IoTCAN partners with Actility to begin rollout of nationwide IoT connectivity network for Canada

Toronto, Canada, 16 June 2017: Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) and IoTCAN, the Canadian communication service provider, today announce they have launched a LoRaWAN network covering the Greater Toronto area. This is first step in the rollout of a national IoT network in Canada.

IoTCAN is working with several key partners provide carrier-grade fully -integrated customizable solutions, encompassing different elements of the IoT value chain in the LPWAN segment, including devices, network and application layers. Actility’s contribution is the ThingPark IoT technology platform and experience in nationwide LPWAN deployments globally. IoTCAN expects to have expanded to more than 300 sites by the year-end, covering major metropolitan and industrial areas in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

Ossama Bessada, Co-CEO of IoTCAN commented: “We are happy to partner with Actility who is the worldwide leader in the domain. Actility is able to provide us with a platform that would enable us to offer our different solutions whether for smart cities or others at a carrier-grade level of service. The breakthrough capability of tracking devices with low power consumption is also a solution which we look forward to bringing into the Canadian marketplace”

“We’re excited to be working with an innovative IoT solution provider like IoTCAN on another national-scale LPWAN deployment, “adds Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “With over half of all national and large scale LoRaWAN roll-outs selecting ThingPark to power their networks, it’s the platform of choice for carrier-grade solutions. And with this announcement following closely on from the LoRa Alliance All-Members Meeting hosted in Philadelphia this week, it’s clear that LoRaWAN is now taking off in North America on a large scale as the best communication solution for industrial IoT applications.”

About IoTCAN

IoTCAN has extensive expertise in both network operations and infrastructure in the communications marketplace.  IoTCAN is well positioned to play a leading role in its segment of focus, in the IOT space offering low power wide area networks to enable connectivity of devices, sensors and things.

Actility Smart Energy solution harnesses Orange batteries to secure France’s electricity grid during demand peaks

 Paris, 16 June 2017: French consumers and industry have been protected from power outages on several occasions this winter by Actility’s Smart Grid technology exploiting the capacity of thousands of batteries at Orange locations across France to mitigate the effects of high demand peaks and associated power surges. Actility has been working with Orange, RTE, the largest Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Europe, and Enedis, the largest French Distribution System Operator, to provide and activate a “clean demand response” capability in response to spikes in energy demand. The system has been called into action several times already, achieving a temporary demand reduction of 10MW initially, and more recently reaching 15MW.

 These successful interventions on over 7000 sites in a matter of minutes, clearly demonstrate the power of a Smart Grid enabled by the intelligence of the IoT to enhance the capabilities and resilience of the electricity transmission system and to protect its customers,” comments Actility CTO Olivier Hersent. “We’re also creating a new opportunity for Orange to create value from its back-up capacity, which is normally a rarely-used ‘insurance policy’.”

“To prepare tomorrow’s grid, combining electricity and digital, RTE is developing innovative market mechanisms,” says RTE’s Sales Manager for Market Services, Laurent Lamy. “The aim is to enlarge the scope of solutions that could provide balancing services. The use of these existing batteries is one good example of new type of flexibility having a positive impact on power system balance. We are satisfied that our clients take all business opportunities from services developed in France”.

 “At Enedis, as a DSO, we are committed to facilitating market participation of distributed energy resources and we are pleased to enable this Actility and Orange initiative that illustrates the evolution of the energy system: decentralized and customer-centered” says Emmanuel Husson, Director of Customers and Markets at Enedis. “At the intersection of digitalization and the electricity system, such smart grid innovation will be fostered by the ongoing roll out of smart metering, and new business models will be triggered, relying on consumer empowerment and new technologies.”

 Orange has over 7000 fixed telephone relay stations and broadband internet routing sites which are essential to the operation of the company’s networks. Sustained operations are guaranteed during power outages, thanks to a high-capacity array of small back-up batteries installed at each site. The battery stores sufficient energy to keep the site operational for an extended period without external power supply. RTE, the French TSO, sends load curtailment requests to Actility in case of unexpected demand surges. Actility’s Smart Grid application translates those requests into control requests to the Orange sites. The local energy management systems switch over from distribution grid supply to using a maximum of 50% of the energy stored in the battery, maintaining the resilience of the site. The system responds within 9 minutes and supports the grid for up to one hour, and the process can be repeated if required.

To track possible impact on battery lifetime cost-effectively, Actility concentrates on the monitoring only a few parameters of the battery behaviour. Using dedicated algorithms, Actility could prove the accuracy and reliability of impact tracking across multiple sites, preventing the need to install dedicated hardware. Given the vast number of sites involved, this significantly reduced implementation and run costs.

“We’re dealing with thousands of essential sites, so we can’t afford any mistakes,” comments Cedric De Jonghe, Manager of Actility’s Energy Business Unit. “We have to take all of Orange’s constraints into account in real time, including the fact that some sites may not be available to us. What’s particularly interesting about this project is that instead of starting a diesel generator, we are switching to batteries, a “green curtailment” which of course is much better in times of climate change and a new awareness of the impact of pollution.”

“We would like to welcome Actility’s initiative for its pioneering activity in Europe, which places France to the forefront of distributed energy resources management and energy storage innovation worldwide”, adds Cedric Thoma, responsible for smart grids, hydrogen and energy storage with the French Energy Ministry.

 About Actility and ThingPark Energy

Actility is a European leader in Demand Response and Grid Balancing solutions. Based on its expertise in energy markets, Actility provides end-to end solutions for Utilities and C&I customers with ThingPark Energy, an IoT-based SaaS offering. ThingPark Energy is a single platform for the IoT network, modelling algorithms,, and services to monitor and remotely control all type of processes, to monetise their flexibility through DR programs. Using innovative and scalable applications, ThingPark Energy helps industries to improve the cost effectiveness of their processes: minimising their electrical consumption by modelling an optimal load profile for the industry, and updating in real time to take every opportunity to buy or sell energy at optimal prices, contributing to a low-carbon economy. Using powerful algorithms, ThingPark Energy can control and aggregate flexibility from distributed capacity at large scale (thousands of devices) and offer it to the system operators for balancing in real time, contributing to  grid security