Category Archives: Technology

How Connectivity Empowers Communities

With the Coalition review into the NBN, the technical details of how we’ll be connected are still an unknown for many regions in Australia. However, what is certain is that faster internet speeds are coming (regardless of the method) and that they will have a huge impact on our society. Arguably regional Australia will benefit more than the metropolitan areas.

Internet connectivity has the ability to significantly help those who are disadvantaged whether it be due to geography, economic conditions, education or health.

If we don’t get our High Speed Broadband connectivity strategy right, the likelihood of a digital divide between those able to take advantage of high speed broadband and those who can’t will increase..

A recent interview from Wired with Bill Clinton and Bill Gates highlighted some of the impacts connectivity can have on a world scale.

When asked about the value of connecting the world with the internet, Clinton commented that connectivity can be “incredibly empowering to people on the bottom of the economic pyramid”. He noted that after the South Asia tsunami, something as simple as cell phone connectivity for fishing families boosted the average income by 30 per cent. Internet connectivity in Haiti completely revoloutionised the way Haitians managed their currency and banking transactions.

Gates emphasised its impact on the state of health care, education and government. “Connectivity is an amazing thing, like connecting up a health center so we can get advice to a health worker who may not be trained as a doctor.”

“Getting connectivity to schoolrooms is a fantastic thing. Connectivity enables transparency for better government, education and health.”

A September report by the National Rural Health Alliance Inc states that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities face distinct challenges in accessing and using basic telecommunications services.

“In 2008-09, Internet use was significantly lower among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (62 per cent) compared with the national average (74 per cent).”

By creating more connected networks combined with education and resources, big steps can be taken towards closing the gap. This emphasises that we focus less on the platform that provides us with connectivity, and more on what we do with it when it’s here.

 

 

13th June Webinar Recording

Thank you to everyone who attended the Digital AgricultureHow high speed broadband and digital technologies will help you increase profitability and productivity webinar yesterday evening.

Here is a recording of the webinar for those who want to recap on some of the topics discussed or for those who missed it.

Please leave your comments and feedback below. If you liked the webinar please share the recording by clicking on one of the social media icons below.

 

Learn How Digital Technologies Will Help Your Agribusiness

The National Broadband Network (NBN) will deliver High Speed Broadband speeds to everyone in Australia. By 2015 farmers in the remotest parts of Australia can expect to start receiving high speed broadband services that will change the way they work and live.

To help business owners understand the benefits of the technology Digital Agriculture are running a webinar on the 13th of June.

Visit the webinars event page to learn more about registering for the event and who should attend.

Visit The Digital Rural Futures 2013 Conference

With 12 keynote speakers and 58 breakout and poster presentations the conference offers the chance to interact with some of Australia’s mostDigital Futures Region innovative business leaders, academics and regional development organisations, as well as farmers and farmer peak bodies, to set the scene and increase general awareness of delegates across a range of challenges and opportunities. See Professor David Lamb from UNE talking about the Conference running in Armidale 26-28 June 2013.

Click here to learn more about the conference.

Smart Homes – How Will They Help?

The Broadband Smart House Project

The goal of the Broadband Smart House project is demonstrate the use of the real-world applications of the NBN, including home automation, remote health monitoring, video-conferencing, rehabilitation, education, remote business, sensor monitoring, and environmental sustainability.(Source: RDA Northern Inland, 2013)

A smart home in Armidale, NSW has been created to conduct live workshops & demonstrations on the benefits of this new technology. The house is fitted with functioning installations where a typical family of four can try out the new technologies. At first instance the house will also be used by local TAFE and University students to trial and demonstrate various cutting-edge projects across a range of areas.

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Case Study: BIG4 Shepparton East Holiday Park

For the latest in our series of Hume region business case studies, we spoke to Kaye Bernardi - owner of the BIG4 Shepparton East Holiday Park.

Business overview

Kym & Kaye Bernardi have owned and operated the BIG4 Shepparton East Holiday Park for 14 big4-shepparton-east-logoyears. They are an independent member of BIG4 Holiday Parks franchise, which has parks all around Australia. They currently have 23 self-contained cabins, 12 ensuite  powered sites, powered caravan & tent sites and 12 mobile homes. The park predominantly caters for the family market. Both Kym & Kaye have made significant capital investment into technology and their park ensuring it has some of the best family friendly facilities like giant jumping pillow, solar heated pool, synthetic grass tennis court, pedal go-karts, recreation room and camp kitchens.

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Uni TV Switched At The Rural Clinical School in Shepparton

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Ken Clarke watching a dental procedure on Uni TV. (Source: IBES, 2013)

The Victorian Minister for Technology, The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips officially switched on the Uni TV project on Friday 12 April at the Rural Clinical School in Shepparton.

About The Uni TV Project

The Uni TV project delivers dental education via Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Dental education has usually been restricted to face to face interaction where students were forced to attend classes in person. However, with the launch of the program students can now view transmissions live and on demand of high-definition 2D and 3D images of procedures.

Final year students in the Doctor of Dental Science will trial this technology to enhance their learning. Uni TV provides them with a great opportunity to stay up to date with their course from a remote location. For example, students from the Rural Clinical School in Shepparton can access relevant material for their studies even while away from the main campus.

Speaking at the switch on, IBES Senior Research Fellow Ken Clarke said, “IPTV infrastructure was designed to be scalable. It can provide multiple simultaneous channels for many independent ‘broadcasters’. Various educational, community, and professional organisations could use IPTV to reach their own target audiences with specialised services supported by various business models.”

Uni TV is a partnership between the Melbourne Dental School and the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), Ericsson Australia, AARNet and Panasonic Australia. It is supported by the Victorian Government’s Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP).