The NSW Government has started a six-month trial of new applications that utilise the capabilities of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Parkbridge Estate, located in Sydney’s south-west has been selected as the test site where a portion of its 120 houses have signed up to participate. It is a Greenfield estate, already connected with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) cables.
National ICT (NICTA) is involved with the trial with a set-top box and an application that identifies and offers television content based on user viewing habits.
With more media content predicted to be delivered through the Internet, NICTA said it wanted to provide a tool to help people navigate and make sense of the potential information deluge.
The technology can integrate with social media sites such as Facebook to show the viewing preferences of others as well.
“We want to give home owners a chance to not only access more content – not just on free to air TV – but some of the delay broadcast applications such as ABC’s iView,” NICTA director of commercialisation, Rob Fitzpatrick, said. “Over time we want to weave in Internet viewing and that’s in the not too distant future”.
A smart metering tool and an education application connecting school classrooms and residents are also being trialled.