25 October, 2018
Kerlink and M2M Connectivity Build on Smart Mining Project with Distribution Agreement in Australia and New Zealand
Thorigné-Fouillard, France and Melbourne, Australia – Building on their recent success deploying an Internet of Things (IoT) network for a major Australian mining company that requires stringent water-conservation management, Kerlink (ALKLK – FR0013156007) and M2M Connectivity have signed a distribution agreement for Australia and New Zealand.
The LoRaWAN™ solution – a small private network (SPN) – for a major new zinc mine in Central Queensland covers a large area that is prone to weather extremes, such as high temperatures, droughts and flooding. Careful water management is critical for maintaining operations during Australia’s dry season, so continuous data collection from water meters is required to allow the company to respond more efficiently to changing weather conditions and water supplies. Before the network and water meters were installed, employees manually recorded water levels twice daily from various pools located around the site, often far from mining-operation headquarters.
Working with Vernetzen IoT, an communications-technology integrator for mining companies, Kerlink and M2M Connectivity deployed a LoRaWAN network on the site, including a Kerlink Wirnet™ Base Station with an embedded LoRa® network server, (or Wanesy Small Private Network /SPN), that allowed collection and analysis of data directly from the Wirnet™ station. The mining staff can now monitor water conditions continuously, analyse the data on-site, and respond immediately.
“This small private network at the mining site exemplifies Kerlink’s success at collaborating with leading local IoT and communications companies to deliver efficient, secure solutions that solve specific problems network owners have,” said Ermeline Lebon, head of Kerlink channel sales. “M2M Connectivity already distributes the world-leading Kerlink LoRaWAN gateways range, with all models designed for the APAC region frequency bands. So, they are the obvious choice to represent us in Australia and New Zealand to help design and deploy a variety of small private networks in the future.”
Beyond the smart-mining project, M2M Connectivity will offer its partners Kerlink products and the expert knowledge of Kerlink’s design services team to support smart agriculture, smart cities and Industrial IoT applications in both countries.
“M2M is excited to be appointed as Kerlink’s distribution partner for Australia and New Zealand,” said Daryl Chambers, director of M2M Connectivity. “Kerlink is the leading provider of LoRaWAN gateways globally, with many successful roll outs, and we see a great opportunity to help companies build and manage private LoRaWAN networks using 3G or satellite backhaul options for remote connectivity.”
About M2M Connectivity
M2M Connectivity is solutions specialists for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT). We distribute leading wireless M2M and IoT products in Australia and New Zealand and offer hardware, connectivity and high-level engineering support – from the initial stages of selecting the most suitable hardware and network through to mass roll-out of projects. Our M2M and IoT Design Services team provide comprehensive services offering tailored development, system integration and management of hardware, software, and data for M2M and IoT projects.
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About Kerlink Group
Kerlink Group is a global leading provider of end-to-end network solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), serving telecom operators, businesses and public authorities worldwide. Its growing suite of turnkey IoT services includes network planning, design and operational management that maximises performance of its market-leading, carrier-grade infrastructure offering. The Group, widely recognised for its IoT expertise, also continually introduces innovative value-added services, such as network-based geolocation, remote end-device management and low-power IoT reference design, which allows its customers to quickly bring to market IoT-ready devices and to imagine innovative business models to monetise their deployments.
In just over 10 years, more than 100,000 Kerlink installations have been deployed in more than 69 countries. In 2017 Kerlink supplied more than 330 customers, including major telecom operators such as Tata Communications, and service providers such as GrDF and Suez. The company’s solutions are enabling IoT networks worldwide with major deployments in Europe, South Asia, South America and Oceania. Kerlink, a co-founder and board member of the LoRa Alliance™, has invested more than €10 million in research in the past three years. In 2017, Kerlink Group generated revenues of nearly €25 million, more than 50 percent internationally. Since 2013, it has posted average annual growth of more than 62 percent. It has been listed on Euronext Growth Paris since May 2016 and was added to the EnterNext PEA-PME 150, an index of 150 fast-growing French SMEs, in 2017.
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