Summary of Selected Ideas from the National Broadband Applications Project Conference -  Nelson, Nov 2002
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Culture, Sport and Entertainment (Back to Top)

Museums / Art Galleries – hearing the person who constructed a piece of art describe its relevance and its history. Available inside the museum and around the world.

Sports – digicam broadcast of junior rugby via the web

Cinemas – smaller cinemas showing movies on demand via the web

Wall Displays – real time displays of anywhere in the world as wallpaper

Haptic (two-way touch) systems – a haptic hongi

Tourists – uploading digital photos of the District in real time to friends overseas (via Internet Cafes to start with)

One-one-one mobile video conferencing – sharing another person’s reality in real time

Sports Calendar – interactive with snippets of play and other multi-media information

Virtual Communities – sharing content with people like you all over the world

Education (Back to Top)

Remote Learning – Multi-media content on demand for ANY subject you are interested in

Text alerts - on machinery and processes pointing automatically at fix-it manual

Collaboration – Sharing advice and expertise with others

Personal Mentors – 1:1 teaching with specialist global teachers and global qualifications according to your personal learning style

School Communication with Students – updating all students via Personal Data Assistants (PDA’s) or “fridge alerts” (i.e. computers no longer a box and screen)

Self-paced learning – autonomous learning following own interests at their own speed

School as Community Centre – Access to printing, web development. Students sharing skills with community

Retail (Back to Top)

Product Advice – how to fix a dripping tap, what ties look good on you

Remote Purchasing – online advice in the home provided by sellers

Fridge Cams – talk to your fridge via a video cam from the supermarket.

In-store “virtual companions – Impartial advice as you walk around the showroom

Interactive TV Shopping – Call up and have the product demonstrated to you

Virtual Stock – No need to carry stock will change the way shops look and operate

Narrowcast – Scheduled interactive product demonstrations to interested buyers anywhere in the world

Personalised Window shopping – Shops recognize you as you walk down the street

Text Messaging – Location-based broadcast to people within (say) 50 metres

Instant Messaging – Sending specific messages to specific clients as “Specials” become available.- wherever they are in the world

Vending machines – Purchasing something deducts money directly from your bank account

Parking – Finding the closest parking place to your current location

Newspapers – Personalised along with associated personalized advertisements

Digital Artwork – Download a Picasso, print it or load to a digital picture frame on your wall.

Desktop Fabrication – 3D printing – adding multiple layers if resins, metals etc to create products, spare parts, instant models, on demand.

Supply Chain – monitoring every production step and automatically responding to changes and needs

Distribution Hubs – Call to one place and get products delivered anywhere at lowest cost

Personalised Services – Retailers learning more and more about customers preferences

Self-Healing gadgets – Appliances connected to the net and diagnosed remotely. Houses that lock themselves if you forget to.

Payment Methods – Moving away from credit cards to reduce costs

Rural and Primary Industry (Back to Top)

Freedom of choice - An entrepreneur can live and work anywhere (farmers families). Mixing farming and (say) specialist non-farm products to add a second income stream for the farming family.

Precision Farming - Real time tracking to any level of details using low-cost sensors sending measurements of every tree or sheep or cow to a central database. Able to select optimum buying and selling times and link product information to processing centers.

Robotisation - Cows getting milked when THEY want to be milked. Frees farmer from early morning rises. (Collect individual cows milk?)

Marketing – pictures of the paddock the cow was grown in at the supermarket where it is being sold.

Farm Management – Sensors and cameras all over the farm (Is the water level trough on the North Field getting low, and if it is how much water, with what added ingredients, do I need to send to it for best milk production results?)

Safety – Real time pictures from sensors of accident scene as well as instructions on how to get there beamed to emergency services

Commercial Fishing – Real time cameras on boats and catches to manage resource better coupled with real time “Virtual Spectator” location tracking

Virtual Vets – Mobile surgery on the farm without vet being present

Statistics Aggregation – Ability to predict individual farms production as well as entire regions and therefore expected final prices and harvesting requirements etc.

