You may not have heard of SIGFOX but your dishwasher, power meter, or refrigerator will probably soon be their friends. SIGFOX is a french company that builds Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs) designed specifically for machine-to-machine (M2M) or IoT device connectivity. They have been in the news regularly lately and their latest announcement is the addition of Finland as a customer. In conjunction with Connected Finland, SIGFOX will be rolling out their network to major cities this summer and across the country in 2017 where they anticipate the network will blanket 85% of the population by spring.
The Growth of SIGFOX
Finland is just the latest customer. The SIGFOX network is currently hosting more than 7 million devices, has a presence on all continents, and is rapidly establishing a seamless global network to provide ubiquitous connectivity for potentially billions of devices. In the past 12 months, SIGFOX has added 14 countries to its global network and Finland will be the 19th country to deploy the SIGFOX network. At the end of April, they also announced they had begun to rollout the network in Brazil.
SIGFOX is not only focusing on building network coverage; they also announced a partnership with Atari (yes, the Atari of Pong & Space Invaders fame) earlier this month. SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan is quoted in their press release as saying:
“Atari, which has disruption rooted in their DNA, was quick to envision the transformative role that the Internet of Things can play in interactive entertainment… Our network bridges the virtual and physical worlds simply, reliably and inexpensively and this collaboration will launch a new dimension to gaming, while supporting features that are limited only by the imagination.”
This partnership reinforces that SIGFOX has their eye on the bigger picture and are as interested in building the IoT ecosystem as the underlying network. Interestingly, the Atari partnership is not an isolated event. They have partnered with a wide range of other organizations including: a Kickstarter campaign for workout-tracking GPS devices, the city of San Francisco for a hackathon where contestants designed tools (like sensors with machine learning to determine when to water green spaces and devices that use audio waves to determine if mechanical components or devices are working properly), and even with Whistle, the company who manufactures the Fitbit-type device for your dog with built-in GPS tracking.
Future of SIGFOX
The IoT is a huge market and SIGFOX is positioning themselves to play a major role and have already made great partnerships and deployed some very interesting technology. They are a company to watch! They have indicated that they plan to have a presence in 60 countries by 2020 – where do you think they will expand to next? We look forward to hearing your thoughts in the comments!