegro. The session was completed by presentations on PeeringDB, the Facebook network, and IPv6.

As for the Networking Community topic, Albania is a small country where many people running network infrastructure operations know each other, but there is no actual “community” of ISPs. This session included presentations by two organizations that are committed to develop networking communities: RIPE NCC and the Internet Society. Jan Žorž, ISOC Operational Engagement Programme Manager, spoke about the experience of NOGs around the world and in particular of the Slovenian NOG (SINOG).

Jan’s presentation served as introduction for a panel of Albanian network operators, who discussed whether it would make sense to start an organized Network Operators Group (NOG). There was enthusiasm among ISPs from Kosovo and Albania present in the room when asked who would participate in an Albanian NOG, and at lunch, immediately after the event, a first informal meeting took place of what would soon become the steering committee of ALNOG. The same evening there was a new meeting over dinner, and ALNOG now exists, for the moment in the form of a website and a mailing list.

ALNOF was the opportunity for giving birth to a network operators’ community in Albania and a thriving interconnection environment for Albanian ISPs. Let’s keep supporting them with the international community!

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Semtech Announces Industry’s First Disposable LoRa-enabled Nano-tag for Internet of Things Applications

RF tags

RF tags

New, ultra-low power LoRa-based tag features printed battery technology, enabling real-time, long range tag connectivity for numerous smart IoT applications.

Semtech announced its new nano-tag reference design, a disposable, ultrathin and low-cost tag that can be integrated into disposable systems or attached to assets to communicate a specific trigger of an event.

The LoRa-based nano-tag can be deployed across numerous Internet of Things (IoT) verticals that utilize the event data to enable smarter decision making.

The nano-tag is equipped with an ultra-thin printed battery and is designed to be integrated into products or systems that send messages to the Cloud when a simple event is detected. The LoRa-enabled reference design will work with existing LoRaWAN™ networks and enable the proliferation of completely new types of IoT applications, requiring real-time, reliable feedback including logistics/shipping applications, healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, asset tracking applications, and general-purpose compliance applications.

MachineQ™, a Comcast enterprise IoT service, is the first company to pilot the LoRa-enabled nano-tag with interested third parties on its IoT network in Philadelphia.

“As we continue to work with customers across a wide range of use cases, the innovative service made possible by coupling Semtech’s new nano-tag on machineQ’s dense IoT network opens a whole new set of use cases, across multiple industries, that were not commercially or technically viable using existing technologies,” said Alex Khorram, General Manager of machineQ.

Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group, said:

“By offering a lower cost, disposable LoRa-enabled tag, we can expand the current landscape of use cases for Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology and allow companies to integrate the technology to drive many more diverse IoT use cases. We believe the number of use cases should expand rapidly as our connectivity and Cloud partners start to leverage the disruptive nature of the LoRa-enabled tag.”

“We continue to introduce leading edge solutions based on Semtech’s LoRa Technology to fully leverage the differentiated capabilities and advantages of the technology’s long-range, low-power and low-cost connectivity.”

The low-cost disposable LoRa-enabled tag will be commercially available in both flexible tape and paper substrates in 2018 and are currently in trials by a number of LoRa Alliance™ members.

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Kerlink Partners with Libatel to Deploy Lebanon’s First Internet of Things Network for Smart Agriculture

Kerlink Partners with Libatel to Deploy Lebanon’s First Internet of Things Network for Smart Agriculture

Kerlink Partners with Libatel to Deploy Lebanon’s First Internet of Things Network for Smart Agriculture

Kerlink and Libatel, a leading provider of Information and Communications Technology in the Middle East and the Gulf, today announced the first IoT LoRaWAN™ smart-agriculture project in Lebanon: an intelligent network monitoring growing conditions at one of the country’s most famous vineyards.

The pilot project at Domain Chateau Kefraya, which began this summer, is generating data and information about the vineyard’s terroir, which includes topography, soil conditions, climate and sunlight that give wine grapes their distinctive character. At the project’s conclusion this November, the chateau will use the information to optimize wine-parcel classification over its 300 hectares of vineyards. By monitoring data coming from the vineyards, and permanently controlling the climate conditions, the maturity of the different types of grapes and other specific parameters, the chateau is able to allocate in anticipation the different parcels to the different productions, and especially selects the best grapes for high-end and renamed wine.

