Thinxtra in a Podcast About Aussie Innovators in Hong Kong

Ep.14: Connecting the unconnected with Thinxtra

Released27 February 2018

Sam talks to Murray Hankinson, MD Thinxtra Hong Kong, about IoT and the opportunities for narrow band, small message connectivity as a driving force behind Smart City infrastructure.

Utilising Sigfox technology Thinxtra are connecting country and territory wide networks in Australia, New Zealand and here in Hong Kong.  Murray Hankinson, talks us through the opportunities for Australian IoT capability in assisting Hong Kong obtain its Smart City ambitions.

For more information, listen to the Episode 14 of this podcast here

Thinxtra Empowers Australian Councils With IoT Solutions

A year ago, Thinxtra introduced the Smart Council Program to the first selected 50 councils. This unique and successful program promised and delivered Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the councils (including free installation, free development kits for local incubators and free connectivity for smart council application developments).

In 2018, Thinxtra is supercharging the Smart Council offering:

1- With the support of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a federal government fund, the program is extended to 100 Australian councils that are ready to make IoT a reality for their community.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is committing up to $10 million to Thinxtra as it scales up its IoT network to target sustainable and energy conserving uses. CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “Councils across Australia administer a vast network of street lights, community centres, libraries, sport and recreation facilities and other public access buildings. Measures that can help them better manage energy efficiency across all these assets can reduce costs as well as make an important contribution to their sustainability goals.  It makes great sense for councils to draw on the internet of things to help them do this.”

2- Thinxtra has assigned dedicated resources to support councils, led by Regis Berdaa, previously at NBN and Cisco. His role is to lead Thinxtra’s Smart Council Program and initiatives nationally, and “to bring high-impact Internet of Things solutions to life and empower communities across Australia” as Regis puts it.

3-  Thinxtra has released eight unique offers for councils, in partnership with Australian IoT system integrators, to empower councils to start their IoT journey right now. The solution offering in the program enables Councils to trial the benefits of IoT to their operations and their communities, risk free.

Snapshot of the solutions available via the Program:

  • Water metering and leak detection
  • Manhole monitoring to prevent overflow
  • Unobtrusive in-home elderly care monitoring
  • Rodent infestation control
  • Asset management and geolocation for Council’s assets and goods
  • Sites & buildings security monitoring
  • Smart City ideation workshop
  • IoT platform for Councils

Our partners are excited to help Australian councils become smarter and more efficient with IoT.

Guenter Hauber-Davidson from Watergroup “Our Sigfox offer makes bill shock and unnoticed leaks running for years a thing of the past – in a cost effective way!”

Danielle Storey, from Smarter Technology Solutions, added IOT is the latest technology buzzword but if you want to turn this technology into real opportunity cost savings and operational efficiency, we have the insight to understand councils challenges and the technology knowledge to help you address it. And IoT can be as simple as wirelessly connecting gates and doors to avoid theft or unauthorised access: The system will let you know without the need for people to call you.”

Franck Carassus “With OpenDataSoft platform, connect, enrich, visualise and share your sensor data in minutes in a very simple way. We have already connected bins or even public toilets on the Australian Sigfox network, so anything is possible “

Bigmate is one of the major innovators in asset locating and tracking in the Asia Pacific region. When we spoke with their General Manager, Mr Brett Orr said “Thinxtra with the Sigfox rollout have provided the missing piece, reliable carriage at a reasonable price point, this has changed the commercials around locating low cost high volume assets, it is now viable in Australia, and can open information to business that was previously uneconomical to access!”  

James Tucker started his first trial of the AbiBird elderly care monitoring solution  with Moreton Bay Council in December and now happy to join our program “AbiBird is pleased to work in conjunction with Smart Councils, providing its unobtrusive activity sensor to assist older residents to retain their independence and live in their own homes for longer.”

Even more solutions for the Smart Council Program will be released in 2018:

  • Environmental monitoring (rain, wind, temp)
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Connected AEDS
  • Smart Parking solutions
  • Smart Bin monitoring
  • People counting – footfall
  • Digital connected water meters
  • HVAC monitoring
  • Flood monitoring (rivers, lakes and reservoirs)
  • Water tank monitoring

Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. It improves city services and quality of living as well as boosting local innovation. By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT . There is no catch: At worst, councils will learn about IoT opportunities. At best, councils will create efficiencies and benefits for their citizens.

