Chordant, Orange Partner for IoT Device Management

WILMINGTON, DE, Oct 21, 2019 – Chordant announced a collaboration with Orange, the French multinational telecommunications company, on oneM2M based IoT device management (DM) applications. This solution — showcased at the ETSI IoT Week from October 22-24 in Sophia Antipolis, France — demonstrates how a lightweight DM application can run on constrained IoT devices such as the Atmel, Arduino or Adafruit. Constrained IoT devices have lower memory and processing power and are designed to ensure efficient operation and a long battery life. Through this solution, constrained devices can still be managed by mobile network operators such as Orange. For example, mobile operators can manage communication order giving the priority to critical healthcare or public safety data over the less critical parking space information.

Device management, sitting at the core of all wireless networks, allows remote functions such as firmware updates and other capabilities to be handled reliably and efficiently.

This key feature of Chordant’s 3GPP-compliant Service Capability Server (SCS) includes support for open standards protocols and implementations like oneM2M, the Lightweight M2M protocol from Open Mobile Alliance (OMA LWM2M), and the Broadband Forum’s User Services Platform (BBF USP). “This solution shows how a constrained IoT device could be provisioned, highlighting the lightweight programming efficiencies,” said Mika Rasinkangas, president of Chordant. “Furthermore, this framework enables an application to be developed and tested on a development platform like Raspberry Pi and then easily ported to commercial IoT devices.”

Chordant will also provide opportunities for ETSI IoT Week attendees to explore its other innovations including:

  • A testing framework based on an open source oneM2M sensor software and hosted on a cellular platform defined by the oneM2M Alliance.
  • Chordant’s oneM2M compliant SCS interworking with Definition Networks 3GPP Release 15 compliant Service Capability Exposure Function (SCEF).
  • Presentation by Bob Flynn, Member of the Technical Staff at Chordant, on how oneM2M implements capabilities for cellular IoT devices that ensure efficient network operations according to GSMA guidelines.

About Chordant

Chordant is a global company passionate about innovation and a standards-based approach that stimulates thriving global IoT ecosystems for mobile operators. Solutions powered by the Chordant platform address the fundamental challenges in Smart City deployments. Like a perfect chord of musical notes, the Chordant platform brings harmony to diverse devices, data and services. We have created one of the largest Smart City deployments, integrating hundreds of transport data sources into a transport data marketplace. Their Smart City solutions have also been recognized by leading analyst firms and organizations.

For more information, visit www.chordant.io.

Bentley Acquires Citilabs, Orbit Geospatial

Singapore (The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference), Oct 21, 2019 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced the acquisitions of global mobility simulation (CUBE) and analytics (Streetlytics) software provider Citilabs, and global provider of 3D and mobile mapping software, Orbit Geospatial Technologies (Orbit GT). The newly acquired technologies, in conjunction with Bentley’s existing design integration and digital cities offerings, enable engineering-based mobility digital twins. Road mobility digital twins converge cities’ digital context (including 4D surveying facilitated by Orbit GT for drone-and vehicle-mounted mobile mapping), and digital components (including from Bentley’s OpenRoads engineering applications) with CUBE simulations—to model and assure real-world throughput capacity for proposed and existing roadway assets. Streetlytics traffic data will become increasingly available through Bentley’s cloud services to calibrate and validate mobility digital twins.

Robert Mankowski, vice president, digital cities, for Bentley Systems, said, “Mobility is a priority opportunity for city digital twins, because too often existing planning and simulation efforts are disconnected from the infrastructure’s engineering reality. As the roadway design software leaders, we’re very enthusiastic to be the first to enable engineering-founded mobility digital twins. With these acquisitions, we can now bring together traffic simulations, by way of the respected and versatile CUBE software—led by traffic engineer Michael Clarke to have now become a market leader—with automated mobile mapping workflows for reality modeling of roadways, as envisioned and realized by Peter Bonne, and his family, in leading the team behind Orbit GT. This will serve communities and regions in designing, testing, and optimizing the resilience of their mobility infrastructure.”

