Sigfox’s ecosystem of component manufacturers, IT developers and integrators will help establish Singapore as the ‘living lab’ of Asia
Sigfox has entered a strategic alliance with network operator UnaBiz and power producer Engie to roll out its global Internet of Things (IoT) network in Singapore.
The deployment will be the dedicated IoT service provider’s first in Asia and the three partners expect to offer nationwide coverage by early 2017.
As the republic continues to implement its ‘smart nation’ programme, the companies said they will use Sigfox’s “cost-effective, energy-efficient connectivity to find receptive markets”. The government-led smart initiative applies to infrastructure, policies, ecosystem and capabilities.
“The roll-out 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,” said Meng Fai Tung, deputy director (Infocomms and Media) for the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
“This partnership is a significant addition to Singapore’s digital infrastructure, and a catalyst for greater innovation in Singapore’s infocomm technology ecosystem,” he continued.
“The IoT will play a major role in building nations where citizens will live fulfilling lives that are richly supported by technology,” added Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz. “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.”
In 2015, Engie acquired a minority stake in Sigfox and established Engie M2M to act as the exclusive national network operator of Sigfox’s connectivity solution in Belgium.
In other countries, Engie deploys Sigfox’s solution for projects such as remote monitoring of boilers, metering in heat distribution and smart lighting.
Earlier this year, Singapore was named global smart city 2016 for its expertise in applying smart mobility policies and technology in Juniper Research’s annual smart city rankings.