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SIM cards are part of the energy transition 

FARI

VUB launches AI bachelor

Ann Nowé is a professor at the VUB, where she runs the AI Lab. It comprises a consortium of four VUB research groups working together on human-centered AI. The AI Lab was established in 1983 as the first of its kind on the European continent and the VUB is now celebrating another pioneering achievement with the first Belgian professional bachelor in AI.

IZIX

Towards intelligent and sustainable mobility with Izix

Dorian de Broqueville, Managing Director of Izix, provided support for the parking component of the mobility solution chosen by Proximus via the Vaigo digital platform. He explains the value of this process for everyone and its positive impact on society.

Sander Huysmans

Sales Director Enterprise & Growth at SAS

“Clearly, the applicability of AI cannot possibly provide equal value everywhere,” says Sander. “A great deal depends on the conditions in the plant, on how the processes are organized, and so on.” This only makes it more important to start based on a certain strategy, with a clear goal in mind. “That requires a lighthouse case,” Sander adds. “A concrete project that you can use to get the whole company on board: preferably not too technically complex, but above all with a clearly visible added value.”

The importance of IoT is growing, especially in manufacturing. Companies are increasingly using connected machines that provide a growing volume of data. "Data without insight is worthless,” says Sander Huysmans, Sales Director Enterprise & Growth at SAS. “Once you are caught in a data swamp, it is difficult to get out of it. Equally, data without action is also worthless.” That is confirmed by consultancy firm McKinsey. They showed that seven out of ten IoT projects that used AI delivered results that exceeded expectations. Without AI, that figure is significantly lower.

SAS

“Thinking based on value, not data”

Software company SAS and Proximus join forces. Together they help companies gain added value from their data using analysis. For SAS, which specializes in analytics, AI, and data management, this is the first partnership with a telecom and IT company.

AREWAL
bringing together AIESH, AIEG and the Régie de Wavre. Its aims are to initiate all IT markets, to carry out joint markets of all kinds in line with the activity of the DSOs, and to develop the activity of intelligent metering and the intelligent network.

expert interview

Digital transformation for the benefit of citizens

“Citizens and consumers want a simple, fluid and personalized experience. Whenever they desire," explains Sandro Manzo, Center of Excellence Lead Analytics, Things & Applications and partner for Proximus’ smart cities in the making.

Sylvain Filon
CEO of Arewal

"Thanks to the Explore network, the three sites benefit from a powerful network that does not compromise on its guaranteed data security.”

Some data is uniquely linked to the mobile phone number connected to its antennas in a certain area, which allows extrapolation of the total number of visitors to that area. Data linked to demographic and statistical data which is available to everyone. “We also use third-party data, from financial partners for instance: transactions in shops per day and per sector of activity. And then we have our own sensors installed at the request of public partners by our data analysis specialists,"  Sandro added.

Proximus collects, cross-references and analyzes several types of data

The pilot projects to analyze tourist numbers and experience carried out last year in partnership with Tourisme Wallonie at Eau d'Heure lakes and the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville have led to lessons being learned. "In Villers-la-Ville, the analysis of the data primarily showed that while the site was devoid of visitors from Brussels at a certain period, the same wasn't true of visitors from Wallonia or Flanders during the same period. This led to a targeted marketing campaign for the site. With positive and rapid effects as visitor number curves have since risen," Sandro explained.

Two pilot projects: Villers-la-Ville and the Eau d’Heure lakes 
20,000 meters by 2025

The collaboration between Arewal and Proximus should enable the deployment of 900 meters by January 1, 2023. This will be followed by a further 6,000 meters over the course of the year and by 2025, the remaining 20,000 will be deployed. Each SIM card delivered by Proximus is soldered to the meter when the modem is assembled. "This allows for a longer lifespan and less handling during installation."

Technical, economic and regulatory issues

Europe is making smart meters mandatory. In Belgium, it is the regions that are responsible for rolling this out and the deadline for Sylvain and his teams is set for January 1, 2023. "This mandate stimulates the energy transition and the collection of remote data. Technically, this means better visibility of the network's capacity, but the consumer gains real-time management and access to our web portal. In short, everyone is looking forward to this. "We always say that the cheapest energy is the one we don't consume and Arewal's CEO reminds us that the consumer must play an active role in their own energy consumption and in the future market model.

