Structured around an endowment fund, the Paris-based foundation will support programmes that are designed to protect people and the environment, improve health care and social ties, with the contribution of the company’s network and the best-associated resources.
The announcement coincides with the news that Sigfox, the world leader in Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, has deployed its network at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station. The network in the world’s harshest climate was deployed to ensure the safety and security of the crew and its equipment during research operations at the Belgian government’s 2015-16 BELARE expedition.
This is the first time that IoT network coverage has been deployed on the continent, where electronic communication has been limited to short-range radio and satellite communication.Le Moan and Fourtet are focused intensively on the future – the future of the Internet of Things. The vision of building a global standard of connectivity guides the activities of the foundation, which will pursue the same goal to address major issues at large scale.
‘We still aspire to change the world through the awesome potential of the Internet of Things, but we can’t do this on our own, commented Fourtet, the company’s chief science officer. ‘The Sigfox Foundation will work with the best partners – NGOs, industrials, startups – to bring real solutions that save forests, not just trees, with millions of connected objects communicating as needed with very little energy.’
The foundation will work with several ‘ambassadors’ from the wider society: entrepreneurs, artists, sociologists, representatives of NGOs and associations and schools who will be invited to contribute directly or indirectly to its mission. This could include helping it choose projects to support, and postings in online media about the Sigfox Foundation.