In Europe, French wireless networking company Sigfox has deployed its Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) Internet of Things network in Luxembourg.
Sigfox is working in partnership with Luxembourg’s national telecommunications services operator and ICT service provider POST Luxembourg and an Ettelbrück-based specialist in digital ID and mobile solutions – RMS.lu.
The UNB technology has been deployed in Luxembourg City to aid the two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances – lowering barriers to wide implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.
Sigfox’s network provides connectivity to 30% of the population of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg with nationwide coverage expected to be complete by the end of 2015.
The network is predominantly used by government agencies and users of smart-city applications for water metering, parking management, asset tracking and air-quality management, as well as applications for improving health care, insurance coverage and logistics.
Sigfox expands its IoT network in Europe
In recent months, Sigfox has announced plans to work with Danish developers and businesses to deploy an energy-efficient Internet of Things network.
Sigfox will manage the rollout of the network through IoT Denmark A/S, the SIGFOX network operator for Denmark.
IoT Denmark will work with developers and the business sector to grow the Danish IoT ecosystem and provide connectivity subscriptions to customers.
According to IoT Denmark’s CEO and founding partner Daniel Bachman, the partnership with Sigfox is aimed at encouraging Danish entrepreneurs, engineers and others to create new IoT applications and projects that are supported by the cost-effective IoT network.
In June, French utility company Engie (formerly GDF Suez) launched an IoT platform in partnership with Sigfox, which will see the wireless networking solutions provider install, operate and maintain the high-bandwidth cellular network in Belgium.
The IoT platform will be used to deliver low-cost M2M communication services to its Belgian customers.
Belgium-based energy corporation Electrabel, also a subsidiary of the formerly known GDF Suez, will also examine opportunities to integrate the IoT within its B2B and B2C solutions, providing value for money to its customers.