Thinxtra Wins Communication Alliance Acomm Award

The winners of the prestigious 2018 Communications Alliance Awards were announced on August 29th at the 12th Annual ACOMM Awards Dinner in Sydney.  Attended by more than 450 industry leaders, the evening’s keynote address was delivered by Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts.

The individual category awards were taken out by a star-studded line-up of Australian service providers – featuring long-established players and ‘new faces’.

“The growing pervasiveness and high innovation levels of the Internet of Things is evidenced by the fact that IoT-oriented companies – Reekoh, Thinxtra and NNNCo – took out awards in three separate categories.” commented John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO.

Loic Barancourt & Nieves Garcia of Thinxtra

Indeed, after winning the Commsday Edison Award as Best IoT/M2M Operator in Australia on last may 2018, Thinxtra grabbed the winning spot of The Communications Alliance ACOMM Awards for its Best Marketing Initiative aka Smart Council Program, a program dedicated to accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions with Councils in Australia.

“The ACOMM Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Australian communications industry and I congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2018 ACOMMS. Excellence in innovation is a pervasive trait in the achievements of the 2018 ACOMM winners.” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra, added “We are really excited to receive such a prestigious award. It is for us a true recognition of the hard work the Thinxtra team is demonstrating everyday to make IoT a reality in Australia.” 


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to 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

How do you solve overflowing toilets during game day at the Gabba stadium?

Overflowing toilets during event is a nightmare problem at any venues and nobody was keen to solve it until now!

The Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, a major sports stadium in Brisbane (Australia), has decided to tackle the toilets problem with the Internet of Things and with the help of a Young ICT Explorers team from East Brisbane State School: “Lavatory Urinited”, as part of the yearly competition taking place at the University of Queensland in August 2018.

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The Internet of Things solution was not straight forward for the students as they had to learn about IoT and plenty of technical aspects (hardware, sensors, connectivity, platform) and it took them 3 terms to make it work: The demo version was made of a Thinxtra Xkit, Sigfox connectivity, and a mix of capacitive sensors mounted on the exterior of the bowl as well as an opening/closing valve actuator.

The dedicated team was led and supported by Greg Smyth, an engineer with a keen interest on IoT.

The team was clearly on a mission to stop blocked toilets overflowing, making a better life for patrons and the onsite cleaners during events. The whole idea is that cleaners could react in real time via an App alert to close or fix the potential defective toilets.

Following the positive trial, the team will work with the Gabba stadium to make it more integrated. The stadium could be the first venue to implement such unique “disruptive” solution.

So next time you drink that beer at the stadium, at some point, you might want to go visit the toilets and look under the bowl.


About Young ICT Explorers
Young ICT Explorers is a non-profit national competition, which has been created by SAP to encourage school students to create their best Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related projects.

The competition’s alignment with the school curriculum enables students to apply what they learn in their ICT/Digital Technologies classroom to develop a technology related project of their choice.  At the judging event, students have the opportunity to present their project to a judging panel of academia, industry partners and ICT professionals. Each project is assessed on the criteria of creativity, uniqueness, quality, level of difficulty and project documentation.

More info at YoungICTexplorers.net.au


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to 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

Time to register for IoT Impact, #1 event in Sydney

IoT is driving rapid and radical workplace transformation across all industries, for companies large and small.
Every global industry will experience disruption. From the enterprise to healthcare to transportation.
But for many it’s difficult to discern facts from fiction.
IoT Impact does just that – giving you the insight and intelligence you need to navigate this rapidly shifting landscape.
Which technologies are making significant progress? How does their commercialisation affect your business? What do you need to know right now to stay ahead of the curve?

Over the span of two days participants will:

  • Learn how IoT will specifically impact the key industries of AgriFood, Water, Energy, Smart Cities, Transport/Logistics and Manufacturing.
  • Learn to harness IoT technologies to build a competitive business advantage: increase revenue, reduce costs or create new incremental services
  • Get clear insights that help you cut through the noise around IoT and chart your strategy.

