French Sigfox to connect “the world’s largest intelligent parking lot” to Moscow

by bold-lichterman

The Toulouse start-up connects more than 11,000 sensors to a low-speed network in the capital

Sigfox, the Toulouse start-up headed by Ludovic Le Moan, continues to make good progress internationally, and has just won a nice contract called Fastprk. Thanks to the network operator Micronet, and in collaboration with the Spanish company Worldsensing, Sigfox has ensured the connectivity of more than 11,000 sensors in the city to make it possible to provide, via a mobile application, a maximum of information on the state of the real-time parking in the Moscow capital.

Sigfox indeed connects physical points through the low-speed cellular network. ” This network dedicated to objects consumes 1000 times less than a GSM network, emits very little radiation, and makes it possible to make any object “connected” by affixing one of our modems ”, summed up Ludovic Le Moan at the start of the company.

Launched last November, the Fastprk solution was deployed through the installation of 11,000 sensors, in addition to the 4000 sensors already installed by the Spanish Worldsensing. Fastpkr will help reduce traffic in downtown Moscow which, according to the Moscow Times, is the most congested in the world, followed closely by those in Istanbul, Warsaw and Marseille. The Moscow capital will take advantage of the Fastprk / Sigfox network to allow drivers to find a parking space via a mobile application or through electronic panels located in the streets. The solution also optimizes the management of urban parking areas by providing, for example, information on the most frequented car parks and the times of the day when they are most saturated. Consequence: the traffic density decreases, thus reducing CO2 emissions.

For Jaap Groot, Vice-President of International Sales Sigfox, “the choice of our network to implement this large-scale project confirms our“ smart-city ”approach (…) We are convinced that Micronet will deploy many other projects in the area. ‘Internet of Things or Machine to Machine in Russia, via our network’.

Without knowing the amount of the contract, Sigfox continues its journey and positions itself as a specialist in “smart cities”, these cities which acquire innovative systems to provide service to residents and save on cost items. The startup based in Labège near Toulouse is currently working on a project in Great Britain. In France, Clear Channel has equipped its fleet with several thousand rolling furniture with the Sigfox low-speed network.

Review the interview with Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of Sigfox, carried out in the premises in Toulouse last October:

Launched in 2009

Sector: Internet of Things / Machine to machine (M2M)

Technology: UNB ((Ultra Narrow Brand)

Funding: 12 million euros from three investment funds: iXO Private Equity, Elaia Partners and Partech Ventures

2012 turnover: 2 million euros.