The board appears to be primarily designed as a sensor board that communicates / transmits its data over BT to a central (edge) controller.
It has 2 SPI interfaces, one is externally available, the other used for onboard flash memory.
Using it standalone combined with SPI LoRa module (and e.g. with LMIC) for LoRaWAN appears to be possible.
Havent looked at details (no free time) but think I saw a serial option called out hence suggesting using seperate module with own stack - far easier and faster I suspect than messing with trying to get LMIC on board? And wasn’t too sure about SPI hence the poss(ible) and ‘?’…but you know LMIC and LMIC-node etc best . Think part of the onboard processing model is to try to use onboard ML/AI to do edge processing, make ‘sense’ of local sensed data then perhaps send a small amount of data or ‘results’ onward based on LoRaWAN (EdgeImpulse anyone?!)
Sigfox has reportedly filed for an initial 6 months bankruptcy protection!!! Looks like managed to burn through their $300M+ investment…
Sad to see a fellow tech & IOT traveller fail… but cant help but smile a little as it (potentially) removes some competition from the low traffic end of the LoRaWAN & TTN use cases… lets hope any disappointment or concerns raised dont rub off as concerns for the wider LPWAN/IOT ecosystem in general…
… now …how can we recruit/convert some of the Sigfox GW sites?!
Signs of stress had been there for nearly 2 years with their UK operation effectively stopping site rental payments back in 2020 as Covid started to bite and with the companies Auditors raising a big note of caution for their future as a going concern back in September, warning they would go insolvent without a fresh cash injection!
Same Story on Yahoo Finance:
In their last accounts filing the company posted a net loss of nearly €91 million on revenues of just over €24 million, and financial debts of €118 million.
Looks like ‘responsible disclosure’ initially went out the window but they have now recanted due to web protests and commentaries, esp around potential blocking in response to spreading the word… might be worth checking haveibeenpwned listings
Final judgement on the fate of Sigfox and any final winning bidder delayed a further week……was expected today April 14th now likely April 21st.
Translation from La Triubune Toulouse:
Placed in receivership since the end of January, Toulouse startup Sigfox will finally know its buyer on April 21. The Toulouse Commercial Court is giving itself another week to seal the future of the company specialising in the Internet of Things,
Insteon - Another cautionary tail (?) of why if it’s “in the cloud” you don’t own it only borrow it and not to leave yourself or your devices solely dependent on a server not under your own control, without back-up options and alternatives……… so many ‘connected’ devices and services finally they come a cropper…… when buying in to these solutions ask yourself do you really think the company will keep this running forever, well at least the physically useful life of the bit you own and at your convenience, or will they disappear, collapse or simply turn off as not economic for them or inconvenient to maintain?
Interesting new development from the L-A team. Looks like the development of SCHC was key to implementation. Good solution for people looking for IP addressable devices……especially e.g. DLMS/smart metering type apps……
let’s hope no one gets carried away and assumes right now for my gigabit Ethernet pipe over LoRa! No folks it’s not about high speed