Smilio A Wireless Connected Buttons (Sigfox/LoRaWAN)

Smilio A connected buttons simplify interactions with Front Line Workers.

The terminal has 5 independent and customizable buttons. It offers unique possibilities to digitize time-consuming tasks:

  • Proof of execution and check-in of field workers
  • Reporting faults in Facility Management
  • Service requests
  • Safety of construction sites

Thanks to its low consumption technology based on Sigfox and LoRaWAN networks, the device works for years on batteries. Place it anywhere without constraint, indoors or out.

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Smilio A wireless connected buttons offer unique advantages:

Dual-mode: communicates on the Sigfox and LoRaWAN networks

Remote configuration: sending mode, interval between pushes…

Energy-efficient

Up to 6 years of battery life

Customisable keyboard

The device is equipped with a 6th “action”, triggered when a magnetic badge approaches the bottom of the device. It can be used as a shadow button, only accessible to authorized persons.

RANGE OF CONNECTED BUTTONS

The connected button: a shortcut to productivity

At a time when digitization is a major issue for businesses, one can wonder if the connected button is indeed certified “high technology”. The answer is obviously yes. Amazon was right about it by offering a “dash button” to recommend consumables without even going through the online store.

In fact, Skiply connected buttons are one of the most effective ways to increase productivity. Wherever field workers need to trigger a simple process, Smilio kiosks save valuable time and reduce the risk of errors.

An example? One of our clients was looking for a way for factory workers to report when the garbage bins were full. The goal: to avoid paying people to go and check it regularly. They had initially chosen the QR code, but the experiment did not work. With buttons, the adoption was immediate. Each time it is pressed, a work request is automatically created, and this action costs nothing to users.

How do buttons communicate?

Skiply terminals communicate on dedicated telecommunications networks, available everywhere in the World. The communication chip integrates both LoRaWAN and Sigfox technologies. Find out how those networks work.

What is LoRaWAN?

LoRaWAN is a communication protocol of the LPWAN family. It allows the connected buttons to communicate wirelessly for several years on batteries. The technology of low frequency and low consumption networks is in fact particularly suited to this use. Besides consumption, it offers other advantages:

  • No SIM card
  • Better communication security (objects are not directly connected to the Internet)
  • Very low deployment costs

LoRaWAN is an open protocol, which means it is possible to build private networks at low cost. For example, a factory can collect data from thousands of buttons connected with a few gateways (range of several hundred meters indoors), not connected to the Internet.

Many telecommunications operators, including Orange and Bouygues Telecom in France, use LoRaWAN to provide a public telecommunications offer for objects.

The global TTN network is also based on LoRaWAN.

The LoRaWAN operators map can be viewed here.

What is Sigfox?

Sigfox is both a communication protocol and a global telecommunications network dedicated to low-consumption connected objects. It is based on a different technology from LoRaWAN, although it uses the same frequency bands.

Simpler than LoRaWAN, Sigfox offers unparalleled ease of implementation. In return, it offers fewer fine tuning possibilities.

By combining the 2 network technologies, it is possible to cover a very large part of the world, and even to combine public and private networks on the fly. This is why the Skiply connected buttons are all equipped with the 2 technologies as standard.

See the Sigfox coverage map