SORACOM and Sigfox Partner to Drive European IoT Deployment
25 September 2017 — Today at the Sigfox World IoT Expo in Prague, SORACOM Inc., a leading provider of cloud-native connectivity solutions built specifically for Internet of Things, announced native platform support in Europe for Sigfox’s market-leading LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) connectivity.
SORACOM’s customers will be able to use the SORACOM web console and APIs to operate and manage devices connected with Sigfox. Blended cellular/LPWAN deployments can now apply a single cloud-side architecture to simplify deployment, commissioning and ongoing support of in-field devices. Importantly, Sigfox deployments can now take advantage of the tools available on the SORACOM platform, including device management, data transmission reduction, cloud service integration, data visualization, packet inspection, and more.
“This is a major win for makers of IoT who were so far struggling to choose between cellular and LPWAN or find a combined offering, with a cloud-native integrated approach towards a blended offering”, said Parag Mittal, Chief Commercial Officer, SORACOM (above). “We are now able to create this unique value to our existing and new customers. The partnership and integration of platforms will also enable customers to utilise other SORACOM value added services like Harvest, Funnel, Canal, etc. from a single platform across a range of devices running on different network technologies. Our vision to democratise IoT is taking shape!”
“Adding Sigfox global LPWAN service to SORACOM cellular connectivity provides tremendous value to customers looking for multiple-mode deployments,” said Davide Pacchini, director Global Alliances at Sigfox (left). “This partnership will extend Sigfox’s market leading story of low cost, low energy and ubiquitous service with SORACOM’s cellular connectivity to provide dual-mode capability and grow the market of use cases for developers and customers.”
The addition of Sigfox support expands the SORACOM platform in Europe to encompass a wide range of new IoT use cases. Sigfox offers developers the opportunity to reduce connectivity cost and energy consumption for IoT devices while allowing connection over distances of miles or more. Additionally, Sigfox can be combined with high-bandwidth connectivity options such as cellular or WiFi in a blended deployment to support a broad set of IoT use cases. Sigfox is currently deployed in 32 countries worldwide, with coverage already available in most European markets.
SORACOM will also begin offering a Wisol-based breakout for direct purchase from the SORACOM User Console by end of October. This Arduino-compatible breakout is easy to program using AT commands, compatible with Sigfox in Europe and together with SORACOM Platform services, it helps developers quickly prototype a Sigfox based device.
For more information on SORACOM, please visit https://soracom.io/.
ENGIE Subsidiary Cofely Services Integrates SIGFOX Solution for Building Management
28 May 2015 - Cofely Services, a subsidiary of leading European multi-service company ENGIE, today announced that it is entering a new era in driving energy efficiency of buildings and smart metering by connecting its service offering to the SIGFOX network. Through this new partnership, Cofely Services reinforces its expertise in data processing and analysis, while offering its clients reduced operating costs.
Cofely Services is currently working on three new projects totaling 1,500 sites and 7,500 connected devices and within three years, the company plans to connect at least 100,000 devices.
Cofely Services and SIGFOX: complementary expertise for the energy management buildings and smart metering
ENGIE participated in SIGFOX’s $115m fundraising round last February and recently Cofely Services began using SIGFOX's innovative connectivity technology as part of an enhanced range of building management services.
SIGFOX’s wireless, ultra-narrowband (UNB) network has been exclusively designed for small messages that meet the needs of the vast majority of IoT devices. By providing economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of data, SIGFOX is lowering barriers to wide-scale implementation of IoT and M2M solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices.
Jean-Pierre Monéger, CEO of Cofely Services: "With SIGFOX, we open the field of possibilities. Gains in terms of easier installation are indeed significant, allowing us to offer our services to new types of buildings, such as multi-site, or buildings that are difficult to access.
About Cofely Services and ENGIE
Cofely Services provides sustainable solutions enabling its customers to reduce energy consumption, improve economic performance, and control their environmental impact.
Cofely's expertise are in three broad areas: improving energy and environmental performance of buildings, local renewable energy production and integration services. In France, Cofely Services employs 12,000 people and generated a turnover of 2.5 billion Euros in 2014. Cofely Services is a subsidiary of ENGIE, a leading European multi-service company, with a turnover of 15.7 billion euros in 2014 and 100 000 employees.