ENGIE M2M, a subsidiary ENGIE, is to implement a SIGFOX low power, wide area Internet of Things network across Belgium. The network is expected to be available nationwide in two years. Electrabel, a Belgium-based electricity and natural-gas company and ENGIE subsidiary, also will explore opportunities to integrate the SIGFOX IoT network within its B2B and B2C solutions.
ENGIE M2M will work with Belgian developers and businesses to grow the IoT ecosystem and provide connectivity subscriptions to customers. The agreements means Belgium is the seventh European country to roll out a SIGFOX dedicated IoT network on a nationwide basis.
It is also SIGFOX’s second partnership with a subsidiary of ENGIE following the signing of a deal with Cofely Services, which provides energy and environmental-efficiency services for buildings. It intends to use the SIGFOX network to expand services it provides building owners in France.
“This collaboration with ENGIE is exciting and significant on two levels,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, SIGFOX executive vice president of networks and operators. “First, it brings the many benefits of SIGFOX’s Internet of Things connectivity to businesses, governments and other users in Belgium and, second, it expands our relationship with the ENGIE Group, a global leader in solving the most pressing energy and environmental challenges.”