Sydney, April 20th 2017 – Thinxtra is proud to announce the launch of the Xkit – an Arduino based development platform for the Sigfox global network. The perfect way to get started with Sigfox, the Thinxtra Xkit devkit boasts a full suite of features and accessories to empower anyone to set up an IoT solution, even with very little hardware experience. Perfect for start-ups, design houses, universities and schools, the kit has everything needed to hit the ground running using the globally available Sigfox network.
The Xkit supports multiple hardware development platforms to enable discovery and development at varying levels of technical skills.
The shield can be used with Arduino Uno R3 board clone (included), STM Nucleo development board, Freescale development board, and Microchip development kit.
The shield, via its USB port, can also be plugged into Raspberry Pi, PC and Mac computers.
Thinxtra also provides complete step-by-step guides to use the Xkit with well known IoT platforms: Amazon Web Services IoT, Microsoft Azure and IBM Bluemix.
Included in the box:
- Thinxtra Shield (with embedded sensors: temperature, pressure, light, shock and 3D accelerometer, 2 LEDs and 1 push button)
- Arduino compatible Uno R3 board (already plugged in the shield)
- External 8.5 cm antenna for excellecnt connectivity
- USB cable (to plug to a Raspberry Pi or PC or to re-flash the Arduino board)
- Battery holder (so the kit is independent of any external power source or computer)
- 1-year free connectivity on the Sigfox global network
The Xkit is now available for purchase and supports three Sigfox zones:
RCZ1 – Europe
RCZ2 – US, Mexico and Brasil
RCZ4 – Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Latin America
For RCZ1 and RCZ2, please contact your local Sigfox operator.
For RCZ4, Xkit is available to ship via two online stores: Glyn and IoT Store
Renald Gallis, VP Marketing and Ecosystem at Thinxtra: “We realised early in the game that the best way to support the ecosystem is by creating a truly low cost, versatile and powerful development kit. This aligns with the Sigfox value proposition: low cost, simple and streamlined connectivity. The simplicity is further enhanced via our easy 4-step set up process which allows users to register online and get immediate access to a year of free Sigfox connectivity. “
The Xkit will be presented and demonstrated by Kade Miller at Kydo in Melbourne on May 2nd. Details and registration.
For full details about the Xkit, visit the Xkit page on the Thinxtra website.
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
[email protected] +61 404 894 960