The company IoT Denmark is establishing the first nationwide network dedicated to the Internet of Things in Denmark. This will also benefit the transport industry.

The Internet of Things will soon receive better work conditions in Denmark. The French company Sigfox is expanding their dedicated network into the country in cooperation with IoT Denmark, with the entire country being inches from complete coverage – the remote island of Bornholm is more or less the only ‘white spot’ on the map. Greenland and the Faroe Islands will soon follow.

This was said recently by the director of IoT Denmark, Daniel Bachmann, when the two partners held a reception for the launching of the network.

“There are many who do not yet fully comprehend the depth and potential in IoT. With an expected 26 billion things connected by 2020, we are convinced that the technologically-savvy Danes will receive IoT technology well along with all of its opportunities.

The Internet of Things has the potential to change a long list of important business processes and make several operations and activities both easier and faster. One of the branches who can benefit from this is the transport sector where intelligent traffic systems, asset tracking, and maintenance can be lifted to new levels.

The Sigfox network is characterised by its relatively few messages, small antennas, and even smaller receivers, both of which are characterised by low prices, low power consumption and long range on the 868 MHz open frequency where they can send small data packages (maximum 12 bytes) up to 6 times an hour. Despite the small specifications the opportunities are, as mentioned, still many.

Experiments undergoing in Denmark

“IoT gives the physical world a voice. In this respect the focus is not on gadgets but on data and knowledge that can be extracted from the network. The small simple radio transmitters are perfect for providing information on where a particular delivery is or where a car is located and whether or not it is in movement. The network can help predict potential breakdowns allowing for an early response before they create too much trouble”, says Communications Manager for Sigfox, Thomas Nicholls.

Within the traffic sector Sigfox is already experimenting in Denmark around the city of Lyngby just north of Copenhagen, where Lyngby-Taarbæk municipality has established a cooperation with IoT Denmark which initially focuses on optimising the use of selected vehicles. By attaching a sensor connected with an antenna in each car, it is possible to register where, when, and how far a car has moved.

“With sensors we can register if we are using a car park efficiently and optimise based on our actual needs – not based on speculation and guesses on our needs. With IoT technology we can relatively cheaply end up saving both time and money”, says Jakob Sylvest-Nielsen, Director of Citizen Services and Digitalization in Lyngby-Taarbæk municipality.

The Sigfox network currently covers 30 countries while a further 15 countries are planned for 2017 alone. The network also has more than 7 million registered devices.