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Smart Parking – The Benefits Are More Than Meets the Eye

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Smart parking is one of the fastest growing Smart City initiatives around the world, and Canada is no exception with pilots already underway. The application has potential to move beyond the city and into other areas including university campuses, shopping malls, hospitals and other large-scale types of parking environments. What makes the Smart parking application so enticing is that it offers a flexible and easy-to-deploy solution for cities and organizations looking to get started with IoT initiatives. The technology can provide short-term results while collecting data for longer-term planning and decision-making.

Great ROI With the Right Solution

Additionally, the types of data collected, from capturing traffic flow patterns to tracking specific space usage data, can all play a big role in providing a better experience for drivers and providing more value to the owner of the parking assets. Parking assets can eat up big chunks of budgets these days. The investment is significant, from monitoring and maintaining parking lots, to the development of new parkades.

But a smart parking application can not only have a positive impact from an economic point of view, it can also have a tremendous impact on the environment. Reports suggest that as much as 30% of traffic flow delays and restrictions are due to idling and circling drivers in search of parking. This congestion also has a dramatic impact on the environment due to increased carbon emissions.

A smart parking application includes the use of low-cost, battery-powered sensors to collect real-time data which can be used to help direct drivers to available parking spaces. Two key areas to consider when looking at smart parking solutions are accuracy and timely vehicle detection. Thus, reducing the time spent idling and circling in search of an available space or even a parking lot with available spaces. Additionally, the real-time data can be collected to help cities and private lot owners build out profiles of their parking assets which provides them the ability to influence longer-term resource planning.

Benefits Of Smart Parking

Below, we break down some of the benefits that a smart parking application provides:

  • Driver experience: helping drivers find a parking space goes beyond efficiency and can help transform the whole experience. The positive results of getting people to where they want to be faster can have a domino effect on parking lot owners and local businesses as well. Smart parking also opens the potential for a seamless experience, from locating to time notification to paying, all in one place.
  • Reduced traffic: means less congestion which is good no matter how you look at it. By helping drivers locate available parking quicker, fewer cars will be driving around looking for spaces and less stress on the environment.
  • Reduced pollution: goes along with the reduced traffic, with cars spending less time idling and circling, GHG emissions will be reduced which will also result in reduced overall global footprint.
  • New revenue opportunities: smart parking offers the potential for variable rate options based on demand or location, as well as loyalty program participation.
  • Optimized parking: for cities or private lot managers, knowing more about how your spaces are used and when demand is high can help you optimize and leverage your parking assets to their fullest.
  • Parking Profile Development: the collection of parking space data allows the build-out of comprehensive parking profiles for individual lots or multiple parking assets. These profiles can help identify short-term trends as well as longer-term insights to help lot managers make better decisions in terms of use and maintenance of their parking assets.
  • Reduced operational costs: whether you are a city providing parking space and services or a private company, automating the process of checking for vehicles in violation is more efficient and cost-effective than manual monitoring.
  • Improved Safety: improving safety can be achieved a couple of ways. First, real-time data can be provided to parking lot employees and security to help with violations and in cases where suspicious activity may be present. It also keeps employees from wandering around busy parking lots where drivers may be distracted looking for available parking.

The growing Autonomous Vehicle segment also supports, and in fact requires, the adoption of a smart parking solution. Whether partially or fully automated, driverless cars will comprise a good percentage of vehicles in the near future and the potential for an embedded application to help offer a completely seamless experience for drivers is on the horizon.

One final thought on smart parking… while the push is on for cities to try and figure out ways to get people out of their cars and utilize other ways to get around including public transit, biking and walking, by 2035 there will be almost 2 billion cars on the road, autonomous and otherwise, and some think it could be even sooner.

With this magnitude of anticipated volume, coupled with current issues, efficiencies gained through parking asset optimization is needed to help make cities become more people-friendly. From an urban landscape perspective, the need for parking does not appear to be diminishing, however, cities and private parking entities can help manage the potential impact through thoughtful planning and development through data collected from a smart parking application.

