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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.

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™.

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.

For more information: www.orbiwise.com

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.
For more information: http://lora-alliance.org

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.

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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. For more information go to www.eleven-x.com.

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 www.semtech.com.

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 www.eleven-x.com.

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 www.semtech.com. 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.

 

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016: Big Hype and Real Data

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It is hard to believe that it has been a year since our first trip to Mobile World Congress (MWC). And as we madly prepare for this year’s conference, we reflect on last year’s event, and look forward to what we will learn and who we will connect with this time.

The exciting thing about MWC is that everyone in the industry goes. But behind all the flash of new product announcements and press releases, the engineers and decision makers from the trenches are also there to show off their hard work. Here you can meet the key players, find out the real story behind what they are doing, and learn the actual state of play.

A year ago, the wireless IOT solutions movement was just gaining traction. And in the year since, it has become the biggest story in telecoms. Talk of low bit rate, low-power networks has dominated wireless conversations, and the term LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Networks) became the hot acronym of the year.

Last year we met a group of engineers from a little company called Nuel who had just been bought by Huawei in 2014. They were excitedly showing off their prospective wireless technology for IOT applications that they had just introduced to the 3GPP standards body. We were impressed by the simplicity of their system. It was a wild ride for them this past year, as their technology was put through the 3GPP wringer. It merged with other technologies and was renamed at least twice. I hope we get a chance to meet these guys at the Narrowband-IOT summit at MWC, hear their version of the journey, and compare notes on current proposed solutions.

Having spent the last year implementing LTE CAT-1 and CAT-0 and looking at LTE-M, we have a good grasp of the possibilities and challenges here. But 3GPP is offering multiple paths for IOT: LTE-M, NB-IOT, and EC-GSM. This leaves a lot of questions in terms of who is deploying what and where. We are going to MWC for answers. We will be talking to carriers, module makers, chipset manufacturers and infrastructure vendors to build a picture of the market’s direction and also build key partnerships.

Another company we met last year was SIGFOX. Almost exactly a year ago, this French start-up announced a $115M funding round to build out its network globally. They made a bold move to build a worldwide IOT network in unlicensed bands, and took an innovative approach to driving adoption: by giving away the technology. The team was passionate and confident. But in the last year, their success has generated many rivals. This year we will talk to them again, and discuss how their expansion is going. We will also talk to representatives of their top competitor, LoRa. I still have doubts that these ISM technologies can provide a scalable, sustainable solution in the long term, but I look forward to discussion and competing opinions.

Virtualization was a big topic last year. Both core and RAN are primed for radical transformation. Last year NFV was being promoted by all the big infrastructure and equipment vendors. During the year we were lucky enough to get a front row seat to some initial testing of a vEPC solution. I am interested to see advances in virtualization: vRAN or cloudRAN blows my mind. The possibilities on how spectrum will be managed in the future using virtualization are astounding. This will be the really transformative part of 5G. While there were a couple of interesting demos last year, I hope to see some truly innovative stuff this year.

MWC 2016 is a huge, exciting event where the big players put on a big show. But it also gives us smaller guys a one-stop shop for access to the key players – of all sizes – in mobile. While being in the thick of the hype will be exciting, we expect to achieve and learn a lot. And going to Barcelona, well that is just icing on the cake.

Our First Holiday Lunch

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I am so proud to be part of the hard working and dedicated team featured in the above picture. We had our first holiday lunch where everyone received some fashionable eleven-x swag. In addition, we enjoyed billiards, pinball, PAC-MAN and a tasty lunch. It was a lot of fun. Our team is made up of driven, focused, and hard working professionals so it can be quiet around the office as people are busy getting stuff done. It was good to socialize outside of the office and further strengthen bonds between team members. The most important and valuable part of eleven-x is the team. I hope everyone feels appreciated!

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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 fraser.gibbs@eleven-x.com. Congratulations to Fraser for his contributions to thought leadership on wireless connectivity for IOT.