Thinxtra Appoints Nicholas Lambrou As New CEO

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After six years, Loic Barancourt co-founder of Thinxtra focusses on fast-growth in strategic IoT markets and welcomes Nicholas Lambrou as the new CEO.

Sydney, 2 June 2021; Thinxtra announced today that Nicholas Lambrou has been appointed the new CEO of the company. An experienced business leader, Nick will take over the baton from Loic Barancourt and assume responsibilities from 29 June 2021. Loic will focus on accelerating the adoption of mass IoT solutions through strategic partnership and market development activities.

“Whilst we acknowledge and congratulate Loic and the team for the development of Thinxtra over the past 6 years, we are delighted to welcome Nick Lambrou as our new CEO. The Thinxtra network is ‘sales ready’ and Nick brings a wealth of experience that will lead the business through its next growth phase, while Loic Barancourt is freed up to focus on strategic market development opportunities.” Geoff Neate, Chairman, Thinxtra.

Leaving his role as Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand at Dell Boomi, where he took the business to a market leadership position by helping organisations transform their businesses by connecting their digital systems, Nick will take Thinxtra to the next level. Prior to his role at Dell Boomi, he held various roles at Hewlett Packard Enterprise focused on national sales & channel management.

“I am delighted to join the amazing team at Thinxtra, The IoT Telco. Together, we will help partners and customers realise the true value of IoT.” says Nicholas Lambrou, CEO, Thinxtra.

Thinxtra, The IoT Telco and Sigfox 0G Network Operator in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau is poised for growth in the maturing IoT market. Landmark success stories in the ANZ Supply Chain & Logistics Industry with organisations such as Loscam, Kegstar and Konvoy, and in Hong Kong’s Smart Facilities Management with partners such as HKBN and WeTech, Thinxtra has established a track record for game-changing IoT solutions and is set to fast track the business to the next level.

“It has been a fantastic journey for the last six years. We not only built the national, public 0G Network, which transmitted over 2bn messages last month, but also built a fantastic partner network. Our commitment to customer success and acceleration of large scale IoT adoption delivered remarkable outcomes for our customers. I loved every moment of it and now look forward to focussing on our next market success stories. I warmly welcome Nick to the team and look forward to sharing the journey ahead.” Loic Barancourt, co-founder and former CEO of Thinxtra, and now in the role of VP Market Development.

Next Generation Keg Tracking from Kegstar

Smarter Kegs Press Release | 25.11.2020

Smart stainless steel keg rental company Kegstar is about to launch its new IoT enabled keg tracking with the roll out of Project Starlight.

The Kegstar team has spent several years developing this potentially game-changing tracking technology, which not only provides the exact real-time location of every keg, but also gives detailed information of what’s inside it.

The bespoke-designed IoT device is connected to the keg chime through a welded bracket to avoid impeding couplers, cleaners, fillers or lifters, and is resistant to high-pressure cleaning.

Project Starlight improves on Kegstar’s existing barcode and RFID-scanning tracking technology, which has already generated more than 22 million scans in over 10 countries, with more than 1,300 customers in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Ireland and The Netherlands in just eight years since the business started.

As the technology is rolled out, customers can tap into data showing the location, temperature and orientation of each keg. It can also show things like whether the keg has

been cleaned or filled, is being off-loaded from a truck or is ready for collection at a hospitality venue. “The device is even fitted with a light (but no whistle) to attract attention and aid on-site identification,” said Kevin Dinn, Kegstar’s technology lead.

The launch, expected to be rolled-out on at least 11,000 kegs before Christmas, forms part of Kegstar’s ongoing drive to use the latest technology to improve its customers’ business costs, efficiency and experience.

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Helping get great beer out there is what we do. Knowing exactly how each keg travels through the supply chain will help us all to do it better. We have an exciting technology and growth journey ahead.

Christian Barden
Global Managing Director,
Kegstar

“Making our smart kegs even smarter is what this is all about,” said Kevin, who has an impressive background in technology start-ups. “This is personal,” he continued. “My dad was director of the Canberra deep-space tracking station when they put the first man on the moon – so I guess tracking is in my blood.”

