Coffs Harbour – First IoT Regional City Deployment in Australia

Coffs Harbour – First IoT Regional City Deployment in Australia


Thinxtra and Coffs Harbour City Council announced today that the regional city has been fully covered by SIGFOX base stations, making it the first regional city in Australia to receive full coverage for Internet of Things (IoT).

This deployment was done in cooperation with Schneider Electric who will be collaborating with Thinxtra to bring IoT solutions to Coffs Harbour. The city was selected by Thinxtra and Schneider Electric due to the City’s avid engagement with IoT and the cooperation of the Council to achieve a quick deployment.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra: “Coffs Harbour, being a Centre of Strategic Growth and having a burgeoning business and innovation centre, was a perfect choice for us to demonstrate how IoT can help boost regional economy and business. We are eager to cooperate with Coffs Harbour and Schneider Electric in creating test beds and use cases showing how IoT can improve businesses and quality of living, as well as spark innovation”.

The SIGFOX network in Coffs Harbour took less than a week to install, and now enables the entire city and its surroundings to be connected to the SIGFOX* Low Power Wide Area Network. As a dedicated wireless IoT network, it provides the infrastructure to connect millions of low-power devices (which can include water meters, environmental sensors and asset trackers). The economic significance of being early IoT adopters is apparent from McKinsey’ estimation that the IoT globally has a total potential economic impact of $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion a year by 2025, equivalent to about 11 percent of the world economy.

“Coffs Harbour is a city noted for its enthusiasm for forward-thinking technological innovation,” said Andrew Beswick, Coffs Harbour City Council’s Director Business Services. “The SIGFOX network is a major step forward which will make the city even more attractive to new business, as well as helping improve community services and the quality of life for our residents.”

“Schneider Electric has had a close partnership with Coffs Harbour Council in the industrial automation and wide area telemetry space for more than 15 years,” Brad Yager, Director Process Automation at Schneider Electric said. “Coffs Harbour has always been a progressive council, especially in the digital technology space. It is great to be working with them to further this push and for them to be embracing the benefits the Internet of Things can bring. We look forward to providing innovative solutions in conjunction with Thinxtra to the council, and region.”


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things by deploying SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and solve problems in an economic and connected manner.
Thinxtra was launched in 2015 and is backed by a consortium of strategic investors including cornerstone investor Rakon Limited, a NZX-listed high-tech leader in innovation of communications technology. The network roll out in Australia and New Zealand has commenced and is on track to meet its target of covering 95% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.
To take advantage of early deployment in your city, council, region, review your interest at library.web.thinxtra.com/ineedsigfox/ and contact us at iNeedSigfox@thinxtra.com.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960


About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. With revenues of ~€27 billion in FY2015, our 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From the simplest of switches to complex operational systems, our technology, software and services improve the way our customers manage and automate their operations. Our connected technologies reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives. At Schneider Electric, we call this Life Is On.
www.schneider-electric.com.au
For more information about Schneider Electric’s Internet of Things offering, visit www.schneider-electric.com.au/iot


* 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 24 countries and registering over 8 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available today 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, San Francisco, Madrid, Munich, Dubai, and Singapore.
For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow Twitter @SIGFOX

Silicon Controls & Thinxtra Partner to Spark the Gas Industry with SIGFOX

Silicon Controls, a global leader in tank & cylinder monitoring solutions (GASLOG ™) and Thinxtra, the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia & New Zealand, have signed a strategic partnership agreement. As part of the agreement, Silicon Controls and Thinxtra will work together to connect Silicon Controls’ next generation remote monitoring equipment to over 1 million tanks and cylinders via the long range, low power SIGFOX network.

The scope of the agreement includes the focused development of Silicon Controls’ IoT monitoring equipment, leveraging SIGFOX technology and know-how, network expansion, development of joint go-to market solutions and SLA based operational support to customers. Ultimately, the new monitoring technology resulting from this cooperation will address the specific needs of the oil and gas industries, driving down the cost of monitoring equipment, reducing maintenance through extended battery life and lowering monthly communication fees.

This collaborative partnership is aimed at reducing the total cost of ownership of contents and usage monitoring, allowing customers to monitor many more tanks and cylinders than current cellular solutions allow. It is ultimately about helping oil and gas suppliers reduce the cost of distribution and evolve their customer services to improve loyalty and satisfaction” said Mike Neuman, CEO of Silicon Controls.

