Wyndham (VIC) en route to deploy City wide IoT solutions

The City of Wyndham is a suburb located on the western edge of Melbourne (Victoria state, Australia) that has seen a massive growth in population, doubling in the last 10 years and now reaching more than 240,000 inhabitants.

For that reason, Wyndham City Council’s Smart City Office is working with internal departments to identify IoT based solutions that could be used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of council-delivered services and improve the quality of life of their growing community.   These type of solutions would also allow council to gather granular data across the city to provide support for better decision making.

Wyndham City is rolling out a number of initial projects including: water tank level monitoring, sewer pump monitoring and pedestrian counting. Further projects being considered include: waste bin monitoring, dog monitoring, shopping trolley tracking, air quality monitoring and noise monitoring.

To undertake these projects, a low power wide area network (LPWAN) that forms the IoT connectivity backbone for an array of such smart cities applications was installed.  The availability of a dedicated IoT network offers reduced connectivity costs for council applications and its constituents. The specific requirements of sensors – extended battery life, wide geographic coverage and relatively minor data transmission requirements make LPWAN much more suitable than 3G/4G/5G and WiFi connectivity.

Wyndham City Council worked closely with Thinxtra – the Australian network operator for Sigfox, a world leader in IoT – to install low power wide area (LPWA) antennas on council structures across the city. Overall, 17 base stations have been installed to provide complete outdoor coverage across the city.

With the IoT network now in place, Wyndham City can start rolling out a range of IoT devices such as air quality sensors, water pressure monitoring, temperature monitoring and asset tracking. The collected data will be used to improve their understanding, management and utilisation of city assets and facilities. Furthermore, the network will be promoted across the city so that schools, institutions and businesses can make use of the network to deploy IoT solutions.

Councillor Aaron An, Wyndham City’s Smart City portfolio holder, commented “Given that Wyndham is home to large agricultural and manufacturing industries, we anticipate that these types of businesses will be able to gain significant advantages by deploying IoT solutions which will allow them to improve the efficiency and profitability of their businesses. For example, IoT solutions to measure light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc can be deployed and manufacturers will be able to improve visibility across their operations, refine utilization, and reduce waste and costs.”

Wyndham was supported by Thinxtra to fast track such solutions towards more efficiencies via the Smart Council Program.

Regis Berdaa, added: “Local businesses and organisations could also leverage this IoT network to create new business opportunities and operational efficiencies, that could be replicated on a national or even global scale.”

As a Council, you can take part in this program by simply contacting Thinxtra at [email protected] to request a meeting with our smart-council team to tailor our approach to your IoT strategy.

On a last note, Thinxtra was the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for this smart council program.


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.

Thinxtra is backed by the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards more efficiencies.

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

Thinxtra is an active member of the Australian Smart Communities Association.

Thinxtra was also the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for its smart council program.

 

Brimbank (VIC) Moving Towards a Smart “Community First” Council

brimbank connected waste bins sigfox

Brimbank city council believes in taking a “Community First” approach to everything it does.

Dominic Di Martino, Asset and Property Manager at Brimbank City Council, has been a passionate advocate for the promotion of better and smarter technology as a means to transform the way Council connects with its community in delivering better and more efficient services; ever relevant in today’s economy. He explains about his involvement in pursuing technology to improve the services that public assets help provide.

In simple words, Dominic says, “Our aim is to change our traditional approach to asset management practices by making the right maintenance decisions at precisely the right time.”

As a council, where do you start your Smart City journey? What are the painpoints you need to address?

For Mr Di Martino, the answer is explicit:

  • Our first project was about ensuring that street litter bins were attended to at precisely the right time and avoid over servicing or under-servicing. There is a lot of variability in terms of usage of bins, highly dependent on time of the year, events, weather, etc. Having a standard service routine, will almost always mean servicing the bins either too early or too late, clearly less than optimal.

Indeed, these highly visible assets should be serviced in the most efficient and timely manner possible, so as to maintain a positive image of the overall community..

For Brimbank, following this first project, the vision is getting clearer and they see 3 main next steps to keep moving forward:

1- Expand the smart bin project beyond the initial commitment as it proved to be of high value to them. The data collected on the first pilot was already very helpful to better understanding the variability of use of the bins and how this technology could be integrated with existing systems.

2- Explore new projects such as:

  • using the temperature-sensing feature of the bin device to monitor the “urban heat island effect” and identify appropriate strategies to overcome this issue where they exist.
  • connecting public toilet assets – similarly to bins, using remote sensors to ensure Council’s public toilets are well maintained and issues are identified and responded to as they arise.

3- Liveability: Anything to do with improving our urban landscape. By being able to monitor noise, pollution, wind speed, temperature, humidity, and rainfall, practical strategies can then be implemented to help mitigate this and improve the liveability of our cities and community.

