SIGFOX antennas now live on top of highest buildings in Sydney and Melbourne

Thinxtra announced today that it has started the deployment of the live SIGFOX public network, with installations of base stations and antennas on top of the tallest buildings in Australia: Sydney Tower Eye and Melbourne Eureka Tower. These two prime locations together with just six other installations provide good initial SIGFOX coverage for the two cities’ CBDs.

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SIGFOX coverage in Sydney and Melbourne (click for higher resolution images)
red = quality signal for deep indoor connection,
green = great signal for indoor connection,
purple = signal for outdoor connection.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra: “With these installations we have reached one of our first milestones for rolling out the nationwide public networks in Australia and New Zealand. We chose these 2 prime sites to showcase the fantastic range (20km+) you can get with SIGFOX. We will cover 85% of the population within the next 18 months, starting with covering 30% of the ANZ population by the end of 2016.”

Beyond setting up base stations on high location points, Thinxtra is already discussing deployment opportunities to support local Internet of Things projects with schools, universities and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Barancourt says the IoT is already having a significant impact in many industries. “The solutions previously available are based on traditional telecommunications technology that has been adapted for IoT-type use. This works – but it is expensive to connect to and very power hungry. The SIGFOX technology Thinxtra is rolling out in New Zealand and Australia makes connecting to the IoT viable for a great many more applications.”

“We have already identified a huge demand for innovative applications in sectors including asset tracking for industries, smart metering for utilities, smart irrigation and cattle tracking for agriculture, as well as a wide range of smart city solutions,” says Mr Barancourt.

“As the provider of the world’s leading LPWAN* IoT connectivity solution, our role is to help make these exciting opportunities a reality.”

If your council, university or business would like to take part in the IoT revolution (and to ensure your area is covered in the initial SIGFOX rollout), please contact the Thinxtra deployment team at iNeedSIGFOX@thinxtra.com

About Thinxtra 
Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia and New Zealand. Thinxtra was founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes and people’s lives. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things with SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN* connectivity as well as building a full ecosystem of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic and connected manner.

Visit library.web.thinxtra.com / www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

Thinxtra Press Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

*About LPWAN technology
The majority of IoT-connected devices do not need to send huge data loads: they can function perfectly well using ultra narrow band technology. This type of solution can be set up and operated for as little as one-tenth of the cost of using a 3G/4G device, and because they are only “on” when they are transmitting, power demand is negligible. The significantly lower set-up and running costs make this technology a viable proposition for a great many more possible applications than are currently connected. The SIGFOX network has been designed with the IoT in mind. Typically, it is based on antennae and base station infrastructure that is completely independent of existing networks. SIGFOX is the only company rolling out a global network fully dedicated to connected objects.
The SIGFOX network provides:
-Low energy consumption (perfect for battery powered devices)
-Long range (reducing network and subscription costs)
-Ease of use (no pairing, simple set-up)
-Security and reliability

New Kordia partnership with Thinxtra moves IoT from ‘talk’ to ‘action’

With the announcement of a new partnership with Thinxtra, business telecommunications provider Kordia is set to introduce a platform which will allow New Zealand enterprises and local Government to progress from talking about the Internet of Things (IoT), to the widespread deployment of IoT solutions.

In terms of the partnership,
Kordia is Thinxtra’s preferred partner for the deployment of a SIGFOX network and has Official Channel Partner status to resell connections and solutions on this network. Thinxtra is ANZ exclusive SIGFOX Network Operator.

Kordia CTO Aaron Olphert explains that SIGFOX technology enables the low-power & low-cost connectivity which brings IoT to life.

“Effective IoT solutions depend on at least two foundational elements: low power consumption sensors (Things) which can be placed anywhere, and low-cost connectivity which allows hundreds of millions of those sensors to be connected.
Standard telecommunications networks and devices are too energy-intensive, lack the necessary coverage and are not economically feasible to enable large-scale IoT implementations.

“IoT is supposed to enable the massive deployment of sensors on just about anything: live-stock, shipping pallets, street lights, gates, personal safety devices, a water meter, you name it. While theoretically possible, what’s held the IoT back is that traditional communications devices and networks make this impossible owing to costs, limitations in network coverage and the power draw of sensors which requires an electricity source,” Olphert explains.