The design of the device benefited from cross-involvement from Kegstar, its customers, its industry friends and IoT technology partner Thinxtra. The device has three radio transmitters to cover every wireless environment, from city-wide locations right down to where each keg is in a facility. The transmitters are tuned specifically for challenging production and radio environments.

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Starlight tracking device installed within the Kegstar keg’s chime
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Starlight enabled kegs ready for shipping to customers

Sam Sharief, Chief Operating Officer, Thinxtra, said: “We’ve partnered closely throughout the process to create a feature-rich solution that is both scalable and future-proof.

“We’ve used smart edge computing capabilities, processing thousands of parameters in its motion engine and sending only relevant information back2base to maximise battery life. All that happens through a combination of RFID, Wifi, Bluetooth and Sigfox 0G long range connectivity.”

Sam said this also meant that software could be updated remotely as Kegstar adapted to the ever-changing beverage supply chain.

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We’ve certainly got our work cut out in delivering this across our entire fleet, and it’ll be another fun part of how we improve our total customer experience.

Kevin Dinn
CTO, Kegstar

About Kegstar

Kegstar makes keg rental simple with our smart one-way stainless steel kegs and casks operating in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Ireland and The Netherlands. Each keg has its own unique identity, making it easily tracked through your supply chain on our proprietary cloud based software. In some countries we clean kegs ourselves, in some countries we collect kegs ourselves too, but in every country we want to help more great beverages get to more happy drinkers and keep it as simple as fill, scan, deliver, repeat. Kegstar was founded in 2012 in Australia. Brambles bought a 30% share in 2014 and full ownership at the end of 2015. Kegstar is an individual and entrepreneurial part of Brambles, one of the world’s most sustainable logistics businesses.

New Zealand Green Investment Finance Invests in Thinxtra, The IoT Telco, to Accelerate Business Efficiencies and Carbon Savings

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New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) is a green investment bank established with the purpose to accelerate investments that lower greenhouse gas emission activities in New Zealand.

This week NZGIF announced equity investment in Thinxtra, The IoT Telco, to advance adoption of its Internet of Things (IoT) networks across New Zealand to improve business efficiencies and carbon savings for local communities. NZGIF’s investment forms part of Thinxtra’s latest funding round, led by Adcock Private Equity. benefits to growers. AARSC collaborates extensively with researchers, industry, agricultural agencies, government and growers to bring technology capabilities together to meet industry priorities.

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We believe the Internet of Things provides an innovative and significant opportunity to reduce carbon emissions. Through this investment we are supporting a dynamic market leader to grow their New Zealand presence. We’re excited by the potential of Thinxtra, and its role as an enabler, to help other companies reduce carbon emissions.

Craig Weise
NZGIF Chief Executive

Thinxtra’s 0G Network, powered by Sigfox technology accelerates the creation of large-scale, cross-industry efficiencies for a sustainable, carbon neutral future. A broad ecosystem of solution partners, are known for creating specific solutions that deliver real outcomes by architecting fit-for-purpose, end-to-end, low-cost offerings that are fast and easy to install and maintain.

Business resilience, agility and transparency are crucial to creating the new “normal” emerging in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand’s need for world-class IoT technology to enable “distance business” through remote monitoring is clear.

Bryan Mogridge, ONZM, Thinxtra chairman, says, “NZGIF’s strategic investment enables Thinxtra to help New Zealand companies embrace more remote business practices and digitalisation, sustainably and use less energy, particularly as the local economy looks to recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19.”

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra, says, “Thinxtra has developed excellent relationships with the New Zealand business community from its Auckland headquarters. With 94 per cent network coverage of the country, we’re looking forward to working closely with NZGIF to accelerate business efficiencies and carbon savings for local communities with our IoT solutions.”

Thinxtra already supports many IoT initiatives for New Zealand-based companies, including Blackhawk, which builds software solutions for asset tracking and management; Tetherme, which enables healthy living, learning and work environments and Kordia, the New Zealand government-owned broadcast and telecommunications company.

