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Thinxtra puts $5 million into programme to connect councils to the IoT Featured


Internet of Things and communications services vendor Thinxtra is investing $5 million in a programme to bring Internet of Things services to local government councils across Australia.

The first 50 selected councils selected for the programme by Thinxtra will be provided, free of charge with Sigfox network coverage within 4 weeks, including free installation, free development kits for incubators and free connectivity for “smart council” application developments.

Thinxtra says the new smart councils partnership programme will bring numerous benefits to councils, 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.

Loic Barancourt, CEO of Thinxtra says 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, with the deployment successfully conducted in collaboration with Schneider Electric.

“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,” Barancourt says.

“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.”

Thinxtra cites a McKinsey Global Institute report estimating that the IoT will improve the global economy by US$3.9 trillion to US$11.1 trillion per year by 2025.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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