STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is the first chip maker to develop and market a certified solution for seamless global, ultra-low-power, and long-range wireless IoT connectivity enabling the Monarch worldwide tracking and positioning service from Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider.
ST’s solution lets users create region-independent smart objects that connect automatically to the local Sigfox network anywhere in the world, empowering inter-regional mobility, geolocation, and asset tracking without relying on more expensive GPS or GNSS positioning devices. These could include smart-baggage products that aid tracking in airports or transport hubs, or innovations for supply-chain management and air or rail transportation in the industrial asset-management market, such as smart pallets. Regional independence also allows makers of connected smart objects such as consumer or commercial IoT devices to standardize products for multiple export markets, simplifying manufacturing and logistics.
“The widespread worldwide coverage of the Sigfox network represents a unique Global connectivity service for remote monitoring and industrial asset management. This ready-to-go offering for Sigfox Monarch networking perfectly complements the existing ST IoT ecosystem providing the fastest go-to-market solution for IoT connectivity,” said Benedetto Vigna, President, Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, STMicroelectronics. “ST’s customers can quickly create new products for seamless worldwide tracking and positioning that are cost-effective, secure, real-time connected, and inherently benefit from long range and ultra-low-power consumption.”ST is providing a complete Software Development Kit (SDK) for Sigfox Monarch networking, supported by development kits, reference designs, and tools that accelerate project completion.
“The launch of this Monarch solution demonstrates that we are building a solid business collaboration with ST, aiming to expand further the vast possibilities of the IoT market,” said Raouti Chehih, Chief Adoption Officer at Sigfox. “The S2-LP based Ultra-Low-Power Sigfox Monarch Ready Solution will deliver a great user experience for our clients who need to enable devices to run seamlessly in all parts of the world, unlocking endless use cases in logistics and supply chain, in the consumer industry, and in automated maintenance for the shipping, aircraft, and railway industries.”
The availability of a Sigfox Monarch certified solution for LPWAN connectivity along with the ST comprehensive IoT and industrial portfolio makes ST the one-stop shop for creating innovative devices for real-time and always-connected remote monitoring and asset-tracking applications.