IoT

RF module offers easy connectivity & low-power consumption

21st October 2015
Jordan Mulcare

Radiocrafts has announced a SIGFOX Ready radio module for IoT applications. The compact RF module has been certified to assure optimal connectivity performance on the SIGFOX global network. The combination of Radiocrafts’ SIGFOX-certified module with SIGFOX’s global network offers low-cost, low-power and out-of-the-box wireless connectivity for a wide array of IoT applications.

Currently operating or being deployed in the U.S. and 10 European countries and registering 5m devices, SIGFOX’s network is the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available that guarantees a high level of service and reliability. Its easily integrated solution enables years-to-decades of battery life for connected devices in all business and industry sectors.

Based on ultra-narrowband technology, the Radiocrafts module ensures full compatibility with the SIGFOX network, and has achieved best-in-class designation for receiver sensitivity and range. The RC1682 module with embedded SIGFOX protocol provides a robust data link and is very easy to use and add to any sensor monitoring or control application. The ultra-narrowband modules provide very high spectral efficiency, with temperature stabilised crystal oscillators to ensure reliable operation over the full industrial temperature range, -40 to +85°C.

The module series is intended for one-way and two-way IoT applications where devices can be spread over a large geographical area for monitoring and control. SIGFOX will work with Radiocrafts’ clients to certify their end devices.

“The SIGFOX approach is a complement to our existing offerings for low power wireless solutions, with the benefit of using an existing infrastructure with wide area coverage,” says Peder Martin Evjen, Managing Director, Radiocrafts. “Ultra-Narrow Band is a preferred radio technology for global IoT, as it offers cost-effective and energy-efficient connectivity as well as robust coexistence.”

“SIGFOX works closely with providers of enabling technologies through our SIGFOX Ready programme to certify their devices and make it easy for customers to adopt the IoT via our network,” said Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President of global sales and partners, SIGFOX. "The accelerating global rollout of our network relies on the availability of world-class wireless ICs and Radiocrafts’ module delivers the industry-leading RF performance, low power consumption and low-cost operation that our customers require.”

The compact modules, which measure 12.7x25.4mm, come in a surface-mount, tape and reel packaging.

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