Mobile and solar Sigfox base stations to boost machine connectivity

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Australia’s ‘smart’ agricultural and earthmoving equipment is set for a boost with the launch of the first mobile, solar-powered Sigfox base stations by Thinxtra

the Sigfox Base Station will provide a coverage radius of up to 50km
When fully deployed, it can reach a height of 8m

The wireless connectivity playtforms will provide improved long-range coverage for inter-machine and machine-to-base telemetrics, part of the Internet of Things (IoT).

First deployed last month at Queensland’s Surat Basin, the Sigfox Base Station will provide a coverage radius of up to 50km and can be deployed to connect and control assets such as farming and mining equipment at virtually any location in a matter of hours.

Thinxtra network deployment VP Sam Sharief says the company is excited by the Sigfox base station and its benefits.

"We are excited to launch a solar powered Sigfox base station that gives customers fast and easy access to a long range, low power, low cost, reliable and secure connection for their devices wherever they are," Sharief says.

"This is a win for businesses operating in areas with limited access to network coverage, and for those looking to benefit from connected asset tracking and management in rural and remote areas that lack established infrastructure," he adds.

Benefits of the mobile solar base station include high manoeuvrability as it is fully retractable and easy to carry.

When fully deployed, it can reach a height of 8m. The unit also works autonomously on batteries for up to four days without sun. It is ideally installed on a high point to extend the coverage as far as possible. 

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