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New speakers at February 2019 events

February was an interesting month for events in Australia, not just because of the quality of the events we were speaking to, but because it was a first at presenting for 3 of Thinxtra members:

  • Victoria Bell presenting at Internet of Things Industry forum @ RMIT summit in Melbourne, talking about Thinxtra & Universities relationship
  • Adrian Tchordjallian presenting at Sydney Emerging Technology – 1st IoT Meet up, talking about new technologies and made a live demo with a Sigfox button connecting to the Aircon in the room.
  • Nieves Garcia presenting at The Sydney Unveiling IoT Landscape Meet up, talking about the fit for purspose of all connectivity options and going into the details of few case studies with Sigfox.

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

 

Highlights from Sigfox Connect Berlin 2018

After a great success in 2017 with more than 1200 attendees and 120 booths, the Sigfox World IoT Expo was back in October 24-25 2018 in Berlin and became Sigfox Connect.

Sigfox Connect berlin show floor 2018

 

As the Daft Punk would sing it, it was definitely “stronger, faster, harder, better”. 1800 attendees, 150 booths with many more mature ecosystem partners, an unique design for booths, lay out & conference area, a 30′ keynote that clearly, you did not want to miss (if you did, you can watch it again here), a solid conference program and some major announcements.


Sigfox News:  If we had to sum them up, I would say:

“from local to remote to nationwide to global to satellite, Sigfox gets you covered.”

 

and 8 new Sigfox operators: Austria, Lichtenstein, Romania, Norway, Kenya, Peru, Guatemala and Honduras most recently joining the Sigfox network, to make up 53 countries, either covered nationwide or in deployment. What was one of the biggest bets ever made by a European company has become reality. Sigfox offers the widest network globally in terms of population covered under a single umbrella.

The Micro Base Station connects to the very same Sigfox back-end and purely complement to global coverage with a very local expansion. The Micro gateway was developed to provide a low cost and simple “plug&play” network expansion in areas such as deep indoor or outdoor remote customer locations.

 

  • Sigfox revolutionizes asset tracking with Bubbles

The Bubble is a low cost beaconing solution enabling proximity detection. By managing the emission power, Sigfox Cloud adapts the range of the Bubble, from less than one meter to a hundred meters, improving the accuracy of the device’s location. That way, when a Sigfox device enters the range of a Bubble, it sends the Bubble’s ID to the Cloud along with its own identification. As they cross Bubbles, assets are located with high accuracy.

 

  • Sigfox introduces Atlas WiFi, its low cost geolocation service for massive IoT.

Uniquely balancing cost, precision and energy efficiency, the service provides seamless outdoor & indoor trackingby sniffing the BSSID of Wifi routers and triangulating those to determine the location of device. Particularly suitable for the supply chain and logistics sector.

  • A plethora of Chipsets, modules and device makers proposing new multi-zones solutions & multi connectivity options:

– Multi-zones solutions are enabling seamless IoT worldwide connectivity and making Sigfox the only true global network. Solutions from STMicroelectronics, WisolJorjin, LiteONAmoSense, Sensolus, Invoxia, Loka,…the 4 latter ones providing GPS asset trackers working in all zones.

– Multi-connectivity module from GCT Semiconductor to complement cellular networks with Sigfox. Why not adding Sigfox to 3G/4G/NBIoT device if it does not increase the BOM or power consumption ? Great back up connectivity at a very low cost or limit the power consumption of devices and only switch on 4G for firmware upgrades. 

Satellite complementary coverage to Sigfox terrestrial coverage is another revolution starting trials in 2019. Why is it that important ? Just imagine having the same Sigfox device connecting directly to satellite using same protocol, same Sigfox backend, coupled with a multi-zone devices. This means you can always connect wherever you are in the world. For Australia, in asset tracking, you will always be able to geolocate your assets via simple low cost device & connectivity, even in the middle of nowhere, be it the lake Eyre or the Simpson desert.


On the show floor
A strong list of 150 exhibitors,

  • Some major companies including Siemens, Digikey, Bosch, ALPS, Avnet, Arrow, Panasonic, Engie,…
  • 20+ companies presenting diverse type of buttons for diverse applications from service call to re-ordering to sending alerts, from e-health to maintenance service call.
  • 15+ companies presenting diverse type of dataloggers to connect probes for agriculture applications to metering water for Utilities or monitoring industrial machines.
  • 20+ companies presenting diverse breed of asset tracking solutions either for industrial or consumer applications, among them, Thinxtra was showcasing its low cost range of trackers dedicated to system integrators and solutions providers
  • Some Thinxtra local partners with unique solution looking to go global: Airtracker from Australia, PiPIoT from New Zealand and Morrison from Hong Kong.

This year felt like IoT was really taking off big time:

  • The news from Sigfox: from very local connectivity with micro base station and bubbles, to nationwide connectivity with new countries joining in to global connectivity with multi-zones modules and devices and future satellite coverage, made us feel like Sigfox is the only global provider of ubiquitous coverage for the Internet of Simple Things.
  • Some great solution providers showcasing mature Sigfox solutions and real deployment in very large volume for global companies.

