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Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 16-Feb-2017

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AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here.
It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and lights at home.

As more appliances than ever draw from the Internet, it is connection to the NBN that makes this connectivity affordable.

“There are also opportunities for local businesses that sell smart appliances,” according to Bendigo Business Council chief executive Leah Sertori.

And with Bendigo submitting a smart city bid, to become a city that attracts technology start ups and app development, Ms Sertori said NBN connection was essential.

“Cities that don’t have the NBN are so far behind everyone else, so Bendigo is fortunate that nbnCo and Telstra are now rolling out that infrastructure,” Ms Sertori said.

“The business community needs to remain vigilant in terms of monitoring the roll out of the NBN and making sure our city doesn’t fall behind.”

Telstra area general manager Steve Tinker said the network was opening up new security, entertainment and energy saving opportunities.

“New products, streaming services and data-hungry devices in the home are driving the need for speed,” he said.

“It’s estimated the average Australian household uses about 11 connected devices including work tablets and mobile phones.

“In just four years, it is expected this number will triple to 29, as smart televisions, air conditioners, sensors, light bulbs and power outlets all become connected to the internet.

“Technology we used to perceive as part of the distant future, like touch pad door locks and switching on the oven from the office is already here.”

The smart display home is at lot 187 Coomoora Circuit, Imagine Estate, Strathfieldsaye.

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