Thinxtra Announces New Cellular IoT SIM Offering in Partnership with Soracom

Welcome to 2020! I hope you enjoyed some rest and recuperation over the holiday period and have a prosperous, healthy and productive new year ahead. It’s been a busy start to the new year for the Thinxtra team as we’ve continued to expand our capabilities as “The IoT Telco”. It’s with great satisfaction we’re announcing a powerful new partnership which will revolutionise the role of IoT connectivity providers. Thinxtra is joining forces with Soracom to create an exciting new cellular IoT offering for Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong to complement the Sigfox 0G network, allowing us to always offer truly fit for purpose IoT connectivity.

Soracom began as an IoT focused start-up, formed by a group of enterprising cloud and telco engineers. Their focus was to democratise IoT connectivity to enable businesses to productise IoT solutions faster, cheaper and more securely. Today Soracom’s connectivity management platform lets customers connect and control IoT networks, whether one SIM or millions. The user-friendly console allows businesses to remotely manage devices, build dashboards and create private IoT networks on the go; all covered by a ‘fit-for-IoT’ pricing model that allows users to pay on a consumption basis.

The new Thinxtra cellular IoT offering delivers a global pay-per use consumption model, self-serve routing options, enhanced security and minimised data management. Our partnership with Soracom delivers connectivity management that overcomes some of the most problematic challenges to successful IoT deployments, including cost blowouts, long lead times and the inability to easily scale. As a specialised IoT Telco focused on enabling and supporting successful IoT projects, we’re excited to extend our Sigfox 0G network with Soracom.

By working at the coal face of IoT development over the last five years, the Thinxtra team knows what it takes to deliver successful IoT projects. As importantly, we understand what our customers need to give their IoT deployment the best chance of success.

A key ingredient for IoT success is the ability to scale with a predictable cost profile, without a corresponding increase in operational complexity. The ability to seamlessly dial-up and consume more enabling services as a deployment grows is critical to frictionless growth. Our friends in the cloud world have made a huge contribution to IoT growth by ensuring this is possible for the software and compute side of a solution; but what about connectivity?

A decade ago, companies like Jasper led the way to improved connectivity with SIM management platforms. These platforms were great at solving some of the commercial challenges of scaling cellular connectivity while maintaining cost control. However, SIM management platforms really only helped local deployments. The concept of global expansion still causes CFOs sleepless nights as they mull over the lesser of two evils: expensive global roaming rates, or local procurement in every country you want to target.

Technically, managing APN infrastructure has been known to cause similar grief, with long lead times, cost blowouts and lack of flexibility often stalling successful and high growth IoT projects.

This new offering delivers many benefits for our customers and partners. First, the innovative commercial model offers customers a true ‘pay-per-use’ consumption model for cellular connectivity in over a hundred countries. One contract deployed globally, with access by the day, and usage by the megabyte, ensures customers can focus on making their business successful with the peace of mind that comes from predictable costs and limitless potential. This is a game changer for companies and developers with global ambitions.

Second, the cellular offering extends a full feature set of self-serve routing options. This allows customers to connect SIMs securely to their application, whether it’s located in a private data centre, a public cloud, or both. All configured directly by the customer within the platform in a matter of minutes.

This new offering includes many more features designed to enhance security and minimise the data management required for IoT applications. Our partnership ensures that connectivity management can now be an enabler, not a hindrance, to scale IoT projects demanding cellular activity.

 

We’ll be sharing more information about our new offering later this month. Contact our Sales team if you have any questions or would like to register to receive more information.

 

Thinxtra Enables HKBN To Become The First HK Telecom Carrier To Deliver IoT Solutions On The Sigfox 0G Network

Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider in Hong Kong offering a comprehensive range of premier ICT services to enterprise and residential markets.

As a fast growing HK telecom provider, HKBN wanted to offer cutting-edge services to customers, and gain competitive advantage, by adding scalable, affordable IoT solutions to its portfolio.

