Sigfox launches ‘Zero-G’ strategy in 2019, aside global coverage

Sigfox launches the ‘Zero-G’ strategy to support the 5G / IoT ecosystem

Sigfox has big plans for 2019. Of course, all the IoT companies have them, but Sigfox has a priority which is referred to within Sigfox circles as ‘0G’, or Zero-G, which generally describes Sigfox’s application as a reference technology for primary of backup network to 3G and 4G, and all the other G-technologies that enter a 5G ecosystem with a somewhat broad and nebulous future.

With the integration into the new Freebox, Sigfox demonstrated its ability to offer a backup link to different means of broadband connectivity. Based on an independent infrastructure, Sigfox is positioning itself as a candidate for a future 0G standard, which could become the benchmark in the backup network at no extra cost in the manufacturing of the cellular device.

The point is that Sigfox-like low-power wide area networks (LPWAs) complement the cellular standard, in its different forms, and the parallel equivalents of LPWA, Bertrand Ramé, the company’s senior vice president of international operations, acknowledges. “Sigfox is not necessarily a competing technology for NB-IoT and LTE-M, and 3G and 4G and everything else, but a complement in many cases. It’s a perfect network for that.

He produced three examples of LPWA applications, with alarm systems, travel bags and cargo. They are directly from the recipe book of Sigfox; the first two illustrates the 0G concept, and the next two add tracking to the mix:

  • The company is an alternative protocol for Securitas Direct alarms in Europe, in case its predetermined ADSL and 3G connections are compromised by the thieves, or as a back up in the event of a 3G or 4G connectivity breakdown explains Ramé. “You can buy a $20 3G jammer online,” he says. “Securitas has added Sigfox as a anti-jamming backup connectivity.”
  • The second, with our partner GCT, is using Sigfox as primary global connectivity to lower cost and power consumption of your devices. However if an over-the-air update is required, a Sigfox downlink message could activate a 3G/4G connection to do so, then putting it back to sleep right after.

John Schlaefer, CEO of GCT Semiconductor, Inc. added “We are committed to supporting the growing LPWA market and continue to work closely with our partner, Sigfox, to provide optimized solutions for the LTE IoT ecosystem. With the Sigfox Verified GDM7243i SoC, IoT devices can connect to the global Sigfox network during typical operation and switch to LTE Cat M1, NB1, or EC-GSM networks “on-demand.”

  • The third is for a suitcase tracker, compatible with the Louis Vuitton Horizon range, which allows passengers to track baggage through airports, even while travelling between different countries.
  • The fourth, with Michelin, is to track cargo in and out of seaports, and even warehouses for later distribution.

In all these cases, Sigfox distinguishes itself as a LPWA solution because, well, it connects your ‘things’ at lower power and lower cost, says Ramé, and makes viable the kinds of amoeba-like IoT organisms that licensed cellular technologies simply cannot justify.

“Batteries last for months and years, not days and weeks, and the cost of the device and connectivity will always be higher with the traditional cellular networks.”

In addition, Sigfox offers a simpler way to track connected “things” as they make their way across the globe. The point is that the technology is the same and the radio band is the same, even if the frequency within it varies a little. “Ours is a network, not a mosaic of hundreds of networks; there is no roaming agreement between countries.” he says.

So 2019 is the year for Sigfox as a true unique global primary network as well as the backup/complementary network to 2/3/4/5G.

For more reading about this new standard,

see the April 2019 Sigfox manifesto for the establishment of a global 0G standard.


Special thanks to Jack Blackman from EnterpriseIoTinsights.com for extracts from his interview with Bertrand Ramé.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to find more economical solutions to common problems.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com

 

Omate O6S, the first smart watch Sigfox ready

Omate, the brand of Omahome – a hardware and software design company with extensive experience in smart portable technology and IoT – launched at CES 2019 event in Las Vegas, the Omate O6S, an economical, low-power smart watch primarly designed to protect the elderly by reinforcing their health and safety while maintaining  their privacy and independence.

