Norwegian RF module provider Radiocrafts has unveiled a Sigfox low power, wide area network (LPWAN) radio module for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new compact RF module has been certified to assure optimal connectivity performance on Sigfox networks.
The combination of Radiocrafts’ Sigfox-certified module with Sigfox’s global network offers low-cost, low-power and out-of-the-box wireless connectivity for a wide array of IoT applications.
Sigfox currently operates or is being deployed in the US and 10 European countries and has registered 5 million devices. Based on ultra-narrowband (UNB) technology, the new Radiocrafts module ensures full compatibility with the Sigfox network, and claims to have achieved best-in-class designation for receiver sensitivity and range.
The RC1682 module with embedded Sigfox protocol provides a robust data link and is very easy to use and add to any sensor monitoring or control application. The ultra-narrowband modules provide very high spectral efficiency, with temperature stabilized crystal oscillators to ensure reliable operation over the full industrial temperature range, -40 to +85 degrees Celsius, according to Radiocrafts.
The new module series is intended for one-way and two-way IoT applications where devices can be spread over a large geographical area for monitoring and control. Sigfox will work with Radiocrafts’ clients to certify their end devices.
“The Sigfox approach is a complement to our existing offerings for low power wireless solutions, with the benefit of using an existing infrastructure with wide area coverage,” says Peder Martin Evjen, managing director, Radiocrafts.
“Ultra-Narrow Band is a preferred radio technology for global Internet of Things, as it offers cost-effective and energy-efficient connectivity as well as robust coexistence.”
The compact modules, which measure 12.7 x 25.4mm, come in a surface-mount, tape and reel packaging. Samples and Demo Kits are available now.