Introduction to Sigfox
Sigfox basically means 2 things:
- 1.Radio technology protocol
- 2.Worldwide radio network for the Internet of Things (IoT) using Sigfox radio technology
- Very different from Bluetooth, GSM, LTE, or WiFi.
- Doesn't use any physical SIM card.
- Allows devices to work on very small batteries with a lifespan of 10 to 20 years. The devices are low-cost and small.
- Transfers received messages to the Internet directly, without having to use local hardware/gateways - this is done through hundreds of radio towers deployed nationwide.
- Emits up to 200 km.
- Secure and impossible to jam, the protocol is publicly defined.
- Supported by hundreds of manufacturers and devices.
- Works worldwide with roaming.
- Physical network with tens of thousands of radio towers worldwide.
- A managed network with strict SLA, reliability, and security monitoring.
- Being built up and supported by 60 Sigfox operators (one in each country) and currently covers one billion people.
- Centralized and unified security.
- Very simple and unified access to all data from the devices.
- Paid per device and according to the number of messages from the devices (approximately 0.1 USD to 1 USD monthly per device).
So how does Sigfox compare to the other Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) technologies? Each of them is ideal for different applications and use cases.
- 1.LoRa by Semtech for factory automation
- 2.NB-IoT for PoS payment terminals
- 3.Sigfox for tracking or utility measurements