“On the global stage, New Zealand has shown inspirational leadership by passing the world’s second Zero Carbon Act and taking progressive action to prepare for a cleaner, more sustainable future. We’re delighted to have NZGIF onboard who bring capital, extensive experience in the local market and a commitment to reducing emissions for a more carbon neutral future that matches our own.” concludes Barancourt.

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About New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF)

New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) was launched by the New Zealand Government in December 2018 to address the issue of climate change and transition New Zealand towards a zero-emission economy by 2050. NZGIF is an independent company focused on increasing the level of low emissions investment in New Zealand. NZGIF aims to bring investors and businesses together to create opportunities, structure products and execute transactions to drive low emissions investment.

For more information about New Zealand Green Investment Finance visit www.nzgif.co.nz.

Thinxtra Wins Communication Alliance Acomm Award

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The winners of the prestigious 2018 Communications Alliance Awards were announced on August 29th at the 12th Annual ACOMM Awards Dinner in Sydney. Attended by more than 450 industry leaders, the evening’s keynote address was delivered by Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield, Federal Minister for Communications and the Arts.

The individual category awards were taken out by a star-studded line-up of Australian service providers – featuring long-established players and ‘new faces’.

“The growing pervasiveness and high innovation levels of the Internet of Things is evidenced by the fact that IoT-oriented companies – Reekoh, Thinxtra and NNNCo – took out awards in three separate categories.” commented John Stanton, Communications Alliance CEO.

Loic Barancourt & Nieves Garcia of Thinxtra

Indeed, after winning the Commsday Edison Award as Best IoT/M2M Operator in Australia on last may 2018, Thinxtra grabbed the winning spot of The Communications Alliance ACOMM Awards for its Best Marketing Initiative aka Smart Council Program, a program dedicated to accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions with Councils in Australia.

“The ACOMM Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Australian communications industry and I congratulate all the winners and finalists in the 2018 ACOMMS. Excellence in innovation is a pervasive trait in the achievements of the 2018 ACOMM winners.” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra, added “We are really excited to receive such a prestigious award. It is for us a true recognition of the hard work the Thinxtra team is demonstrating everyday to make IoT a reality in Australia.”


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.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]

Sigfox network coverage reaches 90% of Hong Kong territory

Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong .

Internet of Things (IoT) service and solutions provider Thinxtra, announces Hong Kong’s first IoT network reaches full deployment covering more than 90% of the territory.

With its powerful, practical, small messaging IoT gateways installed across the territory, Thinxtra’s Sigfox IoT network now enables business, government and Hong Kong citizens to connect without the costly, complicated, insecure and risk of obsolescence that comes with private network deployment and integration.

Sigfox is the first global cellular IoT network fully dedicated to connected objects, forming a key infrastructure to support industry 4.0 and smart city solutions. As the exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox and the first wireless IoT license holder here, Thinxtra has built a cost-effective, secure and extensive IoT-enabling network. The Thinxtra LPWA gateways will allow the Hong Kong-wide adoption of IoT solutions, in logistics, construction, smart facility management, health, household, industrial machinery and smart-city.

“The widespread implementation of IoT devices will help enhance Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. Since launching in Hong Kong late last year, Thinxtra has been focused on two important tasks: nurturing the local IoT ecosystem to stimulate innovation and rolling out the network to make such innovation possible,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia. “Devices can also roam freely without extra cost to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA with the whole of Asia expected to be covered by 2019.”

Hankinson says “we have been working with HKBN (one of the largest residential broadband and telecommunications service providers in Hong Kong) to accelerate the deployment of our LPWA network. HKBN is a like-minded organisation, keen to bring and enable innovation to Hong Kong.”

Joe Sun, General Manager of Thinxtra’s Hong Kong Operations added“We are delighted to announce the network has reached near full coverage and solutions can now be connected, across Hong Kong, for as little at HK$20 per year”. “ We continue to support practical IoT solutions and innovation in Hong Kong, Thinxtra continues to collaborate on IoT R&D with the HKSTP, working with the SCC and other local partners on the design of devices, sensors and solutions.”

