Sigfox Network in New Zealand Now Complete

Thinxtra’s New Zealand network is now complete with 94% of the population within coverage, including all major cities and regional cities, and as far as Hawera and Invercargill. Every population centre throughout New Zealand now has comprehensive redundant Sigfox coverage, Thinxtra is currently focusing on expanding out the Sigfox network in rural and remote areas by the end of the year, to support NZ agriculture exporting to Australia and worldwide.

Sigfox is winning the global race of the LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) market to connect the un-connected, the Internet of Simple Things, with 47 countries now being deployed on a national scale, and 2.5 million ‘live’ connections.

The Sigfox network was built by IoT rollout experts, Kordia – Thinxtra’s preferred network partner in New Zealand. It is however monitored by Thinxtra’s Network Operation Centre to provide 99% SLA (Service Level Agreement) to our customers and partners.

Thinxtra is fully operational to support local projects anywhere in New Zealand with our 275 partners and solutions makers in Australia and New Zealand, including Kordia and Datacom as major local partners. The Sigfox network is already enabling commercially deployed smart city and agriculture projects, including, monitoring waste bins in Christchurch, monitoring speed & school signs in North Island, water tank level monitoring in farms in Waikato, monitoring temperature of Paua tanks,… with many more industrial and smart city projects in progress to be announced soon.

Aaron Olphert, Chief Digital Officer at Kordia, has been involved in the rollout of Sigfox’s low-power network from the very beginning and believes it will fast track the adoption of IoT solutions over the coming year. “With previous barriers to adoption – namely cost and power consumption – now removed, our customers are starting to get more and more excited about what IoT can do for them. The conversations our team has been having in the past few months alone have been incredibly positive and there’s certain sectors, particularly agriculture, local government and logistics, where we’re seeing a real step-change in attitude towards IoT solutions as a business enabler. Kordia is proud to be involved and we look forward to bringing Sigfox solutions to the market; and helping local businesses make the most of this incredible technology.”

One smaller company, undergoing a significant growth creating innovative IoT solutions in the Agriculture sector throughout New Zealand is Knode. As Managing Director, Richard Wildman explains The Sigfox network in New Zealand has enabled us to offer smart, cost-effective solutions to Kiwi farmers and other New Zealand businesses. Prior to Sigfox, the devices on offer were quite expensive with a limited battery life and the farming community faced challenges of little to no cell coverage. For example, with the Sigfox NZ network, Knode is able to provide full end to end solutions for monitoring farm assets – this includes monitoring water flow, checking for leaks, measuring tank levels and an increasing host of other data points on farm, including soil moisture and weather data”With numerous requests to provide cost effective reliable smart IoT solutions to farmers and businesses throughout the country, Richard is happy to satisfy the growing demand, coinciding with Thinxtra plans to massively expand coverage of the rural sector up and down the country.

Thinxtra NZ has its main office in Auckland but is also expanding its presence to Christchurch, recognising the strong activities coming out of South Island by our ecosystem and rapidly expanding customer base.

Thinxtra is also working closely with many overseas partners and solution makers from Europe, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and US to launch their Sigfox-ready solutions on a full-scale network with early adopters in New Zealand ahead of introducing those solutions to the rest of 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.

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

Rottnest Island monitoring. A case study to better manage waste bins

Rottnest Island sits just offshore from the city of Perth, in Western Australia. A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial. White-sand beaches and secluded coves include the Basin, with its shallow waters, and Thomson Bay, the main hub and ferry port. A paradise for tourists (and I am not being paid by Tourism Australia).

However, tourist haven also means waste to manage. Secluded and offshore means waste is even harder and more costly to manage. So it does make sense to optimise this service and be able to monitor the level of waste in all the bins around the island so that you know when you need to come & empty them.

This is a perfect application for the Internet of Simple Things, aka Sigfox.

First, you need some IoT devices to retrofit the bins so that they can send data about the level of waste inside. PiPIoT LevelSense , Sigfox ready devices from New Zealand, were installed on the bins.

