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/.
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SORACOM Launches in Europe
22 February 2017 – SORACOM, a leading Japanese IoT connectivity provider today announced the launch of its advanced IoT connectivity platform and services in Europe.
Widely recognized as one of Japan's leading IoT technology providers, SORACOM is breaking down technical barriers to IoT/M2M deployment with a cloud-based connectivity platform that is both technically advanced and affordable. The company uses a unique approach and architecture to provide secure data transfer at low cost, and brings this technology to users globally across all industries in convenient new forms.
“SORACOM aims to use its platform to contribute to the overall growth of the IoT industry,” said Ken Tamagawa, Chief Executive Officer (above). “Current IoT connectivity providers do not offer secure and swift delivery of services that are affordable and available for everyone in a democratized way. Connecting devices to the internet or the cloud is the easy part. Securing devices and data is the most critical. If it’s on the public internet, it’s hackable. Our customers connect their devices directly to the cloud, using a private network provided by SORACOM instead of public internet.”
SORACOM's initial solutions were based on cellular connectivity, but earlier this month the company launched a solution based on LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Network) that provides gateways to customers as a service.
Devices and services can be managed through APIs and a web console that allows convenient activation/deactivation of SIMs, traffic monitoring, network configuration and visualization, storage and management of data, and many more detailed operations, in real time.
The company has built a global ecosystem of over 250 partners through its Soracom Partner Space (SPS). Through this programme, the company continues to deliver both technical innovation and business value to partners and their customers. The company now welcomes new partners from Europe into SPS to further expand the ecosystem.
SORACOM’s SIM cards are available on Amazon’s European sites for small volumes and via user consoles for larger volumes.
SORACOM’s launch event will be held on 27th February at 12.00 (GMT+1) at Fira Montjuïc, at the 4YFN event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
SORACOM was founded in November 2014 by a team of cloud and telecommunication veterans and launched in Japan in September 2015. From the beginning, the company's objective was to develop a communications network for IoT innovators across industries with the tools they need to connect, protect, control and coordinate their IoT deployments at speed and at scale. Today, the company serves over 5000 business clients, from start-ups to SMEs and blue-chip corporations. With headquarters in Tokyo and offices in, Singapore, Copenhagen and Palo Alto, the company is committed to providing IoT/M2M innovators everywhere with the tools they need to create a more connected world.
For additional information, please visit www.soracom.io.