Spark Turns On 5G In Auckland And Offers A Glimpse Into The Future Of Smart Cities

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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.

Spark
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 partnership with AT is about helping bring
to life the significant contribution 5G and IoT will make in
addressing urban, economic and sustainability challenges
across the country.

“5G will eventually allow for
one million devices to be connected per square kilometre on
a continual basis1, generating data that will help
Governments, Councils and businesses respond quickly,
allocate resources wisely and plan for the future, which
will ultimately improve services and amenities for New
Zealanders.

“We know from existing research that IoT
applications can improve quality of life significantly by
saving us time, improving health and safety outcomes,
reducing environmental impact, and boosting social
connectedness and civic participation,2” said
Renee.

Smart lighting has been installed in the
surrounding streets of Wynyard Quarter’s Innovation
Precinct, which can now generate heat maps of foot traffic
to help AT identify any ‘choke points’ to better inform
future infrastructure investments, as well as monitor air

Spark gives preview of Auckland’s future connected on a 5G network

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Spark turned on 5G in downtown Auckland today and has partnered with Auckland Transport (AT) to showcase some of the latest in IOT technology.

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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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“[5G] will help governments, councils and businesses respond quickly, allocate resources wisely and plan for the future,” Mateparae said.

The 5G network, an upgrade to the current 4G communications network, was expected to underpin the widespread deployment of IOT technology with its increased speeds, reliability and low latency.

The smart lighting was installed in the surrounding streets of Wynyard Quarter’s Innovation Precinct, which could generate heat maps of foot traffic to help AT identify any choke points to better inform future infrastructure investments, and monitor air and noise pollution.

Some lights were fitted with 5G connected CCTV which could enable better detection of criminal activity, capturing high-definition video even at night, and could be dimmed and brightened remotely to help reduce energy consumption, Mateparae said.

The solar-powered smart benches had charging ports for smartphones and electric scooters and bikes.

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Spark and NNNCo team up to create a roaming trans-Tasman LoRaWAN network

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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 partners work together to enable the deployment and scaling of IoT solutions across markets,” Spark IoT lead Tony Agar said.

Elsewhere on Monday morning, Australian telco Optus announced it was opening up its 5G network for its wholesale customers.

The telco said it has 900 5G sites across the country, but has yet to deploy any cells in Tasmania or Northern Territory.

Spintel is the first mobile virtual network operator to jump onboard.

Not to be left out, Australian incumbent telco Telstra said on Monday its network has hit 41% population coverage.

“Our 5G now covers an area that more than twelve million Australians live, work or pass through on a daily basis, giving them access to a superfast network at a time when connectivity’s never been more important and when there’ll be more 5G devices to choose from than ever,” Telstra group executive for networks & IT Nikos Katinakis

Hadoop Or Apache Spark – Which Is Ruling the World of Technology?

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Technology enthusiasts love to stay updated about new technology, especially when there is a new launch in the tech-world. Big data is the latest name to join the software industry. The big data online training has become one of the most sought after activities for any ambitious software professional. Apache Spark has been in demand since its launch. Let’s understand which one serves as the most demanding software in today’s world of technology.

Nowadays technology changes at an eye blink. A new smartphone is trending before we end our day. When it comes to making a mark in creating jobs, big data is the foremost name. Hadoop and Spark serve as the open source frameworks which are specifically used for implementing the big data technologies.

With increasing needs of handling a huge volume of data, many organizations have been preparing themselves to handle it. Big data is mainly used to store and manage great volumes of data. Spark is helpful in processing the data in a better way. Both go hand in hand. Let’s have an in-depth study.

Learning Hadoop is the First Step

Big data has been widely accepted as an open source framework which helps data architects to speed up data operations. It assists in identifying various business scenarios where data science can have a powerful outcome. Without a doubt, Hadoop has been serving as a stepping stone for most organizations that aim to leverage Big Data to ease off their businesses.

It is best for students who have studied Java and SQL though it is not mandatory. By joining a software training Institute, they can understand and master the concepts of Hadoop. It implies various skills in streaming, HDFS, Map Reduce and later Apache Hive. Being associated with the same technologies, it is essential to have a …