World’s Leading IoT Network Goes Live at the Hong Kong Science Park
世界領先物聯網網絡成功登陸香港科技園

Internet of Things (IoT) provider Thinxtra announced the deployment of the Sigfox LPWA network to support the growth of an IoT research and development ecosystem in Hong Kong
物聯網(IoT)供應商Thinxtra宣布部署Sigfox LPWA網絡以支持香港物聯網研發生態系統的發展

As one of the partner companies of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), Thinxtra has launched its first Sigfox base stations and antennas at the Hong Kong Science Park, thereby providing  the  technology companies at the campus with access to an open LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) network that offers reliable connectivity for IoT devices.  Over 600 companies in the Science Park community will now be empowered to create new IoT sensors, develop devices and platforms, serving innovative applications for the betterment of business processes as well as people’s lives.
作為香港科技園(HKSTP)的合作夥伴之一,Thinxtra在香港科技園推出了首批Sigfox基站和天線,從而為科技園內的科技公司提供了開放的LPWA(低功耗廣域網),從而為物聯網設備提供可靠的連接。科技園內的600多家公司在此基礎上,可以更好地創新物聯網傳感器、開發設備和平台,從而改善業務流程並提高人們的生活品質。

Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia said, “With this installation at the Hong Kong Science Park, we have reached one of our first milestones for creating an exciting test bed for LPWAN IoT in Hong Kong. We chose to partner with HKSTP due to its leadership in innovation and the sharing of a common belief that Hong Kong has the potential to be a world-leading IoT design and manufacturing hub.”
Thinxtra亞洲的常務董事Murray Hankinson表示:“香港科學園安裝的基站是Thinxtra在香港的第一個里程碑,它也是LPWAN物聯網再在香港的一個令人興奮的測試平台。HKSTP在創新方面處於領先地位,這也是我們選擇與HKSTP合作的原因,同時我們共同相信香港有潛力成為世界領先的物聯網設計和製造中心。“

HKSTP Chief Executive Officer Albert Wong said, “We are excited to have Thinxtra to join our community who  build a vibrant R&D ecosystem with us together to further enhance our three focused technology platforms: robotics, healthy ageing and smart city. IoT and big data analytics are two undeniable core elements for technology experts to cross boundaries in developing solutions that fit in with the development of the three platforms. The Park serves innovators as a test bed for latest solutions, with Thinxtra’s network; we believe more innovative ideas will be tried out here for a better Hong Kong.”
香港科技園的行政總裁黃克強先生表示:“我們很高興能夠讓Thinxtra加入我們的社區,與我們一起建立一個充滿活力的研發生態系統,以進一步加強我們的三大主要技術平台:機器人技術,健康老齡化和智慧城市。毋庸置疑,物聯網和大數據分析是技術專家在跨界開發適用於三大平台開發的解決方案時的兩個核心元素。基於Thinxtra的網絡,我園為創新者提供了測試最新解決方案的平台;我們也相信將會有更多新點子在這裡孕育,使香港變得更好。”

In addition to deploying an IoT network to empower innovation at Hong Kong Science Park, Thinxtra is also collaborating on IoT R&D and working with other local partners, such as Victory Concept, on the design of devices, sensors and solutions. Thinxtra has also announced the cornerstone investment by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for empowering Hong Kong’s first territory wide network earlier this month.
除了在香港科技園部署物聯網網絡以加強創新之外,Thinxtra還在物聯網研發方面與當地合作伙伴親密合作,如與Victory Concept一同設計開發設備、傳感器和解決方案。本月早些時候,Thinxtra還宣布了來自清潔能源金融公司的基石投資,以服務於全港的首個物聯網網絡。

IoT is already having a significant impact in diverse sectors worldwide, including asset tracking for industry, smart metering for utilities, health monitoring and smart logistics, as well as a wide range of smart building and smart city solutions.
物聯網現已在全球各個領域產生重大影響,包括工業資產跟踪、智能能源計量、健康監測、智能物流、以及各種智慧建築和智慧城市解決方案。

Connecting these IoT solutions using traditional telecommunications technology is expensive and very power hungry. The Thinxtra IoT network makes connecting to the Internet viable for a great many more applications and is complementary to other communication options such as Bluetooth, RFID, 2G, 3G, 4G and Wifi. It is open and an extension of the global Sigfox network, based on antenna and base station infrastructure that is independent of existing telco networks.
使用傳統的通信技術連接這些物聯網解決方案是非常昂貴且耗電巨大的。Thinxtra的物聯網網絡可以經濟有效地連接大量的應用設備,並與其他通信選項(如藍牙,RFID,2G,3G,4G和Wifi)形成互補。基於天線和基站,Thinxtra的形成了獨立的電信網絡,是一個完全開放的物聯網網絡,也是Sigfox全球網絡的延伸。

Sigfox is the world’s most mature LPWA network and the first global network fully dedicated to connected objects. Thinxtra is its exclusive operator in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
Sigfox是世界上最成熟的LPWA網絡,也是第一個全面致力於連接“物”的全球網絡。Thinxtra是其在澳大利亞,新西蘭和香港的獨家運營商。


You may also want to check the related news released earlier:

Thinxtra and Victory Concept Partner to Build IoT Devices and Inspire Innovation in AsiaPac
Thinxtra expands into Hong Kong to empower IoT in 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. 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 is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian government fund.

Contacts:

Thinxtra:
Renald Gallis +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com

PR Agency HK: FleishmanHillard
Pam Leung +852 2586 7856 pam.leung@fleishman.com
Carmen Yu +852 2586 7874 carmen.yu@fleishman.com

14-Year Old Uses the Thinxtra Xkit To Monitor His Bird

Not just for the birds…

Xavier Burger, a 14 year old from New Zealand had an idea: to monitor his bird’s activity.

“I am doing this because recently my pet bird died and we think it was due to heat or him falling off his perch. So I decided to look for a solution and was recommended the Thinxtra Xkit devkit. This Xkit is great by the way, I really like how it comes packed with sensors and can be programmed with an Arduino!” says Xavier.

“This is perfect for such a little project to monitor your pet bird’s cage. The temperature sensor is good enough to make sure that the cage is not too hot, and the 3D accelerometer sensor (currently only using y axis -will add x and z later- is to make sure that the bird has not fallen.” Added Xavier.

What started as a simple idea, became a real project with a sophisticated flow chart. After a bit of tweaking and  programming support from the Thinxtra team, the solution went live and started sending data to its platform.

The Xkit sends the temperature and y axis values via the Sigfox cloud every ten minutes, which transfers it over to his website http://birdcage.azurewebsites.net. It also sends those values if there is any unusual level of movement.

To give it a bit of a finished touch, Xavier re-used the packaging box of the Xkit as the box for the solution. A hole for the antenna, 4 cable zip ties to attach it to the bird cage, and voila:

Well done Xavier. Happy to count you among our long list of Xkit users, and the youngest one at that!

 


You may also want to check the news released from:
Thinxtra Releases the Xkit – the Most Versatile Sigfox Global Devkit


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying Sigfox technology, the world-leading provider of connectivity for the IoT, as well as building a full eco-system of partners providing 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 a global network designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’ unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy in a carbon constrained world.

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

SmartCities Expo World Forum

Speaker @ SmartCities Expo World Forum, 31 Aug-1 Sep 2017, Sydney. More info

Cornerstone Investment By CEFC To Complete Thinxtra’s First Nationwide Network Dedicated To IoT

Cornerstone investment by CEFC to complete Thinxtra’s first nationwide networks dedicated to the Internet of Things.

Sydney, 17th August   2017.

Australia is IoT ready with the first nationwide network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) with Thinxtra pleased to announce the CEFC as a cornerstone investor. Together, with its other investors, Thinxtra is empowering the completion of the Australian and New Zealand IoT networks, covering 95 per cent of the population, by year end.

The IoT networks based on Sigfox technology have all the right pillars to drastically improve energy efficiency, improve productivity and reduce waste in business, government and the community.

Thinxtra’s IoT network and solutions work over long distances, inexpensively on low bandwidth for short messages. Primary use cases are meter index readings, quality measurement, GPS, temperature, movement, access, vibration and power status. Being able to better monitor water consumption, utilities can detect and reduce water leaks in near real-time. Better understanding logistics and congestion drive improved fuel utilisation rates and soil quality and moisture readings allow for efficient deployment of fertilisers.

Most IoT use cases require wireless sensors to send small messages, and many companies deploying connected objects over traditional networks struggle with expensive pricing, high energy consumption and complexity of deployment and maintenance. With Thinxtra’s new breed of wireless network dedicated to IoT, the return on investment and value creation are obvious. That is a game changer.

Renald Gallis, VP Marketing and Ecosystem of Thinxtra said “Our low cost, low power, long range IoT network is perfect for deploying simple solutions to make cities smarter, buildings more energy efficient, agriculture more sustainable.  Industries working with us are seeing efficiency but also gaining deep insights and better service outcomes for their customers. Their supply chain and the risk and governance issues they are challenged by are being solved. Sustainability is crucial to business and the community today. We estimate the Australian market to represent 100 million IoT devices connecting through our network by 2025, to better monitor the country, further cut carbon emissions, create innovation and boost the economy.”

CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “Australia is a vast country with a scattered population. A large amount of energy is expended in physically monitoring millions of pallets, waste containers, gas canisters, farm gates, livestock and more. By providing a low-cost solution for tracking and monitoring these assets, we can save a huge amount of emissions.”

“Our finance for Thinxtra will help build essential support technology which is set to play a key role in transitioning the Australian economy to net zero emissions by the second half of the century.”

“We’re talking about the potential to operate smarter cities, more energy efficient and liveable buildings, better monitoring of environmental assets, better health monitoring and more sustainable agricultural practices.”

Thinxtra’s CEO, Loic Barancourt, said: “We will be the low power wide area network of choice for IoT and we’re aiming for 17 million objects connected by the end of 2022,”

“Thinxtra’s IoT network provides the lowest device-to-cloud connectivity, at the lowest level of energy consumption and is complementary to Bluetooth, RFID, 2G, 3G, 4G and Wifi technologies.”

“Our network has been designed with IoT in mind. It is open and an extension of the global Sigfox network, based on antennae and base station infrastructure that is independent of existing telco networks.”

More than 150 local businesses have already partnered with Thinxtra to leverage its network technology to create operational efficiencies in a wide range of industries, such as:

  • Smart water meter service companies that enable large water users to detect leaks
  • Smart farming service providers with waterproof data communicators that integrate with software and sensors to provide daily data on soil, weather and other environmental monitoring
  • Smart logistics solution providers with cold chain monitoring trackers to increase traceability of food and reduce wastage.

You may also want to check the news released from:
MP for the Environment and Energy
CEFC
IoT Australia which brings further infos on the deal

It all started with this article from the AFR on Feb 20th 2017


About the CEFC

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation invests, applying commercial rigour, to increase the flow of finance into the clean energy sector. Our mission is to accelerate Australia’s transformation towards a more competitive economy in a carbon constrained world, by acting as a catalyst to increase investment in emissions reduction. We do this through an investment strategy focused on cleaner power solutions, including large and small-scale solar, wind and bioenergy; and a better built environment, with investments to drive more energy efficient property, vehicles, infrastructure, and industry. The CEFC also invests with co-financiers to develop new sources of capital for the clean energy sector, including climate bonds, equity funds, aggregation facilities and other financial solutions. The CEFC operates under the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act 2012.

Media inquiries: 0457 732 219. media@cefc.com.au
For more information, visit www.cefc.com.au


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying Sigfox technology, the world-leading provider of connectivity for the IoT, as well as building a full eco-system of partners providing 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 a global network designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’ unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things. 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, an alternative network to 2G

After September 30th there will be no more 2G GSM network in Australia. If you have devices that run on the 2G network they will no longer work. Thinxtra provides a strong alternative with Sigfox IoT connectivity with lower cost and lower battery consumption for all the devices that don’t need to send much data.

Contact us to update your solutions.

 


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying Sigfox technology, the world-leading provider of connectivity for the IoT, as well as building a full eco-system of partners providing 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 a global network designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’ unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things. 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 & Ecosystem +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com

Xtra News – July 2017

  • Oracle Integration with Sigfox Back-end, made with Thinxtra support.
  • New LPWAN Module from Murata will Support LoRaWAN and Sigfox.
  • Innovative Learning at NZ School.
  • Co-creating the Future of Foods in Australia.

 

Oracle Integration with Sigfox Back-end, made with Thinxtra support

Oracle is a multinational corporation, providing services in IoT, mainly supporting many great SaaS applications. Oracle IoT Cloud Services has now integrated with the Sigfox back-end. Thinxtra demonstrated GPS trackers sending location data directly to the Oracle IoT cloud at the Oracle Code event in Sydney last month.

More information

 

New LPWAN Module from Murata will Support LoRaWAN and Sigfox

Murata is the first major vendor to offer a LPWAN module that supports both LoRaWAN and Sigfox. Murata’s collaboration with STM and Sigfox could potentially help to achieve a leading position in the LPWAN market while giving customers greater solution longevity and flexibility, when released late 2017…

More information

 

Innovative Learning at NZ School

Kauri Flats School, based in South Auckland, established a new Innovative Learning Space, leading projects that involve developing technological solutions to common problems. One project used Motiv devices with Sigfox connectivity provided by Thinxtra to help locate and track spill kits on large construction sites.

More information

 

Co-creating the Future of Foods in Australia

A symposium series organised by the Monash Food & Agriculture Initiative will take place on August 10th in Melbourne. Anat Efron from Thinxtra will be a speaker at this event, presenting on how IoT LPWAN (and Sigfox in particular) can benefit smarter agriculture, and better cold chain monitoring to reduce waste and support food safety, from farm to fork.

More information

 

 


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) in Asia Pacific by deploying Sigfox technology, the world-leading provider of connectivity for the IoT, as well as building a full eco-system of partners providing 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 a global network designed to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’ unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things. 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