building a global network
  1. transmits data in tiny packets at a time. sufficient to beam a gadget's location or a reading from a sensor or to sound an alarm
  2. sigfox is building its network for a fraction of what it would cost to set up an lte network. the company's system beams its radio signals over an unlicensed segment of the airwaves, which is lightly regulated and free
  3. 7 million devices connected to its network so far, each paying as little as $1/yr.
  4. the industry is looking beyond smartphones to new services. radio chips that suck up less power