Most successful IoT use cases rely on wireless sensors to send small data messages, however HKBN did not have access to a wireless IoT network. Previous approaches by HKBN to delivering IoT solutions built on traditional cellular networks, had presented significant challenges including expensive costs, excessive energy consumption and complex deployment and maintenance.

HKBN selected Thinxtra to build its IoT offering because Thinxtra is the exclusive Australian, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau operator of the global Sigfox network. As the innovator of the global 0G network standard, Sigfox is the world’s leading connectivity provider for IoT.

Billy Leung, co-owner and CEO of HKBN Enterprise Solutions says, “Our work with Thinxtra empowers our customers with game-changing technology and IoT applications to significantly enhance operational efficiency and generate new business opportunities.” 

Thinxtra’s subscription model allowed HKBN to efficiently manage capex to build its new wireless IoT network and roll out new services quickly and effectively using existing resources.

The partnership with Thinxtra allowed HKBN to remove traditional barriers to IoT effectiveness and become the first Hong Kong telecom carrier to launch IoT platform solutions based on the Sigfox technology standard. Within months of going live, the new network and IoT capabilities catapulted HKBN to become a market leader providing local telecoms.

Post deployment, Thinxtra enabled HKBN to offer four key benefits to customers:

  1. Wide coverage. HKBN has provided connectivity support to expand the Thinxtra-operated Sigfox 0G network to deliver 97 per cent coverage of Hong Kong, making Hong Kong’s IoT connectivity one of the highest in the world.
  2. All-in-one solution. HKBN offers a one stop IoT solution to customers that covers everything from sensors and connectivity to a centralised management portal and remote application.
  3. Cost effectiveness. Customers can realise Improved operational efficiency with low power consumption, low costs and a minimal data footprint.
  4. Easy to use. A device-to-cloud approach that is easy to deploy, maintain and scale to meet different enterprise needs.

HKBN’s IoT solutions portfolio has empowered the company to pursue multiple new market opportunities across private and public sectors. These include energy savings solutions, real-time locational monitoring, smart city and smart school solutions. HKBN also offer customers a Solutions and Facility Management bundle and are preparing to explore residential B2C solutions over the coming months.

“The key to successful IoT mass deployment is the power to provide proven end-to-end business solutions that deliver long-term value. This is exactly what this strategic partnership between Thinxtra and HKBN Enterprise Solutions delivers, reaching from connectivity to devices and supporting services,” says Joe Sun, general manager, Thinxtra, Hong Kong and Macau.

 

“Globally, the Sigfox 0G technology is becoming the standard for mass IoT solutions,”
Loic Barancourt, CEO, Thinxtra – Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau.

 


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, an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards more efficiencies.

Visit Thinxtra for more information about how its solutions create a more connected, profitable and sustainable world.

Visit HKBN to explore affordable, efficient one-stop solutions for monitoring assets over the Internet using IoT solutions.

 

Head of IoT at Optus Joins Thinxtra Leadership Team

Industry Heavy Weight & Former Head of IoT at Optus Joins Thinxtra Leadership Team

Leading IoT-Telco Thinxtra is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Stewart as General Manager Sales for Australia and New Zealand. His deep knowledge and hands-on experience in the IoT space will be invaluable to meet increasing market demand for the mass deployment of IoT solutions. 

With twenty years of experience in the telecommunications sector, Anthony is an industry pioneer who worked extensively with Australian IoT early adopters since the early 2000’s. 

Most recently, Anthony led the local IoT practice at Singtel Optus, and shaped first hand the evolution of this fast growing market in Australia and the region.

Anthony Stewart comments “I have been a long time advocate of IoT and the positive impact it will have on businesses in terms of efficiency and sustainability, and the resulting impacts on our quality of life. I am delighted to join Thinxtra to make a significant contribution to the proliferation of IoT in ANZ through the market leading Sigfox low power, low cost IoT sensor nationwide networks.” 

