Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Actility and Semtech team up on low-cost M2M radio technology

Iain Morris
March 11, 2014

Actility and Semtech have teamed up on the launch of a new low-cost and long-range radio solution for M2M applications.

Branded ThingPark Wireless, the service is designed to help original equipment manufacturers and integrators to connect end points to the cloud for smart building, smart factory and smart city deployments.

The technology is based on radio transceivers developed by Semtech (Camarillo, CA, USA) and Actility’s (Lannion, France) wireless M2M gateway and includes and open cloud-based platform for application development.

Actility says it has designed ThingPark as an off-the-shelf solution that is ready to support sensor-based services including smart parking, street lighting, EV charging, smart metering and more.

According to the companies, the system uses unlicensed spectrum so that M2M networks can be rolled out quickly at low cost and accommodate sensors for a wide range of applications.

They also say it will allow low data rate signals to be transmitted up to a distance of 15 kilometers without issues related to “crystal accuracy” that are typically found in traditional systems for smart metering and industrial applications.

“ThingPark Wireless … enable[s] easy connectivity for nodes that require multi-year battery operation and complement existing M2M deployments,” said François Sforza, the director of wireless long-range products at Semtech. “[It] will enable numerous new applications to easily connect to the cloud and increase the popularity of M2M and IoT applications.”

The companies say that a ThingPark deployment will require only a low-cost small antenna on a rooftop to connect sensors in a 2.5-kilometer radius, for densely populated cities, or a 15-kilometer one in rural areas.

“Wireless sensor vendors are missing both a cost-effective long-range wireless network and an easy-to-use application framework,” said Olivier Hersent, Actility’s chief executive. “ThingPark 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.”
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