The application opportunities for a network of Digital Earth Nodes similar to Adapter are endless. Such fields of use include research, global communication and education. Adapter is the first of its kind, it is on the frontline of innovation so the prospects for inter-disciplinary involvement could range from social analysts to software engineers.
Research and experimental analysis will be an important aspect of the Adapter project because this type of technology has never been implemented before. It is an exciting time of innovation and further understanding of our current as well as future capabilities in this field.
Adapter is focusing on two immediate research agendas:
Emergency services will be able to use Adapter’s unique features to assist in a variety of respects which are not currently available with other technologies. Specifically, in improving the response times of informed decisions to optimise the allocation of resources throughout disaster management. Adapter can provide an immersive virtual environment within which, decision makers and advisers from several locations around the world can meet as if they were in the same room. In this way, the only focus would be on the issue at hand, without concerns of technology limitations. Being able to assist emergency services is a worthwhile investment into the safety and security of our local and national society and environment.
Using a Digital Earth database and immersive global communication to establish informed, multi-disciplined and multi-national, solutions through learning from nature to inform the design for resilient cities and positive human interaction with the environment.
Griffith University has a new offer for a Digital Earth Minor in Engineering around people and the environment as well as inviting post graduate research projects to be involved with the process. By constructing this elaborate technology within a university scope, students can experience this innovation first hand and get involved with the technology leading humanity into the future.
At this stage of the Adapter establishment phase, two Digital Earth Node hubs are being prototyped on the Gold Coast and Nathan Campuses of Griffith University. Research and testing will then take place regarding the communication between the two hubs with the vision of constructing a series of these Digital Earth Node hubs around the world.
A network of these hubs known as ‘Digital Earth Nodes’, would connect academics, leaders and decision-makers from around the globe in a fast, reliable and immersive manner unlike any other communication we have, for a relatively inexpensive cost. ‘Adapters’ – our colleagues around the world – will have the ability to engage in pragmatic, real-time and rigorous enquiry into challenges and opportunities facing humanity.