TechBlog:Stay up-to-date on the various technical aspects of IoT developing.

The blog is written by our tech-team with Andreas Schmidt, CTO of ThingForward. He and his crew are always happy to “talk tech” with you. If you have any questions or comments please get in touch. 

23.11.2017 Trying out SigFox using Low-Cost Maker Hardware

Lately we’ve examined Arduino’s MKRFOX1200 board to see how it can be programmed and connected to SigFox’ LPWAN network. Thanks to the excellent hardware and software it worked out pretty well and quite fast. In this post, we're looking at another module, the SigFox node from


17.11.2017 Cloud Services for Embedded Agile Development

At ThingForward we're spending quite some time on investigating tools for modern embedded development. Most of our blog posts from the past are focused at tools which are installed locally on a developers desktop. We asked ourselves how many of these tools could be pushed to the cloud - quite many as we found out! This small blog post series will introduce in those tools, how to set them up, connect them together and develop for embedded.


13.11.2017 Automating Static and Dynamic Code Analysis Coverage with PlatformIO

As we are working on our agile-embedded toolchain, additional functionality came to our mind, which should be part of every modern development stack. Automated unit and integration testing is surely part of this, as we introdced in our last blog posts, and PlatformIO is a great tool to automate much of it. This posts topic will be about static code analysis and unit test's code coverage, and how this can be integrated and execute automatically upon each build.

03.11.2017 Setting up a Jenkins CI engine for embedded projects

Welcome to the sixth part of our “embedded testing” series. From our former blogposts, you are now familiar with PlatformIO and its powerful features like unit testing, remote controlling and continuous integration. On the fifth embedded testing blogpost, we’ve been diving into Travis CI in order to automate build and testing processes, deployment of software artifacts to servers.

18.10.2017 Getting Started with SigFox and PlatformIO

At ThingForward we're highly interested in IoT architectures and how to connect "the last mile", that is how to transport data from small devices to gateways and backends. They are a great many options to do so, mainly due to the availability of numerous RF technologies around. One way to send data over long distances is choosing one of the LPWAN (Low-power wide area networks) protocols/technologies around. In one of our lasts pasts we looked into the details of LoRaWAN. This post is going to be about SigFox, another player within the LPWAN game.