Thinxtra, the year in review and what’s cooking in 2017

Thinxtra has had a crazy first year, growing from a start-up and evolving to become the Asia-Pacific “IoT Powerhouse”, now operating three nationwide networks dedicated to the Internet of Things.

Here are some of our highlights from 2016:
• Raised $11.5M, and now raising an extra $20M to finalise the rollout of the Sigfox network in Australia and New Zealand and expand to Asia
• Opened subsidiaries in New Zealand and Hong Kong
• Signed up major deals for over 1.3 million connections on the Sigfox network and capturing over 50 million potential connections in the pipeline
• Rolling out IoT networks, and reaching coverage of 68% of the Australian population and 83% of the New Zealand population in less than 9 months
• Growing from 6 to 27 staff, with a board of directors that includes 5 directors from major companies (Rakon, Engie, Macquarie Bank, Bupa)
• Received historic backing from the Government of South Australia to achieve full State rollout, for the benefit of regional and rural economic development
• Signed up 100 local ecosystem partners (platform suppliers, device makers, system integrators and consultants)
• Signed up 5 universities in ANZ to develop IoT solutions and educate students on LPWAN technology for IoT
• Participated in and supported 2 IoT hackathons where the winning teams all used Sigfox connectivity
• Demonstrated the first Sigfox- based water pulse meter in Australia at the Australian Utility Week in Sydney

And 2017 will be even bigger! Here is a teaser of what is in the works:
• Committed to finalising the rollout of the Sigfox network in ANZ and HK to cover 95% of the population by December 2017
• Launching Coverage-as-a-Service to cover remote areas (for smart farming, smart mining and environmental monitoring)
• Launching Xkit, our own Sigfox global development kit
• Launching Xcubator, a new IoT Incubator Program
• Announcing additional countries as we expand into Asia
• Opening sales offices in VIC, SA, WA & QLD

Meanwhile the Sigfox global network has also been growing in leaps and bounds, now reaching 30 countries and on track to reaching 60 countries by 2018, making it the undisputed leader for IoT and LPWAN worldwide.

To our ecosystem partners and customers, thank you for coming on this journey with us and sharing our vision!
Xciting times ahead!

The Thinxtra Team wishes you an Xtra Merry and connected Xmas!

 

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Thinxtra and UTS:Rapido partnership to accelerate the digital economy

The University of Technology, Sydney is the first Australian university to get free access to Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT) global network in a new partnership with local telecommunications company Thinxtra. 
Thinxtra is introducing the Smart University Partnership Program for tertiary institutions to accelerate the sector’s contribution to the development of IoT solutions for Smart Cities, industrial and agricultural applications. UTS is one of the first 5 universities in ANZ to be part of it. The antenna was installed today on the rooftop of UTS building 11.

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The UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT) is a world-leading university in IoT, big data analytics and Artificial Intelligence, hosting the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTTA), and developing industry partnerships focused on technology solutions. Faculty academics, researchers and students will now have access to Sigfox IoT connectivity for the development of cutting edge IoT hardware and software applications (including cloud applications and big data analytics).

“Access provided by Thinxtra will benefit many R&D projects dedicated to helping Australian businesses to be faster, smarter and more agile, which will position Australia as a global leader in areas such as agritech, smart mining and logistics, infrastructure monitoring and asset management, and environmental and water monitoring,” said Hervé Harvard, Director of Prototyping, FEIT.

“There is an urgent need for deployment of digital transformative technologies to enable Australia’s traditional economic pillars to compete globally, to grow our knowledge economy and transform into a high-performing digital economy.”

“IoT has the potential to make a dramatic impact in a diverse range of fields over the next decade. This impact is expected to create a multi-billion-dollar industry,” said Professor Mehran Abolhasan, Global Big Data Technology Centre at UTS.

FEIT has recently established a new unit, UTS: Rapido, to help businesses of all size unlock the potential of the IoT. Rapido stands for rapid prototyping and will give industry partners access to an IoT team of UTS engineers and academics researching and developing product-focused technologies. The resources provided by the Thinxtra partnership will help drive innovative collaborations between industry and academe using IoT technology to transform practice and behaviours, disrupting many current traditional business models.

This includes the SME sector, which make up over 90% of all business in Australia.

