Commercial Launch from 1st IoT-Dedicated Network Operator in Asia
SINGAPORE, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – UnaBiz has officially launched the first IoT (Internet of Things) dedicated network in Singapore at the inaugural UnaDay.
Six months after its incorporation with Sigfox and ENGIE, and barely three months after being granted the FBO (Facilities-Based Operators) licence from IMDA, UnaBiz, the exclusive Sigfox network operator in Singapore and Taiwan, is now fully operational to deliver commercial grade connectivity and services for IoT in the city-state, starting from as low as S$1 per device per year.
Attended by an impressive panel of industry partners, representatives of government agencies and the media, the inaugural UnaDay was graced by the presence of Mr Christophe Fourtet, Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Sigfox.
Henri Bong, CEO & Founder of UnaBiz, opened the event by announcing the LPWA network (low-power, wide-area) outdoor coverage at 95% of Singapore’s population and territory. The French technology essentially addressed the four greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: ultra-low power consumption, low capital and operational expenses, efficient and secure data handling, and long-range coverage.
With a fully operational network for connected objects nationwide, UnaBiz is capping its network subscription charges at S$1 per device per month, which comes with a data plan for up to 140 messages per day. Qualified channel partners who commit to volume can ultimately enjoy subscription charges from as low as S$1 per device per year. Jonathan Tan, Vice President Business Development & Sales, UnaBiz said, “Sigfox’s technology is built for massive deployment and we are offering ultra-low cost connectivity to grow exponentially the base of devices that can access the network. Compared to existing local networks, businesses on our global network can generate savings of at least 90% off data plan subscription charges.”
The network operator also honoured its incredible ecosystem of partners. From multinational solution providers, such as Dimension Data, Fujitsu and Kyocera, to device manufacturers, such as Advantech and Aztech, over thirty ecosystem partners participated in the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing ceremony on the occasion.
Among them, leading fibre broadband provider MyRepublic shared their decision to partner with UnaBiz. “MyRepublic shares UnaBiz’s vision for a vibrant and accessible IoT eco-system in Singapore. We look forward to working with UnaBiz to develop an exciting suite of IoT solutions, reach new market segments and fast-track the adoption of IoT.” – Yap Yong Teck, MD MyRepublic Singapore.
Andy Cocks, Chief Technology Officer, Dimension Data said, “What UnaBiz is doing in Singapore is part of a global IoT movement led by Sigfox. I believe this is a game changing technology that will make IoT a reality for thousands of companies in Singapore, at a palatable price point.”
Representatives from local tertiary institutions such as NUS Enterprise, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic were also present. “The collaboration with partners such as UnaBiz and Sigfox provides our students with access to technologies that help hone their skills in developing smart solutions. Students from courses such as our Specialist Diploma in Internet of Things (IoT) gain relevant hands-on training to respond to industry needs,” said Mr Oh Chin Lock, Director, School of Informatics & IT, Temasek Polytechnic.
The event concluded with the announcement of UnaBiz Ventures, a new entity set up to support start-ups to join the IoT Revolution and bring their ideas from conception to reality. Aspiring entrepreneurs can leverage on UnaBiz’s ecosystem of experts and developers to accelerate their go-to-market process and deploy solutions in Singapore and beyond, where the Sigfox’s network is readily present in 30 other countries globally.
“This is just the beginning, we have built an impressive ecosystem in mere six months, a clear sign of an enormous appetite and an accelerating demand for IoT solutions in the local market. We are proud to kick off the IoT Revolution in Singapore in alignment with the goal of becoming the first Smart Nation in the world. We are confident that our strategy and solutions will soon be replicated across Asia and beyond,” said Henri Bong, CEO & Founder, UnaBiz.
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, and energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of EUR69.9 billion in 2015. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).
ENGIE is present in Singapore for over 20 years, where it employs around 1,600 employees. Besides offering energy efficiency and facility management services, ENGIE trades a wide range of energy financial products as well as LNG, conducts R&D projects and holds a 30 per cent stake in Senoko Energy, which is the largest electricity generator in the country.
UnaBiz Ecosystem Partners
1) Advantech Co. Singapore Pte Ltd
2) Ascent Solutions Pte Ltd
3) Aztech Technologies Pte Ltd
4) Cyclet Electrical Engineering Pte Ltd
5) Dimension Data Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
6) KYOCERA Communication Systems Singapore Pte Ltd
8) Astek Singapore Innovation Technology Pte Ltd
9) Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd
10) GRID Communications Pte. Ltd.
11) LKH Precicon Pte Ltd
12) MyRepublic Ltd
13) PCI Limited
14) Schneider Electric South East Asia (HQ) Pte Ltd
15) Sunseap Energy Pte Ltd
17) BeyondEdge Pte Ltd
18) Konbini Vending Automation Pte Ltd
19) Nuratech Labs Pte Ltd
20) Pevoli Enterprise
21) PTGEM Pte Ltd
22) SpaceAge Labs Pte Ltd
23) V&V Innovations Pte Ltd
24) Swee Lee Holdings Pte Ltd
25) MicroSec Pte Ltd
26) NUS Enterprise
27) Republic Polytechnic
28) Singapore Polytechnic
29) Temasek Polytechnic
31) IDA PIXEL Labs
34) ST Microelectronics
35) Trusted Objects
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