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Authored by Simon Moorhead

A historic paper from 2010, republished here, describes a demonstration of wireless transmission between Victoria and Tasmania by the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company in 1906. The subsequent debate and delays in adopting the new wireless communication system highlight the influence of imperial politics on Australian telecommunications, post Federation. The impasse with Marconi over his initial refusal to license his patent was eventually resolved by the creation of Amalgamated Wireless Holdings (AWA) in 1911.

The connectivity of private resources on public infrastructure, user mobility, and the advent of new technologies have added new client and server-side security requirements. Security is the major element of the Internet of Things (IoT) that will certainly reinforce an even greater acceptance of IoT by citizens and companies. Security is critical in this context given the underlying stakes. This paper aims to advance the thinking on authentication of connected objects by proposing an authentication mechanism that meets the needs of IoT systems in terms of security and performance. It is based on SDN (Software-Defined Networking), which refers to a set of advanced technologies that allow for centralized control of network resources. OTP (One-Time Password) is a type of authentication that could be useful in connected object environments and smart cities. This research work extends the principle of OTP and proposes a lightweight authentication method using a new approach to OTP generation that relies on two parameters (Two-Factor Authentication, 2FA) to ensure the security of underlying systems. Subsequently, we leverage the combination of SDN and the 2FA algorithm to propose an adaptive authentication and authorization solution in the IoT network.

Smart Healthcare can use the Internet of Things (IoT) to broaden the reach of digital healthcare by collecting patient data remotely using sensors. This can reduce Patient Turnaround Time (PTAT) and enable high-quality care to be provided. PTAT is the length of time from when a patient arrives at the hospital until they are allowed to return home. Malaysia's Ministry of Health claimed in 2016 that healthcare at government hospitals continues to encounter issues in providing high-quality care to patients, particularly in terms of the PTAT of patients who receive treatment versus those who are sent home without treatment. In this paper, we propose a Bluetooth Low Energy-based solution that optimizes PTAT using low calibrated transmission power, allowing hospitals to enable Real-time Patient Localization and Patient Movement Monitoring. The RSSI value is used to calculate the distance between a wearable device and the Access Points (AP) situated throughout the facility. When a patient passes an AP, data such as the wearable device name and RSSI value are taken and saved in a database, to determine the patient's location. A proof of concept was conducted using three AP points and 8 wearable devices to gauge distance measurement.

Mobile technologies have emerged as a new business phenomenon as a result of the increasing popularity of mobile devices and the proliferation of mobile technologies. A number of marketing research studies have focused on the identification of the background and consequences of mobile commerce, thus enabling m-commerce service providers to design appropriate marketing strategies. This paper’s major contributions are the importance of trust in adopting mobile payments under the influence of perceived risk and structural assurance, as well as the identification of business-related factors that affect mobile trust. A quantitative study was carried out, with 175 valid auto-administered questionnaires collected and analysed using structural equations modelling. The analysis results indicate the positive effect of perceived risk and structural assurance in mobile trust on mobile payment adoption intention. It is important to raise managers’ awareness of preserving the security of services in order to develop mobile trust. Also, to reduce the perceived risk associated with mobile financial transactions, managers need to provide basic insurance for customers in order to defend their transactions in the event of fraud or a particular problem.

Digital voting is increasingly important in both established and emerging democracies. Some of the advantages of digital voting are faster vote count and tabulation; accurate results; increased voters’ participation and convenience; and effective handling of complex electoral system formats that require laborious counting procedures. However, transparency, credibility, and integrity concerns, as well as the limited possibility of recount, usually make traditional digital voting systems unpopular. Digital voting using blockchain technology, however, is safe, transparent, and immutable, which makes it a suitable choice for future decentralized voting systems. In particular, the Ethereum blockchain is proposed as an appropriate platform for the backbone of an e-voting system due to its widespread use, transparency, consistency and provision of smart contracts. Initial piloting on the implementation of a blockchain-based voting framework in Jordan shows promising results on its transparency and integrity by incorporating a space for representatives and observers to monitor the election procedure and results as an additional measure to ensure its efficiency and reliability. The uptake of the proposed system calls for further debate and dialogue amongst governments and people, especially in developing countries where democracy is still in its infancy.

Authored by Peter Gerrand and David Piltz

On 21 October 2022, David Piltz was awarded TelSoc’s Charles Todd Medal for 2022, at TelSoc’s annual Charles Todd Oration in Sydney. This article provides Dr Peter Gerrand’s speech in presenting the medal on behalf of the TelSoc Board, and David Piltz’s speech in reply.