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The Internet of Things: two new ENGIE networks in Europe and Asia

ENGIE is supporting the energy and technology revolution in companies and regions. The Group has just introduced two enormous networks for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Belgium and Singapore. Their purpose is simple: to let smart objects communicate reliably, at low cost and without excessive energy usage. It's yet another illustration of how the digital transformation is now underway throughout ENGIE core businesses.

The ENGIE IoT network in Belgium and Singapore uses Sigfox technology to enable millions of connected objects to exchange data.

The number of connected objects around the world continues to grow. This year, there will be more than 8 billion1. By 2020, estimates suggest that 25 billion devices will be able to communicate and exchange data around the world2. ENGIE is working to facilitate this impetus with an innovative offer that is already available in Belgium and Singapore.

Wider network coverage

In June 2015, the ENGIE Group announced the roll-out of an IoT network in Belgium based on Sigfox technology, which enables reliable, high-speed, low-energy data connections between connected objects. Less than two years later, this network is available throughout Belgium. Over the next five years, around 10 million objects will communicate using ENGIE coverage.

Known as ENGIE M2M (Machine to Machine), this network offers a SIM-free connection with no need for a Gateway and no need for technical adaptation to communicate internationally. The system as a whole requires between 200 and 600 times less energy than traditional cell phone networks.

Building on this initial success, ENGIE has repeated the experience, this time in Singapore. In February 2017, the Group announced that 95% of the island will now be covered by its IoT network. This project is an impressive first in Southeast Asia, and one that will improve not only energy efficiency, but also infrastructure management and the implementation of customer-focused solutions for retailers. For ENGIE, it provides a secure, simple connection for more than 100 million connected devices.

Practical, energy-efficient apps

The IoT provides an effective, low-energy solution, especially for network management purposes. Smart water meters, smart parking meters, smart electricity meters and smart garbage cans: there are too many applications to list, but all save time, improve efficiency and reduce costs for companies, local authorities and homeowners.

The introduction of its IOT networks clearly positions ENGIE as a major stakeholder in this innovative, high-growth sector.

• In Belgium, the Group has developed an app for connected tanks, called TankU. It enables companies to measure the content of their fuel oil tanks using a system of smart gages, removing the need for human intervention.

• Last year, ENGIE Electrabel also launched its Nexxtender Mobile app, which provides a smart, mobile battery charging solution for electric cars. Sigfox technology allows drivers to communicate with a smart management platform and view comprehensive information about vehicle power consumption and battery status.

• Lastly, ENGIE M2M has envisioned and developed a system of standalone, smart smoke detectors. Using IoT technology, users can now receive real-time information about the presence of smoke by phone, text message, e-mail or other notification, even where it is detected in a place with no WiFi, Bluetooth or cell phone coverage thanks to the advanced technical features of the Sigfox network.

[2] Source : Gartner – 2015

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