Articles of "Orange and IoT"
End-to-end IoT solutions for developers and object-makers
While connected devices are at its epicenter, the IoT ecosystem is composed of a diverse set of elements including:
- Device components, to enable connectivity
- Networks, for devices to transmit the data they measure
- Platforms and solutions, to manage devices and their data, and help developers create value-adding services
At Orange, we see how the IoT can be utilized to improve the lives of our private and business customers alike. To harness its potential, we offer solutions that cover this entire IoT ecosystem. Discover all the ways Orange can support you in developing your connected device.
Our IoT solutions portfolio in detail
Whether you are preparing to prototype, need connectivity for your device, or require design information and support, we can offer you solutions for every stage of device development.
Prototype your device
- Do you want to quickly prototype your IoT solution? The IoT Soft Box SDK is designed to help – and let you focus on developing business applications through the Live Objects platform. All you need is an mbed-compatible device. Access the SDK and documentation, and get started with the Live Objects API to easily go to production and work on IoT proof-of-concepts with Orange.
- Subscribe to our Business M2M offer to connect your device with SIM cards for M2M uses.
- Already have your own SIM cards embedded in your object? No need to worry: our connectivity-agnostic Live Objects platform can still process your objects’ data.
- As opposed to cellular networks, your devices must be referenced before they can access the LoRa network. A growing community of developers is adopting the LoRaWAN standard to connect devices, sensors and actuators to IoT applications and services. The LoRa Device Developer Guide in here to support this community. It provides an overview of the LoRa ecosystem, wireless network architecture, guidelines and technical specifications.
A diverse network portfolio is essential to meet the future use cases of the IoT. At Orange, we provide a range of connectivity options for your object to best match its bandwidth and range requirements.
LoRaWAN: low data, long range
- Bandwidth: LoRa is ideal for low data rate exchanges (300 bps to 5 kbps) over a long range. It’s economical both in terms of bandwidth and power usage. This network is suited to objects that transmit small amounts of non-crucial information at regular intervals.
- Our network: The Orange LoRa network in France will cover 120 urban areas and industrial sites by early 2017.
- Use cases
LoRa is typically used in large-scale sectors where space is wide and information doesn’t need to circulate in real time. Examples include:
- Smart cities: pressure sensors in parking lots that detect under- and over-utilized spaces, and smart energy metering
- Agriculture: sensors in the soil that can alert farmers in case humidity drops below acceptable parameters
- Industry: asset tracking, supply chain management
Cellular networks: wide coverage for machines and all uses
- Bandwidth: cellular bandwidth varies from the low-end of 2G (40kbps under GPRS to 500kbps under EDGE) to 20 Mbps with 4G. Cellular networks are suited for objects that require the widest possible network coverage while transmitting data on a regular basis, including in real time.
- Our networks: Orange offers the largest and highest-quality cellular network coverage in France, with 99% of the population covered by 3G/3G+ and 80% by 4G. A global M2M station created with the Global M2M Association offers extensive coverage worldwide through multiple roaming partnerships.
- Use cases
Cellular networks are the network of choice for machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions between SIM-equipped objects. 3G and 4G are used for transmitting heavy content (such as photo or video), but also when extra levels of reliability and security are required.
Supply chain management: asset tracking, inventory management
Industry: real-time process monitoring
Wearables: trackers and safety devices for assisted living
Transport: fleet management and connected cars, using 3G/4G telematics modules to transmit the maximum number of connected in-vehicle services, and meet safety and security regulations (eCall, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, etc.)
Connected camera: a 4G card providing backup to a Smart Home security system in case of WiFi failure, or for insurance company monitoring on behalf of policy holders
Live Objects: manage your device and your data at once
Live Objects is a connectivity-agnostic platform enabling you to manage your devices, collect readings from your SIM cards, store and process your data online, and integrate it to your business apps all at once. Best of all, you can do all of this on any network – LoRa or cellular – and using any SIM card.
Our solutions help you optimize your objects’ performance, run analytics, synchronize your data, and create value-adding apps and services.
Real-time synchronization and development
Flexible Datasync: a back-end-as-a-service to share and synchronize your data in real time. Create monitoring tools, exchange the data from all your SIM cards in real time, and more!
Did you know? We also provide distribution channels for some of our premium partners’ connected objects—a great opportunity for them to target millions of private and business customers through our physical and online stores. LoRa-compatible devices are systematically certified by our experts to ensure they comply with network specification, and provide a best-in-class end-user experience.
The IoT, data and trust
Connected objects facilitate users’ lives by transmitting data that can help create useful, entertaining or even life-saving services. This data is valuable, which is why we have adopted strict transparency and privacy standards to ensure users are always in control of their data.
We put these values into practice notably with the Orange trust badge, and continue to encourage its adoption within a growing community. We are also committed to storing user data in France in order to benefit from EU privacy laws.
To find out more about these commitments, read the Orange Charter on Data Protection and Protection of Privacy.