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eleven-x selects OrbiWise’s UbiQ LoRaWAN™ Core Network Server to power Canada’s first LPWA LoRa™ Network

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Geneva, Switzerland – January 25, 2017, 8:00 CET

OrbiWise SA, a leading supplier of LoRa™ Solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, has been selected by visionary network operator eleven-x to supply the LoRaWAN™ Network Server (LNS) Solution for its announced (December 13, 2016) nationwide Canadian LoRa™ Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) Network. OrbiWise’s cloud-based UbiQ LNS Solution provides the control and maintenance function over all elements of a LoRa™ Network – from devices to gateways to servers to back-end customer interfaces.

eleven-x’s LoRa™ Network in its first phase will cover SouthWestern Ontario, but will rapidly expand to cover the nation from coast to coast. eleven-x’s launch will mark the first commercial deployment of LoRa™ in Canada. As part of the first phase, the network will utilize LoRa’s™ outstanding long range and low power radio characteristics to power Smart City IoT applications such as smart metering, lighting and parking – but the applications are almost endless.

“OrbiWise is excited to be part of eleven-x’s groundbreaking LoRa™ network for Canada. Our UbiQ, carrier grade LNS solution utilizing the LoRaWAN™ standard is ideal for eleven-x’s smart city and other applications ” according to Domenico Arpaia, CEO of OrbiWise.

‘We are committed to building a national, carrier grade LoRa™ network, and found an ideal partner in OrbiWise. We selected OrbiWise’s cloud-based UbiQ LoRa Core Network software suite for our IoT network after an analysis of competitive solutions, and believe it will best meet our objectives’ said Fraser Gibbs, CTO of eleven-x.

eleven-x and OrbiWise are both members of the LoRa Alliance.

About OrbiWise
OrbiWise SA is a leading international solution provider for LPWA IoT networks based on LoRa™ technology and is a contributing member of the LoRa™ Alliance. OrbiWise’s customers deploy LPWA networks in smart city, precise agriculture and industrial applications – amongst others. OrbiWise’s UbiQ LoRa Core Network Solution is an industry-leading product that provides the intelligence to run, maintain and observe the operations of LoRa™ Networks. The company is headquartered in PlanLes-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland with an additional office in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

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About eleven-x
eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability.

About the LoRa™ Alliance
The LoRa™ Alliance is an open, non-profit association of members that believe the internet of things era is now. Their mission is to standardize Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) being deployed around the world to enable Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M), and smart city, and industrial applications. The Alliance members will collaborate to drive the global success of the LoRa protocol (LoRaWAN™), by sharing knowledge and experience to guarantee interoperability between operators in one open global standard.
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LoRa™ and LoRaWAN™ are trademarks of Semtech Corporation.

Semtech Partnership with eleven-x Brings LoRa Technology to Canada

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eleven-x uses LoRa Wireless RF Technology to launch first carrier-grade low power, wide area network (LPWAN) in Canada

Camarillo, California – January 04, 2017

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced its award-winning LoRa® devices and Wireless RF Technology are being used by eleven-x, a software developer for wireless telecommunications, for the first carrier-grade IoT network rollout throughout Canada.

The eleven-x LPWAN uses Semtech’s LoRa Technology to offer a long-range wireless network at lower investment and power costs, and it is based on the LoRaWAN™ protocol standardized by the LoRa Alliance™ to ensure interoperability with a large ecosystem of IoT applications. It will give businesses, manufacturers and municipalities the capability to implement IoT systems that provide asset tracking, environmental monitoring, health monitoring, lighting control, and water metering for improved efficiency, quality control, crisis diversion, and decision making.

“We aim to accelerate the implementation of IoT applications by businesses and municipalities in Canada,” said Ryan Hickey, CEO and co-founder, eleven-x. “By following the LoRaWAN protocol and joining the LoRa Alliance, we are ensuring end-user sensors and applications are compatible with our IoT network.”

“LoRa Technology provides the eleven-x network a strong feature set that, coupled with the robust ecosystem of LoRa Alliance partners, will help scale IoT adoption throughout Canada,” said Mike Wong, Vice President of Marketing for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “This network rollout is another significant step toward global IoT availability.”

