SIGFOX and UnaBiz Anchor French And Taiwanese Collaboration with a Global IoT Testbed
SIGFOX Partners UnaBiz to Roll out Dedicated Network across Taiwan by 2017
(TAIPEI – August 1, 2016) SIGFOX and UnaBiz along with French and Taiwanese officials said today () they will create a global Internet of Things (IoT) testbed in Taiwan with the SIGFOX IoT network as its centerpiece to provide global Internet of Things connectivity to Taiwan’s huge electronics manufacturing industry and demonstrate multiple applications and use cases.
The announcement came at a launch event in Taipei with C.K. Lee, Taiwan’s Minister of Economy; Benoit Guidée, Director of the French Office in Taipei; SIGFOX CEO Ludovic Le Moan; UnaBiz CEO Henri Bong and a panel of industry experts such as Chaney Ho, Advantech President; Wei-Bin Lee, CIO of Taipei City, and Ming-Whei Feng, Dean of the Smart Nation System Institute of III.
“In addition to supporting Taiwan’s goal of becoming the “Silicon Valley of Asia,” where new and disruptive technologies thrive, the nationwide network will also provide SIGFOX the benefits of Taiwanese design and manufacturing capabilities as it scales globally“, Guidée said. Taiwan has a wealth of high-technology manufacturers who are extremely experienced in developing quality products at cost-effective prices.
UnaBiz, who announced only three weeks ago a strategic partnership with ENGIE and SIGFOX to deploy the network in Singapore, will also lead the network deployment in Taiwan, which is expected to have nationwide coverage in 2017. “This extension to Taiwan is key in our regional development strategy as Taiwan owns the largest ecosystem of devices and solutions which will accelerate the adoption of IoT use cases globally,” said Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz.
With this roll-out, Taiwan will be the 24th country globally, the second in Asia and the fourth country in the Asia Pacific region to have SIGFOX’s two-way IoT coverage, which provides low-cost, energy-efficient connectivity for countless devices that will make up the Internet of Things.
Taiwan’s six largest cities or districts, containing half the country’s 23.5 million population, will have coverage by mid 2017. The rapid roll-out in all countries is facilitated by the fact that SIGFOX’s infrastructure is far lighter than traditional wireless network infrastructure.
“This collaboration between Taiwanese electronics companies, which are among the most competitive and efficient in the world, and SIGFOX will strengthen the SIGFOX ecosystem as it speeds learning and the implementation of IoT design and use cases,” Le Moan said. “It also will provide demonstrations of how SIGFOX’s seamless IoT network can foster unprecedented industrial manufacturing efficiency that could benefit companies everywhere.”
“We will go to work immediately to create strong partnerships with key players in the local ecosystem along the whole IoT value chain, from silicon vendors to design houses and device manufacturers,” said Bong. “This dynamic process will spark entrepreneurial and creative responses for making the IoT come alive. As part of that process, UnaBiz will leverage on the Taiwanese ecosystem to complement SIGFOX global ecosystem of partners in order to offer the largest catalog of IoT devices worldwide.”
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