NICTA Techfest 09: Photos

NICTA Techfest 09: Photos

Summary: The publicly-funded research body National ICT Australia (NICTA) held its annual showcase of technology yesterday. On show was technology ranging from bionic eyes to a mathematically-proven operating system kernel.


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  • Here is a demonstration of Gi-Fi, or Gigabit Wireless. The golden triangle is sending a TV signal to the plate at the bottom of the photo, which is in turn appearing on the TV (as seen at the top). NICTA claims Gi-Fi can do in excess of three gigabits per second. Due to the high frequency of the signal produced, it is only intended to be used within a single room, and putting one's hand between the transmitter and receiver can interrupt the signal.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

  • An infrared camera is used for tasks one might not immediately suspect: such as detecting feral animals and being used in food safety. The IR camera is able to detect problems in vegetation before it is visible to the human eye.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

  • An abstract representation of sensors used to monitor bridge health, a deployment that is being tested on one bridge in NSW. Currently, the sensor uses a a 3G connection to report back to a hub, which makes its use in outback areas unlikely at this point. The sensors manage acceleration and strain on the bridge, which is fed back into a model to determine structural integrity.

    (Credit: Chris Duckett/

Topics: Open Source, Apple, Government AU, iPhone


Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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