Our story

Discover the story behind the making of the Sigfox company and our key milestones.

Our Founders

Ludovic Le Moan

CEO

Ludovic Le Moan co-founded Sigfox and launched “0G”, the world’s largest low-power network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2010. In just a few years, Ludovic Le Moan has raised nearly €300 million from strategic and financial investors in Europe, the U.S. and Asia to support Sigfox’s global expansion.

 

Le Moan also co-founded the “IoT Valley”, Europe’s first IoT ecosystem based in Toulouse France, to help start-ups accelerate the deployment of the Internet of Things.

 

Ludovic has twenty years of experience in the machine-to-machine space. In the late 1990s, he led the COFRAMI Group before founding Anyware Technologies, which enabled the connection, management and monitoring of remote equipment through a Web interface. He then sold Anyware Technologies to Wavecom in 2008.

 

He then created Goojet, a B2C services company that offered a simple, personal experience of the mobile web, which later became Scoop.it and was sold in 2018.

 

In 2010, he met Christophe Fourtet, a global radio communication expert, and they decided to embark on the Sigfox adventure.

 

Ludovic has a technical CAP and engineering degree from ENSIMAG in Grenoble.

 

He was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2016 by President Emmanuel Macron.

Christophe Fourtet

CSO

Christophe Fourtet co-founded SIGFOX in 2009 to build a global network that is dedicated to the Internet of Things and operates with very low cost and minimal energy consumption. Before co-founding SIGFOX, his career was focused on developing radio technologies at leading technology and semiconductor companies. In addition to RF technology, his expertise includes embedded systems, semiconductors and SOCs.

 

From 2003 to 2009, Fourtet served as wireless hardware platform manager at Freescale Semiconductor.

 

Fourtet joined Freescale from Motorola, where he was a senior cellular hardware and system engineer. He helped create the cellular hardware group that developed Motorola’s mobile phone. Prior to that, he served as a radio engineer at SAGEM. 

 

Fourtet graduated from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon) in lectrical and telecommunications sciences. He did post-doc work in electromagnetism.

Building a deep communication service for the earth.
A safety net for all. 

The ozone layer protects the planet and humanity. It acts as a safety net against the effects of solar radiation, and we cannot survive without this natural protection. Sigfox aims to create a global 0G telecommunication standard dedicated to the transfer of small messages – to give us all access to a minimum communication service.

As our economy, environment and social bond become increasingly connected, we must realise the importance of being able to access and rely on communications networks. We have become more vulnerable, as we depend more and more on digital services. That’s why we are calling for the creation of a global 0G telecommunication standard dedicated to the transfer of small messages – to give us all access to a minimum communication service.

Sigfox Story

This standard would be based on the following principles:

• The provision of a minimal channel for transferring small messages, that would complement other communication protocols (WiFi, Bluetooth, Satellite, 3G, 4G, 5G, ADSL, Fibre…)

• Setting up a back-up channel in case the main communication links fail, or in cases where a network goes down after a natural disaster or malicious act

• Increasing and guaranteeing the security of networks and exchanges, to stabilize our digitalised economy

• Simplifying access to different networks to increase adoption

• Reducing energy consumption linked to telecommunications networks

Our vision