Sigfox will deploy its dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT) to Latin America and to Mexico as part of its global expansion strategy.
Sigfox is partnering with WND for deployment into Latin America and IotNet Mexico for deployment into Mexico, with the first city expected to be Mexico City with a population of 21 million people. IotNet will initially focus on applications for utilities such as remote metering for water, gas and residential electricity.
Sigfox’s network allows for simple, reliable and cost-effective connectivity for devices that communicate small messages to the cloud. The network is tailored to work with smart cities, smart buildings, asset tracking, remote monitoring, utility metering and other IoT applications. Recently Sigfox made plans to extend its network to 100 U.S. cities by the end of 2016 (Read: French Networking Vendor to Bring IoT Connectivity to 100 U.S. Cities).
Sigfox has begun accelerating its Latin American deployment, which began with Brazil in April. Mexico will be the 21st country to roll out the network. Sigfox says with just Brazil and Mexico alone it will be able to address 53% of the Latin American territory with 56% of its population.
“As part of a group that is providing utility services to major Mexican companies and is deploying the first metering-as-a-service in the country, we made an extensive comparison of the available LPWA and cellular technologies and concluded Sigfox was superior in simplicity, choice of hardware vendors and ecosystem support,” says Daniel Guevara, CEO of IotNet Mexico. “But more than that, we chose them for their disruptive business model and their versatile global ecosystem that helps SNOs and their customers quickly implement the IoT.”