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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.