Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sigfox launches WiFi geolocation service for massive IoT

William Payne
November 1, 2018

IoT service provider Sigfox has launched Atlas WiFi, a geolocation service for massive IoT applications. Atlas WiFi is designed to support global supply chain and logistics applications. 

In a statement, Sigfox said that the combination of digital mapping company HERE and Sigfox technologies and their worldwide footprint will enable customers to not only locate their assets, but also to collect useful data that will help optimise their flows, ensure better transport conditions and increase service reliability. Use cases currently in live phase include air transport, luggage/trolley management, location of stolen/missing cars, industrial asset management and location of shipping containers.

As with the Sigfox network, the WiFi infrastructure has a global footprint, with both outdoor and indoor coverage and a high density in urban areas. Atlas WiFi combines two technologies and data sources - Sigfox network and WiFi infrastructure – to provide one single location service in all type of geographic environments (urban and rural, indoor and outdoor), without GPS.

According to Sigfox, the process happens in fractions of a second, at a fraction of the energy required for a GPS fix. Apart from significantly enhancing efficiencies in supply chain and manufacturing, the service is also expected to allow shipping and packaging companies to upsell enhanced track & trace solutions, and improve customer satisfaction in consumer goods thanks to asset recovery services.

“Supply chain and logistics are the foundation of our global economy - understandably, there’s significant demand for enhanced efficiency,” says Laetitia Jay, Chief Marketing Officer at Sigfox. “_By combining the global footprint of the Sigfox network and WiFi infrastructure, registered in the HERE Location Suite, Atlas WiFi is the right location enabler for tracking applications, allowing to locate assets, containers and packaging all over the logistic chain, from supplier warehouses and production facilities to end-customer sites, all over the world.”