A day in the life of many families these days can see you rushing around, panicking you’ve forgotten something, knowing you’re going to be late and trying to organise someone to pick the kids up from school because you can’t actually be in two places at once.
A connected future could change this – it can remove the stress and even start to look ahead for us.
Picture this: someday soon, you will walk to the kitchen to prepare your children’s breakfast. You’re in a generous mood so you say out loud “house, how do I make buttermilk pancakes?” loud speakers in the kitchen tell you the ingredients you will need and, as you pull them out of the cupboards, you ask the house to play your personalised daily news brief on one of the many screens around your home. As you walk from room to room, the news brief switches to the screen that’s closest to where you are.
A little later, the house announces your children need to be at the door in five minutes to be collected by the school bus, which is doing the rounds. Because of the coordinated traffic system, the timing is predictable to within a minute. The bus reports its telematics on a second by second basis to the bus company, so you can know when the kids arrive at school and be confident of their safety.
You have a 9am meeting so at 8:33am the house announces the five minute warning for you to get to the front door for your morning pickup, which is in a pooled autonomous vehicle. Since there is no need to own a car anymore, the garage has been converted into a playroom for the kids.
On the way to work, your virtual personal assistant reminds you that your children have a footy game on Saturday and asks whether you want to book a drone slot above the footy field. The drone will track the children as they move around the field, all streamed securely to pre-approved interested friends and family in real time so grandma can see that winning goal on her smartphone even though she’s visiting relatives up north.
During your 9am meeting, your virtual physician notes there is a slight arrhythmia from the electrocardiography (ECG) sensor that you wear permanently on your chest and the hospital contacts you to find out if you are feeling ok. It turns out to be a false alarm and you continue on with your day; no need to find time for a check-up.
At the end of the school day, your youngest child has not quite finished all his schoolwork so when he is settled on the bus, he takes out his 2-in-1 tablet/laptop and continues the lesson he was working on in class. All his lessons are taught via an online personalised learning system so he continues seamlessly from where he left off. And you can jump in and check his progress, so you know exactly what he needs help with when you get home from work.
All of this may seem a long way off in the future, but it’s closer than you think. And it will only be possible with a network that has the capability to cover all the locations you and your family traverse during the day, with high capacity and very low latency. The high-speed network of the future is coming. Telstra has already started building it.
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