About Citilabs

Citilab’s CUBE simulation software provides world-leading predictive transportation technology, helping engineers and planners to design and optimize safe, efficient, effective, and environmentally sustainable mobility systems. Citilab’s Streetlytics provides mobility data and analytics on the moving population within the US and Canada for planners, engineers, and infrastructure asset managers to make data-informed decisions about transportation trends.

Michael Clarke, president and CEO for Citilabs, said, “We are excited to become a part of Bentley Systems. Our customers and partners will have a fantastic opportunity to fully integrate the planning, design, and operation of multi-modal transportation systems. At Citilabs, our mission has been to enable our customers to leverage location-based data, behavioral models, and machine learning through our products to understand and forecast movement in our cities, regions and nations. Today’s announcement will truly bring together a rich understanding of current and projected travel to improve the design and operation of tomorrow’s mobility systems.”

About Orbit Geospatial Technologies

Orbit GT’s offerings help users efficiently manage, process, and share very large amounts of imagery, point cloud, and 3D (mobile, oblique, terrestrial, UAS, indoor) mapping data for use with reality modeling and digital twins. Orbit GT’s technology adds to Bentley’s existing digital cities, reality modeling, and point cloud processing offerings including ContextCapture and Pointools.

Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT, said, “Today’s announcement offers our team, partners, and customers a unique opportunity to take a big leap forward in addressing today’s need for increasingly accurate, versatile, manageable, and embedded use of digital twins. Advancing the 3D mapping paradigm has always been at the heart of Orbit GT’s activities. In adding to Bentley’s digital cities offerings, we will jointly broaden the solutions portfolio and provide unprecedented possibilities for collaboration among platforms. I am excited to help build this future together with great teams at Bentley Systems. In effect, we are now advancing 3D mapping to underlie 4D digital twins!”

About Bentley Systems’ Digital Cities Offerings

Bentley Systems undertakes to advance BIM and GIS through 4D infrastructure engineering digital twins for digital cities. Engineers, geospatial professionals, and infrastructure owner-operators benefit from applications and digital twin cloud services that advance reality modeling (ContextCapture Orbit GT); water, wastewater, and stormwater system planning, design and operations, and flood resilience (OpenFlows); engineering-ready geospatial urban planning and visualization (OpenCities Map and OpenCities Planner); geotechnical information management (OpenGround); and mobility simulation and analytics (LEGION and CUBE).

In both 2018 and 2019, Microsoft named Bentley Systems as Partner of the Year in its CityNext category. In 2019 ARC Advisory Group’s Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM market study ranked Bentley #1 in Water and Wastewater distribution.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers.

For more information, visit www.bentley.com.

Bentley, Topcon Launch Digital Construction Works

Singapore (The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference), Oct 21, 2019 – Bentley Systems, the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, and Topcon Positioning Systems, a world leader in positioning technology for the survey and construction industries, announced that its new, jointly owned company – Digital Construction Works – is open for business, with a full global staff of digital construction experts who have been contributed by Bentley Systems and Topcon, respectively. Digital Construction Works provides digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services, from Topcon, Bentley, and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering, for industrializing construction.

Digital Construction Works provides digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services to help organizations realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering, for industrializing construction. Image courtesy of Digital Construction Works.

Bentley Systems and Topcon joined forces in 2016, to jointly develop enhanced integration between their respective MAGNET and ProjectWise cloud services so that engineering and construction workflows could be integrated for improved project quality and performance. Since then, Bentley and Topcon have continuously introduced new “4D” innovations in surveying, reality modeling, scheduling and logistics, work packaging, machine control, and progressive assurance for construction. In 2017, they together opened Constructioneering Academies, including at Topcon’s “sandbox” facilities globally, for construction professionals to experience new digital best practices, first-hand. During 2018, the companies assimilated Bentley’s SYNCHRO and Topcon’s ClearEdge3D acquisitions into constructioneering offerings.

Now, Digital Construction Works is chartered to embed its experts within constructors’ major project teams to advance and optimize constructioneering processes for delivering better design-build outcomes. Through its digital integration services, to connect and automate constructors’ existing processes with constructioneering, Digital Construction Works can make the best projects better while also helping to institutionalize these digital workflows throughout a constructor’s full project portfolio.

