Sigfox, a French company founded in 2010, is the world's largest IoT network in terms of covered markets, its wide range of applicability and the number of dedicated device manufacturers.
Today, by expanding in the 60 countries, Sigfox will serve the needs of IoT connectivity in territories with a combined population of over 1 billion people. Nowadays, in the Sigfox ecosystem there are over 700 devices from over 650 companies, and their number grows exponentially.
The network operates in free spectrum for use through European regulations, and all operators in the Sigfox network are interconnected in a single network. Among the company's global investors are top companies such as Samsung, Salesforce, Intel Capital, Total, Engle, Eutelsat, Telefonica or Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, while global customers using Sigfox's connectivity solutions include : Groupe PSA, Michelin, Total, Free, Securitas, Bosch, Louis Vuitton, Nestle or Danone.
"Until 2030, we estimate that all objects containing at least one electronic circuit will be connected to the Internet in one way or another. These are objects that will be found in every aspect of our everyday life. We can state that 7 out of 10 IoT connectivity needs can now be resolved using Sigfox. Romania's potential for this market is a huge one and we estimate that over the next 5-10 years will be adopted over 20 million devices connected via Sigfox, "said Emma Park, VP Europe, Sigfox.
According to the company's representatives, Simple IoT solutions have a high applicability in various fields such as transportation and logistics, utility monitoring through smart metering, smart buildings, retail and cold-chain, insurance and e-health, agriculture and environment, smart city, etc.
Benefits of using the network include accurate business information and data, increasing competitiveness, expanding business, improving customer experience, and automating business processes.
"The Internet of Things market is bigger than it seems at first glance. Client needs are very diverse and can be found in a wide range of domains. The first projects launched by Simple IoT in Romania were based on two basic needs of the clients: the first refers to information that they could not obtain or which had a very high cost and the second, with a wider impact , refers to the efficient use of the human resource, especially in the context of the difficulties of finding the workforce, in the activities relevant to the business and their relieving of repetitive and simple activities. The connectivity we offer is the best solution for situations where the customer needs specific and accurate information from his equipment, but also a long battery life with a range of years of autonomy as well as a cost of ownership and reduced use, "said Dan Vlad, CEO & Founder of Simple IoT.
Currently, the Simple IoT network has coverage in large cities in Romania such as Bucharest, Ploiesti, Constanta, Brasov, Ramnicu Valcea, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara and Arad, and by the end of the year the IoT operator expects to cover more than 50 % of the Romanian population.
Dan Vlad is the CEO and founder of Simple IoT, with over 10 years experience in product development and over 8 years of experience in developing and optimizing delivery processes. Among the investors are Alexandru Lapusan, CEO & Founder Zitec, Dragos Dinu, ex-CEO Tiriac Holding and A & D Pharma and Laurentiu Scheusan, former CEO Labormed Alvogen.