Sigfox expanded coverage by 50% in the U.S. market last year
Sigfox will increase coverage in Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York City and Boston during 2018
IoT connectivity provider Sigfox said it has reached a 50% increase in coverage in the U.S. market during 2017. The LPWAN network operator has also expanded its ecosystem of partners by 45% in the market. Partners include semiconductors, devices, device design houses, platforms, and system integrators.
Sigfox currently provides coverage in 24 out of the 25 top metropolitan markets in the U.S including 25% of the country’s population. The company said that during last year it has doubled the coverage in Seattle and San Francisco bay area, and tripled coverage in greater Chicago market and Boston.
Some of the new markets launched in 2017 include Seattle, South Florida’s Gold Coast, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington D.C., and New Orleans. The company also provides coverage in 40 of the 50 busiest U.S. airports
“We are looking ahead with a focus on steadily deploying our network, while driving specific use cases within key regional markets,” said Christian Olivier, President, Sigfox U.S.A. “We’ll concentrate on areas where we can provide low cost, energy efficient connectivity to a wide range of assets, such as asset monitoring, asset tracking, and facilities management.”
In 2018, the company aims to continue to extend and densify its network, with a focus on key regions, including greater Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York City to Boston corridor, and the greater San Francisco Bay-area.
Earlier this year, Sigfox announced it had expanded its global network to 45 countries.
The technology serves around 803 million people, covering 3.8 million square kilometers. Sigfox is targeting a reach of 60 countries and one billion people by the end of this year.
In September 2017, the French IoT specialist had launched a suite of new services for the provision of IoT connectivity with an emphasis on low-cost components to support manufacturing and supply chain operations.
Admiral Ivory is a simplified connectivity service which makes it possible to transform any short-range wireless device into a long-range IoT device based on a hardware component that costs of 20-cents.
Sigfox also announced a new offering for manufacturers looking to use devices globally, which means the devices can run in any part of the world. The new product, dubbed Sigfox Monarch, is a cognitive service that support connectivity worldwide by allowing IoT devices to recognize and automatically adapt to local communications standards.
Sigfox’s technology operates in unlicensed bands worldwide, with radio frequencies ranging from 862 MHz to 928 MHz. Using unlicensed bands enables devices to send their data to the cloud while using little power, at very low cost. Sigfox Monarch provides a radio recognition service enabling devices to manage the radio frequency changes, without any additional hardware such as GPS or Wi-Fi chipset.