Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 8:57 am Press Release: Spark
Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has
partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of
the latest in IoT (Internet of Things) technology and
demonstrate what the future could look like for Auckland’s
CBD with the power of 5G.
5G is expected to underpin
the widespread deployment of IoT technology with its
increased speeds, low latency (or lag) and reliability. To
bring this potential to life, Spark and AT have installed
IoT enabled infrastructure at Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter –
including 5G connected lighting, smart benches with charging
capability, smart bins, and parking sensors.
Technology Lead, Renee Mateparae said: “We are excited to
launch our commercial 5G network in downtown Auckland today,
building on the private network we have in place to support
Emirates Team New Zealand and the launch of Spark Race Zone
last month. Our
Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IOT technology.
Spark is giving Aucklanders a glimpse into the future made possible by the Internet of Things (IOT).
The telco has installed smart lights, solar-powered benches with charging ports and parking sensors in Auckland’s downtown Wynyard Quarter and enabled its private 5G network for commercial use.
The network’s coverage spans Britomart, the Viaduct, Commercial Bay and Wynyard Quarter, as well as North Shore’s Takapuna.
Spark technology lead Renee Mateparae said 5G could allow one million devices to be connected per square kilometre on a continual basis, generating data to improve services and amenities for New Zealanders.
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New Zealand telco Spark and Australian IoT network builder National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) announced an agreement on Monday that will allow LoRaWAN users to deploy on either side of the Tasman and roam on the other side of the ditch.
In order to implement the roaming arrangement, NNNCo’s enterprise platform, N2N-DL, has been integrated into Spark’s network core.
“Data from devices on the Spark NZ network will feed into N2N-DL giving customers access to data on a single platform from devices enrolled in either country,” the pair said.
“Spark can also do the same for customers with devices enrolled on the NNNCo network in Australia.”
One of the first customers of the network will be Parkable, a New Zealand parking app that is looking to expand in Australia.
“As the economy continues to be shaped by COVID-19, we could expect to see more partnerships like this; where carriers and
A University of Queensland-led team of international researchers says supercharged “clones” of the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes are to blame for the resurgence of the disease, which has caused high death rates for centuries.
UQ’s Dr Stephan Brouwer said health authorities globally were surprised when an epidemic was detected in Asian countries in 2011.
“The disease had mostly dissipated by the 1940s,” Dr Brouwer said.
“Like the virus that causes COVID-19, Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria are usually spread by people coughing or sneezing, with symptoms including a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic scarlet-coloured, red rash.
“Scarlet fever commonly affects children, typically aged between two and 10 years.
“After 2011, the global reach of the pandemic became evident with reports of a second outbreak in the UK, beginning in 2014, and we’ve now discovered outbreak isolates here in Australia.
“This global re-emergence of scarlet fever has caused a