NICTA's glimpse of tomorrow's tech: pics

NICTA's glimpse of tomorrow's tech: pics

Summary: National ICT Australia (NICTA) has thrown its doors open for the seventh time in as many years, inviting all to see what's next in cutting-edge technology and also to open the Digital Productivity Showcase, a demonstration of future applications that will likely use and show the capabilities of the National Broadband Network.


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    NICTA senior researcher Sebastien Ardon walks through the next generation of TV, which includes linking what users are watching with social media services such as Twitter.

    Users will be able to see tweets appear on their TV in real time, and according to their individual profiles, have content catered towards their specific interests.

    NICTA already has an agreement with the ABC to use all iView content and is about to sign agreements with a housing estate and a major university to further trial the technology.

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    NICTA senior research engineer John Judge demonstrates how he can help a customer, speaking a foreign language, fill in forms with a translator, as if all three parties were in the same room.

    Judge is able to relay the conversation through a translator on an audiovisual stream and the client is able to show Judge the documents. Judge is then able to verify the documents are filled out correctly and make copies to have them processed.

    Although the aim of the project is to replicate the existing experience of walking into a government customer service centre such as Centrelink, Judge expects that in the future the project could be expanded to include facial recognition to assist in confirming the customer's identity and instant document verification.

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    Research group leader for software systems at NICTA, Anna Liu, demonstrates a tool for users wishing to, or already taking advantage of, cloud services.

    The four-part product, called Yuruware, enables customers to switch cloud providers, monitor their cloud applications, compare other providers and trim their idle resources. The latter two are already commercially available.

    Liu said that in the event of a disaster or outage in a geographical location, users would be easily able to move their entire cloud services to another provider. Such a move would require the development of standards, of which Liu said it already participates in and has received quite positive feedback on already.

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN, Tech Industry

Michael Lee

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