Cisco and Actility merge to improve global market for LORA networks


Global wireless communications provider, Actility last week collaborated with technology company Cisco to accelerate customers’ development of new business models based on IoT.

Under the collaboration, Cisco will integrate its IoT solutions with Actility’s ThingPark Wireless solution for an improved platform ideal for deployment in smart cities, connected factories and industrial IoT, and high volume business to consumer applications.

The combined solution will address the requirements of private managed Low Power, Long Range (LoRa) networks and can be deployed in a customer’s premises or offered as a Software as a Service model (SaaS).

Actility CEO Olivier Hersent said: “This partnership will enable the combined solution as well as LPWA networks to be expanded rapidly on a global scale.”

Hersent added: “With the Cisco IoT gateway we are ready for multi-sector deployments and location services where sensors can be localised without a GPS! Now operators have no need to wait for LTE-based IoT solutions: they can address the massive opportunities in the rapidly growing IoT market today.”

On the other hand, Actility’s ThingPark OSS helps ensure that it is straightforward for customers to configure and deploy IoT networks and solutions by validating all the components of an end-to-end solution, from sensors and devices through network connectivity and applications.

Cisco in IoT solutions’ acceleration

[quote]Cisco continues to increase its footsteps in IoT by continuously merging with various technology companies.

In early February, Cisco acquired cloud-based IoT connectivity and services provider Jasper, for a total $1.4 billion cash deal.

Commenting on the acquisition, Rob Salvagno, Cisco’s VP of corporate development, said the California-based Jasper delivers the largest IoT service platform in the market.

Salvagno said: “Together, Jasper and Cisco can accelerate the adoption of IoT with greater impact and at a greater scale than either of us can do alone.”

The acquisition complemented the core competencies and focus areas of both companies. Cisco sells IoT gateways, which are used to communicate with wireless sensors and other IoT devices, as well as ruggedised routers and switches – used in IoT applications in industrial vertical markets.

These technologies enable users to collect and route data from sensors that are increasingly added to stationary machinery and mechanical systems.

California-based Cisco sells software used to filter incoming data and perform analytics, to help end users derive value from that data, reports M2M World News.

In line with Cisco’s core business activities, Jasper’s software and services enable thousands of companies to launch, manage and monetise IoT services, claims the company.

The majority of Jasper’s customers have mobile IoT applications including connected cars and mobile asset management.

Rowan Trollope, the senior VP and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration and IoT Technology Group, said the company is “looking to transition their business models from a static product to a connected service,” adding that Jasper’s platform enables them to do so quickly and easily.