ENTERPRISE IOT

Microsoft Joins the LoRa Alliance Board of Directors

LoRa Alliance | September 15, 2021

Microsoft Joins the LoRa Alliance Board of Directors
The LoRa Alliance®, the global association of companies backing the open LoRaWAN® standard for the Internet of Things (IoT) low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs), today announced that Tony Shakib, general manager/partner of Azure IoT Engineering at Microsoft, has joined the LoRa Alliance board of directors. Microsoft is widely considered a hyperscaler for LoRaWAN, and its participation in the alliance can strengthen the technology’s presence in the LPWAN market.

“Having Tony join the LoRa Alliance leadership will further accelerate market adoption of the LoRaWAN standard,” said Donna Moore, CEO and chairwoman of the LoRa Alliance. “Microsoft joins an impressive roster of industry leaders who back the LoRaWAN standard and are committed to its development and the expansion of our ecosystem. Tony’s insight and guidance as an Alliance board director will strengthen and accelerate LoRaWAN end-to-end solutions and zero-touch deployments.”

“Microsoft has invested billions of dollars to enable customers to build digital twins of the physical world,” said Shakib. “The digital twin enables customers to analyze, predict and control environments across industries, whether monitoring production lines, managing worker safety, optimizing supply chains or delighting retail customers. A critical link in these digital transformations is the connectivity fabric, and LoRaWAN has unique capabilities to help fulfill that vision. We are excited to join the LoRa Alliance and deepen our collaboration with members to help our customers succeed in IoT.”

Microsoft has already worked with a number of LoRa Alliance members to deploy LoRaWAN solutions globally on the Azure IoT infrastructure. A few key projects to date include:
  • Beyond Eyes, a brand created by Heijmans N.V., a major Dutch construction-services business, deployed 20,000 LoRaWAN-connected IoT Smart Building sensors for Heijmans’ clients in the Netherlands, based on private LoRaWAN network management provided by Actility’s ThingPark® Enterprise IoT platform, and seamless integration with Microsoft IoT Hub and IoT Central, at scale. Beyond Eyes uses wireless sensors from CLICKEY to collect anonymous data on a building’s utilization, occupation, usage and indoor environment. The solution, implemented across a wide variety of building types, provides insight into the performance and use of a building, ultimately leading to process, staffing and building improvements to enable cost savings, creating a sustainable work environment. “With native integration to Azure IoT, as well as our ever increasing collection of drivers, small and large organizations now have the perfect end-to-end stack for massive IoT projects,” said Olivier Hersent, CEO at Actility. Discover the use case details in the dedicated press release.
  • MachineQ, a Comcast Company, harnesses the infrastructure and scale of Azure Cloud Services to deliver its all-in-one IoT connectivity platform for enterprises needing to build and deploy LoRaWAN solutions at scale. For Microsoft customers and partners, the MachineQ platform offers native tooling and streamlined delivery of integrated data, making it easy to visualize and analyze sensor data in Azure IoT. Among its most significant and largest customer deployments, MachineQ partnered with CoreKinect to develop an outdoor asset tracking solution to streamline inventory management, reduce operational costs, and improve customer experience. The deployment included over 325,000 LoRaWAN devices connecting to just a couple hundred MachineQ LoRaWAN gateways installed at more than 80 sites across the U.S. and Canada.