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“The Thinxtra partnership program will support and enable Australian innovation at its core – universities. Developing solutions in this environment will help fast-track Australia as a leader in the new digital economy. Access to a global IoT network such as Sigfox means Australian universities and businesses partnering with them through programs like Rapido can build solutions that can easily be globally exported,” said Renald Gallis of Thinxtra.

Thinxtra uses Sigfox technology, network infrastructure with immense scalability to connect millions of devices more easily and cheaply. It is very long range (up to 50km from gateway to device), ideal for wide coverage of regional and urban city areas, low cost in terms of connectivity and devices, and has very low power consumption (devices can last up to 15 years on small batteries).


About UTS:Rapido

Australian businesses interested in harnessing innovation can work with UTS:Rapido, for rapid prototyping, collaborative research to support innovation and development with businesses. More information at www.uts.edu.au/about/faculty-engineering-and-information-technology/

UTS:Rapido Contact:
Hervé Harvard – Director of Prototyping – Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology UTS
Herve.Harvard@uts.edu.au +61 2 9514 2429

UTS: Global Big Data Technology Centre
Prof Mehran Abolhasan- Deputy Head of School (Research) – Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology UTS
Mehran.Abolhasan@uts.edu.au +61 2 9514 2448


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network 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 quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems. Thinxtra’s Sigfox network currently covers 67% of the population in Australia and 85% of the population in New Zealand and will start deployment in Hong Kong early 2017. It will cover 95% of the population of those countries before the end of 2017. Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives. It is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

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

Thinxtra expands into Hong Kong to empower IoT in Asia Pacific

As an exclusive operator for Sigfox in Australia, New Zealand and now Hong Kong, Thinxtra invests to build the LPWA network and boost the IoT ecosystem across the region.

Hong Kong, December 15, 2016 – Thinxtra, Asia Pacific’s pure play Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure provider, is expanding into Hong Kong to empower organisations to use IoT to improve business processes and people’s lives. With Hong Kong as its first Asian market outside of Australia and New Zealand, Thinxtra will bring the world’s most mature and global LPWA network to the HK market and nurture local IoT partners as part of a global ecosystem of device makers, platform suppliers, system integrators and solutions developers.

As an exclusive operator in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong for Sigfox, Thinxtra is now extending the Sigfox network across the region. It already has a live LPWA network covering much of the population of Australia and New Zealand, along with a local ecosystem of more than 100 IoT partners. Scheduled to launch in early 2017, the Thinxtra network in Hong Kong will be a territory-wide open IoT LPWA network that links to the other 28 nationwide Sigfox networks around the world.

“We’re bringing our expertise and experience to Hong Kong to support its ongoing transformation into a smart city and a leader in IoT adoption and development,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia. “We also see great potential for Hong Kong to be a world-leading design and manufacturing hub for IoT innovation, and we’re investing here to support this growth.”

With Thinxtra harnessing local talent and the IT community in Hong Kong to expand the international Sigfox ecosystem, IoT solutions developed here could be exported around the world. Thinxtra has already been working with Hong Kong Science and Technology Park on the research and development efforts, as well as the design of devices, sensors and solutions. Local businesses will benefit from access to the most advanced and mature global IoT network, along with solutions and services that span logistics, building and infrastructure management, utilities, healthcare, environmental monitoring and more.

“Thinxtra is an entrepreneurial business with the creativity and agility to support the growth of IoT in Hong Kong. You need an efficient, global and ubiquitous LPWA network to design and deliver IoT solutions that improve people lives and help businesses and industries grow. With Thinxtra and Sigfox, Hong Kong will have the necessary network and support to bring IoT solutions to life,” said Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox Executive Vice President Networks and Operators. “We are delighted to expand our network together with Thinxtra, and we are confident that together, we will enable and strengthen Hong Kong’s vision to be an IoT powerhouse”. said Roswell Wolff, Sigfox’s president, Asia Pacific.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network 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 quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems. Thinxtra’s LPWA network currently covers 65% of the population in Australia and 80% of the population in New Zealand. It will cover 95% of the population of both countries before the end of 2017. Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives. It is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

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

Thinxtra PR Contact in Hong Kong: FleishmanHillard
Pam Leung pam.leung@fleishman.com +852 2586 7856