Thinxtra is experiencing rapid growth, especially from organisations who are ready to challenge existing markets and invest in new disruptive business models. “For the last four years we have been doing the ground work required to position Thinxtra as the leading IoT-Telco in ANZ & HK. We see rapidly increasing adoption and now is the right time for us to grow our team with an industry heavyweight such as Anthony. We have now an even stronger, passionate Leadership team committed to connect the unconnected and enable Industry 4.0. There is no doubt that 2020 will be the decade of IoT.” adds Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra.

He continues “The market realises more and more that they don’t just choose a carrier when they choose an IoT network. Our customers choose Thinxtra because they value our agility and ultimate commitment to customer success. We are “Born in IoT”, which means we know how to deliver extraordinary business value with our partners and their fit for purpose IoT solutions. Welcoming Anthony aboard confirms our commitment to continue to build the most experienced and customer outcome obsessed team of IoT leaders in the region.” 

 


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, an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards more efficiencies.

More info at thinxtra.com/profile

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

Thinxtra Xpress GPS tracks pack of cigarettes

Why a tobacconist from Britanny (France) decided to sell fake cartons of cigarettes?

Inside, Thinxtra Xpress, a discreet tracker gives the GPS position of the loot that has just been stolen. Vincent Letoqueux wanted to do something, “the James Bond way-” to thwart the tobacco thieves. The Tifiz solution (Xpress tracker and Ticatag platform), which he has been selling since the beginning of the year, could prove to be much more than an electronic gadget. “I had the revelation in 2017 when we were robbed at the cafe “Chez Lulu”, in Larré,” says Vincent who is a collaborator in this Breton bistro “With my wife, we live upstairs. The thieves were then fleeing quickly but they still had the time to take nearly 3,000 € worth of cigarettes. In the neighbourhoods, – in Arradon, Arzal, Ambon, Grand-Champ – other confreres got robbed. To 8,50 € the pack and soon 10 €, the value of the stock can quickly reach 50,000 to 100,000 €. We feel like jewellers,” he says.

Vincent Letoqueux therefore created the company “Inogen lab“ and approached brands of cigarettes. Some local growers provided him with real packaging to develop his system. Inside the carton, nine packs contain fake cigarettes of substantially the same weight as the real ones. The tenth has a small ultra-low consumption GPS tracker of the company Ticatag, based in Lannion (in Brittany too).

As long as the plotter does not move from the tobacconist’s shelves or back store, it does not switch on. When it crosses a perimeter chosen by the merchant, it sends a SMS to the tobacconist. He then accesses an Internet platform that gives him the GPS position of the stolen package, every five minutes, for up to 72 hours. All what remains to do is to alert the police.

Vincent Letoqueux showcasing his fake 10-pack cigarettes containing a Thinxtra GPS tracker

“When Vincent came to see me with his project, I found that our Tifiz Xpress solution (Thinxtra Xpress tracker + Ticatag Geolocation platform) matched his project. It only required to change the casing”, says Yann Mac Garry, director of Ticatag. The Sigfox telecom network is suitable because it covers the whole of Europe, it is very low cost and devices consume very little energy. The Xpress tracker can stay for a year on the tobacconist shelves without being discharged.

“After one year, we make a product recall and we recharge,” reassures Vincent Letoqueux. His solution costs 300 € (AU$500), to which we must add 3.50 € (AU$6) per month for the subscription to the interface and connectivity to Sigfox network. Part of this cost, however, can be covered by Customs subsidy.

After a conclusive testing phase, Inogen Lab has equipped some fifteen points of sale in Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine states.

With 24 000 tobacconists, just in France, TiFiz Xpress could be a hit!

Published by Sylvie Ribot – Ouest France Newspaper 20/04/2019 – translated & adapted by Thinxtra


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

A case study on why IoT water metering makes sense, even in remote NZ

Arthur D. Riley & Co Ltd (ADR) is one of New Zealand’s most experienced fieldsmart technology companies for the Utility industry. This is the story about the challenges and benefits of one of their first IoT projects.