Vehicle Monitoring – Software provides upgrades, help, support, advice

Sustainability – managing waterways, soil erosion, chemical pollution.

Rural Communities Renaissance – No need for the population to commute in order to make a living. City moves to the country.

Entertainment – Games and other forms of entertainment on the farm

Administration – Speeding up management processes related to farming

Security – Increased security for farms via monitoring

Learning – Improvements for children doing homework

Meetings – Community Group meetings via Broadband video

Video Auctions – Stock and (say) flowers

Peer Review – Benchmarking by other farmers of farming techniques

Rural Women NZ – Increased efficiency and reduced traveling

Tourism (Back to Top)

Web Site Marketing – Selling bookings via web to tourists before they leave home. Would help with scheduling and planning and the ability to up-sell or link with other operators in the region.

Monitoring Impacts – checking visitor impacts on protected environments

Visitor Centres – complete multi-media presentations and bookings plus WiFi hotspots

Virtual Reality Tours – Check out your itinerary before you leave home via the web – including people in the region who share your personal interests. Possible increase in home stays as a result.

Connections to Home – Lets tourists say goodnight to their pets.

What Happened Here – On-line history of the place you are visiting couple with closest facilities (Cafes, Hotels. etc.)

Mobile real time - web images and sound overlaying reality as you move around the plant – for example, showing the street you are standing in 100 years ago with sounds and commentary

Enhancing Visitor Experience – More information at/about events, easy access to travel problems (e.g. lost credit cards).

Customised Itineraries – Match customers interests against available destinations / attractions

Multi-lingual phones - Speak in one language = person at the other end gets your words in their language in real time

Health and Disability  (Back to Top)

Mobile surgical services – Delivering specialist surgical services to smaller centers via a bus.

Collaboration – Need to create standardized records management systems (XML?) . Linking Doctors, Chemists

Patient Risk Profiles – Virtual patient records computer-matched with parents and siblings.

Quicker Delivery – X-rays, Test results directly rather than “via the post”

Remote Diagnosis and Consultation – Specialists on main centers supporting remote paramedics and advanced nurses

Public Health Education – dissemination of information via the web – on demand and as required for major outbreaks.

Retaining Doctors – Allows doctors to maintain quality services in rural communities but can also allow doctors in rural communities to consult to anyone anywhere without leaving NZ.

Law changes required – e.g. allow Virtual prescriptions.

Patient Rights – Allowing patients to have greater access to their own records, check medical entitlements.

Home Care – Plunket, elderly, etc – remote monitoring tool

Government – Central and Local (Back to Top)

Coordination – Need to have information coordinated between Central and Local Government

Submissions – Ability to easily create submissions, and other forms

Purchasing a house – Video of house coupled with the previous owners, site and street history, all applications for additions and alterations, LIM Reports, government and rating information. Also check out neighbours, noise complaints in recent years, zoning, schools, libraries, etc. A “One stop shop”.

Legal – Allowing remote witnesses to save on travel costs.

Personal Information – ability to get information that Government holds about an individual across all departments and all levels of Government.

Politicians – Save travel between Wellington and electorates by using video-conferencing to talk with constituents. Alternatively, attend parliament virtually.

Parliamentary History – Hansard on line as well as video storage of all speeches. (South Waikato District Council to provide similar capabilities?)

New Immigrants – Show off a virtual NZ so that immigrants can see what it is like to live in NZ (or the South Waikato District). Allow for multilingual capabilities and services.

Community Funding – Help when applying for grants and systems for monitoring them. Would help create a level playing field so all groups have the same opportunity. Video Conferencing would save travel and allow meetings to be held more easily. Collaboration between groups within the region and throughout the country would be improved. Possible that national “community” groups would evolve because of better communications rather than fragmented groups.

Business – A “one stop shop” for businesses so that they do not have to spend time and money working across several departments – e.g. IRD, OSH, ACC etc. Electronic rather than paper-based business. Clustering of businesses – local and national. Sharing mentoring and ideas and support. Ability to have remote meetings with customers and sell via video-conferencing. All from anywhere in the country.

Electronic Government – portal is growing. Merges Central and Local Government services.

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