Coffs Harbour’s Moving Forward with Smart City Solutions

Coffs Harbour is better known for the Big Banana monument than its smart city solutions. But as one of the most technologically advanced councils in Australia, this image could change.

Coffs Harbour City Council, via their City Smart Solutions business unit, has taken bold steps to improve the way they collect information about their council’s assets by developing Internet of Things solutions.

The first two IoT solutions implemented are about public toilets remote monitoring and water metering for multi-storey buildings. Both projects involve wireless sensors connecting via the Sigfox nationwide network (operated in Australia by Thinxtra). By providing a low power wide area network (LPWAN), devices and sensors can reliably and securely transmit data over long distances, at extremely low cost. The data is then received on the council’s own IoT platform.

The first solution: Monitoring public toilets with Internet of Things is perhaps not the most glamorous project, but it makes a lot of sense as it substantially reduces costs of maintenance. With the new solution in place, including a Sigfox modbus device attached to a local control system (installed in the storage room of the toilets), the council is now able to automatically open and close doors, control and monitor inside and outside lights, record frequency and time of usage, turn off water after hours and receive alarms in case of leakage, receive daily water meter reads, and best of all, know when cleaners are coming and leaving the site.

The second solution: Metering the water usage of each resident in a multi-storey building allows the council not only to obtain daily reads automatically, detect leaks precisely or over-consumption of specific residents,  but also to provide alarms when a power failure is detected and even better, an intruder is entering the control room. Such a solution, until now, would have been cost-prohibitive to install in buildings and was therefore not implemented.

“Our past processes for collecting water data, have been complicated and restricted. With this new solution we look forward to seeing some fast and meaningful data to reduce water leaks and collateral damages as well as to provide accurate reading of customers’ water consumption and billing. It is also worth mentioning that I have been very impressed with the RSSI and sensitivity of the Sigfox devices and cells out in the field with current data I have: Some Sigfox sister cells receive messages down at -140dbm. (Theoretical  seems to be max -148dbm from estimate link budgets). Remember cells phone go deaf about approx -102dbm and SCADA radios approx -112dbm and our best comms being digital two ways dies about -117dbm”, said Andrew Sales, Technical Manager – City Smart Solutions.

Both solutions have been designed by City Smart Solutions, the technical arm of Coffs Harbour, led by Andrew Sales. He now wants to share those smart solutions, that have worked for his council, to the wider community. The business unit specialising in smart solutions that increase efficiency and boost productivity, safety and reliability has accumulated 60 years of experience in supporting their council and servicing a broad range of clientele across regional New South Wales and Southern Queensland.

Thinxtra also mentioned that Coffs Harbour was the first council to take advantage of their Smart Council Partnership Program, a program designed to provide Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the council. “Having Sigfox coverage lays the foundation for councils to become better maintained, safer, more sustainable and innovative. By bringing high impact Internet of Things solutions to life such as those solutions implemented by City Smart Solutions, the councils can reduce their costs and better service their community” says Thinxtra CEO, Loic Barancourt.


About City Smart Solutions
As a business unit of Coffs Harbour City Council, City Smart Solutions have been trialing and testing on a diverse range of business sectors delivering outstanding proven results.  Servicing a broad range of clientele across regional New South Wales and Southern Queensland, City Smart Solutions has 60 years experience and expertise to effectively integrate technologies within local businesses and communities.

City Smart Solutions develops and implements technologies to manage security, cloud-based services and wastewater management.  With a strong commitment to sustainable development and leveraging their deep understanding of customers needs, they can tailor smart solutions that increase efficiency and boost productivity, safety and reliability.

For further media inquiries or interviews, contact:
Andrew Sales, Andrew.Sales@chcc.nsw.gov.au
To learn more about City Smart Solution, visit www.citysmartsolutions.com.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 in a carbon constrained world.

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

Sigfox network coverage reaches 90% of Hong Kong territory

Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong .

Internet of Things (IoT) service and solutions provider Thinxtra, announces Hong Kong’s first IoT network reaches full deployment covering more than 90% of the territory.

With its powerful, practical, small messaging IoT gateways installed across the territory, Thinxtra’s Sigfox IoT network now enables business, government and Hong Kong citizens to connect without the costly, complicated, insecure and risk of obsolescence that comes with private network deployment and integration.

