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

 

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 X launch Hong Kong – 1/11/2017
2017年11月1日,Thinxtra香港發佈會

At today’s X launch, Thinxtra showcased the start of its LPWA IoT Network in Hong Kong
在今天的X發布會上,Thinxtra展現了LPWA物聯網在香港的揚帆起航。

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.
無論在全球哪個行業,物聯網都潛移默化地影響著業內的遊戲規則。同樣,香港在物聯網的潮流之中也被賦予了特殊的使命,香港有望成為物聯網的全球樞紐,以及物聯網在智慧城市應用中的標誌性解決方案。為了幫助香港更快更好地激發這一潛能,Thinxtra現正在全港各關鍵地點部署基站和天線。

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.
Thinxtra在香港推進LPWA網絡建設的同時,也開始培育本地初創企業和其他合作夥伴,從而創建一個強有力的本地物聯網生態系統。Thinxtra與香港科技園強強聯合,在物聯網研發,以及設備設計、傳感器設計和解決方案設計各領域緊密合作,以加快發展進程。

“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.
Sigfox是世界上最成熟的LPWA網絡,也是第一個完全致力於連接“物”的全球蜂窩網絡。作為Sigfox在澳大利亞、新西蘭和香港的獨家運營商,Thinxtra已經擁有一個覆蓋澳大利亞和新西蘭大部分人口的LPWA實時網絡,以及聯合了200餘個當地IoT合作夥伴的生態系統。香港的網絡將與此基礎建設、以及全球其他36個國家的Sigfox網絡和物聯網生態系統相連接。

“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.
正如本次活動所稱,X發佈會是由Thinxtra香港公司為所有本地合作夥伴所組織的首場活動。本地合作夥伴囊括了設備製造商、平台供應商、顧問、製造商、設計師、IoT推動者和支持者,大家攜手共進,使物聯網與香港相互促進、相得益彰,並向全球的Sigfox市場展示當地解決方案。

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.
此次活動是所有合作夥伴進行合作的一大契機,旨在構建和推廣物聯網解決方案,連接未連接的,將一切有意義的數據連接起來,讓世界更加美好。

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