Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

French postal system trials SIGFOX IoT network

William Payne
January 20, 2016
 
French national postal service, Groupe La Poste, is carrying out a pilot programme to trial SIGFOX's dedicated Internet of Things network. The new service is designed to allow businesses and individuals to order a range of postal services with the push of a button.

The DOMINO program aims to provide fingertip convenience for ordering parcel pickup and delivery via SIGFOX’s low-power IoT network, and improve the efficiency of La Poste’s services.

Developed by the Digital and Services - Mail – Parcel Division at La Poste, the service is designed to allow individuals to place any unpackaged article in their mailbox equipped with a DOMINO button, and enable a range of La Poste services. This includes pickup, boxing, wrapping and shipping.

The SIGFOX network, which is operational or is being deployed in 12 countries, covers 80 percent of France and its territories and 91 percent of the population.

According to SIGFOX, its low power wide area (LPWA) technology enables the service to transmit requests over long distances at very low cost. The transmission power is equivalent to that of a portable remote control.

“Our collaboration with Groupe La Poste is another great example of the IoT’s huge potential for value creation through innovative new services,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX executive vice president global sales and partners. “SIGFOX is bringing this potential to a rapidly growing base of companies internationally with the assurance of consistent quality of service and very low energy consumption by connected objects.”

The pilot program will operate regionally during the first half of 2016.