Want to discuss your Industrial IoT projects or simply better understand How IoT can disrupt your industry?

Meet with Thinxtra on booth #19, we will showcase simple low cost solutions that can be immediately deployed.

Buy your ticket here and use Thinxtra promo code: IOTTHINXTRA-C1 to get 10% off to attend conference.

Until 31/8, you can also register for FREE to attend the expo, workshops and labs.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to find more economical solutions to common problems.

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

 

Brimbank (VIC) Moving Towards a Smart “Community First” Council

Brimbank city council believes in taking a “Community First” approach to everything it does.

Dominic Di Martino, Asset and Property Manager at Brimbank City Council, has been a passionate advocate for the promotion of better and smarter technology as a means to transform the way Council connects with its community in delivering better and more efficient services; ever relevant in today’s economy. He explains about his involvement in pursuing technology to improve the services that public assets help provide.

In simple words, Dominic says, “Our aim is to change our traditional approach to asset management practices by making the right maintenance decisions at precisely the right time.”

As a council, where do you start your Smart City journey? What are the painpoints you need to address?

For Mr Di Martino, the answer is explicit:

  • Our first project was about ensuring that street litter bins were attended to at precisely the right time and avoid over servicing or under-servicing. There is a lot of variability in terms of usage of bins, highly dependent on time of the year, events, weather, etc. Having a standard service routine, will almost always mean servicing the bins either too early or too late, clearly less than optimal.

Indeed, these highly visible assets should be serviced in the most efficient and timely manner possible, so as to maintain a positive image of the overall community..

For Brimbank, following this first project, the vision is getting clearer and they see 3 main next steps to keep moving forward:

1- Expand the smart bin project beyond the initial commitment as it proved to be of high value to them. The data collected on the first pilot was already very helpful to better understanding the variability of use of the bins and how this technology could be integrated with existing systems.

2- Explore new projects such as:

  • using the temperature-sensing feature of the bin device to monitor the “urban heat island effect” and identify appropriate strategies to overcome this issue where they exist.
  • connecting public toilet assets – similarly to bins, using remote sensors to ensure Council’s public toilets are well maintained and issues are identified and responded to as they arise.

3- Liveability: Anything to do with improving our urban landscape. By being able to monitor noise, pollution, wind speed, temperature, humidity, and rainfall, practical strategies can then be implemented to help mitigate this and improve the liveability of our cities and community.

For the fans of technology, let’s review apart the Internet fo Things’ solution involved to monitor the bins:

  • The device (PiPIoT LevelSense), a level sensor with complementary geolocation, temperature & tilt features.
  • The platform: Bigmate IoT platform, based on AWS, easily integrates into Council’s existing asset management system to automate service requests at precisely the right time, as well as integrating into their current GIS map system. Bigmate IoT Platform also enables many other use cases and devices with a single platform for Brimbank to build upon.
  • The connectivity network by Sigfox: As Dominic says, “The choice was relatively straight forward in selecting the Sigfox network. The LPWAN IoT infrastructure was installed and provided for free, avoiding high cost of CAPEX investment and long tender process.”

Brimbank was supported by Thinxtra to fast track solutions towards more efficiencies via the Smart Council Program.

As a Council, you can replicate this project as well as others by simply contacting Thinxtra at smartcouncil@thinxtra.com to request a meeting with our smart-council team to tailor our approach to your IoT strategy.

On a last note, Thinxtra was the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for this smart council program.


About the Brimbank City Council
The City of Brimbank is the second largest municipality in Melbourne, located in the Western Region about 20 kms from the central business district. It is a culturally diverse municipality with about 43 per cent of the population being born overseas and 37 per cent being under 24 years of age.
Brimbank is currently experiencing strong residential, industrial and commercial development. Brimbank includes 25 new and established suburbs and incorporates one of the largest industrial areas in Melbourne. It also has a number of important institutions including the Sunshine Hospital and the St Albans campus of the Victoria University of Technology.

