There will be over 20 million devices designed to connect ‘things’ to the internet by 2022. Most of these will be simple sensors, relaying small amounts of information - for which traditional mobile networks (designed to carry huge amounts of data to and from smartphones) are much too capable and expensive.
“The connection solutions we have today weren’t built for the Internet of Things,” says Thomas Nicholls, head of marketing for Spain's Sigfox. “They were built for smartphones.”
Sigfox builds networks for companies trying to gather small amounts of information on a regular basis from, say, thousands of solar panels in remote locations. The leader in a world of startups working to connect these kinds of devices, Sigfox has already built nationwide networks in Spain, France and the Netherlands and is working on one for the San Francisco Bay Area. These networks, using lean tech and frequencies that don’t need to be licensed, can be built at a fraction of the cost of normal networks (€15 million for the Spanish network).
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