  • Microshare EverSmart on Azure/LoRaWAN delivers over 20 IoT Sensing-as-a-Service solutions for Smart Spaces to global customers in any industry, especially corporate office, manufacturing and health care. With data stream endpoints to IoT Hub, Power BI, and IoT Central, EverSmart customers can take full advantage of Azure Cloud Services including Stream Analytics, Databricks and Digital Twins to gain intelligence and make insightful decisions that improve their business and enhance the experience of the people using the space. Because of the ease of deploying LoRaWAN on Azure, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London quickly installed a solution portfolio that includes asset zoning and occupancy as well as monitoring for environment, CO2, fridge and water temperature to get a consolidated view of conditions and equipment locations in their space. “Thanks to BT and Microshare, we are now able to automate many tasks that would have previously taken considerable time or effort to carry out,” said Toby Roberts, CIO of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. “This technology has been extremely useful during the current pandemic, as it has allowed our staff to perform more efficiently under heightened pressures.”
  • “Sodexo, through its global partnership with myDevices, provides its Vital Spaces services to a wide range of customers that require occupancy sensors, automated people counting, electric submetering, temperature monitoring, asset condition monitoring, air quality monitoring, asset tracking and many other sensor solutions,” said William Keys, MSM, director of FM technology development and innovation, Sodexo. “Through a single integration with myDevices’ platform, Sodexo can now easily source, procure and deploy pre-provisioned LoRaWAN hardware from hundreds of manufacturers, alongside its own in-house occupancy solutions provided by WX Solutions. All of the sensor data is then consolidated, normalized and transformed into our back-end platforms to gather insights using Microsoft’s Power BI and Time Series Insights.” “Our global partners, like Sodexo, require the most secure and scalable systems, and that is why myDevices’ platform uses Microsoft Azure DPS and IoT Hub to secure, scale and manage these deployments around the world,” said Kevin Bromber, CEO and founder, myDevices.
  • Webee, a company that develops IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and AI solutions, has deployed its No-Code End-to-End Solution Builder, running on Microsoft Azure, and leveraging Semtech LoRa® devices (Nasdaq: SMTC) and the LoRaWAN standard, in a variety of industries including agriculture to industrial IoT to conserve natural resources and improve sustainability efforts. Large commercial farms are able to implement LoRaWAN powered soil moisture sensors enabling new visibility and valuable learnings about the effects of light, temperature, Co2 levels, humidity, PH, EC, water usage, as well as an irrigation controller to manage the water valves intelligently.
  • The Things Industries’ customers use LoRaWAN through private networks in smart buildings, smart agriculture and food tech. Morgan Sindall executes preventive maintenance of real estate through LoRaWAN temperature and humidity sensors, supported by The Things Industries’ network server, The Things Stack. “Sensors on LoRaWAN technology have a long battery life and open standard. We use Microsoft’s Digital Transformation platform to route to applications like Microsoft Dynamics Field Services and the Power Platform,” said Phil Copperwheat, information systems director, Morgan Sindall. The Things Stack Azure IoT Hub integration enables exchange of traffic between the LoRaWAN network server and the Azure IoT Hub, which can be used for managing and monitoring devices and gateways, end-to-end encryption and leverage Device Repository, allowing high-level communication designs. “Through the low-code integration, LoRaWAN platform from The Things Industries and Microsoft’s Digital Transformation platform open endless LoRaWAN use cases, and our customers are already putting that to use across many continents,” said Wienke Giezeman, CEO, The Things Industries.

