Thinxtra Smart Council Program v2, Be IoT Smart for Round 2

In 2018, Thinxtra is actively supporting councils to accelerate their transformation towards more efficiencies.

Last February, we launched the first instance of the Smart Council Program (let’s call it the “v1”), which proved to be very successful, as Thinxtra has now engaged with over 60 councils in 4 months.

In June, it is time for the v2, same same but with more interesting trial offers.

Same, same… because:

  • Thinxtra is still supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a federal government fund, to make IoT a reality for Australian councils.
  • The program is still free to join.
  • The program is still led by Regis Berdaa, who many of you have already met, either at the ASCA conference, or KPMG Smart Cities series or through our nationwide private roadshow sessions. If you haven’t yet, he will be speaking and showcasing IoT solutions at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra on June 17-20. And if you can’t attend, Regis and Ipswich City Council Matt Schultz will present the program in a webinar on June 6th. Register here.

…but more solutions

Due to its success, more Australian IoT system integrators are joining the program to showcase their solutions. This time, Thinxtra has released twelve unique offers for councils, to empower them to start their IoT journey right now. The solution offering in the v2 program enables councils to trial the benefits of IoT to their operations and their communities, risk free.

A 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

and we have added 5 new solutions of high interest:

  • Smart bins monitoring
  • Smart parking
  • Sewer monitoring
  • Food temperature monitoring of fridges and food displays
  • Digital water metering

and more support 

Together with our partners, we can help councils build up their application for Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding. Get your Sigfox coverage fast-tracked at no cost, and simply focus your budget application on more devices you would like to connect and the platform solution to monitor those devices that brings real value.

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

Danielle Storey, from Smarter Technology Solutions “Councils have the challenge of managing and maintaining 10,000’s of assets. STS and Thinxtra simplify this management process by remotely understanding parking occupancy, bin fill levels and asset locations and status’, to provide councils the data they need to make informed decisions and to proactively address issues.”

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! As this market matures we introduce more council use-cases underpinning smart city strategies, delivering benefits now. We also have a platform that ties it all together with one ingestion layer – The IoT Platform” 

Michael White, from CCP Technologies “CCP’s solution has been deployed across hundreds of food service and food retail sites in Australia to automate food safety compliance, reduce refrigeration maintenance costs and enhance food quality.  We are bringing IoT to life and driving costs and wastage out of the food industry.  Thinxtra’s Smart Councils Program provides an innovative platform for introducing the substantial benefits which simple, yet advanced IoT solutions like CCP can bring.”

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!”

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 .

Want to know more, ask questions? Register for the webinar

Join Regis Berdaa and Ipswich City Council’s Matt Schultz in a webinar on June 6th to learn about how Thinxtra Smart Council program can help you fast-track your IoT journey at no cost and how Thinxtra, with our ecosystem partners, can assist you with Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding. Register here.


As a council, if you haven’t join yet, what are you waiting for?

The free program is only available for a few more months.

Contact us via smartcouncil@thinxtra.com
Request a meeting with our smart-council team, led by Regis Berdaa, to support your IoT strategy
Get access to our v2 program offers and select up to three IoT solutions to trial.

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

Awards Time!

Thinxtra is thrilled to have been nominated as a finalist for 3 awards, in the month of May alone:

NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2018 in the category “Best Contribution by an Internationally Headquartered Company” alongside IBM, Dimension Data and Enghouse Interactive. UPDATE FROM 25/5: 2nd place

Commsday Edison Awards 2018 in the category “Best IoT/M2M company” alongside Telstra, Vodafone and Challenge Networks. UPDATE FROM 30/5: WINNER

Australian IoT Hub Awards 2018 in the category “Best Municipal Project” (for the Smart Council Program) alongside Freestyle Technology, SA Water, Melbourne Water and Downer/Fujitsu. Award ceremony on 4/6.

Stay tuned, more news to come in June…


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.

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

IoT Festival 2018

The IoT event in Melbourne not to miss:

More infos at IoT Festival 2018

NZ School Monitoring Water Quality in Creek

Monitoring water quality of rivers is a big thing in New Zealand. But this proves to be a bit extreme when Mercury Bay Area School started monitoring the small creek behind the premise, may be because the kids are playing in it.

At the end of the day, Thomas Everth, the science teacher at the school, had a new opportunity (thanks to donation from Thinxtra & Wireless Nation) to introduce IoT in a fun way to his students and start triggering new potential projects.

This also aligns with the worldwide trend of equipping the next generation with the skills they need for the future workforce to adapt to the rapid economic, scientific and technological developments, and its challenges. In New Zealand, Mercury Bay Area School in particular, may be at the forefront of this new trend.

“The Sigfox network is now complete in New Zealand, which opens the door for connecting the un-connected, which is the exact case here. Thinxtra is happy to support, promote and evangelise such simple & low cost solutions which bring high value to the community.” dixit Renald Gallis, VP Marketing & ecossytem at Thinxtra.

Thomas Everth has been invited to speak about his project at the Techweek Waikato ’18, a regional technology symposium that will start this week-end.

More info about this story at The Informer NZ


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

Techweek’18 Waikato: how IoT is saving the world

Techweek runs from 19 – 27 May and is a nationwide annual festivalaimed at local and international investors, business, technology leaders and enthusiasts that focuses on INNOVATION THAT’S GOOD FOR THE WORLD and celebrates New Zealand’s innovation ecosystem.