QMC Selects eleven-X to be Wireless Network Partner to Reinvent Smart Water Meter Market

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 30, 2017eleven-X Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network, is pleased to announce that QMC, Canada’s leader in submetering, has selected eleven-X to be their wireless network partner to reinvent the Smart Water Meter market. QMC will launch its Smart Water Metering solution in early 2018, which will be the first time a metering services company will use a public LoRaWAN network in Canada.

In Canada, and many other parts of the world, Smart Metering solutions use proprietary networks and technologies that can be unreliable and, because they are built for only that single application rather than being publicly available for multiple applications, they can also be very expensive. QMC set out to solve this problem, launching a turnkey end-to-end solution utilizing the eleven-x public LoRaWAN network, the only coast-to-coast low power network enabling customers to deploy their solutions across Canada.

Key to the successful development and launch of QMC’s Smart Metering Solution is the eleven-X LoRaWAN Interface Design [LiD] module. The LiD module provides the ability for eleven-X partners and customers to retrofit un-networked devices and turn them into a Smart device connected to the eleven-X public LoRaWAN network. The LiD module is a hardware and software solution that includes significant enhancements for security and ease of use in addition to its connectivity capabilities. In this case, QMC and eleven-X worked together to utilize the LiD module to deliver a self-contained device that will provide ‘bolt-on’ LoRaWAN connectivity for a wide variety of metering solutions and interfaces.

“eleven-X helped us go to market with complete confidence, by reducing the risk substantially. Working with eleven-X allowed us to quickly develop and deliver a robust metering solution, and their network provides the coast-to-coast coverage that we needed to be able to commercialize a solution like this,” said James Easton, CEO, QMC. “We were very impressed with the eleven-X LoRaWAN Interface Design module, and being able to rely on having a robust, stable and secure LoRaWAN network like the one that eleven-X provides gives us the ability to make customer commitments with complete trust.  eleven-X has been a true partner in helping us reinvent Smart Metering. This successful deployment collaboration allows us to expand our Smart Metering Solution across Canada.”

“QMC is leading disruptive change with its Smart Metering Services solution, which is designed around the eleven-X LoRaWAN Interface Design module, and integrated with our LoRaWAN wireless connectivity services platform,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO, eleven-X. “When QMC approached us to help them reinvent the Smart Meter Market, we saw a great opportunity to help by providing a complete solution to QMC that allowed them to convert un-networked water meters into Smart Meters and get automated meter readings from them.”

The eleven-X low power network enables the promise of Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

More information on this game-changing initiative is available here – QMC Wireless Water Meter Solution: First Commercialized Rollout Using LoRaWAN

 

eleven-X and Adveez Partner For Asset Tracking for Airports

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 21, 2017eleven-X Inc. and ADVEEZ are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot that utilizes the ADVEEZ IoT Asset Tracking Module on the eleven-X network to help with cargo operations management at a major Canadian International Airport.  The LoRaWAN™ based solution will enable GPS tracking of cargo handling assets, providing rapid and easy location of in-motion equipment, enabling faster loading and unloading of airline cargo.

“Deployment of our Asset Tracking solution on the eleven-x network will enable airlines to achieve faster turnaround times resulting in reduced delays, providing cost savings related to many aspects of cargo management,” said Karim Ben Dhia, CEO at ADVEEZ. “ADVEEZ plans to mirror the success of current deployments in Europe and the USA, in Canada, now that we have eleven-X as our network provider.”

“eleven-X is very pleased to support the ADVEEZ pilot for Asset Tracking at the Canadian Airport since it broadens the applications currently operating on our network,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-X.  “Having an Asset Tracking solution partner such as ADVEEZ, as well as other LoRa™ IoT solution partners, will further accelerate customer adoption of LoRa technology across Canada.”

LoRaWAN IoT Asset Tracking from ADVEEZ has been deployed at airports across the world enabling enhanced location management of in-motion assets resulting in improved operational efficiencies.  When deployed utilizing LoRaWAN, the Asset Tracking technology also lends itself to other industry sectors from construction to Smart City asset management programs.