As an ultra-low energy network, SIGFOX provides the connectivity which enables small, inexpensive devices to communicate; the network is being rolled out globally, with Thinxtra established as the SIGFOX Network Operator responsible for the Australian and New Zealand territories. The necessary equipment for the SIGFOX network will be co-located on Kordia’s existing sites across New Zealand.

Thinxtra CEO Loic Barancourt says that as a provider of business-grade telecommunications solutions, Kordia was the obvious choice of partner.
“Kordia has the appropriate infrastructure in place to allow the rapid extension of the SIGFOX LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) Network across New Zealand. Coverage is essential, as it sets the scene for practical IoT deployments without the limitations of restricted network access.”

Loic Barancourt adds that Kordia’s existing client base can be expected to deploy IoT solutions now that it has access to the SIGFOX network.

Olphert adds to that, noting that the ability to develop IoT solutions on a globally standardised network will provide access to international markets for New Zealand’s innovators. “This is a positive development for local technology companies and, more broadly speaking, the country itself to access large export markets. An IoT solution developed here, which relies on SIGFOX, will work anywhere else.”

SIGFOX network coverage is live in many European countries and major US cities. SIGFOX deploys the network by assigning exclusive distributor agreements for territories.

About Kordia
Kordia is a highly focused, specialist telecommunications, information security and media business. We’ve been delivering innovative and highly reliable enterprise-grade broadcast, telecommunications and specialised networks for over sixty years.
We enjoy a strong presence throughout New Zealand and Australia, employing nearly 1000 highly skilled engineering, network operations and field technician staff, who develop networks, contract and consult.
Our people are here to make your business more effective—through real-time speed, efficiency and total reliability.  The addition of the Aura’s cyber security services is a logical extension of the mission critical network services we already provide our customers.
More infos, visit Kordia.co.nz

About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia & New Zealand. Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things with SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.
Visit library.web.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

Kordia PR Contact:
Leandri Smith – Pead PR
Tel: +64 9551 2377, Mob: +64 27365 9003
email: leandri@peadpr.co.nz

Thinxtra PR Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing
Mob: +614 0489 4960
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com

SIGFOX and Internet of Things Company Thinxtra connect Australia & New Zealand to SIGFOX global network

To celebrate this event, Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX, is in Sydney today to officially launch the network.

Sydney, Australia – April 5, 2016 – SIGFOX, the world’s leading provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Thinxtra, an IoT network operator based in Sydney, today announced their partnership to extend the SIGFOX IoT network to Australia and New Zealand.

By offering a global, cost-effective and energy-efficient communication solution for the millions of sensors waiting to be connected, SIGFOX paves the way for multiple new applications in all business and industry sectors. The company’s IoT network is today operating in 14 countries and already registers more than 7 million objects.

As a SIGFOX Network Operator, Thinxtra will deploy and operate a nation-wide SIGFOX network in Australia and New Zealand and offer the subscription-based SIGFOX communications service and a global IoT ecosystem of solutions to businesses and consumers of both countries.

Australian and New Zealander businesses will also benefit from the innovative products and solutions developed around the world by SIGFOX’s large ecosystem of partners, which includes world leading manufacturers of components and objects, IT developers and integrators.

Taking advantage of the simple and fast rollout of the network, which requires far lighter infrastructure than traditional wireless networks, the two partners will offer coverage to 30 percent of the populations of both countries by the end of 2016 and to 85 percent within 18 months.

“Australian and New Zealander businesses are early adopters of IoT and we have already identified a huge demand for innovative applications in multiple sectors, such as asset tracking and asset management, smart metering for utilities, smart irrigation, crop monitoring and cattle tracking for the agriculture, as well as a wide range of smart city solutions,” said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra. “As provider of the SIGFOX device-to-cloud offer, the world’s leading and most mature LPWA-based IoT connectivity solution, our role is to help make these exciting opportunities a reality”.

“The founders of Thinxtra were quick to recognize the enormous business potential that SIGFOX’s global and turnkey connectivity solution can offer to users in Australia and New Zealand” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, SIGFOX executive vice president of networks and operators. “As a SIGFOX Network Operator and member of our ecosystem, Thinxtra will receive across-the-board support and tooling for deployment, customer service and collaboration with its partners to create and roll out new IoT solutions.”

