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CeBIT 2012 opens: photos

Business-technology exhibition CeBIT 2012 kicked off today, bringing together a who's who of technology players. Many exhibitors appeared to be playing it safe, with booth babes absent from view. Instead, a few took BYO to heart, and brought their own trucks, caravans and bikes.

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Before attendees stormed the exhibition floor, it was quiet, with barely a breath of air to shift the banners.

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NBN Co rolled into CeBIT with its National Broadband Network (NBN) truck, complete with faux lawn.

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Lenovo, on the other hand, attempted to set the world record for number of laptops on a motorcycle.

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Alienware is back in town with its showcase caravan, and, yes, that is Diablo III on the laptop in the foreground.

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Dell's stand stretched two stories up, and featured its own coffee cart below its giant, revolving logo.

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Samsung attempted to tuck its surface table into a corner, but that proved to be slightly impossible, due to the company's choice of stand.

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Samsung had picked a giant dome in which to show off its latest technologies, with a focus on cloud.

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AAPT took a different approach, inviting guests to sit inside to get out of the "rain".

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CSIRO tried to draw visitors to its stand with its clean, white lines and helpful scientists ready to explain concepts.

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NICTA just resorted to a big, purple arrow.

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CSIRO was running through demonstrations of its latest projects, including how tech support can be delivered remotely.

Users wear a kit, including a helmet-mounted camera, to remotely show what they're working on to a "helper" who's thousands of kilometres away.

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China Shenzhen has been a staple of CeBIT for many years now, informing prospective Australian customers of what's happening overseas.

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There's also something for those in the datacentre and cable-management space, with many bringing in their own racks, types of cables and associated cooling equipment.

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Forget surface tables; the folks at A1-Systems demonstrated multi-touch capabilities on a TV-sized device, enabling people to draw on their favourite soccer star in order to point out their foibles.

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The NSW Government had a large display to showcase how it's using geospatial information. This model of George Street, Sydney, was loaded with sensors, and plugged in to a 3D graphics engine to allow users to virtually roam around the city. The sensors keep the model up to date.

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The University of NSW is also working with the government on other projects using the technology. While it's still a work in progress, events such as bomb explosions can be simulated for disaster planning. Other work between the NSW Government and UNSW will eventually allow for sensors to create a dynamic, real-time 3D environment automatically, even during an environment-changing disaster, so that rescue teams will know what they're walking into, without even being there.

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The emergency services were at CeBIT, demonstrating what Fire and Rescue NSW is doing with its Portable Automatic Weather Station to better predict conditions wherever they go.

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The State Emergency Service (SES) also turned up, with a boat in tow.

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Huawei had a stand at the event, targeting enterprise users. It was situated relatively far from the NBN truck, on the other side of the exhibition hall.

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It was just across the path from Telstra, which is pushing for a cloud-based theme this year.

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