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SIGFOX and IQRF – partners not only in logistics

11 April 2017

Imagine a global network to transfer small data, for example to obtain basic information about your delivery. You can see where it is and in what condition. Upon arrival to your destination you collect detailed data from individual parts and communicate with these parts as needed. Wireless technologies SIGFOX and IQRF are for this use case perfect.

Long-distance transport can carry components that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature, humidity or impact of other phenomena. The values measured during the journey and information about the movement of your shipment pass through SIGFOX to headquarters. You do not need to solve problems with roaming, SIGFOX is one network. Upon arrival to your destination you connect to the IQRF network and collect detailed status information from various parts of the consignment. You easily find which part is fine and where recommended maximum / minimum values of the environment were exceeded. You can signal in different parts of the supply needed information to help with the subsequent logistics.


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Interconnection of these two technologies is not a problem. RCD Radiokomunikace company demonstrated its solution based on interconnection of IoT technologies - 

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IQRF and SIGFOX - at Amper 2017. The module IOT 301 / IQRF is a part of a modular IOT system, which is a universal hardware platform for IoT devices. 

Long-distance transport is not the only case where connection of these two technologies is functional and desirable.

Other use case may be automated buildings, where sensory values are measured and in case of exceeding the recommended value messages are sent outside the building into the headquarters.

Thanks to the IQRF wireless network is the coverage reliable. Even in the environment problematic for propagation of the wireless signal you can collect data from devices. It can be temperature, humidity, lighting intensity, gas or chemicals or other values. In most cases if the measured values do not deviate from the expected limits – there is no need to send this information outside the building further into the world. Values may be stored on a local server for further processing and analysis. But if there is a situation deviating from the allowed values (e.g. temperature increase in some rooms above the expected boundary, value from CO sensors exceeds dangerous level of carbon monoxide, unscheduled room lighting appears, etc.), then you can pass this alarming information over the SIGFOX network to the Internet.

SIGFOX network can also provide backup Internet connection in case of failure of the main Internet connection line providing two-way high-speed operation.


IQRF coordinator connected to Sigfox

Pic. 1 - IQRF coordinator connected to Sigfox


IQRF node connected to Sigfox

Pic. 2 - IQRF node connected to Sigfox


Additional information

IQRF® is a complex technological solution allowing electronics manufacturers to innovate their product, equip the product with wireless connectivity and optionally a connection with the rest of the world through Internet. The IQRF is the ideal solution for reliable wireless "mesh" networks.

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IQRF Alliance is an international community of developers, manufactures, system integrators, universities, research and innovation centers and business professionals using the IQRF wireless technology. The technology is used for IoT control and M2M communication.

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RCD Radiokomunikace company was founded in 1993. The main areas of activity of the company include the development and production of high-frequency devices for voice and data transmission as well as the design and delivery of systems for radio coverage of tunnels, underground areas and large objects.

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SIGFOX is one of the leading technologies for small data transmission from the Internet of Things devices. The advantage is a large range (up to tens of kilometers), and very low power consumption end devices.

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SimpleCell Networks Inc. is the first Czech public mobile network operator for the Internet of Things. The network is based on the global SIGFOX technology, which operates in 30 countries, and in the Czech Republic was built in cooperation with T-Mobile. Network enables to communicate cheaply, reliably and safely to millions of devices during many years of battery life. It is possible to get data through a simple interface through which the device can be integrated into corporate systems within hours or use dozens of IoT platforms.

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