Australia’s agriculture and mining industries are among those set to benefit from the launch of Thinxtra’s solar powered Sigfox base station. The base station provides a Sigfox coverage radius of up to 50km, and can be deployed to connect and control assets such as farming and mining equipment at virtually any location in a matter of hours.
The first mobile and solar powered Sigfox base station was deployed at the Surat Basin in Queensland on 06/12/2017 to track earth moving equipment in the upstream gas industry.
Thinxtra VP Network Deployment, Sam Sharief said: “We are excited to launch a solar powered Sigfox base station that gives customers fast and easy access to a long range, low power, low cost, reliable and secure connection for their devices wherever they are.
This is a win for businesses operating in areas with limited access to network coverage, and for those looking to benefit from connected asset tracking and management in rural and remote areas that lack established infrastructure.”
The Thinxtra mobile solar base station has many unique benefits:
- It is fully retractable, easy to carry where required and can be operating within 2′ as it is already commissioned by the Network Operation Centre.
- When fully deployed, it can reach a height of eight meters for a maximum coverage of up to 50km.
- The unit works autonomously on batteries for up to 4 days without sun.
- It is ideally installed on a high point to extend the coverage as far as possible.
It has the same features as the Sigfox mini base station.
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.