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Sneak peek: How many connected devices does NZTech Chair Mitchell Pham have?

By techweek Techweek

16 March 2020

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Mitchell Khoa Dang Pham

Organisation and role:
Chair of NZTech, FinTechNZ and Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Director of Augen Software Group and Kiwi Connection Tech Hub.

How many people live in your household?
Depending on the day you visit my home there can be between two and nine people, including three children.

How many connected devices do you have in your house (total)?
There are at least 34 connected devices in our house when the minimum of two people are at home.

Which connected device do you use the most often?
My top five devices are my smart phone, smart watch, smart earphones, mobile tablet and desktop computer.

If different from above, which is your favourite, and why?
My smart phone is my favourite because I can use it to action most things I need to.

What do you think will be the next connected device that you introduce into your household, and why?
A wireless range extender. This will enhance our Wi-Fi connection and internet speed in parts of the home that currently have weak or no connection, both indoors and outdoors.

Is there a piece of connected home tech that you don’t currently have, but you would like? (Either a device that already exists, or something that you would like to be invented)
I would love to have one digital identity that allows me to access all of my devices, apps, data and services. I would also like to see 5G implemented everywhere, so that communication and connections between devices and people in different parts of the world becomes faster and more seamless than my current experience.

In your experience, what sort of impact has the rise of connected devices had on your life and/or household?
It is difficult to imagine life today without devices. Connected devices serve most aspects of my work, personal and family life, both in New Zealand and overseas. From inside the home to most places that I travel to, from simple domestic activities to complex international engagements. As our devices connect more with each other, they combine to become much more useful than ever before, while we become more dependent on them.

What connected devices do you rely on most to do your job?
For work, I use a combination of smart phone, mobile tablet and desktop computer and operate seamlessly across all three at any point in time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
As we own and use more connected devices, and they increasingly connect with each other, more data about us is recorded and stored. This data becomes more useful to ourselves in the consumption of services as well as to businesses and governments in the provision of services. However, it is important that our data is recorded, stored and utilised in the most seamless, secure, respectful, transparent, responsible, equitable and ethical manners.

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