Connected Finland, a company created by a team of Finnish telco professionals, is to deploy SIGFOX’s low power wide area (LPWA) Internet of Things network technology throughout Finland by 2017. In a separate announcement, SIGFOX said it will be working with Atari on connected devices
In Finland, the fast-track rollout will provide coverage to the nation’s largest cities by this summer and coverage for 85% of the population by spring 2017. SIGFOX said it now has more than 7 million devices registered in its networks with a footprint on all continents. In the past 12 months alone, SIGFOX has added 14 countries to its global coverage map.
Connected Finland’s founders Markku Patronen, Marko Vanninen and Tom Lindblad have extensive network operator background. They also bring experience in hardware sales and development companies, software and hosting services, consulting and entrepreneurship.
“Finland is one of the world’s most competitive economies, with a strong focus on innovation and adopting new technologies in such fields as electronics and telecommunications,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, SIGFOX executive vice-president networks & operators.
“This positions the country to become a European leader in terms of quick adoption of the IoT and invention of exciting new applications for industry, business and personal use. We have seen this entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated strongly by our partners Connected Finland.”
As a SIGFOX Network Operator, Connected Finland is backed by well-known industrial investors and a group of private angel investors committed to quickly adding Finland to the world’s fastest-emerging, mass-market IoT network.
“There is a very clear and urgent need in Finland for SIGFOX’s energy-efficient and low-cost IoT solution, which can open a huge number of exciting new use cases in sectors such as insurance, smart cities, smart buildings, and asset tracking, safety and security, transportation and industry,” said Patronen.
Vanninen added: “Connected Finland’s partnership with SIGFOX will also provide many unique opportunities for Finnish device-and-solution providers to create new use cases that can extend the benefits of the IoT across Finnish society and in all sectors of the economy. Our partner Helsinki Ventures is already facilitating a developer program in Finland, enabled by SIGFOX’s connectivity solution.”
SIGFOX and Atari to develop Atari-branded connected IoT devices
Atari, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment (pictured above), and SIGFOX are to develop a line of new connected devices based on Atari’s brand.
The collaboration will cover a wide range of new Atari products, from the very simple to the highly sophisticated, providing customers with an easy way to know at any time where the devices are and what their status is. The initial product line will include categories such as home, pets, lifestyle and safety.
By connecting to SIGFOX’s global network, the products will benefit from its competitive advantages: a very long battery life and a simple solution that does not require local Internet connectivity and pairing. As soon as the battery is inserted in the object, it is immediately connected to the network.
Development of the new product line will begin this year and more details will be shared soon.
SIGFOX and VT Networks complete network roll out in Ireland
SIGFOX and the Irish telecoms provider VT Networks have completed the installation of a SIGFOX low-power wide area IoT connectivity network in less than eight months after network deployment began.
The company reports that Irish businesses are installing new IoT solutions to take advantage of the network. Solutions include:
• Smart metering, specifically water-metering with leak detection capability
• Building and home security systems that are much harder to jam than current cellular solutions
• Smart smoke alarms which alert residents through an application, avoiding losses due to faulty devices
• Tracking and recovery of stolen farm assets
• Sensor devices on gates that alert farmers when an intruder has opened them during pre-defined periods
• Machine monitoring telemetry devices.
“Irish businesses and farmers have been quick to understand the benefits that the SIGFOX dedicated IoT network provides,” said Mark Bannon, CEO of VT Networks. “We are excited to see this growing level of interest, and look forward to launching programs that further integrate the network throughout the country.”
The two companies expect to connect over 1 million devices in Ireland by 2017.