Wireless IoT Forum announces Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN as founding Board

London, UK, 30 June 2015: The Wireless IoT Forum, the body working to accelerate the wide scale adoption of wireless wide-area networking technologies dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced its founding members and board. The Forum’s board includes: Accenture, Arkessa, BT, Cisco, Telensa and WSN.

The new forum’s mandate is to remove fragmentation and drive consolidation around a minimal set of standards for both licensed and license-exempt wireless solutions; develop a clear set of requirements through engagement with vertical end-users and a clear use-case driven roadmap for the eco-system of technology companies, apps developers and operators.

The independent, not-for-profit organization will work with relevant stakeholders to agree core requirements that inform and accelerate understanding, standards development & consistent, supportive regulation. It will also work to promote and market wireless IoT to and for wireless network operators, infrastructure providers, fixed line network operators, application developers in utilities, government, & specialist SMEs, semiconductor companies, radio technology providers, module developers, system integrators and vertical end users.

“The IoT market is gathering significant momentum around the globe, with new technologies and use cases being announced daily,” said William Webb, CEO, Wireless IoT Forum. “However the risk presented by fragmentation remains very real. Without widely-agreed open standards we risk seeing pockets of proprietary technology developing independently, preventing the benefits of mass-market scale. We are delighted today to be announcing our inaugural membership and to begin work to drive towards a collective view on the right way to deliver widespread IoT services.”

“The IoT is growing at an unrelenting pace, but it’s important that the entire ecosystem co-operates around open standards in order for it to reach its full potential,” said Aidan Quilligan, managing director, Accenture Digital – Mobility. “That’s why it’s important that the Forum works with key ecosystem members from the start, in order to create the right conditions for the mass market, without duplicating the work being done by existing standards bodies. Open standards represent the only way to begin the process of overcoming fragmentation in the IoT, and as part of the Forum, we will help drive this forward.”

“As the success of the GSM standard in the mobile world showed, working to open industry standards is critical to creating the necessary situation for mass market success,” said Mark Harrop, Director, Business Development (Mobile Programme), BT. “By aligning the complete value chain in defining and promoting these standards the Wireless IoT Forum is ideally suited to make the Internet of Things a success.”

“IoT, and in particular smart cities, is a fast-growing applications market that combines innovative wireless solutions with new ecosystem combinations,” said Will Gibson, CEO of Telensa. “The WIoTF is committed to aligning a diverse group of industry pioneers around key common approaches, so that IoT can build on early success to reach its undoubted potential.”

“We are excited to be a part of such a groundbreaking group of individuals and companies working together to drive the IoT agenda. As key players in this space, we recognize the need for competition to create dynamic markets but also the need for collaboration when promoting and supporting standardization and interoperability. These conditions are key to ensuring successful and timely IoT deployment worldwide,” said Feng Guo, Director Solution Center, WSN Tech.

The Forum’s first working session will be held in June 2015 and it is actively recruiting new members. For enquiries and more information about joining contact – memberservices@wiotf.org


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Telensa passes 9 million Internet of Things device milestone

Cambridge, 10th June 2015: Telensa, which provides end-to-end solutions to turn the Internet of Things (IoT) into real-world revenue streams, has announced that 9 million devices using its Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) long-range, low-power wide-area (LPWA) radio technology have been deployed. This milestone was met as part of the rollout of one of Telensa’s smart city systems in Asia. The company’s technology is now deployed around the world in 30 countries including; the US, UK, Brazil, Australia, China and Russia, enabling a range of applications such as device tracking, smart parking and smart lighting.

Having pioneered the LPWA space, Telensa has been instrumental in driving standards for applications and network technology. The company’s technology is proven in huge scale deployments with many live networks each serving tens or hundreds of thousands of devices. As well as proven scalability, Telensa’s technology provides the longest battery life in the market with up to a year from a single coin sized battery, over 20 times longer than the nearest competitor.

Telensa is leading the parking and lighting markets with PARKet, one of the world’s most widely deployed parking bay-sensor solutions, and PLANet, which controls intelligent street lighting. PARKet is helping to reduce congestion and improve parking occupancy in city centres by directing drivers to the nearest available bays. It is deployed in Moscow, in the largest parking monitoring system in the world, where congestion has been cut by over a quarter since installation.

The PLANet Central Management System (CMS) accurately controls switching and dimming of street lights. It also measures energy and detects faults, helping local authorities and smart grid operators reduce energy consumption and deliver improved maintenance. Combined with LED lighting, the system typically reduces energy consumption by 60% leading to huge cost savings whilst slashing CO2 emissions.

The Internet of Things is already having a major impact on the efficient running of major cities around the globe. By adding intelligence and connectivity to systems such as parking and lighting the foundations for the smart cities of the future are being laid,” said Will Gibson, CEO of Telensa. “The key technology challenges have been met with our systems and proven deployment at scale across all continents is giving customers the confidence to adopt our technology as the lowest risk and most cost effective solution

Telensa’s unique ability to provide multiple smart city systems means that in many cases the underlying network infra-structure can be reused making the cost savings even more compelling. In addition, by combining multiple applications, analytics can be provided across a variety of sensing systems enabling different city departments to share data and identify innovative ways of bringing new benefits to their citizens.

About Telensa
Telensa delivers ultra-scalable, private network solutions that have monetized opportunities in the IoT space from day one. It is doing this through a proven business model, field-tested technologies and by focusing on high-value opportunities in utilities and smart cities.

Fundamental to the success of Telensa’s offering is its Ultra Narrow Band system, developed over the past 17 years — the longest-range, low power wide area radio technology with an established track record in delivering robust and efficient IoT solutions. Ultra Narrow Band is low risk and best in class – more than 9 million UNB devices have already been deployed across 30 countries. www.telensa.com

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