The international company Amberg Loglay uses Sigfox to develop service on demand systems for logistics on construction sides.
On large construction sites with many moving parts and large numbers of workers, there may be several freight lifts on the site, each of which must be operated by lift attendants. With a service-on-demand system, there is not one attendant for each lift but one person operates several. The button solution serves to call the lift attendant/driver to the respective lift. While simple enough sounding this can provide huge efficiency increases on large infrastructure and building projects.
As Sigfox is operated by a private enterprise it is excellent for larger businesses who need completely remotely managed networks. A critical deciding factor between Sigfox and LoRaWAN is the network coverage. In some areas, you may have one but not the other, which will influence the decision-making process.
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Internet of Things - IoT
IoT or the Internet of Things is the term used to describe the network of physical objects or “things” that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the Internet. The low cost of chips and the availability of wireless networks mean almost anything can become part of the IoT network. Adding sensors to otherwise ‘dumb’ objects gives them a level of intelligence that can be used to build smart systems such as your connected home, automated workspaces, or environmental sensing systems. However, sensors are only one part of an IoT system which also requires a network to connect and exchange data and a method of interpreting and reading that data, which is done by a software application.