Speaker & Sponsor at the Australian Utility Week 2016 in Sydney

The Australian Utility Week 2016 is the major event for Smart Utilities in Australia and beyond

Thinxtra, as a proud sponsor of the Australian Utility Week 2016, is delighted to invite you to attend the event on the 29-30 November at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney. As our guest, you will be able to attend the conference with a discounted rate or visit the expo free of charge –  go to Thinxtra Guest at Australia Utility Week to register

Thinxtra will also be a speaker on the 29th at the 3:00 pm at Track 2 – AMI Applications & Digital Integration on the subject: LPWAN technology as the future for connecting smart water meters and customers

watergroupIf you are interested in Sigfox-ready solutions, WaterGroup will present different pulse meter and data logger devices working on the live Sigfox network on their booth D24.

We are available for meetings throughout the event at the Jublia meeting zone. You can also contact us at sales@thinxtra.com to organise side meetings before or after the event.

Hope to see you there. The Thinxtra team.


About Sigfox
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. Sigfox unique benefits address all Automated Meter Readers constraints: very cost effective in terms of connectivity and devices, very low power & predictable consumption, wide ecosystem of solution, easy to deploy as network is already there, strong indoor penetration and very secure.
Visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.


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 ecosystem 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 is well on track to meet its target of covering 95% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

Melbourne IoT Hackathon, and the winner is: Sigfox!

Thanks to Spotless and Startup Bootcamp for organising the first IoT & Data Hackathon that took place at Melbourne’s iconic MCG on November 21st & 22nd 2016. Great event, big crowd, amazing food and a real success.

Out of the 10 teams, 5 were developing IoT solutions using Sigfox connectivity with the support of Anat Efron and Guy Langlois from Sigfox local network operator, Thinxtra.

1st place and overall winner is…. MY CLEANLINESS, proposing a waste bin management using Sigfox connectivity
2nd place and most commercial solution was awarded to MSG, demonstrating a location tacking and safety device for security staff, also using Sigfox connectivity.

See you next year.
Follow the whole adventure on twitter #SpotlessHack

Network Operating Center to monitor Sigfox Network in ANZ

Thinxtra announced today that the Sigfox network is now covering 62% of the population in Australia and 73% of the population in New Zealand, and is committed to covering 95% of the population of both countries before the end of 2017.

To enable such rapid and record breaking deployment, Thinxtra had partnered with infrastructure and network experts in ANZ, having previously signed a strategic partnership with Kordia in New Zealand and also now signing partnerships with TransGrid and BAI Communications to gain access to towers and rooftops. Thinxtra has also launched a Smart Councils Program to provide 50 Councils in Australia with free coverage to further increase network penetration into regional and rural areas.

To support the rapid infrastructure deployment, Thinxtra has built a Network Operating Center in its headquarters in Sydney to display and monitor all the base stations installed in both countries. This is part of Thinxtra’s commitment to provide strong SLAs (Service Level Agreements) of 98.5% up time of connectivity.


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 is well on track to meet its target of covering 95% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

South Australia collaborates with Sigfox and Thinxtra to become 1st IoT State.

In further proof of South Australia’s reputation as the nation’s most tech-savvy region, it is set to become the first state to be fully connected with a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network.

French global IoT network provider Sigfox, is currently rolling out its network throughout Australia and recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Australian Government, through Investment Attraction South Australia, which will assist the network’s rollout across the state.screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-9-28-41-pm

Through an IoT network, everyday devices including household appliances, watches and cars can communicate via the Internet with other devices, vehicles, buildings and other infrastructure embedded with electronics, software and sensors to perform a function. Researchers estimate that by 2020 there will be 50 billion IoT devices installed around the world, creating a $3 trillion dollar industry.

The Sigfox network will be deployed by Sydney-based company Thinxtra who have already made Adelaide a priority through the city’s established IoT and Smart City ecosystems. The network will be deployed not only in the metropolitan area, but throughout regional and rural South Australia.

The low-cost, long-range IoT network will bring significant benefits to the state’s regional and rural farmers, schools, businesses and local government including greater efficiencies and productivity.

Minister for Trade and Investment Martin Hamilton-Smith said South Australia is pleased to be working closely with Sigfox to deploy this world-leading infrastructure. “This new technology will allow South Australia to generate an IoT ecosystem second to none in Australia,” Mr Hamilton-Smith said. “It also fits with the state’s transformation as an innovative and creative economy, finding new ways of thinking and doing things as we move towards high-tech activities that will create the jobs and industries of the future.”

CEO of Thinxtra Loic Barancourt said the Sigfox network is now live in Adelaide and the company already has strong partners in South Australia. “The local ecosystem of device makers and solutions providers are gearing up to service major customers with Sigfox-ready IoT solutions,” Mr Barancourt said. “With this exciting initiative, South Australia is on track to become the first IoT region in the entire southern hemisphere.”


About Sigfox
Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission.
The vision of the company is to “Make Things Come Alive”. By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development.
Currently present in 25 countries (Japan has just been announced today), and on track to reach over 60 by 2018. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value.
For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.


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 ecosystem 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 is well on track to meet its target of covering 95% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

World’s First Ultra Low Cost Modules for Sigfox IoT Network

Sigfox has launched a revolutionary way to connect devices, thanks to the world’s first, ultra low cost Internet of Things (IoT) modules, with prices starting from just AUD $4 for the ANZ market. The modules are royalty free to ensure the lowest possible cost, whilst encouraging even greater levels of innovation.

