Actility and machineQ™ Demonstrate Asset Tracking Solution at MWC Americas

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN)
and IoT location solutions, and machineQ, Comcast’s IoT network service
and platform, are demonstrating an asset tracking solution at Mobile
World Congress Americas (MWCA) in San Francisco. Connecting Abeeway
Master Tracker hardware to Actility’s ThingPark IoT software platform
using the machineQ LoRaWAN network in San Francisco, the demonstration
monitors the location of a number of Comcast’s XFINITY™ service vehicles
in near real time.

“Tracking maintenance vehicles is a clear demonstration of the power of
IoT to optimize essential industrial activities,” explains Actility CEO
Mike Mulica. “The first step is to knowing where your vehicles are, but
knowing where they are is just the beginning. Beyond that, you can begin
to apply sophisticated analytics and machine learning to optimize every
truck roll, improving efficiency for the enterprise and quality of
service to consumers at the same time. Business cases like this are why
we believe that geolocation could be the killer app for the IoT

“We are seeing significant interest in tracking technology across
entirely new verticals and use cases where existing tracking technology
has been ineffective due to expensive hardware, short battery life, and
high connectivity costs,” says Alex Khorram, machineQ General Manager.
“We are excited to leverage the machineQ network with Actility in San
Francisco and across the wider Comcast footprint to help bring this
innovative technology to market.”

The demonstration solution, which is on show at Actility’s booth N.701
at MWCA, sees Abeeway Master Trackers, operating on the 915 MHz ISM band
frequency required for the US market, installed in five of Comcast’s
XFINITY service vehicles in the North Bay area of San Francisco.
Actility works with machineQ, and the solution utilizes the machineQ
network deployed in the Bay Area region.

The tracking solution is highly flexible, thanks to LoRaWAN’s
bidirectional communication capabilities. For example, the behavior of
the trackers can be adjusted depending on the status of the vehicle,
sending precise location data every minute when the vehicles are moving,
but only once an hour if the vehicle is stationary and parked in a
depot. The Abeeway Master Tracker is a self-contained industrial product
with an internal battery giving it a field life of up to several years,
so tracking is not dependent on power from the vehicle being available.
The tracker also uses Actility’s innovative “Low-Power GPS” technology
specifically optimized for LoRaWAN, which uses fewer satellites and
reduces the GPS lock time to a few seconds. The power required for both
signal acquisition and processing is reduced: this combination results
in a dramatic increase in battery life, by an order of magnitude versus
existing GPS location technology. Using this low-power GPS, the trackers
will be able to achieve an overall location accuracy of within 5 meters
throughout the 5-day duration of the trial deployment.

“We’re delighted to be working with machineQ on this demonstration of
the power of geolocation at the leading US telecoms event,” concludes
Actility CEO Mike Mulica. “This demonstration is just the first step on
a road together to deploy solutions that will accelerate the digital
transformation of logistics, supply chain management and transportation
services throughout the US.”

About Actility & ThingPark™

Actility is the industry leader in LPWA (Low Power Wide Area)
large-scale infrastructure and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT
Solution platform. Actility’s ThingPark enables scalable LPWA networks
and interoperable IoT applications and services. ThingPark Wireless is a
core network management and supervision solution for LPWA connectivity
designed from the beginning for carrier-grade solutions, and already
deployed in over half the national LPWA network rollouts globally.
ThingPark OS is a central IoT management service to connect sensors to
applications. ThingPark X is a data analytics and control framework
which exposes data from connected things to applications and connects
with cloud platforms, and also offers off the shelf IoT industrial
applications. ThingPark Market is a B2B ecommerce platform aggregating,
distributing and connecting IoT devices and applications to the
ThingPark platform. Actility is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. (


Anne van Gemert