“We’re pleased to partner with eleven-X, who provide the network infrastructure and coverage for our LoRaWAN IoT Asset Tracking Module rollout in Canada.  Our goal is to provide the best asset tracking solution for airports and other major industry sectors across Canada,” said Ben Dhia.  “Having a partner such as eleven-X support our program provides us with an industry-leading network provider who has the technical expertise to ensure a successful rollout.”

eleven-X operates Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network that enables the promise of Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

eleven-X and UBC Announce 2nd Smart Campus Project – Smart Waste Bin Monitoring

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 6, 2017eleven-X Inc. today announced its second  Smart Campus initiative with the University of British Columbia aimed at real-time tracking of fill-levels of on-campus outdoor waste disposal and recycling bins associated with the campus parking facilities. The pilot project is designed to improve waste collection efficiencies by providing optimized route planning and pick-up while reducing costs by optimizing pick-up schedules and eliminating the need for emergency call-outs.

Fill-level sensors capable of determining waste and recycling bin fill-levels will be installed in target bins across the UBC campus parking lots, connected to the eleven-x nationwide public Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWANTM).  A service alert is triggered and sent to UBC Parking maintenance staff once a pre-determined bin level has been reached, indicating a bin pick-up is required.  Levels are tracked in real-time, optimizing maintenance response.

This monitoring project will determine what efficiencies might be gained by implementing this technology.  The trial stage will evaluate performance over a smaller, defined portion of the UBC campus’ parking facilities, capturing data related to collection, directly resulting in cost savings while improving collection efficiency.

“Improving UBC Parking’s waste and recycling collection service provides an overall aesthetic benefit while enabling cost-saving measures related to staff productivity and resource allocation,” said Brian Jones, Director, Parking and Access Services. “By optimizing the number of daily pick-ups, our service level increases, the parking facilities look great and all at a reduced cost.”

eleven-X and UBC first collaborated on an Accessible Smart Parking Pilot, currently underway, which will be completed in the spring of ’18.

“This pilot represents the second Smart Campus project UBC’s Parking has undertaken with eleven-X, underscoring the benefits that our LoRaWAN network is capable of delivering and the benefits to our customers of having network coverage available from coast-to-coast in Canada,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-X.  “From parking to waste management, our Low Power, Long Range wireless network promises to deliver value all our customers are coming to expect, across many diverse applications.”

The project is expected to last approximately three months enabling sufficient data capture across specific target areas of UBC Parking’s waste collection process.  This data will be used to evaluate possible future deployments across other areas of the UBC Parking’s portfolio.

eleven-X and University of British Columbia Partner for Smart Campus Pilot Project to Monitor Accessible Parking Spaces

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | October 30, 2017eleven-X Inc. and the University of British Columbia today announced a new Smart Campus project designed to collect data on the usage of parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities. The project will enable the university to provide enhanced accessible parking across the UBC campus.

The project will collect data on the use frequency of parking stalls for the disabled, located throughout the UBC Vancouver campus. Parking sensors, embedded in the pavement, will determine the presence or absence of motor vehicles.  The sensors connect to the eleven-X Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWANTM), providing real-time data related to parking space usage.  This data will provide detailed parking profiles for each individual parking stall, enabling officials to analyze and evaluate the effective use of the stalls.

“Our goal is to ensure UBC provides optimal parking accessibility for disabled individuals.  Capturing real-time data will provide a detailed view of usage frequency enabling our operations to ensure that accessible parking is efficient and always available,” said Brian Jones, Director, Parking and Access Services.  “Improving the parking experience for our students, staff, and visitors, requiring accessible parking is our principal goal.”

The pilot project is expected to last approximately six months to provide the opportunity to collect an appropriate sampling of data based on seasonal and event factors. Upon conclusion, an evaluation of the project success criteria will determine any subsequent actions including the potential for broader campus deployment.

“UBC has examined a number of technologies for their Smart Campus requirements and we’re extremely pleased that UBC has chosen the eleven-X wireless network as the platform to launch this accessible parking initiative.  Our goal is to aid UBC in delivering on the promise of providing improved and more efficient access to parking stalls for individuals with disabilities,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO of eleven-X.  “We look forward to further cooperation with UBC, introducing other ‘Smart’ applications for their Smart Campus initiative.”

eleven-X is a national wireless carrier operating Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network that enables the promise of Smart Campuses, Smart Cities, and Enterprises. Supporting low cost sensors with low connectivity costs and the ability to maintain almost unlimited device connections, the network addresses many Internet of Things [IoT] applications and use cases including those using battery powered devices.

