Sigfox and Coral join forces to spark IoT innovation with AI at the edge

  • Data are considered to the the “new oil”
  • Partnership will help industries better harvest the value of data
  • IoT powered by AI allows to analyse business processes better

 

Paris September 2nd 2021 – Sigfox, the 0G network pioneer and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) communication service provider, today announced its partnership with Coral, Google’s platform of hardware components, software tools, and models for building devices with Artificial Intelligence at the edge. As further sectors integrate IoT devices into their activities, more data than ever is being collected and industry leaders are struggling to find fast and cost-efficient ways to transport and harness it.

To solve this challenge, Coral provides the technology to run a machine learning model locally, at the edge, without needing to send large amounts of data to the cloud.

The addition of Sigfox to the Coral Partnership Program will create room for innovation with the possibility to integrate the Coral Edge TPU™ in an IoT device, making it possible to run inferences locally and capture completely new information from the field. This reduces costs and minimizes energy usage.

Once the raw data is processed and its value has been harvested at the device edge, the Sigfox 0G network will transport it rapidly and at very low cost to the customer’s platform.

The innovations from this new partnership will be applicable to a number of industrial use cases such as smart buildings, traffic monitoring and anomaly detection. For example, Coral enabled sensors can help understand population flow in parks, streets, workplaces, or retail centers while preserving people’s privacy using local AI, a fast, reliable process which keeps user data out of reach. Feeding that data into a larger model can help distribute shared resources efficiently and improve incident response.

The combination of local AI and IoT can also come in handy on a production line, where users can extract data from long HD video streams and detect product defects. The cost to do this is typically very high but using Coral’s solution coupled with Sigfox devices and 0G network, costs and latency will be reduced, while data privacy is improved by enabling data refinement upstream.

“At Coral, we believe efficient AI starts with enabling capabilities at the edge. The Coral Partner Program is intended to expand the edge AI ecosystem with our partners to support a broader range of industrial, IoT and cloud-based solutions by enabling deployment at these edge nodes. The addition of Sigfox to our ecosystem does this by allowing engineers to leverage the Sigfox 0G network, making gathering and streaming the right data from remote, low power or low connectivity settings easier without having to sacrifice efficiency or privacy along the way.” said Ajay K. Nair, Product Evangelist, Machine Learning Solutions at Google.

“After signing a partnership with Google Cloud earlier this year, we are delighted to start a collaboration with Coral and are looking forward to developing new solutions that will help all kinds of industries harvest the true value of their data,” said Guillaume Simenel, VP Product and Strategic Partners at Sigfox.

About Coral

Coral is a platform from Google for edge l AI. Coral is enabling a new generation of intelligent devices with a platform that makes it easier to bring intelligent ideas from prototype to production. The Coral platform offers hardware components for on-device AI acceleration in a variety of industry-standard form factors that, along with our toolkit of software, APIs and pre-compiled models, bring the benefits of performance, efficiency, offline and privacy-preserving local inferencing to suit various environments—from embedded systems deployed in the field, to network systems operating on-premise. The Coral Partnership Program aims to bring together an ecosystem of hardware, software, and model development partners; system integrators and other reputable players in the Edge AI space to enable intelligent edge ML solutions across the industry through Coral integration. For more information about the Coral platform, please visit Coral.ai/technology. For more information about the partnership program, please visit Coral.ai/partnerships.

About Sigfox
Sigfox is a pioneer of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT service provider (Internet of Things). Sigfox offers a unique combination of extremely cost-effective and energy-efficient technologies, supported by a global network, enabling companies to gain transparency and track their inventory worldwide. With more than 17 million connected devices and 70 million messages sent per day, Sigfox helps its customers extract critical data at minimal cost and accelerate their digital transformation in key areas such as asset tracking and supply chain. Sigfox, which is ISO 9001 certified and surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Labège, France, with offices in Boston, Dallas, Dubai, Madrid, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo . More information at https://www.sigfox.com 

About Heliot Europe
Heliot Europe is the exclusive operator of the global Sigfox 0G network in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube Infrastructure Managers, a fund manager focused on investment into European infrastructure. Heliot Europe is also a founding member of the 0G United Nations Association, the international association of 0G network operators with currently over 55 network operators worldwide.

With Sigfox 0G technology, Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless and user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and supports companies in further converting their business model in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management towards digital services. The low-frequency radio technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). In addition, customers have access to the global Sigfox 0G ecosystem with almost 1000 sensors and analysis tools for recording and evaluating their data. Further information can be found at: www.heliotgroup.com

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