Thinxtra On Board the Sydney-Hobart Famous Yacht Race

The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts today.

Thinxtra is onboarding the Cookson 12 Yacht “Grace O’Malley”, named after the 1500’s trail­blazing pirate, whose strength appealed to captain Zoe Taylor.

Well, in fact, no Thinxtra’s crew as such is onboarding the yacht but some of its Sigfox ready sensors: 2 Sens’it that will monitor temperature and humidity (;-) as well as light and 1 Oyster  that will track the GPS geolocation of the boat along the way. The test for us is really to see how good the Sigfox coverage is from Sydney to Hobart.

This is the first time that IoT LPWAN devices are onboarding this famous race and we were very eager to see how things would go. At the end of the race, it appears that our virtual coverage map was well aligned with the reality.

Thank you Zoe Taylor for letting us take part of your amazing adventure and good luck, we will follow very closely the sail #99 in the Sydney harbour.


About The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Over the past 72 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.

More info at www.rolexsydneyhobart.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 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

Thinxtra becomes Hong Kong’s First Public Wireless IoT Licensed Operator
Thinxtra成為香港首家獲得無線物聯網許可的公共運營商

13th December 2017, Hong Kong – Thinxtra has become the first public operator to receive a Wireless Internet of Things (IoT) License in Hong Kong, paving the way for the city to grow into a showcase of smart city solutions and a hub for IoT research and development.

2017年12月13日,香港 – Thinxtra已成為首家在香港獲得無線物聯網(IoT)許可的公共運營商,為該城市成長為一個智慧城市解決方案的展示案例以及物聯網研究發展的中心鋪平了道路。

IoT is a foundational infrastructure for any smart city. By introducing a licensing regime for wireless low-power wide-area (LPWA) IoT networks, Hong Kong’s Communications Authority is anticipating a future where IoT connects everything from wearable health devices and household appliances to industrial machinery and urban infrastructure.

物聯網是任何智慧城市的基礎建設。通過引入無線低功耗廣域(LPWA)物聯網網絡的許可製度,香港通信管理局預計未來物聯網將連接從可穿戴醫療設備和家用電器到工業機械和城市基礎設施的所有應用。

“We welcome the new licensing regime to help Hong Kong prepare for a massive implementation of IoT devices that will enhance the city’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. As the first truly public license holder, Thinxtra is committed to investing in a territory wide Hong Kong network for the long-term to enable the cost-effective IoT connectivity on which the future smart city will be built,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.

“我們歡迎新的發牌制度,協助香港為大量實施物聯網設備做好準備,以提升城市的經濟競爭力和居民的生活質量。作為第一個真正的公共許可證持有者,Thinxtra致力於長期投資於全港的Sigfox網絡建設,以實現經濟高效的物聯網連接,並為未來的智慧城市建設大蝦堅實基礎。”來自Thinxtra亞洲的常務董事Murray Hankinson如是道。

The exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox, the world’s most mature and connected LPWA network, Thinxtra is building the only truly fit-for-purpose and territory-wide IoT-enabling network in Hong Kong. Secure and open, the Thinxtra LPWA network is available to all and provides cost-effective, long-range, low-power connectivity as a service to enable businesses, research institutions and government organizations to capitalize on the rise of IoT. Devices on the Thinxtra network can be connected for as little as HK$20/year, with a battery life of up to 10 years.

Sigfox是全球最成熟且連接性最強的LPWA網絡,Thinxtra作為Sigfox在香港的獨家網絡運營商,正在香港打造唯一一個真正切實適用的、全港範圍的物聯網網絡。Thinxtra LPWA網絡是面向所有用戶的安全、開放的物聯網絡,提供經濟高效、遠距離、低功耗的連接服務,以助力企業、研究機構和政府組織順應並利用物聯網之潮。此外,Thinxtra網絡連接的年度費用低至20港幣,而連接至此網絡的設備的電池壽命卻長達10年。

“With Thinxtra’s Sigfox network connecting things and platforms as the ‘missing link’ for the delivery of IoT solutions, an IoT ecosystem can now develop in Hong Kong to create and deliver devices and solutions for customers here and around the world,” Hankinson continued. “We have focused on nurturing local start-ups and other partners since we launched here last year to stimulate innovation and further Hong Kong’s growth as a leading smart city.”

“Thinxtra的Sigfox網絡連接了物與平台,以此填補了物聯網解決方案交付中的’缺失環節’。現今,物聯網生態系統得以實現在香港開發,創建設備和解決方案,並交付於世界各地的客戶。”Hankinson繼續道,“自去年我們在這裡啟動以來,我們一直致力於培育當地初創企業和其他合作夥伴,以激勵創新並推動香港發展為智慧城市的先鋒。”

Sigfox is the first global network fully dedicated to connected objects. With base stations and antennas installed at key locations around the city, Thinxtra’s Sigfox LPWA network already covers more than 30% of the Hong Kong population.  Thinxtra expects to have deployed a total of 100 base stations throughout the territory by June 2018, providing fully redundant coverage to 95% of the population.

