UnaBiz helps ABit create Sigfox IoT devices

  • February 28, 2024
  • Steve Rogerson

Japanese IoT device developer ABit is working with Sigfox owner UnaBiz to enhance its technological offerings in the smart cities and logistics sectors in Japan and around the world.

The partnership will let ABit create Sigfox-versions of its IoT devices and services aimed at addressing the problems facing smart cities and logistics industries. UnaBiz’s research and development team will support ABit with engineering advice and documentation to ensure the seamless development and adaptation of devices. 

The latest Sigfox-ready products are targeted to be launched towards the end of this year, in markets within and beyond Japan through joint sales and marketing efforts. Existing customers of ABit and UnaBiz will have priority access to the products wherever they align with their technical requirements. UnaBiz will also promote ABIt’s made-in-Japan IoT offerings to its network of 0G operators in more than 70 countries, supporting the adoption of Sigfox-enabled and multi-mode products.

Furthermore, both parties will engage in ongoing discussions to explore the development of Sigfox versions for bespoke products and projects, highlighting their long-term commitment to this partnership.

“UnaBiz and ABit are complementary to each other,” said Takeo Hiyama, CEO of ABit (www.abitcorp.com). “UnaBiz designs and markets Sigfox 0G technology and has a strong distribution network through its Sigfox 0G operators, while ABit has excellent technical knowledge and experience to develop IoT devices on various LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox, LoRaWan and other cellular-based networks. We are looking forward to bringing Sigfox-enabled devices to market and promoting these products to our growing ecosystem of partners and customers.”

Alexis Susset, group CTO of UnaBiz (www.unabiz.com), added: “UnaBiz’s approach towards LPWAN convergence has paved the way for developing multi-connectivity devices, an area where ABit’s capabilities shine. This partnership presents significant market potential for single-SKU multi-mode options, demonstrating a strategic alignment to leverage the combined strength of both UnaBiz’s LPWAN convergence-ready Sigfox 0G technology and ABit’s LPWAN products within smart cities industries. Leveraging our global Sigfox operators’ footprint, the collaboration will enable both parties to expand our businesses and accelerate their go-to-market strategy in Japan and around the world.”

Together, they are also jointly designing and developing products and services at the forefront of government IoT use-cases innovation, paving the way for secure and localised implementations that address the challenges of the public sector.