The customized LoRaWAN™ network deployment, which includes Kerlink Wirnet Station technology, is a proof-of-concept project involving Libatel and Ogero Telecom, Lebanon’s largest telecom operator, and will be part of Libatel’s bid to support Ogero’s deployment of a nationwide IoT network in Lebanon. Libatel, which is managing network operation and maintenance, data collection and software development, provided a dashboard tailored to the specific needs of Chateau Kefraya. The collected data is accessible from a computer or smartphone on a platform designed by the company.

Agriculture is Lebanon’s third-largest economic sector and includes a wide variety of terrain and climatic conditions.

“Lebanon is ripe for implementing smart-agriculture applications that provide our producers real-time information to better manage crop maintenance, water consumption and fertilizer and pesticide applications,” said André Chkeibane, country manager for Libatel Lebanon.

“This improved efficiency supports sustainable-agriculture, while maximizing yields for producers, and this project with Chateau Kefraya will demonstrate specifically how the IoT can benefit Lebanese vineyards.”

“Kerlink’s low-power, wide-area network solutions can be customized for virtually any project, from nationwide deployments to small local networks and indoor applications,” said Stephane Dejean, chief marketing officer for Kerlink. “Working with Libatel on this proof-of-concept in Lebanon’s first smart-agriculture IoT deployment provides a concrete case study that illustrates the flexibility of our solutions, their simple rollout and the critical information they help collect and deliver.”

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Rolls-Royce to accelerate ‘Digital First’ strategy with TCS

Rolls-Royce to accelerate ‘Digital First’ strategy with TCS

Rolls-Royce to partner with Tata Consultancy Services and deploy its IoT platform on digital transformation journey.

Founded in 1906, British engineering company Rolls-Royce may be most frequently associated with its posh motorcars, but it also builds many other kind of machines, from aircraft engines to propulsion systems for submarines.

Increasingly, these machines are getting smarter. Bristling with sensors, they generate data that conveys information on their performance, status and condition.

Using that data to get the best possible performance from machines lies at the heart of the company’s ‘Digital First’ strategy – and that strategy has received a boost this week, with the announcement that Rolls-Royce is to work with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) with the goal of accelerating its digital transformation strategy.

This builds on a longstanding relationship between the two companies and, it is claimed, will help “deliver further value to customers, improve existing services, accelerate development and deployment times and create new areas of growth.”

Read more: IIoT could revolutionize UK manufacturing, says Siemens-led report

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As part of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will use TCS’ Connected Universe Platform, a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering for IoT applications. Here, data from across the company will be captured, shared and analyzed, so that new products and services can be developed.

In addition, the two companies will jointly launch an analytics and agile applications capability hub in Bangalore, while TCS has recently opened a new customer delivery centre in Derby, UK, which is dedicated to servicing Rolls-Royce.

According to Neil Crockett, a former Cisco executive who took the role of chief digital officer at Rolls-Royce last year, “We expect to be able to realize both short-term and long-term benefits through collaboration with partners and customer on the TCS IoT platform. It will allow us to take advantage of fast-paced innovation – including accelerating our application of industrial artificial intelligence and a range of other cutting-edge, breakthrough opportunities.”

Read more: Industrial IoT: Plenty of words, too little action, says GE

Testing times ahead for Rolls-Royce

There is much for Rolls-Royce to prove here. Achieving new efficiencies and harnessing new opportunities is vital for the company, after a somewhat rocky 2016 financial year.

In February this year, it reported a £4.6 billion pre-tax loss for 2016 – one of the largest in corporate history – partly as a result of tough market conditions following the UK’s EU referendum, which sent the value of the pound tumbling, and partly due to payments amounting to £671 million that the company made to British, US and Brazilian authorities in order to settle bribery and corruption claims.

The company has warned that it anticipates supply chain headaches after the UK exits the EU and CEO Warren East is a vocal opponent of a so-called ‘hard’ Brexit, having urged the UK government to deliver “as little change as possible.”

With such challenges ahead, it will be interesting to see to what extent Rolls-Royce is able to use industrial IoT (IIoT) strategies to soften some of the blows it may face.

Read more: Rolls-Royce navigates Google deal on machine learning for shipping

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