Welcome to the Internet of Things
The number of connected objects is on the increase: in 2017, there are more of them than there are human beings! These communicating devices are connected to the Internet and thus create an entire network: the Internet of Things – or IoT. A network that Orange is working to make available to as many people as possible.
- More than 20 billion connected objects in the world by 2020
- In 2017, there are already more connected objects than human beings on Earth: 8.38 billion compared to 7.5 billion
- More than 14 million connected objects in the world using Orange networks in June 2017
Connected objects are electronic devices equipped with sensors which measure and gather information. They then use a network or specific technology to communicate this information in the form of digital data to a user’s smartphone applications as well as to other devices, for the purposes of developing new uses. For example? A connected wristband measures our physical activity or our heart rate and then transmits the data to a computer or our smartphone.
By communicating this data in real time, connected objects free us from the constraints of having to collect and monitor certain settings, and enable us to optimize numerous processes, increasing efficiency, profitability and security. With the miniaturization of electronic components, and increasing accessibility to the Internet (via 2G/3G/4G, Wi-Fi, or dedicated networks), they can be found in every sector.
Access to information or measurements, remotely and in real time, can be used in an endless number of ways:
- in healthcare using various sensors (heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, etc.) to monitor a patient’s vital signs or to send an alert to a diabetic user if their blood sugar levels go beyond certain thresholds,
- in industry to monitor the operation of a machine or the level of a tank, for example, without having to be on-site,
- in agriculture to monitor the humidity of the soil, the amount of sunshine a plot receives, or the ripeness of a crop,
- at home with connected meters and surveillance cameras,
- for the individual, with watches and activity trackers,
- in logistics, using RFID sensors specifically, to track vehicles or shipments, but also to be aware of their condition (e.g. if a delivery has to be kept chilled),
- by local authorities to control street lighting or smart parking lots.
IoT: Orange’s expertise
The Internet of Things is one of the areas for diversification set out in our strategic plan Essentials2020. Our aim is to become a benchmark player in Europe. To achieve this, we are responding to all our customers’ needs with:
- connectivity solutions that are tailored to each use – we have communications networks based on various technologies, and we are rolling out LoRa®, a network dedicated to the IoT,
- the sale of connected objects in our shops and smart stores,
- operational solutions for businesses,
- services to assist our customers on a daily basis: in their homes, for example.
In addition, we have been collaborating for many years with the manufacturers of connected devices for businesses. We also have a great expertise in data security and confidentiality, which is a key challenge for the IoT.
Lastly, we are working to create an entire ecosystem focusing on open innovation. We are therefore building partnerships and taking part in research and standardization projects on compatibility between the objects themselves and between objects and services.