“UnaBiz’s acquisition of Sigfox 0G technology, deployed by more than 70 operators around the world and connecting more than 10 million sensors on behalf of 1,500 B2B customers, strengthens the group’s position as a global leader in IoT significantly,” announces immediately Co-CEO Philippe Chiu, who founded UnaBiz 2016 with Henri Bong.
Exclusive operator of the Sigfox network in Singapore and Taiwan before acquiring the former French company Licorne, the Singapore-based company just completed its $50+ million Series B deal with SPARX Group (a Japanese investment fund with assets of over 15 million dollars). billion dollars under management) completed worldwide). And now relies on a strong development of its solutions in the booming area of connected objects. After statistics, the global IoT market will be worth $212 billion by 2023 and 38.6 billion devices will be connected by 2025 (up from 22 billion at the end of 2018). What a view of great prospects!
Develop innovative and sustainable OG solutions
“After a six-month post-acquisition phase dedicated to the integration of Sigfox technology, one of our priorities is to invest in the development of innovative 0G solutions in the spirit of sustainable development,” exhibits Philippe Chiu. At a time when energy has a cost and we worry about carbon footprint, 0G, which uses 330 times less electricity than a 5G station, is more relevant than ever. “If the Sigfox connectivity is the only one that uses so little energy, then we can further optimize it. The OG is just a first step and we need to be able to go much further. We will therefore invest in collaboration and research with partners, especially in the field of batteries.”he says and adds that “Sustainable development also means the ‘recyclability’ and ‘disposability’ of related objects and the eventual possibility of designing objects whose elements are recyclable or biodegradable.”.
These solutions will be dedicated to UnaBiz’s four main markets: Security, Logistics, Smart Metering (remote meter reading, where UnaBiz, for example, manages the connectivity of more than one million water and gas meters for Nicigas in Japan) and Facility Management (connected buildings) – a market that is developing very quickly and in which the leading provider of IoT solutions has made the tactical decision to invest heavily.
From 0G to 5G: the convergence of technologies
Offering different connectivity technologies to its customers: this is UnaBiz’s strength. The company offers different types of connectivity (LPWAN including Sigfox OG, Cellular and Satellite) each with their own specifics and use cases. “Our expertise lies in offering the best technology depending on the application. They are more or less energy intensive and offer different amounts of bandwidth. The protocols are also not the same depending on the country. There are several parameters to consider when proposing a technology.”, argues Philippe Chiu, who does not want to limit himself to the offer of Sigfox OG. On the contrary, rely on the convergence of UnaBiz’s different types of connectivity to better serve its customers with a wider range of offers.
“Companies that need IoT don’t care much about the technology as long as it works. If 0G has its place, manufacturers will be reassured that we offer other solutions. It doesn’t tie you to one technology. The proliferation of new offerings aimed at a global market will allow our customers to benefit from economies of scale and freedom of choice in terms of protocols, products and solutions. This is the very essence of the technological convergence movement.sees Philippe Chiu.
UnaConnect: UnaBiz’s multi-technology platform
From 0G to 5G via LPWAN networks, the distinctive feature of UnaConnect is its multi-technology. It is a specially developed cloud platform “to aggregate data from all types of sensors and networks. It is central to our desire for convergence.” emphasizes the co-founder of the company. Japanese energy company Nicigas, for example, has deployed more than a million sensors, most of them in Sigfox, and others connected via LTE-M, whose data is not transmitted in the same way. To ensure data homogeneity, the platform was initiated, which offers the possibility to configure connected objects while allowing data encryption regardless of the technology used. “This is our great added value because it offers multi-cloud data management and customers can choose whether the data is processed on-premises or in a cloud.”
Strengthened by this recent fundraising and a team of more than 240 collaborators (including 125 in France – in Paris and in its R&D center in Labège), UnaBiz can now strengthen its collaboration with all its partners and operators around the world to make big to accelerate -scale IoT deployments. An ambition for which it now has the means.