The Hong Kong Thinxtra network connects this growing IoT ecosystem to Thinxtra networks in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 48 countries around the world, providing access to a population of around 803 million people.


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering the Internet of Things (IoT) 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.

Media Contacts:
Thinxtra: Renald Gallis +61 404 894 960 [email protected]
FleishmanHillard Hong Kong: Patrick Yu +852 2586 7872 [email protected]


Some clips from the press about this PR:

Money magazine: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Etnet HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Telecom Asia: Thinxtra completes Sigfox rollout in Hong Kong

Quam Net: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

IT News HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Finance ET HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Pacific News Taiwan: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

PRN Asia: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Field China: Thinxtra宣布成为香港首个物联网(IoT)网络覆蓋率高达90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Life Taiwan: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Yahoo Finance: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Times: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Chinese World Net HK: Thinxtra宣佈成為香港首個物聯網(IoT)網絡 覆蓋率高達90% (Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong)

Asia One: Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong

TMC Net: Thinxtra announces Hong Kong’s First IoT network deployed with coverage of 90% of Hong Kong

CDO Trends: Thinxtra to Switch On First Cellular IoT Network in Hong Kong

ReadIT Quik: Sigfox Network Reaches Full Deployment in Hong Kong

Telecom Paper: Sigfox network coverage reaches 90% of Hong Kong territory

Thinxtra Smart Council Program v2, Be IoT Smart for Round 2

In 2018, Thinxtra is actively supporting councils to accelerate their transformation towards more efficiencies.

Last February, we launched the first instance of the Smart Council Program (let’s call it the “v1”), which proved to be very successful, as Thinxtra has now engaged with over 60 councils in 4 months.

In June, it is time for the v2, same same but with more interesting trial offers.

Same, same… because:

  • Thinxtra is still supported by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a federal government fund, to make IoT a reality for Australian councils.
  • The program is still free to join.
  • The program is still led by Regis Berdaa, who many of you have already met, either at the ASCA conference, or KPMG Smart Cities series or through our nationwide private roadshow sessions. If you haven’t yet, he will be speaking and showcasing IoT solutions at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra on June 17-20. And if you can’t attend, Regis and Ipswich City Council Matt Schultz will present the program in a webinar on June 6th. Register here.

…but more solutions

Due to its success, more Australian IoT system integrators are joining the program to showcase their solutions. This time, Thinxtra has released twelve unique offers for councils, to empower them to start their IoT journey right now. The solution offering in the v2 program enables councils to trial the benefits of IoT to their operations and their communities, risk free.

A snapshot of the solutions available via the program:

  • Water metering and leak detection
  • Manhole monitoring to prevent overflow
  • Unobtrusive in-home elderly care monitoring
  • Rodent infestation control
  • Asset management and geolocation for council’s assets and goods
  • Sites & buildings security monitoring
  • Smart City ideation workshop
  • IoT platform for Councils

and we have added 5 new solutions of high interest:

  • Smart bins monitoring
  • Smart parking
  • Sewer monitoring
  • Food temperature monitoring of fridges and food displays
  • Digital water metering

and more support

Together with our partners, we can help councils build up their application for Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding. Get your Sigfox coverage fast-tracked at no cost, and simply focus your budget application on more devices you would like to connect and the platform solution to monitor those devices that brings real value.

Our partners are excited to help Australian councils become smarter and more efficient with IoT.

Danielle Storey, from Smarter Technology Solutions “Councils have the challenge of managing and maintaining 10,000’s of assets. STS and Thinxtra simplify this management process by remotely understanding parking occupancy, bin fill levels and asset locations and status’, to provide councils the data they need to make informed decisions and to proactively address issues.”

