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
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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

Thinxtra X launch Hong Kong – 1/11/2017

At today’s X launch, Thinxtra showcased the start of its LPWA IoT Network in Hong Kong

1 November 2017, Hong Kong – Sigfox’s exclusive Hong Kong network operator Thinxtra launched officially today to support the growth of an Internet of Things (IoT) research and development ecosystem for Hong Kong, providing cost-effective IoT connectivity via the Sigfox territory-wide low-power wide-area (LPWA)* network.
2017年11月1日,香港 – 作為Sigfox在香港的獨家網絡運營商,Thinxtra今日正式登陸,以支持香港物聯網(IoT)研發生態系統,並通過Sigfox全港低功耗廣域物(LPWA)網絡提供經濟有效的物聯網連接。

Already a game changer in diverse sectors worldwide, IoT holds particular promise for Hong Kong, which has the potential to be a global hub for IoT and a showcase of IoT-enabled smart city solutions. To help Hong Kong realise this potential, Thinxtra is deploying base stations and antennas at key locations around the territory.

A total of 100 base stations are expected to be installed throughout Hong Kong by March 2018 to provide the long-range, low-bandwidth, low-power connectivity that businesses, research institutions and government organizations need to capitalize on the rise of IoT. The territory’s first Sigfox base stations and antennas were installed at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) in mid-August to create an open IoT network for tenant companies engaged in IoT research and development.
預計在2018年3月, Thinxtra將在全港內安裝100餘個基站,以為提供企業、研究機構和政府組織提供遠距離、地貸款、低功耗的網絡連接,使之順應並有效利用物聯網之潮。香港首個Sigfox基站及天線已於八月中旬在香港科技園(HKSTP)安裝,為從事物聯網研發的公司創建一個開放的物聯網網絡。

“With strong government support for the growth of the IoT and smart city industries, Hong Kong has the potential to be a leader in the global IoT revolution. A thriving innovation and incubation environment and a cost-effective LPWA network are essential to making this vision a reality,” said Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra.
“依托於政府對物聯網和智慧城市產業發展的大力支持,香港有望成為全球物聯網革命的領導者。在實現這一願景的進程中,蓬勃發展的創新與孵化環境,以及經濟有效的LPWA網絡都起到了至關重要的作用。”Thinxtra首席執行官Loic Barancourt如是道。

While rolling out its LPWA network in Hong Kong, Thinxtra has also begun nurturing local start-ups and other partners to create a strong local IoT ecosystem. As part of this effort, it is working closely with HKSTP on research and development as well as the design of devices, sensors and solutions.

“Organizations in Hong Kong can benefit from Thinxtra’s expertise and infrastructure as they develop and deploy new IoT solutions on the Sigfox technology. Making a wide range of new applications more viable, this will help stimulate innovation, enhance business competitiveness and further Hong Kong’s growth as a leading smart city,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.
“Thinxtra致力於開發和部署新的基於Sigfox技術的物聯網解決方案,同時,Thinxtra的專業知識和基礎建設也能幫助香港的機構更好地發展。各種行而有效的新應用的日益完善,將有助於促進創新、提高企業競爭力,並進一步推動香港成為一個領先的智慧城市。”Thinxtra亞洲區總經理Murray Hankinson表示。

Sigfox is the world’s most mature LPWA network and the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connected objects. As the exclusive Sigfox operator in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, Thinxtra already has a live LPWA network covering much of the population of Australia and New Zealand, along with an ecosystem of more than 200 local IoT partners. The Hong Kong network will link with this infrastructure, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 36 countries around the world.

“We are at the very beginning of the IoT revolution, with real-world projects providing real value to businesses and communities. Thinxtra and Sigfox are laying the groundwork for this revolution in Asia Pacific, with Hong Kong as a core market for growth,” said Roswell Wolff, President for Asia-Pacific at Sigfox.
“我們正處於物聯網革命的起始階段,實際項目為企業和社區提供著切實的價值。在這一進程中,香港是物聯網發展的核心城市,Thinxtra和Sigfox則為亞太地區此奠定了堅實基礎。”Sigfox亞太區總裁Roswell Wolff表示。

The X launch, as this event was called, is the first private event organised by Thinxtra Hong Kong for all our local partners (device makers, platform suppliers, consultants, manufacturers, designers, IoT enablers and evangelists) who want to make the Internet of Things a reality in Hong Kong, to benefit Hong Kong first and showcase local solutions for the global Sigfox market.

This event is an opportunity for all partners to collaborate in order to build and promote IoT solutions to connect the un-connected, to connect anything that will bring meaningful data for a better world.

In the press:
Computer World HK / Let’startup HK / IOT Business News / Asia one.com / Business Insider / Tech Apple / Shares investment / etnet HK / Tech Now HK / HK IT News.com / Content party / Pacific News Taiwan / Chinese World Net / PR newswire Asia  / PR newswire asia TRA / Yahoo Money Taiwan / iGuang Taiwan / Cool3c HK / ezone.uLifestyle HK / HK Silicon / Yahoo News HK / Hi Net China / Travel News TaiwanUnwire Pro / PC Market HKIoT Business News