Smart meters and SIM cards

The change is strategic. To ensure that the most optimal choice was made, the specifications were put in the hands of Arewal. Arewal is a cooperative set up in 2015 that manages all IT contracts and carries out contracts in relation to the DSO’s operations. "Our choice was Smart Meter. In our view, this is a high-performance technology based on communicating meters equipped with a SIM card. Proximus offered us the best quality-price ratio for the connectivity part, the most appropriate network coverage and, above all, the 'cockpit' for unparalleled centralized card management," explains Sylvain Filon, Arewal's CEO.

For Sylvain, one challenge to be solved remained: insufficient redundancy between the AIESH, AIEG and Régie de Wavre sites. Proximus had already been faced with this issue in the context of the implementation of smart meters. "Thanks to the private and secure Explore network, the three sites benefit from a powerful network that does not compromise on its guaranteed data security." The fiber that connects the intermunicipal companies and the security layer provided by the Explore solution are part of the conditions for the success of this unprecedented deployment in Wallonia. The protection of privacy remains a priority. "This is a delicate operation as users and prosumers may find intrusive and some might object to it. The Proximus connectivity solution allows us to tackle this change with complete peace of mind."

State-of-the-art connectivity and data security

A better way of guaranteeing the reliability of the network and offer a new ecosystem of services to consumers. That is one of the objectives of network managers and which is encouraged by Europe. Arewal, which groups together the intermunicipal companies AIESH, AIEG and the Régie de Wavre, has already decided: the smart meter will be the cornerstone of a new era of energy management. Some of the initial gains for the DSO’s are fewer costs for meter readings, calibrations or fraud. Not to mention the data that will be used to optimize the network and perhaps even improve synergy between managers.

Sandro Manzo

has been with Proximus for 20 years and is now Center of Excellence Lead Analytics, Things & Applications. In concrete terms, he leads a team of 12 people focused on various aspects of innovation.

Sylvain Filon 

has spent almost his entire career in the energy sector. He spent many years working at ALE (association liégeoise d'électricité), which has now become RESA. Following work on fibre optics between 2011 and 2014, he mainly dealt with the energy liberalisation market. Since 2020, he has been head of the Arewal cooperative company.

As part of the energy transition, Wallonia is rolling out its Smart Meter project that will enable Arewal to collect and process energy flow data. Focus on the solution: smart meters equipped with Proximus SIM cards. 

SIM cards are part of the energy transition 

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FARI

VUB launches AI bachelor

Ann Nowé is a professor at the VUB, where she runs the AI Lab. It comprises a consortium of four VUB research groups working together on human-centered AI. The AI Lab was established in 1983 as the first of its kind on the European continent and the VUB is now celebrating another pioneering achievement with the first Belgian professional bachelor in AI.

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IZIX

Towards intelligent and sustainable mobility with Izix

Dorian de Broqueville, Managing Director of Izix, provided support for the parking component of the mobility solution chosen by Proximus via the Vaigo digital platform. He explains the value of this process for everyone and its positive impact on society.

“Clearly, the applicability of AI cannot possibly provide equal value everywhere,” says Sander. “A great deal depends on the conditions in the plant, on how the processes are organized, and so on.” This only makes it more important to start based on a certain strategy, with a clear goal in mind. “That requires a lighthouse case,” Sander adds. “A concrete project that you can use to get the whole company on board: preferably not too technically complex, but above all with a clearly visible added value.”

Sales Director Enterprise & Growth at SAS

Sander Huysmans

The importance of IoT is growing, especially in manufacturing. Companies are increasingly using connected machines that provide a growing volume of data. "Data without insight is worthless,” says Sander Huysmans, Sales Director Enterprise & Growth at SAS. “Once you are caught in a data swamp, it is difficult to get out of it. Equally, data without action is also worthless.” That is confirmed by consultancy firm McKinsey. They showed that seven out of ten IoT projects that used AI delivered results that exceeded expectations. Without AI, that figure is significantly lower.

SAS

“Thinking based on value, not data”

Software company SAS and Proximus join forces. Together they help companies gain added value from their data using analysis. For SAS, which specializes in analytics, AI, and data management, this is the first partnership with a telecom and IT company.

Some data is uniquely linked to the mobile phone number connected to its antennas in a certain area, which allows extrapolation of the total number of visitors to that area. Data linked to demographic and statistical data which is available to everyone. “We also use third-party data, from financial partners for instance: transactions in shops per day and per sector of activity. And then we have our own sensors installed at the request of public partners by our data analysis specialists,"  Sandro added.

