Tuesday, July 17, 2012 @ 7:06 PM
Learn, Live, Work, Interact.

On 14 July 2012, I was given the opportunity to join my class for a field trip to the IDA guided, self-discovery iExperience tour. At first I thought the whole field trip will be a boring talk where all I have to do is to be there, listen and do a evaluation about it.

However, to my surprise, after the whole guided tour, I was able to gain more knowledge of the new high technology that will be happening around us after a period of time. Through iExperience, the well-trained speaker gave clear explanation and demonstration on the possibilities of how the Next Gen NBN work to serve better in business enterprises and consumers daily use in lives. The guided tour allows me to have a deeper understanding about Next Gen services. With their hands on demonstrations available at the exhibit, it allows me to have the chance to personally experience the facilities on the Next Gen services slowly, at my own pace.

Now I shall share on what I have learnt throughout the guided tour together with a few photos:

  • Interactive IPTV (Internet Protocol Television):
Interactive Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) takes television to the next level with on-demand entertainment and services, and live information.

IPTV works like normal TV and it provides web applications like YouTube and web browsing. With IPTV, consumers are able experience the convenience added to their lives where they could watch TV and surf the Internet by just using one screen.

IPTV also helps consumers to control electrical appliances in the house such as lights and air conditions, with just a touch on the remote control without having to stand and walk to the switch.

IPTV also provides televisitation where consumers could make phone calls through the TV using a tablet to make video visitation to friends or relatives who are in the hospital. Video visitation also allows conference call with both the patient and the doctor at the same time. Through it, relatives of the patient need not have to travel far to just receive updates of the patient’s condition.

  • CMS (Classroom Management System):
With the Next Gen Classroom services, learning are able to go beyond boundaries. Teaching and learning are brought to a new level where students are able to learn from wide range of media-rich resources, share knowledge and to work together anytime and anywhere. Teachers are also allow to track each student’s performance, evaluate them and students will receive instant feedback. Teachers and parents could communicate more effectively on the progress and performance of their child.

With CMS, teachers need not have to take attendance of each student manually. Students will only need to login to the system and their attendance will be recorded individually. Through it, it helps to minimize the time used to the minimal, making it easier for teachers.

CMS helps teachers to conduct e-learning lessons and activities for students.  Teachers are allow to control students computer screen and even manage teaching slides with the use of CMS, thus if teacher realized that certain students are not paying attention, they could lock the screen of that particular student to alert them that they are being watched. With CMS’s code browsing, teachers are allow to control the whole teaching class preventing students from mischief. White spaces are also available besides the teaching slides for students to pen down important notes.

HeuLab screen is a huge screen connected to the service of CMS, which helps in the improving of lessons to become more interactive for students. With it, group work among students became easier as they can share their information to their members easily by shifting their information to any members on the HeuLab screen using a program.

  • Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network  (Next Gen NBN):
The Next Gen NBN is a service connecting people to innovative services, the new nationwide ultra high-speed optical fibre network that brings new possibilities to the way people live, work and interact.

The Next Gen NBN will help in the strengthen the status of Singapore as an info-communications centre, opening new opportunities to economic, business and social vibrancy growth. The Next Gen NBN is expected to bring high-speed (speed of up to 1 Gbps) network to serve people in areas including homes, schools, government, buildings, businesses and hospitals. With the new ultra high-speed optical fibre network, it helps in the fast loading and smoother images of videos compared to usual normal broadband. 

Besides connecting people to innovative services, the Next Gen NBN services also provides home networking. The new home networking provides options like wireless, power line and structured cabling that enable access to the Next Gen services at every area of consumers house.

With home networking, lessons are still able to continue even if students are at home thus helping parents to not worry about issues such as their child missing lessons due to quarantine purposes for illness like SARS.

Home networking also helps people especially the elderly in submitting health records easily through the computer program “My Teleheath Portal” to their doctor using their own personal account. Through it, patients could also have video call with their doctor for consultations. Therefore helping them in saving the amount of time taken to travel and wait. 

  • Near Field Communication (NFC) and Mobile Services Initiative:
With the help of NFC, buying items such as groceries in the supermarket will eventually become an easy chore for consumers. Consumers are able to perform multiple transactions with the use of their NFC-enabled mobile phones thus saving the trouble of presenting separate loyalty and payment cards at the cashier.  Having the trouble of carrying back the heavy groceries alone is no longer an issue to consumers as the services also included in the delivery of the items to the consumers through the given address. 

I really enjoyed myself throughout the whole guided tour. The guided tour has allow me to know on how technology these days be so advanced to meet the demands of consumers thus bringing so much convenience to us. Without technology, I wonder how will the world today be like.. After knowing so many advanced technology services that are going to serve us in the future, I'm looking so forward to it!