The 2017 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race starts today.
Thinxtra is onboarding the Cookson 12 Yacht “Grace O’Malley”, named after the 1500’s trailblazing pirate, whose strength appealed to captain Zoe Taylor.
Well, in fact, no Thinxtra’s crew as such is onboarding the yacht but some of its Sigfox ready sensors: 2 Sens’it that will monitor temperature and humidity (;-) as well as light and 1 Oyster that will track the GPS geolocation of the boat along the way. The test for us is really to see how good the Sigfox coverage is from Sydney to Hobart.
This is the first time that IoT LPWAN devices are onboarding this famous race and we were very eager to see how things would go. At the end of the race, it appears that our virtual coverage map was well aligned with the reality.
Thank you Zoe Taylor for letting us take part of your amazing adventure and good luck, we will follow very closely the sail #99 in the Sydney harbour.
About The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Over the past 72 years, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, ranking in public interest with such national events as the Melbourne Cup, the Australian Open tennis and the Boxing Day cricket test. No regular annual yachting event in the world attracts such huge media coverage than does the start on Sydney Harbour.
More info at www.rolexsydneyhobart.com
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 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.