This smart watch will allow family members of elderly relatives to easily locate their loved ones in real time through a mobile application. With strict security protocols implemented, the Sigfox network guarantees the protection of personal data for all parties involved at all times.

CHARACTERISTICS
° Battery life of 30 days
° Robust IP68 housing (suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities)
° SOS alert function (in case of emergencies).
° Chronograph
° Calculator
° Alarm clock
° Equipped with a magnetic charger.
° 1 year connectivity included on Sigfox network

The pedometer smartwatch boasts an impressive 30-day battery life and can be used to send SOS alerts in the event of emergencies via the Sigfox network. This allows the wearers to be located in real-time via a mobile app.

The Omate 06S can also be integrated to other platforms to be used in different environments. For example, security guards could send alert in case of emergency.

“This new smart watch opens possibilities for the new offers of Wearable-as-a-Service through the multiple operators of Sigfox around the world” Laurent LePen, Fonder and CEO of Omate.

“The Omate O6S will be available in Q3 of 2019 through Thinxtra Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. It opens new opportunities in the low cost long battery life wearables market. We will be looking for local partners to either distribute the solution as is or system integrators looking for a simple smartwatch to integrate to their platform and provide new services” mentioned Renald Gallis, VP Marketing of Thinxtra.”

 


About Omate

Omate is the brand of Omahome a hardware and software design company with significant expertise in smart wearable technology and IoT. Since inception in 2013, Omahome has quickly established its global market leadership in the standalone telecom wearable industry and brand recognition with Omate. Omahome is the sole partner of Omate wearables. Omahome has established partnerships with some of the largest telecare, security and insurance companies in the World. Omahome provides tools from design to engineering to companies interested in developing wearable technologies, activity data and relevant analytics.

For more information please visit: www.omahome.com


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to find more economical solutions to common problems.

Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra is backed by the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards more efficiencies.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com

 

What a year for Sigfox

In 2010, the founders (Ludovic LeMoan and Christophe Fourtet) started with the crazy idea to create a global, low power, cost-efficient network, giving voice to the physical world.
8 years later, they can be proud to see how far they have arrived and excited for the things to come.

Dara Khosrowshahi (I had to check the spelling), the boss of Uber, said: “it took 10 years for Uber to become an overnight success”. Sigfox is 2 years away and on track to hit the 10 years anniversary with a big bang!

2018 has seen so many amazing achievements.

First, some major milestones:

60 countries sign up to deploy a national Sigfox network. Of those, 21 countries (+1, as Hong Kong just been completed) are already covered nationwide, overal covering 5 million km2 and 1 billion people. Let me add to this an ecosystem of 10,000 partners that are either developping and selling solutions or/& evangelising the world on the benefits of IoT.

 

 

Second, some strong commitments received from major big industrial players, among them:

   

Third, some incredible marketing activities to get the name out there. In short:

  • Sigfox was mentioned in 43,900 articles in press media
  • Sigfox attended 128 events all over the world and organised 1 major one exceeding all expectations: Sigfox Connect.

Fourth, an exciting roadmap of complementary network coverage solutions from local to remote to satellite.

“plug&play” Sigfox network expansion in areas such as deep indoor or outdoor remote customer locations.

 

  •   Sigfox revolutionizes asset tracking with Bubbles

a low cost beaconing solution enabling proximity detection from less than one meter to a hundred meters, improving the accuracy of the device’s location. 

 

Low orbit Satellite complementary coverage to Sigfox terrestrial coverage is another revolution starting trials in 2019. Why is it that important ? Just imagine having the same Sigfox device connecting directly to satellite using same protocol, same Sigfox backend, coupled with a multi-zone device. This means you can always connect wherever you are in the world. For Australia, in asset tracking, you will always be able to geolocate your assets via simple low cost device & connectivity, even in the middle of nowhere, be it the lake Eyre or the Simpson desert.


2018 is gone, now is the time to join the IoT revolution in 2019


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to find more economical solutions to common problems.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com