Govt unveils latest tech for NZ’s great pest wipe-out


A predator-tracking camera, a new poison and a clever lure are among pest-busting tech just awarded nearly $2m in funding.

They’re part of a new generation of technology aimed at wiping out pests at landscape-scale – one of the critical first steps toward New Zealand’s dream of a predator-free 2050 – but contentious genetic engineering solutions so far aren’t in the mix.

Unveiled this morning by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Regional Economic Development under-secretary Fletcher Tabuteau, include a new toxin for rats, Norbormide, being developed by Auckland-based company Invasive Pest Control, Boffa Miskell and the University of Auckland.

Norbormide is highly toxic to rats compared with other mammals or birds, taste aversion has previously limited its effectiveness.

It’s hoped a new chemical synthesis will change that – and early trials on Norway and ship rats have turned in promising results.

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Boffa Miskell is also testing a low cost, open-source, automated system for dispensing “egg-mayo” lures to rodents, mustelids and possums at set times over long periods.

Another company, Zero Invasive Predators, is developing a highly sensitive, back country camera, with on-board artificial intelligence analysis software to identify predators and auto-report their presence.

ZIP has also been developing and field testing an automated lure dispenser, an innovative rat and stoat trap, electronic transmitter, a LoRa-Iridium satellite box and a webserver designed to detect and respond to predator reinvasions in remote places.

Its “remove and protect” products have been successfully used to clear possums from South Westland’s Perth River Valley.

Meanwhile, Christchurch-based Red Fern Solutions has been developing a system to process inputs from traps and monitoring devices, and transmit data to the cloud using Bluetooth, Wifi, cellular, and satellite communications.

This “Flexi-comms” system aims to be a market leader through capability to transmit images from remote cameras.

“These tools promise to supercharge the national predator-free effort, help ensuring healthy forests and places for our special native plants and wildlife to flourish,” Sage said.

“These new tools build on the innovative work by many ingenious New Zealanders who are tackling predators. They add to the methods currently available to give indigenous nature a helping hand by controlling pests and predators.”

All the control tools are designed to work together and enable the predators to be removed from large scale landscapes and then help defend these areas from reinvasion.

A first tranche of new generation tools was announced in November as part of a $19.5 million investment by the Provincial Growth Fund in Predator Free 2050 Ltd, which manages the projects on behalf of the Government.

The 2050 goal, first announced by the previous National-led government in 2016, forms one of New Zealand’s principal efforts to turn the tide on pests killing some 25 million native birds each year.

The Government’s strategy focuses on three steps: mobilising groups and setting up collaborations around the country; developing “new and transformational tools and techniques” that’ll be required to eradicate the pests; and then applying these at scale across the countryside.

An accompanying action plan sets out seven specific goals for 2025: among them, increasing by one million hectares the area of New Zealand where predators were suppressed and proving that they could be wiped out and then kept out of at least 20,000ha of mainland countryside.

Within five years, the Government also wanted to finish the job of clearing all of our islands – one that was started more than half a century ago – and to have driven possums or mustelids like stoats out of at least one city.

Further, it wanted to see a “breakthrough science solution” capable of removing at least one small mammal predator from the mainland.

Yet the plan didn’t go as far as singling out gene editing, which carried the potential to knock down populations by boosting the chance of certain genes being inherited, or by “silencing” gene sequences unique to particular pest species.

University of Auckland conservation biologist Associate Professor James Russell said the latest $1.7m investment would help more tools transition from the benchtops of engineers and scientists in to the remotest parts of New Zealand, where they were most needed.

The successful sequencing of the genomes for rats and stoats announced this week also paves the way for blue-sky technologies such as gene-editing, but the tools funded today all show that incremental advances in technology will always play a critical part in rolling out Predator Free 2050 across the country today,” Russell said.

