UTS will receive free access to the Sigfox IoT global network as part of Thinxtra’s Smart University Partnership Program.
IoT development in Australia is receiving a boost thanks to a new partnership between IoT network operator Thinxtra and Sydney’s University of Technology.
The partnership is aimed at accelerating innovation and development of IoT applications and platforms. As part of the collaboration, the university will receive free access to the Sigfox IoT global network through Thinxtra’s Smart University Partnership Program. According to the announcement, UTS is one of the first five universities in the Australia/New Zealand region to join Thinxtra’s initiative. The partnership will focus on the development of IoT applications and platforms for smart cities, agriculture and the industrial sector.
Hervé Harvard, director of prototyping at UTS, said in a statement to IoT Hub: “Access provided by Thinxtra will benefit many R&D projects dedicated to helping Australian business to be faster, smarter and more agile, which will position Australia as a global leader in areas such as agritech, smart mining and logistics, infrastructure monitoring and asset management, and environmental and water monitoring.”
The University of Technology, Sydney is a world leading university in IoT, big data analytics and artificial intelligence. They host the Internet of Things Alliance Australia and have developed industry partnerships focused on IoT innovations and applications. Faculty, students and researchers will now have access to Sigfox IoT connectivity to develop IoT hardware and software applications including data analytics and cloud solutions, the company stated. The university says that connectivity is already in place and available for use.