Creating a Connected World

IoT ISSUE

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Sigfox

With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to create new innovations on the IoT. The company is a recognized global pioneer and a key enabler for connecting things. Sigfox’s IoT platform enables end-user adoption by- removing cost, complexity and connectivity barriers; for consumer’s eases- doing business, predictive and preemptive services; for businesses facilitates- visibility, optimization, digital transformation, new business models and new revenue streams. The ambition of Sigfox, embodied in the slogan "Make Things Come Alive", is to give a voice to the physical world around us and to allow these billions of objects to play a role in economic and social development. At present Sigfox technology is being used to detect earthquakes, protect wildlife, reduce pollution, and prevent flooding and more. They are bringing a technology balance to the global macroeconomic landscape by building a significantly influential technology player.

Founded in 2010, Sigfox is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse and also have offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Dubai, Singapore, and Tokyo. Sigfox’s services power industries namely supply chain & logistics, manufacturing, smart cities, utilities & energy, smart buildings, retail, agriculture, home & lifestyle, and insurance.

“IoT means extracting data as we’ve done in the oil industry for the last century. The Sigfox architecture optimizes complexity, power, and cost, which allows us to claim that we extract data at the lowest total cost of production”, says Ludovic Le Moan.

“IoT means extracting data as we’ve done in the oil industry for the last century. The Sigfox architecture optimizes complexity, power, and cost, which allows us to claim that we extract data at the lowest total cost of production”

Ludovic Le Moan, CEO & co-founder, Sigfox

The Brainpower of Sigfox

Ludovic Le Moan is CEO and co-founder of Sigfox. He has been involved in the machine-to-machine space since 2000 when he co-founded Anyware Technologies, which enabled the connection, management, and monitoring of remote equipment through a Web interface. After selling Anyware Technologies to Wavecom in 2008, Le Moan co-founded Goojet, a B2C services company that offered a simple, personal experience of the mobile web and allowed users to share and exchange messages and content. He served as COO of the company, now repositioned as scoop.it, from February 2008 to March 2011. Le Moan is a serial entrepreneur who also founded “IoT Valley”, a Toulouse, France, association that offers mentoring, networking and other support for start-ups in the Internet of Things. 

The New Dimension

Sigfox has rolled out a single global network across 53 countries. Sigfox’s global IoT network listens to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. They offer a software-based communication solution, where all the network and computing complexity is managed in the cloud, delivering the device to data via APIs from their cloud platform. Devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, using something as simple, and as small, as the silicon chip similar to those found in a remote control. Since their architecture is born in the cloud, users don’t need to own or operate network or data center infrastructure to deliver an end to end IoT solution but only install low-cost sensors. This approach makes it possible to send and receive data at very low cost, with battery life lasting years without the need for complex connections, device peering, battery charging or SIM cards, and without roaming complexity or cost. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications thus addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption- cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Security is always an important consideration, but less of a concern for Sigfox than for legacy synchronized or IP based architectures. Sigfox connectivity is not IP based. Sigfox uses radio thus devices do not need to synchronize with the network, which makes them nearly impossible to jam. They have designed a cognitive network, using software defined radio, which means the device can be simple, abandoned and extremely efficient with battery consumption. The device transmits to configured parameters to a network that is always listening. It is these characteristics that have led many to deploy Sigfox as a backup, out of band, anti-jamming or last means of communication for specific use cases.

"Sigfox connectivity is not IP based"

Business Highlights

June 2012: Sigfox Network deployment launch.

January 2014: Sigfox Nationwide coverage France.

February 2015: Record 110 million Euros round of financing to support Sigfox’s global expansion.

September 2015: Sigfox Expansion in USA.

October 2015: Sigfox Expansion Middle East Africa.

January 2016: Launch of the Sigfox Foundation.

March 2016: Sigfox Expansion in Asia Pacific.

April 2016: Sigfox Expansion in Latam.

June 2016: Awarded Technology Pioneer 2016 by World Economic Forum.

October 2016: First enabled module under 2$.

November 2016: Record 150 million Euros round of financing to support Sigfox’s global expansion.

February 2017: Launch of Atlas Network service (native IoT geolocation offer).

October 2018: Network covers 53 countries and regions, 4.5 million km2 and 1 billion people.

Innovation Unleashed

Sigfox’s network covers 53 countries, 4.5 million km2, 1 billion people and is available worldwide for 1$/year/device using only a few milliwatts of energy to send/receive data. Sigfox has just launched micro base stations which allow indoor and outdoor coverage of up to two kilometers for less than $500. In addition, their recently launched Sigfox Bubbles provides short-range coverage and asset location accuracy within meters – once the domain of RFID, now as SFID (Sigfox Frequency Identification) would allow short-range tracking, to complement their existing long-range solution.

Future Sigfox roadmap includes building this Bubble architecture for package tracking with sensors costing 2 cents with the help of power harvesting or no batteries at all. Their satellite aspirations are gathering pace and they are expanding their global terrestrial coverage – Sigfox is just getting warmed up.

…Imagine what you can track, trace and monitor at the short and long range with Sigfox solutions, at these costs!....

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