Sigfox is the first global cellular IoT network fully dedicated to connected objects, forming a key infrastructure to support industry 4.0 and smart city solutions.  As the exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox and the first wireless IoT license holder here, Thinxtra has built a cost-effective, secure and extensive IoT-enabling network. The Thinxtra LPWA gateways will allow the Hong Kong-wide adoption of IoT solutions, in logistics, construction, smart facility management, health, household, industrial machinery and smart-city.

“The widespread implementation of IoT devices will help enhance Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. Since launching in Hong Kong late last year, Thinxtra has been focused on two important tasks: nurturing the local IoT ecosystem to stimulate innovation and rolling out the network to make such innovation possible,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia. “Devices can also roam freely without extra cost to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA with the whole of Asia expected to be covered by 2019.”

Hankinson says “we have been working with HKBN (one of the largest residential broadband and telecommunications service providers in Hong Kong) to accelerate the deployment of our LPWA network. HKBN is a like-minded organisation, keen to bring and enable innovation to Hong Kong.”

Joe Sun, General Manager of Thinxtra’s Hong Kong Operations added“We are delighted to announce the network has reached near full coverage and solutions can now be connected, across Hong Kong, for as little at HK$20 per year”. “ We continue to support practical IoT solutions and innovation in Hong Kong, Thinxtra continues to collaborate on IoT R&D with the HKSTP, working with the SCC and other local partners on the design of devices, sensors and solutions.”

The Hong Kong Thinxtra network connects this growing IoT ecosystem to Thinxtra networks in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 48 countries around the world, providing access to a population of around 803 million people.


About 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.

Media Contacts:
Thinxtra: Renald Gallis +61 404 894 960 renald.gallis@thinxtra.com
FleishmanHillard Hong Kong: Patrick Yu  +852 2586 7872 patrick.yu@fleishman.com


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Money magazine: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Etnet HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Telecom Asia: Thinxtra completes Sigfox rollout in Hong Kong

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Pacific News Taiwan: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

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Times: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Chinese World Net HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

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TMC Net: Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong

CDO Trends: Thinxtra to Switch On First Cellular IoT Network in Hong Kong

ReadIT Quik: Sigfox Network Reaches Full Deployment in Hong Kong

Telecom Paper: Sigfox network coverage reaches 90% of Hong Kong territory

EDF chooses Ticatag solution, designed by Thinxtra

EDF (first producer of renewable electricity in Europe) has chosen Ticatag and its ultra-low-power Internet of Things devices (designed by Thinxtra) to optimise some of its logistics flows.

After more than a year of experimentation with the technology, the EDF group launched a call for tenders last september to equip some of its low-consumption sensor maintenance containers. By responding with its latest range of Tifiz Xtrak and Xsense IoT devices developed jointly with the company Thinxtra (Asiapac Sigfox Operator and IoT device maker), Ticatag was able to seduce the EDF group and win against other players in the market. The contract was signed for a period of 4 years and targeting a specific fleet of equipment.

For EDF, This is the opportunity to partner with an agile partner and enjoy a pragmatic solution that meets the technical and economic challenges of the group.

In line with the EDF Pulse challenge and Electric Days, EDF is continuing its digital transition and taking advantage of new technologies that serve industry 4.0 jobs.

By choosing an innovative IoT solution, EDF aims for a quick return on investment by optimising its logistic flows as well as increasing security and improving the transport conditions of its equipment. By anticipating assets’ deteriorations and optimising their journeys , it will reduce the cost and carbon footprint of its maintenance activities.

Resulting from an internal approach, EDF teams innovate and fully commit to the digital transformation of the group by simplifying and optimising processes.

For Ticatag, this contract is the first real contract with a reference player in the world of B2B. “Until today, we were mainly known for our mass market products with our connected keyring and our Tifiz tracker. Since the release in 2015 of our GPS beacon, many professionals had used our solution, seduced by the simplicity of the interface and the autonomy of the technology, to respond to new usages such as tracking low cost unpowered assets. This is simply what attracted EDF after having qualified for several months the products … we are very proud of it.” says Yann Mac Garry, CEO of Ticatag

TheTicatag device designed by Thinxtra: A unique tracking device (including GPS & WiFi sniffing for improved geolocation outdoor as well as indoor) with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to set up device by maintenance crew and with the Sigfox connectivity to allow the device to work independently of anyone’s phone. Such simple Internet of Things device is the perfect tool for a new breed of business applications. Watch the video.

