|[June 19, 2014]
SIGFOX Demonstrating How U.S. Public Agencies Can Extend Internet of Things Benefits to 'Save Lives'
TOULOUSE, France --(Business Wire)--
SIGFOX, a pioneer in cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of Things
(IoT) connectivity, announced today that it is participating in a
Montgomery County, M.D., project to install automated safety-alert
networks to protect vulnerable residents.
The Safe Community Alert Network (SCALE)
is part of the SmartAmerica
Challenge, sponsored by the White House Presidential Innovation
Fellows and the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST).
The challenge is designed to demonstrate how the IoT and smart
technologies can benefit large segments of the population.
"The point of SmartAmerica is not technology for technology's sake, but
how it touches the lives and the beneficiaries," said Geoff Mulligan, a
White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. "In a lot of cases, we
talked about creating jobs, but what was really important also is about
how it might save lives. SCALE talks specifically about saving lives."
Working with the Montgomery Housing Partnership, an affordable housing
developer in Montgomery County, SCALE deployed a variety of connected
sensors in residents' apartments that will detect different
environmental distress factors. These include smoke, heat, light, carbon
monoxide, humidity, power, acoustics, and even if a resident falls.
Using SIGFOX's network, these sensors are connected with FiberNet, the
Montgomery County broadband network, without relying on private
broadband services, to alert emergency response services in the case a
resident is in danger.
"This is a good exampleof how SIGFOX's technology can help bring the
benefits of the Internet of Things to a wide range of people, even those
who don't have broadband services," said Luke D'Arcy, SIGFOX director of
U.S. operations. "Too many fatal fires are caused by faulty smoke
detectors. The SIGFOX network allows the fire department to cost
effectively monitor the performance of these devices ensuring that
residents are protected."
Besides SIGFOX and Montgomery Housing Partnership, participants in the
SCALE project are the University of California-Irvine, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, IBM, Twilio (News - Alert), Schneider Electric, Montgomery
County, M.D., and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.
Participating in SCALE marks another big step in SIGFOX's rapid
globalization, as network operators and other companies in major markets
recognize the system's cost-effective and energy-saving advantages to
rapidly rolling out IoT networks.
In June the company passed its second anniversary as an Internet of
Things network provider. In only two years it has:
Expanded its global network to cover more than 1 million square
Connected more than 200,000 devices, and booked another 5 million that
are scheduled for connection
Extended its network throughout France
Partnered with companies to establish nationwide networks in the
Netherlands, Spain, and the U.K., as well as enable specific projects
in Moscow, Munich, Milan and other cities
Announced plans to install its IoT network in the San Francisco Bay
Received venture backing totaling more than $36.6 million, including
$20.4 million in March 2014
SIGFOX is the first and only provider of
cellular connectivity dedicated to the Internet of Things and M2M
communications. Its ultra-narrowband-based radio technology enables
long-range two-way wireless Internet connections for a wide array of
devices. Its network eliminates the cost and energy-use barriers to wide
implementation of IoT and M2M solutions by providing low-throughput
communication and greatly extending the battery and service life of
connected devices. The global SIGFOX network is deployed through the
SIGFOX Network Operator partnership program. SIGFOX is headquartered in
Toulouse, France, and has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Madrid,
For more information, see www.sigfox.com
and follow us on Twitter (News - Alert) @sigfox.
About the SmartAmerica Challenge
Launched in December 2013
by two Presidential Innovation Fellows, the SmartAmerica Challenge
brought about new collaborations, ideas and technologies, and led to new
investments and jobs. More than 100 organizations from academia,
industry and government formed 24 teams to demonstrate how
cyber-physical systems-which join networks of sensors, controls and
processors to create new capabilities-could improve transportation,
emergency services, health care, security, resource conservation and
delivery, manufacturing and more. For more information, visit smartamerica.org.
For more information on the expo, and to register visit smartamerica.org/expo.
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