Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SIGFOX and TI target industry and agriculture IoT applications

William Payne
April 30, 2015

Dedicated IoT network firm SIGFOX and Texas Instruments are collaborating to lower the barrier to wide area IoT deployments in a move that specifically targets agriculture, livestock monitoring, environmental sensors and asset tracking.

According to the companies, customers will be able to use the SIGFOX network with TI's Sub-1 GHz RF transceivers to deploy wireless sensor nodes at lower cost and lower power than 3G/cellular connected nodes, while providing long-range connectivity to the IoT.

"TI's Sub-1 GHz technology is an excellent fit for the SIGFOX network, because it supports long-range and high-capacity connectivity in a system-cost-optimized way that users everywhere require to fully benefit from the potential of the Internet of Things," said Stuart Lodge, executive vice president of global sales at SIGFOX. "TI technology that leverages our ultra-narrowband technology is a powerful endorsement and will be a key part of our rapid network deployment in key global markets."

SIGFOX's two-way network is based on an ultra-narrowband (UNB) radio technology for connecting devices, which is key to providing a scalable, high-capacity network with very low energy consumption and unmatched spectral efficiency. That is essential in a network that will handle billions of messages daily.

"Narrowband technology is the superior option for a global Internet of Things network, because it offers the lowest-cost, most energy-efficient connectivity, along with the data capacity and robust coexistence, that competing technologies just cannot match," said Oyvind Birkenes, general manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, TI. "We are excited to be working with SIGFOX to expand their network deployments and bring the benefits of narrowband Sub-1 GHz technology to users worldwide."

Sub-1 GHz networks operate in region-specific industrial scientific and medical (ISM) bands below 1 GHz including 169, 315, 433, 500, 868, 915 and 920 MHz. The networks are proprietary by nature and provide a more robust IoT connection, which is why the technology has been used for smart metering, security and alarm systems and other sensitive industrial systems. Additionally, the technology is low power, enabling years of battery life to reduce service and maintenance requirements.