Internet of Things (IoT) service provider and network operator Sigfox and electronic products manufacturer Alps Alpine recently entered into a Global Alliance Partnership Agreement. The agreement is the first of its kind for Sigfox and will allow it work with Alps Alpine in an effort to move technical innovation ahead and expand both businesses’ reach.
Alps Alpine is one of the foremost sensor, HMI (human-machine interfaces), switch and connectivity devices manufacturers in the world for the automotive, industrial and smartphone industries. This alliance will combine Sigfox’s 0G network, which does not use much energy to connect billions of devices, with Alps Alpines mass production capabilities. Working together sets up big opportunities to deploy connected devices to the mass media market, which will allow businesses to speed up their digital transformation, develop new services and create value for the market.
The Alliance will expedite connected devices adoption by providing Alps Alpine with early access to Sigfox’s research and development (R&D) projects, which will allow them to co-develop services in the future. It will also encourage joint investment in innovation, including developing small, inexpensive devices and energy technologies.
Sigfox and Alps Alpine already agreed on the common development of Sigfox’s Bubble Beacon/Tag for luggage and asset tracking. “Bubbles” are small devices that can be put anywhere in seconds. The devices are inexpensive, low-energy and make it easy to accurately to track anything from luggage to pallets’ location.
Partnerships like this present a certain amount of relevance to commercial real estate owners. Currently CRE owners are being encouraged to have reliable in-building wireless connectivity to make their property more attractive to prospective and current tenants who want to use their mobile devices without issue. However, Sigfox and Alps Alpine’s collaboration presents another reason CRE owners need to have a reliable network—so they can accommodate companies who want to use connected devices like these trackers in their building. As more enterprises embrace IoT to operate, it’ll be critical for CRE owners to provide a strong wireless network.
“We’re seeing a significant acceleration in demand for connected objects and industrial scale deployments of IoT solutions” Sigfox Chief Business Development Officer Glen Robinson said in a statement. “Having a global, simple, low-cost, low-power connectivity solution is a critical success factor, and exactly the challenge that Sigfox is addressing right now. We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Alps Alpine, which is fast tracking joint development and manufacturing of large volumes of high-quality connected objects.”
“This partnership has unlocked innovation, scale, quality and cost potential that is enabling us to deliver digital and economic benefits for our clients that were once unattainable. By combining resources, we are realizing the future of a mass, mainstream IoT, while pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”
The Sigfox-Alps Alpine collaboration has already proved its value. Since 2017, the companies have partnered on common customer projects and earlier this year, they launched their tracking solution for Deutsche Post DHL Group. The company will have 250,000 of its roll cages equipped with smart trackers to provide accurate information regarding their location and movements.
“Sigfox has already proven to be a trusted partner in delivering accurate, reliable solutions,” Alps Alpine Chief Technology Officer Yasuo Sasao said in a statement. “We welcome moving onto the next stage, working together to develop more professional, industrial solutions, bringing the value of the IoT to more markets. By combining our mass production and engineering capabilities with Sigfox’s low-powered network, there is no limit to what we can achieve together.”