Sigfox是第一個完全致力於連接對象的全球網絡。截至此時,Thinxtra在香港主要地點所搭建的基站和天線,使Sigfox LPWA網絡的覆蓋率已超過30%。Thinxtra預計在2018年6月之前在全港范圍內部署100個基站,為95%的居民提供完全物聯網覆蓋。

The Hong Kong network will link with Thinxtra networks and IoT ecosystems in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 36 countries around the world. Thinxtra continues to extend its network footprint and expects to cover 95% of the population in its three markets by early 2018, providing links to an ecosystem of hundreds of local IoT partners.

香港的Sigfox網絡將與Thinxtra在澳大利亞和新西蘭的物聯網生態系統相連接,同時也與世界其他36個國家的Sigfox網絡和物聯網生態系統相連接。Thinxtra將繼續擴大其網絡覆蓋範圍,並預計在2018年初在其三個市場中完成95%的人口覆蓋率,為其生態系統內的數百個當地物聯網合作夥伴提供鏈接。


About Thinxtra  關於Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) 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.
Visit library.web.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.

通過部署世界領先的Sigfox LPWA網絡以及構建完整的物聯網解決方案和服務生態系統,Thinxtra正在助推亞太地區的物聯網(IoT)發展,連接一切尚未連接的,以促進生產力發展、加速決策進程、提高服務和生活質量,並為常見問題探尋更經濟有效的解決方案。
訪問library.web.thinxtra.com並在Twitter @Thinxtra上關注我們。

Media Contacts:
Thinxtra: Renald Gallis +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
FleishmanHillard Hong Kong: Pam Leung +852 2586 7856 pam.leung@fleishman.com


In the press

Mobile World Live

Thinxtra wins two award categories at Hackfest 2017

Hackfest 2017 announced the winners of its annual innovation challenge at the Sunshine Coast, and presented two category awards to teams using the Thinxtra Xkit.

• The HealthiUp solution won the new ‘Hardware Hack’ category which was introduced this year to provide hands-on experience and learning with a range of hardware devices. Using the Xkit, the team also won overall third place for connecting public space gyms.

The Xkit allowed the HealthiUp team to connect gyms and pull metrics on the use of equipment by individuals. The team showed that critical health information can be gathered and analysed by attaching the Xkit to individual pieces of gym equipment.
Watch the video

Jack skatehub hackfest xkit• At just 12 years of age, Jack Ryan won an award in the Student category for his connected skateboard. Jack attached the Xkit accelerometer to a skateboard to determine speed and identify tricks. The winning solution allows multiple connected skateboards to compete virtually, and can be deployed anywhere in the world using the Sigfox network.

The Hackfest Student category win demonstrates the importance of STEM initiatives such as Thinxtra’s AU $1 million commitment to a 5-year smart schools program that gives students from 100 schools the hands-on opportunity to build their own IoT solutions.
Watch the video

 

Both teams demonstrated the capacity to attain valuable information using the Xkit, the first complete Sigfox ready development kit for start-ups, design houses, universities and schools.

Thinxtra Pre-sales Manager & Hackathons’ supporter, Guy Langlois said: “Hackfest is all about innovating real solutions for a better world and we congratulate the winners. It’s fantastic to see how the Thinxtra Xkit allowed Jack and the HealthiUp team to bring their ideas to life. The Xkit gives anyone the chance to build their own solutions, even if they have very limited hardware experience – and their ideas can go global using Sigfox connectivity.”

The Thinxtra Xkit for developers boasts a full suite of features and accessories to empower anyone to set up an IoT solution using the globally available Sigfox network. The Xkit integrates an: Accelerometer 3-axis, digital temperature and pressure sensor, reed switch, light sensor, LEDs red & blue and a push button.
For more information visit: library.web.thinxtra.com/xkit.


About Hackfest

Now in its third year, Hackfest 2017 included over $45,000 in prizes across 11 categories. Participants have access to open data information from council as well as State and Federal governments to create a solution for an identified issue or problem on the Sunshine Coast – either now or into the future.
More infos on Hackfest


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 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

Thinxtra Launches First Mobile and Solar Powered Sigfox Base Station

Australia’s agriculture and mining industries are among those set to benefit from the launch of Thinxtra’s solar powered Sigfox base station. The base station provides a Sigfox coverage radius of up to 50km, and can be deployed to connect and control assets such as farming and mining equipment at virtually any location in a matter of hours.

The first mobile and solar powered Sigfox base station was deployed at the Surat Basin in Queensland on 06/12/2017 to track earth moving equipment in the upstream gas industry.

Thinxtra VP Network Deployment, Sam Sharief said: “We are excited to launch a solar powered Sigfox base station that gives customers fast and easy access to a long range, low power, low cost, reliable and secure connection for their devices wherever they are.

This is a win for businesses operating in areas with limited access to network coverage, and for those looking to benefit from connected asset tracking and management in rural and remote areas that lack established infrastructure.”

The Thinxtra mobile solar base station has many unique benefits:

  • It is fully retractable, easy to carry where required and can be operating within 2′ as it is already commissioned by the Network Operation Centre.
  • When fully deployed, it can reach a height of eight meters for a maximum coverage of up to 50km.
  • The unit works autonomously on batteries for up to 4 days without sun.
  • It is ideally installed on a high point to extend the coverage as far as possible.

It has the same features as the Sigfox mini base station.

You can find detailed information of the low cost Coverage-As-A-Service offering at library.web.thinxtra.com/ineedsigfox

 


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 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