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Sigfox is a French company founded in 2009 that builds wireless networks to connect low-energy objects such as electricity meters, smartwatches, and washing machines, which need to be continuously on and emitting small amounts of data.

SIGFOX
Native name
SIGFOX
Société Anonyme
Industry Wireless services
Founded 2009
Founders Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet
Headquarters Labège, near Toulouse, France
Area served
Global
Key people
Ludovic le Moan, CEO; Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman; Christophe Fourtet, Scientific Director
Services IoT
Revenue €5 million[1] (2015)
Number of employees
190[2]
Website Official website

Sigfox is based in Labège near Toulouse, France, and has over 80 employees.[3] The firm also has offices in Madrid, San Francisco, Sydney and Paris.[4][5]

TechnologyEdit

Sigfox employs a proprietary technology that enables communication using the Industrial, Scientific and Medical ISM radio band which uses 868MHz in Europe and 902MHz in the US. It utilizes a wide-reaching signal that passes freely through solid objects, called "ultra narrowband" and requires little energy, being termed "Low-power Wide-area network (LPWAN)". The network is based on one-hop star topology and requires a mobile operator to carry the generated traffic.[6] The signal can also be used to easily cover large areas and to reach underground objects.[7]

Sigfox has partnered with a number of firms in the LPWAN industry such as Texas Instruments, Silicon Labs and ON Semiconductor. The ISM radio bands support limited bidirectional communication. The existing standard for Sigfox communications supports up to 140 uplink messages a day, each of which can carry a payload of 12 Bytes (Excluding message header and transmission information) and up to 4 downlink messages per day, each of which can carry a payload of 8 Bytes.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Passebon, Philippe. "Ludovic Le Moan à la conquête du monde des objets connectés". IT. IT. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Arnulf, Sylvain. "Sigfox publie ses cartes de couverture pour couper l'herbe sous le pied de ses concurrents". L'Usine Digitale. L'Usine Digitale. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Massemin, Emilie. "Internet des objets, Ludovic Le Moan (Sigfox) lance l'IoT Valley à Labège". La Tribune. La Tribune. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Residents". Partech Shaker. Partech Shaker. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Renault, Enguérand. "Le Shaker, une fabrique à start-up, s'installe au cœur de Paris". Le Figaro. Le Figaro. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Giedre Dregvaite; Robertas Damasevicius (30 October 2016). Information and Software Technologies: 22nd International Conference, ICIST 2016, Druskininkai, Lithuania, October 13-15, 2016, Proceedings. Springer. pp. 665–. ISBN 978-3-319-46254-7. 
  7. ^ Khaldoun Al Agha; Guy Pujolle; Tara Ali Yahiya (17 August 2016). Mobile and Wireless Networks. Wiley. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-1-119-00755-5. 

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