This initiative finally enables mass market acceleration, adoption and deployment of the IoT. In a developing world of cloud-connected devices, high component costs and short battery life will soon be a thing of the past. These barriers were partially due to the complex silicon chips required for the devices to communicate with the cloud.

Sigfox is different. It allows for streamlined device-to-cloud communication, with minimal configuration and set up required, and using royalty free technology, to achieve the simplest and lowest cost solution. With its unique approach and business model, Sigfox is positioned as the only global IoT communications provider to enable mass adoption of low cost sensors, trackers and meters via the ubiquitous global IoT network.

The new ultra low cost IoT modules significantly lower the cost barrier, with modules up to 20 times cheaper than LTE cellular modules and 5 times cheaper than the closest competing technologies. The Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) solutions market is set to grow 90% annually to $24.5 billion by 2021, so today’s announcement will further accelerate growth and access to this market.

“As the total costs to connect devices to the IoT fall, the cost of modules becomes a key component in the equation”, said David Parker, Senior analyst at Beecham Research. “This announcement strengthens the IoT Service Provider approach Sigfox brings to the market, lowering the cost to connect, enabling more applications to be connected economically and further expanding the market.”

The first partners delivering the ultra-low cost modules include module manufacturer Wisol, who is already delivering samples based on ON Semiconductor single chip SoC and who will be starting mass production in January 2017. Additionally, InnoComm will be manufacturing modules based on NXP transceivers. Samples will be available from February 2017, with mass production starting in April 2017.
Sigfox has built a comprehensive supply chain of ecosystem partners that are developing, selling and supporting connected devices. These partners consist of semiconductor vendors, module makers, developers, design houses, Electronics Manufacturing Services/Original Design Manufacturers, device makers, and distributors.

Sigfox ecosystem partners will also be launching new modules to combine the Sigfox protocol with other complimentary connectivity protocols, such as WiFi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Combining these protocols with Sigfox will deliver additional benefits and features that are required by many IoT applications. These additional low cost modules will be available in early 2017.

Stuart Lodge, Executive Vice President, global sales and partners at Sigfox, said, “We believe in a future where billions of connected devices have a role in our society and economic development. Dramatically reducing the cost of the low power devices means that we are able to make this belief a reality much quicker.”

JiHo, Kim, CEO at Wisol, said, “As a global module partner of Sigfox, we are very excited to launch the competitive module solution, ideal for limitless IoT opportunities. We are very confident that our module solutions will play a key role in enabling device makers to build IoT solutions very easily and quickly. We will keep strengthening our partnership with Sigfox to expand Sigfox’s global network and ecosystem.”

Paul Wang, General Manager at InnoComm, said, “The simplicity of the new specification makes it incredibly easy to build modules on the Sigfox network. It fundamentally moves proofs of concepts to mass market and high volume. This is essential to encouraging mass adoption particularly amongst product manufacturers seeking to become service providers.”

Learn more about Wisol and Innocomm’s solutions on the Sigfox Partner Network.


About Sigfox

Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of global communication solutions powering the Internet of Things (IoT). Its solutions introduce a game-changing approach for device-to-cloud communications by making it possible for devices to send and receive data over the Internet without the need to manage complex connections or SIM cards, as the Sigfox network and devices simply listen in and capture specifically formatted radio messages from around the globe, needing something as simple as a silicon chip that you find in a remote control. The unique Sigfox solutions enable devices to consume so little energy that soon batteries will become redundant and energy harvesting solutions will power data transmission.
The vision of the company is to “Make Things Come Alive.” By giving a voice to the physical world we live in, and connecting it to the Cloud, Sigfox allows objects to play a role in our social and economic development.
Currently present in 24 countries, and on track to reach over 60 by 2018, the Sigfox network today covers a population of 397 million people. Millions of connected objects are already registered on the network across all five continents, enabling companies to accelerate their digital transformation, develop new services and create value.
For more information, visit www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.


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 ecosystem 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.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

Thinxtra Launches $5M Program to Bring IoT to Smart Councils

Thinxtra is introducing a new Partnership Program for Smart Councils, and offering it to the first 50 selected councils in Australia. This unique program provides Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the Council, to bring Internet of Things solutions to the community.

Thinxtra is investing $5M into this program which includes free installation, free development kits for incubators and free connectivity for smart council application developments.

McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that the IoT will improve the global economy by $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion per year by 2025.
The Smart Council Program will bring numerous benefits, enabling applications such as infrastructure monitoring, waste management, asset tracking and environmental monitoring, as well as enabling educational and community initiatives using and teaching IoT. By joining the program, Councils can actively participate in connecting Australia to the Internet of Things global network and be at the forefront of the Smart Cities movement, joining such cities as Barcelona, San Francisco and Singapore. This will improve city services and quality of living as well as boosting innovation and creating multiple job opportunities to develop IoT solutions and benefit local communities, industries and councils.


As a case study, Coffs Harbour was the first regional city in Australia that joined forces with Thinxtra to receive free coverage for the Internet of Things. This deployment was successfully conducted in collaboration with Schneider Electric who, together with Thinxtra, are bringing IoT solutions to Coffs Harbour.

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.”

The Sigfox network in Coffs Harbour took less than a week to install, thus enabling companies and individuals to connect millions of low-power devices. Local smart councils, being early IoT adopters, will be the first to benefit from the positive effect of IoT on their local economies.


Download the Overview Presentation for further information and specific applications.
You may want to express your interest by emailing us at smartcouncil@thinxtra.com


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 ecosystem 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 council, review your interest at library.web.thinxtra.com/smartcouncil/ and contact us at smartcouncil@thinxtra.com.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
+61 404 894 960

Thinxtra is a member of Australian Smart Communities Association
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