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Smart City Solution Wins Award for Bordeaux Metropolitan Authority

By Ken Briodagh

Kerlink and Pilot Things recently announced their collaboration on a smart-city network in France, which has won an award for the Bordeaux Metropolitan Authority.

The smart city control center features quick and easy deployment of key use cases like smart parking, smart lighting and smart buildings. The system’s jointly developed application-programming interfaces (APIs) access an integrated package combining the two companies’ technologies, which are designed for simple deployment and management of smart-city applications and for collecting, monitoring and acting on data from more than 200 pre-installed, ready-to-use LoRa sensors.

The tightly integrated end-to-end solution combines Kerlink’s Wirnet Stations and Pilot Things’ software to enable smart-cities to analyze data on a variety of vital city services. Called Things as a Service (TaaS), the system was installed in a smart-city trial system in Bordeaux, France’s ninth-largest city.

The pilot program was recognized by Solutions Numeriques magazine with the Digital Transformation Trophy in 2019.

The deployment reportedly included about 500 sensors connected to more than 200 public street lights, e-vehicle charging stations, refuse-sorting containers, waste bins and public buildings near Bordeaux’s new outdoor Matmut Atlantique stadium and arena. Following a six-month trial of the smart-city network, the regional authority, Bordeaux Métropole, expanded it across the larger metro area.

Officials said they expect to decrease electricity consumption and to tailor a range of services to make city operations both more efficient and more convenient for residents. In addition to using private and public networks to connect sensors to its platform, Pilot Things offers a catalog of pre-integrated sensors. It also creates digital avatars of each of its sensors that are used in online tutorials to explain to field operators how their IoT networks are functioning.

“Partnering with innovative companies in the IoT ecosystem to create responsive, reliable solutions for our joint customers is a pillar of Kerlink’s global growth strategy,” said Stéphane Dejean, CMO, Kerlink. “Starting with our customers’ specific needs, we combine our expertise in verticals to develop tailored and intuitive services that create value for the end-user, As the Bordeaux Métropole trial and subsequent network rollout show, the combination of Pilot Things’ platform and Kerlink’s IoT network solutions is a complete, robust and reliable offering for smart-city programs.”

“Pilot Things carefully evaluates and integrates technology from many proven suppliers so we can help smart-cities build and operate the best networks available,” said Eric Szymkowiak, CEO, Pilot Things. “Kerlink stations, deployed around the world, ensure our customers of the system performance, reliability and flexibility they require.”




Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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