Great News! Sigfox Expands To Cover 90% of UK Population!!

Posted on 22 Aug 2019

Great news! The rapid expansion of the UK Sigfox network has continued at pace! In August 2019, the UK network reached over 1800 base stations, covering an amazing 90% of the UK population! This is planned to increase to 2000 base stations, with 95% coverage by the end of 2019!! Coverage is enhanced with micro base stations & repeaters.

Powelectrics are an official Sigfox partner. We offer 25 years’ experience in connecting sensors, firstly through radio telemetry, then GSM/GPRS and now through a broad range of communication technologies, including Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) such as Sigfox.

A low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) is a wireless telecommunication network, that allows long range communications, at a low bit rate, among connected objects, such as battery-operated sensors. As the name suggests, they have low power draw and provide coverage to wide areas.

LPWAN technologies fill the gap between mobile (3G, LTE) and short-range wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi & Zigbee) networks. They are designed for machine rather than human communications, particularly for IoT devices and applications, which generally need infrequent low levels of data transfer, with low mobility.

Sigfox is the most widely deployed proprietary LPWAN technology. Established in France in 2009, there are now networks in around 60 countries.

Powelectrics offer a range of Sigfox devices that are battery powered, weatherproof and incredibly easy to deploy.

Typical applications include remote electricity, water and gas meter reading for billing and waste/leakage detection. Sigfox is also used for temperature and humidity monitoring and a broad range of pulse counting and contact counting applications, including people counting and trespass alerts. Please see: http://powelectrics.co.uk/sensing-telemetry-products/index.asp?page=sigfox-for-iot-869

Battery life lasts up to 10 years, for readings every 2 hours, depending on the amount of energy required by the sensor(s). Data can be sent every 10 minutes if required by the application, although daily readings are more common, greatly extending battery life.

Powelectrics have fully integrated Sigfox telemetry into MetronView, our cloud, which offers customisable dashboards, reporting and alerts. Data and alarms can be received by authorised users on any web-enabled device.

Powelectrics customers can authorise unlimited users, each with their own access profile … so an individual can be authorised to see the data and receive alarms for just one sensor, for a department, a whole site or all sites.

MetronView supports over 140 protocols and Sigfox data can sit alongside data from other telemetry devices, including Powelectrics well-established and award-winning Metron range.

MetronView is a highly secure and scalable IoT solution, currently processing millions of readings every day, whilst only using a fraction of its processing capabilities.

MetronView has common API, so data can be imported into bespoke application-specific portals, provided by Powelectrics or our customer. The API allows integration to software like Navision, SAP, #SCADA and platforms like IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure, AWS and Miimetiq.

Powelectrics act as a connection between the world of sensors and the Internet of Things. Our ‘connected sensor’ solutions are employed in many industries including building management (metering), chemical, pharmaceuticals, Adblue, fuels, oils, LPG, lubricants, food and beverage, waste &recycling, landfill & leachate, agriculture, utilities, flood defence, pumping, environment, trains, rail infrastructure and security.

We would be delighted to assist you with enquiries. +44 1827 310 666 sales@powelectrics.co.uk