French internet of things company Sigfox on Monday joined hands with partners Engie and UnaBiz to build a dedicated global IoT network in Singapore. The network will help the country connect to millions of devices and help the government in its Smart Nation Initiative.
Engie is a French energy services company and one of the largest in that space whereas UnaBiz is a local IoT network operator. UnaBiz will lead the nationwide roll out and drive the overall growth of Sigfox’s IoT ecosystem in the country, a statement said.
The three partners expect to complete the IoT network roll out and offer nationwide coverage by early 2017.
The Singapore government’s Smart Nation Initiative or the “whole-of-nation” program will include infrastructure, policies, ecosystem and capabilities to bring Smart Nation benefits to all citizens across many sectors.
Singapore is Sigfox’ first IoT network deployment in Asia whereas the French company is building dedicated internet of things network in 100 cities in the US.
“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” said said Meng Fai Tung, Deputy Director (Infocomms & Media) for the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
“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,” said Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz
“Based on our experience in 21 countries where our network is already present and registers more than 7 million objects, we are confident that our proven solution and partner ecosystem will help Singapore to implement its Smart Nation Initiative quickly and successfully.” Sigfoz CEO Ludovic Le Moan said.
In 2015, Engie acquired a minority stake in Sigfox and established Engie M2M to act as the exclusive national network operator of the former’s connectivity solution in Belgium. In 2016, Sigfox plans to have coverage in more than 30 countries with its network.