Berlin, Germany – October 24, 2018 – Soracom, Inc. and UnaBiz today announced the launch of UnaMKR, the first global roaming Arduino Shield supporting Sigfox Monarch, at Sigfox Connect, a two-day conference held at the Arena Berlin.
UnaMKR combines connectivity, industrial-grade sensors, hardware and platform integration capabilities in a single, easy to program development kit. The kit supports both Sigfox and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) and comes pre-configured with sensors, drivers, sample code, access to data storage and a data visualisation platform to accelerate prototyping and go-to-market.
“Offering a fully-integrated, out-of-the-box, global Sigfox-enabled Starter Kit is a big advance for the IoT community,” said Alexis Susset, Technology Director at Soracom and Sigfox Ambassador. “We look forward to all the amazing IoT projects that developers and innovators will build with a flexible product on a global, cloud-based platform.
Integration remains among the top concerns of IoT makers and developers. UnaMKR addresses this challenge with (a) a large variety of embedded sensors: temperature, humidity, air pressure, gas, light, accelerometer, magnetometer, etc, and (b) quick integration APIs that can be used by manufacturers, design houses and universities alike.
UnaMKR is the first development kit supporting Sigfox Monarch, a unique radio recognition service enabling devices to run seamlessly in all parts of the world. By automatically recognising and adapting to local radio frequency standards, the shield provides connectivity with no need for additional hardware such as a GPS or Wi-Fi chipset.
“This is another major milestone for UnaBiz and Soracom on our road to drive global IoT adoption,” said Philippe Chiu, CTO and co-founder of UnaBiz. “Built with the most advanced Sigfox features and equipped with industrial-grade sensors, UnaMKR will enable any maker, educator and learner, to build the next big IoT application, wherever they are located.”
“Our mission from Day 1 has been to create a global IoT ecosystem that allows developers to create new connected experiences without limits,” said Kenta Yasukawa, CTO and co-founder of Soracom. “UnaMKR demonstrates the value of partnership in IoT and frees developers to build new connected experiences across networks and geography.”
UnaMKR marks the first hardware collaboration between Soracom and UnaBiz since the Soracom IoT Fund announced a strategic investment in the Sigfox operator’s US$10 million Series A funding. The pairs’ joint effort will see further opportunities to develop new solutions and services for the international IoT community.
Soracom is the market-leading platform for cloud-native IoT connectivity-as-a-service, serving more than 10,000 customers worldwide. Launched as a venture-backed company in 2015, Soracom was acquired by mobile operator KDDI in August, 2017, greatly expanding the company’s resources for global expansion. More information is available at www.soracom.io.
UnaBiz is an end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company dedicated to accelerate the adoption of IoT worldwide. As the exclusive network operator of Sigfox’s low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) in Singapore and Taiwan, UnaBiz is the first Iot dedicated network operator in Asia to roll out a nationwide IoT network. The LPWAN network currently covers 99% of Singapore’s and 95% of Taiwan’s population. UnaBiz aims to shape the future by providing cost-effective and energy-efficient IoT solutions, that include wireless infrastructure, devices and beyond. This ubiquitous network will allow businesses to connect millions of devices simply, affordably and globally. For more information visit www.unabiz.com or www.linkedin.com/company/unabiz
CTO and co-founder of Soracom
Our mission from Day 1 has been to create a global IoT ecosystem that allows developers to create new connected experiences without limits, UnaMKR demonstrates the value of partnership in IoT and frees developers to build new connected experiences across networks and geography.