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Montgenèvre brings smart cities to the ski slopes through joint Smart Resort initiative with Orange Business Services

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  • Real-time information for tourists and residents via a mobile app and free Wi-Fi across the resort
  • Data analysis to boost the resort’s economic and tourism development

Orange Business Services has announced its first “Smart Resort” in Montgenèvre, in the Alps, as part of a concept that will be developed across of France.
Montgenèvre’s digital transformation is being coordinated through a “smart city” strategy, combining free Wi-Fi, a mobile app available from early December on iOS and Android, and big data analytics. The objectives are threefold: enhancing the mountain experience, making life easier for residents and visitors, and supporting the economic and tourism development of one of the oldest ski resorts in France.
An enriched experience for tourists and residents

The Montgenèvre mobile app brings together all the information that tourists need, wherever they need it. It allows them to access real-time information about ski lifts, piste openings in winter, or golf courses during the rest of the tourist season, for example. The free mobile app is available in English as well as French, Italian, and comes in both winter and summer versions. In addition, a total of 31 Wi-Fi hotspots will be set up throughout the resort to allow users to fully benefit from all the app’s features.
Skiers can check the snow reports and avalanche warnings and see the current conditions in real time from the webcams located at the side of the pistes. An interactive map available via the application lets you explore the whole of the skiing area in high resolution 3D images, with pistes mapped and detailed, showing route, slope, length, and difficulty.

 

Solutions for sustainable economic development

The smart resort solution allows Montgenèvre to provide visitors or residents with a truly connected city experience. Montgenèvre sends information or customized services to users when they need it, such as shuttle bus schedules and information on local cultural activities based on the user’s interests, designed to boost local economic activity.
With the Flux Vision solution from Orange Business Services, Montgenèvre also has a means of analyzing population flow statistics throughout the year or around a particular event. This process, which collects and uses anonymized data from Orange’s public mobile network, helps in decision making when important choices must be made to improve tourist services in the valley.
“For Montgenèvre, becoming a Smart Resort means offering better living conditions and leisure activities for all users of the resort, be they tourists or residents. It strengthens economic and social activity in our region and responds to the challenges of the city of the future, but in a sustainable way,” commented Guy Hermitte, Mayor of Montgenèvre (Hautes-Alpes region).
“Orange, through its Smart Cities entity, is proud to provide its expertise in the digital transformation of cities and regions to the Montgenèvre resort, by offering innovative solutions for connectivity, mobile applications and data analysis for the benefit of visitors and residents,” commented Delphine Woussen, Director of Orange Smart Cities within Orange Business Services.
The application is scalable and will continuously be updated to meet user needs.

Source: TNS-Sofres, June 2017: “Les Français connectés en vacances” (“Staying connected on vacation”)

Source: Orange

Ericsson, Orange and PSA Group to partner on 5G connected car

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Ericsson , Orange and PSA Group have signed a partnership agreement to conduct a 5G technology pilot project for automotive applications. The “Towards 5G” connected car partnership aims to leverage 4G to 5G technology evolution to address connected vehicle requirements such as intelligent transport systems (ITS), improve road safety, and enable new automotive and in-car services.

The partnership is focused on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) architecture, as well as the technologies required to deploy real-time ITS and connected vehicle services. Initial tests will use an end-to-end architecture system based on LTE technology before evolving to LTE-V and 5G technologies.

The first use cases for Cooperative ITS have been defined and are currently being tested. These include the ability to share images between connected vehicles on a road so that the driver in the following vehicle can “see through” the vehicle ahead; and real-time notification that an emergency vehicle is approaching.

Further testing will be conducted in 2017 as part of this research initiative.

The “Towards 5G” connected car initiative is an important opportunity for the three partners to combine their expertise in connected vehicles to meet the challenges posed by new mobility services and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Ericsson provides the radio and a distributed virtualized core network to enable network slicing capabilities and intelligent geo-messaging service.

Orange provides the cellular network with the associated spectrum on the field trial site and   the on-board connectivity integrating vehicular use cases.

