A series of new life-changing apps will be available over next-generation broadband networks, a new report from the Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI) says.
Apps could send mobile alerts warning of smoke detected in the house and support tele-health systems which help to measure home-based breathing exercises for patients suffering from chronic disease, the ACBI says.
The report, App-trepreneur’s Guide to Broadband Connected Services, outlines opportunities for the development of new broadband-enabled applications.
Director of ACBI, Colin Griffith said the world was at the dawn of a new 'App Age', where next-generation broadband networks would allow the better management of home energy use, support the elderly living independently at home as well as providing more personalised entertainment.
ACBI has also announced the winners of its Apps4Broadband competition designed to help Australians better understand what is possible through the smart use of broadband. They are:
TutorBee: A platform that allows tutors to give interactive lessons to students in their homes - Winner of Best App sponsored by NSW Trade and Investment; Winner Best Business-to-Business App sponsored by Pottinger and Joint Winner of Best Health, Education and Social Services App sponsored by Intel.
Pepster: A home based breathing exercise app and device for Cystic Fibrosis patients - Joint winner of Best Health, Education and Social Services App.
Pass the Popcorn: A second screen app for synchronising watching on-demand television and chatting with friends - Winner of Best Media and Entertainment App sponsored by Foxtel.
The Bop Smoke Alarm: A smoke detector and app for managing alerts, false alarms and the need to replace batteries - Joint winner of Best Smart Appliances, Security and Energy App sponsored by iiNet.
Senograph: A sensor management platform and prototype sensor for home air quality and detection of carbon monoxide - Joint winner of Best Smart Appliances, Security and Energy App.
For more information on the future trends in broadband applications and for a full list of winners from the Apps4Broadband competition, download ACBI's App-trepreneur’s Guide to Broadband Connected Services by visiting http://www.csiro.au/acbi
Edition 378, 10 September 2013