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Sigfox and VT Networks bring dedicated IoT network to Ireland

VT Networks has held a number of programmes to speed up development of the IoT eco-system, giving developers and start-ups hands-on experience

Irish businesses are already taking advantage of the IoT network
Irish businesses are already taking advantage of the IoT network

IoT provider Sigfox and Irish telecoms provider VT Networks have completed a nationwide roll-out of IoT network in Ireland and expect to have more than one million connected devices by 2017.


The deployment was completed in less than eight months and makes Ireland the sixth European country to complete full network coverage using Sigfox’s technology.


VT Networks has also introduced several programs to speed development of the IoT eco-system in Ireland. Earlier this year, it held a workshop in Dublin in which developers, makers and IoT start-ups received hands-on experience with prototyping boards and the Sigfox network to develop new applications.


The companies also report swift take-up of new IoT solutions by Irish businesses keen to take advantage of the new network. These include in the areas of: smart metering, specifically water-metering with leak detection capability; building and home security systems that are more difficult to jam than current cellular solutions; tracking and recovery of stolen farm assets; and machine monitoring telemetry devices.


“Irish businesses and farmers have been quick to understand the benefits that the dedicated IoT network provides,” said Mark Bannon, CEO of VT Networks. “We are excited to see this growing level of interest, and look forward to launching programs that further integrate the network throughout the country.”


Meanwhile, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, will be the first university in Ireland to setup a VT Networks’ IoT academic program, in which computer science students will receive free hardware, Sigfox subscriptions and licenses to its Ready IoT platforms.


In the past 12 months, Sigfox claims to have added 15 countries to its ‘global coverage map’ and plans to be in more than 30 countries by the end of 2016.