End-to-end IoT solutions for developers and object-makers
The IoT is a wide and diverse ecosystem beyond just connected devices. At Orange, we believe in this ecosystem’s potential to improve the lives of our private and business customers—and to help make this potential a reality, we offer IoT solutions for developers that cover the full spectrum of IoT. Find out all about them below.
- Orange is progressively deploying LTE-M on its 4G network in Europe, starting with Belgium and Spain in 2017. To help prepare for this IoT-dedicated technology, Orange is opening the Open IoT Lab in Orange Gardens, the Group’s innovation campus in Châtillon, near Paris, France. Starting from April 2017, it will welcome partners and developers looking to develop and test their devices and services designed to work with LTE-M connectivity in European markets.
References, design guides
- 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.
LoRaWAN: low data, long range
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. In 2017, the Orange LoRa network in France covers 120 urban areas and industrial sites.
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
Cellular bandwidth varies from 2G (from 40kbps, with GPRS, to 500kbps with EDGE) to 4G (up to 20 Mbps). These networks are suited for objects that require the widest possible network coverage while transmitting data on a regular basis, including in real time.
In France, Orange offers the largest and highest-quality cellular network coverage: 99% of the population is 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.
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.
Flexible Datasync: real-time synchronization and development
Flexible Datasync is 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!
Data Share: combine devices and data, get rid of complexity
Data Share is a data aggregation solution that is both user-centric and privacy-minded, based on a universal norm for modeling device data. For users, that means convenience and keeping control over the use of their data. For developers, creating services based on combining data from different brads has never been simpler!
Even more reasons to choose Orange IoT solutions for developers
Did you know? Some of our premium partners’ devices are distributed through our physical and online stores—an opportunity to target millions of private and business customers!
LoRa-compatible devices are systematically certified by our experts to ensure network compliance and a best-in-class end-user experience.