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Sigfox signs up with Google Cloud for IoT infrastructure

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It will rely on the public platform to process billions of messages monthly and to develop new services.

French IoT company Sigfox will use Google Cloud to scale its cloud infrastructure and extend its IoT services portfolio. Sigfox says partnership will enable it to accelerate its Massive IoT agenda rapidly – processing billions of messages each month from objects connected to the internet using data stored in the cloud.

World's biggest?

Sigfox claims to be the world’s largest dedicated low power wide area network (LPWAN) service provider for connecting simple, low-powered, low-cost IoT devices to the internet.

Sigfox’s 0G network is deployed in 72 countries, covering more than 1.3 billion people, and used for applications from tracking shipping containers and monitoring fire hydrants, to securing buildings and helping farmers monitor irrigation levels.

Sigfox processes billions of messages each month – there was an increase of 145% in 2020 – from the millions of objects connected to its network and the company needed a more scalable, long-term solution.

Google Cloud was chosen as the backbone for Sigfox’s 0G network to bring better scale, increased reliability, and best-of-breed compliance and security to Sigfox’s platform.

Enabler at scale

Google Cloud will also enable faster improvements to Sigfox’s connectivity, geolocation, and other value-added services towards ultra-low-cost and ultra-low-power IoT solutions.

Sigfox says its shift to the cloud will transform many of the applications across the range of industries in which it operates including supply chain and logistics, automotive, postal services and utilities.

"We chose Google Cloud because we share the same appetite for driving digital transformation through helpful, reliable and sustainable innovation." said Franck Siegel, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Sigfox. “With this partnership, Google Cloud technology will support us in becoming the global leader in ultra-low-cost, ultra-low-power asset visibility and tracking”.

Cost, international coverage and scalability are finally rising rapidly up the IoT agenda. Earlier this week Telia announced what it describes as "game changer" with connectivity costing on average 28% less, relying on roaming with other operators for international coverage.

Last December, Semtech announced it was working with AWS to integrate the LoRaWAN protocol with AWS’ IoT Core managed cloud service to leverage economies of scale. Semtech owns the transceiver tech that all LoRa-compliant devices use to minise cost and power consumption.