With its ecosystem of partners, Sigfox launches a revolutionary way to think about connectivity thanks to the world’s first, ultra-low cost, Internet of Things (IoT) modules starting from just US $2.00.
In the silicon industry, prices are directly linked to the size and complexity of the chipsets. With its unique network approach, Sigfox significantly simplifies the requirements for the chipsets and thus lowering the price barrier for device-to-cloud communications to a historical low.
This Sigfox ecosystem initiative finally enables mass market acceleration, adoption and deployment of the IoT.
LABÈGE, FRANCE, November 7th 2016, Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of a global communication solution powering the Internet of Things (IoT), has today announced that with its ecosystem of partners, they have together enabled an IoT revolution thanks to the world’s first ultra-low cost IoT communication modules.
Enabled through the Sigfox ecosystem, the new Sigfox certified and ready to use modules cost as little as US $2.00 for European, Middle East and African markets, and less than $3.00 for American and Asian markets.
In a developing world of cloud connected devices, high costs and short battery life are now a thing of the past. These barriers were once due to the complex silicon chips required for the devices to communicate with the cloud.
Sigfox is different. Device-to-cloud communication is now possible without connections, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted messages from around the world, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. With its unique approach, Sigfox is well positioned as the only IoT communications provider to enable a future where devices no longer need to rely on batteries to communicate with the cloud.
The new ultra-low cost IoT modules significantly lower the cost barrier, with modules up to 20 times cheaper than LTE cellular modules and 5 times cheaper than the closest competing technologies. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions market is set to grow 90% annually to $24.5 billion by 2021, so today’s announcement will further accelerate growth and access to this market.
To achieve this unprecedented low cost, Sigfox worked with its partners to optimise every aspect of the design and specification down to the silicon level. The module specifications are also royalty free to ensure the lowest possible cost, whilst encouraging even greater levels of innovation.
“As the total costs to connect devices to the IoT fall, the cost of modules becomes a key component in the equation”, said David Parker, Senior analyst at Beecham Research. “This announcement strengthens the IoT Service Provider approach Sigfox brings to the market, lowering the cost to connect, enabling more applications to be connected economically and further expanding the market.”
The first partners delivering the ultra-low cost modules include module manufacturer, Wisol, who is already delivering samples based on ON Semiconductor single chip SoC and who will be starting mass production in December 2016. Additionally, InnoComm will be manufacturing modules based on NXP transceivers. Its samples will be available from January 2017, with mass production starting in March 2017.
The Sigfox network spans 24 countries and is on track to reach over 60 by 2018. Sigfox has built a comprehensive supply chain of ecosystem partners that are developing, selling and supporting the connected devices. These partners consist of semiconductors, module makers, developers, design houses, Electronics Manufacturing Services/Original Design Manufacturers, device makers, and distributors.
Sigfox ecosystem partners will also be launching new modules to combine the Sigfox protocol with other complimentary connectivity protocols, such as WiFi & Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Global Positionning System (GPS). Combining these protocols with Sigfox will deliver additional benefits and features that are required by many IoT applications. These additional low cost modules will be available in early 2017
Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President, global sales and partners at Sigfox, said, “Today’s announcement reflects the power of our partner ecosystem, which enables low cost devices and accelerates the mass production of Sigfox compatible modules and devices.
“We believe in a future where billions of connected devices have a role in our society and economic development. Dramatically reducing the cost of the low power devices means that we are able to make this belief a reality much quicker.
“Sigfox continues to focus on lowering the barriers to IoT mass adoption by working with the entire ecosystem, including all silicon and device partners. We will keep expanding and supporting our ecosystem partners to overcome the cost challenges and make new solutions available that the market requires.”
This, is how Sigfox, with its partner network, are able to Make Things Come Alive.
Volker Graeger, Vice President secure car access at NXP, said, “We are delighted to be part of the Sigfox ecosystem, and its game-changing approach to device connectivity. These IoT modules will be catalysts for new business models and use cases that are virtually unimaginable today.”
Dr Thomas Wolff, Vice President at ON Semiconductor, said, “Sigfox and its partner ecosystem have just lowered barriers to an IoT future thanks to very high level of integration and extremely low BOM while not compromising on performance. By greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices, we can imagine a future where battery life is no longer a limitation to what is possible.”
JiHo, Kim, CEO at Wisol, said, “As a global module partner of Sigfox, we are very excited to launch the competitive module solution, ideal for limitless IoT opportunities. We are very confident that our module solutions will play a key role in enabling device makers to build IoT solutions very easily and quickly. We will keep strengthening our partnership with Sigfox to expand Sigfox’s global network and ecosystem.”
Paul Wang, General Manager at InnoComm, said, “The simplicity of the new specification makes it incredibly easy to build modules on the Sigfox network. It fundamentally moves proofs of concepts to mass market and high volume. This is essential to encouraging mass adoption particularly amongst product manufacturers seeking to become service providers.”
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission.
The vision of the company is to “Make Things Come Alive.” By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development.
Currently present in 24 countries, and on track to reach over 60 by 2018, the Sigfox network today covers a population of 397 million people. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value.
Founded in 2010 by entrepreneurs Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices worldwide in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter at @SIGFOX.