TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

TÜV Rheinland Launches Certification Service for LPWAN Technologies Worldwide

Firm Becomes Only Provider to Inspect and Certify LoRa, Sigfox, WiSUN, NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-CATMx Products at Global Scale, Inclusive.

TÜV Rheinland, a leading international testing service provider for quality and safety, today announced availability of global inspection, certification, and market approval services for low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN).

With the announcement, the firm becomes the only global testing service provider to service in its laboratories all relevant LPWAN technologies on the market, including LoRa, Sigfox, WiSUN, NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) and LTE-CATMx technologies.

LPWAN technology is considered to be a key driver for Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. LPWAN enables energy-efficient transmission of small data volumes over long distances. It is also a crucial prerequisite for connecting ever more static objects to the Internet, economically.

“The technology’s low energy requirement makes it ideal for low-maintenance, battery-operated sensor networks that are used for condition monitoring in all areas of work and everyday life,” said Stefan Kischka, vice president of wireless/internet of things at TÜV Rheinland.

LPWAN modules and chips can be integrated into almost any product and service. They also provide the basis for the development of entirely new business ideas.

“TÜV Rheinland has been heavily involved in developing LPWAN technology ever since it first emerged,” said Andreas Renz, director of global business development, wireless/internet of things at TÜV Rheinland.

“With this announcement, TÜV Rheinland fully stakes its claim as the leading testing provider to serve the entire field of wireless technologies.”

In addition to technology certification services, TÜV Rheinland is a global partner for international market approvals for wireless products, i.e., radio type approvals. Examples include RED, FCC, Japan Radio Law, Korean and many other country-specific approvals.

With this new offering, TÜV Rheinland handles the entire spectrum of wireless communication service needs that any customer may have, regardless of its industry or global location. TÜV Rheinland’s services are comprehensive – spanning consulting services, test solutions, market access analyses for new technologies, and independent tests and certifications.

For more information, visit www.tuv.com/en/wireless-iot.

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Senet Launches Global LPWA Virtual Network to Redefine IoT Connectivity and Service Delivery

Senet Launches Global LPWA Virtual Network to Redefine IoT Connectivity and Service Delivery

Senet Launches Global LPWA Virtual Network to Redefine IoT Connectivity and Service Delivery

New model of LoRaWAN connectivity allows businesses, solution providers and municipalities to unlock value and create opportunities across entire IoT ecosystem.

Senet announced today the launch of the Senet Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network (LVN™).

Moving beyond today’s antiquated network connectivity business models, the Senet LVN creates opportunities for network operators, solution providers, systems integrators, municipalities, and enterprise organizations to proactively contribute to the rapid build out of global IoT connectivity and immediately benefit from revenue share models based on their level of participation.

Senet’s LVN, Managed Network Services for IoT (MNSi™) and public network are powered by its proprietary Network Operating System, which is built on a common cloud-based services architecture. The Senet operating system provides extremely efficient, scalable and secure options to connect and manage low power, low-cost sensors at massive scale and simplifies historically complex operations related to application and device registration, message accounting and settlements.

Key features of the Senet LVN include:

  • A modern IoT architecture built on a highly scalable and secure cloud-based services
  • A host platform for Radio Access Network participants
  • Global device provisioning and device placement on any LVN Radio Access Network
  • Roaming between participating operators and other connectivity providers
  • Single billing supporting global device connectivity
  • Standardized global device activation and deployment processes
  • Comprehensive global network operations support
  • Revenue share models across provider classes
  • Access to the fastest continuously growing LoRa LPWAN network

“There is an IoT land grab taking place among network operators while, at the same time, solution providers are struggling to model a return on investment because of high network costs and limited coverage,” said Senet CEO Bruce Chatterley. “The Senet LVN addresses these challenges by modernizing IoT connectivity and offering ways for an entire ecosystem of participants to monetize their networks and services.”

“Our innovative LVN technology essentially creates a demand-based and incentive-based ‘Network Effect,’ or ‘Connectivity Marketplace’ to building out the Senet global IoT network. The next big transformation taking place in IoT relates to network connectivity, and the first to market have the most to gain.”

LVN Engagement Examples

Unique to the Senet Low Power Wide Area Virtual Network are business models designed for organizations to engage at various levels of participation and benefit from a revenue share model based on the role they play in the larger network ecosystem.

For example, a network operator (Cable, Wireless, Fiber, or CLEC) can augment their connectivity portfolio by deploying LoRaWAN gateways on their existing tower or building assets and extend their branded services well beyond their existing footprint to generate revenue from a broader customer base. Domestic and international LoRaWAN networks will interoperate through roaming, allowing connected devices to be placed on any operator network, supporting mobile IoT applications and making global connectivity a reality.