Proximus collects, cross-references and analyzes several types of data

Sandro Manzo

has been with Proximus for 20 years and is now Center of Excellence Lead Analytics, Things & Applications. In concrete terms, he leads a team of 12 people focused on various aspects of innovation.

The pilot projects to analyze tourist numbers and experience carried out last year in partnership with Tourisme Wallonie at Eau d'Heure lakes and the Abbey of Villers-la-Ville have led to lessons being learned. "In Villers-la-Ville, the analysis of the data primarily showed that while the site was devoid of visitors from Brussels at a certain period, the same wasn't true of visitors from Wallonia or Flanders during the same period. This led to a targeted marketing campaign for the site. With positive and rapid effects as visitor number curves have since risen," Sandro explained.

Two pilot projects: Villers-la-Ville and the Eau d’Heure lakes 

expert interview

Digital transformation for the benefit of citizens

“Citizens and consumers want a simple, fluid and personalized experience. Whenever they desire," explains Sandro Manzo, Center of Excellence Lead Analytics, Things & Applications and partner for Proximus’ smart cities in the making.

AREWAL
bringing together AIESH, AIEG and the Régie de Wavre. Its aims are to initiate all IT markets, to carry out joint markets of all kinds in line with the activity of the DSOs, and to develop the activity of intelligent metering and the intelligent network.

For Sylvain, one challenge to be solved remained: insufficient redundancy between the AIESH, AIEG and Régie de Wavre sites. Proximus had already been faced with this issue in the context of the implementation of smart meters. "Thanks to the private and secure Explore network, the three sites benefit from a powerful network that does not compromise on its guaranteed data security." The fiber that connects the intermunicipal companies and the security layer provided by the Explore solution are part of the conditions for the success of this unprecedented deployment in Wallonia. The protection of privacy remains a priority. "This is a delicate operation as users and prosumers may find intrusive and some might object to it. The Proximus connectivity solution allows us to tackle this change with complete peace of mind."

State-of-the-art connectivity and data security

Sylvain Filon
CEO of Arewal

"Thanks to the Explore network, the three sites benefit from a powerful network that does not compromise on its guaranteed data security.”

The collaboration between Arewal and Proximus should enable the deployment of 900 meters by January 1, 2023. This will be followed by a further 6,000 meters over the course of the year and by 2025, the remaining 20,000 will be deployed. Each SIM card delivered by Proximus is soldered to the meter when the modem is assembled. "This allows for a longer lifespan and less handling during installation."

20,000 meters by 2025

Europe is making smart meters mandatory. In Belgium, it is the regions that are responsible for rolling this out and the deadline for Sylvain and his teams is set for January 1, 2023. "This mandate stimulates the energy transition and the collection of remote data. Technically, this means better visibility of the network's capacity, but the consumer gains real-time management and access to our web portal. In short, everyone is looking forward to this. "We always say that the cheapest energy is the one we don't consume and Arewal's CEO reminds us that the consumer must play an active role in their own energy consumption and in the future market model.

Technical, economic and regulatory issues

Sylvain Filon 

has spent almost his entire career in the energy sector. He spent many years working at ALE (association liégeoise d'électricité), which has now become RESA. Following work on fibre optics between 2011 and 2014, he mainly dealt with the energy liberalisation market. Since 2020, he has been head of the Arewal cooperative company.

The change is strategic. To ensure that the most optimal choice was made, the specifications were put in the hands of Arewal. Arewal is a cooperative set up in 2015 that manages all IT contracts and carries out contracts in relation to the DSO’s operations. "Our choice was Smart Meter. In our view, this is a high-performance technology based on communicating meters equipped with a SIM card. Proximus offered us the best quality-price ratio for the connectivity part, the most appropriate network coverage and, above all, the 'cockpit' for unparalleled centralized card management," explains Sylvain Filon, Arewal's CEO.

Smart meters and SIM cards

A better way of guaranteeing the reliability of the network and offer a new ecosystem of services to consumers. That is one of the objectives of network managers and which is encouraged by Europe. Arewal, which groups together the intermunicipal companies AIESH, AIEG and the Régie de Wavre, has already decided: the smart meter will be the cornerstone of a new era of energy management. Some of the initial gains for the DSO’s are fewer costs for meter readings, calibrations or fraud. Not to mention the data that will be used to optimize the network and perhaps even improve synergy between managers.

As part of the energy transition, Wallonia is rolling out its Smart Meter project that will enable Arewal to collect and process energy flow data. Focus on the solution: smart meters equipped with Proximus SIM cards.