“We are moving from a world of manual management of assets to a world of wirelessly connected assets coupled with artificial intelligence. We see more and more things being connected because they simply bring real value to optimise usage of assets. Ticatag is leading the market in this field, and we are delighted to have been chosen as their manufacturing partner of choice for low cost IoT devices to support their expansion and act as catalyst for global growth and carbon footprint reduction.” Said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra.


About EDF (Electricite de France)

EDF is a French electric utility company, largely owned by the French state. Headquartered in Paris, with €71.2 billion in revenues in 2016, EDF operates a diverse portfolio of 120+ gigawatts of generation capacity in Europe, South America, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The company’s operations include the following: electricity generation and distribution; power plant design, construction and dismantling; energy trading; and transport. It is active in such power generation technologies as nuclear power, hydropower, marine energies, wind power, solar energy, biomass, geothermal energy and fossil-fired energy.
In 2011, EDF was the world’s largest producer of electricity, supplying 22% of the European Union’s electricity, primarily from nuclear power.


About Ticatag

Ticatag, a French start-up founded in 2013, competes in the market of connected objects and the Internet of Things focused on Location Based Services. Spin off from the Alcatel-Lucent Telecom supplier, Ticatag has gained comprehensive experience in various communication technologies that enable it to develop a range of products and a complete solution system (including device and platform).

For more information, www.ticatag.com
Contact: Yann Mac Garry – CEO +33 6 08 45 23 83 yann.mac-garry@ticatag.com


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 in a carbon constrained world.

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

Mandurah (WA) is Sigfox Ready to Detect Water Leaks

The City of Mandurah, a Liveable Community award winner and one of the most advanced regional city in Western Australia, is now fully covered with Sigfox LPWAN network, installed, monitored and managed by Thinxtra Australia at no cost to the city.

Among the first IoT projects implemented by the City of Mandurah, to maintain that status of liveable city, is better monitoring water consumption and detecting water leaks by visualising water flow rates in water meters located at Council facilities.

The solution includes Sigfox ready dataloggers retrofitted via reed switch to the water meters, the data is sent via Sigfox IoT network to the WaterGroup data analytics platform (Envisi) to visualise the data with the ability to alert staff if water leaks are detected or if deviations in normal water consumption occur.

The potential benefits are obvious: improve water use in the City’s facilities, reduce water usage cost and nearly remove time consuming water meter inspections.

Sean Hutton, City of Mandurah, commented “In this case it means we can react to water leaks and abnormal water consumption as soon as it happens, instead of having to wait for the next utilities bill to discover an issue. This project aligns perfectly with our Waterwise council program in improving water use efficiency within council facilities and the community, and also has a direct benefit to council in reducing water usage costs.”  

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, CEO of Watergroup, the provider of the solution, also added “It’s always great to work with a client ‘who gets it’. Mandurah is one of those instances where a Council has clearly seen how WaterGroup’s Sigfox based smart water metering solution creates real value for them. By fully embracing the system and from initial results received so far, the City expects the system will be paid back in the first year. For those who do not have these types of house resources available on a consistent basis, there is the WaterGroup AWARE Service. Here the company actively monitors a client’s water use and chases up abnormal use or leaks.”

Such project was made possible in a very short time thanks to the support of Thinxtra who covered the city with the Sigfox wireless network within few weeks via its Smart Council Program. “By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT. Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. There is no catch: At worst, councils will learn about IoT opportunities. At best, councils will create efficiencies and benefits for their citizens.” said Regis Berdaa, BDM Smart Councils at Thinxtra


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


About The City of Mandurah
The City of Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest regional city and 10th largest local government by population covering an area of 173.5km. It is home to more than 84,000 people with an average increase of 1500 new residents each year over the past five years. Between 2016 and 2036, the population for the City of Mandurah is forecast to increase by 36,778 persons (44.26% growth), at an average annual change of 1.85%.

The City of Mandurah is a 2011 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) dual award winner. The LivCom Awards, initiated in 1997 and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, is the only international competition judged on international best practice for managing the environment while improving residents’ quality of life by creating ‘liveable communities’. Participation in the Awards is an investment in the future of a community.


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