At the same time, experiences gained by Digital Construction Works will help guide Bentley Systems and Topcon in prioritizing their constructioneering software development investments. Digital Construction Works is led by CEO Ted Lamboo, previously senior vice president of strategic partnerships for Bentley Systems, and COO Jason Hallett, formerly vice president of digital construction and business development for Topcon.

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, said, “When we and Topcon recognized the opportunity for constructioneering to finally industrialize capital project delivery, we committed respectively to completing its software requirements. Indeed, our new software capabilities make possible construction digital twins—converging digital context, digital components, and digital chronology. What remains, in going digital for infrastructure construction, is for constructors’ people and processes to take advantage of the technology. We and Topcon have now in turn committed many of our best resources, professionals experienced in both construction and software, to serve shoulder-to-shoulder, in virtual hardhats, to innovatively advance the required digital integration. The Digital Construction Works joint venture has the full management and capital commitments of both our companies, multiplying its unique strengths for helping to realize constructioneering’s potential to close the world’s infrastructure gap.”

Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems, said, “What Topcon and Bentley Systems initiated in recent years was done in the spirit of changing mindsets and processes on how we approach construction, and that collaboration has led to the development of this joint venture. The creation of Digital Construction Works perfectly aligns with our focus of helping the industry succeed in meeting infrastructure demands through technological innovations. Through the new organization, companies will have the opportunity to integrate hardware and software capabilities to more quickly and efficiently adopt new technology for more rapid productivity improvements. With customized services to address the individual needs of an organization, widespread adoption and technology improvements can be more readily realized. We are excited to take this journey with Bentley Systems in moving the industry forward.”

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers.

For more information, visit www.bentley.com.

Bentley Updates ProjectWise 365

Singapore (The Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference), Oct 21, 2019 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, today announced new capabilities for its industry-leading ProjectWise collaboration platform and comprehensive expansion of its SYNCHRO 4D construction environment. Together, these robust offerings extend the value of project digital twins across the entire project delivery ecosystem, improving design and constructability coordination workflows. New ProjectWise 365 cloud services, leveraging Microsoft 365 technology and office productivity tools, extend the reach, affordability, and accessibility of BIM and infrastructure design data for organizations of all sizes. In addition, with Bentley’s new SYNCHRO cloud services, contractors can 4D-visualize design data and construction models for project and field management, advanced work packaging, and Microsoft HoloLens 2 augmented reality solutions.

New, instant-on ProjectWise 365 cloud services enable any size design team, project, or firm to leverage digital workflows and Microsoft Teams integration, to accelerate information sharing, design reviews, and contractual exchanges. Image courtesy of Bentley Systems.

Noah Eckhouse, senior vice president, project delivery for Bentley Systems, said, “Project digital twins for infrastructure engineering and construction surge forward with these announcements, particularly with our new cloud services. Users of ProjectWise, the #1 BIM collaboration software in ARC’s new market study, have made Bentley one of the largest ISV users of Azure. We are expanding our instant-on, web-based ProjectWise 365 cloud services; making iTwin cloud services broadly available for both practitioner- and project-level design reviews; and comprehensively expanding the scope of SYNCHRO through cloud services. Infrastructure project delivery is fundamentally about time, as well as space. Bentley’s 4D project and construction digital twins are driving digital advancement for infrastructure engineering, today, worldwide!”

#1 in Software for Collaborative BIM: ProjectWise

ARC Advisory Group, the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities, has cited Bentley as the leading provider of Collaborative BIM Software in their recently published report, Engineering Design Tools for Plants, Infrastructure, and BIM 2018-2023.

“Bentley has a strong relationship with Microsoft and applies the chief technologies that bring together engineering and office information for improved project delivery. This has borne fruit in the EDT/BIM market as evidenced by their leading position in the BIM Collaborative software category,” said Ralph Rio, vice president, Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group.

In Engineering News Record‘s 2019 Top Design Firms report, 43 among the top 50 firms rely upon Bentley’s ProjectWise for work sharing and design integration, and more than half of the top 640 firms are ProjectWise users.