For the fans of technology, let’s review apart the Internet fo Things’ solution involved to monitor the bins:

  • The device (PiPIoT LevelSense), a level sensor with complementary geolocation, temperature & tilt features.
  • The platform: Bigmate IoT platform, based on AWS, easily integrates into Council’s existing asset management system to automate service requests at precisely the right time, as well as integrating into their current GIS map system. Bigmate IoT Platform also enables many other use cases and devices with a single platform for Brimbank to build upon.
  • The connectivity network by Sigfox: As Dominic says, “The choice was relatively straight forward in selecting the Sigfox network. The LPWAN IoT infrastructure was installed and provided for free, avoiding high cost of CAPEX investment and long tender process.”

Brimbank was supported by Thinxtra to fast track solutions towards more efficiencies via the Smart Council Program.

As a Council, you can replicate this project as well as others by simply contacting Thinxtra at [email protected] to request a meeting with our smart-council team to tailor our approach to your IoT strategy.

On a last note, Thinxtra was the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for this smart council program.


About the Brimbank City Council
The City of Brimbank is the second largest municipality in Melbourne, located in the Western Region about 20 kms from the central business district. It is a culturally diverse municipality with about 43 per cent of the population being born overseas and 37 per cent being under 24 years of age.
Brimbank is currently experiencing strong residential, industrial and commercial development. Brimbank includes 25 new and established suburbs and incorporates one of the largest industrial areas in Melbourne. It also has a number of important institutions including the Sunshine Hospital and the St Albans campus of the Victoria University of Technology.

Dominic Di Martino is the Asset and Property Manager for the City of Brimbank. He is a passionate advocate for the promotion of the use of smart technology and innovation as a way to modernise the way government engages with, and serves, its communities – an approach that is now more critical than ever in a global economy that affects everyone.
Having worked as an engineering and infrastructure consultant in the private sector
before joining Local Government in 2005, Dominic has seen how an organisation’s
creativity, curiosity for the unknown, and a sense of adventure, can be the one catalyst
that can initiate and sustain transformational change.


About Bigmate
Part of the 2SG Technology Group, Bigmate was established with a vision to be one of the leading innovators in the global field of Internet of Assets (GPS monitoring and asset management technology). Today, with over 15 years’ experience in the field, they are one of the brightest telematics and Internet of Assets (IoA) solution providers, offering cutting-edge GPS monitoring and productivity solutions to a broad range of industries and markets. Headquartered in Brisbane, they have a national presence and cater for over 25 Australian Local Government Councils.
They understand that data-driven insights can be a lifeline to a business and high and low value assets can be a constant source of intelligence for a business. Bigmate’s solution can unlock the assets’ voice and allow them to speak, revealing information than can help monitor assets, save on operational expenses and providing information that can assist in greater business understanding – thus enabling better business decisions to be made.

More info at bigmate.com.au


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.

Thinxtra is backed by the CEFC (Clean Energy Finance Corporation), an Australian Government fund with a mission to accelerate local transformation towards more efficiencies.

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

Thinxtra is an active member of the Australian Smart Communities Association.

Thinxtra was also the 2018 winner of The Communications Alliance Acomms Award as Best Marketing Initiative for its smart council program.

Mandurah (WA) is Sigfox Ready to Detect Water Leaks

The City of Mandurah, a Liveable Community award winner and one of the most advanced regional city in Western Australia, is now fully covered with Sigfox LPWAN network, installed, monitored and managed by Thinxtra Australia at no cost to the city.

Among the first IoT projects implemented by the City of Mandurah, to maintain that status of liveable city, is better monitoring water consumption and detecting water leaks by visualising water flow rates in water meters located at Council facilities.

The solution includes Sigfox ready dataloggers retrofitted via reed switch to the water meters, the data is sent via Sigfox IoT network to the WaterGroup data analytics platform (Envisi) to visualise the data with the ability to alert staff if water leaks are detected or if deviations in normal water consumption occur.

The potential benefits are obvious: improve water use in the City’s facilities, reduce water usage cost and nearly remove time consuming water meter inspections.

Sean Hutton, City of Mandurah, commented “In this case it means we can react to water leaks and abnormal water consumption as soon as it happens, instead of having to wait for the next utilities bill to discover an issue. This project aligns perfectly with our Waterwise council program in improving water use efficiency within council facilities and the community, and also has a direct benefit to council in reducing water usage costs.”  

Guenter Hauber-Davidson, CEO of Watergroup, the provider of the solution, also added “It’s always great to work with a client ‘who gets it’. Mandurah is one of those instances where a Council has clearly seen how WaterGroup’s Sigfox based smart water metering solution creates real value for them. By fully embracing the system and from initial results received so far, the City expects the system will be paid back in the first year. For those who do not have these types of house resources available on a consistent basis, there is the WaterGroup AWARE Service. Here the company actively monitors a client’s water use and chases up abnormal use or leaks.”

