At UnaBiz’s inaugural UnaDay, ENGIE, Sigfox and UnaBiz today jointly announced that they have reached an important milestone in the deployment of the first Internet of Things (IoT) network in Singapore, achieving 95 percent outdoor coverage across the island.
This network, which is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, will help improve energy efficiency, facility management and customer-centred solutions for businesses in the region with the capacity to support over 100 million connected devices while maintaining high network reliability and security.
The deployment of the IoT dedicated network, which runs on Sigfox’s low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), complements existing connectivity options by providing low-power, efficient and low-cost connectivity as a standard service. With a fully operational network for connected objects nationwide, UnaBiz is capping its network subscription fees at S$1 per month for businesses to access a data plan for devices to communicate up to 140 messages per day.
Henri Bong, CEO, UnaBiz said: “This is just the beginning- we have built an impressive ecosystem in a mere six months, a clear sign of an enormous appetite and an accelerating demand for IoT solutions in the local market. We are proud to kick off the IoT Revolution in Singapore with the goal of becoming the first Smart Nation in the world. We are confident that our strategy and solutions will soon be replicated across Asia and beyond.”
In 2015, ENGIE acquired a minority stake in Sigfox and established ENGIE M2M to act as the exclusive national network operator of Sigfox’s connectivity solution in Belgium. In other countries, ENGIE is also a user of Sigfox solution, for various projects that are currently being developed such as remote monitoring of boilers, metering in heat distribution and smart lighting.
Csilla Kohalmi-Monfils, Executive Vice President Strategy & New Business, ENGIE Asia Pacific said: “As the world gets increasingly digitalized and the rate of disruption accelerates, producers, consumers and marketplaces can exchange energy in the same way that we exchange information on the Internet. As part of the digital transformation strategy of ENGIE worldwide and in line with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, our participation, together with our partners Sigfox and UnaBiz, will provide a highly reliable, power efficient and cost-effective connectivity solution for businesses to thrive in this digital economy.”
UnaBiz was awarded the Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) license to roll-out Sigfox’s IoT network by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) in November 2016, and started installation of base stations soon after. The network now has 95 percent outdoor coverage, with full deployment to be finished in the third quarter of the year. Unlike traditional wireless networks, the Sigfox network requires lighter infrastructure, thus making it simpler and faster to install.
Christophe Fourtet, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Sigfox said: “Our strategic partnership with ENGIE and UnaBiz allows us to bring our global network spanning 1.9 million square kilometres with a population of 486 million people in 31 countries to Asia. We are thrilled to connect Singapore to our secure global IoT network and deliver new opportunities for businesses to build applications, systems and smart city solutions that will drive Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative to the next level.”
UnaDay was attended by industry partners, government agencies and media, which also saw 36 ecosystem partners across various sectors participating in a signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU). Representatives from local tertiary institutions such as NUS Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic were also present.