About the LoRa Alliance
The LoRa Alliance® is an open, nonprofit association that has become one of the largest and fastest-growing alliances in the technology sector since its inception in 2015. Its members collaborate closely and share expertise to develop and promote the LoRaWAN® standard, which is the de facto global standard for secure, carrier-grade IoT LPWAN connectivity. LoRaWAN has the technical flexibility to address a broad range of IoT applications, both static and mobile, and a robust LoRaWAN Certification program to guarantee that devices perform as specified. Deployed by 150 major mobile network operators globally, LoRaWAN connectivity is available in more than 160 countries, with continual expansion. More information: http://lora-alliance.org/

Spotlight

Driven by increased population growth and large-scale construction projects across the region, the value of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market in the Middle East is expected to exceed $16.2bn by 2020. At the same time, the industry is facing continued calls to produce HVAC solutions, with a particular focus on air conditioning units that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This push for greater sustainability forms a key pillar of many if the respective “national vision” strategies being implemented across the region, which aim to alleviate long-standing issues such as poor air quality, while building a much more economically and environmentally sustainable Middle East.


Other News
SOFTWARE AND TOOLS

Anacle's Tesseract Selected by the EMA to Develop and Testbed NB-IoT-enabled Advanced Electricity Meters

Anacle Systems Limited, Energy Market Authority | April 23, 2021

SINGAPORE, Apr 21, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Anacle Systems Limited ("Anacle") has been selected by the Singapore Energy Market Authority ("EMA") to develop and testbed Narrowband Internet-of-Things (NB-IoT) enabled advanced electricity meters. The future meters will be based on Anacle's leading edge Tesseract® series of hyper-smart meters. This initiative is a collaboration between the EMA, Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (SNDGG) and utilities provider SP Group. The testbed will eventually be rolled out across 1.4 million consumer accounts (mainly households) in Singapore by 2024, as part of the national drive towards digitalization and greater efficiency. Launched in 2017, the Tesseract® opens up a world of possibilities. An end product of many years of rigorous research and development, the Tesseract® is currently the world's most powerful edge device for electricity monitoring and analysis. It has more than 40 times more computing power than the next nearest device, FeRAM-based persistent memory that is more than 6 million times more durable than traditional EEPROM-based memory, 10GB in-device storage, built-in digital signal processing and data encryption capabilities, as well as supporting both Linux and Android operating systems, opening up infinite possibilities for applications. "This is a huge step towards Singapore's sustainability goal as more businesses and households are now able to take charge of their own energy use. By providing consumers with detailed analysis of their energy consumption patterns, they will be able to save energy more effectively and contribute to the national sustainability efforts," said Mr Alex Lau, CEO of Anacle Systems Limited. The Tesseract® hyper-smart meter is familiar to many, especially to the residents of Teck Ghee, Ang Mo Kio. In late 2019, the Tesseract® was installed at 1,450 household units as part of the Housing Development Board (HDB)'s Smart Green Homes Initiative program. Besides receiving the Tesseract® hyper-smart meter, residents were equipped with a smart home mobile application and three smart plugs, with which they can use to monitor their household consumption and remotely turn on and off the smart plugs. With the limitless capabilities of the Tesseract®, businesses and households in Singapore can look forward to reap greater benefits from the consumption data that they obtain. The Tesseract® hyper-smart meter will continue to empower and bring about greater energy efficiency to the Singapore nation. About the Energy Market Authority The Energy Market Authority (EMA) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The main goals of EMA are to ensure a reliable and secure energy supply, promote effective competition in the energy market and develop a dynamic energy sector in Singapore. For more information, please visit https://www.ema.gov.sg/ About Anacle Systems Limited Anacle is a leading provider of asset and property management software, as well as smart utilities management systems. Headquartered in Singapore with research centers in Pune, India and Hangzhou, China, we are accredited by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) under the Accreditation@SG Digital program which provides an independent and rigorous third-party evaluation of the company's core capabilities such as product functionality, financial management, and operations. The accreditation affirms the quality, business sustainability and scalability of our products. For more information about Anacle, please visit https://www.anacle.com. For any media enquiries, please contact: Wendy Lim wendy.lim@anacle.com +65 6914 2666

Read More

ENTERPRISE IOT

Forever Group launches Geotab Fleet Management and Fleet Telematics services in the UK

Forever Group | February 05, 2021

Forever Group is an established Telecommunications and IT specialist, with long-standing partnerships across the UK's leading business mobile networks. Additionally, as a Telefonica M2M partner and with numerous Cisco accreditations, we also provide secure connectivity and IoT solutions. We are proud to be launching Geotab UK services as an authorised reseller. Geotab are the global market leader in Fleet Management and Fleet Telematics technology, with more than 2,000,000 vehicles deployed globally. In addition to Fleet Tracking, Geotab captures rich Fleet Telematics data for vehicles and drivers to provide real operational insight in to your fleet. This includes driver risk analytics and coaching to help improve driver behaviours such as speeding, rapid acceleration/deceleration, and high RPM driving. Further - as part of our ongoing efforts to promote energy-efficient technology - alongside renewable energy and EV charging solutions - we are particularly attracted to the level of Geotab electric vehicles support including Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessments. Geotab supports a wide range of vehicles - including cars, vans, trucks, HGVs, EVs, and more - all on one cloud software platform. Our Geotab ProPlus plan even supports live location tracking every second, making it an ideal choice for organisations that require instant tracking such as emergency services. Additionally, as a cyber security specialist we have been equally impressed with Geotab's focus on data security - with standard encryption, device obfuscation techniques, and optional integration with Cisco security access controls to keep valuable fleet data away from prying eyes. Whether organisations are looking for simple business vehicle tracking solution with van trackers, or require a more comprehensive fleet tracking system with fleet telematics devices, then our fleet management software services can help them. As an established wholesale telecommunications provider with our own billing platform, we look forward to bringing competitive Geotab pricing to UK organisations including the ability to bundle Geotab with other services - such as mobile SIM cards for driver mobile phones or tablets. For more information on our Geotab solutions - or to learn about the other ways that we can support your field and fleet employees with modern technology - please contact us via phone or email.

Read More

Thought leaders come together to discuss the futureof developer relations in a remote-first world

