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Spark NZ launches IoT network across New Zealand

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New Zealand mobile telecommunications company Spark NZ has announced the launch of its Internet of Things (IoT) network, which is currently available in "60 percent of the places New Zealanders live and work." The LoRaWAN IoT network has been switched on in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Blenheim, Nelson, and Dunedin. It will additionally provide coverage by June 2018 to Queenstown, Whangarei, Pukekohe, Gisborne, Napier, Taupo, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Timaru, Hastings, and Invercargill, with the latter two to go live within weeks. The network consists of gateways and antennas installed atop Spark NZ's 4G cell sites, with the telco using Actility's ThingPark Wireless platform, Kerlink's gateways, and Kordia to build and maintain the network. Spark NZ said it will enable business and local governments to deploy sensors across infrastructure including vehicles, machinery, rubbish bins, car parks, and livestock, with the telco saying it would cost around AU$1.79 per cow to connect each month to track location and body temperature.


A majority of Australian public pathology labs now uploading results to My Health Record

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The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) has announced all public pathology test results in New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia are now accessible by patients and clinicians via the My Health Record (MHR) system. The results are immediately available in the system to healthcare providers, according to the ADHA, while patients are only able to review the results seven days after the report is uploaded. "This gives healthcare providers time to review the report and contact their patient to discuss the results if needed," said the ADHA, which oversees the MHR system. The ADHA also revealed nearly 43 million pathology reports have been uploaded to the MHR, with more than 3.8 million reports uploaded in March, an 11% month on month increase from February. "More patients are using My Health Record to see their pathology results with 140,000 people doing so in March. That's a 76% increase from February," ADHA interim CEO Bettina McMahon said.


Telstra suffers ADSL and NBN outage

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Telstra's run of outages has continued, with customers across Australia complaining of a lack of service on ADSL and NBN connections on Friday morning. As of the time of writing, Telstra's service status page shows outages in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and South Australia. "Customers with NBN voice and data services and ADSL services may be having difficulty connecting to the internet," a Telstra spokesperson said of the incident. "The issue commenced early this morning, and is impacting NBN-based services and a small number of ADSL services. Services are in the process of being restored."


Surf Life Saving Australia extends drone operations this summer

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Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and Westpac have teamed up to deploy 51 drones around Australia during the nation's beach-going months. The drones are intended to provide aerial vision and surveillance to help spot rips and swimmers in distress, and could in future drop buoyancy devices to swimmers, the pair said. Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) President Graham Ford said the drones will be "hugely beneficial". "There is no better time than now to welcome new technologies that can help us protect more Australians," he said. The drones will be located throughout the New South Wales and Queensland coasts; at St Kilda and Frankston in Victoria, as well as a mobile unit; Semaphore Beach and Christies Beach in South Australia; at Frederick Henry Bay in Tasmania; at Cottesloe, Fremantle, Meelup, Smiths Beach, Secret Harbour, City Beach, Trigg, and Mullaloo in Western Australia; and one unit in Darwin.


ACMA EME tests find LTE small cells putting out less than 0.8% of exposure safety levels

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Results so frightening that the scale had to be reduced to 2% in order to see statistical differences. Not that it will matter to the conspiracy theorists and disinformation junkies that drum up fear of 5G electromagnetic energy (EME), but a test by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has shown it is well, well below Australian safety levels. In a series of tests at 60 small sites running LTE services, with one site dropped after learning it was an in-building cell, the highest exposure level measured was 0.737% within the Sydney CBD, less than 1% of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) limit. The tests were made up of 21 sites in New South Wales, nine in Queensland, six in South Australia, two in Tasmania, 16 in Victoria, and five in Western Australia, and were measured as an average across a six-minute period, from a tripod-mounted probe that took readings 1.5 metres above ground level. Measurements were carried out across January and February in publicly accessible places.