The Monarch feature makes IoT devices aware of which local radio telecommunication standard to use.
A single device can thus lawfully communicate on the Sigfox network even when moving between countries with different radio regulations.
In everyday use, Monarch is transparent and simple: the device automatically chooses the appropriate radio configuration. No human intervention on the device is needed.
We developed Monarch feature with the mindset you can expect from Sigfox:
- No hardware impact on the device,
- A unique protocol worldwide,
- A special attention paid to battery life.
Monarch is made possible through a combination of network broadcast locations and updated device software functions.
To demonstrate Monarch for your PoC, E2E testers are currently available for field testing. For instance, Axible Tracker (plane and ships).
Monarch is compatible with Sigfox's legacy hardware architecture. No need for expensive nor power-hungry GPS or GNSS components.
There are two options to develop a Monarch-capable device:
- Implement a reference design solution, such as the one from ST.
- Implement a Monarch-capable module.
You can't always ride a plane or boat into a new country in order to test your device, or simply see whether Monarch works.
To develop your Monarch-compatible device or solution, two device testers are currently available for lab testing:
The device testers can also be used to prepare your device for the Sigfox Verified testing, or simply to optimize your application's behavior.