Thinxtra and Digital Matter Join Forces to Fast-Track Low Cost, Long Battery Life GPS Tracker

Thinxtra and Digital Matter join forces to fast-track a sub $100 – 5 years battery life heavy-duty GPS tracker.

Digital Matter, a leader in telematics in Australia & South Africa for the past 9 years, has partnered with Thinxtra to address the market demand for low cost, long battery life ruggedised GPS tracking using Sigfox technology.

With Thinxtra already covering 70% of the Australian population with the Sigfox LPWA network dedicated to IoT, and with the option to easily extend this coverage into regional areas such as mining and agriculture via the low-cost “Coverage as a Service” offering, it became obvious to Digital Matter that a GPS tracker utilising this network would provide great benefits to their customers.

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-11-53-57-amThe GPS tracker ‘Oyster‘ is now commercial, costs less than $100 with 5 years battery life and an IP 67 rated housing. It can be managed through the Telematics.guru platform for managing multiple units at once. It can also  be interfaced with customers’ cloud platform via a simple API from the Sigfox back-end.

Digital Matter have pre-orders locally for 10,000 units and targeting 100,000 units in 2017. Thanks to the global Sigfox network and Thinxtra’s support, Digital Matter have received inquiries from USA, Europe and South America, on top of the local requirements in Australia & New Zealand from major customers.


About Digital Matter
Digital Matter is a technology company that designs and develops embedded electronic devices – and the software that makes them work and communicate. The devices range from mobile GPS devices communicating on the LPWAN, GSM and satellite networks, through to ‘black box’ electronics specific to customers’ requirements. Our engineering skills, research and development, and 9 years experience make us the ideal partner to design, develop and deploy GPS technology solution.

Contact: Ken Everett – CEO ken@digitalmatter.com
website: www.digitalmatter.com


About Thinxtra
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 rolling out the first nationwide IoT network in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, based on Sigfox LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology.  This is the missing link – connectivity – between things and platforms. The network already covers 70% of Australian population and is well on track to cover 95% of the ANZ population by end of 2017.
Thinxtra is also building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing and Ecosystem renald.gallis@thinxtra.com +61 404 894 960

Mobile World Congress

Please visit us on Sigfox booth Hall 8 G10. More info

Thinxtra is Talking Business with Alan Kohler on Qantas

qantas_lbIf you fly Qantas, you will be able to enjoy Alan Kohler’s podcast series “Talking Business”, available on the Qantas in-flight entertainment app.
This month, Loic Barancourt, Thinxtra’s CEO was interviewed on the podcast, introducing the Internet of Things and Sigfox, and the change it is bringing to businesses across ANZ by providing visibility of assets and conditions.

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Thinxtra and Position Partners share network infrastructure to expedite IoT deployment

Thinxtra and Position Partners share network infrastructure to expedite Internet of Things and smart city development in Australia.

Internet of Things provider and geospatial positioning company to share their respective Sigfox and AllDayRTK network infrastructure and enable low cost IoT development for councils, agriculture, health and industries. Making everyday objects smart, or the Internet of Things (IoT), is set to benefit all manner of industries and expedite the development of Australia’s smart cities.

For councils, IoT deployment will reduce pollution through smart parking and bin collection, whilst lowering the country’s carbon footprint with smart energy consumption. In agriculture, IoT can assist to reduce fertiliser use with better crop and water management, as well as monitor livestock accurately and efficiently. Asset tracking, smart monitoring and predictive maintenance will keep Australia’s industry competitive and productive. In healthcare, wearable GPS and fall detection systems will assist to monitor and proactively support the community.

To expedite the development of such IoT innovations, Thinxtra and Position Partners have agreed to share their respective Sigfox and AllDayRTK network infrastructure to enable low cost access to high precision positioning and communications services.

Position Partners operates a national Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) network, AllDayRTK, which consists of hundreds of high precision base stations that deliver millimetre-level precision for surveying, construction and agriculture applications.