The Techweek’18 Waikato Feature Eventis an Internet of Things tour and they have also pulled together a curated programme of festival events providing a high quality, engaging, sustainable and internationally relevant Techweek‘18 showcase promoting the Waikato.

Some noticeable IoT events around the Techweek include:
How IoT is saving the world: a tour of specialist applications
on 23 MAY 2018 & 24 MAY 2018, from 9:00AM – 5:30PM
As an IoT solution supported by Thinxtra, Thomas Everth will showcase his Sigfox solution to better monitor water quality in creeks & rivers in New Zealand.

SkyNews Australia TV interview

First TV interview on SkyNews Australia Business show hosted by Helen Dalley, with Sam Sharief & Christine Chen from Thinxtra.

Thinxtra had the chance to talk about how Thinxtra is bringing a new breed of nationwide network to the region, to enable transformation, disrupt traditional industries, reduce energy consumption with leak detectors or improve fruit life, with better monitoring of the cold chain as an example… how Sigfox technology is different to 3G/4G to connect the unconnected, all those simple things that you would not normally connect because they would be too expensive to do for little value, …how we are funded by CEFC and working towards a carbon Neutral Australia… how Australia is the best place to start IoT projects because of the long distances and high labour cost, you can easily create efficiencies.…

Plenty of good stories to explain Thinxtra’s journey to success by empowering the Internet of simple things.

More info at www.skynews.com.au


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

Meet Joe Sun, General Manager of Thinxtra Hong Kong

Thinxtra has appointed Joe Sun as general manager of its Hong Kong operations as it continues the buildout of its territory-wide Internet of Things (IoT) network and accelerates the local development and implementation of IoT solutions.

The exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox, the world’s most mature IoT low-power wide-area (LPWA) network, and Hong Kong’s first wireless IoT license holder, Thinxtra is building the infrastructure for cost-effective IoT connectivity in Hong Kong. At the same time, it is investing to nurture a local ecosystem of IoT businesses and researchers.

Mr. Sun will draw on more than 20 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries to lead Thinxtra Hong Kong at this critical time. A veteran of CSL’s mobile solutions development team and Hutchison Telecom’s corporate sales team, Mr. Sun has a sharp focus on building effective ecosystems and delivering innovative solutions.

“With our Sigfox network in place, we are now preparing for an upsurge in IoT development activity and the mass implementation of IoT solutions in Hong Kong. Joe is ideal to help us make a difference for our customers and partners in this fast-paced environment. He has a proven track record in business development, strategic partnerships and revenue generation in the tech and telco sectors. We are delighted to welcome him to our Hong Kong team,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.

“IoT is a game changer for Hong Kong businesses and a vital enabler of our future as a competitive smart city with great quality of life. I am excited to join Thinxtra, Hong Kong’s most exciting IoT trail-blazer, with a mission to bring world-class IoT solutions to Hong Kong enterprises and accelerate Hong Kong’s development as an IoT hub for Asia and the world,” Mr. Sun said.

IoT is a foundational infrastructure that allows users to connect everything from wearable health devices and household appliances to industrial machinery and urban infrastructure. Deploying Sigfox technology, 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 provides cost-effective, long-range, low-power connectivity 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 is the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connected objects. Thinxtra’s Sigfox networks in Hong KongAustralia and New Zealand are part of a global Sigfox network that spans 45 countries and territories to provide access to a massive worldwide ecosystem of IoT innovators and a market of more than 800 million people.


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 Ultrasonic Water Meter Sigfox Ready for Australia

Watergroup released -during OZ Water show 18– the first and long awaited Sigfox ready ultrasonic water meter (by HZ metering) for the Australian market.

WaterGroup, one of the largest integrated water savings companies in Australia, and global metering manufacturer HZ Metering (aka Huizhong in China) have officially announced a partnership to distribute this new smart water meter in the Australian market.

Called the Sigfox-NUmeter, this meter is the first commercially available ultrasonic smart water meter to have an IoT Sigfox module fully integrated into it.

Thinxtra provides the nationwide Sigfox backbone LPWAN coverage to make it easy to connect the NUmeter wirelessly to any platform used by Utilities, either be SCADA system or dedicated IoT platforms based on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or else.

“The NUmeter will enable WaterGroup to help tackle two of the major challenges facing Australian utilities,” says Guenter Hauber-Davidson, the Managing Director of WaterGroup.

“First of all, each year, utilities deliver about two billion cubic metres of potable water every year – but about 10-12 per cent of this water is lost each year. This loss of water equates to over $400 million in water production costs every year. With the NUmeter we can provide utilities, with a cost-effective way to truly understand, in near real time, where the water is going – and where it is lost – in their water distribution networks.”

The second major challenge facing utilities was the major population growth predicted for Australia’s largest cities. This growth in population will drive growth in water consumption which in turn will mean that smarter management of water will become a must for major cities.

“We are seeing water and wastewater utilities across the globe implementing IoT smart water meters to access real-time information – that will help their decision making around planning of and investment in water infrastructure to meet the population growth challenges of the future and to become smarter cities,” said Mr Jianguo Dong, General Manager of HZ Metering

Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem at Thinxtra added to conclude “With Sigfox network already covering most cities and regional councils, it becomes very simple to connect wirelessly the NUmeters for a very low cost. Many Water Utilities and Councils in Australia have been waiting for it to implement their smart water projects. This is opening the valve for better monitoring this scarce resource.”


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