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Broadband to aid in app delivery: CSIRO

The next generation of broadband-enabled applications will be more about connecting households to new sensors and Cloud services than checking emails and social media invites, according to Australian national science agency, CSIRO.

In a new report compiled by CSIRO's Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI) Broadband Connected Homes Report , it claimed the environment in Australian homes is changing with technologies and that is in turn, impacting its capacity to support new applications and services.

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ACBI director, Colin Griffith, said consumers are now looking at the next era of development by experimenting with what homes will look like when broadband-enabled apps connect data with multiples sensors and new business services.

"When considering over 3.5 million Australians now a use smart device to access the Internet and that app downloads are predicted to rise above 40 billion globally in 2013, it's very clear our love affair with apps has come a long way in few short years," Griffith said.

He claimed these apps will provide new ways for people to access health, energy, education, retail, security, entertainment and other services.

"They will allow people to access, discover, share and contribute to media content personalised for us. "Broadband apps will also allow us to do old things in new ways such as managing our home energy use through a centralised communications hub as well as enabling non-invasive monitoring and support systems which allow elderly people to live independently in their own homes," he said.

In conjunction with the release of the report, ACBI is also opening entries for a new Broadband4Apps competition, which provides developers with the opportunity to build and demonstrate applications that are enabled by next generation broadband services.

With up to $50,000 available in prize money, entrants are invited to develop prototypes or working applications that address emerging opportunities for delivering services into broadband connected homes.

"The competition will help Australians better understand what is possible through broadband use. It also helps accelerate the ability of Australian developers to realise these new business opportunities and connect with service providers, technology partners and end users to build apps," Griffith added.


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