“The goal of connected things is to improve our daily lives.”

Sigfox presents itself as the world leader in Connected Objects: Can you remember what a Connected Object is?

It is an object of the physical world, ranging from a bicycle to a cargo container, from which it will be possible to extract data allowing better management of its monitoring (location of the object) or its state (state of the object). How is this data extracted? Thanks to a small sensor, tracker or other recovery tool attached to the object that will transmit this information over a low-speed network called the “0G network”, of which Sigfox is the initiator.

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Sigfox presents itself as the world leader in Connected Objects: Can you remember what a Connected Object is?

It is an object of the physical world, ranging from a bicycle to a cargo container, from which it will be possible to extract data allowing better management of its monitoring (location of the object) or its state (state of the object). How is this data extracted? Thanks to a small sensor, tracker or other recovery tool attached to the object that will transmit this information over a low-speed network called the “0G network”, of which Sigfox is the initiator.

What is the Organo Gold Network based on?

OG network means the ability to send and receive data (via a chip installed in the connected object) without the need for complex communications or a SIM card. It makes it possible to transfer small data in a short time without going through cellular networks. This technology is applied in many fields. To receive the heat of your air conditioner three times a day, there is no need to transfer data in gigabytes! The OG network is based on Ultra Narrow Band technology, which allows Sigfox to be a global network, without licensing or roaming, and highly energy efficient. The 5G tower alone consumes up to 2,600 antennas in France!

The 5G tower alone consumes up to 2,600 antennas in France!

What is the next stage of Sigfox development?

Today, Sigfox is launched with a presence in 75 countries, and the company must manufacture. Our next phase will focus on connectivity and geolocation. As the IoT market is vast, one of my priorities is to focus on the sector where Sigfox brings real added value: monitoring and surveillance, with backup security (backup, editor’s note), to accelerate projects for our 1,500 clients around the world.

We want to specialize in asset tracking in the automotive, postal, ocean freight, beer kegs, stolen vehicles… We focus on services in the Internet of Things, a sector with the strongest growth in the industry.

What is the rationale for your recent partnership with Google Cloud?

We log nearly 19 million connected items and 75 million messages every day (a number that increases by 145% every year). Our partnership with Google helps us understand our ability to grow, store, and manage our data. This will facilitate the collection of information and improve the connectivity and geolocation of our solutions. This cooperation will make it possible to transform a large number of applications distributed in all sectors of activity such as supply chain, logistics or automotive.

… and its subsidiary Coral, dedicated to artificial intelligence?

The partnership with Coral should lead to the development of artificial intelligence in connected IoT devices. The goal is to create intelligence in data collection to better analyze it and derive added value.

We will therefore improve our already existing partnerships with this added value of AI. In 2018, Sigfox signed a partnership agreement with SeniorAdom, a specialist in connected remote assistance for seniors. This startup installs sensors in a senior’s apartment using the Sigfox network to transmit information. They will record a person’s behavior and the AI ​​will create a “life routine”. When the routine is not respected, it will generate alerts.

Tomorrow it will be our everyday beings that will communicate and send us their data.

What is the future of connected things?

There are a growing number of connected objects in our lives, and there are different technologies behind them (Wifi, Cellular, Sigfox…). The challenge is to use the right technology for the right purpose.

Today, millions of objects are connected around the world, to communicate information to their owners and thus help them to better manage it. If the majority of these things are currently industrial in nature (automotive or postal industry, shipping, etc.), with the rise and democratization of the Internet of Things (IoT), tomorrow they will be our daily goals. Who will be online and who will send us their data. For example, we can imagine being able to geolocate and accurately track our special packages through their various delivery stages or even be alerted to the wear status of our home appliances, thus fighting premature obsolescence.

What place will they take in our daily lives?

The goal of connected objects is not to change our uses but to improve our daily lives through the management of our objects. A bit like the benefits businesses offer today: Where’s my stuff? What condition are they in? Connected beings have already entered our daily lives with examples more or less clear to the general public. There are trackers that use Sigfox technology to track the position of your pet, bike, luggage or car, or sensors that measure the level of chlorine in your pool to ensure proper maintenance.

Is this “sustainable” development…?

With this proliferation of connected objects and their associated networks of communication, it is necessary to take into account the environmental impact that this revolution will have. So we must think of more sustainable solutions such as reusing energy in energy-connected objects or making some of their components biodegradable. This is a major issue for us.

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