At the same time as the "URBAN FUTURE Global Conference" in Graz took place (18th and 19th November, 2014), a pilot project was launched which enabled companies in Austria to test new information technologies specifically in the context of "Smart City" as well as general application scenarios in the area machine to machine (M2M) communication.

In order to evaluate possibilities and application scenarios for services of the "internet of things" or, as it is also called, the "internet of everythings" via an infrastructure designed exclusively for communication of connected objects, a UNB network solution is applied which was devised specifically for M2M applications and is both cost-effective and energy-efficient.

Sensors mounted to plain objects in urban space all of a sudden lend those objects a voice. Thus, a waste container can make itself heard when it "needs" to be emptied, a parking space can announce that it needs a "client" or a bicycle can call out loud "I'm here !" after it has been stolen from its owner.

It was with ORS's know-how in the area of transmission engineering that the data network for the "internet of things" could be realized together with SIGFOX. For ORS operates an extensive countrywide state-of-the-art network in Austria with some 430 transmitter sites. In the course of this pilot project, three stations in Graz with antennas which transmit above the 868 MHz range were upgraded for six months with the required technical SIGFOX equipment.  After expiry of the six months, the stations were mounted in Vienna by the end of 2015 so as to enable companies in the federal capital to carry out application tests.

Cost-effective and energy self-sufficient solution

This technology, which is tailor made for "internet of things" applications, was devised by SIGFOX. It involves the transmission of very short pieces of information - similar to SMS - via the internet.  These pieces of information consume very little energy and can be transmitted over large distances in a cost-effective way. Often, a simple piece of information of just "a handful" of bits' size is sufficient. These conditions facilitate the integration of intelligent cross-linking of things in all spheres of life. ORS wants to lay the foundation for this with its infrastructure as a network operator in Austria .