The eleven-x network is currently deployed in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, Canada, and it will soon be deployed to all major cities in the country.

Semtech and eleven-x are members of the LoRa Alliance, a group of more than 400 companies committed to driving and enhancing the LoRaWAN specification to ensure interoperability and scalability of LPWANs and IoT applications. Through its work with member companies and IoT industry groups, the LoRa Alliance is making LoRaWAN the standard for LPWANs focused on low-power, long-range IoT applications. To date, there are LoRaWAN public and private networks in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Key Features of LoRa Wireless RF Technology:

  • Long Range: A single base station using LoRa Technology enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented battery lifetime of up to 20 years depending on the application.
  • Geolocation: Enables tracking applications without GPS or additional power consumption
  • Low Cost: LoRa Technology reduces upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Open Standard: The LoRaWAN protocol ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.


About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit

eleven-x lights up Canada with first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT), joins LoRa Alliance™

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December 13, 2016 – Waterloo ON – To serve the growing Canadian demand for next generation connectivity, Waterloo-based eleven-x today launched Canada’s first carrier-grade low power wide area network for Internet of Things (IoT). This network, built on the LoRaWAN™ open global standard, offers private businesses, manufacturers and public institutions the necessary connectivity to gain valuable information from remote, inexpensive low power devices.

Unlike IoT services provided by traditional Canadian carriers with networks built to address voice and data, eleven-x’s network is purpose-built for IoT, offering a lower cost and lower power option, with up to 20 years battery life. This means the network is ideally suited to business, manufacturing, and municipal applications where low power consumption and cost are important factors. The eleven-x IoT network enables real return on investment (ROI) in areas such as remote and on-premises-based asset tracking, lighting control (streets and buildings), water flow monitoring and metering, health monitoring, environmental monitoring, and soil moisture and nutrient monitoring.

The eleven-x IoT network currently serves the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as the Region of Waterloo. The Company intends to roll out a national network providing coverage in all major Canadian cities.

According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion (U.S.) in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 16.9 percent.

“The Canadian market is ripe for innovation with respect to the adoption of IoT for businesses and government,” says Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder, eleven-x. “Our network, the first of its kind in Canada, is purpose-built for IoT and will enable businesses and municipalities to accelerate the applications and business processes that will allow them to offer new products and services and to operate more efficiently.”

Ryan Hickey, CEO of eleven-x adds, “The low cost, low power characteristics of the eleven-x IoT network will enable many use cases that currently aren’t possible with traditional cellular networks developed for high bandwidth video, data and voice applications. To enable these new applications, we are actively working with global leaders to connect their end-user sensors and applications to our network.”

“From smart metering and lighting, to traffic monitoring, to more efficient services, greater IoT connectivity holds great promise for improving life in Canadian communities. To fully realize the potential of this opportunity, Canada needs a low power, low cost network that can serve as the foundation for machine-to-machine communication. We are excited to see companies from Waterloo Region such as eleven-x stepping forward to provide the critical innovation and infrastructure required to deliver on this promise,” says Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer, Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Semtech (Nasdaq:SMTC) is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, and its award-winning LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology are used in the eleven-x wide area network to ensure its compatibility with existing infrastructure and long battery life. Semtech LoRa technology is a proven solution for LPWANs and has been used in large-scale network rollouts in other regions throughout the world, such as China, France, Japan, and the U.K.

“Semtech’s LoRa Technology, used in eleven-x’s vast LPWAN for Canada, is uniquely equipped to enable long range IoT networks that operate on low power and provide reliable connectivity,” said Marc Pegulu, Vice President and General Manager of Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “By enabling IoT application deployment for businesses, city infrastructure, agriculture, medical facilities, and others, eleven-x is giving people in Canada the resources to help avoid traffic congestion, reduce waste, improve production, automate manual processes and more, through real time data transmission via the Cloud.”

eleven-x joins LoRa Alliance

eleven-x also announced today its membership in the LoRa Alliance, an open global standard for secure, carrier-grade Low Power IoT connectivity. eleven-x’s Low Power WAN network is deployed with the LoRaWAN™ protocol, based on Semtech LoRa Wireless RF Technology. The LoRaWAN protocol, followed by over 400 companies worldwide in the LoRa Alliance, ensures interoperability between all emerging IoT services and applications to help scale adoption.