Such project was made possible in a very short time thanks to the support of Thinxtra who covered the city with the Sigfox wireless network within few weeks via its Smart Council Program. “By enabling councils to trial new solutions risk free, they can experiment with new services and gain real- life experience and understanding of IoT. Clearly, the Smart Council Program brings numerous benefits. There is no catch: At worst, councils will learn about IoT opportunities. At best, councils will create efficiencies and benefits for their citizens.” said Regis Berdaa, BDM Smart Councils at Thinxtra


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


About The City of Mandurah
The City of Mandurah is Western Australia’s largest regional city and 10th largest local government by population covering an area of 173.5km. It is home to more than 84,000 people with an average increase of 1500 new residents each year over the past five years. Between 2016 and 2036, the population for the City of Mandurah is forecast to increase by 36,778 persons (44.26% growth), at an average annual change of 1.85%.

The City of Mandurah is a 2011 International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) dual award winner. The LivCom Awards, initiated in 1997 and endorsed by the United Nations Environment Program, is the only international competition judged on international best practice for managing the environment while improving residents’ quality of life by creating ‘liveable communities’. Participation in the Awards is an investment in the future of a community.


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 renald.galli[email protected]

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]

Rockhampton (QLD) is Now Sigfox Ready

The Rockhampton region, the most advanced smart regional centre in north Queensland, is now fully covered with Sigfox LPWAN network, installed, monitored and managed by Thinxtra Australia.

End of December 2015, the Council unanimously endorsed a strategy to better use technology for a smarter city. It started with a free Wi-Fi in designated public spaces, then a number of smart CCTV cameras in known trouble areas, smart billboards, …and they started releasing more data such as water treatment and traffic information to be better used by citizens.  Sigfox now opens the door for connecting many more things for more granular data, providing more accurate information and thus more potential efficiencies to reduce water leaks, energy consumption, optimising waste collection or parkings’ utilisation as examples.

Rockhampton is amongst the first Australian cities to focus on the use of these new technologies to grow the economy and improve liveability of the area. The whole game is to make sure they, at least, retain the current population (ideally make it grow), create more skilled jobs and grow the tourism industry. They are also expected to help grow local business, increase public safety, and the use of underutilised areas.

Thinxtra wanted to make sure Rockhampton was ready for the next phases involving the use of the Internet of Things in a broader scale. As part of our Smart councils Program, the network was fully deployed covering 99% of the population at no cost to the council.

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 trials before end of March 2018.

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]

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]

Thinxtra Launches $5M Program to Bring IoT to Smart Councils

Smart council with sigfox

Thinxtra is introducing a new Partnership Program for Smart Councils, and offering it to the first 50 selected councils in Australia. This unique program provides Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks at no cost to the Council, to bring Internet of Things solutions to the community.

Thinxtra is investing $5M into this program which includes free installation, free development kits for incubators and free connectivity for smart council application developments.

McKinsey Global Institute report estimates that the IoT will improve the global economy by $3.9 trillion to $11.1 trillion per year by 2025.
The Smart Council Program will bring numerous benefits, enabling applications such as infrastructure monitoring, waste management, asset tracking and environmental monitoring, as well as enabling educational and community initiatives using and teaching IoT. By joining the program, Councils can actively participate in connecting Australia to the Internet of Things global network and be at the forefront of the Smart Cities movement, joining such cities as Barcelona, San Francisco and Singapore. This will improve city services and quality of living as well as boosting innovation and creating multiple job opportunities to develop IoT solutions and benefit local communities, industries and councils.


As a case study, Coffs Harbour was the first regional city in Australia that joined forces with Thinxtra to receive free coverage for the Internet of Things. This deployment was successfully conducted in collaboration with Schneider Electric who, together with Thinxtra, are bringing IoT solutions to Coffs Harbour.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra: “Coffs Harbour, being a Centre of Strategic Growth and having a burgeoning business and innovation centre, was a perfect choice for us to demonstrate how IoT can help boost regional economy and business.”

The Sigfox network in Coffs Harbour took less than a week to install, thus enabling companies and individuals to connect millions of low-power devices. Local smart councils, being early IoT adopters, will be the first to benefit from the positive effect of IoT on their local economies.


Download the Overview Presentation for further information and specific applications.
You may want to express your interest by emailing us at [email protected]


About Thinxtra
Thinxtra is empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things by deploying SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full ecosystem of IoT solutions and services to enable the non-connected to connect, to increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service and solve problems in an economic and connected manner.
Thinxtra was launched in 2015 and is backed by a consortium of strategic investors including cornerstone investor Rakon Limited, a NZX-listed high-tech leader in innovation of communications technology. The network roll out in Australia and New Zealand has commenced and is on track to meet its target of covering 95% of the ANZ population with SIGFOX connectivity by the end of 2017.
To take advantage of early deployment in your council, review your interest at library.web.thinxtra.com/smartcouncil/ and contact us at [email protected].
Follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
Thinxtra Contact:
Renald Gallis – VP Marketing & Ecosystem
[email protected]
+61 404 894 960

Thinxtra is a member of Australian Smart Communities Association
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