The majority of monitoring devices that will be connected to the IoT will require very simple, low cost and low-power connectivity to transmit or receive data. In addition to meeting those requirements, SIGFOX supports a guaranteed service level and competitive pricing underpinning Silicon Controls’ solution. These advantages, packaged in a single global agreement, will allow Silicon Controls to offer end to end tank & cylinder monitoring solutions wherever the SIGFOX network is available today and tomorrow.

We are very excited about the potential of our strategic partnership and being a partner of choice for Silicon Controls’ IoT device connectivity. With this agreement we signal to the ANZ market that we are officially open for business” said Loic Barancourt, Thinxtra’s CEO.

Ludovic Le Moan, SIGFOX’s CEO said “Thinxtra & Silicon Controls’ strategic, global partnership demonstrates the seamless access we provide via local SNOs to global companies like Silicon Controls and their customers operating across Europe, Asia, the Americas and of course Australasia. A local SNO can truly provide access to global network services, support and pricing as well as their local network.

Thinxtra was launched in 2015 and is backed by a consortium of strategic investors including Rakon Limited, a NZX-listed high-tech leader in innovation of communications technology. The network roll out in Australia and New Zealand has commenced and is on track to meet its target of covering 85% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.


About Silicon Controls
Silicon Controls, a global leader in tank and cylinder monitoring in the LPG and Industrial Gas industries provides equipment, applications and services aimed at helping gas suppliers reduce the cost of distribution and improve customer services. It specialises in integrated system solutions for remote monitoring applications. Silicon Controls operates internationally with commercial activities in Europe, North America, Australasia, and Asia. Silicon Controls has a proven track record, earned over nearly three decades, in the design, installation and maintenance of systems that employ advanced hardware and software technologies.
For more information about Silicon Controls, visit their website at www.siliconcontrols.com/

Silicon Controls Contacts
Mike Neuman – CEO
miken@siliconcontrols.com
Phone +61 2 8877 6006


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, 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.

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

How Thinxtra raised $11m in 5 months…

and became the most promising startup in the Internet of Things in ANZ.

Internet of Things (IoT) start-up Thinxtra, has successfully completed its first significant round of venture capital financing, raising AUD11 million within five months of the initial round offer. The main investors include NZX-listed, technology company Rakon and a number of private investors including major players within the IoT space.
Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things by deploying SIGFOX, the most mature LPWAN* technology and the backbone to Internet of Things in terms of connectivity. SIGFOX has global coverage, with 24 countries deployed or being deployed (including USA, Australia & New Zealand)

Thinxtra has made rapid progress with rolling out the network in Australia and New Zealand. In Australia, 33% of the population is now SIGFOX covered while in New Zealand coverage has reached 54% of population, which has been achieved in just five months. The company is on track to provide coverage to 95% of all Australians and New Zealanders by the end of June 2017.

How was Thinxtra able to secure these major investments?

Thinxtra has been able to attract investors by presenting a compelling case that indicates the future success of the company. IoT is on the brink of moving into mass deployment, with SIGFOX, being the most advanced player in that space and providing a solid business model of recurring revenue from connecting the un-connected. The LPWAN* market size in ANZ is estimated at 100M+ connections by 2025 and SIGFOX expects to capture at least 30% of this new market.
Thinxtra is made of a strong team of experts in network deployment and the Internet of Things, as well as a solid board of directors, comprising Loic Barancourt, CEO and Managing Director, Bryan Mogridge, Director at BUPA and Mainfreight, Patrick Sieb, Executive Director at Macquarie Bank, Brent Robinson, CEO of Rakon and Alex Keisser, CEO of Engie Australia, (See also thinxtra.com/investors).
Furthermore, Thinxtra already has major projects in the pipeline with some first deals to be announced soon.

Thinxtra’s promising future in Asia.
Mr Barancourt says that Thinxtra is also looking at broadening its territory into Asia:“We are currently expanding our reach to make inroads into the Asia region and we are investigating the options around the deployment of a network there. Working with local manufacturers of devices in this region will also enable us to reduce our costs and develop an international sales base,” he says.
The company is now preparing for the second round of investment, with Series-B starting in October 2016 and Mr. Barancourt is optimistic about what lies ahead.
“We are currently only just scratching the surface of the huge worldwide potential we have available to us – the future is bright.” he says.

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About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things by deploying 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 economically.
Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people live, and backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.

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

Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com +61 404 894 960
Investors relations: investors@thinxtra.com
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*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, and is the only company rolling out a global network fully dedicated to connected objects.
The SIGFOX network provides:
• Low energy consumption (most devices are battery powered).
• Long range (reducing network and subscription costs).
• Ease of use.
• Security and reliability.