Sigfox Announces a Partnership in IoT with Global Electronic Equipment Manufacturer and Design Partner, Alps Electric Europe
At Sigfox World IoT Expo, Sigfox and Alps Electric Europe announced their partnership to work closely together on common customer projects. In addition, Alps Electric Europe chooses Sigfox as their main LPWAN connectivity technology for future product developments.
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Alps Electric is one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialist electronic components to the automotive, industrial and smartphone industry. Its products include sensors, human-machine interfaces, switches, connectivity devices, and more.
Alps Electric Europe GmbH, with which Sigfox will be working directly, is the Alps IoT Competence Center for professional industrial solutions. The company is at the leading edge of IoT development and is currently working with Sigfox on projects such as asset-tracking applications, based on Sigfox geolocation offer or in combination with Wi-Fi or GPS, and predictive maintenance solutions.
The partnership between Sigfox and Alps Electric Europe gives both companies the opportunity to work with leading technology partners who will be able to bring innovative and world-leading technology to the task of making IoT devices that will serve the Industrial IoT market. Alps has already started production of Sigfox-enabled devices in their factory in Ireland.
Vincent Sabot, Sigfox VP Europe, said, “We’re delighted to have started a wide partnership with Alps Electric Europe. Working with an advanced engineering partner such as Alps gives us the chance to operate at the cutting edge of the industry and to show what IoT is capable of and the benefits it can bring to consumers.”
Sascha Kunzmann, Head of Strategic Business Development Alps Electric Europe GmbH, said, “We chose to work with Sigfox because we have complete confidence in its technology, its ability to supply at scale, and that it would be innovative and fast-moving enough to keep up with the high-technology, high-end markets in which Alps Electric works.”
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.
Today, the network is present in 36 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 – covering a population of 660 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France’s “IoT Valley”. Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
About Alps Electric
Alps Electric (Tokyo: 6770) is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components for mobile devices, home electronics, vehicles and industrial equipment. With the philosophy of “Perfecting the Art of Electronics” Alps Electric supplies over 40,000 different components from 21 factories worldwide to about 2,000 companies all over the world. Though its expertise in sensors, switches, keyless entry systems and other electronic components, Alps contributes to some of the world’s most popular and renowned auto brands, known for quality and precision engineering. The Alps Group overall has 42,000 employees and annual sales worth €6 billion. For more information, visit www.alps.com.
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