“We welcome eleven-x to the LoRa Alliance, and look forward to their LoRaWAN network rollout in Canada, which will further extend our rapidly growing LoRaWAN ecosystem,” said Geoff Mulligan, chairman of the LoRa Alliance. “eleven-x is one of over 400 companies that support the LoRa Alliance’s goal to enable IoT by offering low power, carrier-grade connectivity that is interoperable with other networks and IoT solutions.”

About eleven-x

eleven-x is a network operator enabling the Internet of Things. Our purpose-built low power wide area network is the first of its kind in Canada, providing connectivity for a wide variety of sensors and applications. Our network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create smart cities, and realize environmental sustainability. For more information go to

About Semtech Corporation

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit Semtech, the Semtech logo, LoRa and LoRaWAN are registered trademarks or service marks of Semtech Corporation and/or its affiliates.


Eleven-x Brings Low-Power Wide Area Network to Waterloo for IOT

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I am proud to share this article on eleven-x, featured in The Waterloo Region Record. The article describes a low-power wide area network that we have set up for the city’s use, for the purpose of connecting wireless sensors to the Cloud and testing the many uses that sensors will have in our lives.

We are grateful for the support of our local post-secondary institutions (University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conestoga College) and technology hubs (Communitech and Accelerator Centre). This is an exciting time for not just the wireless industry but for our community. This is the first public network of its kind in Canada, and is a major step towards realizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

Eleven-x boasts a world-class team developing wireless tech for IOT. We are looking for Senior Wireless Software Developers to join us! Visit our Careers page.


Published on EETimes: Fragmentation Looms in IOT

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Our Co-Founder and CTO Fraser Gibbs is now a continuing contributor to esteemed industry website Aimed towards the global networking and electronics community, EETimes has published Fraser’s article on the Internet of Things (IOT). Specifically, Fraser explains how the 3GPP standards body is failing to serve the looming needs of IOT, and the repercussions of this failure.

Anyone developing products for the low-power, wide area wireless market will find this article of interest. Take a read and feel free to comment online or message Fraser Gibbs. Thanks so much for reading.

Eleven-x Joins AC JumpStart Program

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We are pleased to announce that eleven-x has been accepted into the third cohort of the Accelerator Centre’s AC JumpStart Program. Funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, participants receive $30,000 in seed capital (matched by the recipients). In addition to this funding, we will also benefit from the wisdom and experience of AC’s in-house mentors, plus access to market research and connections with investors. Eleven-x is already familiar with the expertise at Accelerator Centre, as shared in this post on our mentors.

Eleven-x is fortunate to be included among companies considered able to reach the ambitious milestones on the path to growth and success!  We are dedicated to reaping the rewards of AC JumpStart, and thank Accelerator Centre, FedDev Ontario, WLU, UW, and Conestoga College for delivering this program. Click here for more information and to see how to apply to JumpStart for the next cohort.


Published on EE Times!

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Fraser Gibbs, Co-Founder and CTO of eleven-x, has been published on EE Times, the go-to publication for global electronics. In his article, Fraser describes the limitations of unlicensed spectrum in the ISM band, as it pertains to IOT applications. You can read his article here, and post comments to EE Times or send to Congratulations to Fraser for his contributions to thought leadership on wireless connectivity for IOT.

Team Building at the Food Bank

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Did you know?

  • In Waterloo Region, 1 in 20 households require the support of the Food Bank in order to eat
  • Our Food Bank served more than 6 MILLION meals in 2014.
  • Just $1 can buy 3 meals through the Food Bank!
  • The Food Bank is not government funded. It relies on the generosity of individuals and companies in our community, though the donation of food (both fresh and non-perishable) and money.
  • The majority of their “back operations” are staffed by volunteers.

And after our experience at the Waterloo Region Food Bank last week, we can tell you that those volunteers are caring, energetic, and passionate about making sure the food in our community gets to those who need it. What a huge, well-organized operation.

The eleven-x team was at the Food Bank to participate in The Great Food Sort Challenge, an event that pits local companies against each other in a race to sort the greatest mass of food in a limited amount of time.

