Sigfox has announced plans to deploy a Sigfox low power wide area network (LPWAN) for the Internet of Things across Germany, the world’s fourth-largest economy. The deployment marks the 14th country where the Sigfox network is deployed or under national deployment. Its ambition is to have the network operating nationwide before the end of 2017.
In addition to bringing the benefits of energy efficient and low-cost IoT wide area network coverage to German companies, entrepreneurs and developers, the deployment will extend the SIGFOX network to a contiguous area of Western Europe stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Scandinavia.
The deployment of the network in Germany will allow Sigfox partners to develop products and IoT solutions for all market segments. Primary market segments include consumer and industrial goods, manufacturing industries, the supply chain, asset management, predictive maintenance and a variety of applications supporting Industry 4.0. Also known as “the fourth industrial revolution”, Industry 4.0 is Germany’s major initiative for smart manufacturing.
“Germany is a very important market for Sigfox and our commitment to deploy a national network reflects this. Sigfox is building a strong ecosystem of partners across the IoT value chain and Germany has many market-leading companies whose influence extends worldwide,” said Stuart Lodge, Sigfox’s executive vice president for global sales and partners.
Sigfox already is working with a local ecosystem of silicon vendors, product manufacturers and distribution partners in Germany to accelerate the development of the IoT and integrate the Sigfox protocol into a wide range of applications.
Sigfox’s Munich office is managed by Aurelius Wosylus, who recently joined the company from Gemalto, an international digital security company, where he was director of business development, embedded markets and the IoT.
Last week, Sigfox won the award for the ‘Best Mobile Innovation for Internet of Things’ at Mobile World Congress 2016. The award is based on:
• Genuine innovation in terms of functionality
• Real-world applicability, i.e. demonstration of fulfilling a valuable need
• Viability of business model and market potential
• Clever use of mobile network connectivity
• Usability & Value: ease of use, and benefits
• Evidence of market acceptance.