Avnet / Wisol Roadshow – Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney, Melbourne in November 2017

Avnet is one of the largest premium Global broad-line distributor of electronic and electro-mechanical products and serves the IoT design and manufacturing community.

The events are designed for organisations and individuals evaluating or designing Low Power Wide Area Network enterprise solutions and gives insights across the typical ecosystem – from hardware design, manufacture and commercial realization through to cloud connectivity.


The event is a “must attend” for anyone wanting to get basic insights into this exciting aspect of LPWAN and IoT.

8:30am Registration for 9am start. Morning Tea provided.

Register for each local event below:

The agenda for the events:

·         Welcome                           Avnet   State Managers

·         Sigfox                                 Guillaume Simenel – Presales Director APAC

  •  The Sigfox HW Design Journey
  • Available tools – Sigfox emulator, devkits, resources
  • Best practice recommendations

 ·        Wisol                                 Brown Lee – Marketing Manager

  •  Sigfox module roadmap
  • Development Kits
  • Case Studies and Applications

·         Thinxtra                               Anat Efron – Ecosystem Director ANZ

  •  Sigfox Ecosystem
  • Sigfox connectivity coverage update
  • Case Studies and Applications

·         Avnet                                    Avnet State Managers and/or FAE

  •  Avnet Value Added services
  • ADS, D2D
  • IoT Linecard – Battery to Antenna
  • Developer support – e14, Hackster

·         Q&A                            

Thinxtra partners with UOW’s Digital Living Lab

The SMART Infrastructure Facility has announced a partnership between its Digital Living Lab and Thinxtra, a company deploying Sigfox Internet of Things (IoT) network across Australia. The Sigfox technology, established in France in 2009, is the first global LPWAN and currently operates networks in 36 countries around the world.

The IoT network connects large numbers of low-energy sensors – such as water meters, parking sensors or air quality probes – to real-time applications enabling the rise of smart cities.

The partnership will see Thinxtra providing IoT development kits to the SMART IoT Hub – a research space opened to students, researchers, start-ups and local schools – and installing a Sigfox base station on campus. ‘The partnership is very simple,’ said Renald Gallis, VP of Marketing and Ecosystem at Thinxtra.

‘We provide free connectivity and free development kits in exchange for access to the rooftop for a base station. There are already some companies within the university that are developing applications using Sigfox and this will give teachers, students and researchers the support that they need, at no cost to the university.’ he said.

SMART director, Professor Pascal Perez, says the agreement is an important step forward for the regional Digital Living Lab, launched earlier this year.

‘This will enable local developers to test the inter-operability of their innovations with different radio communication protocols, from our existing free-to-air network that has attracted a large amount of interest in the community, to future technologies that will be deployed in a near future’  he said.

‘New projects using the Digital Living Lab are constantly in development, and anything that promotes the widest possible adoption of smart cities technology, that will make our cities more liveable and more productive, has got to be excellent news for the university and for the region.’

Thinxtra is very excited to be part of the Digital Living lab and contribute to a better future for the region.

About UOW Digital Living Lab

The University of Wollongong and SMART Infrastructure Facility are leading the digital revolution in the Illawarra with the creation of the Digital Living Lab. Through the ideas of Share, Enable and Create, the Digital Living Lab is facilitating a Smart City solution, improving the quality of life for people in our community.

SMART aims to contribute to next generation infrastructure and smart city solutions, with a strong focus on innovative research, community engagement and service delivery. SMART brings together experts from fields such as transport, water, energy, economics and modelling and simulation and provides a state-of-the-art facility to support this important research.

Alongside UOW’s iAccelerate, a business incubator program, SMART intends to attract additional talented entrepreneurs and innovative IoT startups to the region as part of the Digital Living Lab. SMART has also opened the SMART IoT Hub which allows researchers, students, schools, community members or associations to develop their own community IoT projects.

For more information, digitallivinglab.uow.edu.au
Contact: +612 4221 5031 smart-facility@uow.edu.au

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

A Great Case Study: Monitoring Waste Bins at MotoGP 2017

The scenario:

Just one week before the MotoGP event on October 22nd 2017, Thinxtra received a request from a local system integrator/consultant to monitor all the waste bins around the track (pavilions, stands & village) to ensure efficient service by the service provider (Cirka) during the MotoGP event on Phillip Island.

Solution Components:

  • Sigfox Network Coverage

After checking if the Sigfox network was already covering the iconic island south of Melbourne, we could ascertain that there was indeed some coverage, but probably not strong enough for small bin sensors with an embedded antenna. So we contracted one of our installers and two days later, we had an extra mini base station installed on site on a 6 meter high pole, done within one hour, pre-commissioned and registering on our Network Operation Center.

