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Semtech and Ubicquia Light Up the Streets with a Smart Grid LoRa-based IoT Solution

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Ubicquia’s smart street light solutions provide a multitude of advanced functions and Cloud-based analytics

Semtech Corporation , a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Ubicquia, a company devoted to offering mobile carriers, utility companies and light manufacturers cost-effective and modular solutions for deploying smart city services, has incorporated Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its Ubicell streetlight gateway module.

Streetlamps represent a large portion of a city’s allocated energy budget, in some cases reaching upwards of 40%. Studies of energy grids estimate that a smart grid Internet of Things (IoT) solution utilizing sensors, gateways and LED bulbs would provide large financial returns as well as valuable data. Ubicquia’s new LoRa-based gateway module allows the Ubicell streetlight to act as both a gateway and a client maintaining its core functionality that includes advanced light control, utility grade power metering, tilt and vibration sensing, connection to third party sensors and network integration.

“Leveraging our Ubicell streetlight router that is compatible with more than 350 million streetlights worldwide, our Ubicell LoRa-based gateway module is the most cost-effective way to stand up or densify an existing LoRaWAN™ network,” said Ian Aaron, CEO at Ubicquia. “Our new gateway module is designed to meet the growing needs of LoRaWAN service providers and customers who are looking to scale the deployment of LoRa sensors for street lighting, utility metering, garbage collection, or an increase in data traffic from video and audio edge services.”

“Ubicquia provides cities with a reliable, smart grid solution to keep utilities running as efficiently as possible,” said Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT in Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By leveraging Semtech’s LoRa Technology and smart grid sensor data, Ubicquia changes the way cities handle utility management, and turn streetlights into so much more. LoRa Technology’s long-range, low-power platform and ease of installation make it the solution of choice for city planners and civil engineers everywhere.”

About Semtech’s LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN™ specification have been deployed in over 100 countries and Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance™, the fastest growing IoT Alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network applications. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site and join the LoRa Community to access free training as well as an online industry catalog showcasing the products you need for building your ideal IoT application.

About Ubicquia

Ubicquia offers municipalities, utilities, broadband service providers and lighting manufacturers a cost-effective and expandable platform for deploying simply connected, simply smart broadband, small cell and smart city services. Our plug and play network has the ability to turn any street light into a multi-function router that supports a growing list of services that include advanced lighting controls, public Wi-Fi, and the connection to 3rd party sensors including air quality monitors and surveillance cameras. To learn more about how Ubicquia can make your city simply connected and simply smart, contact sales@ubicquia.com, or visit the Ubicquia site.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

Soure: Ubicquia/Elizabeth Kolakowski/Business Wire

Spain pilots smart water technology

IoTsens is helping FACSA track and control water management in Castellón

IoTsens is helping FACSA track and control water management in Castellón

Semiconductor and advanced algorithms company, Semtech, and Internet of Things solutions and services company, IoTsens, have integrated their technology to deliver a smart water solution for Spain.

IoTsens entered a joint venture with FACSA, Spain’s leading integrated water management company, to accurately track and control water management in Castellón, Spain. Established in 1873, FACSA provides services to over four million citizens in 70 cities. In addition to smart water metering, IoTsens provides FACSA with sound, air quality, smart parking, and irrigation solutions among other IoT services for its smart city project.

“Our smart water platform provides Castellón with relevant and valuable information for the daily management and optimisation of its resources,” said Ignacio Llopis, CEO of IoTsens, which is integrating Semtech’s LoRa technology into its smart water platform. “We were able to quickly integrate, deploy and test 600 smart water meters for a proof of concept, paving the way for the current FACSA comprehensive roll-out of 30,000 water meters.”

“The LoRa-based sensors, with their long range and low power capabilities, are able to collect and communicate important household data to accurately track and control water management,” said Vivek Mohan, director of IoT for the wireless and sensing products group at Semtech. “The IoTsens’ system can also quickly detect leaks, breakdowns and manipulation of the water supply network in real-time, preventing loss of service and costly repairs.”

A single base station using LoRa technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas. It provides a battery lifetime of up to 10 years depending on the application and enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption.

The technology also reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs and, based on the LoRaWAN open protocol, provided by the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.