Dominic Di Martino is the Asset and Property Manager for the City of Brimbank. He is a passionate advocate for the promotion of the use of smart technology and innovation as a way to modernise the way government engages with, and serves, its communities – an approach that is now more critical than ever in a global economy that affects everyone.
Having worked as an engineering and infrastructure consultant in the private sector
before joining Local Government in 2005, Dominic has seen how an organisation’s
creativity, curiosity for the unknown, and a sense of adventure, can be the one catalyst
that can initiate and sustain transformational change.


About Bigmate
Part of the 2SG Technology Group, Bigmate was established with a vision to be one of the leading innovators in the global field of Internet of Assets (GPS monitoring and asset management technology). Today, with over 15 years’ experience in the field, they are one of the brightest telematics and Internet of Assets (IoA) solution providers, offering cutting-edge GPS monitoring and productivity solutions to a broad range of industries and markets. Headquartered in Brisbane, they have a national presence and cater for over 25 Australian Local Government Councils.
They understand that data-driven insights can be a lifeline to a business and high and low value assets can be a constant source of intelligence for a business. Bigmate’s solution can unlock the assets’ voice and allow them to speak, revealing information than can help monitor assets, save on operational expenses and providing information that can assist in greater business understanding – thus enabling better business decisions to be made.

More info at bigmate.com.au


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to 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 more efficiencies.

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

Thinxtra is an active member of the Australian Smart Communities Association.

Thinxtra was also the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for its smart council program.

Sigfox Device in Space

We keep talking about low orbit satellite connectivity, but what about a Sigfox device -made in New Zealand- going into space, then back to earth?

The company, the university and the students behind this project were Sensum, a small but fast moving start-up based in Tauranga, in collaboration with students from Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and students from Earth to Sky Calculus (the latter ran the project sponsored by Sensum and provided the real time tracking platform). Sensum supplied the SENSUM SenGeo, a Sigfox ready GPS tracker, which was attached with a camera to a weather balloon.

The weather balloon was launched from Kawhia, NZ on June 24th 2018. It reached 35km altitude with 24km recorded before GPS military restrictions jammed the signal (see red section in attached picture). It landed 230km away, in Galatea, 2h 20′ later.

See the whole video of the device going into space & back.

The messages (GPS & altitude info) transmitted by the SenGeo device were received by up to 78 ground Sigfox basestations in New Zealand, from Whangarei (300km north of Kawhia) to one off Christchurch (800km south of Kawhia)!

This is definitely a world record in terms of altitude for a Sigfox device, and possibly another record for the number of base stations picking up the messages.

Well done Alvaro Jimenez from Sensum! As they say: Growth comes from setting your goals high and reaching for the stars.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to 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

City2Surf Xcelerace

The City2Surf has now been running for 47 years and the reputation of this uniquely Sydney winter event has grown year on year. The event is widely recognised as a ‘bucket-list’ item for serious runners and adventure lovers around the world. It has been proven time and time again that no other fun run in the Southern Hemisphere matches the City2Surf in terms of organisation or demographics with nearly 100,000 runners in 2018!

The event was listed as one of the 16 Great Running Races Around the World by the Telegraph, whilst Runner’s World lists the event in their 20 Races To Do Before You Die.

 

So Thinxtra had to be part of it. Our motto for the event was “Time to Xcelerate” and printed on the front of our teal T-shirts.

Indeed, Thinxtra was Xcelerating with a team of 10 runners for the 14km running event. During the race, the team could be followed online through the Tibib platform. This new IoT platform by Ticatag is dedicated to geolocate participants during events and review their performance too after.

 

The Sigfox GPS tracker device used during the event was the Xpress from Thinxtra.ticatag Xpress tibib

 

 

 

Then after the effort, a nice recovery session with drinks & food was taking place at Tamarama beach. Go Xteam!


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 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.

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