Sigfox: An inexpensive, long distance and lower power solution that's primed for multiple industrial & consumer applications.
About this Solution:
1. What is Sigfox
Sigfox is deploying a worldwide public Internet of Things (IoT) network already active in 32 countries.
Using standard radio transmission methods, anyone can integrate the Sigfox technology to their hardware and benefits from this low power wide area network (LPWAN), for free. It permits to radically improve the batterie life of objects, as well as lowering the costs of connectivity. From predictive maintenance, asset management to crop management or pallet tracking, new and ambitious projects are now possible!
2. The Advantage of Sigfox
Sigfox using the lightweight protocol to handle small messages in conventional systems, it brings 3 very important benefits:
- Battery & Energy saving:
The Sigfox network is not using any kind of signalling and is very lightweight, so it makes perfect for low power use cases, and the only solution on the market where you can predict exactly a device battery consumption.
- Low cost
Giving away his IP for free to semiconductors vendors and using low cost standard radio modules to operate, Sigfox is one of the cheapest connectivity solution to integrate and use today.
Redundancy at every level on the network makes it also one of the most reliable on the market with a real service quality.
The Sigfox network and technology is aimed at the low-cost internet of things application areas where wide area coverage is required. There is a lot of applications that need this form of low cost wireless communications technology. Having more than 10 million of objects already connected on their network from hundreds of customers, areas where the Sigfox network is used include:
4. Get Started!
To start sending messages over the Sigfox network, you'll need coverage and to use a Sigfox-compatible communication module or development kit. These are available from many sellers, using standard radio chipsets.
The Sigfox API allows developers to automate device management and implement data integration in their applications, to share messages, to keep up-to-date with things, etc.
a) Resources For Developers
You can find resources on the Sigfox website – there is a dedicated page for developers: http://makers.sigfox.com/ with a “Getting Started Guide” to help you sending your first Sigfox message, setting up basic call-backs and configuration the downlink protocol, etc.
b) Development Kit
See more development kits https://partners.sigfox.com/products/kit
See more modules: https://partners.sigfox.com/products/module
5. About Sigfox
Founded in 2010, Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the IoT. It has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Its works with industry leading partners such as Salesforce, Microsoft Azure and Samsung.
The Sigfox network now spans across 32 countries and boasts a footprint in some of the largest economies in every continent. With 12 countries already covered nationwide, 20 others being rolled out and new countries being added to the list at a rapid pace, Sigfox is by far the world’s largest IoT network. Sigfox plans to have coverage in 60 countries by 2018. Find out if you are within the coverage http://www.sigfox.com/coverage
Here is a focus of the Sigfox coverage currently expanding in Europe.
This Solution is most applicable for the following stages and categories:
- Brainstorming an idea
- Proof of concept
- Working prototype
- Enhancing industrial design
- Improving electronic board
- Industrial Applications
- Smart Home Devices
- Auto Applications