Sigfox migrates IoT infrastructure to Google Cloud in pursuit of ‘massive IoT agenda’
Sigfox is to migrate its entire IoT infrastructure to Google Cloud, the company has said. Until now, Sigfox has managed its core network infrastructure and data services from its own headquarters, in Toulouse in France.
The move represents a major shift for Sigfox, which re-stated its objective and its plan to lead the fiercely competitive low-power wide-area (LPWA) end of the IoT sector. Sigfox claims to run networks in 72 countries, covering more than 1.3 billion people. It said its traffic volumes jumped by 145 percent in 2020.
Google will be tasked with processing “billions of messages monthly” in its cloud platform, the firm said. Google Cloud has promised “better scale, increased reliability, and best-of-breed compliance and security”, said Sigfox. The move to the cloud will enable “faster improvements” in terms of low-cost, low-power IoT connectivity, geolocation, and tracking services.
Franck Siegel, deputy chief executive at Sigfox, said: “We share the same appetite for driving digital transformation through helpful, reliable, and sustainable innovation. With this partnership, Google Cloud will support us in becoming the global leader in ultra-low-cost, ultra-low-power asset visibility and tracking.”
Samuel Bonamigo, vice president of sales for Google Cloud in the southern EMEA region, said: “Google Cloud is proud to support Sigfox and provide an IoT leader with more reliability and flexibility as the company takes the next steps of its development. Sigfox’s use of Google Cloud technology is the perfect illustration of how we’re helping innovative companies grow and thrive and better serve their customers.”
Sigfox has focused on the LPWA data services in the supply chain and logistics, automotive, postal services, and utilities sectors. In a statement, it drew attention variously to its solutions for tracking auto parts between assembly plants and suppliers, monitoring smart meters in the gas sector, in particular, and tracking roll containers in postal services and distribution.