Sigfox and OVH collaboration at CES
January 7, 2016
OVH’s TimeSeries platform-as-a-service (PaaS) has been integrated with Sigfox’s cloud, making it simpler for companies to implement and manage their IoT services. The two French companies demonstrated the collaboration at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The two companies also recently demonstrated more than 7000 simple and cost-effective connected sensors sending data through the Sigfox IoT communications service to the TimeSeries service.
TimeSeries is an IoT platform dedicated to collecting, processing, monitoring and analysing data from sensors in connected devices. Through machine-learning algorithms, it can identify patterns and trigger actions based on the data received.
OVH is also working with manufacturers to offer a plug-and-play service to companies.
The high potential of the IoT market implies a demand for storage and processing of a very large amount of data, which provides an appropriate scope to OVH and its 220,000 servers in 17 data centres. The company's global presence takes on a new dimension since its announcement in September of plans to open 12 new data centres by 2018.
“Facing this unprecedented digital revolution, Sigfox and OVH’s complementarity offers new perspectives, enabling both companies to apprehend the entire value chain of the IoT,” said Laurent Allard, CEO of OVH. “By providing a turn-key solution for storing and managing data, as well as hosting business applications, OVH makes it much simpler, quicker and more cost effective to get up and running with internet of things applications.”
Sigfox’s wireless device-to-cloud communications service is a subscription-based offer that allows companies to integrate single devices or entire systems with the cloud, without having to deal with the complexities of networking. This makes it much simpler and more cost effective to collect data from physical objects.
The Sigfox Ready certification programme assures that devices are compatible with the Sigfox network and can be connected to the IoT easily by any customer, anywhere the Sigfox service is available. The network is already operating or being deployed in 12 countries, covering more than a million square kilometres.
A company wishing to deploy an IoT service can now choose from the many Sigfox Ready certified devices, or build its own, and use OVH PaaS TimeSeries APIs to retrieve the data for display in an app. Companies no longer need to build and manage the databases and can thus focus on the business logic.
“The integration of OVH PaaS TimesSeries in Sigfox’s cloud is a key step in the evolution of the IoT that will give customers continuous and unprecedented insights into the status of their infrastructure and other assets, enabling them to increase efficiency and lower costs,” said Stuart Lodge, Sigfox executive vice president. “With participation of leading players such as OVH in the Sigfox ecosystem, we are the only IoT connectivity provider that allows customers to systematically use the wealth of data their connected devices are sending.”
Companies such as Weenat with its live data-farming sensors, and Connit, with its IoT services to optimise energy use and industrial maintenance, are already using the combined services.