To explain the volume of data or the speed of a broadband connection to a person who is not tech-savvy can be challenging.
One way to overcome their lack of tech knowledge is to use a visual tool to illustrate the amount of data or the speed of a connection.
Samira Riki, a Master’s Student at K. N. Toosi University of Technology, recently made a presentation on Big Data Analytics – where she tackled the problem of visualizing broadband data.
Riki equated a byte of data to a grain of rice, and then showed the relative size of a Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, and so on.
The infographic below shows the visualization of data using Riki’s rice system.
The speed of a broadband connection
Continuing with the theme of equating data to a physical item, the speed of a broadband connection can be compared to a vehicle carrying this data.
The faster the broadband connection, the more data can be carried at a time. Using the analogy of vehicles, this equates to a truck carrying more data at a faster speed than a motorbike could.
The infographic below shows the relative speed and capacity of broadband connections, using the analogy of vehicles carrying goods.