Overall, during those 2 crazy days, it was an amazing display of ingeniosity, high energy, relevant case studies with real proof of value and a true sense of being part of a great community making IoT a reality.

Thank you Sigfox.


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

 

RMIT hackathon – City West Water team won with Xkit

RMIT’s IoT Hackathon saw industry challenges tackled by student problem solvers over 3 days.

RMIT is training the IoT experts for the fastest growing IT and Engineering sectors. To accelerate the process they brought together the leading technologies and brightest minds to tackle some of industry’s biggest and toughest challenges.

They invited RMIT student hack teams to use devkits, connectivity options and platforms such as ThingWorx Industrial IoT platform & Thinxtra Xkit IoT devkit to take on real world problems presented by industry partners.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that continues to rapidly transform the way we live, work and learn – from revolutionising simple day-to-day errands to enabling the re-creation of cities. IHS forecasts that more than 30.7 billion devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020 and 75.4 billion by 2025. In fact, emerging technologies could constitute one- third of global GDP by 2025.

With these astonishing figures in mind, and in response to this tremendous growth, RMIT’s School of Engineering and LEAP Australia brought together Australia’s brightest minds to tackle some tough business challenges, leveraging the latest technologies in IoT in the RMIT Hackathon which was run over three days in late August 2018.

Showcasing the importance and growing role that IoT plays in Australia, the hackathon formed part of the Victorian Digital Innovation Festival, and was officially launched by the Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, the Hon. Philip Dalidakis. The Minister congratulated the RMIT teams on their dedication and highlighted the tremendous opportunity that they had to “experience real-world problem solving” with industry using new technology and tools. “Even if you don’t succeed with the task that is before you, failure is part of the journey. It’s not a destination,” he said.

Breaking down long-held assumptions that IoT was confusing, expensive and complicated, student Hackathon teams were invited to use the PTC ThingWorx IoT platforms to take on real- world problems presented by nine industry partners including Lendlease, City West Water, Wilson Transformers and SEA Electric. Other real-world problems that were tackled over the three-day hackathon included using IoT to monitor laser cutting machine conditions and leverage machine learning solutions for predictive maintenance.

Event co-convenor and Business Development Manager for the School of Engineering, Mark Raphael, said teams “moved beyond vanilla IoT to drive high-value solutions” that integrated real-time IoT data with Augmented Reality (AR), advanced analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The hackathon was representative of real- world team environments and involved 54 participants across 10 multi-disciplinary teams and 100 connected Things. Each participant was provided with preliminary expert industry-level training in the use of the ThingWorx platform and was coached on how to examine problems, build sound and compelling business cases and deliver solutions that delivered real commercial value. Judging criteria included the value that the solution delivered; adaptability to other use cases; integration of advanced analytics; effectiveness and useability of IoT and relevance of the solution to the core industry problem.

The final day of the hackathon was Demo Day, where each team presented their solutions to a panel of industry judges using a combination of IoT dashboards, digital tablets and the mixed reality platform, the Microsoft HoloLens. When the dust settled on a vivid array of live IoT demonstrations, AR experiences and business case presentations, the judges announced their determinations on the best three solutions.

And the winners were…Team ‘Supernova’ who received the $7,000 first prize. Team Lendlease came in second, taking home $4,000 for their work building smart documents, analysing contents and delivering results via AR. Third place and $3,000 went to team City West Water for their IoT vacuum sewer system servicing solution using the Thinxtra Xkit as part of the solution.

The third placed ‘City West Water’ team comprised five students from Civil Engineering and a student from the Master of IT program: Abraham Kurtoglu , Shani Abrahams, Vince Turcarolo, Austen Dupleix, Claudia Valle and Sumit Kumar. Renald Gallis from Thinxtra was happy to mentor such an enthusiastic team.

Claudia Valle commented: “IoT/AR are growing industries and as civil engineering students have no exposure to coding or AR/IoT within our programs, Mark Raphael, a Business Development Manager from the School of Engineering, contacted the Civil Engineering Student Association (CESA) to get more civil engineering students involved. Despite our inexperience and even though we were up against students from computer science and software engineering degrees, we’re super proud that two teams of civil engineering students placed and received awards on the day! I think hackathons like these are great initiatives for students to supplement their studies. Students get to develop key skills in multidisciplinary teams, whilst working on real life problems, and gain an exposure to the industry.”

Special thanks to Shelley Brady, RMIT News, for contributing to this story.


About RMIT
RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.
One of Australia’s original educational institutions founded in 1887, RMIT University is now the nation’s largest tertiary institution with more than 84,000 students, including 13,000 at postgraduate level.
RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.
RMIT is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

More info on RMIT and the event
For more information on the IoT Hackathon, please contact Mark Raphael at mark.raphael@rmit.edu.au or 0432 752 646.


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

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

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

 

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

IoT Festival 2018

The IoT event in Melbourne not to miss:

More infos at IoT Festival 2018