Allround interoperability environment for smart & connected IoT solutions: Flashnet becomes member of the uCIFI Alliance
Following the TALQ2 certification for inteliLIGHT, obtained earlier in 2020, Flashnet continues its commitment to promote and provide open IoT solutions for smart cities and utilities.
When choosing open or proprietary solutions, nowadays there is a clear preference for openness, integration and interoperability. The reasoning behind it is quite clear – a future-proof solution has room to evolve and can survive in today’s dynamic, fast-paced technological environment.
According to Smart Cities World, “despite multiple IoT industry alliances and specification consortia, cities and utilities are still suffering from a lack of full interoperability when it comes to connected solutions including smart streetlights, smart waste, smart parking, smart environments, smart water or smart grids.”
In this context, uCIFI proposes an alternative solution: let’s all speak the same language. How? By developing a unified data model for all smart city objects, reducing the need for proprietary API integration and translation of data payloads into more relevant smart city information. The uCIFI data model provides interoperability and interchangeability between IoT devices from various suppliers and is compatible with any IoT network including LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, as well as proprietary IoT networks.
“At Flashnet, we have always stayed true to our open philosophy. Always on the look for new integration and interoperability opportunities, Flashnet has become part of the uCIFI Alliance. This is part of our efforts to provide our customers with a future-proof solution, using the most modern and effective technologies.” Lorand Mozes – Flashnet CEO
According to the management, the company’s open vision aligns with that of the uCIFI Alliance: open source, multi-supplier, cost efficient. Key benefits are:
- Enabling interoperability and preventing vendor lock-in
- Reducing integration and solution costs
- Openness to future network and solution evolution (future-proof)
- Ability to tackle all Smart Cities and Utilities use cases
uCIFI is a non-profit alliance of industrial companies, cities and utilities with the goal to unlock the Smart City & Utility markets. The uCIFI Alliance specifies a unified data model and interface across multiple IoT Networks, including LoRaWAN, NB-IoT and an open-source sub-GHz long distance mesh network, to provide both device-to-device and device-to-cloud IoT communication to cities and utilities independently from any proprietary vendor. (ucifi.com)
A global energy and services group, focused on three core activities: low-carbon power generation, mainly based on natural gas and renewable energy, global networks and customer solutions. In 2018, ENGIE announced the acquisition of 60% of Flashnet, a Romanian Internet of Things (IoT) company. Thanks to its solutions, many cities, both large and small, already enjoy all the benefits of smart public lighting networks. Learn more on (www.engie.com).
FLASHNET is a fast paced tech company that integrates the latest IT, energy and telecommunications technologies into hardware and software solutions, creating and implementing intelligent systems for smarter cities and better infrastructure. Founded in 2005, FLASHNET is a leader in intelligent utility management systems, with worldwide operations. Since 2018, FLASHNET is part of ENGIE group. (www.flashnet.ro)
inteliLIGHT® is a reliable remote street lighting management solution developed by Flashnet. It ensures that the right amount of light is provided where and when needed, encouraging better resources management and sustainability. By upgrading your existing street lighting infrastructure, you not only save money and improve efficiency, but also transform the existing distribution level network into an intelligent infrastructure for the future. (www.inteliLIGHT.eu)