IoT News Roundup

Libelium integrates Axis devices in its IoT gateway, offers 4G IoT solution for smart-city market in United States, Europe, Australia; LoRaWAN and BLE sensor platform simplifies integration into long-range enterprise IoT networks; Device Authority launches platform with automated password management, PKI at IoT scale; Vodafone readies mobile network for Internet of Things; Spark New Zealand to commence nationwide IoT network; China Telecom, Ericsson launch open IoT platform; Leantegra opens office in New York to support customers, partners; Flutura, JAG Group partner to accelerate IIoT growth into oil and gas marketplace; JeraSoft rolls out telecom and IoT billing platform.
By IOT Journal
Jul 14, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week:


Libelium Integrates Axis Devices in Its IoT Gateway, Offers 4G IoT Solution for Smart-City Market in United States, Europe, Australia

With the aim to enlarge the IoT ecosystem and to offer interoperability with any company in the whole IoT value chain, Libelium launches two new partnership programs to integrate devices from hardware companies and new radio communication protocols. These new services allow to integrate devices with the IoT Gateway Meshlium and new communication protocols apart from the 16 already supported. The IoT company presents them at Sensors Expo & Conference, in California, between the 27th and 29th of June at 434 stand.

The Hardware Partner Program will allow the integration of streaming devices like sensor nodes, cameras, microphones, data loggers, PLCs and other industrial devices. Axis Communications, the market leader in network video, has been the first company to join the program and has integrated a camera with Libelium's IoT Gateway. The aim of this new service is to give companies new opportunities in the IoT arena to be used in smart projects connecting directly with more than 40 Cloud platforms already compatible with Meshlium..

"Axis cameras and Libelium sensors can be combined and connected to any cloud platform to allow the collection and aggregation of all these various data streams in an easy and integrated manner. Advanced analytical algorithms can then leverage this smart data aggregation to generate valuable information that can help solve some of the most common urban challenges, and this can be customised for each city's needs", states Andrea Sorri, Director Business Development City Surveillance, Axis Communications.

The IoT market is constantly in motion and new communication protocols emerge every year. For this reason, Libelium has also launched the Radio Partner Program to enable the integration of new technologies. This new facility offers two options: one to develop custom projects and another for radio technology manufacturers.

"We are extending the interoperability of our IoT ecosystem because we are currently working in the whole IoT value chain, not only from sensors to the Cloud", states David Gascón, Libelium CTO. "Our new programs satisfy the demands of the marketby adding third party devices and allowing the opportunity to send data through any connectivity protocol", affirms Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO.

In addition, Libelium has its IoT Sensor Platform Plug & Sense! and IoT Gateway Meshlium ready for smart cities deployment using the 4G network available in major metropolises around the world. The company has performed a strategic shift getting the PTCRB certifications needed to evolve from "proof of concept" projects to massive deployments in the US. Libelium has also certified its devices with the AT&T service policies, to be one of the first IoT companies to make their platforms compliant with this quality standards of the giant cellular network provider.

Libelium opts for this investment policy based on the fact that the 30% of the company's turnover comes from Smart Cities projects from US customers that are deploying platforms with 4G connectivity.

In the same way, the Spanish company has reached out to similar certifications for the European and Australian markets. In this continent, Libelium has obtained the compliance stamp from Telstra, the biggest mobile network service provider. Libelium has also recently been approved by the new 4G device rules in Brazil, updating the current Anatel license.

Following the corporate commitment with quality and excellence, the third generation of Libelium's IoT sensor platform is the only one in the market that has accomplished all the international certifications: CE (Europe), FCC (US), IC (Canada), ANATEL (Brazil), RCM (Australia), PTCRB (US) and AT&T (US). These certifications include different radio technologies: 802.15.4 (2.4GHz), 4G, WiFi, LoRaWAN, Sigfox and 868 / 900MHz RF options.

"This fact makes possible to use the 4G versions of the sensor node Plug & Sense! and the IoT gateway Meshlium in any of these countries", underlines David Gascón, Libelium's CTO. "We have made a big effort getting the new products ready for the major IoT markets worldwide", he informs.

Regarding the market's hype about new technologies, Libelium keeps its neutral stance considering that in such a fragmented scenario like Smart Cities, different communication protocols work with different applications. "When everyone is talking about LPWAN technologies, we consider 4G a really good option for applications such as water management, irrigation control or air quality monitoring in terms of bandwidth, network coverage and connectivity cost", states Alicia Asín, Libelium's CEO.

As part of this project, Libelium releases on its website an exceptional "Quality & Certification Document Management System" that allows customers to easily download any legal documentation. All the certification documents include legal requirements for the biggest markets, from electronic and radio legal documentation (CE, FCC, IC, RCM, Anatel) to mobile operators' specific compliance requirements (such as PTCRB, AT&T and Telstra).

"After 10 years of experience, we keep our commitment to delivering continuous innovation for the IoT market, making our products compliant with cutting edge technologies while increasing its robustness and reliability", David Gascón proclaims.

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