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Sigfox opens radio specifications for connected objects

To celebrate the 8th World Radio Day, under the patronage of UNESCO, Sigfox, the world’s leading IoT service provider and first global 0G network operator, has publicly released the specifications of its radio protocol for connected objects.

Impact of Open Radio Specifications

By putting the specification in the public domain, everyone can now create their own Sigfox object. The release of these specifications will allow open source implementations, and more opportunities for developers and manufacturers of connected objects. As soon as all the tests are done, the manufacturer will only have to register its object on the Sigfox network to benefit from it.

Sigfox expects a boom in the number of objects connected to its network as new players in the IoT space take advantage of this opportunity, with global full support from Sigfox. The Sigfox ecosystem will expand further, as they democratise the technology beyond device makers.

The Sigfox standard

This move will apply to connected objects, rather than Sigfox’s base stations and infrastructure, as those are protected by patents. Until now, the specification of objects was shared under NDA upon request, while Sigfox wanted to control the number of objects applying to connect to its network.

The opening of the specification has always been part of Sigfox’s ambition and we’re excited for the thousands of new use cases that will emerge. Our partners all over the world are looking forward to being part of this development” says Christophe Fourtet, co-founder of Sigfox. (View the whole interview on youtube)

In the IoT market more generally, this opening is a so-called “classic” step in the establishment of a standard, like Bluetooth for example. This means that tomorrow Sigfox’s 0G network, in addition to the B2B markets already addressed to date, will also become a reference on local or more consumer-oriented use cases.

With more than 30 years of expertise in radiocommunication, particularly in defined by software and cognitive ones, Christophe Fourtet, invites the academic community and the research community to seize this opportunity, for the next generation of engineers to participate in the coming evolutions of the protocol.

To access the specification : build.sigfox.com/sigfox-device-radio-specifications

By opening its radio specifications to the public, Sigfox strengthens its position as the global provider of 0G connectivity


About Sigfox
Sigfox is the initiator of the 0G network and the world’s leading IoT (Internet of Things) service provider. Its global network allows billions of devices to connect to the Internet, in a straightforward way, while consuming as little energy 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.

Today, the network is available in 60 countries, with 1 billion people covered. Surrounded by a large ecosystem of partners and IoT key players, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services, in key areas such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in France, and also has offices in Madrid, Munich, Boston, Dallas, San Jose, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.


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 with the ultimate aim to create more efficiencies in a carbon constrained world.

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

Sigfox network coverage reaches 90% of Hong Kong territory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

EDF chooses Ticatag solution, designed by Thinxtra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About EDF (Electricite de France)

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


About Ticatag

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

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


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives.

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect.

Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy in a carbon constrained world.

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

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

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

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

AbiBird: world-first, Australian technology to support elderly

Introducing AbiBird: world-first, Australian technology to support older Australians being trialled in Perth

Families in Moreton Bay (QLD) will be the first in the world to benefit from a new technology that has the potential to transform the lives of older people by giving their families peace of mind that they are ok.

“AbiBird” was invented in Australia to support people who want to retain their independence as they age. The AbiBird sensor contains technology that understands and tracks ‘normal’ day and night activity within a home and is paired to the smartphone of a family member or carer.

A quick glance at the AbiBird app will confirm that someone is going about their routine as usual. If activity exceeds normal routines, or motion stops for a period of time, AbiBird will immediately send an alert.

The sensor is placed on a wall or shelf and does not have a camera or microphone, allowing people to go about their daily lives without being watched or listened to, or dealing with a wearable device. AbiBird takes just a few seconds to install and families and carers have full control over how alerts are set up, configured and shared.

James Tucker, AbirBird’s General Manager said: “AbiBird is a perfect antidote to the normal worries people have about the wellbeing of their older parents. My mother is one of the 3.7 million Australians who are aged 65 and older. She is fiercely independent, has lived an incredibly active life and is perfectly happy in her own home. AbiBird’s app lets me check that mum’s up and about as usual, without being a nuisance to her. If something unusual does happen, like activity at the front door late at night, or a change in routine, it will send me an alert. It also means that when I call, mum knows I’m calling to chat rather than check up on her. The reality is that falls are a leading cause of injury for older people and most happen at home while getting in or out of bed or a chair or in the bathroom. Each year, one in three people aged 65 and over has a substantial fall, and half of people over 80 have multiple falls. When you consider that thirty per cent of people who fall need medical attention, and one in four people over 65 live alone, the risk of not being able to get help if needed is actually very high. The beauty of AbiBird’s technology is that your family’s privacy is protected, but if something does happen and they need help, they can signal AbiBird to send an alert from wherever they are in the house.”

