The Internet of Things & Big Data
Watches, activity monitoring bracelets, energy meters, scales, thermostats, lights, cars, etc. According to sources, there will be between 25 and 50 billion connected objects in the world in 2020. And even if these are part of daily life today, the potential of the Internet of Things is still to come. This market is supported by a multitude of players: start-ups, consumer electronics manufacturers, and even telecommunications operators. The construction of a coherent ecosystem around these players will contribute to supporting the new age of the Internet of Things.
Technological developments favor the new age of the Internet of Things
Three technological developments support the development of the Internet of Things and Big Data and will make it possible to transform data into information that can be used to ensure the right decisions are taken at the right time and with perfect security:
- the rise of smartphones has led to the cost of sensors and falling and has encouraged the appearance of a whole group of connected objects, including thousands of data-producing sensors.
- the improvement of network performance in terms of the speed and/or energy consumption of conveying these data.
- the improvement of algorithms in data processing for massively increased volumes.
Connected objects are therefore increasingly becoming part of our lives on various levels and changing uses. They must be able to interconnect and be based on suitable networks: reliable, fast and available, to link the objects to each other and convey increasing volumes of data.
Interoperability between the objects themselves and between services is a key element of the IoT market. For a long time, Orange has been actively participating in this work through its research and standardization efforts on a European and global scale.
This phenomenon is also accelerating the emergence of vast sources of personal data arising from all the digital traces. A new age is therefore beginning. Orange intends to play an active role in the structuring of the Internet of Things by being the point of reference. This involves facilitating the blooming of an active and profitable ecosystem around the Internet of Things:
- by facilitating open innovation
- by accelerating the development of our territories
- by offering operational solutions to support businesses in their digital transformation projects
- by offering everyone an increasingly wide choice of connected objects in order to transform their daily lives. As such, Orange is currently distributing more than 100 connected objects in its shops in Europe and online.
Orange, by offering services both to the general public and to businesses, is covering the whole value chain
- connectivity solutions adapted for every use;
- distribution of connected objects, in particular through its network of shops;
- added value services related to these objects for the general public, particularly in the fields of health and well-being or the connected home;
- business services to facilitate their digital transformation, to support them in improving their internal performance and in developing their offers.
Homelive, for individuals:In France since October 2014 and in Romania since February 2016, Homelive manages your home from your mobile. From a single application, with Homelive it becomes easy to interact with the compatible connected objects of the house!
Orange’s response to businesses’ needs: Datavenue
To help businesses to launch their data and IoT projects, Orange Business Services offers them Datavenue. It consists of a modular and innovative range of solutions and services, that bring together the best of its expertise in the fields of the cloud, data, and connected objects, while offering a high level of trust and security. Datavenue extends across the entire data and IoT value chain, through 5 modules: Select (a data and things catalog), Connect (with connectivity solutions), Manage (with an objects and data management platform) and Control (offering integration services, security, projects build & run …)..
At the same time, Datavenue is part of the Group’s efforts to co-innovate to create ecosystems including start-ups, partners in the academic and economic worlds, and industrialists. This opening makes it possible to think more, to increase potential for value creation, and to reduce development cycles. The continuous innovation cycle will also have the purpose of adding to Datavenue’s catalog for businesses, so that they can benefit from the most advanced solutions on the market.
LoRa: a network for the Internet of Things
To answer the needs of the Internet of Things, Orange is working on LoRa® technology for applications requiring not much speed, very wide coverage and minimal electricity consumption, for example in machine-to-machine utility networks. It is particularly dedicated to the connection of sensors for industry and smart cities.
This network is already deployed in 18 French towns. There are plans for Orange’s LoRa® network to serve 120 towns, i.e. about 2600 communes, between now and the end of January 2017.
This coverage is also being extended with the progress of the projects we are carrying out with our partners and customers: it can thus include industrial sites (motorway service stations, car parks, factories, urban area, etc.) in these communes or outside them.