The internet is harnessed for variety of purposes these days from surfing the web to CCTV and voice and video conferencing. News this week is that it’s now being used to monitor a remote controlled heart! Fire fighter Michael DiBernado suffers from an irregular heart beat and has recently been fitted with a device which monitors it’s pulse and sends results to his consultant over the internet. Any irregularities can then be picked up and acted upon quickly.
With Ofcom keen to set restrictions on advertised internet speeds, it is important to remember the difficulties in assessing the potential speed a user can get until the service has been installed. Back in the old days with fixed rate products, such as BT ADSL IPStream and SDSL, it was much easier to downgrade a user’s service to the next available product if the bandwidth they desired was technically not possible to deliver. However with the advent of ‘up to’ services customers receive the fastest speed their line can support for the same monthly charge.