About University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.  UBC Parking operates the largest university parking operation in Canada, overseeing more than 8,300 parking spaces and provides customers with parking options that afford easy, convenient access to facilities and activities on campus.

About eleven-X Inc.

eleven-X, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Our low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network providing low cost connectivity with low cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN™, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, our carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

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Smart Cities Making Smart Decisions

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There is no absolute definition of a Smart City. According to the Smart Cities Council, it’s still in the “I’ll know it when I see it” phase. There are plenty of general descriptions, but nothing is concretely defined for what is known as a Smart City.

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that cities will have different requirements for their individual smart city programs. Simply put, a generally accepted high-level description [notice we didn’t say definition] of a Smart City program is that it’s about collecting data from a city’s assets and using that data to improve resource sustainability, enhance public service delivery, reduce operational costs and enrich community experience.

ACCESSIBLE DATA + OPEN ARCHITECTURE = SMART CITY INNOVATION

With data at the heart of Smart City programs, thinking about data acquisition from the myriad of assets for a holistic Smart City program can be daunting and difficult to get buy-in and establish direction. It is at this point where some cities and municipalities can get stuck. What data do we need? Who get’s access to the data? What do we do with the data? And the list goes on…

When it comes to data, it’s about interpretation. Depending on context, data can lead down varying paths so having the right data used in the right context is crucial. The more sets of eyes you can have on data, the greater the ability to collaborate when it comes time to make data-driven decisions and this is why the Internet of Things holds so much promise.  Accessible data enables organizations to explore possibilities, and it’s this innovation that will deliver real results for Smart Cities.

Any data collection program should also carefully consider the security component. From encryption for safe transmission to secure data storage to the types of data being made accessible all need to be accounted for. Access to pertinent data and obeying privacy standards should also help shape any accessible data program.

To maximize collaborative efforts, data collected needs to be open and accessible to have the ability to truly explore and innovate. Accessible data doesn’t have to mean shared just within city programs. The benefits of an open data approach can move beyond city limits and the sharing can have a positive impact on neighboring regions and municipalities, as well as potentially having an influence on a national or global scale.

But accessible data is only one part of the equation. Smart City programs also need to be developed on open architecture platforms to ensure that the right IoT solutions are being developed for individual program needs.

The idea that open architecture breeds innovation is not new knowledge. It’s well documented that technologies and solutions supported by open architecture platforms enable greater innovation and wider usage. Traditional approaches and closed systems have brought mixed infrastructure results which is why Internet of Things technologies developed on open platforms offer so much potential.

An open approach to data and architecture also allows for the introduction of best practices and standards to be set. It will be difficult for the Internet of Things to scale if it’s forced to live within the constraints of a proprietary or closed system.

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START YOUR DATA COLLECTION WITH 1

So how does a city get started acquiring data to initiate these collaborative relationships? One step at a time. Bite size chunks to help with the learning as the transition to a new innovative data sharing approach unfolds.

While the possibilities of Smart City applications may seem abundant, don’t let the large number hold you back from getting things underway. Pick one asset or activity that holds the potential for real improvement. Select an area where data acquisition can make a difference – perhaps a data-driven event or process that can be automated. Review your solution options with an organization that can support the project with demonstrated application deployment experience.

Worried about cost? A pilot project won’t break the budget and can hold incredible potential. The investment is easily worth the knowledge gained from a single project where results can be measured by 20x in potential cost reductions or substantial service delivery improvements.

Smart city solutions – based on open architecture platforms – are available for pilot project implementation today. From Smart Parking and Smart Street Lighting applications to Smart Waste Management, Non-Revenue Water Monitoring and Smart Metering. All these Smart City projects can be implemented in a scalable format to suit a variety of project sizes and scope to get cities started.

Looking to start your Smart City program? Two areas to keep at the center of your decision- making – 1) start with one project to keep things simple and measurable, and 2) select an open architecture platform where non-proprietary data is easily accessible to ensure innovation and future application development opportunities.

