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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

Bouygues Telecom announces June launch of France’s first “Internet-of-Things” network based on LoRa technology

Bouygues Telecom announces June launch of France’s first “Internet-of-Things” network based on LoRa technologyFollowing trials in Grenoble, Bouygues Telecom has announced the launch this coming June of France’s first network dedicated to communicating objects based on LoRa technology.

As a founding member of the LoRa Alliance at the CES 2015 trade show, Bouygues Telecom is the first French operator to proceed with a commercial roll out of this technology, now recognised worldwide as the most advanced for the Internet of Things.

Paris, 26 March 2015 – Since November 2013, the city of Grenoble has been the setting for a unique experiment, the first of its kind in the world. For 16 months, Bouygues Telecom, its international partners (Semtech, Sagemcom, Eolane, Adeunis and Kerlink) and several major industrial customers have been testing LoRa (Long Range) technology and assessing its performance in real-life conditions. LoRa’s ability to respond to the wide-ranging demands of large industrial customers (excellent penetration in buildings or in basement spaces, bi-directional and secure communications, mobile devices, geolocation services, etc.) makes it, from a user standpoint, the most advanced technology for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Developed by the French company Cycleo (based in Grenoble, winner of the 2010 Oséo prize and a subsidiary of Semtech since 2012), LoRa is a low-power wide-area (LPWA) technology that enables smart devices to share small packets of data, with autonomy of up to 10 years with standard batteries.

Bolstered by the results of this trial, Bouygues Telecom has now announced the launch of France’s first IoT network, based on LoRa technology, in close collaboration with Semtech.

Abroad, major operators like KPN, Swisscom, Belgacom and Fastnet are in the process of deploying LoRa networks or carrying out large-scale trials.

The IoT network, to be opened as early as June in Issy-les-Moulineaux and a part of Paris, will use the “high points” of the Bouygues Telecom network that boasts more than 15,000 sites. From the end of the year, around 500 towns and cities will be covered by this IoT network, including Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nice, Rennes, Nantes, Montpellier and Angers.

Bouygues Telecom will be the first French operator to launch a complete commercial offer in the fields of Machine to Machine (M2M) and IoT (Internet of Things) and thus respond to the needs of all its customers.

Olivier Roussat, Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Telecom enthused:

“The Internet of Things is going to transform entire areas of our economy. Thanks to the expertise and the infrastructures of Bouygues Telecom, we will be able to quickly offer nationwide coverage with a high- quality service.”

“The pilot scheme carried out with Bouygues Telecom is a world first that has enabled us to improve LoRa protocols further. Its long-standing involvement in the development of our technology and its ceaseless work to improve it within the LoRa Alliance has made Bouygues Telecom one of the world’s leading experts in IoT technology. We are now impatient to rise to the challenges of its future customers within the framework of their network roll-out,” said Alain Dantec, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Semtech

LoRa, leading the way in IoT
LoRa boasts unique properties that make it the most advanced technology of its kind in the IoT field, enabling it to be deployed for a wide range of activities and uses:

  • Smart Cities (smart parking, building surveillance, sound monitoring, people detection, traffic management, street lighting management, domestic waste management, billboard displays, etc.)
  • Smart Environment (fire detection, air pollution, snowfall measurement, avalanche prevention, flood and drought monitoring, earthquake detection, etc.)
  • Smart Water (drinking water monitoring, chemical contamination detection, swimming pool monitoring, seawater pollution measurement, leak detection, tide monitoring, etc.)
  • Smart metering/smart Grid (smart electricity/water/gas meters, measurement of liquid levels, monitoring of photovoltaic installations, water flow, calculation of stock in silos, etc.)
  • Tracking (vehicles, bicycles, objects of value, animals, people)
  • Safety and Rescue services (analysis of presence in dangerous/forbidden zones, presence of dangerous liquids, radiation levels, detection of explosive substances, etc.)
  • Commerce (supply chain control, mobile payments, smart shopping, shelf stock rotation)
  • Logistics (monitoring of transport conditions, parcel localisation; detection of stock incompatibility, fleet traceability, etc.)
  • Industrial monitoring (monitoring of machines/state of equipment, indoor air quality, temperature control, ozone level detection, localisation of equipment/products indoors, vehicle servicing, etc.)
  • Smart Agriculture (monitoring of greenhouses and vineyards, golf course irrigation management, weather stations, compost, animal tracking, etc.)
  • Smart Livestock Care (traceability of pasture feeding, monitoring of toxic gas levels, animal progress monitoring, hydroponic farming, etc.)
  • Smart Buildings & Homes (water and electricity consumption, remote control, intruder detection, smoke detection, surveillance of valuables, etc.)
  • eHealth (fall detection, medicine storage, sporting performance monitoring, patient monitoring, ultraviolet radiation, etc.)

Source: Bouygues Telecom

Semtech Launches IoT Revolution Ecosystem with Key Partners at Electronica

Live LoRa™ IoT Wireless Network Deployed in Munich to Demonstrate Capabilities and Potential of the Technology.