Bigmate is one of the major innovators in asset locating and tracking in the Asia Pacific region. When we spoke with their General Manager, Mr Brett Orr said “Thinxtra with the Sigfox rollout have provided the missing piece, reliable carriage at a reasonable price point, this has changed the commercials around locating low cost high volume assets, it is now viable in Australia, and can open information to business that was previously uneconomical to access! As this market matures we introduce more council use-cases underpinning smart city strategies, delivering benefits now. We also have a platform that ties it all together with one ingestion layer – The IoT Platform”

Michael White, from CCP Technologies “CCP’s solution has been deployed across hundreds of food service and food retail sites in Australia to automate food safety compliance, reduce refrigeration maintenance costs and enhance food quality. We are bringing IoT to life and driving costs and wastage out of the food industry. Thinxtra’s Smart Councils Program provides an innovative platform for introducing the substantial benefits which simple, yet advanced IoT solutions like CCP can bring.”

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, from Watergroup “Our Sigfox offer makes bill shock and unnoticed leaks running for years a thing of the past – in a cost effective way!”

Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. It improves city services and quality of living as well as boosting local innovation. By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT .

Want to know more, ask questions? Register for the webinar

Join Regis Berdaa and Ipswich City Council’s Matt Schultz in a webinar on June 6th to learn about how Thinxtra Smart Council program can help you fast-track your IoT journey at no cost and how Thinxtra, with our ecosystem partners, can assist you with Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding. Register here.


As a council, if you haven’t join yet, what are you waiting for?

The free program is only available for a few more months.

Contact us via [email protected]
Request a meeting with our smart-council team, led by Regis Berdaa, to support your IoT strategy
Get access to our v2 program offers and select up to three IoT solutions to trial.

Go to thinxtra.com/smart-council for further information and to download the presentation.


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 [email protected].

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]

Meet Joe Sun, General Manager of Thinxtra Hong Kong

Joe Sun Thinxtra Hong Kong

Thinxtra has appointed Joe Sun as general manager of its Hong Kong operations as it continues the buildout of its territory-wide Internet of Things (IoT) network and accelerates the local development and implementation of IoT solutions.

The exclusive Hong Kong network operator of Sigfox, the world’s most mature IoT low-power wide-area (LPWA) network, and Hong Kong’s first wireless IoT license holder, Thinxtra is building the infrastructure for cost-effective IoT connectivity in Hong Kong. At the same time, it is investing to nurture a local ecosystem of IoT businesses and researchers.

Mr. Sun will draw on more than 20 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industries to lead Thinxtra Hong Kong at this critical time. A veteran of CSL’s mobile solutions development team and Hutchison Telecom’s corporate sales team, Mr. Sun has a sharp focus on building effective ecosystems and delivering innovative solutions.

“With our Sigfox network in place, we are now preparing for an upsurge in IoT development activity and the mass implementation of IoT solutions in Hong Kong. Joe is ideal to help us make a difference for our customers and partners in this fast-paced environment. He has a proven track record in business development, strategic partnerships and revenue generation in the tech and telco sectors. We are delighted to welcome him to our Hong Kong team,” said Murray Hankinson, Managing Director of Thinxtra Asia.

“IoT is a game changer for Hong Kong businesses and a vital enabler of our future as a competitive smart city with great quality of life. I am excited to join Thinxtra, Hong Kong’s most exciting IoT trail-blazer, with a mission to bring world-class IoT solutions to Hong Kong enterprises and accelerate Hong Kong’s development as an IoT hub for Asia and the world,” Mr. Sun said.

IoT is a foundational infrastructure that allows users to connect everything from wearable health devices and household appliances to industrial machinery and urban infrastructure. Deploying Sigfox technology, Thinxtra is building the only truly fit-for-purpose and territory-wide IoT-enabling network in Hong Kong. Secure and open, the Thinxtra LPWA network provides cost-effective, long-range, low-power connectivity to enable businesses, research institutions and government organizations to capitalize on the rise of IoT. Devices on the Thinxtra network can be connected for as little as HK$20/year, with a battery life of up to 10 years.