Why LoRaWAN™ to Leverage IoT in Canada

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Internet of Things [IoT] means many different things to different organizations. The current state of the IoT landscape can best be described as early stage from a technology perspective. A wide array of technologies, costs, standards, interoperability and security are all accounted for to varying degrees.

Currently, there is a buzz around Big Data and Analytics, which leads to Artificial Intelligence at the top of the IoT pyramid. While those areas are forging ahead in terms of development, there are many more links in the IoT chain needed to get to comprehensive data and analytics.

There are layers of technology that need to come together to form this new way of communicating with things to get true Big Data. From sensors to devices to networks to servers, numerous points need to interact for “Things” to be truly connected. From a network communications perspective, one technology simply cannot serve IoT and all the expected applications as well as the volumes as noted by the billions of expected connections.

Low-Cost Connectivity

Cellular, while commonly known and understood, is a great fit for high data throughput, but power consumption and costs are simply too prohibitive for many use cases based on the number of connections that will be needed to be transmitted. Another technology in the network and communications space is Wi-Fi, which has its place in short range applications. However, on their own, neither of these can fully leverage the promise held by IoT.

LoRaWAN™ technology provides an open standard that is designed to optimize LPWAN’s for battery lifetime, network capacity, range and cost. This open platform ensures a strong ecosystem with the availability of a variety of devices for a wide variety of IoT applications.

In addition to the open platform, LoRaWAN™ networks aren’t based on a mesh network architecture. LoRa protocol does not operate in a node-to-node manner, which results in reduced complexity and increased network capacity. Additionally, because the nodes on a LoRaWAN network are asynchronous and only “wake up” or communicate when they have data to relay, the reduced number of synchronizations results in a dramatic increase in battery life.

Scalability is another area where LoRaWAN technology ideally lends itself to IoT applications. By utilizing gateways capable of receiving different data rates, shifts can be managed in the rates being transmitted, resulting in shorter “on air” time opening more potential space on the network for other data transmissions. Further, additional gateways can be added at any time to increase capacity or range.

Security also needs to be addressed in any IoT discussion. LoRaWAN utilizes two layers of security – one for the network and one for the application. These two layers safeguard the customer data from end-to-end via AES encryption with an IEEE EUI64 identifier.

Proven Technology

LoRaWAN is an open standard, secure network technology backed by 500+ organizations across the globe and is successfully deployed in over 50 countries. With hundreds of deployments already in place and more currently in the trial phase, it is the leading technology in the LPWAN space. A certification program guarantees interoperability and provides the assurance of technical flexibility to support multiple IoT applications, static or mobile, from a multitude of top global organizations.

For a successful IoT initiative of any size or scope, key considerations include cost, security, strength of ecosystem and flexibility in both business models and variety of applications. LoRaWAN networks lead the LPWAN space because of versatility, ease-of-use and the fact that it is the leader in all the major areas essential for short term IoT adoption and long-term end-user success.

eleven-x Expands Canada’s First Purpose-Built IoT Network Coast to Coast; Increases Role with LoRa Alliance™

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | June 14, 2017 – Responding to increasing demand from municipalities and industry across the country, eleven-x™ today announced a cross-Canada expansion of its next generation network, enabling low-cost IoT connectivity in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and Greater Toronto area cities including – Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville and Burlington in order to enable Smart City programs and IoT initiatives.

Initially launched in December 2016 with deployments focused in the Southern Ontario region, the eleven-x network has now been deployed in 22 markets representing over 60% of the country’s population. Further planned expansion throughout 2017 will see eleven-x network deployments grow to even more population centers, further enabling IoT connectivity for even more of Canada’s population.

The expansion of the carrier grade network coincides with the rise in pilot projects now underway in Canada. eleven-x is currently involved in Smart City initiatives and Enterprise IoT pilot projects including Smart Parking, IoT Water Monitoring, Health and Assisted Living applications, and Smart Metering.

Along with the Region of Waterloo, eleven-x recently announced Canada’s first IoT water monitoring pilot program utilizing LoRaWAN™ technology to test the automatic collection and communication of data collected from a sample of the Region’s 700+ production and monitoring wells.

