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 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.

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    Senath director Kanchana Wickremasinghe gives an overview of OneSME, a "cloud in a box" product aimed at small to medium enterprises that may not have the necessary technical knowledge to get their business online using the cloud. It can be used for simple cases such website hosting or scaled up to customer relationship management systems or complete e-commerce applications.

    It currently has partnerships with Rackspace and OrionVM, and expects more providers to sign on to OneSME and differentiate themselves from each other through the different value-add services they may provide. It also uses Yuruware to help monitor cloud applications.

Topics: Broadband, Government AU, NBN, Tech Industry

Michael Lee

About Michael Lee

A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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