Paessler AG, the publisher of prTG Network Monitor reference network monitoring, and Sigfox, the world's leading provider of an Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution, announce a partnership to help their customers more effectively oversee and manage critical IoT infrastructure and distributed resources. As part of this partnership, Paessler is providing its PRTG Network Monitor solutions for IoT, which will monitor and visualize the operation and measurement data of Sigfox-enabled IT infrastructure sensors, as well as other Objects, Devices and Machines with Sigfox connectivity.
Sigfox's network is designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet via itsLow Power Wide Area Network(LPWAN) and Sigfox Cloud services, while significantly reducing the cost and complexity of the systems involved. With a unique wireless connectivity approach that uses a highly stable, interference-resistant ultra-narrowband frequency, providing extremely wide range while requiring very little energy, Sigfox has radically changed the economy of the Internet of Things.
Sigfox's network ecosystem provides the technology and protocols and all the wireless network required for objects to share information from anywhere in the world through low-cost connected sensors. These require very little silicon and use very little or no battery at all, exploiting the low energy levels generated by solar or wind, as well as electromagnetic waves. The network, which is expected to be available in 60 countries by the end of 2018, reflects Sigfox's vision of "making things a reality."
"Our network solves the problems of cost, energy consumption and complexity that are obstacles to the widespread adoption of the Internet of Things,"says Patrick Cason, Managing Director France of Sigfox. Our customers can virtually eliminate the overhead associated with connectivity, including the cost of sensors and smart objects themselves. And with Paessler, they get a unique dashboard with which they can oversee the connected devices and sensors that make up their IoT network. »
Available both in hosted and on-site versions, Paessler's PRTG Network Monitor is a highly flexible all-in-one network monitoring solution. It allows IT teams and system administrators, as well as IoT and IIoT teams and integrators, to visualize exactly what's happening in real time within their IT infrastructure, whether it's networks, systems, hardware, applications and devices. The solution uses two methods to bring Sigfox messages about the state of operation of sensors and devices or their measurement data to it: the "recall" method, when data is sent immediately to PRTG via push, and the "API" method, when PRTG requests data at preset intervals from Sigfox connected devices. Highly customizable dashboards can be configured to show exactly the important information, from the overall health of the network, to granular details such as fan speed in particular servers.
Adopted by more than 200,000 system administrators who trust it, PRTG generates alerts or notifications whenever predetermined performance thresholds by the user are reached, ensuring the IT service is always the first to know when a problem occurs. This includes SMS messages and emails, as well as the ability to automatically launch apps that provide a fix.
"Sigfox enables companies in many sectors, such as logistics, Smart Cities, manufacturing and automation of all kinds, to deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things,"said Christian Zeh, Senior Manager New Technologies and Markets. This makes the best use of the network possible, and knowing what happens at any time becomes more important than ever for system administrators and IT teams. »
As part of the collaboration between the two companies, Paessler will actively participate in the Sigfox Partner Network, while Sigfox will contribute to Paessler's Uptime Alliance, a partner program designed to help technology providers integrate network oversight features into their PRTG offerings. In this way, they can offer their customers a turnkey, ready-to-use solution to avoid interruptions to IoT networks.