“With the announcement of the overall PF2050 strategy earlier this year, the next step is prioritising which tools are best suited for which landscapes, so that we can maximise the speed at which landscape predator free projects can be rolled out and linked up most cost effectively across Aotearoa.”



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IOTDC confirm acquisition of a new concurrently maintainable facility located in Port Melbourne


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Melbourne: IOT Data Centres (“IOTDC”), announce the acquisition of a new facility in Port Melbourne which will be added to the IOTDC mesh. The IOTDC mesh is a network of geographically distributed facilities through which IOTDC offers community integrated data centre services. This facility is the second in the IOTDC pipeline following closely after the recently announced project in Darwin. The acquisition allows IOTDC to offer services to customers looking to immediately leverage capability in Victoria and Northern Territory. Capability in other jurisdictions will be available soon in Queensland and Western Australia.

IOTDC announces the opening of its new facility in Port Melbourne in the coming month. This state-of-the-art facility will provide up to 2MW of data centre capacity in a concurrently maintainable configuration which will be open to accept customers as early as the 1st Jul 2020.

As an extension of the IOTDC mesh, which includes the recent facility announced in Darwin, the capability in Melbourne will cater for customers looking for cost effective data centre services or robust disaster recovery/business continuity capability. Although not independently certified with an Uptime Institute Tier 3 credential, the Port Melbourne facility will be audited as concurrently maintainable to provide customers surety of the quality of services provided.

TotalSecure’s Ken Leung, a key partner of IOTDC who specialises in Security services says “Audits and certifications are a critical component of making sure that the service a customer has acquired is in fact what they have paid for and is in fact as secure and robust as claimed. It’s easy to claim concurrently maintainable or Tier 3, but without an independent review, how do you really know how safe your critical data is? This is one of the areas we regularly flag when reviewing client vulnerabilities.”

IOTDC’s future plan includes additional facilities in Victoria and Northern Territory but more importantly a number of facilities in Queensland, WA and the ACT. These locations have all been selected to enable customers to take advantage of key investments by its partners into domestic and international backhaul capability. This includes the Northern Territory Government’s Terabit Territory, new international submarine capacity being brought online and the recent commitments to modernizing infrastructure in critical locations around the country.

On the topic of connectivity to the edge, Robert Linsdell, Managing Director of Vertiv Australia and New Zealand, the company that supplies power and thermal infrastructure and services for the site, says: “Customers are realising the bandwidth for data we have at our disposal cannot cope with the demand of today, let alone the future. The innovative applications and projects being led by enterprises and data centre providers are improving Australia’s interconnectivity and capacity, particularly in regional cities and edge locations, and driving our economy and digital future. We anticipate the demand for fast internet coupled with low-latency data will explode during the next five-to-ten years, fuelled by 5G and hybrid IT connectivity.”

Customers with immediate needs for certified or arm’s length qualified data centre services in Victoria and the NT; or customers looking to secure what is expected to be quick moving capacity in these regions can register their interest with IOTDC immediately.

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Broadband price rises: Retailers get stuck into ‘tone deaf’ Chorus


Retail internet providers Vodafone, Vocus and 2degrees say broadband price increases could be on the way, due to Chorus increasing the wholesale cost of the most popular UFB fibre plan.

Chorus’ fibre price rises, on the way in October, are “Cynical, money-grabbing and unwarranted,” said Taryn Hamilton, head of the consumer division of Vocus, which operated Orcon and Slingshot.

“The increases will likely hit Kiwi families in the pockets during a looming economic crisis and uncertain times.”

“We are hugely disappointed Chorus will proceed with raising wholesale fibre prices in October. This tone-deaf move does nothing to help hard-working New Zealanders, who may need to pay more for their internet when connectivity matters more than ever,” Vodafone said in a statement this morning.

“The wholesale input cost of fibre is already well over half of the price of Vodafone’s most popular fibre broadband plan and we now have to review whether we can absorb this additional Chorus cost.”

