M2M and IoT solutions provider Stream Communications has signed an agreement to integrate New Forest Communications’ Orion Network onto its IoT-X connectivity platform. Orion will be the first low power radio network technology to be integrated onto the platform.
The Orion Network is targeted at utilities and smart city M2M applications such as smart metering, waste management, street lighting, smoke alarms, council housing and public building maintenance and smart posters and public signage.
The move is integral to Stream's recent Smart grant award and enables Stream to progress the R&D necessary for the full integration of Orion and other LPRN's onto its fast expanding platform.
Kevin McDowall, Stream founder, commented: "This is significant. Firstly, it continues to expand our IoT-X platform into new wireless connectivity options, opening up incredible prospects for reliable 'drop-in' private networks suitable for Smart Cities.
“Secondly, it provides end-to-end connectivity and management thereof, enabling sensors and other end-point devices to be efficiently and cost effectively connected then backhauled over our extra resilient 3/4G and satellite network options. This is a major step forward for M2M and IoT as far as connectivity platforms go.”
Matt Walker, CEO of New Forest Communications (NFC) stated: “This is a significant step for NFC, enabling the IoT-X platform as ‘Orion Network Ready’. NFC have just signed a major contract for low power radio network, utilising the Orion network in an oil related venture overseas.
“Stream will carry out development work to its IoT-X wireless connectivity management platform, that will mean the end customer benefits from all the management and control tools for the entire end to end wireless connectivity – importantly the fact that data supplied via the end tags and on the Orion network will be backhauled over 3G and Satellite via Orion Gateways. Simple, resilient and easy to deploy.”