  • Bin Sensors

We decided to partner with NZ device maker: PiPIoT for their excellent Sigfox-ready bin sensors with geolocation: LevelSense. They were able to deliver the sensors directly to our system integrator in Melbourne within 2 days. As soon as they arrived in Melbourne, we could see them connecting automatically on the Sigfox back-end.


  • Monitoring Platform

Since the project had to be delivered very quickly, there was very limited customisation done, the data was sent to PiPIoT monitoring dashboard that would provide the location of the bins around the track and their fill level along the day, providing warning alerts by SMS to the service manager when the fill level was reaching 50%  and 80%. It was good enough for a one- day event but would require more customisation in the future to cater for better management of the bins and their service for optimal efficiency.

The System Integrator involved to manage the project and the interface between the final customer and our team was Luis Catarino



It was great to see that you don’t need to be a big team with lots of experience to deliver an IoT project as long as you have the support of Thinxtra and a high motivation to make it happen from the integrator and the final customer. Great team effort.

At the end of the day, no litter was seen on the track, which could have been damaging for Marquez’s win and the customer’s reputation in servicing events. Our installer removed the base station, and the bins were emptied and disconnected.

This proved our point that Thinxtra could deliver a project within a week and that IoT even makes sense for one day. So just imagine when IoT solutions are implemented for a month or a year.

Social Hacks – 16 & 17 Oct 2017

Renald Gallis from Thinxtra is part of the panels at Social Hack event (Australia’s first forum for New Product Development, Internet of Things (IoT) and Social Innovation), in Sydney to discuss:


IoT & Work  – Panel 2: 7pm on 16/10
How can IoT enable smarter work practices? (Understanding the Possibilities)
Register for free here


IoT & Food – Panel 2: 7pm on 17/10
How can IoT impact food and urban farming? (Understanding the Possibilities)
Register for free here

UnaDay – Sigfox event in Taiwan

Unabiz organised the biggest event in IoT in Taiwan of 2017 in Taipei where Unabiz was
– kick-offing the first national IoT-dedicated SIGFOX network in Taiwan,
– announcing and presenting all of taiwanese ecosystem partners, showcasing semi-conductor partners, device makers, platforms, SIs, clients/vertical solution providers…etc
Unaday – as it was called-  was furthermore taking place during the annual TAITRONICS trade show, the Taiwan International Electronics Show on 11-14 September.
For Unaday,  the speakers and guests included Benoît Guidée Director of the French Office in Taiwan, Pascal Faure the Director General of the DGE of the French Ministry of Economics, as well as Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet the two co-founders of SIGFOX, minister-level and mayor-level distinguished guests, and a large audience of local and foreign partners, all mostly from the ICT industry but also from different vertical markets such as transport, elderly care, logistics, property and personal security, renewable energy, universities… In total there were over 800+ guests at the event!!
Loic Barancourt from Thinxtra was presenting there and tell about our success stories in Australia – New Zealand and welcoming Taiwanese devicemakers & solutions suppliers to our local market.

If you didn’t have a chance to attend, here is the top 10 “bullet-points” short summary:

  • Henri Bong, CEO of UnaBiz, introduce the paradigm shift of “Less is More”.
  • Christophe Fourtet, CSO of SIGFOX, demo-ed the first connected envelope of Taiwan.
  • UnaBiz is operating the 1st nation-wide low-power network operator, covering 85% of Taiwan population (= 20 millions inhabitants).
  • UnaBiz announced monthly subscription rates ranging from NT$2 to NT$22, becoming the lowest long-range communication rates of Taiwan.
  • Already over 1.000.000+ subscriptions in the pipeline.
  • Partnerships were announced with Taiwan SECOM, Microsoft, Airbus, China Airlines, Lite-ON. Carrefour, oBike, FoxTech, Stipendiary.
  • A surprise MoU was signed on stage with Taiwan Mobile, 2nd national mobile operator, regarding the extension of its IoT portfolio.
  • Over 800 guests attended UnaDay, of the whole IoT value-chain.
  • Over 20 journalists from top Taiwan TV, paper, magazine and online media
  • Over 100 international attendees traveled from over 15 countries to attend UnaDay

Tech23 2017 – 10 Oct 2017

Thinxtra was selected as top 23 innovative start-ups to present at Tech23 event on 10 Oct 2017, Sydney. More info

Very excited to have presented this year and be surrounded by 22 great australian entrepreneurs showcasing some seriously impressive stuff, from embedding DNA traceability in medicine, to using drone imagery to reduce water consumption in crop production to low orbit satellite launch….

