Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global, simple, affordable and energy-efficient connectivity and services for the Internet of Things (IoT). Sigfox technology is optimized for simple sensors and devices, which are providing revolutionary solutions that impact industry, agritech, medical technology, the home and much more. Sigfox partners with local operators, who run their networks in other countries while they maintain the cloud and core network. There are currently networks being developed in 32 countries, and Sigfox provides detailed coverage information on their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I connect with Sigfox?
Sigfox technology is ideal for simple sensors and devices that require low bandwidth, long battery and low cost. It is not suitable for rich media like photos and video, but has many applications with sensors and GPS tracking. It can also be used to complement other types of connectivity, as it provides a robust connection that is all but impossible to jam.
VT is the Sigfox network operator in Ireland. Along with our infrastructure partner 2rn, we maintain the network and work to develop the IoT ecosystem in Ireland through business development, working with universities, public education and more. VT partners with manufacturers, developers, system integrators and startups to provide connectivity for the solutions they create, but does not directly sell products.
Sigfox has excellent indoor and outdoor range, making it ideal for applications both in rural areas and urban environments. Some Sigfox-powered smart utility meters are even connected from underground, but individual device performance will depend on the conditions.
Yes, GPS devices will work on Sigfox, sending periodic pings of their location for tracking purposes, as well as their final location when they stop moving.
While the ideal scenario for Sigfox is a stationary object, it is capable of supporting mobile applications, such as GPS trackers, and tests have shown good performance while moving.
Yes, while devices can be set to automatically speak to the cloud at certain intervals, directions can also be sent from the cloud to the device. However, developers have the option of choosing to use only downlink communication, which helps to extend battery life in devices.
Sigfox is all but impossible to jam, and redundancy is built in to provide a reliable connection. Most devices are covered by three or more base stations, and each module will send its data in triplicate, with each piece sent on a different frequency.
Object data is stored on the Sigfox cloud for one year, due to legal obligation. During that period, data is accessible and can be retrieved via GUI access or API request. For end users, products usually come with an app or web platform to manage data and devices.
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If you are developing a Sigfox product or associated software platform, visit the Developer Portal.
How do I connect my objects?
Purchase connectivity through VT. Contact us to determine the best solution for you and to activate a subscription.
Once you have activated a subscription through VT, turn your device on and it will automatically have a connection. No need to pair or go through complicated setup.