“There is so much happening in terms of the development of IoT programs in Canada,” said Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder of eleven-x. “Our coast to coast network expansion supports Smart City programs, enabling application and device connectivity to take IoT to another level and reinforces our leadership position. The list of pilot projects we are involved in continues to grow along with numerous organizations looking to reduce costs, increase productivity and enhance their service offerings.”

“The timing of this expansion couldn’t be better, enabling the rapidly growing Canadian IoT market. In IDC’s 2017 IT Advisory Panel, almost 70% of medium and large Canadian respondents indicated that they have or will introduce IoT solutions. IDC predicts that LPWAN will see substantial growth as enterprises begin to recognize how the connectivity standard addresses key operational issues like low-power and low-bandwidth requirements.” said Nigel Wallis, Vice President of IoT and Industry Research at IDC. “This network expansion by eleven-x can serve as a catalyst for innovation across the country for both public and private sector organizations.”

The eleven-x Low Power Wide Area Network [LPWAN] is based on LoRaWAN technology and provides organizations with a purpose-built network for the Internet of Things where a majority of the applications require long range, low power consumption [which extends battery life up to 20 years] and low-cost connectivity.

The worldwide IoT market is expected to grow exponentially over the next three to five years and the LPWAN market itself is expected to end up comprising more than 50% of total IoT connections. According to Analysys Mason, connections are expected to reach 1.3 billion by 2020, with estimates pointing to 3.6 billion connections by 2023 and revenues from those connections reaching $10.7B US.

eleven-x Takes on Expanded Role Within LoRa Alliance™
eleven-x also announced today that it has expanded its role within the LoRa Alliance™, moving to the Contributor Member level. The LoRa Alliance™ is a global organization comprised of over 400 companies which provides an open standard for secure, carrier-grade low power IoT connectivity.

With LoRa® technology at the heart of LoRaWAN and IoT connectivity on a global scale, this expanded role allows the LoRa Alliance to leverage eleven-x’s wireless expertise with an eye towards innovation with new technology, the development of interoperability standards, as well as influencing the strategic direction of the organization as whole.

About IDC 
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com or www.idc.ca .

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About eleven-x Inc.
eleven-x, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Our purpose-built Low Power Wide Area Network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only coast to coast LoRaWAN™ network providing connectivity for low-cost sensors and devices for a variety of IoT applications. Our carrier grade network enables customers in the Private and Public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

Follow us on Twitter: @eleven_x and on LinkedIn.

LoRaWAN™ mark is used under license from the LoRa Alliance™.

eleven-x Recognized by Branham300 As One of Canada’s Top 25 Up and Coming ICT Companies

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | June 07, 2017eleven-x™, operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast LoRaWAN™ Low Power Wide Area Network built for Internet of Things [IoT] connectivity, announced today that the company has been recognized as one of Branham300’s Top 25 Canadian Up and Coming ICT [Information and Communication Technology] organizations.

“This is a great honour for eleven-x to be acknowledged as one of the top up and coming organizations,” said Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder of eleven-x. “For us to be recognized alongside some very innovative and exciting companies by the Branham300 is quite an accomplishment.”

The Branham300 offers a comprehensive listing of Canada’s leading information and communication technology [ICT] companies. Tracking both publicly traded and privately held tech companies based on revenues, innovation and long-term potential, the Branham300 also recognizes leaders within industry sectors.

“Our Top Up and Coming list provides a look into the not-too-distant future as to who will be part of the next wave of information and communication technology organizations that will help move Canada’s innovation economy forward,” said Wayne Gudbranson, CEO, Branham Group. “These organizations will play a key role as Canada continues to evolve its technology foundation.”

The eleven-x next generation network offers low cost connectivity and low power consumption combined with long range and high security for organizations in both the Private and Public Sectors to leverage the benefits of the Internet of Things. Smart city initiatives such as Smart Street Lighting, Smart Parking, Water Monitoring and Asset tracking provide public organizations with the opportunity to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Enterprise IoT applications such as Smart Metering for water, gas and electricity, as well as Predictive Maintenance and Smart Agriculture offers the potential for real return on investment with increased revenue opportunities, reduced costs as well as the potential for new business models.

