Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sigfox partners Paessler to monitor networks

Steve Rogerson
October 18, 2018



Sigfox is working with German network monitoring specialist Paessler to help users more effectively monitor and manage critical IT infrastructure and manifold further assets.
 
Paessler’s PRTG IoT network monitor can visualise the functionality and measurement data from Sigfox-enabled IT infrastructure sensors, as well as from other objects, devices and machines that are equipped with or have adaptive Sigfox connectivity.
 
Sigfox’s network is designed to connect billions of devices to the internet via its low-power wide area network (LPWAN) and its cloud services, while decreasing the cost and complexity of the systems involved. Using an approach to wireless connectivity that draws on a reliable and interference resistant ultra-narrow band frequency to provide a wide range while simultaneously requiring little power, Sigfox says it has altered the economics associated with the IoT.
 
The company’s network ecosystem delivers the technology and protocols as well as the wireless network required for objects to share their information from anywhere in the world through inexpensive sensor connectivity that requires little silicon and uses little battery power – or alternatively no batteries at all – while harnessing low levels of energy generated by solar and wind power, as well as electromagnetic waves. The network is expected to be available in 60 countries by the end of 2018.
 
“Our network solves the issues of cost, energy consumption and complexity that serve as barriers to the widespread adoption of the internet of things,” said Vincent Sabot, CEO of Sigfox in Germany. “Our customers can virtually eliminate the overhead associated with connectivity, including the costs of the smart sensors and objects themselves. And with Paessler, our customers gain a single dashboard from which to monitor the connected devices and sensors that comprise their internet of things.”
 
Available in hosted and on premise versions, Paessler’s PRTG is a flexible, all-in-one network monitor that enables IT teams and system administrators, as well as IoT and IIoT teams and integrators, to see exactly what is happening in real time across their IT infrastructure, including networks, systems, hardware, applications and devices.
 
The monitor uses two methods to initiate Sigfox messages about functionality or measurement data from sensors and devices: call back, where data are sent immediately to PRTG via push; and API, where PRTG requests data in predefined intervals from Sigfox connected devices. Customisable dashboards can be configured to show what is important, from the overall health of the network, to granular details such as the speed of fans in particular servers.
 
Relied on by more than 200,000 system administrators, PRTG generates alerts or notifications whenever any pre-determined performance thresholds of the user’s choosing are met, ensuring that IT is always the first to know when a problem arises. This includes SMS and email messages, as well as the ability automatically to launch applications that provide a fix.
 
“Sigfox is enabling organisations across many industries, including those associated with supply chains, smart cities, manufacturing and automation of all kinds, to realise the promise of the internet of things,” said Christian Zeh, senior manager at Paessler. “As a result, the very notion of the network’s edge has become fluid, while simultaneously making it more important than ever for sys-admins and IT to know what is happening at all times.”
 
As part of the collaboration, Paessler is also participating in Sigfox’s partner network, while Sigfox is contributing to Paessler’s Uptime Alliance partner programme designed to help technology providers include network monitoring functionality in their offerings through their seamless integration with PRTG. In this way, vendors can provide their clients with a turnkey, out of the box way to prevent downtime on IoT networks.
 
Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, Sigfox is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France. It also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore.