Ticatag Strikes Strategic Multi-Million Deal with Thinxtra

Following the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Ticatag realised that the Thinxtra Global Solutions business unit, based in Hong Kong, could become the right ally to scale up Ticatag’s original range of Sigfox wireless consumer devices globally.

Over the past three years, Ticatag has developed the most advanced Geolocation tracker with an embedded alert button. The strength of Ticatag lies in its leading-edge software technology, a simple to use user interface app, and a complete platform to monitor multiple devices at once.

“Our idea was to combine the agility of Ticatag and its great skills in hardware and software development (app & platform) with the support of an Asian based manufacturer with deep Sigfox expertise to bring the best low-cost end-to-end solutions to the global market” said Yann Mac Garry, CEO of Ticatag.

Ticatag struck a deal with Thinxtra Global Solutions to secure access to lower cost and high quality manufacturing required to win a 100,000+ unit deals. In addition, partnering with Thinxtra in Hong Kong, the global IoT hub for distribution, will also fast track access to the 32 countries already covered by the Sigfox network.

The Ticatag device:
A unique tracking device (including GPS & WiFi sniffing for improved geolocation outdoor as well as indoor) with an alert button & BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to connect via your phone and with the Sigfox connectivity to allow the device to work independently of your phone. Such Internet of Things consumer oriented device is the perfect tool for a new breed of business models: Button-as-a-Service.

Applications & use cases:
Just imagine, rental cars companies can now monitor where their vehicles are geolocated (independently of user), and can now provide an extra service, in case the customer has a problem, at the press of a button. Such new service could be also applied to commercial fleet of vehicles or trucks.
This also applies to many other industries that are renting assets (pallets, trailers, equipment, boats,…), or want to provide an emergency call service. The geolocation pings can monitor approximate distance which is sufficiently precise for implementing a predictive maintenance service. For example, a supplier of tyres could provide Tyre-as-a-service, based on number of km driven, instead of selling tyres. This type of business models already exist for large enterprises, but until now could not be applied to consumer markets due to the high cost of legacy tracking solutions.

Yann Mac-Garry, CEO of Ticatag, Ludovic LeMoan, CEO of Sigfox, Loic barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra showcasing the devices at Sigfox World Expo.

“We are moving from a world of buying assets to a world of leasing assets as a service. This revolution already started with the cloud as a service. We see more and more Things-as-a-Service business models becoming reality as a consequence of the Internet of Things revolution. Ticatag is leading the market, and we are delighted to have been chosen as their partner of choice for low cost devices manufacturing to support their expansion and act as catalyst for global growth.” Said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra

“Ticatag, as French start-up, could not dream of a better partnership to conquer the world” added Yann Mac Garry, CEO of Ticatag


About Sigfox

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.

For more information, www.sigfox.com


About TICATAG

TICATAG, a French start-up founded in 2013, competes in the market of connected objects and the Internet of Things focused on Location Based Services. Spin off from the Alcatel-Lucent Telecom supplier, Ticatag has gained comprehensive experience in various communication technologies (Bluetooth Low Energy, Sigfox, LoRa) that enable it to develop a range of products and a complete solution system on its platform.

For more information, www.ticatag.com
Contact: Yann MAC GARRY – CEO +33 6 08 45 23 83 Yann.mac-garry@ticatag.com


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives.

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.

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.

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

Sigfox World IoT Expo

Exhibitor @ Sigfox World IoT Expo, 25-26 Sep 2017, Prague.

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Thinxtra CEO interviewed by KPMG as part of their IoT Insights

Thinxtra CEO, Loic Barancourt is interviewed by Piers Hogarth-Scott, IoT practice leader at KPMG Australia, and talks about Sigfox – a rapidly growing global IoT communications network for connected devices.

More infos on this interview at KPMG

Some extract of the video:

Loic Barancourt talks about Sigfox – a rapidly growing global IoT communications network.

“Sigfox is a global network dedicated to the Internet of Things. They present in 30 countries and Thinxtra is operating and commercialising the Sigfox network in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. When we say “fit-for-purpose” IoT network it means enabling things to send small messages over a long distance with a low cost and a long battery life. Right now we’ve got 70 percent of Australia covered, 90 percent of New Zealand population covered as well, as of today. We actually have commitment to the market, to Sigfox, to push this network coverage to 95 percent population coverage and we plan to go beyond by pushing the network deployment to rural areas where we follow customer demand but also to densify as we grow on key axes of communication across the large land mass that is Australia.

For customers to kick start an IoT project all they have to do is go and buy a Sigfox-enabled device. They can buy it from anywhere in the marketplace because Sigfox is an open network, which means anyone can build and offer Sigfox devices. So they need to buy the device and also buy a subscription to the Sigfox network from Thinxtra or from one of Thinxtra’s channel partners. So that subscription is a cost per device per year. And on top of this certainly an IoT platform. So a platform that will enable the collection of the data from the sensor via the Sigfox network and then to display that information with dashboards and relevant key data analysis.

In other terms, we are not trying to connect the expensive things or the smart things. We are about the simple things. These are the high-volume, $200 assets that are out there in the field. It didn’t make sense to connect them with a full-blown 3G or NB-IoT device. However with a $20 sensor that is Sigfox-enabled, it can make sense.”


About KPMG – IoT practice

Drawing on their deep industry, technology, policy and analytics insights, KPMG can assist organisations to better deliver safe and effective IoT solutions. KPMG can help with new markets, strategy and implementation, security, data analytics, local and international policy, growth plans, revenue and tax compliance.

Whilst technology is an enabler of IoT, the impact is so wide ranging across all sectors and industries that it goes far beyond technology considerations. For example, KPMG can work with banks and insurers to design credit and risk products specifically to meet innovation in IoT; local governments to develop Smart City strategies; telcos to design economic models and business cases to support their investment in IoT; and energy retailers to provide IoT security audits of their networks.

KPMG IoT services include: smart strategy, economic model and business case, cyber security, data and analytics, customer experience design, vendor sourcing, contract strategy and design, IoT solution design, operating model design, vendor ecosystem navigation and management, organisation impact, technology enablement.

For more information, contact:
Piers Hogarth-Scott, IoT practice leader, at KPMG.com/au/iot


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

IoT Rolls Up its Sleeves

The hype phase of the Internet of Things is over and the hard work designing products, deployments and tackling issues like security has started. The IoT market has huge potential, and a widening circle of companies is looking ahead to big challenges in areas such as interoperability, security and ease-of-use. The good news is that Sigfox is emerging as a strong player in LPWAN connectivity.

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ACS Victoria Ballarat Industry Forum

At the ACS Victoria Ballarat Industry Forum, Anat Efron, Ecosystem Director at Thinxtra, discussed the opportunities that IoT presents to businesses and the benefits of IoT disruption across a wide range of industries and verticals that could make regional Australia more innovative, more energy efficient and more exciting to live in, with a special focus on how to get more women involved in tech.

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