Inter-Continental Sea-freight tracking with Sigfox

Today, Michelin, Sigfox France and Argon Consulting announced the launch of a new solution for the tracking of sea-freight containers in real-time based on Sigfox’s technology . Michelin, the world-leading tire manufacturer, has actively participated in the development of this solution for the past 12 months and is an early-adopter of this solution, already in use on some of their critical inter-continental flows.

With more than 90 M of containers shipped per year, out of which 20M by European companies, stakes are high in the worldwide Supply Chain market and its potential for IoT is massive. Companies have been seeking for many years an alternative to tackle the constraints of existing solutions: high costs, short battery life, non-proprietary solutions and difficulty to transmit from the inside of the container.  Sigfox technology, which is based on cost-efficiency and low-energy consumption, is a solid solution if it can actual support a global network.

Telefonica Terminates Sigfox Service

Telefonica has begun informing customers in Spain that it’s phasing out the ‘Movistar Verisure Hogar’ smart home security service it launched three years ago, reports Movilonia. The company joined forces with IoT network company Sigfox, insurer Securitas Direct and home alarm provider Verisure back in 2015 to develop the home security service, promising 24-hour, 365-day immediate emergency response, unauthorised home access control plus remote controlled video surveillance. This action renders yet another painful blow to Sigfox (a low power, wide are network operator for IoT solutions).