LoRa and Sigfox take on the world!

LoRa and Sigfox: two advanced technologies made in France

An American report published last spring confirmed that two cutting-edge French IoT companies were a step ahead in an already booming market, spotting further opportunities to surpass their competitors in an increasingly saturated field. The stakes are high, given that at the moment, we can’t bear to be without Wi-Fi to keep us connected both online and on social media. That said, in the future, if we don’t have access to a universal low-frequency, low-energy internet network as part of our daily lives, our cities and public safety will be left increasingly vulnerable.

Mareca Hatler, director of research for On World, reminded us of the ever-evolving developments underway in this market, stating that “there are already dozens of providers aiming to provide this service which, in the short term, puts immense pressure on network prices and the integrated connectivity of companies developing the IoT”.

LoRa and Sigfox: formidable benefits

But LoRa and Sigfox have some undoubtable advantages over their competitors.

  • LoRa offers more flexibility and adaptability, notably through its private networks,
  • not to mention the widespread coverage already offered by Sigfox both in Europe (in nearly all European territories) and Asia (which is all already connected).

Low-frequency technology doesn’t require a SIM card, nor does it consume much energy, thus guaranteeing a long battery-life and low operational costs when compared to traditional devices using GSM, for example.

Telecoms providers are already using the standard NB-IoT which is being trialled in Europe by Deutsche Telekom, along with China Telecom and Vodafone, as well as all major American providers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile).

The future of measuring the activity of city dwellers

On World has identified more than 40 solutions using LPWA, all of them focussing on the future needs of the everyday city-dweller. At present, we have already tested all measuring devices and both traditional and renewable energy readers (electricity, water, gas etc.), with traditional mechanical energy readers currently being replaced by “data emitters”. It goes without saying that data flows will be the primary indicators of activity taking place in a town. As such, we’re able to collect particularly precise data on the flow of people and how often places or streets are visited, transmitted securely in real time using the IoT. Geolocating people, but also animals (and how this could help endangered species), as well as vehicles and objects on the move will be completely revolutionised using these new networks. Monitoring your night-time food delivery, the journey from school to home, downtown traffic or water levels… the future really is in our hands with the technology of tomorrow.

The fact that French companies are at the forefront of these developments is testament to the dynamism and creativity which could inspire other Smart City stakeholders to bring their projects to the global market.