With these deployments, SIGFOX extends its network to the Asia-Pacific region, which is a major milestone and another step in the company’s 2016 goals of rolling out the service in more than 30 countries and being present on all continents. The rollout in the Asia–Pacific region will extend to other countries, including Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore, by year end.

About SIGFOX
SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. Currently operating in 16 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available that guarantees a high level of service and reliability on an international scale. Corporate headquarters are in France, and the company has offices in Boston, Dubai, Madrid, Munich, San Francisco and Singapore.
For more information, see www.SIGFOX.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.

About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia & New Zealand. Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things with SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.
Visit library.web.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

SIGFOX Contacts
Laurence Collet, SIGFOX PR Manager
Laurence.collet@sigfox.com
+33 7 86 27 36 43

Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
Renald.Gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

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Rakon investment in Thinxtra drives new ANZ IoT network

NZX-listed technology company Rakon Ltd is set to play a central part in the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) network in New Zealand and Australia.

Rakon today announced it had invested a further AUD4.2 million in Australian-headquartered company Thinxtra Pty Ltd, making a total of AUD5.8 million invested over the past four months in return for a 63.8% shareholding (which would adjust to 47.7% in the event Thinxtra’s founding shareholders chose to exercise all their outstanding options).

Thinxtra was set up to develop Australia’s first dedicated IoT network, using LPWAN (low-power wide area network)* technology developed by French company SIGFOX. With Rakon’s involvement Thinxtra would now expand its operation to include New Zealand.

Rakon Managing Director Brent Robinson said Rakon had considered developing the New Zealand LPWA Network itself. However, Thinxtra’s technical expertise, and the ability to tap into the preparatory work Thinxtra had done across the Tasman, made a collaborative approach the natural choice.
“If the Thinxtra team hadn’t existed, we would have had to invent them. Their knowledge of the IoT, and the strong relationship they have with SIGFOX, who are the world leaders in this field, is a great fit with Rakon’s commitment to innovation in communications and our knowledge of the local market.” Mr Robinson said.

Thinxtra CEO Loic Barancourt said Rakon was the perfect partner.
“Our priority over the past few months was to secure the additional capital necessary to develop the Australian network. In Rakon, we have aligned ourselves with a partner that brings a lot more than that – in particular, complementary knowledge of and expertise in the telecommunications and global positioning industries. We also now have the opportunity to develop a trans-Tasman network, which offers significant advantages to current and future IoT users.”

Mr Barancourt said Thinxtra was currently carrying out trials in Australia. Work on installing the New Zealand network was expected to be under way by June and the company was aiming to reach 85% of all Australians and New Zealanders within the next 18 months.

Rakon retains an option for further investment of AUD3.0 million based on specific milestones being achieved.

Brent Robinson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

About Rakon
Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions for telecommunications, global positioning and space and defence applications. Rakon products are found at the forefront of communications where speed and reliability are paramount. The company’s products create extremely accurate electric signals which are used to generate radio waves and synchronise time in the most demanding communication applications. Rakon has five manufacturing plants including two joint venture plants and has five research and development centres. Customer support centres are located in ten offices worldwide.
Rakon is proud of its New Zealand heritage; it was founded in Auckland in 1967. It is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, NZSX, ticker code RAK.
Visit www.rakon.com

About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia & New Zealand. Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things with SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.
Visit library.web.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

*About LPWAN technology
The majority of IoT-connected devices do not need to send huge data loads: they can function perfectly well using ultra narrow band technology. This type of solution can be set up and operated for as little as one-tenth of the cost of using a 3G/4G device, and because they are only “on” when they are transmitting, power demand is negligible.
The significantly lower set-up and running costs make this technology a viable proposition for a great many more possible applications than are currently connected.
The SIGFOX network has been designed with the IoT in mind.
SIGFOX is the only company rolling out a global network fully dedicated to connected objects.
The SIGFOX network provides:
• Low energy consumption (many devices are battery powered
• Long range (reducing network and subscription costs)
• Ease of use
• Security and reliability

Media Enquiries:
Rakon: Louise Howe
tel: +64 21 206 0985
www.rakon.com

Thinxtra: Renald Gallis
tel: +614 0489 4960
library.web.thinxtra.com