21 April 2016: An ambitious programme that will link businesses, educational institutes, public facilities and consumers across Australia and New Zealand to a global Internet of Things (IoT) network is up and running.
Network operator Thinxtra has installed base stations and antennae on eight locations across Melbourne and Sydney, including the two cities’ tallest towers: Melbourne’s Eureka Tower and Sydney Tower Eye.
Thinxtra CEO Loic Barancourt says the installations are the first milestone in a rollout plan that will see the company’s Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN)* reach 85 percent of Australians and New Zealanders by the end of next year.
“These installations will provide good coverage across the CBDs of Sydney and Melbourne and demonstrate how simple and cost-effective it is to connect to Thinxtra’s SIGFOX network,” Mr Barancourt says.
Earier this month, French company SIGFOX appointed Thinxtra to install and operate a SIGFOX network in Australia and New Zealand. Thinxtra, which is backed by NZX-listed technology company Rakon Limited, subsequently announced a partnership with telecommunications, information security and media specialists Kordia that will cover the deployment of a SIGFOX network into New Zealand and the sale of connections and solutions to this network.
Thinxtra is currently discussing deployment opportunities with schools, universities and local councils in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Barancourt says the IoT is already having a significant impact in many industries – despite the high installation and operating costs of much of the existing technology.
“The solutions previously available are based on traditional telecommunications technology that has been adapted for IoT-type use. This works – but it is expensive to connect to and very power hungry,” says Mr Barancourt.
“The technology Thinxtra is rolling out in New Zealand and Australia makes connecting to the IoT viable for a great many more applications.
“Australian and New Zealand businesses are early adopters of the IoT and we have already identified a huge demand for innovative applications in sectors including asset tracking and management, smart metering for utilities, smart irrigation, crop monitoring and cattle tracking, as well as a wide range of smart city solutions,” says Mr Barancourt.
“As the provider of the world’s leading LPWA IoT connectivity solution, our role is to help make these exciting opportunities a reality.”
Louise Howe (Media Liaison)
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Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia and New Zealand. 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 and people's lives. 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 empowering Australia and New Zealand’s Internet of Things with SIGFOX world-leading LPWAN connectivity 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 or simply solve problems in an economic and connected manner.
Visit www.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.
SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated communications service for the Internet of Things. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. Currently operating in 14 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available that guarantees a high level of service and reliability on an international scale. Corporate headquarters are in France, and the company has offices in Boston, Dubai, Madrid, Munich, San Francisco and Singapore.
For more information, see www.SIGFOX.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.
*About LPWAN technology
The majority of IoT-connected devices do not need to send huge data loads: they can function perfectly well using ultra narrow band technology. This type of solution can be set up and operated for as little as one-tenth of the cost of using a 3G/4G device, and because they are only “on” when they are transmitting, power demand is negligible.
The significantly lower set-up and running costs make this technology a viable proposition for a great many more possible applications than are currently connected.
The SIGFOX network has been designed with the IoT in mind. Typically, it is based on antennae and base station infrastructure that is completely independent of existing networks.
SIGFOX is the only company rolling out a global network fully dedicated to connected objects. The SIGFOX network provides:
• Low energy consumption (many devices are battery powered)
• Long range (reducing network and subscription costs)
• Ease of use
• Security and reliability