Source: Semtech

Libelium IoT Platform Powers Smart Cities in US adding LoRaWAN and Sigfox

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San Francisco and Colorado are the first North American regions with smart water and smart environment projects deployed with Libelium’s technology connected to LPWAN protocols.

Libelium continues powering the Internet of Things (IoT) development adding LoRaWANand Sigfox wireless connectivity for North America to Waspmote OEM and Waspmote Plug and Sense! sensor devices. San Francisco is one of the first cities to deploy this technology, where Libelium is already developing a Smart Water project with Sigfox and San Francisco County. In Colorado, Libelium technology is also enhancing new projects to monitor weather and environment conditions with LoRaWAN connectivity.

Libelium keeps offering the widest interoperability in the great array of connectivity choices for the IoT. The company is joining forces with LoRaWAN and Sigfox global network in response to strong demand for low-energy, long-range and cost efficient IoT connectivity in North America. In terms of network coverage, Semtech is partnering with Comcast to deploy LoRaWAN networks in 30 cities while Sigfox is expanding its network to 100 US cities.

Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! available in US LoraWAN and Sigfox

Libelium Waspmote Plug & Sense! available in US for LoraWAN and Sigfox

“We are successfully offering these protocols in their European version since 2015 and checking its viability for environment, pollution, water quality and smart parking applications. We strongly believe that making them available in their American version will speed up market adoption in the 900 MHz markets” states Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO.

Customers can make their choice of LPWAN preferred protocol for Waspmote Plug & Sense! in 900MHz or 868MHz bands -depending on geographic destination- when ordering except for Smart Parking model, where both radios (LoRaWAN / Sigfox) are always included. “We have managed to offer a dual radio in our Smart Parking node at a very competitive price, which increases our customers’ options, one of our design principles. They can compare the performance of both technologies in one installation, work in hybrid networks or change from one to another easily from the Cloud. We consider this kind of features crucial to keep a healthy and competitive IoT landscape” explains Asín.

With this update, Libelium IoT Sensor Platform is ready to use the 900-930 MHz band forthe U.S., Canada, Mexico, Singapore, etc. The platform currently includes FCC and IC certifications for the US and Canada.

Source: Libelium

MultiTech and WaterBit Announce Partnership to Demonstrate the Power of the Internet of Things Within the Agricultural Community

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MultiTech’s IoT Gateway Utilizing LoRa® Wireless Technology Communicates Valuable Data in WaterBit’s California Site Where Cellular Service is Not an Option

MultiTech Systems, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of M2M and IoT devices, today announced the launch of a field trial with WaterBit, Inc. an agricultural services provider based in Sunnyvale, California. Utilizing MultiTech’s IoT gateway in combination with LoRa® technology, MultiConnect® mDots™ and WaterBit’s sensors, WaterBit can now access valuable data from numerous endpoints throughout its dense field site, without dependence on spotty, unpredictable cellular coverage.

“Our field trial with WaterBit demonstrates the power of combining sensor and LoRa technologies to capture vital, hard to reach information,” said Michael Finegan, Director of Business, IoT Development at MultiTech. “The Internet of Things enables these various processes to help increase production and optimize efficiencies. Farming industry needs can now be easily monitored through this revolutionary ‘smart farming’ scenario.”

The MultiTech MultiConnect® Conduit™ is the industry’s most configurable, manageable, and scalable communications gateway. Each Conduit gateway has the ability to manage thousands of MultiConnect mDots – low cost LoRaWAN™ ready modules able to connect sensors or appliances – and transmit their data over any cellular network to a customer’s preferred data management platform. WaterBit is utilizing the MultiConnect Conduit configured with a LoRa card to connect multiple remote mDots with WaterBit’s patent pending sensors. WaterBit will access critical data pertaining to temperature, humidity, and moisture using these sensors and will monitor the data via its cloud system.

“It is only natural that some of the world’s best places to grow crops are also the least likely to have complete cellular coverage. Still, the Internet of Things holds a great deal of promise for agriculture. WaterBit conducted a robust study of products and the only solution that worked was the MultiTech LoRa gateway,” said Leif Chastaine, Chief Operating Officer at WaterBit. “We required compatibility with SemTech LoRaWAN, and the ARM® mbed™ Platform. Only MultiTech had these partnerships in place and was able to deliver on all of these needs cost effectively, and at world-class quality levels. We are thrilled to have this implementation up and running.”