Sigfox is the first global cellular network fully dedicated to connected objects. Thinxtra’s Sigfox networks in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand are part of a global Sigfox network that spans 45 countries and territories to provide access to a massive worldwide ecosystem of IoT innovators and a market of more than 800 million people.


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.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]

First Ultrasonic Water Meter Sigfox Ready for Australia

Watergroup released -during OZ Water show 18– the first and long awaited Sigfox ready ultrasonic water meter (by HZ metering) for the Australian market.

WaterGroup, one of the largest integrated water savings companies in Australia, and global metering manufacturer HZ Metering (aka Huizhong in China) have officially announced a partnership to distribute this new smart water meter in the Australian market.

Called the Sigfox-NUmeter, this meter is the first commercially available ultrasonic smart water meter to have an IoT Sigfox module fully integrated into it.

Thinxtra provides the nationwide Sigfox backbone LPWAN coverage to make it easy to connect the NUmeter wirelessly to any platform used by Utilities, either be SCADA system or dedicated IoT platforms based on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services or else.

“The NUmeter will enable WaterGroup to help tackle two of the major challenges facing Australian utilities,” says Guenter Hauber-Davidson, the Managing Director of WaterGroup.

“First of all, each year, utilities deliver about two billion cubic metres of potable water every year – but about 10-12 per cent of this water is lost each year. This loss of water equates to over $400 million in water production costs every year. With the NUmeter we can provide utilities, with a cost-effective way to truly understand, in near real time, where the water is going – and where it is lost – in their water distribution networks.”

The second major challenge facing utilities was the major population growth predicted for Australia’s largest cities. This growth in population will drive growth in water consumption which in turn will mean that smarter management of water will become a must for major cities.

“We are seeing water and wastewater utilities across the globe implementing IoT smart water meters to access real-time information – that will help their decision making around planning of and investment in water infrastructure to meet the population growth challenges of the future and to become smarter cities,” said Mr Jianguo Dong, General Manager of HZ Metering

Renald Gallis, VP Ecosystem at Thinxtra added to conclude “With Sigfox network already covering most cities and regional councils, it becomes very simple to connect wirelessly the NUmeters for a very low cost. Many Water Utilities and Councils in Australia have been waiting for it to implement their smart water projects. This is opening the valve for better monitoring this scarce resource.”


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.

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]

Thinxtra at IoT Asia 2018

IOT Asia 2018 Sigfox

Sigfox was a platinum sponsor of this year’s edition of the biggest Internet Of Things event in the AsiaPac region with a central booth that was showcasing 100+ solutions across different vertical markets (Agtech, Smart Cities, Smart Industry, and Smart Home) from the different local solutions makers based in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan as well as 25+ from Australia and New Zealand.

Roswell Wolff, President, Sigfox Asia Pacific “IoT Asia is a platform for us to communicate with new partners (network partners, operating and ecosystem players, from devices makers to platforms suppliers) and present our capabilities to attendees from Asia. Equally important, Sigfox considers the show as a showcase for the use cases of IoT around the region.”

The show was a clear success for Sigfox and its partners (watch the short video), as the main LPWAN technology presenting by far the most solutions there and a large audience of 6000 IoT visitors keen to trial them.

Thanks to all our Thinxtra local partners: 37South, Abibird, AirTracker, ATF, Bee Inventor, CCP, Defond, Digital Matter, Eden Worth, Ellenex, GPS Engine, Motiv, PiP IoT, Silicon Controls, TuckerBox, Truesense, Waterwatch… for making it happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About IoT Asia

For the past 5 years, IoT Asia has been at the forefront of bringing global collaboration and partnershipopportunities to governments, businesses and communities in Asia. IoT Asia is an award winning stage that brings together technology heads, design architects, solution architects, engineers, academic institutions, investors and start-ups to assess the latest trends and partnership models in Asia.
6th edition returns on 27 and 28 March 2019 at Singapore EXPO. For more information, visit www.internetofthingsasia.com/

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.

Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]

Thinxtra Empowers Australian Councils With IoT Solutions

A year ago, Thinxtra introduced the Smart Council Program to the first selected 50 councils. This unique and successful program promised and delivered Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the councils (including free installation, free development kits for local incubators and free connectivity for smart council application developments).

