Bosch partners Sigfox for remote boiler maintenance

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SIGFOX and e.l.m. leblanc today announced a connectivity agreement in France aimed at reducing costs for consumers.

Connected equipment will also allow users to remotely pilot their boiler and manage their energy consumption.On the SIGFOX network, boilers communicate and trigger an alert when a failure occurs, allowing professionals to generate responsive, appropriate and even remote maintenance. The real-time usage data will be stored, processed and analyzed. Patterns and warning signs will be identified to predict potential failures before they happen and prompt preemptive servicing of equipment.

Thanks to the bidirectional connectivity of the SIGFOX network, the smart devices will also allow multifamily-housing providers to adapt their service level to the occupants’ budgets by setting up and piloting their smart equipment remotely. The program also will help users to control their energy consumption and save money by managing their boilers directly through a mobile app.

“e.l.m. leblanc, one of the biggest boiler suppliers in France, provides a classic use case for demonstrating both the IoT’s potential to save water users time and money, and enable equipment providers and their service partners to open new business opportunities,” said Stuart Lodge, SIGFOX executive vice president, global sales & partners. “The new offer also illustrates how SIGFOX’s simple connectivity greatly improves the final user’s experience: as soon as the boiler is installed, it is instantly connected to the network without any setup or pairing and without requiring local Internet service.”
The new program, which will connect at least 100,000 boilers in France, will be launched in September 2016.