Local companies and the local tech community will be encouraged to create a living laboratory
Connecthings, operator of the largest global network of beacons in public spaces (130,000+), has announced its partnership with Current, powered by GE to encourage the use of the intelligent environments platform as a living laboratory to enable economic growth and enhance the quality of life.
The platform allows companies and the local tech community to harness the power of the Industrial Internet and develop new applications to solve city challenges and engage with citizens.
Founded in 2007, Connecthings has been transforming passive points of contact and locations including street furniture, train stations, airports and more into smart, connected objects communicating with the smartphones of citizens and visitors alike. It is headquartered in Paris and has offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Milan and Berlin.
Connecthings’ Internet of Public Things platform contextualises the beacon network to send the right information at the right time to mobile users on all or parts of the beacon network, worldwide. Any mobile application can easily plug onto the beacon network and engage with their users while on the move.
“With our new generation of mobile engagement powered by smart city physical networks, mobile application users access real-time, contextualised information through their usual apps; the mobile apps publishers can access data usage across smart city environments,” said Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO & founder, Connecthings.
“Together with Current, Connecthings is paving the way for new and exciting ways to catalyse the energy sector.”
Current, which specialises in creating intelligent environments for commercial buildings and cities, is partnering up with city leaders to turn their ubiquitous lighting footprint into a digital infrastructure enabled by CityIQ, transforming a city lighting infrastructure into an all-knowing, data intelligence network.
“With the ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and the innovative developer community, thousands of applications can be built to drive desired outcomes for cities,” said Jim Benson, GM strategic alliances and marketing, Current by GE.
“From reducing traffic congestion, increasing pedestrian safety, driving new economic development and job creation to providing citywide wi-fi connections, innovation is at the core of who we are and what we do. Together with Connecthings, we will usher in a new digital frontier, giving cities and citizens alike the benefits of a connected city.”
Connecthings’ services are up and running in 60 cities in Europe and in Rio de Janeiro, with +130 000 beacons connected in the urban space: this is the largest Internet of Public Things network worldwide.
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