LoRa is a wireless technology developed to enable low-data-rate communications over long distances utilizing sensors and actuators for M2M and IoT applications. It is particularly attractive for many applications because of its long-range capability, ability to enable battery-operated assets to function for years and its low cost/high ROI benefits. Key to the field trial is the ability to test LoRa and confirm its performance characteristic in challenging crop conditions in multiple locations in California during the winter. The dense foliage of citrus trees, rain, and variations in terrain will challenge test radios. Multitech and WaterBit look forward to sharing early test results in February at AG World Expo in Tulare, California.

About MultiTech
MultiTech designs, develops and manufactures communications equipment for the industrial internet of things – connecting physical assets to business processes to deliver enhanced value. Our commitment to quality and service excellence means you can count on MultiTech products and people to address your needs, while our history of innovation ensures you can stay ahead of the latest technology with a partner who will be there for the life of your solution. For more information, please visithttp://www.multitech.com.

About WaterBit
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, WaterBit develops the highest granularity, connected, soil and environmental sensing systems for agriculture, at 1/10th the price and 10X the performance of competing systems. For more information, please visithttp://www.waterbit.net.

Bouygues Telecom unveils Objenious, its subsidiary dedicated to the Internet of Things

 

 

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Bouygues Telecom is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things with the creation of a dedicated subsidiary, Objenious, headed by Stéphane Allaire with a team of around 20 employees.

Objenious will exploit the LoRa® network, currently being rolled out by Bouygues Telecom and that will ultimately connect millions of objects. The network has already been rolled out in 15 of France’s biggest towns and cities. It will cover 50% of the French population by mid-2016 and will cover the entirety by the end of the year with 4,000 base stations.

The creation of Objenious underlines Bouygues Telecom’s commitment to developing an activity that covers every segment of the Internet of Things value chain: – By developing sensors adapted to the needs of its customers, with partners like nke Watteco, Eolane or even Finsécur, a provider of fire safety solutions; – By giving access to connectivity that benefits from all the advantages of LoRa technology (geolocation, indoor penetration, two-way communication); – By offering data management via the cloud-based IoT Platform solution from Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE IoT Platform) that enables data to be stored, pre-processed, acquired and viewed according to industry standards.

The KMS security solution, supplied by Bull (the technological brand of Atos), guarantees encryption of this data from the sensors right up to the customer servers that process it. Sagemcom supplies the entire radio communications part as well as the network core. – By embracing open innovation and by integrating business applications being developed by the growing number of innovative start-ups that are joining the Objenious ecosystem. Examples include Energisme, a specialist in building energy management, and Abeeway, a specialist in long-life on-board geolocation systems. Abeeway is able to make any object connected, from entire fleets of equipment to the tools used in everyday life. They have already developed applications that are being used by the subsidiary’s first customers. – The flexibility and expertise of Objenious ensures that each project will provide the most suitable offer in conjunction with the best partners and the necessary technological building blocks.

“We have signed partnerships with some of France’s leading IoT players. Major industrial groups of course, but also start-ups that are making their mark, either in sensors or business applications,” says Stéphane Allaire, Chairman of Objenious. “We have thus become a key player based on a national LoRa network and an IoT platform that is now ready to host our customers.” Over the next few weeks, Objenious will unveil a catalogue of B2B and B2B2C services that address a number of identified needs, ranging from vehicle fleet management, remote meter reading, predictive maintenance and geolocation.

Several customers have already chosen Objenious to help them discover the world of opportunity opened up by the Internet of Things. The French start-up Wistiki will soon offer a range of LoRa-based connected devices that enable the geolocation of essential day-to-day objects (keys, smartphones, wallets, baggage) but also pets (using connected collars). Ecotextile, a specialist in the collection of used clothes, will use Objenious to optimise collections from its voluntary drop-off points, with the first deployment planned for Issy-les-Moulineaux, just south of Paris, which is covered by Bouygues Telecom’s LoRa network. Under the impetus of its Chamber of Agriculture and local authority, the Eure-et-Loir department will get full LoRa coverage. Farmers, local authorities and companies will thus be able to connect a large number of sensors for uses linked not only to agriculture (weather data, monitoring of vat levels) but also to the Smart City. Finally, JCDecaux used COP21 to test the geolocation of a fleet of e-VLS: in front of Paris City Hall, the public were able to try out electric self-service bikes with portable batteries fitted with position sensors connected via LoRa, in partnership with the start-up Connected Cycle.

