Bandwidth-heavy applications in the not too distant future will be far more comprehensive and multi-tasking, as compared to those that are now available with us. For instance, some of these will involve transferring high-resolution images and videos across multiple users. Also in the air are remote-controlled housekeeping robots that will help people keep their homes spic and span while they are occupied in their profession or day-to-day work (Google Moderator, n.d.) This type of application, incidentally, relies on the concept of Pervasive Computing, also known as ubiquitous computing which is an emerging trend, associated with embedding microprocessors in day-to-day issues, while allowing them to communicate information. Pervasive Computing is also linked with future healthcare and teaching.
Wearable sensors will play an important role in collecting and storing physiological and related data, thus helping create a patient’s status monitoring. Sensors to check and observe key issues such as heart rate/ respiratory rate, especially when monitoring patients suffering from congestive heart failure or COPD will prove vitally important both for diagnosis and treatment. As for transmission of messages, wireless communication will be mostly relied upon to transmit patient’s data through a mobile phone as well as an Access point and then relay the information to a remote center via the Internet through high speed broadband. This will prove most beneficial for patients living in isolated areas where healthcare facilities are limited or are difficult to obtain.
To begin with, the expression challenge may be substituted with confrontation since future broadband applications, apart from its technical issues, also lack in availability and adoption. Even though the problems revolve round worldwide network architecture and design to a great extent, these are also linked to low-income urban areas, as also rural districts where the residents are either not too familiar with the technology, or feel least interested in its development. Nevertheless, the key issues that supposedly hinder development of future broadband applications are outlined below.
Despite the lackadaisical attitude expressed by ISPs and common broadband users, Broadband application Development cannot be stopped. It’s however, a matter of time when newer applications will eventually replace the old ones, ushering in a faster and more effective method of accessing the Internet.