Sigfox operators launch initiative to drive forward 0G network expansion along the trans-European rail corridor – for greater security and transparency in goods and food supply chains
Sigfox Ukraine and Heliot Europe plan to provide IoT radio infrastructure for coverage along the train corridor from Ukraine to Western Europe
Munich/Stuttgart, May 17, 2023 – Heliot Europe, the largest operator of the 0G network in Europe, and Sigfox Ukraine have launched a joint initiative to expand coverage of the trans-European rail corridor. The expansion of the 0G network is intended to make the transportation of goods via the rail network, which connects Western and Eastern Europe as well as Ukraine via Romania, Poland and Slovakia with the northern Adriatic part of Slovenia, safer, more predictable and more transparent.
Blaž Golob, Country Manager of Heliot Europe in Slovenia, Martin Liboswar, Country Manager of Heliot Europe in Austria and Dmytro Ozerov, Country Manager of Sigfox Ukraine, pledged their commitment to the following goals at the founding ceremony, which took place at the end of April on the fringes of the Logimat industry trade fair in Stuttgart:
- To create better predictability in the grain supply chain and thus ensure greater security in the food supply.
- To enable transparent tracking of goods along the entire network of the trans-European rail corridor.
- Encourage rail companies and stakeholders in logistics to expand cooperation via the European IoT network platform 0G
IoT technology for the Ukraine – Western Europe train corridor
Tomáš Pavlíček, COO of Heliot Europe, commented on the launch of the initiative: “Trade relations between the countries of Eastern and Western Europe are becoming increasingly important. The expansion of the 0G network along the trans-European rail corridor is an important prerequisite for ensuring that goods and food supplies can be transported even more efficiently and safely in the future. The launch of our initiative is an important milestone in this respect.”
The specific sub-areas include strengthening the 0G network for cross-border goods traffic and intermodal logistics. With optimized networking along the railroad lines, the initiative will also create the conditions for the digital transformation of cities and enable applications such as the digital measurement of water and gas supplies and waste management. One specific project is already in the planning stage: Sigfox Ukraine and Heliot Europe have agreed to ensure IoT network coverage along the sections of the route from Ukraine to Western Europe that are within the companies’ sphere of influence.
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About Heliot Europe
Heliot Europe is the exclusive operator of the global Sigfox 0G network in Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube Infrastructure Managers, a Luxembourg-based investment company specializing in the management of European infrastructure funds. 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 the Sigfox 0G technology, Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless, user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and supports companies in further transforming their business model towards digital services in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management. Low-frequency radio technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). Customers also 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
About Sigfox Ukraine
Sigfox Ukraine is the public 0G™ operator of Ukraine, founded in 2020. Sigfox Ukraine is a leader in the IoT market, providing simple, scalable, reliable and secure connectivity for the “simple things” with a focus on smart metering, logistics and agriculture. Despite the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the fact that most members of the Sigfox Ukraine team are defending their homeland in the armed forces of Ukraine, the Sigfox 0G™ network in Ukraine is stable and continues to grow.
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