The Senet LVN also creates opportunities for new partnerships between municipalities and service providers. Municipalities, for example, are in a unique position to partner with utility companies to create the backbone for connected city-wide services. LoRaWAN gateways deployed on a combination of city and utility owned assets create a relationship that supports rapid network deployment, broad coverage and revenue sharing without any individual party incurring the brunt of the capital equipment expense. Senet then manages these network assets using its Network Operating System. Once deployed, any device from any application or solution provider that connects to these networks generates a new revenue stream for the municipality and/or utility. Embracing such an opportunity could mean a huge technological leap forward and lay the foundation for true smart and connected cities.

In addition, Senet provides an opportunity for thousands of global IoT application providers, system integrators and enterprises to register their LoRaWAN gateways on the LVN and generate revenue based on the number of qualified messages using their Radio Access Network. This model supports both production deployments and large market trials, allowing for participation in the Senet LVN at various levels of application rollout.

With this new approach to providing LoRaWAN network IoT coverage, Senet is enabling businesses to revolutionize their products and operations by delivering ubiquitous network connectivity wherever it is needed, when it is needed and at the lowest possible cost.

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The story of kc claffy and measuring the Internet – 2017 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award winner

Appreciated by some, taken for granted by many, the Internet is understood by few who use it. Underneath the ability to communicate instantaneously with people across the globe, conduct major business transactions with a click of a button and have the latest news and entertainment at our fingertips lies a vast landscape of data, unfettered by regulation, and spurred by competitive growth.

kc claffy, this year’s Jonathan B. Postel Service Award winner, has been with the Internet from nearly its very beginnings. She’s watched its evolution from military project to government-funded point-to-point communication to its current iteration as a private sector behemoth.

claffy is one of the few brave scientists who measure the Internet. She’s leading the way to the future by opening our eyes to the layers of data beneath the surface along with the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), a group she founded in 1996.

“The work that we do isn’t easy to get funded because the Internet itself isn’t yet its own subject,” claffy said. “It’s even a struggle for the agencies to get funding, since infrastructure isn’t very sexy.”

Sexy or not, claffy has been measuring the Internet since the early 90s. The year she finished graduate school was the year the government decided to officially pull out of the Internet, which until that point had been a government funded project. It was 1994.

“That was the end of the data, so I started a corporation to try to have a place for Internet data sharing and data analysis, thinking maybe some people would want to share their numbers,” she said. “I was really interested in a field of science for the Internet when all the doors were closing. I wanted a clearinghouse for data.”

Two years later she wrote the CAIDA proposal, and now, more than 20 years after that, they’re still at it.

“Frankly, I did not think I would still be here,” claffy said. “We just cobble this together from grants. It’s so hard to keep the money going, even for one body let alone 15 bodies.”

Of course, as the Internet has grown and changed, so have CAIDA’s measurements and responsibilities.

“The first question is what do we have? What have we built?” claffy said. “We can’t answer that because the private sector took over, and they don’t want to give up that data due to the competitive landscape. Of course, with the Internet’s usage today, it’s really like providing water competitively, but back in the 90s, letting it go private was a reasonable decision.”

As the Internet grew and shifted its shape, the ways to measure, organize and regulate it have changed. In fact, there’s been very little of any of that. The Internet has been allowed to grow unmeasured and organically since the government relinquished control. Up to this point, this has been good for innovation and progress.

“The Internet is so good today because of the competition in the market,” claffy said. “This is really just a lab experiment that escaped a little early, and we knew there were going to be problems but thought we handle them when we get there. Now we’re there.”

Through it all, claffy is working toward mapping and measuring the data, most of which is currently splintered between companies and countries throughout the world. The past few decades of Internet development are miniscule when compared to where we are going, claffy said. With the Internet of Things, the proliferation of fake news and media messaging, national security threats, and privacy violations, these measurements will be of vital importance in the near future.

“I want to make the world safe for Internet science,” claffy said. “The American people need better data—to understand what the Internet is, how it’s connected, and how the data is being used.”

Jonathan B. Postel was one of claffy’s heroes throughout her life, and, as such, she says this award is one of the highlights of her career.

“He was kind of the social conscience of the place. He was all about integrity and honesty, so winning this award is a huge honor.”

As for what claffy wants to be best known for?

“I hope what I’m remembered for, I haven’t done yet.”

Find out more about Jonathan B. Postel Service Award and who are past winners


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PTC to Accelerate Customers’ Connected Service Strategy with Launch of ThingWorx Asset Advisor

PTC to Accelerate Customers’ Connected Service Strategy with Launch of ThingWorx Asset Advisor

PTC to Accelerate Customers’ Connected Service Strategy with Launch of ThingWorx Asset Advisor

New Asset Advisor App for Service Enables Customers to Accelerate Time to Value.

PTC today announced from PTC Forum Europe in Stuttgart, Germany, the launch of the ThingWorx® Asset Advisor app for service to accelerate its customers’ service transformation initiatives.

ThingWorx® Asset Advisor for service enables remote monitoring and servicing of assets deployed in the field.