New Zealand is generally not short of water, so not the first place you would think of for monitoring water consumption. However some areas of the Country experience water scarcity, especially in the hot summer months. This is the case for Duvauchelle, a small town of mainly holiday homes situated at the head of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula, an area service by the Christchurch City Council (CCC).

As a beach-side holiday town the population of Duvauchelle triples in the summer months, and so does the water consumption. To the point where water is brought in by truck to cover the essential needs of the inhabitants, at a very high cost to the CCC.

Clearly the town was under “water stress”. With the advent of IoT and the SIGFOX New Zealand National Network there was technology available with near real-time metering of the water consumption, enabling the CCC to better understand demand and potential water leaks. ADR was appointed to help with designing and implementing this smart technology.

The objectives were very clear: previously water meters in the settlement were read once every two years. The CCC now wanted six reads per day to better identify potential over-consumption patterns, high users and leaks. Overall, they wanted to get greater visibility of water usage as well as share the data with wider stakeholders (community and water utilities).

A few challenges presented themselves with project. The area is quite remote with limited cellular coverage, so the use of IoT technology required the installation of a wireless network base station in the right location to cover for the hilly terrain. Also, the water meters were below ground level  and had to be secured under heavy duty plastic or metal lids (reducing radio reception quality of wireless sensors). To add to the difficult, the project had to be completed in difficult weather conditions.

water meter installation sigfoxWorking in conjunction with ADR, Thinxtra installed a solar powered Sigfox base station on an ideal high point in Duvauchelle. ADR then retrofitted 266 water meters in town with IoT pulse dataloggers, and started monitoring consumption data from each water meter via ADR’s bespoke water management platform.

Within a few weeks, ADR were getting some interesting insights, which needed to be checked live. For example, sites with hidden connection to the main pipes, householders diverting pipes before the meter, people removing their dataloggers, trucks passing by and refilling from CCC water tanks, overflowing water tanks, and the usual 10% leakages.

From the beginning of the project, based on the difference between sourced water and the captured water from the meters, 60% of the water was missing. By going through each individual meter consumption insights and determining the real issues on site, and at the same time fixing them over a three month period, they were able to reduce the unaccounted water figure to 30%. This 30% unaccounted water loss will reduce further as more leakage issues on the network are identified and fixed.

Bruce Franks from A.D.Riley commented: “From now on, not only are the users properly allocated their consumption, but Duvauchelle doesn’t require as much water to be brought in by truck during summer, a previously highly inefficient and costly exercise for this small, remote place. From this early experience in dealing with IoT smart metering, ADR and the CCC have gained a lot of insights on consumer water consumption in Duvauchelle, such as previously unknown major leaks, unaccounted for home and commercial excess water usage – gains that could be easily replicated to larger scale projects in an even shorter period. “ Additionally – “This project also enabled ADR to develop PowerBI dashboard for analytics which has been instrumental in solving leakage and loss identification”


About A.D.Riley & Co Ltd (ADR) – making utilities smarter since 1909

ADR’s founder, Arthur D Riley, was an engineer renowned for his entrepreneurial spirit, something the company continues to embody as providers of fieldsmart technology. ADR are always there for our customers, with technology and expertise that keeps operations running in the field. From high voltage power distribution, water revenue metering and system control, to data acquisition and parking management systems, ADR offers a proven, fieldsmart solution backed with technical expertise.

More info at http://adriley.co.nz
Contact: Bruce Franks (Marketing and Development) bfranks@adriley.co.nz


About Thinxtra New Zealand

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things by commercialising and operating the first nationwide LPWA network in New Zealand (based on Sigfox connectivity technology) as well as enabling and promoting a full eco-system of partners that provide IoT solutions and services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and quality of life, and find more economical solutions to common problems.
Thinxtra is leading this IoT revolution, by connecting the un-connected, for a more sustainable future.

