Some Proposed Uses for Technology Made Possible by the Next Generation Internet Initiative


Many new applications will be possible with the high data transfer rates offered by NGI. A more complete list can be found at the NGI homepage, whose link can be found in the References Page, but here are just a few:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) plans to use the NGI for advanced Doppler radar systems, which require high data transfer rates to handle real-time imaging of high resolution data on weather patterns. Detailed real-time weather models are especially important and contain information that is essential, especially during natural disasters.

NIH has plans for "real-time telemedicine", a way to perform remote medical consultations. This system would use real-time analysis of medical diagnostic procedures involving motion. For accurate diagnosis, 75 Mbps data transfer rates would be necessary to support video sequences for procedures such as echocardiography. A constant latency rate is also necessary to prevent errors in diagnosis due to video irregularities.

NIST wishes to use the NGI to facilitate the telerobotic operation of scanned probe microscopes. For remote operation of high control bandwidth microscopes, it is necessary to have bi-directional exchange capability for full motion video, audio, and microscope diagnostics. Even for lower levels of motion control, minimum latency and data transfer rates of at least 80 Mbps are necessary for video and data streams.

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