Ahead of its international launch, AbiBird is looking for 500 families to participate in a free two-month trial. Participants must:

  • have a family member who is 65 or older and lives alone or with a partner in Moreton Bay.
  • have a family member(s) who lives elsewhere and is willing to download and use the app on their smartphone
  • be willing to complete a short, anonymous survey after six weeks with any feedback they have
As seen on 7 News: and on TodayTonight:

Key Facts


About Abibird

AbiBird is a small, unobtrusive device that can be placed on a wall or a shelf. It uses world-first intelligent technology and a discreet motion sensor to track ‘normal’ day and night activity that is displayed on paired Smartphones via an app. A quick glance will confirm that your loved one is going about their routine as usual. If activity exceeds normal routines, or motion stops for a set period of time, AbiBird will immediately send you an alert.

A key difference between AbiBird and alternative products is that AbiBird offers wireless, unobtrusive monitoring without the need for a wearable device or a telephone or Internet connection.  AbiBird’s technology operates over the global Sigfox IoT network which allows secure, low cost, low power, high-frequency connectivity between the sensor and the app (included as part of the AbiBird service).

For more information, www.abibird.com.au
PR Contact: Chris Williams, Boxing Clever  +61 403 514 773 cwilliams@boxingclever.net.au


About Thinxtra

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives.

Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Asia Pacific by deploying the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect.

Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Ltd, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years as well as the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards a more competitive economy.

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

Sigfox Makes For Happy Pãua in New Zealand

New Zealand, May 3rd 2017 – Sigfox IoT Network for the New Zealand Aquaculture Industry
New Zealand is one of the largest and most efficient exporters of lamb, beef and dairy products in the world. It has a strong reputation for the development of advanced techniques in the optimisation of primary industries and many of these techniques are highly prized in overseas markets. But there is another comparatively new primary industry climbing the ranks showing rapid year on year growth.
With 14,000 Kilometres of coastline making it the 10th longest in the World, New Zealand also has a large and thriving aquaculture industry, with major players including Sanfords, Sealord and Aotearoa Fisheries. The aim of all New Zealand fisheries is to provide long term sustainability – thereby not increasing the stock take but to increase production in a smart and sustainable manner.

A long range, low power, low cost network built just for IoT
Thinxtra has deployed a New Zealand wide Internet of Things (IoT) network with its partners Kordia utilising Sigfox technology, now covering 89% of population in NZ. It is an ultra-low power, low cost and long range network that is particularly good over water with messages delivered as far as 150km out to sea. This makes it ideal for connecting assets that previously had no option but to connect to an expensive satellite system and in many cases, the lack of a local power source made this simply impossible. The new network could have a significant impact for the Aquaculture industry, enabling increased yields by smart means and allowing operators to act on real time information.

Joss Birss Moana paua

Joss Birss – Moana’s pāua expert with his happy pāua. Behind him the Sigfox monitored Hot Water Heat Pump.

Sustainable Fisheries are adopting IoT technology
One of the first NZ fisheries to take advantage of the innovative Sigfox IoT network is Moana New Zealand. Moana is the largest Maori owned Fisheries Company in New Zealand with a long term view to ensure sustainability of their fisheries for generations to come.
With pristine New Zealand coastal seawater, Moana harvests some of the highest quality pāua (known globally as blue abalone) in the world on their commercial farm on the East Coast of Northland.
Pāua is a large edible mollusc, with a unique deep blue colour shell. It has a subtle taste and firm texture. At over USD 100 per kilo it is also a very valuable shellfish.
Pāua requires very specific conditions to grow well, ideally with seawater temperature between 17.5˚ to 18˚C. Although they can tolerate colder temperatures, they are very susceptible to warmer temperatures. Last summer, Moana lost valuable stock at the Northland pāua farm, due to a heat wave. Moana Nursery Team Leader Joss Birss is pleased to be able to introduce technology to assist them to act on real time data.
“There are so many variables you can’t control in this industry, particularly with the weather, so we continually look for ways to improve on the things we can control.” Birss says. With a number of the breeding stock lost with the higher temperatures as well as the possible economic impact of losing important genetic variation, this was a situation which Moana had to avoid in future years.

Industrial Monitoring
Moana engaged with Auckland based Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd to control the temperature of the seawater to the majority of the brood stock pāua tanks. The variable capacity heat and chill unit controls the seawater temperature to a steady 17.5 ˚C to all tanks allowing for optimal growth and consistency for the brood stock pāua.
“Since the industrial heat pumps were installed we have not lost one pāua, and we are seeing increased rates of conditioning and growth which will only increase our productivity.” Birss explains.
The heat pump units were recently upgraded to provide remote connectivity to constantly monitor and control the equipment via the nationwide Sigfox network. Hot Water heat pumps engaged with industrial IoT design company Motiv Industrial IoT Solutions to design and implement a SIGFOX-RS485 Din rail mounted transceiver, which connects directly to the heat pump control circuitry using a standard Modbus protocol.

