Thinxtra at IoT Asia

IoT Asia is on in Singapore March 29-30 2017.

Thinxtra is sharing the central booth B16 with Sigfox.

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Thinxtra is now covering 88% of New Zealand population with Sigfox Network

Thinxtra’s IoT network reaches 88% coverage of NZ population

Thinxtra, together with business-focused service provider Kordia, says its dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network has reached 88% coverage of the New Zealand population, close to its goal of covering 95% of the population.

According to Aaron Olphert, Chief Digital Officer at Kordia, there has been significant interest in the low-power network – which is based on Sigfox technology – and the company is aiming to sell one million IoT connections over the next three years.

“Already, we are seeing pent up demand from companies that recognise the potential offered by the IoT, but also understand that existing connectivity options and the associated costs are not workable,” says Olphert.

The Sigfox network provides the necessary infrastructure through which small battery powered IoT sensors can communicate, regardless of location. But before that can happen, Olphert says a network which can connect those sensors in a cost-effective way is required.

Olphert highlights that Sigfox provides a dedicated, low-power network which brings the cost of connectivity for IoT sensors down to a fraction of existing connectivity. ‘Low-power’ is an essential characteristic as it means the sensors can be equipped with small batteries that can last for more than a decade.

Thinxtra’s Sigfox network now covers some 88 per cent of the country’s population, from Invercargill to Whangarei. The network has just been extended with South Island coverage to Ashburton, Oamaru and Timaru and is in the process of deploying the network in Queenstown.

Shaun McBride, Thinxtra’s NZ deployment manager, says the Sigfox network is the ‘missing link’ for the delivery of IoT solutions. “The concept of connecting just about anything to the internet and then gathering information from it has long intrigued those who recognise that measurement leads to improvement. But without the infrastructure to do it at very low cost and without long life battery powered sensors, it hasn’t yet been possible – something which is rapidly changing as our network is readied for fully covering most of the NZ population.”

Thinxtra and Kordia are  also currently working with a range of ecosystem partners on solutions that include agriculture, asset tracking, service-on-demand, road infrastructure and natural resource use cases.


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.
Visit www.kordia.co.nz

Kordia Contact:
Esmee O’Brien, Head of Communications
Esmee.Obrien@kordia.co.nz +64 22 618 8273


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. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible.
Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Thinxtra’s Sigfox network currently covers 71% of the population in Australia and 88% of the population in New Zealand and will start deployment in Hong Kong by June 2017. It will cover 95% of the population of those countries by 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.

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

Sigfox technology to monitor school signs in New Zealand thanks to strong network coverage

Thinxtra’s Sigfox network now covers 88 per cent of the New Zealand population, from Invercargill to Whangarei. With such a strong network deployment, Sigfox ready IoT solutions can be implemented nearly everywhere on the island. This is the case with monitoring school signs:

Safer schools thanks to IoT technology

Auckland Transport is among the organisations that have started to utilize the IoT network, and sees an opportunity to improve school safety by connecting school zone road signs to the network – a proof of concept solution developed by Massey University in conjunction with Auckland-based industrial design company Motiv.

The University was first connected in 2016 and is the first university on both sides of the Tasman to have full Sigfox coverage. It now has coverage at all its campuses and has partnered with Thinxtra to develop IoT solutions.

Associate Professor Johan Potgieter says the live trial is in place at three schools and has demonstrated the impact that IoT will have on the everyday lives of New Zealanders by automatically monitoring the status of safety equipment (electronic school zone signs).

“Controlling the school signs used to rely on a manual operation, often by the school’s receptionist, over a short range RF link. There was no visibility on the status of the signs, which often relied on the public or school to report their condition. Now the signs are connected to the Sigfox network, real-time information on their status and full control and monitoring is now available on a web application.”

“We were delighted to be involved in one of the first projects using the new IoT network now available in New Zealand, which could revolutionise the ITS (Intelligent Traffic Systems) sector,” continued Professor Johan.

 


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. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible.
Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Thinxtra’s Sigfox network currently covers 71% of the population in Australia and 88% of the population in New Zealand and will start deployment in Hong Kong by June 2017. It will cover 95% of the population of those countries by 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.

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

IoT Asia

Please visit us in Singapore Expo Booth #B16. More info

Farming 2020 – How IoT Can Help NZ SmartAg Innovate Globally

New Zealand has one of the best climates worldwide to produce food and keep people nourished, but we need to ensure that as guardians of the land we keep balances in check. Sigfox’s long distance connectivity and its low cost IoT solutions can improve the quality, quantity, sustainability and cost of agricultural production.

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First Solar Powered GPS tracker with Sigfox Connectivity

Asset tracking with HidnSeek DigiTraq PV, providing solar powered GPS tracking via the Sigfox network in Australia & New Zealand.

Sigfox has proven to be an excellent connectivity solution for GPS trackers. Its low power requirement means much longer battery life, allowing devices to last for months or years without recharging. While this is a major improvement on many devices that use traditional cellular networks to transmit their location, HidnSeek have taken their product offerings one step further and created the solar powered DigiTraq PV.

