French wireless network provider Sigfox and Dublin-based VT Networks have announced the availability of Sigfox low-power and cost-effective IoT connectivity in Ireland.[quote] The announcement comes less than eight months after the two companies partnered to deploy the network in Ireland. According to a company release, Irish companies are quickly installing new IoT solutions to take advantage of the network.
Sigfox has already deployed its IoT network in France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, with Ireland as the sixth European country to complete full Sigfox network coverage.
As the national Sigfox Network Operator, VT Networks provides seamless connectivity, clear subscription-based pricing and guaranteed service-level agreements to Irish customers. [Intel opens IoT Ignition Lab in Ireland]
Mark Bannon, CEO of VT Networks, said: “Irish businesses and farmers have been quick to understand the benefits that the SIGFOX dedicated IoT network provides.
“We are excited to see this growing level of interest, and look forward to launching programs that further integrate the network throughout the country.”
The release notes several applications enabled by its network. These include : smart metering, specifically water-metering with leak detection capability, building and home security systems that are much harder to jam than current cellular solutions
Other applications include smart smoke alarms which alert residents through an application, avoiding losses due to faulty device, tracking and recovery of stolen farm assets, sensor devices on gates that alert farmers when an intruder has opened them during pre-defined periods and machine monitoring telemetry devices.
One million connected devices by 2017
The two companies have plans to connect over 1 million devices by 2017.
“The founders of VT Networks are visionary, experienced communications executives and they are bringing an entrepreneurial approach to implementing IoT connectivity in every sector of Ireland,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president of networks and operators.
“We expect their experiences in Ireland will set an example for other countries as SIGFOX continues its worldwide expansion.”
VT Networks is said to be launching numerous programmes to speed development of the IoT eco-system in Ireland. The National University of Ireland in Maynooth, for example, is expected to be the first university in Ireland to setup a VT Networks’ IoT academic program, in which computer science students will receive free hardware, Sigfox subscriptions and licenses to Sigfox Ready IoT platforms.
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