Source: Bouygues Telecom

 

Libelium Adds LoRaWAN for Full Compatibility with Smart Cities Networks

Waspmote sensors integrate new LPWAN radio module for large-scale IoT deployments worldwide

Libelium has released a new radio module bringing LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) wireless connectivity to Waspmote Internet of Things (IoT) sensors for applications that require low-energy, long-range data transmission on a large scale.

Protocols known as Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are accelerating smart city and IoT deployments in Europe, Asia, and North America. Semtech’s open LoRaWAN standard is the backbone for many IoT uses that require bidirectional data communication and geolocation information. Libelium LoRaWan sensors send information to base stations in the field, and have successfully completed tests on Kerlink LoRa base stations for 868 MHz bands operating in Europe, on the 900 MHz band for the U.S., and for the 433 MHz band connectivity used in China, Japan and Korea.

Waspmote Plug & Sense! features LoRaWAN Connectivity

Waspmote Plug & Sense! features LoRaWAN Connectivity

How it works:

“Waspmote sensor nodes are extremely energy efficient, intended for massive deployments in cities and the industrial IoT,” said David Gascón, Libelium CTO and co-founder. “Our sensor platform is a perfect fit for purpose-built LoRaWAN, designed to carry complex data that characterizes Smart Cities applications, and thereby enable connectivity for the billions of devices and sensors predicted for the IoT.”

Libelium’s LoRaWAN radio module is fully integrated with the Waspmote sensor platform and is also available as an upgrade for all existing Waspmote sensor devices. Waspmote Plug & Sense! devices offer easy network configuration for smart cities applications to monitor environmental factors, noise pollution, water quality, as well as parking, and smart lighting applications. Paired with Libelium’s LoRaWAN module, Waspmote Plug & Sense! received CE marking earlier this month, making it the first horizontal sensor platform certified for use in Europe.

Waspmote LoRaWAN Integration

Waspmote LoRaWAN Integration

Libelium is a member of the LoRa Alliance, and is building an ecosystem with partners providing LoRaWAN solutions that are compatible with Waspmote. In addition to Kerlink gateway compatibility as a turnkey solution, Waspmote LoRaWan sensors offer out-of-the-box connectivity with Actility, and network deployment and management capability with Loriot and Orbiwise backends. Please consult Libelium’s commercial department for further information.

Technical Characteristics – Waspmote + LoRaWAN Integration

Key Features Why it Matters
Libelium LoRaWAN radio module supports 868 MHz band (Europe); 433 MHz band (China, Japan, Korea), and will feature 900 MHz band support in 2016 (North America). Many Smart Cities and Industrial IoT applications require low bandwidth data transmission over distances, both indoors and outdoors, often in areas of high electromagnetic interference. Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensors and the Libelium LoRaWAN radio module received CE marking on the 868 MHz band, in November 2015. Certifications for the U.S. version are currently in progress.
Embedded radio module in Waspmote sensor nodes sends information directly to base stations. Fast response, and simple, immediate network setup to connect devices to the LoRaWAN IoT network.
Secure IP connection assured between devices, base stations, and Cloud servers. Accounts activated with strong, unique API keys. Secure authentication maintains data integrity and privacy of information transmitted by the sensor nodes, and also when data are stored on servers, gateways, and the Cloud.
Extensive documentation, tutorials and LoRaWAN developer kits are available for Waspmote OEM & Waspmote Plug and Sense! devices. Waspmote is a complete technology platform for the IoT, integrating any sensor, any communication protocol, and any Cloud system. Waspmote OEM is oriented to developers for prototyping, pilot projects and proofs of concept; The Waspmote Plug & Sense! sensor line is an out-of-the-box solution pre-configured for quick deployment of IoT, Smart Cities, and M2M services and applications.
Libelium LoRaWAN is also available for the OEM / DIY platforms Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Arduino and Raspberry Pi are key learning platforms for the IoT, widely available at low cost, and offering options for IT professionals to participate in the IoT and add IoT electronics

technology skills to their resumes.