Orange and its IoT continuum partners support tiko in developing solutions to optimize energy consumption
• Orange, Sierra Wireless, LACROIX and STMicroelectronics will support Tiko, a subsidiary of the Engie group, over the next 5 years to design, manufacture and deploy connectivity to 800,000 devices in France.
• These devices will remotely control electric radiators via Orange’s LTE-M network to optimize consumers’ heat consumption in the home.
• IoT continuum aims to accelerate the widespread adoption of cellular IoT to create new growth opportunities.
An innovative solution with a positive effect
Orange and its IoT continuum partners and tiko provide proof that technology can and should be used for more responsible energy consumption by aligning energy savings with comfort.
Since 2012, tiko has been offering environmentally friendly solutions developed by their teams of engineers in Zurich and Milan. Their solutions connect to existing electrical appliances, such as electric heaters or heat pumps, and adapt these old generation convectors to be connected, saving customers money, energy and increasing comfort.
By remote programming of electric heaters, 9.2 million households can save up to 35% in energy costs. This provides significant savings, as household heat consumption can reach up to 2000 euros per year. With the free application, tiko determines the ideal temperature room by room, per day and exactly for the quarter, and optimizes energy. The solution also stabilizes the grid in winter and frees up capacity from existing power plants, leading to significant CO2 savings.
The IoT Continuum program promotes innovative solutions
The IoT continuum program was introduced by Orange at the Mobile World Congress in 2021. It aims to provide a simplified model for the design and implementation of IoT projects thanks to the association of the key players in the value chain: Orange, Sierra Wireless , LACROIX and STMicroelectronics. This approach promotes the development of innovative services and products through integrated support from idea to industrialization.
Under this agreement with tiko, Orange Business Services will provide LTE-M connectivity to 800,000 devices to be rolled out in France over a 5-year period, with the option to roll out in other European countries. LTE-M is a network technology that works on the 4G network and therefore reaches more than 98% of the population in France, even in hard-to-reach places. Sierra Wireless is responsible for the cellular modules. LACROIX designs, industrializes and manufactures the devices in their new French electronics factory Symbiosis. Finally, STMicroelectronics supports and advises tiko in choosing the most suitable semiconductor solutions for their project.
“With Orange’s strong connection coverage and the speed of development of the IoT Continuum, we will deliver our solution to as many French households as possible this winter, enabling them to realize significant savings. Their participation in our virtual power plant will also those less dependent on gas or coal plants. A heater equipped with tiko prevents the emission of 2 to 3 tons of extra CO2 per year during this critical period,” explains Frederic Gastaldo, president of tiko Services SAS.
“With Tiko, Orange Business Services and its IoT continuum partners have been able to innovate and together build a digital solution that meets today’s climate challenges. This partnership is very close to my heart because our desire is to put the environment at the center of our strategy,” added Aliette Mousnier-Lompré, CEO of Orange Business Services.
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