Sigfox is a global technology network dedicated to connecting things, operated exclusively in Australia by Thinxtra. Sigfox-enabled devices are up to 10 times cheaper than cellular models, 300 times more energy efficient and can transfer data between devices at long range, up to 50 kilometres apart.

“We are delighted that Position Partners shares our vision and passion for helping Australia to be more innovative,” said Renald Gallis, Thinxtra Vice President Ecosystem and Marketing.  “The success of connecting millions of devices that don’t have much to say relies on low cost infrastructure, low cost devices and low cost connectivity, which this partnership helps to enable,” he added.


About Position Partners
With more than 200 people in offices Australia-wide, in South East Asia and New Zealand, Position Partners is the largest Australian-owned company focussing entirely on the distribution and support of positioning and geospatial solutions for surveying, civil works, mining and building projects. At Position Partners, we are committed to increasing productivity for our customers and building lasting business relationships around high calibre positioning activities.
Position Partners is proud to be the exclusive Australian distributor for Topcon machine control and positioning systems, with complementary solutions from other technology innovators including Z+F 3D laser scanning products, Carlson mining and landfill machine guidance and industry-leading Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). Advanced hardware systems are powered by advanced software platforms that includes Building Information Modelling (BIM) and infrastructure solutions, DynaRoad mass haul and scheduling tools and MAGNET Enterprise surveying software.
A full range of leading instruments and systems is backed by superior service and industry expertise to give our customers the support they need for any project.

Contact:
Gina Velde – Marketing Communications Manager
gvelde@positionpartners.com.au +61 402 066 962


About Thinxtra
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 rolling out the first nationwide IoT network in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, based on Sigfox LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology.  This is the missing link – connectivity – between things and platforms. The network already covers 70% of Australian population and is well on track to cover 95% of the ANZ population by end of 2017.
Thinxtra is also building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing and Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com +61 404 894 960

Thinxtra: Finalist of the EY 2017 ‘Accelerating Entrepreneur’ Program

Thinxtra has been recognised by Ernst & Young as a high-growth company and future leader in Asia-Pacific, and as such, Thinxtra’s CEO, Loic Barancourt, was invited to attend the EY’s Accelerating Entrepreneurs program – a program designed to support start-ups and scale-ups to reach their full potential through a series of workshops and networking events.

As described by EY,
EY has launched its Accelerating Entrepreneurs program in Asia-Pacific, which gives high-potential, fast-growth technology start-ups from across the region access to support to help scale their businesses. The group of selected entrepreneurs receives a comprehensive program of one-to-one guidance, networking and insight-sharing including:

  • A dedicated EY service executive to focus on the business issue most critical to their company’s growth acceleration, including participation in an EY Growth NavigatorTMsession to help assess their capabilities to deliver growth plans
  • Ongoing mentoring and support from local EY teams involved in entrepreneurial growth

It also included an all-expenses-paid trip to the EY Strategic Growth Forum® event in Rome last week, which provided:

  • the opportunity to meet and network with industry-relevant attendees from across Asia-Pacific and the world
  • mentoring and coaching from business leaders and EY professionals in attendance at the 2017 Strategic Growth Forum event.

img_9436-copyFor this year, Thinxtra was among 24 high-growth startups finalists in Asia-Pacific which were selected for their innovative technology-based products or services and ambition to scale and accelerate growth internationally.

As Loic commented “The Accelerating Entrepreneurs program will help Thixntra scale our business across borders and accelerate our company’s growth. EY will work with us on the most critical business issues to enable us to reach our full potential as a leading IoT provider in Asia-Pacific.

About the Strategic Growth Forum in Rome, he added ” Great event and great people. The sessions provided profound business insights about sales, future growth, legal and cyber-security in particular, and the venue was … fantastic! Plenty of good ideas to implement.”

Thank you EY for organising such a great event and for selecting us as a finalist.


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 70% of the population in Australia and 87% 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 and Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com +61 404 894 960


About EY
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