Second, you need network coverage. Thinxtra is building the Sigfox nationwide long range, low cost network and it just happened that Perth & Rottnest Island are already covered.

Third, you need to send data to a platform to receive alerts when bins are 20%, 40%, 60% and 80% full. In fact by default, the sensors already sends data once a day to provide the battery status and the bin filling level by default.

Now the bins are ready to talk and provide realtime information for a more optimised and on time service.


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.

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

First Sigfox enabled bollard. A case study to better monitor water outlets

Australia is the first country to have a solution to measure storm water outlets levels.

The solution designed by Melbourne Water is built inside a bollard. The first one has been installed to monitor a notorious stormwater pipe at Rosebud beach (on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria) which is known to backup and cause flooding on local streets.

The solution to this problem is utilising the Internet of Things. It includes:

  • a Sigfox ready 37South Sentinel datalogger designed to last 10 years on battery,
  • a digital level sensor is attached at the base of the bollard and can monitor the water level going through the water outlet.
  • The data is sent via Sigfox network to a platform to first monitor the data and receive alerts.

Now, Melbourne Water is monitoring the drain via this connected bollard which feed readings back to an app in real time, eliminating the need for visual checks and improving response times.

The ultimate aim of the solution, after all water outlets are fitted with the bollards, is to better predict the water flow, and react faster in case of blockage, ensuring the water does not pool and eventually flood local roads, homes and businesses.

By better managing the potential water overflow before it happens, Melbourne Water can reduce the high cost of maintenance crews, who, until now would visually check the drains every few days to ensure they had not been clogged. Russell Riding, automation team leader, said “the technology was one example of Melbourne Water utilising the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is all about connecting internet-enabled devices with everyday objects so they can send and receive data,” In this case it means being able to know when the pipe is getting choked up with sand thanks to hourly data which is easily accessed on any mobile phone or computer.”  Source: Melbourne Water News

Sigfox is the perfect fit for such an application: the solution requires very limited data (once every day to check level and battery functions and when there are alerts), simple set up, an ubiquitous network you can rely on, and most  importantly, battery powered for a very long battery life of 10+ years.

After monitoring water outlets, we are sure there are other projects in the pipe (no pun) for Melbourne Water to connect sewers and other assets to better manage that scarce resource that is water.


About Melbourne Water

Melbourne Water is wholly owned by the Victorian State Government. It manages Melbourne’s water supply catchments, sewage, rivers and major drainage systems throughout the Port Phillip and Westernport region.


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.

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

Thinxtra at IoT Asia 2018

Sigfox was a platinum sponsor of this year’s edition of the biggest Internet Of Things event in the AsiaPac region with a central booth that was showcasing 100+ solutions across different vertical markets (Agtech, Smart Cities, Smart Industry, and Smart Home) from the different local solutions makers based in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan as well as 25+ from Australia and New Zealand.

Roswell Wolff, President, Sigfox Asia Pacific “IoT Asia is a platform for us to communicate with new partners (network partners, operating and ecosystem players, from devices makers to platforms suppliers) and present our capabilities to attendees from Asia. Equally important, Sigfox considers the show as a showcase for the use cases of IoT around the region.”

The show was a clear success for Sigfox and its partners (watch the short video), as the main LPWAN technology presenting by far the most solutions there and a large audience of 6000 IoT visitors keen to trial them.

Thanks to all our Thinxtra local partners: 37South, Abibird, AirTracker, ATF, Bee Inventor, CCP, Defond, Digital Matter, Eden Worth, Ellenex, GPS Engine, Motiv, PiP IoT, Silicon Controls, TuckerBox, Truesense, Waterwatch…  for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, see you at Fieldays in NZ and IoT Impact in Sydney


About IoT Asia

For the past 5 years, IoT Asia has been at the forefront of bringing global collaboration and partnershipopportunities to governments, businesses and communities in Asia. IoT Asia is an award winning stage that brings together technology heads, design architects, solution architects, engineers, academic institutions, investors and start-ups to assess the latest trends and partnership models in Asia.
6th edition returns on 27 and 28 March 2019 at Singapore EXPO. For more information, visit www.internetofthingsasia.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.

