UK Sigfox network operator to provide 95% UK population coverage by 2019
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

WND-UK, the UK’s primary Sigfox network operator has committed to covering 95 per cent of the UK by population by 2019

Harnessing ultra-narrow band technology, Sigfox provides basic connectivity to devices that do not require high throughput and enables the use of low cost devices.

“In a world of IoT, tomorrow’s smart devices will need to be wirelessly multilingual,” said Neal Forse, chief executive, WND-UK. “In other words, they will need to be able to communicate across different kinds of networks and choose the most appropriate technology for specific tasks so that performance and battery life are optimised.

“Sub-gigahertz networks, such as Sigfox, require far less power and provide much longer battery life for the many devices that only require intermittent internet connectivity and the transmission of small amounts of data.”

Since the launch of its UK operation in March 2017, WND-UK has installed over 50 base stations, already providing coverage to 34 per cent of the UK’s population – these are rapidly changing figures as the company is in the process of adding more sites.

WND-UK has an ecosystem of channel partners looking to use its IoT network, including flood detection specialist LeakSafe and IoT solutions providers such as Real Time Logistics Solutions (RTLS), SPICA Technologies, Amphy and Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS).

Real Time Logistics Solutions Ltd (RTLS) was formed in 2001 as a technology company with emphasis upon asset management, smart sensor development, reusable core technology, OEE monitoring and IoT infrastructure.

RTLS’ managing director Peter Milton, said: “Our mission is to meet future industry requirements by use of innovative technology and creative partnerships. We’re now working closely with WND-UK as a channel partner to assist in the provision of the Sigfox national network. The sensor technology available via WND will significantly improve the cost basis for implementing IoT systems and provide the necessary spring board to wider international coverage and business opportunities.”

Spica Technologies, a specialist systems integrator and IoT solutions provider working in the UK’s facilities management (FM) sector relies on WND’s Sigfox network to connect a range of sensor-driven solutions. These include its FM ‘smart cleaning’ platform and a unique water monitoring solution, developed to address the risks associated with Legionella in healthcare and public sector buildings.

Co-founder of Spica Technologies, Tim Streather, commented: “Working with WND-UK is a huge plus for us because its approach to building out a Sigfox network that extends throughout the UK is very different to those attempts made by previous network operators. WND’s dynamic rollout strategy ensures that Sigfox base stations can be deployed at customer sites anywhere in the UK and be fully operational within weeks.”

WND-UK’s Forse concluded: “The applications our channel partners are working on today demonstrate how IoT technology has the potential to completely transform business models.

“Sigfox is the lowest cost, lowest power technology for IoT applications, and we’re already well underway with delivery of a robust and cost-effective Sigfox network.”


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