In 2018, Thinxtra is supercharging the Smart Council offering:

1- With the support of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a federal government fund, the program is extended to 100 Australian councils that are ready to make IoT a reality for their community.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is committing up to $10 million to Thinxtra as it scales up its IoT network to target sustainable and energy conserving uses. CEFC CEO Ian Learmonth said: “Councils across Australia administer a vast network of street lights, community centres, libraries, sport and recreation facilities and other public access buildings. Measures that can help them better manage energy efficiency across all these assets can reduce costs as well as make an important contribution to their sustainability goals. It makes great sense for councils to draw on the internet of things to help them do this.”

2- Thinxtra has assigned dedicated resources to support councils, led by Regis Berdaa, previously at NBN and Cisco. His role is to lead Thinxtra’s Smart Council Program and initiatives nationally, and “to bring high-impact Internet of Things solutions to life and empower communities across Australia” as Regis puts it.

3- Thinxtra has released eight unique offers for councils, in partnership with Australian IoT system integrators, to empower councils to start their IoT journey right now. The solution offering in the program enables Councils to trial the benefits of IoT to their operations and their communities, risk free.

Snapshot of the solutions available via the Program:

  • Water metering and leak detection
  • Manhole monitoring to prevent overflow
  • Unobtrusive in-home elderly care monitoring
  • Rodent infestation control
  • Asset management and geolocation for Council’s assets and goods
  • Sites & buildings security monitoring
  • Smart City ideation workshop
  • IoT platform for Councils

Our partners are excited to help Australian councils become smarter and more efficient with IoT.

Guenter Hauber-Davidson from Watergroup “Our Sigfox offer makes bill shock and unnoticed leaks running for years a thing of the past – in a cost effective way!”

Danielle Storey, from Smarter Technology Solutions, added IOT is the latest technology buzzword but if you want to turn this technology into real opportunity cost savings and operational efficiency, we have the insight to understand councils challenges and the technology knowledge to help you address it. And IoT can be as simple as wirelessly connecting gates and doors to avoid theft or unauthorised access: The system will let you know without the need for people to call you.”

Franck Carassus “With OpenDataSoft platform, connect, enrich, visualise and share your sensor data in minutes in a very simple way. We have already connected bins or even public toilets on the Australian Sigfox network, so anything is possible “

Bigmate is one of the major innovators in asset locating and tracking in the Asia Pacific region. When we spoke with their General Manager, Mr Brett Orr said “Thinxtra with the Sigfox rollout have provided the missing piece, reliable carriage at a reasonable price point, this has changed the commercials around locating low cost high volume assets, it is now viable in Australia, and can open information to business that was previously uneconomical to access!”

James Tucker started his first trial of the AbiBird elderly care monitoring solution with Moreton Bay Council in December and now happy to join our program “AbiBird is pleased to work in conjunction with Smart Councils, providing its unobtrusive activity sensor to assist older residents to retain their independence and live in their own homes for longer.”

Even more solutions for the Smart Council Program will be released in 2018:

  • Environmental monitoring (rain, wind, temp)
  • Air quality monitoring
  • Connected AEDS
  • Smart Parking solutions
  • Smart Bin monitoring
  • People counting – footfall
  • Digital connected water meters
  • HVAC monitoring
  • Flood monitoring (rivers, lakes and reservoirs)
  • Water tank monitoring

Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. It improves city services and quality of living as well as boosting local innovation. By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT . There is no catch: At worst, councils will learn about IoT opportunities. At best, councils will create efficiencies and benefits for their citizens.

Thinxtra, with the support of the CEFC and its Australian partners, is committed to make it easy and empower all willing councils along their IoT journey.


As a Council, how do you join?

Contact us via [email protected]
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 up to three IoT solutions to trial.

Go to thinxtra.com/smart-council for further information and download presentation.


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 [email protected].

PR Contact: Renald Gallis – VP Marketing +61 404 894 960 [email protected]