Contact: Shaun McBride (NZ BDM) shaun.mcbride@thinxtra.com

 

IoT Coverage where you need it, plug & play.

2019 is kicking off with the best offer so far in the LPWAN market in the region.
Thinxtra now covers 87% of the ANZ population & 97% of HK population, on track to reach 95% target overall. However there will always be challenging environments such as deep indoor or remote locations. Now, a single plug & play Sigfox Access Station Micro can cover, for example, large rural areas or underground parkings to connect hundreds of devices in the vicinity.

The days of complexity of installation, configuration of IoT devices and overall high cost are finally gone.

Coverage… Where you need it
Discreet with integrated antenna and sleek design, Sigfox Access Station Micro can be installed anywhere: hidden or on display, indoor or outdoor, in an attic or underground, in warehouses, buildings, shops, farms or offices… With the sealing cover, the Access Station Micro is dust and water resistant (IP65).

Coverage… Made easy
With its compact form factor and integrated antenna, Sigfox Access Station Micro can be easily installed within minutes. Accessories are included in the box to start using the Access Station Micro straight away. Power-over-Ethernet allows flexible installation and do not require professional assistance. The Access Station Micro connects to Sigfox Cloud via existing LAN infrastructure and Internet access, but it also has the possibility to use a 3G/G USB dongle (optional) for quick and versatile installations.

Coverage… Affordable
Sigfox Access Station Micro addresses the challenges of affordable coverage densification by keeping the RoI of any IoT solution deployment and operations low. Designed with great sensitivity it can cover an entire building, or easily cover 3-4km around your farm (with no specific installation, just plug it to your current router via ethernet or uses the 3G/4G dongle) and and can process up to 70 000 messages per day. With extremely low energy consumption, the Access Station Micro is compatible with smart solar panel deployment enabling untapped application connectivity where no power source is available.

To make it easy for everyone to access LPWAN coverage, Thinxtra decided to make it very affordable at a lease price of only $20 exc.GST / month + set up fee. (T&Cs applies)

With low prices and a plug & play installation, there are no more barriers to connect your smart things wherever you are.

More info on our offering and Sigfox Access Station Micro


About Sigfox
Billions of objects worldwide will be connected to the Internet; their data will be stored in the cloud and will participate in the digitalization of our environment. Having a global, simple, low-cost and low-power connectivity solution is fundamental. This is the challenge that Sigfox addresses by deploying a low-bandwidth dedicated network, already present in 60 countries.

Created in 2010, Sigfox is a recognized global pioneer and leader in a sector that is already disrupting business models and will revolutionize the whole of society. The ambition of Sigfox, embodied in the slogan “Make Things Come Alive“, is to give a voice to the physical world around us and to allow these billions of objects to play a role in economic and social development.

For more information please visit: www.sigfox.com


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

 

Omate O6S, the first smart watch Sigfox ready

Omate, the brand of Omahome – a hardware and software design company with extensive experience in smart portable technology and IoT – launched at CES 2019 event in Las Vegas, the Omate O6S, an economical, low-power smart watch primarly designed to protect the elderly by reinforcing their health and safety while maintaining  their privacy and independence.

This smart watch will allow family members of elderly relatives to easily locate their loved ones in real time through a mobile application. With strict security protocols implemented, the Sigfox network guarantees the protection of personal data for all parties involved at all times.

CHARACTERISTICS
° Battery life of 30 days
° Robust IP68 housing (suitable for both indoor and outdoor activities)
° SOS alert function (in case of emergencies).
° Chronograph
° Calculator
° Alarm clock
° Equipped with a magnetic charger.
° 1 year connectivity included on Sigfox network

The pedometer smartwatch boasts an impressive 30-day battery life and can be used to send SOS alerts in the event of emergencies via the Sigfox network. This allows the wearers to be located in real-time via a mobile app.

The Omate 06S can also be integrated to other platforms to be used in different environments. For example, security guards could send alert in case of emergency.

