Sigfox Intros Spot’it
March 20, 2017
by Sigfox’s global network, now spanning 31 countries, Spot’it is a new
asset-tracking service which enables any existing Sigfox module to
become a geolocation device, without the need to perform retrofit or
hardware or software upgrades.
The key service
- Lowest-cost IoT location
service: Spot’it does not require any additional
hardware or upgrade, and the device does not have to
transmit more messages, meaning there is no impact on
the solution operating cost for customers.
Preserving low energy: Spot’it does not rely on energy
intensive GPS technology, nor require additional
processing or any more energy than what Sigfox-based
devices already consume.
Enabled through a planetary network: Spot’it is embedded
in Sigfox’s global network footprint and represents the
first global IoT geolocation offer. This allows the
simplification of global supply chain management: once a
device is registered into the Sigfox Cloud, the
geolocation service is available in all territories
where the network is present.
traditional GPS-tracking, Spot’it works booth indoor and
Spot’it has been
specifically designed to unlock tracking capabilities for
asset-intensive industries in markets such as supply chain and logistics
(tracking of pallets, containers,...), agriculture, retail,
construction. As Sigfox’s communication modules are as low as $2 and
require very little energy consumption with batteries lasting for up to
two decades, the service makes it highly economical to track any object.
Traditionally, companies have tracked their assets in transit by either
scanning at points of contact, or through GPS tracking. However,
scanning at points of contact is often prone to error and loss in
between touch points. Additionally, aside from the high cost of GPS
hardware, the energy intensive operation means there is a high
maintenance cost associated in continually replacing batteries. As such,
GPS tracking is reserved for tracking high value goods and is
uneconomical for tracking mass freight or assets.
Laetitia Jay, Sigfox CMO, said, “Spot’it is not only set to transform
the global freight industry, but we anticipate that new services will be
developed. Imagine a new service where shipping companies can be alerted
when containers stray into regions that they aren’t supposed to be in.
From fraud detection to new insurance and geo-marketing business models,
the possibilities are endless.”
Technical box: how Spot’it works?
is rolling out the first global IoT network to listen to billions of
objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain
network connections. This unique approach in the world of wireless
connectivity, where there is no signaling overhead, a compact and
optimized protocol, and where objects are not attached to the network,
drastically reduces energy consumption and costs.
In addition, Sigfox is a software based communications solution, where
all the network and computing complexity is managed in the Cloud, rather
than on the devices. This enables Sigfox to constantly improve its
network capacities, and offer a wide range of new services that can be
made available to its worldwide fleet of connected devices, by simple
Spot’it is the first big data based Sigfox service, based on a Cloud
intelligence, combining the signal strength indicators and deep learning
programs. Resulting from two years of research and development, and
thanks to the devices meta data available in the Sigfox Cloud, this
development enables Sigfox to offer a geolocation service that does not
require any hardware or software upgrades, and has no impact on the