From left to right: Thomas Scheibel/ CEO Heliot Europe, Christophe Fourtet/ Co-Founder of Sigfox and inventor of the Sigfox 0G Technology, Henri Bong/ CEO UnaBiz, Sascha Kunzmann/ VP Engineering Alps Alpine, Patrick Fiack/ Key Account Mgr DHL Alps Alpine
Germany, June 6th, 2022 – Alps Alpine Europe GmbH, one of the world’s largest developers and manufacturers of electromechanical
devices, celebrate the first 1 millionth Lykaner® long-lifetime asset trackers which have just been activated in the field with Heliot Europe, Sigfox 0G Operator of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia, and UnaBiz, massive IoT service provider and new owner of the Sigfox 0G technology.
The announcement marks the largest LPWAN deployment of asset trackers to date in Europe with major companies such as Deutsche Post DHL Group, the global logistics company, Austrian Post, the logistics and postal service provider in Austria, and different automakers and mobility providers in France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and many more European countries.
Since the beginning of the successful deployment of the asset tracker in the region, the Alps Alpine team in Germany and Ireland has engaged in R&D to further complete the portfolio of fifteen tracker variants with up to 12 years of battery life. Today, the company confirms its plan to achieve the next milestone of producing another 2.6 million trackers based on materials procured a year ago, to continue shipping even under the current component shortage situation.
Lars Landewee, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Parcel Sorting Centres with Deutsche Post DHL confirms that “The Alps Alpine – Sigfox 0G tracking Solutions help us organise our internal processes and achieve visibility of our assets. Due to the great results of the last few years in the field of IoT tracking, we can highly recommend Alps Alpines long-lifetime trackers.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented stress but also opportunities for transformation in the logistics and supply chain industry. As the demands for asset tracking continue to increase in the region, we are prepared to support our customers with the best in class asset tracking solutions to provide values such as visibility in everyday operations and lift the dormant monetary potential in every process. In times of crisis, companies are required to optimise their operations for higher productivity and a higher level of process automation,” says Sascha Kunzmann, heading up the Engineering Division of Alps Alpine Europe.
Henri Bong, co-founder and co-CEO of UnaBiz commented, “UnaBiz is pleased to be a part of this amazing milestone and scaling story that demonstrates Sigfox 0G technology’s capabilities in asset tracking use cases. As a custom-designed IoT solution provider ourselves, we have experienced first-hand the challenges of massive deployment. In order to deliver success to our end customers, we will continue to support and work closely with all Sigfox 0G Operators and solution providers to accelerate their go-to-
market. We believe that an open and collaborative ecosystem is key to enabling massive IoT.”
“Logistics? A competition of speed, cost and precision. This industrial Alps tracker does its silent work a million times out there every day so that our customers can deliver with speed and precision in a cost-efficient manner. Together with Alps Alpine asset tracking solution, UnaBiz 0G technology and our nationwide 0G service coverage, reliable seamless asset tracking is a reality for logistics players in Europe, ” said Thomas Scheibel, CEO of Heliot Europe.
About Alps Alpine
The ALPS ALPINE Group is a leading global manufacturer of high-quality electronic components and systems for smartphones, automotive, home and industrial solutions. With just over 40,000 employees, 30 production plants, 26 engineering locations and 83 sales offices worldwide, ALPS ALPINE achieved around USD 8.0 billion revenue in the past financial year. With the aim to transform into a sustainable value-creating corporate group that carries on contributing to people’s lives through electronics and communication, with a focus on two business segments — electronic components and automotive infotainment. ALPS ALPINE supports the finest global manufacturers pursuant to their slogan “Perfecting the Art of Electronics”.
About Heliot Europe
Heliot Europe is the exclusive operator of the global Sigfox 0G network in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube Infrastructure Managers, a Luxembourg-based investment company specialising in the management of European infrastructure funds. Heliot Europe is also a founding member of the 0G United Nations Association, the international association of 0G network operators with currently over 55 network operators worldwide. Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless as well as user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and helps companies to further transform their business model towards digital services in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management. The low-frequency radio technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). In addition, customers have access to the global Sigfox 0G ecosystem with nearly 1000 sensors and analytics tools to collect and analyse their data.
UnaBiz is a proven massive IoT service provider that specialises in sensor product design, manufacturing, and data platform services across a hybrid of low-power wide-area (LPWA) technologies such as Sigfox, LTE-M, NB-IoT and LoRa, to power business growth. Based in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, France and Netherlands, UnaBiz has deployed over 9 million sensors globally in 28 countries, focusing on Smart Cities applications such as Smart Metering, Facilities Management, Asset Management and Asset Tracking. The company envisions a closely connected world powered by simple technology because we believe in “Less is More”. By uniting people and technology, UnaBiz aims to create an impact on a massive scale, to help every person and every organisation on the planet live smarter, simpler, and more sustainably.