Hong Kong's first Internet of Things (IoT) network has reached full deployment, covering more than 90% of the territory, according to IoT services and solutions provider Thinxtra.
Thinxtra's Sigfox IoT network has enabled businesses, Hong Kong citizens and the government to connect through powerful, practical, small messaging IoT gateways installed across the territory. The new development has allowed communication without the cost, complications, security and risk of obsolescence that comes with private network deployment and integration.
"The widespread implementation of IoT devices will help enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness and quality of life,” said Murray Hankinson, managing director of Thinxtra, Asia. "Since launching in Hong Kong late last year, Thinxtra has been focused on two important tasks: Nurturing the local IoT ecosystem to stimulate innovation and rolling out the network to make such innovation possible. Devices can also roam freely without extra cost to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US with the whole of Asia expected to be covered by 2019."
Sigfox is the first global cellular IoT network fully dedicated to connected objects, forming a key infrastructure to support industry 4.0 and smart city solutions. The Hong Kong Thinxtra network has connected this growing IoT ecosystem to Thinxtra networks in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Sigfox networks and IoT ecosystems in 48 countries around the world. It currently provides access to around 803 million people.