PSA Group is in charge of automotive use case requirement definition, embedded architecture integration, user experience and technical validation.

As a result of their collaboration, the partners will develop a comprehensive experience of the requirements for a 5G infrastructure that fits to the needs of the connected vehicles industry. They will also identify the full potential of innovative services and use cases for the benefit of improving road safety and for better quality of services to end users.

“Connected IoT services are a crucial way to enhance the user experience for our customers, who today demand unprecedented levels of comfort and convenience as well as personalised services in their vehicles,” said Carla Gohin, Research, Innovation and Advanced Technologies VP, PSA Group.

“Connected vehicles are part of our IoT strategic vision along with home, smart cities, e-health and Industry 4.0. Vehicle manufacturers expect us to provide the connectivity they need for remote maintenance management, for example, or to keep on-board systems software permanently up-to-date. By teaming with Ericsson and PSA Group, we are combining our capabilities to drive 5G development for innovative services with the perspective of the availability of 5G by 2020,” said Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Marketing and Technologies, Orange.

“5G technology will play a key role in the transport system of tomorrow. Ericsson is bringing Networks, IT and specific innovative solutions to the automotive industry. Along with key players like PSA and Orange, we will ensure the required levels of safety and security as well as contributing to a more sustainable and smart society,” said Charlotta Sund, Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry & Society, Ericsson.

Source: Ericsson

Smart Agriculture: Orange Business Services delivers M2M connectivity services to Dacom

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Tens of thousands of connected devices in 30 countries will enable smart agriculture systems


Orange Business Services is delivering a scalable communications  infrastructure and managed machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity  services to Dacom, an innovative high-tech company that develops and  supplies ICT and sensor solutions that provide yield optimization to  arable farms around the world. The managed M2M solution from Orange  Business Services will enable Dacom to connect tens of thousands of  devices for its agricultural customers in more than 30 countries around  the globe.

Dacom uses M2M technology to enable farming success

Dacom  is an innovative high-tech company that develops and supplies  specialized hardware, software and online advisory services to arable  farms and the agribusiness around the world. All data is combined on the  same platform, delivering unrivaled flexibility. Through its scalable  communications infrastructure, Orange Business Services will collect and  transmit information from Dacom’s  connected devices, including sensors  such as weather stations and soil moisture sensors. By combining sensor  technology, Internet and scientific knowledge, growers can continuously  monitor and fine-tune their production process throughout the growing  season and crop information is easily sharable with the surrounding  partners. The agribusiness can continuously anticipate and optimize raw  material supply through the consultation of field data and smart  modules. This results in the maximum yield achievable through the  economically sound and responsible use of agri-inputs likes chemicals,  water and nutrients.

M2M solution from Orange Business Services delivers business benefits

Orange  Business Services’ scalable infrastructure guarantees reliable and  seamless data transfers, which will communicate through Orange’s  international M2M communications network. Dacom achieves tangible  business benefits from having a single global provider of all of its M2M  communication infrastructure, such as:

  • seamless SIM card ordering, activation and tracking through a dedicated portal;
  • one price per SIM card regardless of location; and
  • scalable connectivity reaching 220 countries and territories.

“The  M2M communications infrastructure provided by Orange Business Services  is key to Dacom’s go-to-market strategy as the customers are requiring  global support and connectivity,” said Janneke Hadders, managing  director, Dacom. “Orange is our partner of choice because of the  company’s international footprint and smart agriculture ambition. Our  partnership has the potential to support us with managed services for  Dacom’s platform, not only today, but also in the future.”

Orange Business Services provides unique Smart Agriculture expertise

Smart  Agriculture is a vertical within the Orange Smart Cities &  Territories strategic program with an ambition is to provide a  diversified, coherent multi-solution offering for agriculture and  agri-food companies. Digital services are becoming more accessible in  the agricultural world and farmers are more aware of the opportunities  that new technologies provide. Orange Business Services offers that  support Agriculture include solutions to connect sensors for fields,  machines and livestock monitoring, agricultural machinery tracking and  traceability and shipping control.

