Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

SIGFOX emphasises energy efficiency in Singapore

William Payne
July 14, 2016
 

SIGFOX has partnered with energy supplier ENGIE to deploy the SIGFOX network in Singapore, in a move that is likely to push energy efficiency and energy management to the fore. The IoT network deployment by SIGFOX is against a backdrop of Singapore seeking to implement a far reaching smart city strategy across the state, where energy efficiency and security are key themes. SIGFOX's key partner in rolling out its network in Singapore, ENGIE, has collaborated with SIGFOX before, particularly in Belgium, and is a minority stake holder in the French IoT network provider. ENGIE's focus on IoT networking is in developing remote monitoring in heat distribution, boilers, smart lighting and energy.

The two companies are joined in the Singapore collaboration by UnaBiz, the SIGFOX network operator in Singapore, which will lead the operational roll out of the network in the city state.

“Singapore is SIGFOX’s first deployment in Asia and home to its regional headquarters. This is testament to Singapore's strategic positioning as a leading global connectivity hub and a gateway for high-growth businesses to address the opportunities presented in this region,” said Meng Fai Tung, Deputy Director (Infocomms & Media) for the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). “The rollout of SIGFOX’s global network in Singapore with ENGIE and UnaBiz marks an important milestone in strengthening Singapore as a Smart Nation and global player in the Internet of Things. This partnership is a significant addition to Singapore’s digital infrastructure, and a catalyst for greater innovation in Singapore’s infocomm technology ecosystem.”

Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz, notes that the IoT will have a profound impact on the way citizens live, work and play: “The IoT will play a major role in building nations where citizens will live fulfilling lives that are richly supported by technology,” Bong said. “As the exclusive SIGFOX Network Operator in Singapore, we are very excited to roll out nationwide connectivity. We will leverage SIGFOX’s global ecosystem of world-leading component manufacturers, IT developers and integrators to help and establish Singapore as the ‘living lab’ of Asia.”

SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan said the company’s simple deployment, seamless connectivity and flexibility to conform to standards assure a