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​Sigfox shows off partner solutions for its growing network

The French IoT startup is launching 902 MHz network nationwide in United States.

While a vast majority of the mobile carriers are focused on super fast networks for their smartphone subscribers, our friends at Sigfox are tapping into an entirely different trend, a slow network. While that concept may seem like a bit of an oxymoron in today’s constantly-connected world, the French startup has found a significant customer base and some pretty big partners along that way, given its advantages like low cost and low power consumption.


Sigfox utilizes UNB (Ultra Narrow Band) radio technology to connect devices to its global network. The use of UNB is key to providing a scalable, high-capacity network, with very low energy consumption, while maintaining a simple and easy to rollout star-based cell infrastructure. The company’s Atmel based connectivity solution uses license-free frequency bands (runs in the unlicensed 902 MHz band in the U.S. and the 868 MHz band in Europe), and don’t go more than a few hundred bits per second, but cost as little as $1 per connection per year.

The result is a simple, low-power network that can be deployed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional cellular network – without any risk of collisions or capacity problems. Due to power-emission regulations in the unlicensed band, Sigfox customers can only receive 140 messages per day from their devices, however. What’s more, those messages can only contain around 100 character and customers can send only four messages per day.

(Source: CNET)

(Source: CNET)

As CNET reports, the company showed off a number of these partnerships during Mobile World Congress, including a device from Securitas that detects if a car has been stolen and another from Traqueur to track it afterward, a monitor from Seur that ensures the “cold chain” is intact for refrigerated shipping, a solution from Air Liquide that helps analyze the condition of the gas tanks it sells, as well as a parking space tracker that sends alarts when a spot is empty or occupied. (You can find pictures of each of the new partner solutions here.)

“The mainstream mobile industry caters to mobile phone users watching video and posting selfies, pumping as much data as possible over today’s 4G network and racing to pump even more data with tomorrow’s 5G. Sigfox, though, limits network message length to just 12 bytes,” CNET’s Stephen Shankland writes.

At the moment, the startup is in the process of rolling out its slow-speed IoT network in San Francisco with greater aspirations of covering 90% of the U.S. population within the next three years. Want to continue reading? Head over to the company’s official page here. Meanwhile, don’t forget to explore Atmel’s ATA8520 device, which recently achieved the Sigfox-ready certification, making it the first Sigfox Ready-certified system-on-chip (SoC) solution. You can learn more about that here.

Under Armour teams up with HTC on new fitness band

The HTC Grip is a new wearable device made in partnership with Under Armour.

Among the number of notable wearable technology announcements during Mobile World Congress 2015 is the spawn of a new collaboration between HTC and Under Armour. The device — dubbed HTC Grip — is the first high-performance, smart fitness tracker powered by UA Record, a new health and fitness network from Under Armour.


Designed with athletes and fitness enthusiasts in mind, Grip is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and features a slew of Bluetooth-embedded accessories. Taking aim at one activity monitors on the market today, such as the Nike Fuelband and the Microsoft Band, this latest wearable packs GPS connectivity for accurate run tracking and provides additional performance data to the Under Armour connected fitness platform. Through Record, users can log workouts, set challenges and relay data from separate devices like heart rate monitors and the recently-revealed band.

When connected to a smartphone, a quick glimpse of the wrist lets users to see incoming call, text messages and email notifications, all without missing a step or interrupting a workout. Beyond that, the wrist-adorned gadget includes simple apps like a calendar, weather updates and a music controller, which allows wearers to skip, play and pause tracks while exercising.


Its uniquely contoured, waterproof band conforms to a user’s wrist without pinching the skin or catching on clothing, while a curved 1.8-inch PMOLED display makes it super easy to read time, distance and notifications on the go. To ensure a perfect fit, Grip is currently available in three sizes and complements even the most advanced training equipment and apparel.

What’s more, Grip is capable of tracking and recording a variety of workouts, ranging from running and cycling to time spent at the gym. Its 100mAh battery lasts up to five hours when the integrated GPS is turned on, enabling the device to accurately capture route, distance, pace and calories burned, all of which sync with UA Record in real-time. For everyday usage, Grip lasts up to two and a half days on a single charge, ideal for tracking daily activity.


“Our partnership with Under Armour has allowed us to direct our combined ambition, talent and passion towards developing new ways to empower athletes to make the most of their training every day. Grip is our first product to offer deep integration with UA record, providing an experience that will surpass the high standards of even professional athletes,” explained Drew Bamford, Corporate VP of HTC Creative Labs.

Intrigued? Head over to HTC’s official page here.

Photos: The best of Mobile World Congress 2015

A look at some of the biggest product news to come out of Barcelona… 

Wearables and tablets and phones, oh my! Mobile devices of every kind were sprawled out across the exhibition halls at Mobile World Congress this week, where nearly 2,000 companies gathered in Barcleona to show off a slew of products to a 90,000-plus crowd. While every major brand was well-represented, HTC, Huawei, Samsung, LG and Microsoft were among the names that stole the spotlight as they debuted next generations of their flagship gadgets. Beyond that, a number of emerging IoT startups also drew a great deal of attention with their new wave of projects, from smart buttons to slick watches.

So without further ado, here’s some of the best things we saw over the last couple of days — other than the paella, tapas and Catalan wine, of course!

Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL


Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge


HTC Grip


HTC Re Vive


Huawei Smartwatch and Talkbands


Huawei Mediapad x2


HP Spectre x360


Sony Xperia M4 Aqua


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet


Runcible Anti-Smartphone


Pebble Time Steel


LG Watch Urbane and Urbane LTE


LG Spirit and Magna


Microsoft Folding Keyboard


BlackBerry Leap


Silent Circle Blackphone 2


Guess Connect


Ford MoDe:Me Bike


Xiaomi Yi Action Camera


IKEA Qi Wireless Charging Furniture


La Comanda Click’N’Pizza


This smart button delivers pizza right to your house

One Italian IoT startup wants to make ordering pizza easy as pressing a single button on the fridge. 

Envision this: It’s two o’clock in the morning and you’re just getting back to your dorm room after a night out on the town. A little intoxicated yet cognizant that you’re in need of a late-night snack, you head over to your fridge door to hit a big red button. In a matter of moments, pizza is ordered and delivered to your door. Sound like something you’ve always wanted? Well, you’re in luck. 


Invented by an Italian Internet of Things startup called La Comanda, the aptly named Click’N’Pizza is a smart magnetic button that affixes to your refrigerator. When pushed, your favorite pie order is wirelessly transmitted in real-time over to a local pizza parlor and 14” of cheesy deliciousness is sent to your residence.


As you can imagine, users still have to input their information beforehand using its circular screen, including address, contact and payment information, as well as up to four of your favorite topping orders. Beyond that, you can use its scrolling wheel to rank order priority. For example, the primary selection can be ordered with a single push of the button, while secondary orders can be found by turning its dial. After an order is placed, the gadget excitedly confirms delivery with the message, “Pizza is coming!”


La Comanda introduced the Click’N’Pizza at the Mobile World Congress 2015, along with a slew of partnerships including one with Pizza Hut in North America. Pizza Hut will sell branded Click’N’Pizza buttons this summer at select locations. According to the startup, this is merely the beginning. A recent press release lists plans of an entire family of e-commerce and takeaway devices, ranging from Click’N’Taxi that calls your local car service when in need of a ride, to Click’N’Coffee to reorder your favorite coffee pods when stock is low, to Click’N’FedEx that notifies your delivery guy know you’ve got a package that needs sending.