TAIPEI, OCT. 12, 2017. UnaBiz Taiwan, Asia’s first dedicated IoT network operator, announced the commercial launch of its nation-wide Sigfox network with the lowest per device communication services in Taiwan on UnaDay, an event held in the heart of Taipei City.
Witnessed by over 700 executives gathered at the Howard Civil Service International House, including MOEA Vice Minister Kung Ming-hsin, MOEA IDB Deputy Director General Yang Chih-Ching, Taipei City Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji, Advantech Executive Board Director Chaney Ho, Taiwan SECOM CEO Frank Lin, oBike Taiwan General Manager Mathilda Wang, Head of Research & Technology Cyrille Schwob, Microsoft Taiwan General Manager Ken Sun, Sigfox CEO & founder Ludovic Le Moan, Sigfox CSO & co-founder Christophe Fourtet and along with UnaBiz’s 50 regional ecosystem partners, UnaBiz CEO & founder, Henri Bong and UnaBiz Managing Director & co-founder Philippe Chiu inaugurated the company’s network operations in Taiwan.
“The two key nations in Asia for IoT, Singapore and Taiwan, have opened their gates to the leading global IoT market powered by Sigfox network, effectively enabling a borderless, seamless, interoperable virtual space and new growth opportunity for businesses”, said Henri Bong. “We are proud to have world-class Taiwanese electronic design and production industry bringing their expertise in the production of high-quality, scalable and price-fit IoT solutions.”
FIRST NATIONWIDE IOT COMMUNICATION SERVICE
After being granted the first-in-history IoT operator license by the National Communications Commission (NCC) on June 15th 2017, UnaBiz actively deployed its network, prioritizing populated areas across Taiwan such as Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu City, Taichung City, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Taitung County, Hualien County and Yilan County. Covering today more than 85% of the population, UnaBiz is operating the first nation-wide, public low-power-wide-area network. “Just four months after obtaining our IoT operator’s license, we are delivering our IoT service directly to the doorstep of 20 million Taiwanese people”, says Philippe Chiu.
UnaBiz’s network deployment is continuing and expected to reach 95% of the population in 2018, densifying urban areas and reaching challenging areas of Taiwan.
LOWEST PER DEVICE COMMUNICATION PRICING
Pricing starts with a ground-breaking monthly fee of 2$NT (US$0.07) per device subscription for 60 messages and up to 22$NT (US$0.07) for 4,200 messages. All offers include a standard set of services, regardless of the subscribed volume.
Such low-pricing in long-range communication is achieved with Sigfox proprietary UNB (Ultra-Narrow-Band) technology running on unlicensed Sub-GHz ISM frequency bands, an alternative to existing cellular technology that requires dedicated frequency bands, rights to which are sold for millions of US dollars to selected operators.
For every customer, under one single global contract:
- Base on “Global equal-access policy”, every activated device is able to seamlessly communicate in every Sigfox-covered territory (currently 36 countries across the globe) without any roaming fees.
- UnaBiz is the single point of contact for support, avoiding language and cultural gaps.
- SLA (Service Level Agreement) on data delivery and OSS (operations Support Software) are also available for customers with demanding challenges.
In September, Sigfox announced new services being developed and soon-to-be-added services to the simple IoT communication. Ludovic Le Moan, CEO and founder of Sigfox says, “With the growing number of territories being rapidly covered by our technology, we are moving from a connectivity-selling business model to a service provider business model. We started earlier this year with Atlas, our seamless GPS-less geolocation service that is compatible with every existing device without hardware modification. More of such add-on services will be available soon!”.
The network operator also said that early customers have already committed to connect hundreds of thousands of devices, both locally and globally.
Mr Benoît Guidée, Director of the French Office in Taipei, attended the event and announced that China Airlines is planning to cooperate with UnaBiz and Airbus to build up IoT tracking solution on GSE, Tool and Material for Location, Alert and Performance. The partnership announcement follows the MOU signing between China Airlines and Airbus in January this year, an agreement to support the carrier in the development of the airline’s maintenance, engineering and technical training capabilities in Taiwan.
FIRST CUSTOMERS AND “MADE IN TAIWAN” SOLUTIONS
The dedicated IoT network operator made a surprise partnership announcement with Taiwan Mobile. The nation’s second largest telecom operator will leverage on UnaBiz’s readily available Sigfox connectivity solution and global ecosystem partnership to expand its existing cellular connectivity offerings.
Since late 2016, UnaBiz has been supporting and fostering Taiwan’s electronic devices industry players and startups to onboard Sigfox technology through conferences, seminars, hackathons. As a result, Sigfox’s early adopters and UnaBiz’s partners represent the total IoT value chain, from semiconductors to module makers, from device makers to certification labs, from platforms to solutions providers.
“Made in Taiwan” (MIT) solutions are starting to emerge, addressing various vertical sectors such as security (remote sensors), logistics (asset tracking), elderly care (autonomous emergency buttons) and utilities (smart metering).
Taiwan SECOM CEO, Frank Lin explains, “As the leader in our industry, it is essential for us to bring the best solutions to our customers at reasonable prices. The recent rise of LPWA technologies is very promising and brings new opportunities for security-related services. That is why our teams have partnered with UnaBiz to explore and build innovative solutions involving Sigfox technology.”
FoxTech COO, Sonic Wang declares, “Being able to solve operational problems and optimize the production processes of an 80-years old company such as Kimlan with TempHawk, our industrial-grade, FTA-approved temperature and humidity sensor is a bliss. More importantly, UnaBiz’s Network allows us to address the entire Taiwan territory and also enables reach to international opportunities right away, saving us from an otherwise very costly, last mile setup.”
“Taiwan is known for our strong IT industry, and we are proud of it. However, most households still use pen and paper to collect data from gas meters. We have tested and searched for so many technologies in the last decade with no success, and finally, we found Sigfox. It is simply the best, yet affordable solution to make meters smart”, said Mr L., who has been in the meter business for more than 10 years.
Taiwan Emission Exchange proposes a decentralized Microgrid that stores and uses renewable energy, with the world’s first microgrid blockchain billing system developed with Microsoft Taiwan. The solution can be readily deployed in a community and release the burden of the main power grid. It is now in POC stage in East Taiwan. “UnaBiz plays a big role in the projects. I’m really happy about the partnership. The Sigfox Network UnaBiz deployed is the last mile of our solution. It gives us the lowest possible operating cost and it’s hassle-free”, said Ken Hsu, CEO of TEE. This solution was born after an incident that happened two months ago when Taiwan faced the worst power-shortage in decades.
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