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By IOT Journal


Sigfox Provides Internet of Things Wireless Network to City of Buffalo

The New York city of Buffalo has joined other cities throughout the United States that have deployed a wireless network tailored for the Internet Things (IoT). The network—a partnership between Sigfox, a global IoT connectivity provider, and the University at Buffalo (UB)'s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences—puts Buffalo in company with San Francisco, Boston and a few dozen other high-tech hotbeds.

To stream video and transmit other data-intensive content, traditional wireless technologies, such as Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G cellular systems, are needed to support fast speeds and large amounts of bandwidth. According to Sigfox, these devices are relatively expensive, use a lot of power and can cause wireless traffic jams.

The system employs a device-to-cloud communications approach that utilizes radio frequencies to send small amounts of data over long distances—what is known as a low-power wide-area network (LPWAN). It reduces the cost to connect to the internet, while also limiting battery consumption.

Sigfox's LPWAN is suitable for systems that track whether a parking spot is vacant or occupied, if a public recycling bin is empty or full, whether or not a shipment has arrived, or if a door is open or closed. The range of a Sigfox network is greater than that of most cellular providers, the company claims—for example, its network at UB provides coverage to the Buffalo Niagara region.

"It's really cutting-edge technology for UB researchers to conduct groundbreaking experiments that could lead to great societal benefits," said Josep Jornet, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at UB, in a prepared statement. "We'll also be able to implement the network into our classrooms, offering students an immersive, hands-on course specifically about the Internet of Things."

As part of that course, UB is working with the City of Buffalo to identify how students can apply the technology to improve services. Buffalo's technology sector, startup community and hobbyists will benefit as well, as the IoT could be worth more than $11 trillion by 2025, according to McKinsey & Co.

"We are excited the University at Buffalo chose Sigfox LPWA network as the backbone to support the internet of things academics," said Sean Horan, Sigfox North America's director of sales and partners, in the prepared statement. "What can be achieved through the IoT is limited only by human imagination, and providing universities with IoT technologies, where imagination is fostered, we'll see a whole new wave of innovation powered by the IoT."

"Bringing Sigfox to Buffalo provides fantastic new opportunities for our academic community, as well as for our many startup and tech communities," said Liesl Folks, the dean of UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in the prepared statement. "The network will provide a state-of-the-art technology platform for professors and students, as well as for entrepreneurs and existing companies looking to innovate."

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