Enabling Smart City Use Cases for All Zurich Residents

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by Alexis Leibbrandt

ewz.LoRaWAN in Zurich now available via akenza platform

The Smart City of Zurich has always been known as a hub for innovation and a frontrunner in the adoption of IoT solutions. This continues to be true today with the opening of the access to ewz.LoRaWAN, the LoRaWAN network from ewz, allowing any smart entity in Zürich to connect its own sensors to the cloud.

During the last two years, the utility provider ewz, in cooperation with the city's IT organization OIZ has been operating the LoRaWAN infrastructure in the city of Zürich and has thereby gained experience internally and with various city departments. The network serves as the basis for several Smart City use cases and offers excellent network coverage in the Zurich city area.

This is why ewz feels confident in now igniting the next stage of their Smart City Network. As of today, ewz, in collaboration with the startup akenza, is opening its network to the public as a connectivity as a service. Entities in Zürich wishing to launch Smart City or other IoT projects in the city can access ewz.LoRaWAN network directly from the akenza platform and integrate their IoT sensors accordingly. This is done in a couple of minutes, without complex contracts or long-term commitment. A free-trial period of up to 30 days is available now.

Thanks to this new offer, ewz and akenza hope to support the innovation journey and make IoT more accessible to the businesses of Zürich. Energy metering, workplace efficiency, geo-tracking, smart retail, smart supply chain; everything is possible now with the ewz.LoRaWAN network.

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About ewz

ewz is a leading company with pioneering energy and communications solutions. Throughout Switzerland, ewz implements environmentally and economically viable energy supply facilities for complex sites and major projects in addition to energy networks for neighborhoods and municipalities. ewz is responsible for power supply in the City of Zurich and parts of the Grisons. It also provides Zurich with a non-discriminatory fiber-optic network with comprehensive coverage. ewz produces 100% renewable electricity from water, wind and sunlight at its own power plants, both domestically and internationally. In addition, ewz offers energy efficiency consulting, individual power supply and custom telecom solutions to qualifying companies. It employs a staff of 1,200 and earned 1.373 billion Swiss francs in revenue in 2021. The Swiss Federal Office of Energy named ewz the most sustainable supplier of energy in Switzerland in 2020.

About akenza

akenza AG was born in 2017 to deliver fast, easy and cost-effective IoT solutions. akenza is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it helps companies from all around Europe to develop their own smart IoT solutions.

akenza offers a low-code IoT platform allowing companies to build IoT products and services by connecting, controlling and managing such IoT devices. Thanks to its multiple output connectors and integrations, akenza allows further data processing in 3rd party applications with minimal effort.

The company has established itself in long-term relationships with major clients such as the Facility Management Provider ISS Switzerland, Georg Fischer, and various SMEs.

Interested in the ewz.LoRaWAN connectivity as a service?

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