Make Things Come Alive in a Secure Way

What makes Sigfox so secure for the Internet of Things?

Security is a significant challenge for the Internet of Things. In fact, it is probably the single largest challenge. IoT is – by its very nature – linked to business-critical processes, and therefore, the entire end-to-end chain must be fully secure, if it is to gain the trust of the business community.
This in itself, presents a series of challenges. IoT significantly broadens the surface of attack, due to the sheer scale and complexity of the network. By giving IP addresses to facets of business that were once closed systems, the threat level inherently increases. Every device and every sensor is a potential point of vulnerability.

Sigfox recognises the importance of security and addresses these challenges through a systematic process. The company has brought on a world-class security team, drawing on experience from the likes of Airbus, Motorola, Freescale Semiconductors, NXP, STMicroelectronics, Gemalto, and Oberthur Technologies.

The team’s disciplines are far reaching and include cyber security, device security, Hardware Security Module (HSM) usage, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), cryptography. On top of this, Sigfox has developed key partnerships with internationally recognised security companies.
The Sigfox protocol and infrastructure is built on ‘security by design’ principles. Sigfox applies these design principles to all the components offered to Sigfox Network Operators, device manufacturers and end customers. This end-to-end methodology ensures that the complete IoT chain, including devices, network infrastructure, cloud-based services and IoT applications, remains secure.

Sigfox approach to security

The Sigfox network is unique in design and one of the most secure platforms available today. How can we be so sure? By design, Sigfox Ready devices are shielded from the internet by a very strict firewall.
While Sigfox Ready devices are IoT objects, the fact is, they do not connect directly to the Internet and do not communicate using internet protocols (TCP/IP). Moreover, Sigfox Ready devices are not permanently connected to any network or base station.

Sigfox devices operate predominantly offline, with built-in behaviours. When this behaviour requires data to be transmitted or received from the Internet, the device broadcasts a radio message. This message is picked up by several base stations and is then transferred to the Sigfox Core Network, which in turn delivers it to the relevant IoT application. If the Sigfox Ready device requires a response, the application has a limited time window to deliver the data, once again, through the Sigfox Core Network and base stations.

This network architecture effectively provides an airgap, making it impossible to maliciously access an endpoint via the internet.

Security of data in motion

Another important factor to consider is the security of data in motion. Again, the design of the Sigfox protocol provides security by default. During the manufacturing process, each Sigfox Ready device is provisioned with a symmetrical authentication key. Because the key is unique, if one device were compromised, it would have a limited impact. Every message sent or received by the device contains a cryptographic token that is computed based on this authentication key. The token is used to authenticate the sender (the Sigfox network for a downlink message or the device for an uplink message), as well as the integrity of the message. Each Sigfox message contains a sequence counter which is verified by the Sigfox Core Network in order to detect replay attempts.

Most end-point IoT devices are reliant Over The Air (OTA) patches to address security vulnerabilities. Such mechanisms are expensive to maintain and could in fact provide another point of vulnerability for hackers to exploit.

Because Sigfox devices are not IP addressable, the need for such a mechanism is redundant. This not only makes the network incredibly secure, but is one of the primary reasons why Sigfox has a lower TCO than any other IoT technology available today.

The final piece of the puzzle is encryption. Rather than trying to develop a one-size-fits all solution, Sigfox works on the basis that security is relative and should therefore be adaptable to the meet the threat requirements of any given application. For many applications, encryption is an unnecessary expense; for others, it’s critical.

Our customers can therefore choose whether or not they want to use an encryption solution provided by the Sigfox protocol. The encryption technology was designed in collaboration with CEA-LETI, specifically for use with short Sigfox messages. If customers prefer, they can even use their own end-to-end encryption solutions.

Is Sigfox secure?

Sigfox understands that in order for the Internet of Things to become truly pervasive, the entire end-to-end IoT chain must be secured. Our partners and customers must trust that devices are authorised to communicate on the network, that data is fully secured, both in motion and at rest; and that data integrity is guaranteed.

We also understand that security requirements change based on use cases and that risks must be balanced against other factors. By building security into the foundations of the protocol and network architecture, and offering optional features for those that need them, Sigfox is the most flexible and inherently secure IoT technology on the market today.


Download Sigfox Security Overview White Paper

More info

Everything IoT Hacklab – 7&8 Oct 2017

Thinxtra is supporting event with free devkits and tech team, the whole week-end on 07 & 08 Oct 2017, Sydney. More info

Latest info:

One of the 4 finalists is using Sigfox connectivity in his solution. We will know the winner on wednesday, stay tuned on facebook.