LABEGE, France, and MADRID, Spain – Sept. 4, 2014 – SIGFOX, a pioneer in cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, is partnering with Securitas Direct and Abertis Telecom in Spain on one of the world’s most ambitious deployments of connected security devices.
Securitas Direct, the leading security systems provider in Spain and Europe, will connect and monitor millions of devices in customers’ homes and businesses via SIGFOX’s dedicated IoT network, which Abertis is deploying throughout Spain on its extensive network of telecommunication towers.
The SIGFOX global IoT network, which is operating in several European countries and will be deployed on the West and East Coasts of the U.S. this year, is designed exclusively for two-way, small-message communications. This eliminates the cost and energy-use barriers to wide implementation of IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, and greatly extends the battery and service life of connected devices.
Abertis Telecom’s network and SIGFOX’s system developed for the Internet of Things are an ideal way to connect devices for security applications, because of the solution’s energy savings and low cost, according to Securitas Direct.
Abertis’s collaboration with Securitas Direct and SIGFOX is a classic use case for how state-of-the-art infrastructure, technology and innovation can deliver the benefits of the Internet of Things to consumers, according to Abertis Telecom.
“Securitas Direct is Spain’s leading supplier of alarms and connected services for smart homes, and this deployment demonstrates again the diverse services that SIGFOX’s IoT network allows,” said Jaap Groot, SIGFOX vice president of global sales.
“The network deployment in Spain by Abertis Telecom is a major step towards our goal of 1 billion connections.”
About Securitas Direct
With more than 25 years of experience, Securitas Direct is Europe’s leading supplier of complete safety and security solutions for homes and businesses in Spain and Europe. The company commercializes and installs advanced Verisure systems that allow user verification through voice and image. These systems are connected to a dedicated alarm center, the largest in Europe, with 24-hour monitoring. The group operates in 13 countries: Spain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Chile and Peru. The company has more than 1.6 million clients, including 700,000 in Spain, and more than 6,500 employees worldwide.
About Abertis Telecom
Abertis Telecom is part of the Abertis Group. With the largest network of sites in the country, it serves audiovisual and telecommunications broadcasters, mobile operators, government, security forces and emergency-service providers. The company also develops solutions that improve municipal services for citizens by offering networks and services that support local governments. In this area, Abertis Telecom is deploying a “smart city” network that allows communication between objects, thus developing a strong ecosystem in Spain’s Internet of Things.
SIGFOX is the only provider of dedicated cellular connectivity for Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communications. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT and M2M solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. SIGFOX’s global network is deployed through the SIGFOX Network Operator™ partnership program, with more than one million square kilometers already covered. The company is headquartered in Labège, France, and has offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Madrid, Spain.