A 2degrees weighed in, “Despite consistent feedback from its customers that New Zealand is heading into a recession and the price increase should be delayed, Chorus will use regulatory cover to increase the price of a service used by 80 per cent of 2degrees’ fibre broadband customers.”

Chorus' fibre price rises, on the way in October, are
Chorus’ fibre price rises, on the way in October, are “Cynical, money-grabbing and unwarranted,” says Taryn Hamilton, head of the consumer division of Vocus, which operated Orcon and Slingshot.

Early, Chorus – which operates the lion’s share of UFB (Ultrafast Broadband) fibre – said it was lowering the wholesale cost of its fastest plans (1 gigabit per second fibre) from July 1 from $60 to $56 per month. The company said these “1 gig” plans were the fastest growing with new customers.

Chorus also said it would drop the wholesale cost of a UFB fibre plan for small business from $3 to $52 a month.

But retail ISPs say most customers are on a 100 megabit per second fibre plan. And, there, Chorus offered no price cut – although as Covid hit it said it would delay a wholesale price increase from $46 to $47 per month until October 1 (a decision it confirmed overnight, triggering retailers’ latest bite-back).

Retailers told the Herald that having absorbed previous Chorus price increases, they might have to pass on the latest increase to the mainstay 100Mbit/s service.

They are also sore that the price increase is going ahead after they had to bear the cost of across-the-board unlimited data as a Covid relief measure at the same time lucrative global roaming revenue all but dried up with border closures.

Bad debt spat

Retailers put disconnections on hold during the lockdown, but now anticipate a “wall of bad debt.”

Earlier, Vocus director Mark Callander told the Herald that Chorus should shoulder some of that burden, echoing the sentiment.

Mid-June, Chorus said it would chip in $2 million to help cover bad debt. Retailers said that wasn’t enough. With its new policy released overnight, Chorus did not budge on that figure.

Chorus did reiterate its previously moves, however, including $5m in payments to its subcontractors to top up wage subsidies, and its role in providing free broadband to 10,000 students for six months during the outbreak.

2degrees' Mat Bolland: Chorus' $2m relief fund is
2degrees’ Mat Bolland: Chorus’ $2m relief fund is “too little and ends too soon.”

This morning, 2degrees’ corporate affairs chief Mat Bolland said, “2degrees is calling out Chorus’ claims that is offering genuine industry support, given that its relief fund is timed to end before the actual impact of Covid 19 bad debt arises – anticipated when wage subsidies and mortgage holiday support cease in September.”

Bolland added, “The [$2m] relief fund is too little and ends too soon – bad debt takes time to appear and the Chorus fund ends when those facing financial hardship are still able to access government support to pay their bills.

“We’re not asking Chorus or the LFCs [local fibre companies] to shoulder the bad debt issue alone, but like most businesses we’re concerned about what happens when the government stimulus ends and people can’t afford to pay for what is an increasingly essential service.”

Chorus responds

In a statement, Chorus reiterated its price cuts for top-end and small business plans. The price increase for the mainstay 100Mbit/s plan was required to keep up its investment in its network.

“As New Zealand looks to rebuild its economy that infrastructure will be critical for the recovery,” the company said.

“Now is not the time to start cutting back, and we believe most Kiwis will understand that ongoing investment in broadband infrastructure is a worthwhile investment to make.”

Over, the company said its Covid response, including the $2m toward bad debt, was “far and reasonable.”



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How technology is helping clean up the environment – in the skies and under the seas


Attached to a drone, the palm-size device has a more acute sense of smell than a dog and can reach heights out of reach of traditional air quality stations.

Called Sniffer4D, it can detect and analyse in real time up to nine different types of gases and particles in the atmosphere.

Developed by Shenzhen-based cleantech start-up Soarability, the device can be attached to drones or ground vehicles and, according to company founder and chief executive Steven Jiang.

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First launched in 2018 and upgraded in April this year, it is now being used to monitor air pollution, ship emissions, pipelines and hazardous material leakage in more than 20 countries, including China, the US and Japan.

