Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

Inside NBN's $32.5m 'nerve centre': photos

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has opened its Network Operations and Test Facility (NOTF), which it calls the "nerve centre" of the NBN. Take a walk with ZDNet Australia to see what the back end of Australia's biggest network will be like.


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    The Step Training System, designed to improve muscle strength, balance and coordination in elderly patients, was inspired by the video game Dance Dance Revolution, and represents one of the interactive tele-health applications that many believe will revolutionise the care and follow-up of remote patients.

    Promotion of such initiatives could help reduce the incidence of falls, which cost the NSW economy over $500 million last year alone, according to Dr Stuart Smith, senior research scientist for Neuroscience Research Australia. "Not only can we get people to take a test to see how likely it is that they'll have a fall," he said, "but they can review their own results, and, if necessary, set up a video consultation with a remote fall-prevention expert. This gives us the ability to potentially deliver fall-prevention tools into the home that previously were almost impossible to deliver."

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    The opening of the centre represents a significant milestone for Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, who has fought a vociferous opposition and the sheer logistical effort associated with the NBN to bring the venture to fruition.

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    NBN Co CEO Mike Quigley was all smiles as he opened the new "nerve centre" for the NBN. "This test facility allows us to give our customers, the retail service providers, the opportunity to hook into our systems and services, and test their services with ours," he said. "This is a massive machine, and it will ensure that when they launch services on our network, they will do so seamlessly."

    He also told reporters that about 3000 people now have services on the NBN, including people on the interim satellite service and people at sites in Tasmania and five sites on the mainland.

Topics: Broadband, NBN, Tech Industry


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