Adding Artificial Intelligence to IoT Solutions for a Stronger Proof of Value

The purpose of this article is to present the actual applications of combining AI and IoT being used in industry to generate strong value, and to demonstrate important trends that will create even more compelling future use cases.

So, there is a clear connection (no pun) between the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

If IoT is about connecting (usually wirelessly) machines and making use of the data generated from those machines (via visualisation platforms or App), AI is about adding an extra software layer, using that data to bring more intelligent behaviours in machines of all kinds.

IoT needs AI and vice versa: As IoT devices will generate large amounts of data from different sources and type of sensors, then AI will be functionally necessary to deal with these huge volumes to make more sense of that data. Data is only useful if it creates an action. With IoT, you can geolocate & monitor equipment, you can receive alerts if a sensor data is outside of thresholds, you can receive meter index…. But to make data truly actionable, it needs to be supplemented with context. IoT and AI together is this context, i.e. ‘connected intelligence’ and not just connected devices.

Traditional methods of analysing structured data and creating action are not designed to efficiently process the vast amounts of real-time data that stream from IoT devices. This is where AI-based analysis and response becomes critical for extracting optimal value from that data.

AI is beneficial for both real-time and post event processing:

In fact, it is machine learning (a component of the more generic AI term) that provides the ability to detect patterns in data presented. It learns from these patterns in order to adjust the ways in which it then analyses that data or triggers actions. With machine learning embedded into an IoT environment, you get more ‘connected intelligence’:

  • Predictive analytics – ‘What will happen?’

At the most basic level AI enables the power of prediction to forecast and mitigate risky events. This enables organisations to use real-time data to determine when machinery and equipment is likely to break down – so action can be taken to prevent failure and its associated cost via pro-active intervention.

  • Prescriptive analytics – ‘What should we do?’

A second level is the power of prescription. Equipping intelligent sensors with logic to drive action means outages or disasters can be avoided. For example, railway track sensors can warn against track failures, or autonomous vehicles can course-correct when the car veers away from the centre of the lane.

  • Adaptive/continuous analytics – ‘What are the appropriate actions or decisions?  How should the system adapt to the latest changes?’

At an even more advanced level, AI with IoT can deliver an adaptive or autonomous response. This means solutions can incorporate continuous data feeds – where the system learns to take the optimal action without human intervention. So, for example in Agriculture, soil monitoring let’s you determine the nutrients and water level of your soil, so currently farmer can precisely determine the level of fertilisers to be applied and in which areas. But with autonomous tractors, we could easily imagine that all this could be done automatically and precisely and even taking into account the weather forecasts from your own connected weather station.

To give another example that takes into account the 3 parts above, let’s have a look at HVAC monitoring. Predictive: by closely monitoring HVAC systems, you can establish patterns that will determine its over power consumption, malfunctioning or even failure if you wait too long. Prescriptive: the units could be serviced at the optimal time, not too early because it would be near pointless but just before it starts overconsuming, consequently saving on maintenance cost and energy consumption. Adaptive: Imagine, taking into account multiple sources of data such as weather conditions or traffic flow into the building, for even more precise HVAC usage & potential issues with a system that could also clean itself when required. We are not far but not there yet.

 

Potential Future Uses for AI-Powered IoT Devices

Today’s IoT applications are useful in understanding trends, as they lay out areas in which “traction” is proven and directions where big-company and venture money is already moving. Beyond driverless cars or predictive maintenance of equipments at the tip of the iceberg, there are other potential IoT+AI applications. Hereafter a few useful articles for insight into potential combinations of IoT and AI:

 

AI and IOT, complementary technology for value creation

IoT, augmented and enhanced by Machine Learning, is effectively multiplying the impact and benefit to businesses who are adopting these complimentary technologies.  In fact, AI can be an integral element for success in today’s IoT-based digital ecosystems.

The reason is simple. Combining IoT with rapidly advancing AI technologies can create ‘smart machines’ that simulate intelligent behaviour to make well-informed decisions with little or no human intervention.

As new technology applications emerge where IoT works hand in hand with AI – the resulting innovations are proving how IoT can create new markets and opportunities, disrupt traditional business models and dramatically change the competitive landscape. Thus, the companies looking to make the most of opportunities to positively impact revenues, safety, resilience and customer experience are being fast on the uptake of this powerful pairing of transformative technologies.

We’re now seeing significant investment in the convergence of IoT and AI. Worth reading the article on the Top 25 IoT Startups To Watch In 2019. Those start-ups are concentrating on how to make IoT a growth catalyst for enterprises by designing in AI integration at the platform level. Also a good read is why are AI and IoT perfect partners for growth?

The result is an acceleration in innovation which can significantly boost productivity for the organisations involved. Little wonder then that the IoT and AI markets are developing rapidly and in tandem.

Conclusion

However, just as AI and IoT can ultimately empower organisations with strong value creation, so the same, strong combination is requiring a more adaptive strategic response from the management of those organisations. If data is the new oil and knowledge is power, most managers are still at the beginning of the learning curve, with few implementing small minor IoT projects before even thinking of adding AI capabilities, for the cases where AI indeed complements IoT.

This leads to teams without the real motivation (or committed resources) to drive an actual result. Businesses must pick a major problem to have a high likelihood of being solved. What mission-critical business information are you dying to know, but can’t currently access and that could be resolved by first, having IoT data and second, refining that everchanging data with AI? Then with that in place, how would you implement it in your business? IoT & AI often involved change of processes that must be embraced by staff as well as customers to be successful. This goes beyond value creation, this is digital transformation at its finest, but this is not for everyone…

One last word, we mainly talked about “Narrow AI”, where AI is used in combination with IoT to perfect one task, either perfecting HVAC monitoring or perfecting soil cropping. But the near future lays in “General AI”, where systems could adjust to solve any tasks, taking info from the web, humans or any IoT sensors talking to each other. Will the be the judgement day of the Terminator?