New ProjectWise 365 Cloud Services

Purpose-built for design teams, ProjectWise 365 is an innovative, 100 percent SaaS-based offering enabling teams involved in design and engineering, from practitioner and design leads to stakeholders, to readily store and find designs, accelerate content sharing and collaborative workflows, and manage feedback, for maximum team productivity. The new ProjectWise 365 cloud services will be generally available by the end of 2019.

iTwin Design Review (for practitioners) enables ProjectWise 365 users to initiate ad hoc design reviews in a 2D/3D environment. It provides workflows to markup and comment directly on elements of 3D models and to immersively link between 2D and 3D views.

iTwin Design Review (for projects) enables project teams using ProjectWise Design Integration services to capture engineering changes throughout the lifecycle of project digital twins, providing a record of who-changed-what-and-when. Multi-discipline design reviews can be conducted continuously and comprehensively, for design coordination through “4D” visualization.

New SYNCHRO Cloud Services for Construction

In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley as a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year awards for Bentley’s SYNCHRO/HoloLens 2 solution for 4D visualization of project digital twins. New SYNCHRO cloud services comprehensively extend SYNCHRO’s market-leading 4D construction modeling to span construction project management and execution, and to assimilate ConstructSim advanced work packaging. The new SYNCHRO cloud services, released in September 2019, are further advancing innovation in construction. Learn more about SYNCHRO.

SYNCHRO Field offers task, plan, model, and map views to accelerate field data capture for timely progress updates and issue identification.

SYNCHRO Control provides a single web interface for construction teams to capture, manage, access, and collaborate on design and construction data. It enables easier and faster design document access from ProjectWise 365, and complete submittal and RFI management and issues resolution capabilities.

Completions accelerates and validates project system readiness through collaborative workflows expediting closeout items for construction and commissioning teams.

Digital Co-ventures for Project Delivery

(With Siemens) Teamcenter for Capital Asset Lifecycle Management (CALM), available exclusively from Siemens, works within Siemens’ Teamcenter across the enterprise to advance and improve capital program decision making. Using Bentley’s services, it enables users to extend project advancement to the enterprise level.

(With Topcon Positioning Group) Digital Construction Works is a joint-venture “digital integration” company newly launched by Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Group. Digital Construction Works provides, for constructor enterprises and supply chains, digital automation, integration, and “twinning” services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services from Topcon, Bentley, and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering, for industrializing construction.

About Bentley’s Project Delivery Offerings

Bentley Systems undertakes to provide uniquely comprehensive collaboration and constructioneering software, and cloud services, for infrastructure project deliveryProjectWise 365 cloud services take fullest advantage of Microsoft’s Azure and native web environments.  For project digital twins, Bentley’s iTwin Design Review services range from ad hoc 2D/3D discipline-specific workflows through comprehensive and continuous 4D design reviews spanning the full scope of projects utilizing ProjectWise Design Integration. For 4D construction digital twins, Bentley’s SYNCHRO portfolio leverages iTwin services to integrate reality modeling with 4D construction modeling, ConstructSim advanced work packaging, ComplyProProcureWare, and Control and Field cloud services.

Bentley is ranked by ARC Advisory Group as the leading provider of collaborative BIM softwareBentley’s ProjectWise services are the “workhorse for worksharing” for the majority of the ENR Top Design Firms, including 43 of the Top 50. In 2019, Microsoft named Bentley a finalist in the Mixed Reality category of its Partner of the Year program for SYNCHRO‘s Microsoft HoloLens 2 use cases.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of software solutions to engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators for the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, including public works, utilities, industrial plants, and digital cities. Bentley’s MicroStation-based open modeling applications, and its open simulation applications, accelerate design integration; its ProjectWise and SYNCHRO offerings accelerate project delivery; and its AssetWise offerings accelerate asset and network performance. Spanning infrastructure engineering, Bentley’s iTwin Services are fundamentally advancing BIM and GIS to 4D digital twins.

Bentley Systems employs more than 3,500 colleagues, generates annual revenues of $700 million in 170 countries, and has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions since 2014. From inception in 1984, the company has remained majority-owned by its five founding Bentley brothers.

For more information, visit www.bentley.com.