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 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


Some clips from the press about this PR:

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

Quam Net: 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)

IT News 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)

Finance ET 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)

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)

PRN Asia: 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)

Field China: Thinxtra宣布成为香港首个物联网(IoT)网络覆蓋率高达90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Life 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)

Yahoo Finance: 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)

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)

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

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

Awards Time!

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned, more news to come in June…


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

Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

Thinxtra is backed by the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy.

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

Meet Joe Sun, General Manager of Thinxtra Hong Kong

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

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

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

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

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

IoT is a foundational infrastructure that allows users to connect everything from wearable health devices and household appliances to industrial machinery and urban infrastructure. Deploying Sigfox technology, Thinxtra is building the only truly fit-for-purpose and territory-wide IoT-enabling network in Hong Kong. Secure and open, the Thinxtra LPWA network provides cost-effective, long-range, low-power connectivity to enable businesses, research institutions and government organizations to capitalize on the rise of IoT. Devices on the Thinxtra network can be connected for as little as HK$20/year, with a battery life of up to 10 years.

Sigfox is the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connected objects. Thinxtra’s Sigfox networks in Hong KongAustralia and New Zealand are part of a global Sigfox network that spans 45 countries and territories to provide access to a massive worldwide ecosystem of IoT innovators and a market of more than 800 million people.


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

Sigfox is the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox’s unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability.

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

Meet us at the Australian Smart Communities Conference 2018 in Melbourne

Thinxtra is a Gold sponsor of the event and will be exhibiting on booth S02 and showcase smart councils IoT solutions from the devices to the Sigfox network to platforms. As a council, come visit us and see how we can provide free Sigfox coverage to your council.

We will also introduce the first Ultrasonic water meter Sigfox ready for the Australian market: HZ NUmeter

Regis Berdaa, Smart Councils Manager at Thinxtra will also be speaking about this opportunity for councils on Thursday 10th at 2:40pm in the technology session of the Stream B | Innovation & Strategy. 

About The Australian Smart Communities Conference:
It is the ultimate event for people and organisations spearheading moves to make our communities more liveable, more sustainable and more technologically empowered.
By using smart solutions, smart communities become more efficient, increase the capability of existing infrastructure and services, and improve the quality of life for their citizens. The Australian Smart Communities Conference provides the platform to showcase these smart solutions, celebrate the successes of our smart communities and share stories with members and the broader community.

View full agenda and register here

Electronics Symposium – Hong Kong on April 16th 2018

The Electronic Division the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers is holding the flagship programme “Hong Kong Electronic Symposium 2018 (HKES2018)” on 16 April 2018 in Hong Kong Science Park.

The theme of the Symposium is “Smart Cities – from Cliche to Digital Transformation”. The topics of interest in HKES2018 cover V2X, Big Data, Smart airport, Electrical Vehicle infrastructure, Smart Energy,LPWAN & IoT.

4pm: Anthony Lai, Ecosystem manager at Thinxtra HK, will present Sigfox and its applications in Smart cities.

View full agenda and register here for HKES 2018

Avnet Sigfox Conference – Hong Kong on April 19th 2018

Learn how Avnet’s end-to-end enterprise solutions in Sigfox and connected IoT ecosystem help to bring customers’ ideas to market.

Avnet is one of the largest premium Global broad-line distributor of electronic and electro-mechanical products and serves the IoT design and manufacturing community.

The event is designed for organisations and individuals evaluating or designing Low Power Wide Area Network enterprise solutions and gives insights across the typical ecosystem – from hardware design, manufacture and commercial realization through to cloud connectivity.

The event is a “must attend” for anyone wanting to get basic insights into this exciting aspect of LPWAN and IoT.

10am start. View full agenda and register here: Avnet Sigfox conference 2018

Thinxtra at IoT Asia 2018

Sigfox was a platinum sponsor of this year’s edition of the biggest Internet Of Things event in the AsiaPac region with a central booth that was showcasing 100+ solutions across different vertical markets (Agtech, Smart Cities, Smart Industry, and Smart Home) from the different local solutions makers based in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan as well as 25+ from Australia and New Zealand.

Roswell Wolff, President, Sigfox Asia Pacific “IoT Asia is a platform for us to communicate with new partners (network partners, operating and ecosystem players, from devices makers to platforms suppliers) and present our capabilities to attendees from Asia. Equally important, Sigfox considers the show as a showcase for the use cases of IoT around the region.”

The show was a clear success for Sigfox and its partners (watch the short video), as the main LPWAN technology presenting by far the most solutions there and a large audience of 6000 IoT visitors keen to trial them.

Thanks to all our Thinxtra local partners: 37South, Abibird, AirTracker, ATF, Bee Inventor, CCP, Defond, Digital Matter, Eden Worth, Ellenex, GPS Engine, Motiv, PiP IoT, Silicon Controls, TuckerBox, Truesense, Waterwatch…  for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, see you at Fieldays in NZ and IoT Impact in Sydney


About IoT Asia

For the past 5 years, IoT Asia has been at the forefront of bringing global collaboration and partnershipopportunities to governments, businesses and communities in Asia. IoT Asia is an award winning stage that brings together technology heads, design architects, solution architects, engineers, academic institutions, investors and start-ups to assess the latest trends and partnership models in Asia.
6th edition returns on 27 and 28 March 2019 at Singapore EXPO. For more information, visit www.internetofthingsasia.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.

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