Facial recognition to help curb gambling

Facial recognition technology is being trialled in some gaming venues to help identify problem gamblers. The system monitors people entering gaming rooms and checks their face against a voluntary photo database of problem gamblers who have asked to be...... Read More

Tauranga company wins NZ Space Challenge

The inaugural NZ Space Challenge has been won by Tauranga company GPS Control Systems with its concept of a Global Navigation Satellite System to help heavy tracked vehicles detect and avoid perilous ice shelf crevasses. Team mastermind John Ahearn...... Read More

Half of drone users don’t follow the rules

Safety concerns over drone use in New Zealand have been raised after a new report showed only about half of recreational users always comply with the operating rules. Airways New Zealand, the body which provides New Zealand's air traffic control,...... Read More

Why your text alert wasn’t ‘on time’

A good result overall was the feedback from the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group following this morning’s regional alerting system test. The biggest piece of feedback from the public on the group’s Facebook page was...... Read More

Antarctica inspires local tech expert

A childhood dream to explore Antarctica has led a Tauranga-based tech expert to design an innovative solution to navigate the extreme environments of Antarctica and outer space. And that design has earned John Ahearn and GPS Control Systems Ltd a place...... Read More

$13m for leading-edge biotech research

  The Government and the University of Waikato are investing $13 million in a new research programme in Tauranga aimed at helping tackle some of the biggest issues facing New Zealand’s primary sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced...... Read More

Alerting systems to be tested

Bay of Plenty residents are being asked to make sure they are subscribed to receive Civil Defence alerts before the Bay of Plenty CDEM group tests its systems on Thursday morning. The test of text alerts, Red Cross Hazard App push notifications and fixed...... Read More

Vehicle tech to make roundabouts safer

A new autonomous driving research project may help reduce the number of accidents NZ roundabouts in the future according to a local spokesperson. Ministry of Transport statistics show around nine percent of all accidents involving injuries at intersections...... Read More

Western Bay to join in space race

The Bay of Plenty will join the ‘space race’ and achieve a New Zealand first in June when three sub-orbital helium space weather balloons are launched from Tauranga, to ascend to the edge of space to gather critical scientific data on earth’s...... Read More

Urgent solutions needed for NZ agritech

New Zealand’s agri sector is facing challenges that require urgent solutions, says the inaugural executive director of the new Agritech New Zealand organisation Peter Wren-Hilton.  AgritechNZ, as a major part of the NZTech alliance, will launch...... Read More

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