Semtech Corporation, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semtechsemiconductors, is partnering with IBM Research, Microchip, and their distribution partners to demonstrate the most powerful and advanced technology for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) at Electronica 2014 by deploying a live LoRa™ Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) over a majority of the Munich area.

Semtech is also promoting its broader partner ecosystem of end-node modules, gateways/concentrators, and network controller solutions for private networks at the show by giving away 1,000 IoT demonstration end-nodes to select clients by the ecosystem participants. The end-node modules will connect to the Munich IoT wireless network set up for Electronica so potential customers can evaluate the range, coverage, and potential of the LoRa™ technology.

The LoRa™ technology has a range greater than cellular at a fraction of power and has the capacity to connect millions of nodes into a network deployment. LoRa™ partner solutions simplify and accelerate development time while minimizing development cost, allowing developers to focus on their end application and services rather than network design and deployment. The partner solutions can be used as turn-key solutions for IoT nationwide deployments by telecom and service providers or utilized as a hosted network solution for local private deployments.

“To realize the full potential of the Internet of Things we must improve the usability of instrumented sensors and devices, and their secure and efficient management in extremely large volumes,” said Dr. Thorsten Kramp, Master Inventor, IBM Research Zurich.

Source: M2M World News

Actility and Semtech Offer Low-Cost Long-Range Radio Solution for M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) Applications

New ThingPark Wireless(R) service enables M2M OEMs and integrators to connect end-points to the cloud for Smart Building, Smart Factory or Smart City deployments

Actility and Semtech Corporation unveiled today ThingPark Wireless(R), an innovative, low-cost long-range bidirectional radio solution allowing M2M sensor OEMs and application providers to significantly improve market adoption.

ThingPark Wireless is based on Semtech’s ultra-long range, bidirectional LoRa(TM) radio transceivers for end-devices and Actility’s wireless M2M gateway with an open cloud-based platform for application development.

Actility has designed ThingPark Wireless(R) as an off-the-shelf solution ready to support adoption of a wide-range of innovative sensor-based services such as smart parking, street lighting, fire safety systems, digital signage monitoring, EV charging, smart objects, irrigation systems, air quality control, smart meter, safety sensor metering and many more.

ThingPark Wireless(R) uses unlicensed Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM)-band spectrum, allowing low cost and fast roll-out of M2M networks to accommodate industrial sensors for a wide range of IoT applications. The incorporation of Semtech’s LoRa spread-spectrum technology-based transceivers into ThingPark Wireless makes it possible to reliably transmit low data rate signals up to 15 km without issues related to crystal accuracy found in traditional systems for smart metering and industrial applications based on frequency shift keying (FSK) modulation.

“ThingPark Wireless and LoRa enable easy connectivity for nodes that require multi-year battery operation and complement existing M2M deployments,” said François Sforza, Director, Wireless Long Range Products at Semtech. “ThingPark Wireless(R) will enable numerous new applications to easily connect to the cloud and increase the popularity of M2M and IoT applications.”

An open standards-based M2M application development framework

A ThingPark Wireless Smart City or Smart Building project requires only a low-cost, small antenna on a rooftop to connect sensors in a 2-5 km radius for dense cities or in a 15 km radius in countryside applications. LoRa(TM) technology has 5-10 dB more link budget than cellular technology for in-building penetration where cellular and GPS cannot reach.

The ThingPark Wireless(R) solution combines Actility’s wireless base station, an integrated backhaul network, a cloud-based platform, and simple RESTful API. This interface allows M2M application developers and cloud services providers to access sensors through a homogeneous XML-based protocol-independent syntax (oBix). Based on the ETSI M2M standard, supported by the OneM2M global partnership, ThingPark Cloud(R) ensures interoperability with a growing community of M2M sensors and application vendors in the fields of demand response, data loggers, energy management, home automation and security.

“This all-inclusive approach is new in the M2M world. Wireless sensor vendors are missing both a cost-effective long-range wireless network and an easy-to-use application framework,” said Olivier Hersent, Actility CEO. “ThingPark Wireless(R) is unique in that it empowers wireless sensor vendors with a long range network for connecting sensors and an application framework to roll-out smart applications on those end-points.”

ThingPark Cloud(R) also includes an optional SaaS BigData storage platform for large-scale data collection able to support real-time interactive database queries from authorized third-party application providers on large volumes of data.

Availability

ThingPark Wireless is now available from Actility. For more information, please visit the Actility website or contact the company at communication@actility.com.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, 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 http://www.semtech.com.

About Actility

Actility is an industry leader in Machine to Machine (M2M) large scale infrastructure with ThingPark(R), the new generation standard-based M2M communication platform. ThingPark(R) market provides access to added-value applications from Actility and partners. Actility Smart-Grid applications focus on demand optimization and management, including Demand Response, Load Shifting and Admission Control. Actility is a winner of the French Ministry of Research competition, has obtained the Grand Prix of the Tremplin Entreprise and has been rewarded by Innov’ Eco and CleanTech République for its particularly innovative approach in its Internet Of Things (IoT) solutions. Visit www.actility.com.

Source: Wall Street Journal