VT Networks to manage Sigfox IoT network

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14 June 2016 | 0

VT Networks has announced the nationwide deployment of Sigfox’s Internet of Things network. This makes Ireland the sixth country to the low-power network, which is designed to handle connectivity for smart devices.

It is expected the network will accomodate over 1 million devices by 2017 with solutions including smart meters for water consumption and leak detection; building and home security systems; and sensor devices on gates that alert farmers when an intruder has opened them during pre-defined periods.

“Irish businesses and farmers have been quick to understand the benefits that the Sigfox dedicated IoT network provides,” said Mark Bannon, CEO of VT Networks. “We are excited to see this growing level of interest, and look forward to launching programmes that further integrate the network throughout the country.”

Earlier this year, the Dublin-based telco held a makers workshop in Dublin where developers, makers and IoT start-ups received hands-on experience with prototyping boards and the Sigfox network to develop new applications. A similar event with one of Europe’s largest semiconductor distributors EBV Elektronik will take place in Dublin on 5 July.

The National University of Ireland in Maynooth be the first university in Ireland to setup a VT Networks’ IoT academic programme, in which computer science students will receive free hardware, Sigfox subscriptions and licenses to Sigfox Ready IoT platforms.

Over the past 12 months Sigfox added 15 countries to its global coverage map and plans to be in more than 30 countries by the end of 2016.

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