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T-Mobile and Sigfox set to deploy IoT network in Czech Republic

Steve Rogerson
June 4, 2015
 
T-Mobile, Blue Cell Network and Sigfox are partnering to bring a wireless network dedicated to the IoT to the Czech Republic. The network will operate on T-Mobile-managed base stations in Prague and, after the pilot project, the three partners will decide whether or not they will gradually roll out the network across the entire Czech Republic.
 
“We see the future in the internet of things – basically any device or object will be able to transmit information via the internet, which will facilitate a number of everyday activities and increase their efficiency,” said Milan Hába, innovations director at T-Mobile. “Therefore we have teamed up with Blue Cell Network to introduce the Sigfox network, which has been proven in other countries to be one of the world’s best IoT solutions, in the Czech Republic.”
 
Sigfox’s ultra narrow band (UNB) technology for connecting devices provides scalable, long-range, two-way connectivity and high capacity. The network complements existing high-bandwidth cellular systems, which are designed for the data-intensive needs of smartphones and other mobile electronics. It installs on standard cell towers and provides economical, energy-efficient transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT and M2M, and extending the battery and service life of connected devices.
 
The pilot operation is designed to sample the technological and practical possibilities of the technology. The pilot will run on real devices in a real environment. For instance, monitoring will include railway cars, available parking spaces and a number of other applications.
 
Following the pilot project, the three companies will decide whether to deploy the network across the entire Czech Republic. Initial results of the project will be reported this summer, when the three companies will also provide a live demo of the individual applications.
 
“The Sigfox network is already operating or being deployed in more than a dozen European countries and major cities,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, executivevice president international business development at Sigfox. “We are excited to bring the benefits of cost-effective and energy-efficient internet of things connectivity to the Czech Republic.”
 
• Finland-based Bttn, the creator of a simple physical internet user interface, has chosen Sigfox’s global network to expand the reach of its buttons. Until now GPRS and Wifi technologies have been used to connect the stand-alone, connected push buttons to the internet. By qualifying its devices in the Sigfox Readycertification programme, Bttn is assured the buttons will have optimal radio capacity wherever Sigfox’s global network is operating.
 
“Sigfox’s network, which is dedicated to the internet of things, allows us to build buttons that have better battery lifetime and a much lower cost,” said Harri Rautio, CEO of Bttn. “Furthermore, Sigfox has strong network presence in countries like Spain and France, where we already have business customers in the transportation, elderly care, security and manufacturing industries.”