Thinxtra, with the support of the CEFC and its Australian partners, is committed to make it easy and empower all willing councils along their IoT journey.


As a Council, how do you join?

Contact us via smartcouncil@thinxtra.com
Request a meeting with our smart-council team to tailor our approach to your IoT strategy
Get access to our Kick off 2018 offers and select up to three IoT solutions to trial.

Go to thinxtra.com/smart-council for further information and download presentation.


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 the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy.

Thinxtra is a member of the Australian Smart Communities Associationasca

To take advantage of early deployment in your council, review your interest at library.web.thinxtra.com/smartcouncil and contact us at smartcouncil@thinxtra.com.

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

Team Waterwise won IoT prize with Thinxtra Xkit at Waterhack18

100+ hackers, 50 hours, one weekend and Australia’s very first water hackathon is complete!

WaterHack18 is the first of its kind – a hackathon focused solely on the Australian water industry. Bright minds including developers, designers, engineers, scientists and everyone in between will be inspired over one weekend to solve water industry challenges. To help hackers on their journey, they’ll have access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology, Thinxtra Xkit devkit and receive mentoring from industry experts and members of the Brisbane start-up community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Team Waterwise who won the AECOM IoT challenge with a solution using the Thinxtra Xkit

Thinxtra QLD manager & Waterhack’s supporter, Riccardo Tenaglia said: “Waterhack is all about finding real solutions to better manage this scarce ressource which is water, for a more sustainable future. It was great to see how the Thinxtra Xkit allowed Team Waterwi$e to bring their idea to life within a week-end. The Xkit has been designed for that simple purpose: make IoT a reality. And great ideas can go a long way via the Sigfox global ecosystem.”

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 LPWAN. 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 Waterhack18

Queensland Urban Utilities’ #WaterHack18 is Australia’s first utility-led water hackathon, which will take place at Brisbane’s iconic innovation and startup hub, Fishburners.

WaterHack18 is the first of its kind – a hackathon focused solely on the Australian water industry. Bright minds including developers, designers, engineers, scientists and everyone in between will be inspired over one weekend to solve water industry challenges, meet industry experts, and potentially tap into more than $25,000 in prizes to turn great ideas into reality.

With challenge sponsors AECOM, Aurecon and Deloitte, the event will combine water and technology with a range of topics including Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Blockchain and sustainability.

More infos on Waterhack18


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

Happy Chinese New Year. 2018, The Year of the Connected Dog

It’s the year of the dog which highlights dependability, building loyalty at work and in relationships, and building material wealth.

  • Dependability: It is also often linked to Reliability. As defined by dictionary: Dependability in the workplace is a quality employers look for in employees because it develops trust and leads to productivity. Our team has now reached maturity, and everything is based on trust. Trust between each other but also trust developped with our customers.
  • Building loyalty at work and in relationships: I guess this goes with dependability and trust.
  • Building material wealth: Well this looks like the perfect year for making IoT a reality.

Thinxtra at the Schneider Innovation Summit

Thank you Schneider Australia for inviting Thinxtra, as the only guest of the Schneider Innovation Summit.

An amazing event where their 1500 top customers were present to see all the new solutions and keynotes about the future of energy.

Thinxtra was excited to present some new Sigfox solutions in partnership with Schneider:

The beauty of such new Internet of Things solutions is that they are not a full disruption to current business models but a good evolution from wired to wireless solutions by being integrated to familiar environments: ClearSCADA or Wonderware Online.


About The Schneider Innovation Summit
Powering the Digital Economy

Energy is core to life. But we pay a price for power. Whether that’s rising costs, the impact to our environment or our increasing reliance on a secure service.

How do we fuel the present, while sustaining the future? At Schneider Electric we believe we are facing an energy paradox. By 2050 the worlds energy consumption will double, driven by urbanisation, digitisation & industrialisation. To meet this growing energy demand, while at the same time limiting the damage to our environment, we need bold ideas.

At the Innovation Summit we want to discuss and share how we are helping our customers disrupt the energy paradox. Demand side efficiency and the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries are the bold ideas we believe can address these challenges.

More info at www.Schneider-electric.com.au/innovation-summit-sydney-2018


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