Sigfox to deploy Internet of Things network in San Francisco

San Francisco will be the first city in the US to implement a Sigfox low power wide area network for IoT using ultra narrow band technology

Sigfox to deploy Internet of Things network in San Francisco

The City of San Francisco and Sigfox will partner to deploy a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network, which will provide low-cost, energy-efficient and two-way connectivity for smart-city programmes, as well as businesses in multiple verticals.

Sigfox, based in France, has largely confined its networks to Europe, but in March 2015 it announced ambitious plans to cover 90% of the USA within three year. San Francisco is the first of 10 US cities in which Sigfox says it will deploy its network by Q1 2016.

Sigfox’s technology has been certified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission),
which regulates interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in the USA.

The pilot plan in San Francisco will be executed through collaboration between the Department of Technology, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation, the San Francisco Public Library, and other critical leadership.

The pilot plan in San Francisco will be executed through collaboration between the Department of Technology, the Mayor’s Office of Innovation, the San Francisco Public Library, and other critical leadership.

Sigfox will receive access to the City property to mount antennas in order to provide network access to the City. The Department of Technology will install the antennas as Sigfox maintains the network.

“The next wave in technology innovation in San Francisco will likely be the Internet of Things,” said Miguel A. Gamiño Jr., San Francisco’s chief information officer and executive director of the Department of Technology.

“This new network reinforces San Francisco’s commitment to attracting startups and established companies in the emerging IoT space. It also allows the City to offer residents innovative new services and positions San Francisco as the leading smart city in the US.”

“If the last 10 years of technology development were about making it easier for companies and people to exchange information with one another—Google, Skype, Dropbox, and so on—the next 10 years will be about making it possible, cost effective and easy for the unconnected physical world to transmit data to the Internet,” said Allen Proithis, president of Sigfox North America.

“The Internet of Things can bring new opportunities to San Francisco—the Innovation Capital of the World,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “Creating a network of this kind, the City will be able to attract new startup companies, strengthen existing businesses and provide more jobs, economic growth and continuing prosperity for our residents. I’m excited that the Internet of Things network will help the City deliver more efficient services for residents and opportunities for innovation for entrepreneurs.”

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