“eleven-x is really in a great position to help stimulate innovation across Canada,” stated Ryan Hickey, CEO and Co-Founder of eleven-x. “Our network helps organizations who are ready for the Internet of Things right now by enabling secure, reliable, low power and low-cost connectivity.”

The eleven-x carrier grade network, based on industry leading LoRaWAN™ technology, was launched in Canada in December 2016. The company is currently working on IoT pilot projects across the country for Smart City initiatives and Enterprise IoT applications.

 About Branham Group Inc. and Branham300
Branham Group Inc. (www.branhamgroup.com), is a Canadian based, globally directed Industry Analyst and Strategic Advisory for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. With its Branham300 database Branham has expansive data in the Canadian ICT industry.  The Branham300 is a unique community or ecosystem in the Canadian ICT sector that includes privately held and publicly traded tech companies in Canada.

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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 next generation network enables customers in the Private and Public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

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eleven-x and Region of Waterloo Partner for Canada’s First Smart City Water Monitoring Project Utilizing LoRaWAN™ Network

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | May 31, 2017eleven-x™, operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast LoRaWAN™ Low Power Wide Area Network, is pleased to announce a new Smart City development project with the Region of Waterloo.

The first IoT application of its kind in Canada, the Region of Waterloo and eleven-x are teaming up to test the real-time automated data collection from the Region’s water supply production and monitoring wells. eleven-x’s next generation network enables connectivity with low cost devices that could provide the Region with real-time communication of the status of key parameters for managing the Region’s primary water supply sources.

About 75% of the water supply for the Region is derived from groundwater through a system of 132 large production wells extracting water from local sand, gravel and rock aquifers.  The Region automatically captures data from a network of 585 monitoring wells to assess any impacts and provide information to manage its water supply sources.  However, the data is only collected manually several times over the course of a year which results in delays in getting status information for each of the supply wells. These delays restrict the decision-making ability of the Region in terms of managing its water supply sources.

eleven-x is integrating their next generation network to connect with data logging devices to enable automated measuring and tracking of well water levels and temperature from select production and monitoring wells. Water data will be collected and communicated automatically on an hourly basis. Additionally, a newly added capability of event-driven real-time alerts based on pre-determined parameters, such as significant level fluctuations, will also be tested.

According to Eric Hodgins, Manager, Hydrogeology and Source Water at Region of Waterloo, “The value we gain in having well water data at our finger tips is tremendous for us in terms of decision-making. The technology may allow us to connect our wells directly with our water operations management system and give us the ability to advance the way we monitor and manage this crucial resource”.

“Real-time updates on our wells will give us a better understanding of what is happening with our water supply sources and could really improve this key service we provide to the residents of our Region. The opportunity to reduce our costs is a real bonus,” said Nancy Kodousek, Director, Water Services at Region of Waterloo.

Dan Mathers, Chairman and Co-Founder of eleven-x, said “IoT applications have the potential to help organizations with getting accurate and timely data while greatly improving the costs associated with capturing that data. For the Region of Waterloo, the connectivity our network enables for real-time well water data collection could have an immensely positive impact for them.”

Launched late last year, eleven-x provides a LoRaWAN™ based carrier grade network that enables low cost connectivity and data communications for IoT applications. In addition to the deployment with the Region of Waterloo, the company currently also has other pilots underway enables Smart City initiatives such as Smart Parking and Smart Street Lighting, as well as Industrial and Enterprise IoT applications such as Smart Metering, Asset Monitoring, Smart Buildings and Smart Agriculture.

About The Region of Waterloo
The Region of Waterloo provides more than 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing population of 570,000 people. We are committed to creating an inclusive, thriving and sustainable community through innovative leadership and a range of services such as public health, social services, planning, heritage, water supply, regional roads, waste management, ambulance service, rural libraries, public transit, community housing, emergency planning, Provincial Offences Courts and airport services.

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 next generation network enables customers in the Private and Public sectors to efficiently and cost effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit eleven-x.com for more information.

LoRaWAN™ mark is used under license from the LoRa Alliance™.