“During our tests, Sniffer4D is not as accurate as the site-specific air detection stations, which are much larger and more expensive, but it performs better than traditional handheld devices,” Jiang said.

Air pollution returns to parts of China as Covid-19 lockdown ends

He added that the device is not intended to replace larger air quality stations, rather complement them with a mobile unit able to detect air quality beyond the reach of ground stations.

When Jiang, a native of China’s Guangxi province, was studying in New Zealand, he noticed that air quality can vary a great deal even within a small area – and that people would not notice.

“The hyperlocal and timely information [on air quality] can help [citizens and policymakers] make the best decisions,” Jiang said.

Besides hardware, the company also provides software that analyses and visualises in 3D the distribution of gas concentration in real time.

It plans to launch two new products soon: a drone module that can take gas samples from the air, and a drone accessory to measure wind speed and direction.

In China, fighting pollution is one of the “three tough battles”, together with poverty reduction and achieving financial stability, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, concerns that economic growth will take precedence over environmental issues have surfaced after the world’s second largest economy suffered its first quarterly contraction on record amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

A woman wearing a mask walks past buildings on a polluted day in Handan, Hebei province, China January 12, 2019. Photo: Reuters

“The emphasis this year on pollution control and environmental protection has been less pronounced than in 2019,” said Christoph Nedopil Wang, director of the Green Belt and Road Initiative Centre at the International Institute of Green Finance in Beijing.

“For this year, environmental protection is not centre stage, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not there. The big revelation will come with the next five-year plan [in 2021],” he said.

Smell is not the only human sense being mimicked by technology in projects designed to protect the environment.

In the Philippines, an intelligent underwater camera system called CORaiL is being used to monitor reefs. Co-developed by US chip maker Intel, consulting company Accenture, and the locally-based Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation, it deploys intelligent underwater video cameras around reefs to identify the number and variety of fish, which is an important indicator of reef health.

Coral reefs are being endangered and rapidly degraded by overfishing, bottom trawling, warming temperatures and unsustainable coastal development. Traditionally reef health has been monitored by human divers who manually capture video footage and take photos.

Since being deployed in May 2019, CORaiL has collected about 70,000 images. The technology “can be easily deployed in any country. Whilst there is no plan in the short term to deploy it in China, this could be envisaged in the coming months,” an Accenture spokesman said in an emailed response to the Post.

It is more eco-friendly than humans because it does not disrupt marine life behaviour and is more efficient because it can operate much longer than a recreational diver who can normally stay underwater for just an hour, the spokesman said.

Soarability’s Jiang said that in China the environment business is mostly toG (to-government) and driven by policy changes, whereas in other markets the demand is more from the private sector.

A major policy change occurred last July when Shanghai initiated compulsory household garbage sorting, giving a boost to cleantech in the megalopolis.

In response, China’s AI national champion iFlyTek created an audio and image recognition system that helps residents categorise waste so it goes into the correct recycle bin. The technology can also be licensed by waste sorting companies to improve efficiency.

Ding Rui, director of product solutions at iFlyTek Open Platform, said when the policy was introduced “quite a number of clients” reached out to the company for a solution but demand has cooled lately.

“As more policies are introduced the market will be promising,” Ding said.

Besides Shanghai, 45 other major Chinese cities have said they plan to establish a basic waste sorting system by the end of the year and smaller cities will follow suite by 2025, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

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Consumer Electronics and Appliances Market to Witness Stunning Growth


Consumer electronics which is also known as home electronics are such electronic items that are either analog or digital devices that are used for everyday purposes, typically in private households. Consumer electronics include devices for entertainment, communication, and home-office activities. In British English, they are often referred to by manufacturers and sellers as brown goods to distinguish them from “white goods” intended for household chores such as washing machines and refrigerators, although today these are sometimes considered to be brown goods connected to the Internet. In the 2010s, this distinction was not always present in large consumer electronics stores that sell entertainment, communication, and home office equipment as well as kitchen appliances such as refrigerators. In the year 2010, majority of the consumer electronics were generally based on digital technologies as well as largely merged with the computer industry, which is increasingly referred to as the consumerization of information technology.

