Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Sigfox operator UnaBiz introduces sensors-as-a-service

Steve Rogerson
July 12, 2018



At last month’s ConnecTech Asia in Singapore, UnaBiz, one of Asia's first IoT dedicated network operators, launched a range of Sigfox powered sensors.
 
Unabiz is the exclusive network operator of Sigfox's low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan.
 
Following the positive reception of UnaBell, a simple smart button sold in more than 25 countries worldwide, the operator has introduced five sensors under the UnaSensors brand. This sensors-as-a-service offering can kick-start an IoT journey at a maximum retail price of US$5 per month, including hardware, software and connectivity.
 
"Over the past two years, we have received feedback that one of the biggest stumbling blocks to IoT adoption is the high cost of sensors," said Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz. “As an end-to-end IoT enabler, we must respond, not just in terms of connectivity, but with an all-in-one game-changing solution. The market needs high-quality, low-cost sensors, with connectivity and cloud service – a complete package. We believe that this problem must be addressed before the full potential of massive IoT be realised.”
 
The five sensors are:

  • UnaSense: a temperature and humidity sensor;
  • UnaMotion: a human passive infra-red (PIR) detector;
  • UnaProtect: a magnetic sensor that detects opening and closing of assets;
  • UnaBeacon: an asset locating tracker; and
  • UnaBell: a smarter button with added features.
The five sensors were shortlisted based on the top ten most sought after data requirements gathered from IoT users and early adopters globally.
 
"UnaSensors addresses the main concern of IoT projects, and that is security,” said Philippe Chiu, CTO and co-founder of UnaBiz. “In our standard offer, without any additional costs, every sensor can securely transmit its data through the Sigfox global network, using an encryption mechanism directly managed by the end users. On top of that, every sensor's configuration is protected by an individual password.”
 
All features are accessible via a mobile application that is said to be easily set up and available on iOS and Android. A web version of the application is also available for corporate environments with features such as fleet management, profile and routing configuration, and cloud services such as AWS, Azure, Splunk, IFTTT and Slack.
 
Packaged with connectivity and software applications, the customisable sensors aim to simplify and accelerate the adoption of IoT in the following clusters: smart cities and utilities, smart industry and supply chain, and smart buildings and smart homes.
 
A limited quantity of UnaSensors starter kits are available for pre-order in over 46 countries where the Sigfox network is present.