Connecting everything requires more than high bandwidth. While major telco operators are focusing on investing millions to increase bandwidth to cater for data-intensive connectivity needs (smartphones), they are leaving aside an amazing potential in small messages transmission. Messages such as: meter readings, GPS position, temperature, movement, door opening, battery life, equipment status… Most IoT use cases require wireless sensors to send small messages. Many companies currently deploying connected things are struggling with the major drawbacks of traditional network solutions: steep pricing, the high energy consumption and the complexity of deployment and maintenance. An optimal solution will at least need to provide answers to the following requirements:
Low energy consumption as many assets are unpowered
Long range to avoid high network and subscription costs
Ease of use, both for assets and back office system integration
Good value for money (opex & capex)
Secure and reliable to avoid interruptions and vulnerability
LPWAN technology unleashes the full potential of the internet of everything with disruptive long range, low bandwidth, low power network. Sigfox is the most mature LPWAN and the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connecting things.
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of “simple” Things. 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.
“If the last 10 years of technology development were about making it easier for companies and people to exchange information with one another – Google, Skype, Dropbox, and so on – the next 10 years will be about making it possible, cost effective and easy for the physical world to transmit data to the Internet.”The Executive’s Guide to the Internet of Things, Jason Hiner, CBS
1st wave of positive disruption: Internet, connected 1 billion users
2nd wave of positive disruption: Smartphones, connected 2 billion users
3rd wave of positive disruption: Internet of Things, connecting 20 billion things by 2020.
Sigfox Key Pillars for IoT
Global: Sigfox is a global network 100% focused on IoT. Partners subscribe to one contract for a worldwide network.
Reliability: Sigfox solution uses so little energy that your equipment can provide reliable connectivity in a simple battery, up to 15 years.
Simplicity: Automatic pairing of devices with network and enabling standard based device to cloud integration, means that Sigfox is easier to use for everyone.
Security: Sigfox network is designed to provide robust and secure communications with a high level of QoS. Status of your devices and communication levels can be checked anywhere and anytime via the Sigfox control interface.
Scalability: Whatever your volume, the Sigfox network is highly scalable and designed to handle billions of connections.
Low price: Sigfox offers the most competitive mobile communication services for IoT applications.
Complementarity : Sigfox is complementary to NFC, RFID, Bluetooth, Wifi and a solid back up connectivity (aka 0G) to GSM 2G/3G/4G at very low additional cost on BOM. By combining other connectivity solutions with Sigfox, business cases and user experience are drastically improved.
Eco-friendly: The Sigfox network is designed to minimise its environmental footprint, with small antennas (70cm high), ultra-low power consumption (both network and device) and ultra-low electromagnetic pollution.
Strong ecosystem: More than 10,000 partners (device makers, platform suppliers, system integrators, consultants, solution providers) that have embraced Sigfox technology.
Major customers: The Sigfox ultra affordable, ultra low power consumption solution has already been adopted and successfully used in many industrial M2M/IoT applications from major industry players, including Total, Airbus, Michelin,…
Standard web APIs for direct data integration to any platform (no additional cost)
Access to a service management interface to adjust the most important parameters in the communication chain: signal quality and battery on the active devices, statistics (number of active connections, volume of data, etc.)
Sigfox strong and unique service level agreement: Sigfox guarantees a high degree of availability, reliability and security of your data.
SIGFOX ENABLES NEW SOLUTIONS
Predictive maintenance: predict when and how a device will fail and what replacement and maintenance parts and service personnel skills will be required to preempt the failure.
Loss prevention: monitor device and network usage to flag unusual usage situations that may be indicators of revenue loss and theft.
Asset utilisation: monitor and predict asset utilisation under a number of different usage scenarios in order to improve asset, device, and node utilisation.
Inventory tracking: monitor inventory levels and inventory assets to minimise loss and waste and improve inventory utilisation.
Disaster planning and recovery: model different disaster scenarios and likely device and network usage requirements to proactively plan for disaster situations (e.g., storms, tsunamis, bush fires, …).
Downtime minimisation: leverage predictive maintenance and inventory tracking to identify high-probability downtime situations and ensure that the right maintenance and replacement parts are available, as well as the right skilled service personnel.
Device performance effectiveness: monitor and optimise individual device performance/throughput based upon historical performance, given certain workloads and environmental conditions and coupled with a detailed profile of the performance behaviors of that device or node.
Energy usage optimisation: optimise energy usage given current and historical device performance, historical and predicted energy costs, and device performance requirements.
Network performance management: monitor and manage/fine-tune the performance of a network of devices given current load, required performance requirements (service level agreements), and forecasted performance requirements.
Capacity utilisation: reallocate device resources and jobs to optimise network and device performance given the history of device interactions and current and forecasted performance requirements.
Capacity planning: predictive and prescriptive analytics that model product and device usage and in real time, make ressource allocations and automate the provisioning of new capabilities (turning on and off capacity as dictated by the predictive models) in order to ensure the required capacity at the optimal price.
Demand forecasting: leverage device behavioral models, actual usage patterns and trends, and external factors (weather, traffic, events) to forecast longer-term network configurations and product and network build out.
Pricing optimisation: understand device usage patterns, coupled with demand forecasting, to optimise device and network pricing — lowering pricing when demand is low and increasing pricing when demand is higher; almost like surge pricing, but hopefully without the same customer satisfaction issues.
Thinxtra is empowering in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong a full eco-system of IoT solutions providers to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.