Thinxtra Xpress GPS tracks pack of cigarettes

Why a tobacconist from Britanny (France) decided to sell fake cartons of cigarettes?

Inside, Thinxtra Xpress, a discreet tracker gives the GPS position of the loot that has just been stolen. Vincent Letoqueux wanted to do something, “the James Bond way-” to thwart the tobacco thieves. The Tifiz solution (Xpress tracker and Ticatag platform), which he has been selling since the beginning of the year, could prove to be much more than an electronic gadget. “I had the revelation in 2017 when we were robbed at the cafe “Chez Lulu”, in Larré,” says Vincent who is a collaborator in this Breton bistro “With my wife, we live upstairs. The thieves were then fleeing quickly but they still had the time to take nearly 3,000 € worth of cigarettes. In the neighbourhoods, – in Arradon, Arzal, Ambon, Grand-Champ – other confreres got robbed. To 8,50 € the pack and soon 10 €, the value of the stock can quickly reach 50,000 to 100,000 €. We feel like jewellers,” he says.

Vincent Letoqueux therefore created the company “Inogen lab“ and approached brands of cigarettes. Some local growers provided him with real packaging to develop his system. Inside the carton, nine packs contain fake cigarettes of substantially the same weight as the real ones. The tenth has a small ultra-low consumption GPS tracker of the company Ticatag, based in Lannion (in Brittany too).

As long as the plotter does not move from the tobacconist’s shelves or back store, it does not switch on. When it crosses a perimeter chosen by the merchant, it sends a SMS to the tobacconist. He then accesses an Internet platform that gives him the GPS position of the stolen package, every five minutes, for up to 72 hours. All what remains to do is to alert the police.

Vincent Letoqueux showcasing his fake 10-pack cigarettes containing a Thinxtra GPS tracker

“When Vincent came to see me with his project, I found that our Tifiz Xpress solution (Thinxtra Xpress tracker + Ticatag Geolocation platform) matched his project. It only required to change the casing”, says Yann Mac Garry, director of Ticatag. The Sigfox telecom network is suitable because it covers the whole of Europe, it is very low cost and devices consume very little energy. The Xpress tracker can stay for a year on the tobacconist shelves without being discharged.

“After one year, we make a product recall and we recharge,” reassures Vincent Letoqueux. His solution costs 300 € (AU$500), to which we must add 3.50 € (AU$6) per month for the subscription to the interface and connectivity to Sigfox network. Part of this cost, however, can be covered by Customs subsidy.

After a conclusive testing phase, Inogen Lab has equipped some fifteen points of sale in Morbihan and Ille-et-Vilaine states.

With 24 000 tobacconists, just in France, TiFiz Xpress could be a hit!

Published by Sylvie Ribot – Ouest France Newspaper 20/04/2019 – translated & adapted by Thinxtra

About Ticatag

Ticatag, a French start-up founded in 2013, competes in the market of connected objects and the Internet of Things focused on Location Based Services. Spin off from the Alcatel-Lucent Telecom supplier, Ticatag has gained comprehensive experience in various communication technologies that enable it to develop a range of products and a complete solution system (including device and platform).

For more information,
Contact: Yann Mac Garry – CEO +33 6 08 45 23 83 [email protected]

About Thinxtra

Thinxtra was founded by IoT and network experts who share a common passion for connecting things to improve business processes and people lives.

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.

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 in a carbon constrained world.

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

Thinxtra and Digital Matter Join Forces to Fast-Track Low Cost, Long Battery Life GPS Tracker

Thinxtra and Digital Matter join forces to fast-track a sub $100 – 5 years battery life heavy-duty GPS tracker.

Digital Matter, a leader in telematics in Australia & South Africa for the past 9 years, has partnered with Thinxtra to address the market demand for low cost, long battery life ruggedised GPS tracking using Sigfox technology.

With Thinxtra already covering 70% of the Australian population with the Sigfox LPWA network dedicated to IoT, and with the option to easily extend this coverage into regional areas such as mining and agriculture via the low-cost “Coverage as a Service” offering, it became obvious to Digital Matter that a GPS tracker utilising this network would provide great benefits to their customers.

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-11-53-57-amThe GPS tracker ‘Oyster‘ is now commercial, costs less than $100 with 5 years battery life and an IP 67 rated housing. It can be managed through the platform for managing multiple units at once. It can also be interfaced with customers’ cloud platform via a simple API from the Sigfox back-end.

Digital Matter have pre-orders locally for 10,000 units and targeting 100,000 units in 2017. Thanks to the global Sigfox network and Thinxtra’s support, Digital Matter have received inquiries from USA, Europe and South America, on top of the local requirements in Australia & New Zealand from major customers.

About Digital Matter
Digital Matter is a technology company that designs and develops embedded electronic devices – and the software that makes them work and communicate. The devices range from mobile GPS devices communicating on the LPWAN, GSM and satellite networks, through to ‘black box’ electronics specific to customers’ requirements. Our engineering skills, research and development, and 9 years experience make us the ideal partner to design, develop and deploy GPS technology solution.

Contact: Ken Everett – CEO [email protected]

About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years.
Thinxtra is rolling out the first nationwide IoT network in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, based on Sigfox LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology. This is the missing link – connectivity – between things and platforms. The network already covers 70% of Australian population and is well on track to cover 95% of the ANZ population by end of 2017.
Thinxtra is also building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner.

For more information and to arrange interviews, contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing and Ecosystem [email protected] +61 404 894 960