 

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The insider: Three decades of amazing Michelle Boag headlines


Has Michelle Boag finally gone too far? It won’t be the first time the question has been asked of New Zealand’s infamous right-wing PR consultant.

On Tuesday night, news broke that Michelle Boag had provided private Covid-19 patient information to National MP Hamish Walker, who in turn leaked it to the media. She had apparently been privy to those records owing to her role as acting CEO on the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, a position she has since resigned, along with her roles on National deputy leader Nikki Kaye’s electorate and campaign committees.

It’s a lot of drama. But Boag is rarely far from drama.

Boag has been a National Party activist since the 1970s, joining prime minister Robert Muldoon’s press office in 1976, and later being press officer for leader of the opposition Jim McLay. She later worked in public relations, founding Boag Allan SvG, a “strategic communications consultancy”, and has run (unsuccessful) mayoral campaigns for both Victoria Crone and John Tamihere. She also has ties to organisations such as the Salvation Army, Auckland Rugby, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and the Eden Park Trust.

The following is a non-exhaustive collection of just some of the notable incidents that Boag has been involved with throughout her colourful career.

1994: Michelle Boag misleads the winebox inquiry

During the winebox inquiry in the 90s, Michelle Boag misled the Davison Commission over secretly filming then-and-current New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

As a TVNZ board member and PR consultant for Fay Richwhite, Boag brought in a non-accredited television crew to be present at the inquiry. Her reason? Her clients Fay Richwhite wanted a filmed record of the court proceedings. “Every time Winston Peters said something, we didn’t know what he was going to say next – and we were intensely interested in what he was saying.”

In a speech to parliament in 2001, Peters revealed the crew was there to film a witness so that the opposing counsel would have an edge over that witness the following day. Peters later went after Boag when she was made president of the National Party in 2001 in a speech to parliament: “It says something about the National Party of today that they could even consider voting for someone who was found to have misled a Crown Inquiry and who deliberately sought to undermine the course of justice.”

2001: Michelle Boag is elected as National Party President

In July 2001, Boag was elected as the National Party President after she campaigned for the job with the slogan “stop the rot”. In an interview with the Herald a month after her election, she admitted she only got the job because the party wanted change. Her role, as she saw it, was “to rattle cages” and to remove the “dead wood”.

2002: Michelle Boag resigns as National Party president

After the National Party recorded its worst ever result – 20.93% of the vote – under Bill English, she resigned as president a year ahead of schedule. MP Maurice Williamson is said to have led the charge against her, saying it was “time to lance the boil on the bottom of the National Party”.

Michelle Boag, singer Suzanne Prentice and Winston Peters,three judges Fashion in the Field at the Wellington Racing Club. (Photo: FOTOPRESS/Ross Setford/Getty)

2006: Michelle Boag asks rescue helicopter to retrieve passport

One morning in February 2006, Michelle Boag realised that she had left her passport at her Waiheke home. With only a few hours until her flight to Australia, she called the Westpac Australia rescue helicopter to fetch it for her.

At the time, Michelle Boag was chair of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Foundation. The chopper, with its mandatory three-person crew, flew from Mechanics Bay to Waiheke and then to the helipad near the international terminal in Auckland.

The total cost of the flight was $4000, which Boag promptly paid.

Michelle Boag’s face. (Photo: Boag Allan SvG)

2011: Michelle Boag acts as ‘support person’ to ACC whistleblower

In December 2011, Boag acted as a support person for whistleblower Browwyn Pullar during a meeting where the latter told ACC that there had been a privacy breach – namely that she had inadvertently been sent the details of 6500 claims. A report to then minister Judith Collins alleged that Pullar threatened to tell media of the breach, one of 45, if she wasn’t guaranteed two years on a benefit. 

