A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.
French startup SigFox has developed a wireless internet service for low-power sensors that can have very long-range connections. Once rolled out, the potential applications are immense.
The most obvious initial application is for smart grids, but you could imagine this being used for rubbish bins, detecting when they need to be emptied, if residential bins have been stolen and together with auto-weigh devices on lifting arms, enabling a pay per weight system.
These sort of sensors will penetrate deeper and deeper into "stuff", enabling vastly more efficient materials handling as accurate and real time data is collected.