With built-in solar cells, the DigiTraq PV is designed for outdoor use and never needs to be recharged. It allows companies and individuals to track important items, such as sailboats and construction equipment, without the hassle of changing or recharging batteries. The device is automatically connected to the cloud anywhere there is a Sigfox network, making it easy to setup and install.
DigiTraq PV will sleep until it detects motion, at which point it will send its GPS location every 10 minutes. This start/stop function also allows businesses to monitor how frequently equipment is being used. A geofencing option allows users to draw boundaries on a map, causing an alert to be triggered when the tracker leaves the area.
In addition to the start and stop, tracking and geofencing features, the DigiTraq PV also senses temperature.

The DigiTraq PV allows you to track your valuables without ever changing or recharging a battery. It’s ideal for boats, farm equipment, industrial equipment and anything else that is generally in good view of the sky, both for GPS and solar charging purposes. In many devices on the market, a compromise is made between the amount of data sent and battery life. To prolong the battery, fewer messages are sent over the network. With the DigiTraq PV, there’s no need to limit the data in order to preserve energy. As a result, it is able to send a maximum of 140 messages a day, providing increased accuracy.

Another great benefit for the Digitraq PV is for tracking boats offshore. Due to the fantastic RF capabilities of Sigfox and especially over water, the Sigfox network can extend as far as 100 KM offshore and beyond, whereas cellular coverage typically drops off a few kilometers from land. The visibility of the boat on the platform or app provides peace of mind for clubs, family and friends to track their loved ones who are out sailing, and increases their safety by knowing their whereabouts if help is needed.

 

Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem and Marketing at Thinxtra, said “Sigfox demonstrated a few energy harvesting solutions at the Mobile World Congress 2017: the most visible one was a dog collar tracker recharging via temperature differential. We are now quite excited to have our first energy harvesting Sigfox device using solar power in Australia, the perfect country for such a solution. ”

The Digitraq PV is currently available via Thinxtra, contact us at sales@thinxtra.com for further details.

About HidnSeek, supplier of Digitraq PV
HidnSeek are dedicated to designing and building innovative solutions to enable remote tracking and asset management, empowering enterprises to improve their operational efficiency. HidnSeek ultra-low power devices are leveraging the rapid and disruptive deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) networks such as Sigfox.
DigiTraq PV is designed to maximize geolocalization and track assets on the move. Easy to install and maintenance free makes this autonomous tracker very unique.
The solar powered tracker comes with its own customizable web platform and smartphone apps. HidnSeek offer business customers unrivaled flexibility in geolocalization services including open API for third party integration. DigiTraq PV gives you an insight into your asset utilization, route history, geo-fencing and alert notification to help you improve operational efficiency.
website: www.hidnseek.fr/en/


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. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible.
Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. 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.

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

Food industry gets breakthrough cold chain monitoring with CCP and Sigfox

Food industry gets breakthrough cold chain monitoring with CCP and Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT) network.

CCP Technologies Limited (ASX:CT1) partners with Thinxtra, the exclusive Sigfox Operator in ANZ,  to offer its low-cost automated temperature monitoring solution to the Food Industry using the Sigfox Network.

CCP has created a world-leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution to enable food businesses to better manage their critical control points.  Michael White, CEO, CCP Technologies said “CCP is focused on delivering solutions to support governance, risk, compliance and business improvement. Connectivity of our smart wireless devices through the Sigfox global IoT network complements our monitoring capabilities across the food supply chain.  Our advanced cloud-based analytics platform provides the business intelligence required to manage food safety and compliance and improve business efficiencies associated with costly refrigerated assets.

Global scalability, cost and energy consumption have been the three greatest barriers to IoT mass adoption. Sigfox entered the global IoT market to break down these barriers. Rather than using existing technologies, Sigfox has taken a unique approach. The company is rolling out the first global IoT network, now spanning 32 countries, to listen to billions of objects broadcasting data, without the need to establish and maintain network connections. This game-changing shift, that drastically reduces energy consumption and costs, will fuel the IoT mass market deployment.

By integrating Sigfox connectivity, the CCP solution is further enhanced by delivering:

  • A stand-alone solution which is not reliant on local networks or infrastructure
  • A long-lasting battery-powered solution which is capable of uninterrupted operation even during power failures, and
  • Simple “plug and play” installation.

Deployment of low-cost Sigfox communication modules and connectivity aligns with CCP Network’s breakthrough promise of automated 24/7 monitoring from 50 cents per day per monitoring point.  Furthermore, the Sigfox global network enables CCP to offer their solution wherever Sigfox is already deployed today; expanding to 60 countries by the end of 2018.

Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem and Marketing at Thinxtra, said “We are excited to add the promise of low cost cold chain monitoring to our ecosystem.  CCP’s model aligns exactly with that of Sigfox, and we are looking forward to having the solution benefit the entire Sigfox global ecosystem”


About CCP Network
CCP empowers businesses to make better decisions with a low-cost, sophisticated IoT monitoring solution which captures and interprets real-time critical control point information. Critical control points are the points in a supply chain where a failure of standard operating procedure has potential to cause serious harm to people – and to a business’ reputation and bottom line. Standard critical control points include temperature, energy, environment (e.g. air and water quality, pH, chemicals, noise, acoustics and gases) and movement.

Contact: Michael White – Executive Director & CEO
michael.white@ccp-network.com +61 (0) 412 799 232
website: www.ccp-network.com


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. Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible.
Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. 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.

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