POST Luxembourg, the national telecommunications services operator and ICT service provider, and RMS.lu, a digital ID and mobile solutions specialist, are to deploy a SIGFOX Internet of Things network in Luxembourg.
SIGFOX said its ultra narrow band (UNB) technology will complement existing high-bandwidth cellular systems, which are designed for the data-intensive needs of smartphones and other mobile electronics.
It installs on standard cell towers or buildings and provides economical, energy-efficient, two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices.
SIGFOX technology has already been deployed in Luxembourg City and Ettelbrück by POST Luxembourg and RMS.lu. At present it offers connectivity to 30% of the population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and will provide nationwide coverage by year-end.
Immediate uses for the subscription-based services for government agencies, companies and other users include smart-city applications for water metering, parking management, asset tracking and air-quality management, as well as applications for improving health care, insurance coverage and logistics.
Previously this year, network operators have announced plans to roll out SIGFOX networks in Portugal, Belgium and Denmark. Networks are already operating in France, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands, as well as several major cities around the world. The company expects to make additional announcements of partnerships in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and South America this year.