“Through its Smart  Agriculture vertical, Orange Business Services aspires to let  agriculture’s stakeholders benefit from its expertise as an operator and  integrator, through an open, innovative approach,” said Nathalie  Leboucher, head of Orange Smart Cities & Territories. “We believe  that by combining our solutions with the solutions created by Dacom, we  can help farmers enable digital services usage and support them in their  day-to-day decision making.”

Source: Orange

Renault and Orange join forces to explore uses for 4G on future vehicles

The partnership provides Renault and Orange with a real-life testing framework for exploring new connectivity applications on vehicles using high-speed technologies.

Tomorrow’s vehicles will be hyper-connected. Everywhere, where driving circumstances permit, motorists will be able to access their professional and personal digital worlds from their vehicles in complete safety. To prepare for that future, Renault and Orange have joined forces as part of a research project on testing the automotive uses of very-high-speed, 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) connectivity.

Under the partnership, Orange has rolled out 4G in advance at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is to enable both partners’ teams to test in real-life situations the uses enabled by very-high-speed mobile technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing. An initial test is underway on the NEXT TWO prototype based on Renault ZOE and to be presented on the Renault stand at the upcoming Le Web’13 conference.

Commenting, Rémi Bastien, Head of Engineering Innovation at Renault, said: “This partnership is an example of an effective working relationship between two very different worlds. We were able to benefit ahead of time from a high-speed LTE network and from Orange’s expertise, with an opportunity to take advantage of the network for our prototype of the connected vehicle of the future.

Nathalie Leboucher, Head of the Smart Cities Program at Orange, said: “We are delighted to provide Renault with the unrivalled performance of our 4G network and thereby contribute to the development of new web-mobility uses and services for the vehicles of the future. Connected cars make travelling more efficient through communicating services and stand as a major development priority in Orange’s strategy”.

Connected vehicles are already a reality. With R-Link, Renault brings its customers an integrated and connected touch tablet rated by the SBD firm as Europe’s user-friendliest multimedia system. R-Link, available on most Renault range models, already features nearly 100 apps. Connectivity-wise, the R-Link system relies on the know-how of Orange Business Services, which supplies all the SIM M2M cards used on board equipped Renault cars.

Source: Renault

 

The Global M2M Association expands into Asia & North America

The Global M2M Association expands into Asia and North America with the participation of SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility GMA increases global footprint to offer seamless services and best-in-class service quality for M2M customers. The Global M2M Association (GMA), a cooperation in the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) sector established by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia and TeliaSonera today announced the participation of SoftBank Mobile and Bell Mobility in the cooperation. The collaboration of six leading operators in Europe, Asia and North America within the framework of the GMA enables the seamless delivery of advanced M2M services, allowing customers to deploy and effectively manage M2M solutions and innovations across the globe.

The GMA is strongly committed to providing customers with tangible business benefits such as seamless customer experience, enhanced M2M roaming services and optimized interoperability across borders through unified incident management processes, harmonized modules testing and certification procedures, which enable quicker and improved integration into customer machines and devices. In addition, all of the GMA’s participating companies are firmly focused on further developing partnerships, enabling unsurpassed M2M solutions and providing customers with simplified services andm faster go-to-market opportunities across a number of key vertical segments including automotive, vehicle telematics, healthcare, and consumer electronics.

“We see demand for M2M solutions dramatically increasing as our customers in a variety of industries expand their services worldwide,”  said Hiroshi Akabori, Vice President at SoftBank Mobile and SoftBank Telecom. “We are extremely proud to now take part in the GMA’s efforts to further enhance and streamline M2M services for customers across the globe.”

“Bell is pleased to be the first Canadian wireless provider within the GMA, significantly expanding our footprint in markets around the world,” said Nauby Jacob, Bell Mobility’s Vice President of Products, Services and Content.

“By partnering with the GMA, we are able to offer Canadian business access to international best practices, service and support, improving the management of their M2M deployments worldwide.”

Source: Global M2M Association (GMA).