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Sigfox connectivity as a service to complement public network

French LPWAN provider Sigfox has announced a coverage as a service (CaaS) offering, providing on-demand connectivity for its US customers.
CaaS is a subscription service that provides the benefits of the Sigfox public network, including network management, monitoring and support. The service can be tailored to fit the needs of the user, installed wherever coverage is needed with the capability to connect thousands of devices, at the same per device subscription fee as the global public network.
Available for indoor and outdoor deployments, CaaS gives control to address various areas of need, including rural, remote and deep indoor spaces in areas not yet covered by the Sigfox public LPWAN in the USA.
Compact and lightweight, CaaS is a simple, self-install kit that includes a Sigfox base station suitable for indoor or outdoor installation, access to Sigfox cloud, remote equipment monitoring, remote troubleshooting support, demonstration IoT devices, cellular backhaul, and accessories such as cables, connectors, outdoor waterproofing kit and antenna.
Users will need either Ethernet or 3G connectivity to connect to the Sigfox cloud. To cater to the vast needs of users, the included base station is durable for extreme installation environments, withstanding temperatures ranging from -45 to +54˚C.
“We are very excited to offer this service and have seen significant traction in the US market,” said Christian Olivier, president of Sigfox in the USA. “Our CaaS model allows US customers to immediately supplement or densify coverage where they need it. Customers are already applying this offering in verticals such as agriculture, hospitality and industrial facilities. CaaS provides a one-stop shop encompassing device and cloud connectivity services, designed and provided by Sigfox, at an extremely affordable cost.”
Smart Yields is partnering with Sigfox to pioneer the company’s CaaS technologies at small- to medium-size farms across the USA.
“The Sigfox system is easy to install in the field and pairs seamlessly with the Smart Yields app, which provides detailed analytics and real-time updates on critical crop conditions,” said Smart Yields CEO Vincent Kimura. “Affordable, reliable connectivity in remote conditions is a game changer for our farmers, and we look forward to expanding our Sigfox CaaS network.”
The Sigfox network is present in 45 countries and on track to cover 60 by the end of 2018. With millions of objects connected and a growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s IoT Valley. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.