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Integrating LoRaWAN devices in the Azure IoT Reference Architecture

In this article, you will discover how Proximus makes it easier to automate the integration of LoRaWAN sensors connected to our national public LoRa network with the Microsoft Azure IoT Hub. We will indicate that this integration can go far beyond just forwarding messages to an event hub.

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Anke de RidderIntegrating LoRaWAN devices in the Azure IoT Reference Architecture
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FamousGrey & Visit.Brussels launch a real time city guide

The renowned full-service agency, FamousGrey, has developed a real time city guide for Visit.Brussels, called now.brussels. The app allows you to discover Brussels through the eyes of its true inhabitants.

“Brussels has a lot of beautiful places, many of them undiscovered by tourists, but known by the locals. Visit.Brussels came up with the idea of creating an app as part of a larger campaign aimed at French and Spanish tourists, that shows visitors where the hotspots are located at any time of the day, in real time“. States Maarten Breda, Experience Director at FamousGrey.

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Anke de RidderFamousGrey & Visit.Brussels launch a real time city guide
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Decoding OpenAMR payloads for Maddalena LoRaWAN water sensors

Maddalena IoT-enabled water meters

Maddalena s.p.a. is an Italian company providing water readers that are frequently used in Belgium and across Europe. Water meters such as the PR-MWM can detect the lowest flow rates (from 0.5 liters / hour). So this makes them, according to this company, “the ideal meter for billing cold water consumption in collective housing”.

Maddalena understood the market’s need for connected meters quite well. So they teamed up with Kerlink to create a LoRaWAN™ add-on radio module. This module makes it possible to collect water consumption data over long distances. Its battery life can last up to 15 years thanks to the low power requirements of LoRaWAN and an optimization in the way this module works.

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Anke de RidderDecoding OpenAMR payloads for Maddalena LoRaWAN water sensors
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Proximus helps Goodplanet to measure impact

Today, all types of organisations in many different sectors get confronted with the need for digital transformation. As was Goodplanet at the end of 2017. Together with Proximus they were able to take the first steps into the world of IoT to help them measure the impact of their activities.

Goodplanet is a non-profit organisation that is active in environmental education and sensitization for 20 years now. They work mainly with schools and companies to educated and sensitize them in different environmental fields. Their main topics are nature, food and circular economies.

In the organisation, several employees are managing projects from the office in Brussels. Other collaborators are active in the field to do coaching and raise awareness. “We reach about 500,000 people a year with our many different activities”, says Clément Magos, responsible for innovation and IT projects at Goodplanet.

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Anke de RidderProximus helps Goodplanet to measure impact
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Bridging IoT and legacy systems with CloudEngine (2): scheduled scripts

In our first article about bridging IoT with legacy systems, we saw that CloudEngine now provides a simple and convenient way to accumulate incoming IoT data in a temporary storage structure. And then send the data as a CSV attachment when you have reached a defined number of records. We are adding as of today a new CloudEngine capability that allows you to trigger script executions based on schedules.

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EnCo TeamBridging IoT and legacy systems with CloudEngine (2): scheduled scripts
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Bridging IoT and legacy systems with CloudEngine (1) : csv file generation

Throughout our experience as a major player of the Internet of Things in Belgium, we worked on projects where every single element of the IoT value chain was at the tip of the arrow of the ICT evolution : modern low power sensors, low power networks such as LoRa and Narrowband IoT, cloud-based platforms from Microsoft, SAP or other big players, advanced use cases for automation leveraging machine learning, … However we also support projects where we need to help bridging legacy systems, which may reside of both extremes of the value chain:

  1. industrial devices using “historical” data protocols such as RS-232, RS-432, ModBus, etc require connection to newer modern data & application platforms leveraging LoRaWAN and narrowband IoT transport. Proximus works with gateways and bridges providers whose devices help interconnect these worlds;
  2. newer IoT devices and sensors using modern IoT networks need to send their data to legacy applications with limited data ingestion capabilities (csv files, ftp file transfer or email-based data ingestion, …);
  3. a combination of 1 and 2 above, ie leveraging LoRaWAN or NBIoT networks to receive data from legacy industrial sensors and machinery and let legacy applications ingest this data

 

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EnCo TeamBridging IoT and legacy systems with CloudEngine (1) : csv file generation
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Real time audience and crowd insights : tapping into mobile data opens new use cases

Proximus EnCo has released the Real Time Crowd Management API, a new capability to measure live national & international footprint or audience on any geographic location in Belgium. Any software developer can now integrate live data streams on people count in their own solutions. Supporting smart city or smart mobility projects, assessing the impact of cultural events or opening the road to completely new solutions is once again made simpler today.

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EnCo TeamReal time audience and crowd insights : tapping into mobile data opens new use cases
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A simple SMS bot to check meeting room availability

Among all scarce resources on this planet, meeting rooms should definitely be considered one of them. Even if you have a room reservation system, it can be cumbersome to use whatever web site or application to check if a room is available right now, as you need it (open the laptop, wait for it to connect on the network, open Outlook, check the meeting room status, etc). On top of this, a room may be flagged as booked in a reservation system while being actually free, as the people who booked it changed their plans (hello co-working spaces ?).

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Frederic MottiatA simple SMS bot to check meeting room availability
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Time to opt-in to EnCo’s newsletter

In order to comply with GDPR, starting asof May 25th you will stop receiving newsletters and product announcements from us, unless you explicitely opt-in to our mailing list. Rest assured that once opted in, your contact data will be safe with us and not shared with any 3rd party nor used for any other purposes than sending you our newsletters and product announcements. We won’t fill in your inboxes as we send no more than one to two messages per month.

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