SIGFOX is the first and only cellular network operator dedicated to the low-speed communication for connected objects. SIGFOX is revolutionizing the world of M2M and the Internet of Things, allowing connection of objects on a large-scale basis.
AGUILA Technology has been a pioneer in the integration of SIGFOX technology.
We have been proposing it in our connected objects since 2010.
SIGFOX uses a UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) based radio technology to connect devices to its global network. The use of UNB is key to providing a scalable, high-capacity network, with very low energy consumption, while maintaining a simple and easy to rollout star-based cell infrastructure.
The network operates in the globally available ISM bands (license-free frequency bands) and co-exists in these frequencies with other radio technologies, but without any risk of collisions or capacity problems. SIGFOX currently uses the most popular European ISM band on 868MHz (as defined by ETSI and CEPT) as well as the 902MHz in the USA (as defined by the FCC), depending on specific regional regulations.
Communication on SIGFOX is secured in many ways, including anti-replay, message scrambling, sequencing, etc. The most important aspect of transmission security is however that only the device vendors understand the actual data exchanged between the device and the IT systems. SIGFOX only acts as a transport channel, pushing the data towards the customer's IT system.
An important advantage provided by the use of the narrow band technology is the flexibility it offers in terms of antenna design. On the network infrastructure end it allows the use of small and simple antennas, but more importantly, it allows devices to use inexpensive and easily customizable antennas.
The SIGFOX protocol is compatible with existing transceivers and is actively being ported to a growing number of technical platforms.
Have a look at the Sigfox White Paper
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