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

Rockhampton (QLD) is Now Sigfox Ready

The Rockhampton region, the most advanced smart regional centre in north Queensland, is now fully covered with Sigfox LPWAN network, installed, monitored and managed by Thinxtra Australia.

End of December 2015, the Council unanimously endorsed a strategy to better use technology for a smarter city. It started with a free Wi-Fi in designated public spaces, then a number of smart CCTV cameras in known trouble areas, smart billboards, …and they started releasing more data such as water treatment and traffic information to be better used by citizens.  Sigfox now opens the door for connecting many more things for more granular data, providing more accurate information and thus more potential efficiencies to reduce water leaks, energy consumption, optimising waste collection or parkings’ utilisation as examples.

Rockhampton is amongst the first Australian cities to focus on the use of these new technologies to grow the economy and improve liveability of the area. The whole game is to make sure they, at least, retain the current population (ideally make it grow), create more skilled jobs and grow the tourism industry. They are also expected to help grow local business, increase public safety, and the use of underutilised areas.

Thinxtra wanted to make sure Rockhampton was ready for the next phases involving the use of the Internet of Things in a broader scale. As part of our Smart councils Program, the network was fully deployed covering 99% of the population at no cost to the council.

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 trials before end of March 2018.

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

New Thinxtra Team Members Making IoT a Reality

2018 is the year of IoT acceleration and adoption at Thinxtra.

The team has now grown to 41 IoT doers, with the latest three high profile international recruits filling important roles: (from left to right)

Regis Berdaa, previously at Cisco and NBN, has a long experience in dealing with local councils, so it was a natural fit for him to be in charge of our Smart Councils program, enabling councils to embark on low-risk IoT trials. This allows us  to help councils understand the potential of IoT to reduce their costs and better support the communities they are serving. We are working with a long list of ecosystem partners that are bringing solutions to market, free for the councils to trial, to accelerate their learning and demonstrate proof of value before the councils make any investment. This removes any risk of implementing ad hoc, unproven, costly solutions. Regis is here to help the councils and the solutions makers to provide the right solutions for success.

As he puts it: “I am passionate about engaging with customers and partners, qualifying their specific needs and helping them succeed. I value building strong and long‑lasting relationships.” His proposal to Councils across Australia: “If you are looking for unique and practical ways to transform your operations and drive efficiencies, I would love to hear from you so please reach out @ smartcouncil@thinxtra.com !”

Nieves Garcia, previously Director of IoT QoS & QoE Product Marketing at Gemalto, is joining Thinxtra as the IoT Product Manager to support our ecosystem of solutions makers with their go-to-market in AsiaPac. This goes from making sure their solution is of high standard, Sigfox qualified and certified, proven, and fully tested, as well as potentially customisable. At the end, building trust in the solutions to be promoted to the right partners and customers. She is bringing that high level of expertise to avoid half cooked solutions that damage the IoT market.

Nieves defines herself as “Offering solutions to B2B and B2B2C, providing exceptional quality of experience and service for IoT devices.” OK fair enough but even better is her motto: “This world is very small, so, customers recommending my solutions to others on a global scale are the best metric to let me know if I’m doing a good job.”

Luke Marcyniuk, previously from Siemens and Netcomm, is in charge of the delivery of our Systems & Platforms Program, establishing and leading business intelligence and project efficiencies, ensuring compatibility with various internal and external platforms, IT systems, CRMs and ERPs. If devices are crucial, platforms are at the core of the IoT solutions to provide the business intelligence that delivers efficiencies.

Luke sells himself as “a master of various technologies to provide engineering on a technical level, with a strong analytical and strategical approach to solving challenges and requirements, always a “CAN DO” mentality and providing perfect solutions to happy customers”. This is the kind of attitude Thinxtra always looks for.

Thinxtra feels very fortunate to have convinced such great talents to join the team to make a difference in this fast paced environment.

Thinxtra welcomes them, and wishes them good luck in their endeavours and challenges.


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