Actility, the industry leader in Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) radio networking and the innovator behind the ThingPark IoT solution platform, on Tuesday announced the appointment of high-tech business veteran Mike Mulica as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Mulica brings decades of experience in leadership roles with globally-focused companies including Phone.com, Openwave, Syncronoss and Real Networks. He has been a business pioneer in transformational technologies including commercial internet, voice over IP and mobile, mobile internet, and cloud.
Backed by prestigious investors including tier-one telcos KPN, Orange and Swisscom and electronics giant Foxconn, Actility is at the forefront of the global IoT revolution. It is supporting national network roll-outs in partnership with operators and broadcasters in six European countries, and a citywide network in Dubai, with deployment projects in two Asian countries in progress and trials under way in the Americas.
“The next transformational global technology wave is IoT. And it will trigger an explosion of productivity by connecting and enabling smarter things in domains as varied as cities, agriculture and factories. All of the most successful technology waves were driven by product innovation combined with global industry architecture. Actility gets that, and Olivier Hersent, Actility CTO and Founder, and his ThingPark team clearly recognise the importance of combining great product architecture with great industry architecture, which together enable a complete and dynamic ecosystem,” said Mike Mulica.
“We’re extremely pleased to have Mike on board, with his experience of driving technology innovation into some of the largest global markets. Mike understands service provider, enterprise and direct to consumer markets on a global scale, and his experience and worldwide network of connections will help us meet the demands of rapid growth while maintaining ThingPark as the leading solution platform for IoT,” said Actility CTO and Founder, Olivier Hersent.
“To succeed, IoT needs to become, like the internet itself, an open global ecosystem in which the best people can innovate around products, business models and services. I believe that Actility, with our ThingPark platform and continuing commitment to the rapidly-growing LoRa ecosystem, and to emerging standards such as NB-IoT, is pioneering that open and collaborative approach to IoT. ThingPark allows us to connect things, people and solutions into a meaningful global marketplace,” added Mike Mulica.
ThingPark has three main elements: ThingPark Wireless, the core LoRaWAN network infrastructure and tools; ThingPark Cloud, offering Open Data management and protocol translation; and ThingPark Marketplace, the hub of the ecosystem and marketplace. Together, ThingPark is a “one-stop shop” enabling the deployment of end to end services, offering device purchasing and delivery, device activation and registration with IoT networks, application distribution and pairing with devices, worldwide distribution over public networks, and the deployment of private customer networks.