IIT Alumni host event on ‘innovation enabled by NBN’


Will Irving, Group Managing Director, Telstra Business, explores innovative opportunities to increase connectivity.

On 25 September, Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Victoria (IITAV) hosted an informative presentation and discussion on the exciting opportunities provided by the advent of the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Australia.

The event, held in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology, featured an address by Will Irving, Group Managing Director, Telstra Business.

In an engrossing style, supported with beautiful slides, Will covered two broad aspects of information and communication technology. His talk on transformational technologies explored the world of broadband devices and interfaces, M2M (the internet of things), Cloud and Big Data. His address on innovative opportunities to increase connectivity encompassing home, work, business, hospitals, patients and education highlighted how information technology has been transforming our lives at an ever increasing speed.

“The internet data transfer speed has grown from 0.25 mbps to 100 mbps in recent years and it will hit 200 mbps in the not too distant future. Now broadband will beat the heart of all our activities. Connecting more sophisticated devices and interfaces and machines with each other using rollable, bendable, foldable devices, virtual displays and wallpaper displays will become more common. These connections will be capable of handling huge amounts of data at impressive speeds,” Will said.

He added that innovations will enable people to work and interact with colleagues from just about anywhere they like, anytime they like. “Innovations will interconnect all aspects of your business from within and without. Innovations will utilise data for the service of disaster management. Innovations will connect the local GP and the local pharmacy with the main hospitals in the state. You will be able to monitor and look after your own medical needs with guidance from your computer using tele-diagnostics and a central database. There will be innovations to develop enhanced learning aids and virtual laboratories,” he explained.

“In short,” said Will, “be prepared for a smart world in which everything will connect and communicate. A smart life where our computer, fridge, car, banking, air flight bookings, doctor’s appointments, security cameras and myriad other aspects of our life will be at our finger tips through remote controls, smart phones and tablets.”

Of course, there will be challenges along the way. Standardisation and efficiency will be required, said Will. There will be issues of trustworthiness of the data and legalities about ownership of data as well as questions about the systemic risks and how to mitigate them, he added.

The event was attended by more than 40 IIT alumni, people from the IT industry, and Swinburne University staff. Nikhil Kumar, IITAV’s co-ordinator networking events, introduced Will Irving, while Dr Raj Rajakumar, IITAV President, thanked Will for his truly interesting, future-oriented talk and presented him a certificate of appreciation on behalf of IITAV.

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