Sigfox, the world leader in IoT (Internet of Things) technology, was launched in Romania through its local partner Simple IoT. Romania joins over 60 countries already part of the network benefiting from the mass use of IoT technology.
Sigfox, the French company set up in 2010, is the world's largest IoT network in terms of covered markets, its wide range of applicability and the number of dedicated device manufacturers. Currently, by expanding in the 60 countries, Sigfox will serve the needs of IoT connectivity in territories with a population of over 1 billion people.
Nowadays, in the Sigfox ecosystem there are over 700 devices from over 650 companies, and their number increases exponentially. The network operates in the free spectrum for use by European regulations, and all operators in the Sigfox network are interconnected in a single network.
"Until 2030, we estimate that all objects containing at least one electronic circuit will be connected to the Internet in one way or another. These are objects that will be found in every aspect of our everyday life. We can state that 7 out of 10 IoT connectivity needs today can be solved using Sigfox. Romania's potential for this market is very high and we estimate that over the next 5-10 years will be adopted over 20 million devices connected via Sigfox, "said Emma Park, VP Europe, Sigfox.
According to company representatives, Simple IoT solutions have a high applicability in various areas such as transport and logistics, utility monitoring through smart metering, smart buildings, retail and cold-chain, insurance and e-health, agriculture and the environment, smart city, etc. Benefits of using the network include accurate business information and data, increasing business competitiveness, expanding business, improving customer experience, and automating business processes.
"The Internet of Things market is bigger than it seems at first glance. Customers' needs are very diverse and can be found in a wide range of areas. The first projects launched by Simple IoT in Romania were based on two fundamental customer needs: the first refers to information that they could not obtain or which had a very high production cost and the second one with a wider impact , refers to the efficient use of human resources, especially in the context of the difficulties of finding the workforce, in the activities relevant to the business and their relieving of repetitive and simple activities.
The connectivity offered by us is the best solution for situations where the customer needs specific and accurate information from his equipment, but also a long battery life with a year-round autonomy as well as a cost of ownership and reduced use, "says Dan Vlad, CEO & Founder of Simple IoT.
The Simple IoT network currently has coverage in major cities in Romania such as Bucharest, Ploiesti, Constanta, Braşov, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Timişoara and Arad, and by the end of the year, the IoT operator expects to cover more than 50 % of Romania's population.
Dan Vlad is the CEO and founder of Simple IoT, with more than 10 years experience in product development and more than 8 years of experience in developing and optimizing delivery processes. Among the investors are Alexandru Lăpuşan, CEO & Founder Zitec, Dragoş Dinu, ex-CEO Tiriac Holding and A & D Pharma and Laurenţiu Scheuşan, ex-CEO Labormed Alvogen.