The IoT, the progress accelerator
The Internet of Things looks set to enjoy fast and widespread development. Its ability to reach individuals as well as businesses in all markets makes this technology the next big advance, as it helps us to manage our consumption of energy and natural resources and our access to key services more intelligently and more responsibly. It looks likely to benefit us all, in total security.
Limiting the use of energy and bandwidth
Many connected objects transmit very little information in a very compact format. They do not require high-speed networks such as 3G or 4G. Therefore, Orange is in the process of rolling out an ultra-low speed network in France: the LoRa® (Low Range) network. This technology ensures low-cost, low-energy connectivity over long distances. A means of ensuring the Internet of Things takes environmental issues into account and can be sustained over the long term. At the same time, Slovakia is working with partners to pilot the rollout of the LoRa® network.
- 4,000 communes or industrial sites in France had LoRa® technology in June 2017
- The goal is for national coverage by the end of 2017
Meanwhile, we will be prioritizing the systematic deployment of LTE-M technology, which relies on mobile networks, within our 4G networks in Europe in 2018. Initial tests were conducted in Belgium and Spain in 2017. This technology will enable us to offer certain applications quickly and easily to the greatest number of people (smart electric meters, GPS tags, ATMs, alarm systems, vehicle fleets, m-Health, etc.).
Ensuring data security and guaranteeing privacy
Orange is applying all its expertise to guaranteeing the end-to-end security and data confidentiality of the Internet of Things, and to guaranteeing transparency with regard to how this data will be used.
This is reflected by:
- a “security by design” approach, to guarantee end-to-end overall security,
- full transparency regarding the use and sharing of data, and regarding our commitments,
- a control mechanism, which enables the consumer to control how their data is used (in particular, their consent to its use for direct marketing purposes),
- genuine support for our customers, to allow them to connect their objects to the Internet safely and with peace of mind.
Data protection, the new European context
The new European regulations on the protection of personal data (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR) will be applicable throughout the European Union from May 25, 2018 (including France). It is more restrictive than the regulations of the French data protection authority, the CNIL, as it imposes in particular permanent and optimal protection of data.