“This new smart watch opens possibilities for the new offers of Wearable-as-a-Service through the multiple operators of Sigfox around the world” Laurent LePen, Fonder and CEO of Omate.

“The Omate O6S will be available in Q3 of 2019 through Thinxtra Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. It opens new opportunities in the low cost long battery life wearables market. We will be looking for local partners to either distribute the solution as is or system integrators looking for a simple smartwatch to integrate to their platform and provide new services” mentioned Renald Gallis, VP Marketing of Thinxtra.”

 


About Omate

Omate is the brand of Omahome a hardware and software design company with significant expertise in smart wearable technology and IoT. Since inception in 2013, Omahome has quickly established its global market leadership in the standalone telecom wearable industry and brand recognition with Omate. Omahome is the sole partner of Omate wearables. Omahome has established partnerships with some of the largest telecare, security and insurance companies in the World. Omahome provides tools from design to engineering to companies interested in developing wearable technologies, activity data and relevant analytics.

For more information please visit: www.omahome.com


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

 

Geolocating Machinery Parts to Save Time

Rail Maintenance Services Pty Ltd (RMS) delivers industrial projects in a number of key industries including mining, metals, oil, gas, water, waste water, infrastructure, and power generation. For that purpose, they have an extensive fleet of earthmoving machinery and road-rail vehicles for all types of rail works, from maintenance and renewal activities to construction. They also have a comprehensive catalogue of specialised rail attachments which are very hard to locate in the field and often stay idle or simply get lost or forgotten.

RMS was already monitoring their powered machineries & vehicles with standard 3G trackers connected to the vehicles’ battery and getting geolocation data in realtime to a monitoring dashboard. So they were interested to see if it would make sense to track those side parts too.

These parts, even though highly valuable, are the typical pieces of equipment that are not tracked. Why? It is just too hard. Too hard to affix bulky GPS trackers, too hard to power, too costly,… , until now.

For those attachments, the solution was in fact quite simple using new technology: GPS tracker connecting wirelessly via low power consuming Sigfox LPWAN network are less costly, much less power consuming and way smaller. On top of that, this new breed of trackers still connect and send data to the same Bigmate IoT Platform. The data -including equipment location and level of utilisation- is only sent few times a day to reduce battery consumption. Sufficient info to determine where the attachments are sitting idle, ready to be retrieved/used or if they need to be serviced (in case of over usage).

For RMS, the benefits became obvious:

  • Find quickly any valuable asset on site, potentially lost otherwise.
  • Optimise the time spent by the team members to access a piece of equipment for a specific job.
  • An overall cost of implementation recovered within the first project.

George De Domenico from RMS, added few more benefits: “Implementing controls and measures to ensure expenditures are applied to correct vehicles, obtaining reports to assist with preventive maintenance strategy.  Ascertaining real time in vehicle positioning, ensuring safety of personnel and protect company capital expenditure.”

On the technical side, The IoT solution deployed included:

  • The device (Oyster GPS tracker), a simple rugged (IP67 casing) GPS tracker with 5 years battery life. The most complex task was to find a good solution to affix with heavy duty rivets the small rugged devices in the right location (to avoid damaging them) to hard metal pieces of equipment.
  • The platform: Bigmate IoT platform can easily geolocate all pieces in the field with 10 meters accuracy
  • The wireless IoT network by Sigfox was installed by Thinxtra on the required sites within a week notice.

About Rail Maintenance Services (RMS)
Started as Axiom Plant Hire in 1971, RMS is now one of the largest road-rail fleets in Australia and the preferred partner for companies involved in rail construction and maintenance operations. RMS has an extensive fleet of earthmoving machinery and road-rail (hi rail) vehicles for all types of rail works, from maintenance and renewal activities to construction. They also have a comprehensive catalogue of specialised rail attachments for hire.

More info about RMS


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 australian telematics and Internet of Assets (IoA) solution providers, offering cutting-edge GPS monitoring and productivity solutions to a broad range of industries and markets.
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