At the time, Boag said her recollection of the meeting was that an ACC staff member had suggested the arrangement; if Pullar returned the information, the benefit would be guaranteed. Boag said that she and Pullar had urged an investigation of the privacy breach “for the sake of your ministry, your board, your CEO”.

In a letter to Collins that was leaked to the Herald on Sunday, Boag said it was significant that ACC did not warn management or the minister until after the breach became public. “I am a supporter of this Government and I also call Nick Smith a friend. I don’t want him embarrassed. I have friends on the ACC board. I do not want them embarrassed.”

The scandal led to the resignation of then minister Nick Smith.

2012: Michelle Boag defends Bronwyn Pullar’s ‘List of 28’

Boag was back in the news when current affairs show Close Up got hold of a 2007 letter from Sovereign Insurance, again involving her friend Bronwyn Pullar. The topic of the letter was the pressure being placed on the company to pay an alleged $14m to cover injuries suffered by Pullar in a 2002 cycling accident.

The letter referred to a list of 28 people described as a Pullar’s “claims support/advisory team”, including then prime minister John Key and former prime minister Jenny Shipley.

Part of the Sovereign letter to Boag stated: “For nearly 18 months Bronwyn and her advisers, including yourself personally, have been saying to us that if we did not settle Bronwyn’s claims against us in a way acceptable to Bronwyn that she would ‘go to the media’. The inference we drew from this was that you would seek to obtain media coverage that would be detrimental to Sovereign.”

Boag explained the list of 28 people as a “safeguard” for Pullar, and told the NBR that the list of names was drawn up by Pullar on advice from an unnamed legal adviser. “It was simply a list of people who Bronwyn had at some stage talked to and who therefore were aware of her issues with the company.”

Sovereign eventually settled with Pullar for about $1m, according to Stuff.

2015: Michelle Boag involved in ‘agrihub’ Saudi sheep scandal

In 2015, Boag was drawn into ongoing controversy about the National government’s dealing with Saudi businessman Sheikh Hamood Al Al Khalaf. In her role as director of the Middle East Business Council, she introduced foreign minister Murray McCully to George Assaf, the business partner of Al Khalaf. McCully was at the time attempting to set up an “agrihub” in Saudi Arabia, and eventually arranged for the government to pay $6 million to build it on land owned by Al Khalaf, and another $4 million “facilitation payment” for the “intellectual property” he brought to the deal.

Boag later said, “I met with George, I was not paid to meet with George, all I said was, ‘I will try and help you, what would you like?’ He said, ‘I would like to meet with the minister.’” Things got even more complicated when the business contact Boag said had first involved her in the meeting, Graeme Leversha, tried to have the Serious Fraud Office investigate her for fraud.

Michelle Boag raps ‘John Key’s Paradise’ in 2016.

2016: Michelle Boag covers ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ at a party fundraiser

During a party fundraiser for the National Party, Michelle Boag rapped a self-adapted version of Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ entitled ‘John Key’s Paradise’. 

According to the Herald, Boag was not a fan of the original and did not own a copy of it. YouTube video of the performance appears to have been scrubbed from the internet, but a transcript of some of the choicer lyrics follows:

Thank heavens for our lives

living in John Key’s paradise

We wanna spend our lives

Living in John Key’s paradise

Keep spending most our lives

Living in John Key’s paradise

We’re happy in our lives

Living in John Key’s paradise



They think Andrew Little is the way to win

But he’ll never do it, he has a weak chin

The parliamentarians have let them down

They’d be more supportive if they looked like scary clowns

Why are they so blind to see

David Dinosaur Philosophy

The right have the money

The right have the money

Minute after minute

Hour after hour

Your turn, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

2017: Michelle Boag utters the phrase ‘barely coffee coloured’ to a Māori TV journalist

In 2017, Auckland woman Lara Bridger posted a video on social media claiming that Sir Peter Leitch (aka The Mad Butcher) had told her Waiheke was a “white man’s island”. Leitch layered expressed his extreme disappointment “that a young woman had misinterpreted some light-hearted banter”.