Built on PTC’s leading ThingWorx industrial innovation platform, ThingWorx Asset Advisor for service is a role-based app for service managers and technicians that is fast to deploy, scalable, flexible, and customizable. It provides visibility to connected assets with key role-intelligent information, offering insight into the operating condition of the asset, alerts on operating anomalies, and remote service for the connected assets. ThingWorx Asset Advisor for service follows PTC’s launch of the ThingWorx Asset Advisor app for manufacturing this past June at LiveWorx®17 and continues PTC’s commitment to helping industrial companies simplify their digital transformation efforts.

As industrial companies focus on improving efficiency and reducing downtime of their operations, being able to connect and monitor assets to capture critical alerts in real-time is key to an effective connected service strategy. PTC has a long history of enabling customers to connect assets and remotely monitor, diagnose, and resolve service issues. Customers adopting a connected service strategy helped PTC’s IoT business outpace the market growth rate of 30 to 40 percent in fiscal year 2017.

Companies like Elekta, Diebold, Sysmex, and McKinley Elevator are improving first-time fix rates 30 percent more than industry averages; mean time to repair by 6X; and equipment uptime by 20 percent, by being able to remotely monitor and service connected assets. The ThingWorx Asset Advisor app enables customers to accelerate the time to value by providing them with an even easier and faster path to connected service capabilities.

“The capabilities enabled through ThingWorx technology will help us deliver the machine uptime required by our customers in production environments,” said Antonio Lopez, vice president, global customer services, 3D Systems.

Heather Ashton, research manager, Service Innovation and Connected Product Strategies, IDC, said:

“Connected Service is a key use case for digital transformation by asset owners and operators. In fact, IDC believes that by 2020, 50% of global OEMs with connected service offerings will have incorporated augmented service execution and/or remote management, thus improving service margins by up to 30%. Using an IoT platform to enable this capability is a critical ingredient to success.”

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IoT upgrade has Service Thread in a spin

IoT upgrade has Service Thread in a spin

With 24 different types of textile-spinning machines to keep track of, industrial thread and yarn manufacturer Service Thread has woven the IoT into its operations to maximize efficiency. 

When operating manufacturing equipment on a big scale, part of the challenge is having a benchmark against which to measure output. Discovering that was the first step towards achieving new efficiencies at Service Thread, which operates out of a 115,000-square-foot warehouse in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

“We wanted to see, of the installed capacity we have, how often is it running and what is the level of utilization for that capacity,” said Jay Todd, chief operating officer at Service Thread. “So, if we have 3,000 spindles and they average 1,500 running at any given time – measuring throughout the week, throughout the month, throughout the year – we would get about 50 percent capacity.”

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Moving from manual to automated

Traditionally, the only way to gauge the number of spindles in operation at any one time was to rely on frequent in-person inspections of the machines.

“A person would go out onto the shop floor and physically count the number of spindles that are in operation,” Todd said.

“This would happen four times per day, every day that we run. They would log the information into a worksheet that tabulates that for the week, and then extrapolate that from the granular – from the certain machine that we are running – all the way to the global scale of the entire plant or department.”

There are several shortcomings with this manual approach. The first is time. Inspectors would typically take 10 hours per week, or 500 hours per year, going through the motions. And the possibility for human error and the limited scope of the data meant estimates could easily be wide of the mark.

Partnering with technology consultancy Logical Advantage, Service Thread was able to harness existing onboard computer systems in each of the 24 types of spinning machine. These disparate programmable logic controller (PLC) systems required a joined-up solution if they were to offer a holistic view of the plant’s operations.

Read more: Ecommerce giant Alibaba opens ‘China’s smartest warehouse’

A Photon-powered retrofit

Instead of replacing the whole system, the key was to combine the old with the new. Logical Advantage suggested using the Photon Wi-Fi development kit from IoT specialist Particle. The Photon range from Particle includes hardware development kits, connectivity modules, and accessories for building WiFi connected products.

In a blog post, Logical Advantage’s IoT leader Dan Thyer writes, “We simply hooked the Photons up to the device’s existing sensors and started gathering all the data that we needed. We then move that data through the Particle device cloud and on to Microsoft’s Azure Hub. We also built a mobile app to make sensor provisioning easier for the end user.”

Each Photon now monitors 16 separate spindles around the clock, giving floor managers real-time information on uptime, downtime and spindle position. 

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

Better estimates and smarter investments

With the help of the new system, Service Thread discovered that spindle utilization estimates were 15 percent off. As a result, the company was in a position to make an informed investment in new equipment.

“It’s really important that you get information to help you make these types of very expensive capital budgeting decisions,” said Todd, “because there’s a lot of risk involved when you spend $ 500,000 to a million dollars in new equipment.”

So far, a pilot program of the Photon sensors has also had benefits to decision making with regards to labor, supply-chain management and maintenance. Service Thread estimates that the application of IoT technology will reduce per-spindle operating costs by at least 50 percent.

The company anticipates annual savings of approximately $ 117,000 from reduced maintenance overtime and overheads.

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