“When asked what kind of team-building event they wanted, our team indicated that they wanted to do something that gives back to the community,” explained Ryan Hickey, CEO. And the Food Sort Challenge turned out to be a success on many levels: the afternoon began with an informative tour of the facility (led by the enthusiastic Carol, thank you!), we managed to sort over 1900 lbs. of food in just 30 minutes, AND we won the challenge! What a fascinating experience, to be thrust into such a productive frenzy with your colleagues. Our opponents, Accelerator Centre grads Cross Chasm, sorted over 1,800 lbs. of food. Breathless and damp, we all felt very accomplished and came away with an appreciation for the hard work that goes on at our Food Bank.

There were very extensive guidelines for sorting, for example, Chunky soup is sorted as a stew, and ready-meals that include rice are sorted as rice, not ready-made meals. Beans? Well there are 4 or 5 different categories, so you must read each label carefully. Don’t forget expiry dates (though Dinesh reported that he came away learning the lesson that “Salad dressing can be consumed up to 6 months after the expiry date”) and use your best judgment for “Healthy Snacks” versus “Treat Snacks” (staff tip: if you’d want to eat the snack, it goes in the “Treats”). Which leads me to my own favourite moment of the afternoon, when someone sorted an enormous tub of Bacon-Flavoured Popcorn, and Fraser said, “You can just put that one in my car.”

Aside from knowing what to get Fraser for Christmas, we hope that by sharing our experience, you might consider this for your own team-building event, and/or support your local Food Bank whenever possible. “It was a pleasure to meet an amazing team of volunteers,” says Margarita. We’d like to thank them for guiding us through the sorting challenge. And an additional thanks to our fellow clients at Accelerator Centre, who donated money through our cookie drive last week. For teams looking to take the Great Food Sorting Challenge next time, I will leave you with these post-race tips from Jonathan, who brainstormed with Margarita on their way back to the office:

“Food sorters should specialize in a small number of items, so they know exactly what goes where, and to prioritize the heavy stuff like cans.”

We look forward to putting this advice into action next time.

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eleven-x Conducts First Tests of LTE Cat-0, Power Saving Mode for 3GPP Release 12

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To do something first: in high tech, the notion is a thrilling one. We are certainly feeling the excitement in the field of wireless communications. As 3GPP is releasing its standards in support of IOT, eleven-x is proud to be working on the front lines. Over the last month, several members of our team hit the road to conduct demos and tests with some big-name players. We say that “we love innovating to solve real-world problems” and this was a wonderful opportunity to see our code in action.

In Ottawa, we took part in the industry’s first integration of LTE Machine Type Communications (MTC) devices on the Ericsson network equipment. The goal was to prove out the Power Saving Mode (PSM) and LTE Cat-0 features in support of 3GPP Release 12. This session of interoperability testing gave both parties a chance prove out our solutions, and take the first steps towards compliance. A successful first interoperability session is a major milestone in the development of any mobile technology.

From Canada’s capital city, we shifted gears and went to Las Vegas for the CTIA Super Mobility conference. We participated in two demonstrations for PSM and LTE Cat-0; one with Ericsson and one with Anritsu. It was the first time MTC was demonstrated to the public with Ericsson and showcased industry-leading low power consumption for IOT devices.

After the bright lights of Vegas, the big city of Dallas beckoned. At the Verizon test lab, we participated in interoperability testing for their network using equipment from Ericsson, Cisco, ALU, and Affirm.

Next week, another member of our team will be heading back to Ottawa, but this time in service of LPP development for a new chipset integration. It is a thrilling time at eleven-x. We love to be on the forefront of wireless innovation, and are excited to be on the leading edge of IOT.

8 Reasons Why Co-op Students Are a Start-Up’s Best Investment

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Our Co-op Student Mahek with eleven-x CEO Ryan

Upon opening in 1957, the University of Waterloo became the first post-secondary school in Canada to implement a co-operative education model. It revolutionized the notion of students being equipped for work by virtue of their textbooks alone. These days, no one can question the value of having practical experience interspersed with classroom studies, not to mention the paycheques to put towards those textbooks. Many schools now offer some form of the co-op program, giving companies a rich diversity of students to complement their work force.

