Connecthings joins Current to foster urban, economic development

Connecthings, operator of a large global network of beacons in public spaces (130,000+), has partnered 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 company said.

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.

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.

Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of 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 and productive.

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.

Connecthings is headquartered in Paris and has offices in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Milan and Berlin.