Exhibition at a glance
In a highly interactive and immersive environment, visitors are introduced to the science and
processes by which messages are formatted for travel through a digital network.
Interacting with the exhibition as they travel through each section, visitors will
experience the three modes of digital transmission currently in use around the world:
wire, optical fibre and wireless, to discover how consumer demand has coupled with
technology to deliver
multi-functional digital networks.
Presents the historical development of the digital network as it is known today, and shows how seemingly complex processes are the
result of many simple functions.
Visitors travel through a giant digital network, making decisions and
being routed as though packets of information.
Often seen as incredibly complex, digital networks are the result of
many simple actions that result in a complex outcome. Visitors are
fascinated by the apparent simplicity of the concept when explained,
and how digital networks are implicated in much of their everyday
Approximately 20 artifacts and 15 objects related to telecommunication,
including hand-held devices, portable phones, optical fibres and
More than a dozen interactive activities of different types and media
including computer and video displays, a suspended webbing bridge and slides, a talking keyboard and hidden cameras.
Theme characters/exhibition mascots:
Visitors are guided through the exhibit by Tera Bit and Gig A. Byte,
animated characters who interact with the public via computer games
and interactive displays.
The Connexions exhibition’s newest addition presents the role of the
digital network in changing the face of communications around the world.
Set on two levels: a ground floor Network Operations Centre (NOC), and an upper
level walk-through network, the exhibit offers a strong information component as well
as an exciting interactive element. From the main level NOC, visitors are able to follow
data packets as they travel through a network — either wired, wireless or fibre optic —
and influence the efficiency of transmission while learning how a network functions.
The upper level offers the chance to travel through a network and be routed as if a data
packet. With routers that help determine the direction visitors travel, a suspended
bridge made of webbing representing wireless networks, and a zip ride to demonstrate point-to-point wireless communication, the upper level offers an exceptional and
Welcome to the digital world!
Explore how consumer demand coupled with emerging technology has driven the
integration of services, from e-mail and e-commerce to voice and video calls, on to multifunctional
digital networks that span the globe.
Using the network
E-learning, telemedicine, and gaming are a few examples of how digital networks are used in our
daily lives. Visitors discover the impact of the development and expansion of digital networks on
so many aspects of their life.
Making a message
Discover how information is transformed into the digital language of our high tech world.
Moving through a network
Move through a physical representation of a network as a packet of information and experience, first hand, the
transitions between wired, wireless and optical networks.
Understanding network terms
In our everyday lives, some terms and acronyms have become part of our common language. An historical time line shows their
appearance and some of the key events and discoveries leading up to today’s digital networks.
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