Preventive Maintenance
Kevin Trigg, Sales and Marketing Manager at Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd was delighted to discover Motiv and the Sigfox technology they specialise in. “When we engaged with Motiv, it just made sense for such important control equipment which is responsible for such a high value product that we should have constant remote control and monitoring of the unit. Before now, we had no easy way of providing simple connectivity to our -out of the factory- assets that just worked. We didn’t want to rely on our customers WiFi systems to connect our assets and 3G systems were too complicated. We now know if there is problem with the heat pump before our client does and we can react before any performance issues occur.”

This isn’t the first unit Hot Water Heat Pumps have provisioned with Sigfox technology. It is also being used to monitor commercial swimming pools. Mike Day, Service Manager at Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd was pleased they could be alerted to a problem and that a service agent could be sent before a problem was noticed by the client.

“Before the Sigfox network was implemented, if there was a problem on one of our pool heat pumps, it might not be noticed immediately leading to temperature changes and a delay before repairs were carried out.  We can now turn up on site with the correct parts and disruption to services is minimised.  It dramatically changes our service model and sets us apart from our competitors.”

“The solution presented to us by Motiv ticked all the boxes. The combination of low hardware and operational cost was a must. We don’t want to add this cost burden to our customers so it had to be a level we would accept while adding a point of difference. The hardest part was creating a SIGFOX-RS485 transceiver that fitted into a single DIN rail mounted enclosure, which fits seamlessly within the limited space of our units existing control circuitry. Motiv really delivered here and as far as I know, fitting it all into such a small unit was a world first. Finally, the ease of which the unit is setup to connect and display monitoring data to our service team made it a simple choice.”
Kevin believes they have taken a big step forward in customer service by being able to offer IoT technology to their clients:
“In fact, we have been so impressed with how easy it was to make this change to our products, we plan to offer Motiv’s Sigfox transceivers as an option on all commercial heat pumps leaving the factory and we are even upgrading some of our commercial heat pumps that are already in service”.


About Moana Paua farm
Moana New Zealand is the largest Māori–owned fisheries company in New Zealand. They fish and harvest solely from the coastal waters of Aotearoa. One of the world’s most pristine and sustainably managed fisheries. Connecting customers to the taste of a true and pure place. Bringing to customers New Zealand’s most sought after species of blue abalone, wild abalone, fin fish, lobster and oyster. Seafood as good as it can be, brought to market with a lightness of touch that preserves and protects its pure taste and rare magic. They have a deep sense of responsibility and respect for their kai moana, honouring the taonga they have been entrusted with. Taking a long term view in everything they do, they work in harmony with nature to ensure the sustainability of their fisheries for future generations.
For more information, moana.co.nz contact: Lynette Suvalko


About Motiv
The team at Motiv has been providing bespoke, engineered solutions in the data acquisition and control field for many years. Their solution architects take an end-to-end systems approach to hardware, firmware, software and web specification, design and integration.  They have established a strong capability in wireless telemetry for Internet of Things applications, based on a range of communication channels such as Wifi, Sigfox and GSM connectivity. This has enabled them to help their clients maximise their data aggregation capabilities and better utilise and manage their assets. As they put it: “we take care of the bits and bytes, allowing you the time to take care of your business.”
For more information, motiv.io contact: Ben Birch


About Hot Water Heat Pumps Ltd

Hot Water Heat Pumps has a history of timely product innovations, which saw the introduction of high-tech corrosion resistant tubing within the heat exchanger of its swimming pool heat pump range during the late 1980’s. The advancement came after HWHP’s Don Trigg identified a problem the standard grades of tubing used at the time. These had a tendency to fail when proper pool balance wasn’t maintained, causing considerable damage to the heat pumps refrigeration system. In over 35 years of operation, Hot Water Heat Pumps have developed a solid reputation as a high quality producer and distributor of heat pump water heaters and water temperature control solutions to residential and commercial customers across New Zealand and abroad. Their commitment to service and their belief that customers should have access to the very best water heating technology at highly competitive prices has driven their growth since the beginning.  Today, Hot Water Heat Pumps operates a network of over 80 Dealers, offering a broad range of water heating equipment and services that spans water heaters, underfloor heating systems and industrial water heating and chilling solutions.

For more information, waterheating.co.nz  contact: Kevin Trigg


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’s Sigfox network currently covers 71% of the population in Australia and 89% of the population in New Zealand and will start deployment in Hong Kong by June 2017. It will cover 95% of the population of those countries by the end of 2017.
Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives. It is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.

For more information, contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing and Ecosystem
renald.gallis@thinxtra.com +61 404 894 960

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