A company in the start-up stage may not consider hiring a co-op student, but we would recommend it. In our first year of operations, eleven-x employed an engineering student from Lambton College, recently welcomed a business student from Wilfrid Laurier, and is recruiting from the University of Waterloo for next term. Don’t let your lean corporate stature or more humble workplace setting deter you from recruiting on campus: candidates who want to make an impact will be drawn to start-ups. And here’s why you should consider them a wise investment:

  1. Youthful Perspective. Within a few days of arriving, our Market Research co-op Mahek shared a wealth of ideas from the perspective of a young applicant who would want to know more about the company. She made us stop and identify our values, and she shared her own observations as a newcomer to the team. As a start-up, you will benefit from the fresh take of a student who doesn’t have the same vested interest in your enterprise. Mahek’s feedback was a very positive form of disruption, and she learned to use WordPress to update our Careers web page. Everyone wins!
  2. Good Value. As a start-up, you may not be in a position to commit to a full-time employee. A student will generally be looking for a 4-8 month work term, with a more reasonable salary for your budget. And you may find yourself with a student so productive (and perhaps even so innovative) that it will be more than worth the investment. We believe in offering very competitive salaries to our students, because it demonstrates how much we value their contributions, and that we’re serious about high calibre work.
  3. Career Development for All. Aside from the quantitative work that your student will bring to the table, there are also many qualitative benefits for your full-timers. In a start-up, there are fewer opportunities for climbing the corporate ladder (in the near term, at least), but there are still opportunities for career development. Mentoring a co-op student can be a very enriching experience: conducting interviews, breaking down tasks, setting goals, and performance reviews can add dimension to your staff portfolios and increase their job satisfaction.
  4. Partnerships and Support for Schools. Most universities and colleges strive to reflect what’s going on in the real world, so that they can better equip their students for gainful employment. Furthermore, you can find a lot of innovation happening in the labs on campus, unhampered by deadlines or the changing tides of a corporate strategy. Start-ups and schools share that common goal of seeking “What’s possible? What’s next?” and can often focus on a very precise subject. Employing students and forming bonds with post-secondary schools is a mutually beneficial relationship.
  5. Grooming Your Next Best Full-Timer. There is less room for low-performing or high-maintenance employees in a start-up. Every single person on your team needs to be a rock star. In each co-op student, you have the potential to train a future full-time employee who would already be familiar with your product and your expectations, and have a relationship with the team. Investing in a student now could pay off when you suddenly find yourself with the next big contract, and needing your next rock star.
  6. Training Tomorrow’s Workforce. In the case of eleven-x, our core competencies are wireless and embedded software development. This area of expertise will be increasingly valuable as The Internet of Things introduces billions of wireless devices to the world. But faculties of engineering aren’t teaching to this degree of speciality, and co-op is the only way for us to seed the workforce with these skills. What is your ideal skill set in a new hire? Are these skills being fostered in the classroom setting, or can your start-up raise the bar for your industry by arming future talent with these niche abilities?
  7. Early Emphasis on Culture. Times have changed: gone are the days when there were far more co-op students than co-op jobs. Now students want an experience as much as they want work. And it can be easy to let the bonding moments slip past you when you’ve got your head down to do work. People who like each other, and respect each other, are going to be far happier at work, and how you foster that respect is up to you (and your team!). But there’s nothing like a student – who’s just interviewed with a place that has a nap pod – to encourage a start-up to “protect what’s awesome”, as our HR mentor Jackie Lauer always says.
  8. A Chance to Manage Millennials. Management publications would like you to believe that there is a menacing army of youngsters coming to sabotage your sanity. They will mystify you, as you struggle to motivate and lead them! Solve the mystery yourself by simply hiring a co-op student. There’s no better way to identify what makes a particular generation tick than to interact with that generation, and what better time to do it than when you’re building your company’s foundation? One of our favorite stats at eleven-x is “We have 100 years of combined experience in wireless communications”. But we believe that experience must be complemented by the boundary-pushing next generation, who can learn from the wisdom of industry veterans.

Are you a start-up who employs co-op students? Are you a student who’s worked for a start-up? We’d love to hear about your experience.