Sigfox: The Power of Massive IoT Solutions to Transform Your Business
In 2007, a bridge collapsed in Minnesota—causing death and harming human life—resulting in reconstruction of the same by using smart cement consisting of sensors to monitor warpages, cracks, and stresses. Smart cement was used then for detecting and communicating information to vehicles deploying wireless internet in order to alarm running vehicles about the hazards ahead aiding those to take action accordingly. This IoT (Internet of Things) based sensor-to-machine and machine-to-machine connectivity process demands energy and data efficiency at low cost. Offering such unique IoT connectivity solutions, Sigfox with its LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Network works on reducing the cost and energy consumption of the physical devices which are safely connected to its cloud. Currently deploying in 45 countries and territories, covering today over 800 Million people, headquartered in France with Singapore as its Asia Pacific HQ, the organization offers an easy collection of data from devices and sensors using a standardized set of APIs.
“We are the only company which is establishing a single global network dedicated to IoT. In each country, we establish an exclusive national partner as well as building local channels and solutions companies. We successfully focus on the management of connectivity allowing customers to focus on capturing the value of the data from their devices,” says Roswell Wolff, President of Sigfox, APAC region.
The Sigfox suite of services includes Admiral Blue, Admiral Ivory, Monarch, and Atlas. The company’s connectivity solutions uniquely approach device-to-cloud communications enabling devices to receive and send data on a massive scale. Admiral Blue is an affordable connectivity model deployed to send small packets of information over long distances. The company recently launched Admiral Ivory, which is a more simplified connectivity service which transforms short-range of wireless devices into a long-range IoT, with the support of hardware components at ultra-low cost, for so-called “disposable” connectivity. Admiral Ivory enables the creation of one-time usage IoT applications for the simplest sensors.
Sigfox Monarch service allows multiple radio-zone recognition, so that a single mobile device moving globally can manage the radio frequency changes, without the help of any additional hardware such as Wi-Fi chipset or GPS. In practice this service supports asset tracking within a single, seamless operation of mobile assets worldwide. The solution enables this by automatically recognizing and adapting to the local radio frequency standards in each territory it travels through. It unlocks numerous use cases for the consumer industry, logistics and supply chain, and also for the automated maintenance for the shipping, aircraft and railway industries.
Sigfox Atlas service, previously known as Sigfox Geolocation, is a low energy consuming and low-price location service for devices with Sigfox module without GPS. These connectivity solutions represent the primary revenue model for Sigfox global business. In order to encourage mass adoption, the company license’s its technology without royalty or fees and to help its customers minimise the cost of their business by encouraging low cost devices. In addition, Sigfox provides no-cost APIs to its cloud infrastructure to supporting platform and application brands such as Microsoft, Amazon, SAP and others. With an aim to make Sigfox connectivity widely available in the coming years, along with its enhanced services, the company is working to make its innovation available as a standard protocol in all electronic devices; much the way we see wi-fi and Bluetooth today. Sigfox is also set to embrace more innovative and complementary technologies in the long run.