A Short Glossary of AI and IoT

This article has been written with the professional or executive in mind, rather than the researcher. So we provide hereafter a short broad definitions (and related links) of IoT & AI terms:

Internet of things: Network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment (Gartner). 2 main categories:

  • Consumer IoT: the fitbit style solutions attached or close to humans, to monitor their personal environment, behaviour or health. The devices are usually only linked to a personal App.
  • Industrial IoT (IIoT): This is usually referring to industrial or smart cities applications, connecting multiple devices to create efficiencies by better monitoring &/or geolocating equipment. The devices are usually linked to an IoT platform, which is usually integrated to CRM or ERP systems.

Artificial intelligence: an area of computer science that deals with giving machines the ability to seem like they have human intelligence and being able to identify some human senses such as hearing (eg speech recognition and interaction) and sight (eg visual or facial recognition). It is divided into different sub categories:

  • Machine learning: a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building. Using algorithms that iteratively learn from data, machine learning allows computers to find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look (SAS), eg. predictive maintenance.
  • Deep learning: a branch of machine learning based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using multiple processing layers with complex structures, or otherwise composed of multiple non-linear transformations (Wikipedia), eg. IBM Watson debating capabilities

Want to know more about AI, read this article.

Inaugural Australia summit 2019 Morgan StanleyWatch recording of the Morgan Stanley Inaugural Australia Summit -June 2019 where Catriona Wallace (CEO @Flamingo AI), Cheesun Choong, (CTO @ Hyper Anna), Scott Helfstein (Global Co-Head of Market Research and Strategy @ Morgan Stanley) and Renald Gallis (VP Marketing & Ecosystem @ Thinxtra) were talking about AI & IoT as the new current disruptors.

 


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macao 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 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

Highlights from Sigfox Connect Berlin 2018

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

Sigfox Connect berlin show floor 2018

 

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


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

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

 

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

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

 

  • Sigfox revolutionizes asset tracking with Bubbles

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


On the show floor
A strong list of 150 exhibitors,

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

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

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

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

Thank you Sigfox.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong by operating the world-leading Sigfox LPWA network as well as enabling a full eco-system of IoT solutions and services partners to connect the non-connected, to increase productivity, to accelerate decision making, to improve quality of service and quality of life, and to find more economical solutions to common problems.

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

 

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.

Mandurah (WA) is Sigfox Ready to Detect Water Leaks

The City of Mandurah, a Liveable Community award winner and one of the most advanced regional city in Western Australia, is now fully covered with Sigfox LPWAN network, installed, monitored and managed by Thinxtra Australia at no cost to the city.

Among the first IoT projects implemented by the City of Mandurah, to maintain that status of liveable city, is better monitoring water consumption and detecting water leaks by visualising water flow rates in water meters located at Council facilities.

The solution includes Sigfox ready dataloggers retrofitted via reed switch to the water meters, the data is sent via Sigfox IoT network to the WaterGroup data analytics platform (Envisi) to visualise the data with the ability to alert staff if water leaks are detected or if deviations in normal water consumption occur.

The potential benefits are obvious: improve water use in the City’s facilities, reduce water usage cost and nearly remove time consuming water meter inspections.

Sean Hutton, City of Mandurah, commented “In this case it means we can react to water leaks and abnormal water consumption as soon as it happens, instead of having to wait for the next utilities bill to discover an issue. This project aligns perfectly with our Waterwise council program in improving water use efficiency within council facilities and the community, and also has a direct benefit to council in reducing water usage costs.”  

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, CEO of Watergroup, the provider of the solution, also added “It’s always great to work with a client ‘who gets it’. Mandurah is one of those instances where a Council has clearly seen how WaterGroup’s Sigfox based smart water metering solution creates real value for them. By fully embracing the system and from initial results received so far, the City expects the system will be paid back in the first year. For those who do not have these types of house resources available on a consistent basis, there is the WaterGroup AWARE Service. Here the company actively monitors a client’s water use and chases up abnormal use or leaks.”

Such project was made possible in a very short time thanks to the support of Thinxtra who covered the city with the Sigfox wireless network within few weeks via its Smart Council Program. “By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT. Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. There is no catch: At worst, councils will learn about IoT opportunities. At best, councils will create efficiencies and benefits for their citizens.” said Regis Berdaa, BDM Smart Councils at Thinxtra


As a Council, how do you join?
Contact us via smartcouncil@thinxtra.com
Request a meeting with our smart-council team to tailor our approach to your IoT strategy
Get access to our Kick off 2018 offers and select free IoT trials.
Go to thinxtra.com/smart-council for further information and download presentation.


About The City of Mandurah
The City of Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest regional city and 10th largest local government by population covering an area of 173.5km. It is home to more than 84,000 people with an average increase of 1500 new residents each year over the past five years. Between 2016 and 2036, the population for the City of Mandurah is forecast to increase by 36,778 persons (44.26% growth), at an average annual change of 1.85%.

The City of Mandurah is a 2011 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) dual award winner. The LivCom Awards, initiated in 1997 and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, is the only international competition judged on international best practice for managing the environment while improving residents’ quality of life by creating ‘liveable communities’. Participation in the Awards is an investment in the future of a community.


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.

Thinxtra is a member of the Australian Smart Communities Associationasca

To take advantage of early deployment in your council, review your interest at library.web.thinxtra.com/smartcouncil and contact us at smartcouncil@thinxtra.com.

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