ASX-listed CCP Technologies (ASX: CT1) has released a version of its food temperature monitoring device that uses Sigfox technology for communications, and has indicated that NB-IoT and CAT-M1 will follow.
The latest move follows an announcement March 2017 that the company was partnering with Australian Sigfox licensee Thinxtra to develop the product.
CCP Technologies specialises in monitoring critical control points in the food industry with an initial focus on refrigeration systems.
CEO Michael White said CCP’s Sigfox devices had achieve the highest level of certification, Sigfox Class 0u, and the first customer deployments had been completed in Australia, Singapore and the United States.
“Our initial installations include some challenging environments, including Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney, where CCP is monitoring over 100 fridges, a major retail chain in Singapore, and Minnesota’s Excel Energy Center in the US,” White said.
CCP’s current monitoring devices use WiFi to communicate to a gateway that completes the communication link over a cellular network. This will not be needed with the Sigfox device, which will communicate to a Sigfox base station that could be several kilometres away.
The company said also that the Sigfox version represented “a long-lasting battery-powered solution which is capable of uninterrupted operation even during power failures, and simple plug and play installation.”
CCP said also that it is finalising development of a range of connectivity options that will enable its devices to operate on most IoT networks around the world.
It is already trialling and NB-IoT version with Vodafone and says it expects to have this available by the end of February along with a CAT-M1 version. In November a report on CCP by research firm TMT Analytics said the company was in discussions to form a global partnership with Vodafone.
Telstra already supports CAT-M1 across its network, but has given no firm date for a launch of NB-IoT. Vodafone launched commercial NB-IoT services in October 2016, but only in Sydney and Melbourne. Optus trialled NB-IoT early in 2017 and in a blog post in July Allan Burdekin, head of NCSi Australia, a company owned by Optus’ parent Singtel, talked up the benefits of NB-IoT. However, Optus has yet to announce plans to launch either NB-IoT or CAT-M1 services.