Sigfox and Sqwidnet FAQs :

Sigfox is a leading provider of energy-efficient, cost-effective, simple and global connectivity and service for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Sigfox is a unique provider of subscription-based LPWA (Low power wide area) communications that offers global coverage and service commitment.

The Sigfox solution is complementary to existing high bandwidth systems by providing economical, low-power, two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances. This results in lowering cost barriers to widen implementation of the IoT and extension of battery- and service life of connected devices.

Sigfox and SqwidNet offers a single contract with a guaranteed service level agreement and clear subscription based pricing.  Sigfox’s global IoT network allows the ecosystem of partners to scale their solutions anywhere the Sigfox network operates.

The partners include component and device manufacturers, IT-developers, network operators and integrators and service providers.

Partner equipment and devices are validated through the Sigfox Ready certification program to ensure optimal radio capacity and automated setup on the network.  Once certified, devices can connect instantly to Sigfox’s secure cloud without pairing.

Sigfox Channel Partners incorporate the communication service into their service- or product offering to sell to their customers.

The Sigfox Cloud provides a web application interface as well as standards-based web APIs for easy and seamless device management and device integration.

Sigfox has been rolled out to 45-countries and the network covers 3,8 million square kilometres

The Sigfox network is currently deployed nationwide in 12 countries : France, Spain, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta, Singapore and Denmark.

The network is currently being rolled out in the UK, Italy, Mauritius, Germany, the US, Australia, the Sultanate of Oman, Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan, South Africa, Estonia, Slovakia, Argentina and Hong Kong.

Sigfox Ready devices are available via our partners.  Details can be provided through the SqwidNet team.  Devices can also be designed and manufactured locally and will be Sigfox Certified.

Sigfox certifies the modules, devices and platforms to ensure that performance standards that have been designed are consistently and globally met.

Contractually Sigfox Ready products can be activated in the Sigfox portal to communicate over the Sigfox network during the subscription duration.  The daily communication frequency is defined by the contracted subscription level.

The price is calculated according to the volume of messages per device per day (subscription level) and the number of connected devices.  Depending on your need for the product, the appropriate subscription level will be recommended and quoted on.

The Sigfox Cloud was designed to allow users to manage numerous devices in a user-friendly and autonomous way.  Users can register devices, manage device types, and manage data routing configuration by programming “call-backs” – a push method for instantaneous device data delivery.

The Sigfox OSS/BSS systems includes device traffic monitoring tools and policing mechanisms.  A user guide book is provided to assist users.  Sigfox support and SqwidNet is always happy to help.  Any external platform can be connected to the Sigfox cloud through standard API.

A primary indicator allows the user to see in which zone the device/object is located in relation to the base stations it communicates with.

Additional development is ongoing to improve precision whilst maintaining a solution with limited energy consumption and that maintains low infrastructure investment.

This is in line with the Sigfox premise that IoT should be global, cost efficient, energy efficient and easy to use.

Sigfox technology supports both uplink and downlink communications.  We advise users to focus on the required information to preserve device battery life.

Some uses for bidirectional capabilities are :

  • Non-real time remote control (water meters and valves);
  • Reconfiguration of application parameters (levels, emission intervals and alert functionalities).

Sigfox offers a budget link of 159db compared to 120-140 on classic cellular networks.  Parameters such as external noise and device radio performance can impact quality as with other radio technologies.

The physical robustness of UNB offers protection against disturbance and allows for a broad level of co-existence with other technologies.

Sigfox Base Station service areas range from tens of kilometres to hundreds of kilometres depending on the cell’s topographic configuration.  Ranges of 8-10kms are typically reached in dense cities on cellular sites while 40kms is the average range in rural areas.  The Sigfox record is 300kms.

Sigfox base station equipment can sustain harvesting of millions of device messages per day.

For coverage enquiries in a specific area:

Energy consumption is a key element in the overall costs of IoT as connected objects are generally battery powered.

Sigfox technology offers the best possible trade-off between battery life, size and cost.

Energy consumption will always be determined by its applicative behaviour and by how often a device is sensing, transmitting or receiving.  Typical applications achieve an autonomy of 10 to 15 years.

As Sigfox devices emit and receive only small messages they are configured to convey, and are only in use during transmission or reception, product lifecycle is prolonged.

Please refer to the Sigfox Ready modules datasheets to learn about specific consumption during transmission, reception and in stand-by mode.

Security is at the heart of the Sigfox service and protection is implemented at each transport layer interface:

  • Radio interface: UNB native protection, frequency hopping, data encryption for authentication, redundancy in transmission and in reception.
  • Base Station: Sigfox platform – redundant VPN link.
  • Sigfox Platform: Customer IT Platform: HTTPS.

Sigfox also uses other mechanisms and tools to reinforce network security, however, users may implement additional codification within the 12Bytes payload.

As privacy and security are important throughout the value chain, Sigfox works with customers and partners that develop the appropriate levels of security, privacy and associated policies on the devices, cloud and applications.

Sigfox offers a unique feature for appropriate use cases through its ability to only send data.  Devices that cannot receive data have an unprecedented high level of service.  Sigfox on-demand downlink implementation prevents hacking.

With 0 to 12 bytes and a maximum of 140 messages per day, here are some examples of information that can be transmitted:

  • 6 bytes: GPS co-ordinates

For a location report with below 3m precision (GPS technical accuracy is above 3m)

  • 2 bytes: Temperature reporting

For a lab thermometer with -100/+100 range, 0.0004 precision.

  • 1 byte: Speed reporting

For a speed radar up to 255km/h.

  • 1 byte: Object state reporting

For up to 8 switches within a report set in day/night, hot/cold, on/off.

  • 0 byte: Heartbeat

To demonstrate when an object is in working state, battery ok, etc.