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Open-source connector links Sigfox and Fiware

Steve Rogerson
July 10, 2015
Compatible with the OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) NGSI standard, an open-source connector has been created that allows developers to use all Sigfox Ready devices with Fiware IoT software enablers to gather and process data.
Through a standard application programming interface (API), the connector also lets developers create IoT apps easily and quickly, meaning that Fiware becomes a Sigfox Ready IoT platform. With this connector, developers can choose from the large catalogue of Sigfox-compatible devices that require virtually no integration.
Fiware is an open initiative whose platform provides APIs that simplify development of smart applications. France-based Sigfox provides a network dedicated to the IoT.
Fiware already lets users monitor data on everything an IoT device with sensors measures, such as temperature, pressure, location and humidity. With this connector, developers will be able to choose from the large catalogue of Sigfox-compatible devices that require virtually no integration.
Sigfox’s end-to-end communications brings data from devices all the way to the customers’ server applications. The server apps interface with the Sigfox cloud using standards-based APIs, but they can also use off-the-shelf IoT platforms. With this agreement, Sigfox users can also use Fiware, which is integrated using the open- source connector.
This means developers using Sigfox Ready devices can benefit from the features provided by Fiware generic enablers and access the Fiware innovation ecosystem and accelerator programme.
More than a technical integration, this connector is said to be a concrete step for an innovative low-power network technology that meets the needs of European start-ups and device makers focused on the IoT.
“By accessing the Fiware ecosystem, app developers can create IoT applications and services very quickly and increase their impact, due to the usage of Fiware standard APIs,” said Thomas Nicholls, executive vice president of communications at Sigfox. “This partnership also underscores Sigfox’s commitment to open-source platforms and to working with multiple partners for the benefit of our network operators and their customers.”
Fiware is an open-source platform integrating a number of components that make it easier to develop smart applications. It was created through a public-private partnership between more than 40 organisations and the European Commission. The Fiware community is extending the platform to other global regions, starting with Latin America.
The components are widely used by the community thanks to the Fiware acceleration programme funding SMEs and start-ups with a total of €80m. To consolidate the ecosystem, Fiware experimentation nodes have been deployed and federated all over Europe and now it is going global starting with nodes in Mexico, Brazil and Chile. Recently, 50 cities in 12 countries have announced the adoption of Fiware standards as part of the OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities) initiative.
Sigfox provides dedicated cellular connectivity for IoT and M2M communications. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT and M2M, and extending the battery and service life of connected devices.