SlashData | September 19, 2020

For immediate release London, United Kingdom Media contact at SlashData Ltd. Viktorija Ignataviciute viktorija@slashdata.co Best practises engaging Open Source and DevOps developers Developer trends; Tracking Covid effect on the industry While industries, businesses and individuals are being challenged significantly, the Future Developer Summit is determined to turn this into an enhanced learning opportunity, open to all Developer Relations, Marketing and Advocacy community members. Traditionally hosted in the Bay Area, CA, the 5th Future Developer Summit invites its guests to join the event remotely on 29-30 Sep & 6-7 Oct, ensuring the safety of all stakeholders. For the first time this year, the Summit offers 2 tracks: Open Source and DevOps. Thought leaders at the Future Developer Summit Industry leaders are coming together to discuss the future of developer marketing and developer relations. Director and VP level representatives from CNCF, Google, Microsoft, Comcast, HashiCorp, Intel, Salesforce, Facebook, MongoDB, Futurewei, Eclipse Foundation, Indeed.com, Expedia, Nutanix, and more. Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” and Mary Thengvall - Director of Developer Relations at Camunda are joining as event’s co-hosts. Follow new announcementsat futuredeveloper.io/ Keynotes by: • Mike Milinkovich, Executive Director at Eclipse Foundation • Nithya Ruff, Executive Director, OSPO at Comcast • Stormy Peters, Director of Open Source Programs Office at Microsoft • Adam FitzGerald, VP, Developer Relations at HashiCorp Lightning talks - hear about successes and failures from: • Melissa Evers-Hood - VP, Intel Architecture, Graphics and Software at Intel • Priyanka Sharma - General Manager at CNCF • Chris Kelly - Director, Open Source and Engineering Engagement at Salesforce • Grace Francisco - VP, Global Developer Relations & Education at MongoDB • Anni Lai - Head of Open Source Operations and Marketing, Cloud at Futurewei • Duane O'Brien - Head of Open Source at Indeed.com • Tobie Langel - Principal and founder, UnlockOpen • Satya Singh - Principal Product Manager - Platform & Marketplaces at Expedia • Mark Lavi - DevOps and Automation Solutions Architect at Nutanix • Tamao Nakahara - Head of Developer Experience at Weaveworks • Amr Awadallah - VP, Developer Relations at Google The highlights • On 29-30 Sep & 6-7 Oct. Full agenda at futuredeveloper.io/ • The highest rated industry event with a Net Promoter Score - 94! • Co-hosts: - Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” - Mary Thengvall - Director of Developer Relations at Camunda • Remote friendly event for the global tech leaders community • Summit offers 2 tracks: Open Source and DevOps • 2 networks to join: Community and Exclusive • Registration is free for all attendees. We do invite you to voluntarily contribute to Black Girls Code • This year’s Summit coincides with SlashData’s 10-year anniversary of developer research. Join us to celebrate together! ▶ Reporters can redeem the Media Pass here. ▶ General Admission is available here. *Senior audience only Exclusive edition - announcement The Future Developer Summit is opening its doors in 2 weeks! Don’t miss a chance to join an outstanding crew of industry thought leaders bringing the best learning experience for Developer Relations, Marketing and Advocacy community members. Exclusive edition on 6-7 October Your Unique Executive Networking Opportunity in a remote-first world Two industry panels How do industry leaders approach contribution to open source? Speakers: • Sam Ramji - Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax • Chris DiBona - Director of Open Source at Google • Nithya Ruff - Executive Director, OSPO at Comcast • Stormy Peters - Director of Open Source Programs Office at Microsoft The diversity of DevOps approaches and how customers are adopting it? Speakers: • Kelsey Hightower - Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform at Google • Greg Wilson - Director of Cloud Developer Relations at Google • Nicole Forsgren - VP, Research and Strategy at GitHub • TBA very soon! Two fireside chats with: • Jono Bacon - author of “People Powered” • Kathy Kam - Head of Open Source & Developer Advocacy at Facebook Two Master Classes Using practical examples, and a lot of data as usual, we will be demonstrating how you can increase your DevRel ROI by taking data-backed decisions and what are the key reasons for using data in your decision making process. Availability is limited → Secure Your Executive Seat

Read More

SALESFORCE LAUNCHES NEW HYBRID CMS PLATFORM 'SALESFORCE CMS

DECK7 | November 12, 2019

Demand owns content, and with the release of 'Salesforce CMS', it’s clear that Salesforce is putting the control squarely with demand, not to mention delighting the creative marketer with more power through additional tools for creating content that are expected to work well right out of the box (er… cloud). Customers have become accustomed to consuming content across multiple channels and platforms which requires marketers to provide for seamless integration of their content. Enterprises have always been challenged by using multiple systems for their content management. Salesforce CMS addresses these common content challenges and promises more.

Read More

Spotlight

Driven by increased population growth and large-scale construction projects across the region, the value of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) market in the Middle East is expected to exceed $16.2bn by 2020. At the same time, the industry is facing continued calls to produce HVAC solutions, with a particular focus on air conditioning units that are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. This push for greater sustainability forms a key pillar of many if the respective “national vision” strategies being implemented across the region, which aim to alleviate long-standing issues such as poor air quality, while building a much more economically and environmentally sustainable Middle East.

Resources

Events