NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Connecthings, operator of the largest global network of beacons in public spaces (130,000+), today announced its partnership with Current, powered by GE (NYSE: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. Connecthings' Internet of Public Things platform contextualizes 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.
“We are very proud to join Current, powered by GE’s vibrant ecosystem of innovative companies,” says Laetitia Gazel Anthoine, CEO & Founder, Connecthings. “With our new generation of mobile engagement powered by smart city physical networks, mobile application users access real-time, contextualized information through their usual apps; the mobile apps publishers can access data usage across smart city environments. Together with Current, Connecthings is paving the way for new and exciting ways to catalyze the energy sector.”
Current, which specializes 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. 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,” says Jim Benson, GM Strategic Alliances and Marketing, Current by GE.
To learn more about Connecthings, please visit www.connecthings.com.
About Current, powered by GE
Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by the power of Predix*, GE’s platform for the Industrial Internet, and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments. www.currentbyge.com
Connecthings was founded in 2007 by Laetitia Gazel Anthoine with the vision and intuition that smartphones will connect the physical world with the digital world.
Connecthings operates a global network of beacons (Bluetooth, NFC, QR code, Wi-Fi) in public spaces to transform passive urban points of contact and locations (street furniture, train stations, airports, shopping malls, public venues) into smart, connected objects that communicate with the smartphones of citizens and visitors alike. The beacon network powers Connecthings’ Internet of Public Things SaaS platform.
Awarded by numerous smart city and innovation international prizes, Connecthings’ integrated Internet of Public Things platform contextualizes the beacon network to send the right information at the right time to mobile users – on all or parts of the beacon network, worldwide.
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.
Connecthings is headquartered in Paris and has offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Milan and Berlin.