Promises of IoT

The Internet of Things is changing the world around us. Here are some of the benefits Orange believes IoT will bring to individuals, companies and the planet.

Tomorrow’s Internet of Things is where objects will come alive, pay attention, interact with each other and with us, our family, our friends, our colleagues and the people we meet every day … and where these objects will support people, companies and the planet in new and better ways. It’s a network where billions of connected objects will monitor, understand and anticipate our needs and above all respond to our choices.

As individuals, the IoT revolution will totally transform our lives. From connected cars, and smart homes to health and medicine, safety, culture, education and recreation –we'll have fewer constraints and complications, greater peace of mind, and more time to connect to our essentials.

When it comes to business, IoT promises to make organisations smarter, more agile and more efficient. It enables companies to increase their efficiency and innovation capabilities. All this and more, thanks to the way it will optimise manufacturing and logistics processes, as well as reinvent customer relationships.

IoT will bring cities and communities into the "smart city" era: promising them a greater understanding of their citizens’ uses and more efficient management of public services. New traffic management and waste collection solutions are already coming into force, along with initiatives to optimise energy consumption and protect our planet.

The IoT revolution is still in its infancy. As the Internet of Things expands and becomes more widely adopted, it will provide new opportunities to ensure meaningful progress for people, society, and the planet.

Our IoT vision, one that’s inclusive, smart and trusted

To make these promises a reality, we believe that the IoT revolution must come from positive innovation.

  • For us, the IoT revolution will only happen if it is inclusive and useful: if IoT technology is accessible to everyone, everywhere, regardless of their lifestyle or household, at home or at work, in the city or countryside. It must adapt to each company, community and organisation regardless of their function or purpose.
  • IoT technology must be smart, with secure, reliable networks that adjust to users’ needs, and devices that are sensitive to their environment. For us, it’s about giving technology contextual intelligence while giving users – individual or business – the ability to control it without complexity.
  • From design to deployment, IoT technology must be created as part of an ethical approach, building trust with end users and industrial, business, institutional and academic partners. IoT must integrate strong security and privacy guarantees across the end-to-end technical environment, including transparent and secure data management, protected and tested objects, and reliable and interoperable networks.

Our vision is to design, build and deploy inclusive, smart and trusted technology that is useful to all and respects everyone’s freedom of choice: this is how we’re actively preparing for the IoT revolution.

Our mission

We're ready to meet these challenges. Today, Orange already manages more than 16 million connected objects every day, and processes 375 millions of data every minute. As a major European IoT player, our research has contributed to many technologies that are essential for current and future networks (LoRa®, LTE-M, 5G…).

And because the IoT revolution will touch so many people, we are joining forces with partners who share the same vision so we can move the entire value chain forward together to benefit individuals and businesses:

  • Connected objects that we develop, optimise and distribute.
  • Networks and infrastructures that must be interoperable, scalable and responsive to people’s needs.  
  • Data that we collect and host while ensuring security and enabling applications to visualise and monetise information.
  • The Web of Objects, which through our Thing’in research platform, enables us to index, qualify and connect billions of objects on a very large scale.

We have been trialling these technologies for several years and are committed to ensuring they grow and evolve, guided by a three-step objective:

Build an open ecosystem

The IoT ecosystem is vast, and growing. We believe that its challenges apply across the board. That’s why we’re joining forces with partners who share our vision: to build a strong, open ecosystem where every innovator can work with expert and reliable partners that enable them to progress confidently.

Because we believe in open, interoperable, global and sustainable technology, we’re combining our legacy cellular networks with technologies such as LoRa® and LTE-M, an evolution of our 4G network, and preparing for 5G to ensure everyone enjoys optimal connectivity. We’re also committed to bringing everyone in the ecosystem together to help them progress – device manufacturers, service providers, integrators – using our assets, expertise and powerful network to support a more digital society and to continue to simplify the lives of end users.

Empower users to adopt IoT

Because IoT can be synonymous with complexity, we offer simple products and services, tailored to individual needs, no matter how familiar they are with using connected devices. These range from home security to connected cars, to connected health and driverless car research projects.

When it comes to companies and local authorities, whatever their size, we design tailor-made offers that are adapted to their specific needs: so they can choose the best connected devices and also connect, manage, process and analyse their data via solutions such as Datavenue.

Guarantee trust

For us, trust is a key proviso for IoT to succeed: everyone must have control over how their data is used. That’s why we are developing ways to guarantee that personal data is protected, confidentiality is respected and technologies are secured. This involves designing and deploying increasingly reliable and secure networks and platforms and enhanced cyber security capabilities. It also means defining clear and transparent safeguards for confidentiality and access to data, in line with the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Orange has already taken the lead and is committed to protecting its customers’ personal data through the Privacy and Personal Data Charter which was signed in 2010 and updated in 2014.

Find out more

We have deployed LTE-M across our 4G networks in Europe. Orange Belgium announced its national deployment of Mobile IoT (LTE-M and NB-IoT) in December 2017. In Spain, pilots are underway with partners as well as with customers. In Romania, an LTE-M network is up and running for technical testing in the city of Alba Iulia. In Poland, commercial pilots are underway in 4 cities. A pilot was also running in Lille, France from July to September 2018 enabling partners to test and develop their connected objects on the network. Slovakia is also preparing a pilot. Finally, Orange has opened up new LTE-M laboratories to work with IoT designers and partners in France and Romania.