Designing a Hardware solution based on Sigfox?

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In a few words, Sigfox is providing a global connectivity solution designed especially for the IoT

  • Simple : No configuration, no pairing, no signaling
  • Low Power: Very low energy consumption, allowing years of battery powered autonomy 
  • Low Cost: Hardware and connectivity at a fraction of the costs of cellular connectivity
  • Small Data: Sending only small data packets, providing instant visibility of assets and conditions

How to get started?

To get started with Sigfox, you will need:

  • A Sigfox-ready module, transceiver or development kit
  • A valid subscription. Development kits and evaluation boards come with a one-year subscription included
  • Be in a covered area. (See current coverage here)

Frequencies

The Sigfox network makes use of Ultra-Narrow Band(UNB) modulation, and operates in license-free sub-GHz ISM frequency bands.
This protocol offer a great resistance to jamming and standard interferers. Sigfox complies with local regulations in the selection of center frequency, power output and duty cycles.

REGION FREQUENCY REGULATION
Europe, Middle East (RCZ1) 868MHz ETSI EN300-220
North America (RCZ2) 902MHz FCC part 15
South America, ANZ (RCZ4) 920MHz ANATEL 506, AS/NZS 4268
 

Details for Sigfox in ANZ (RCZ4)

  • Frequency bands: 920.8Mhz Uplink, 922.3Mhz Downlink (License-free ISM band)
  • Messages: Up to 140 uplink messages per device per day up to 4 downlink messages per device per day (device initiated)
  • Maximum Payload format per message: 12 bytes Uplink from device, 8 bytes downlink to device (Device ID Key and time stamp are included in the Sigfox message header)
  • Data rate: 600 bps
  • Maximum power radiated per device: 22 dBm (ERP)
  • Battery life: Up to 20 years depending on number of connections, sensor type and size
  • Subscription fee: as low as $2 /device/year (depending on volume of devices to be connected and number of connections per day)

Sending a message

There is no signaling or negotiation between a device and a receiving station.
The device decides when to send its message, selecting a pseudo-random frequency.
The network detects the incoming messages, then demodulates, decodes and validates it before passing the message on to the Sigfox Cloud for deduplication and security.
The message is then available in the Sigfox cloud, and forwarded to any 3rd party cloud platform chosen by the user.

Security

Every message is scrambled and can be authenticated using a private key. Additionally, sequence number is used to ensure integrity of the device.
This prevents spoofing, alteration or replay of genuine messages.
Encryption and scrambling of the data are supported, with the choice of the more appropriate solution up to the consumer.

 

Hardware solutions

Sigfox makes its IP available at no cost to silicon and module vendors. This strategy has encouraged leading silicon and module vendors to integrate Sigfox in their existing assets, giving solution enablers a wide choice of very competitively priced components. Sigfox enables bi-directional as well as mono-directional communications and can co-exist with other communication protocols, both short and long range.

High energy consumption has been a major obstacle with regards to unleashing the potential of the Internet of Things, which is why one of the key elements of the Sigfox strategy is to continue to push the boundaries for energy consumption lower and lower.

The increasing number of IoT devices calls for better interoperability solutions, which can only come through standardization. As the first Internet of Things operator, Sigfox has taken a lead in this process through the foundation of dedicated standardization groups within recognized standards bodies such as ETSI and others.

Visit the Thinxtra Partner Network to view the full list of available solutions from our partners.

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To fast track your Sigfox design, select from the options below:

mc-Things

Texas Instruments

Radiocrafts

pycom SiPy

Introducing the mc-Demo205 device from mc-Things. The mc-Demo205 allows those who want to start working within the IoT space using SIGFOX communication to hit the ground running! It includes the following features:
  • Latest generation GNSS receiver
  • Low-power Accelerometer
  • High Accuracy Temperature sensor
  • SPI, UART and I2C interfaces
  • Breakout pins
  • SIGFOX (supports RCZ2 and RCZ4 SIGFOX regions) and mc-Air ready

Download Product Brief 

The CC1120-CC1190 BoosterPack module is designed to use with the MSP-EXP430F5529 and MSP-EXP430G2553 LauchPad development kits and as well as to work as a stand-alone module by using SmartRF Studio application software. The module is also certified to use on Sigfox wireless networks in US with a valid license from Sigfox. The module is equipped with an integrated PCB trace antenna which operates in the US and ANZ 902~928MHz and European 869~870MHz ISM frequency bands.

The RC1692HP-SIG module is a compact surface-mounted product that measures only 12.7 x 25.4 x 3.3 mm. The module contains a communication controller with embedded Sigfox protocol software and is pre-certified for operation under FCC and Australian/New Zealand. 

The Radiocrafts Demonstration Kit (DK) is designed to make it easy for the user to evaluate the onboard module, develop an application and build prototypes quickly. The demo board contains the selected module with embedded protocol and associated support circuits. The board can easily be operated using a PC terminal emulator or the RCTools PC suite from Radiocrafts.

With Sigfox, WiFi and BLE, the SiPy is the latest Pycom triplebearer MicroPython enabled micro controller on the market today – the perfect enterprise grade IoT platform for your connected Things. With the latest Espressif chipset the SiPy offers a complete combination of power, friendliness and flexibility.
Create and connect your things everywhere. Fast.