Project Details

Antarctica Mission

Using IoT to protect people and the environment, improve healthcare and social ties

By Sigfox Foundation

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Project Twitter: @SigfoxNation

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Physical Computing

Internet of things (IoT) connectivity provider Sigfox is providing a low-power, ultra-narrow band (UNB) network to Belgium’s Princess Elisabeth Research Station on Antarctica to support the work of its scientists and improve safety and security in the field.

Belgium’s Polar Secretariat enlisted Sigfox along with GPS sensor supplier Sensolus to support the 2015–16 Belare expedition, which is studying glaciology, climatology and geomorphology to improve understanding of climate change and sustainability.

The plan was announced as part of a broader effort by the new Sigfox Foundation, a nonprofit that will work towards using the benefits of IoT to 'protect people and the environment, improve health care and social ties'.

The hope is that the foundation can find ways to partner with other nonprofits and government agencies, using the network for communicating in times of crisis, such as during a forest fire or earthquake. 

Last updated: 31st of August, 2016

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