T-Mobile CR, SimpleCell Networks develop Sigfox network

Wednesday 9 March 2016 | 15:03 CET | News
T-Mobile Czech Republic and SimpleCell Networks have expanded the Sigfox network to the cities Prague, Brno and Ostrava. By the end of March, the cities Ceske Budejovice, Hradec Kralove, Jihlava, Karlovy Vary, Liberec, Olomouc, Pardubice, Plzen, Usti nad Labem and Zlin will be added, and the companies said at the launch of their partnership last year that the IoT network will cover the whole country by the end of 2016. 

T-Mobile is also preparing the commercial launch of services for the second quarter. Currently, the operator is running or preparing joint testing with several potential clients. The operator sees the biggest potential in applications for smart metering, such as energy, gas and water. Besides the savings resulting from automated remote metering, customers on the Sigfox network will benefit from the quality of coverage. For example, when the metering devices are located in more difficultly accessible places, such as underground shafts, where remote metering using current network technologies is not always possible. Other benefits include low energy consumption - the devices work autonomously on batteries, allowing several years of operation without the need to exchange or recharge batteries. 

Other applications in which customers expressed interest include water leaks detection; smart city including applications such as sensors detecting the level of dustbins; parking sensors, which the operator plans already to start testing in several Czech cities; position monitoring, especially for places with difficult provision of power supply such as freight wagons, containers and cargo in general; and facility management, such as monitoring cleaning or security checks. 

SimpleCell Networks builds and operates the Sigfox network in the Czech Republic. T-Mobile is responsible for the technology from Sigfox in the construction of its mobile transmitters and for supervision and maintenance of the network. T-Mobile will also offer to its customers solutions using the Sigfox connection for various applications. 

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