SIGFOX has partnered with Brazilian firm WND to extend Internet-of-Things(IoT) across Latin America. Both companies have begun deploying SIGFOX’s dedicated IoT network throughout Brazil, starting with Rio de Janeiro and SãoPaulo. This new deployment marks the addition of the 18th country where SIGFOX is present.
WND was founded in 2015 by Chris Bataillard, an entrepreneur and active founder, angel investor and advisor in a number of telecommunications and high-tech companies. In partnership with Thought Creator, an IoT device maker and solution provider in Portugal, WND has developed a low-cost geolocation device specifically for the Latin American asset-tracking market, with a battery life of more than a year. The geolocation device supports simple but essential applications enabled by the IoT, including the tracking of people’s belongings in near real-time on their mobile phones.
By starting the deployment in Rio de Janeiro, the two companies expect to have citywide network coverage by July. SIGFOX also expects the network to be operational in SãoPaulo, a city of more than 11 million people, in September 2016. The top 10 urban areas, representing one-third of Brazil’s 210 million population, will be covered by September 2017, said SIGFOX in a statement.