23 June 2016
What if your fridge could tell you the yoghurt on the back shelf was past its use-by date? What if your clothes dryer could text you that it was time to change the lint filter?
Everyday examples, but they demonstrate the value a fully realised Internet of Things (IoT) will generate, says Brent Robinson.
“The IoT is about getting good data early, so you can anticipate a problem or an opportunity,” he says.
Agriculture is one sector where the new technology could be a game-changer.
“A lot of animals are already ‘connected’, via radio frequency identification technology, making it possible to follow an individual animal along the entire supply chain,” says Brent.
“But imagine a tag that monitored the cow’s temperature – and was linked to a sprinkler system in the dairy shed so a farmer could minimise heat stress in the herd and improve milk yields.”
Beyond improving the way we currently do things, the IoT will create new ways of working. For Rakon, the opportunities lie in the new products and technologies that will be required to bring it to life.
With smartphones and other mobile devices to connect the individual user to their IoT ecosystem and cloud computing to translate the vast amount of data generated into useful information, what else does the IoT need to flourish?
“The network technology currently available is based on traditional telecommunications technology. It works – but it is expensive to connect to and very power hungry,” says Brent.
“The SIGFOX network is a dedicated global network designed with the IoT in mind. It has the lowest deployment and maintenance costs of any system proposed, making it viable for a huge number of applications,” he says.
“Based on current market forecasts, we expect Thinxtra’s total number of network connections to overtake total population in Australia and New Zealand by 2022.”
As a cornerstone shareholder in Thinxtra, the SIGFOX Network Operator (SNO) for Australia and New Zealand, Rakon will be part of a worldwide network of potential customers for its innovative component technology.
“Managing such massive amounts of data from such a wide variety of sources will need new infrastructure. Rakon’s track record as an innovator in semiconductors puts us in an ideal position to be a supplier of choice.”
Louise Howe (Media Liaison)
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Rakon is a global high technology company and a world leader in its field. The company designs and manufactures advanced frequency control and timing solutions for telecommunications, global positioning and space and defense applications. Rakon products are found at the forefront of communications where speed and reliability are paramount. The company’s products create extremely accurate electric signals which are used to generate radio waves and synchronise time in the most demanding communication applications. Rakon has five manufacturing plants including two joint venture plants and has five research and development centres. Customer support centres are located in ten offices worldwide. Rakon is a public company listed on the New Zealand stock exchange, NZSX, ticker code RAK. Visit www.rakon.com.
SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity 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 deployed or being rolled out in 21 countries and registering over 7 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only commercially available IoT-dedicated connectivity solution 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 them on Twitter @SIGFOX.
Thinxtra is the exclusive SIGFOX network operator for Australia & 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.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 & 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 & connected manner. Visit www.thinxtra.com and follow them on Twitter @Thinxtra.