Enter Boag, who told Māori Television that Bridger came forward because she wanted to be famous. During a conversation which she believed to be a casual chat with a journalist and did not realise she was on speakerphone, she said Bridger’s claim was “ridiculous” as she was “barely coffee-coloured”.

She later said, that “if I had my time again, and those were the circumstances then no, I wouldn’t have said it.”

2019: Michelle Boag supports Vernon Tava’s troubled Sustainable NZ party

Last year Boag threw her support behind Sustainable NZ, a “green-blue” party, when it launched under Vernon Tava, a former Green candidate who had abandoned the party as “too socialist”, then failed in his bid to be selected as the National candidate for Northcote. The party hasn’t gone too well so far.

2020: Michelle Boag speaks on Covids 1 through 18

During her regular slot on RNZ’s The Panel, Michelle Boag tried to put Covid-19 “into perspective”. She said: “Remember, this is Covid-19. Presumably, there’s been 18 other coronaviruses on the way to get to 19.”

Covid-19 is an acronym for “corona”, “virus”’ and “disease”. It was formerly referred to as the “2019 novel coronavirus”. There have not been 18 previous coronaviruses.

Yesterday Panel host Wallace Chapman said that Michelle Boag will not be appearing on The Panel “anytime soon”.






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Vodafone New Zealand Rolls Out 800G Technology with Ciena


AUCKLAND, New Zealand & HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jul 8, 2020–

Vodafone New Zealand is advancing its network by being the first provider in New Zealand to deploy 800G technology, enabling extremely high data capacity, transmission and speeds. Using Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics between its data centres in Auckland, Vodafone is achieving record transmission speeds to support growing, yet constantly fluctuating, demands for digital services while enabling a greener network. The term 800G refers to 800 billion bits per second transmission capacity, which is enough to transport 25 HD movies in one second or the latest virtual reality game in a quarter of a second.

By implementing Ciena’s WL5e, Vodafone can better manage network requirements to support its recently launched 5G service. The internet provider will also be able to offer a broad range of digital experiences by scaling from 200G up to 800G single wavelengths to optimize capacity across any distance while lowering costs. Vodafone is leveraging its existing Ciena 6500 shelves, doubling the data throughput for each hardware module deployed and reducing energy consumption by 50 percent.

“Ciena’s innovative 800G coherent optics enable Vodafone New Zealand to execute on our vision to provide New Zealanders with access to the world’s best digital services. With Ciena’s WL5e, Vodafone will provide increased bandwidth for a plethora of data-hungry applications, especially necessary as we’ve seen both increases and spikes of data used during the past few months, a trend that is only set to continue as remote working becomes more widespread and New Zealand gears up for a more digitally-focused future,” says Tony Baird, Wholesale and Infrastructure Director at Vodafone. “The highly advanced data transport system has been deployed together with Vodafone’s optical partner Ciena and test equipment experts VIAVI.”

“Today’s networks need to adapt and adjust quickly to meet rising connectivity demands. WL5e delivers increased scale, performance and efficiency, transforming Vodafone New Zealand’s network to bring exciting new applications and services to life,” says Rick Seeto, Vice President and General Manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Ciena.

About Vodafone New Zealand

Vodafone NZ is one of New Zealand’s leading digital services and connectivity companies, and we believe every New Zealander will thrive with access to the world’s best digital services. We are a partner market in the Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.co.nz

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive Network™ in response to the constantly changing demands of their end-users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com.

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CONTACT: Press Contacts:

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Vodafone New Zealand

+64 21 445 295

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Ciena Corporation

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Ciena Corporation

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