Aussie study aims to capture true value of public wi-fi

AustraliaRMIT senior research fellow Dr Ian McShane expects Australia to experience a resurgence in community-based telecommunications as the ambitions of the national broadband network are gradually scaled back. McShane and his RMIT colleagues are 12 months into a multi-year study on the rollout of public wi-fi in Australia and its policy and economic implications, funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council.,aussie-study-aims-to-capture-true-value-of-public-wi-fi.aspx

SA govt finalises $525m telco panel

AustraliaThe South Australian government has settled on a group of telecommunications providers that agencies will be required to buy from for up to nine years. The state’s Office of the CIO completed the $525 million deal at the end of last year, following a three-year market testing process for the whole-of-government procurement panel. It yesterday officially named the six suppliers making up the new panel – revealing it had re-appointed the same six providers from the previous buying scheme.,sa-govt-finalises-525m-telco-panel.aspx

Merger creates new high tech unit for Australian Customs and Immigration

AustraliaAustralia’s Customs and Immigration agency has created a new unit to pilot cutting edge technologies following the merger of Customs with Immigration. The new unit will pool resources to design and implement technologies across the merged agency, such as advanced analytics, biometrics, CCTV and traveller border clearance. The team will be headed by Randall Brugeaud, who was CIO at Customs prior to this.

Service NSW to build whole-of-govt payments platform

AustraliaService NSW has revealed plans to introduce a single whole-of-government payments engine by the end of 2015 as part of its mission to overhaul the state’s customer-facing services. Service NSW is the young agency charged with consolidating government customer service channels traditionally run on an agency-by-agency basis.  One of its projects this year is to bring Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) functions within its remit, meaning transactions like licence renewals and vehicle registration will increasingly be taken out of the road agency’s hands.,service-nsw-to-build-whole-of-govt-payments-platform.aspx

Melbourne IT services struggle under major firewall issue

Australia’s largest web registry Melbourne IT has suffered ongoing network issues over the past week related to an issue with the company’s firewall that resulted in it dropping up to half its data packets. The service degradation issues started last Wednesday at the same time as the company struggled with a separate email delivery issue as well as difficulties migrating users off its legacy platform and onto that of its subsidiary NetRegistry, which it purchased for $50 million in February last year.,melbourne-it-services-struggle-under-major-firewall-issue.aspx

Tasmania to overhaul authentication in new network deal

The Tasmanian government is looking to make life easier for its staff, who currently struggle with a multitude of professional logins, as part of a revamped networking deal set to replace arrangements with Telstra and a number of other providers. The state government revealed in late 2013 that it would take the end of the contracts as an opportunity to rethink how it operates its network infrastructure.,tasmania-to-overhaul-authentication-in-new-network-deal.aspx

Qld Police to get 5400 more iPads under re-elected LNP, from AU

Queensland’s LNP government has promised to add 5400 extra devices to the state police’s iPad fleet, a capability it expects will deliver efficiencies equivalent to 300 extra officers on the beat over four years. Less than two weeks out from the state election, Premier Campbell Newman pledged to boost the number of iPads on the beat to 8250, making it the largest law enforcement device fleet in the country by a significant margin.,qld-police-to-get-5400-more-ipads-under-re-elected-lnp.aspx

Megaport Offers Interconnection Services to Google Cloud Platform as a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 19, 2015 (Antara/PRNewswire) — Megaport, a leading software-based communications provider, announced today that it has become a Google Cloud Platform Authorized Technology Partner to offer interconnection services to Google Cloud Platform. With GCI enabled, Megaport users and affiliates will be able to reach the Google Cloud Platform via Enterprise-grade connections to Google’s network edge, from wherever their data or their consumers reside.

Telstra to sell 100G service on subsea cables

Telstra will offer 100 gigabit per second connectivity on several subsea cables to meet the need for increased international capacity, particularly the large amounts of bandwidth required for high definition video and ultra-high definition (UHD) television. Telstra’s 100G Wavelength Service is available today on the company’s exclusive access fibre pair that runs between Hawaii and the United States West Coast on the Asia-America Gateway system.,telstra-to-sell-100g-service-on-subsea-cables.aspx

Australia developing mobile app to store health records

Australia is developing a mobile application that will allow patients to store their health records on their smartphone, Dr Leif Hanlen, Technical Director at Australia’s National ICT Agency (NICTA) has announced. The app will encrypt the records and allow patients to share it with others if they wish to. NICTA is also experimenting with open clinical data. For instance, it is analysing hospital records to predict which sections of a hospital may be at risk of an infection.

Day-long outage for Westpac online banking

Westpac has experienced its second major systems outage since debuting its new online and mobile banking platform just over a year ago, after an overnight system upgrade downed online banking for most of Sunday. Scheduled maintenance on Westpac’s Live platform had been due to run from 11:00pm January 17th to 8:00am the following morning, but users found mobile and online banking remained inaccessible as they woke up on Sunday.,day-long-outage-for-westpacs-online-banking.aspx

Japanese staffing firm, Recruit Holdings, acquires Peoplebank

Australian IT recruiting firm, Peoplebank Holdings, has been bought Japan’s largest staffing company, Recruit Holdings, in a bid to expand into the region. The acquisition reflects Recruit Holding’s vision of becoming the world’s leading integrated HR service provider by 2020, according to a company statement. Under the terms of the agreement, all Peoplebank companies have been fully acquired by Recruit Holdings from private equity majority shareholder, Navis Capital, and Leon Lau, retiring founder and chairman.

Australia looking to follow Singapore in building Indian cities

As India prepares to build 100 new smart cities, Australia and Singapore are looking to win lucrative contracts assisting with the move. Two Singaporean firms have today been announced as master planners for the new capital of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Meanwhile, New South Wales (NSW) in Australia this week announced plans to strengthen its relationship with India by positioning itself as “a global leader in infrastructure development.”

Jelastic And FAST.hit Form Down-to-Earth Computing Cloud, from AU

Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) January 14, 2015 -Jelastic, Inc., the first company that combined Unlimited PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) and Container-Based IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) into one solution, has announced their partnership withFAST.hit, a leading hosting provider based in Perth, Western Australia. Frost and Sullivan recently reportedthat Australia’s demand for cloud services is elevated by the increased use of data intensive applications, which necessitates the use of back-end cloud applications needed to store and analyse this data.

Google Korea ad platform empowers small business

Google Korea said Tuesday that it will seek collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises by helping them expand into overseas markets. “Google wants to empower small businesses here in Korea, and enable them to succeed by taking them global,” said John Lee, country director of Google Korea, during a press event in Seoul.

Telstra power outage downs BigPond services

A power outage at one of Telstra’s data centres shuttered internet services to BigPond customers for up to four hours this morning. BigPond ADSL customers across Australia began complaining of difficulties connecting to the internet at around 6am today. The telco’s support line struggled to cope under the influx of callers, pushing wait times to over an hour.,telstra-power-outage-downs-bigpond-services.aspx

Researchers uncover Aussie ransomware scourge

Australian and New Zealand businesses and individuals are being targeted by extortionists using a new strain of ransomware, Deakin University researchers working with security vendor TrendMicro have discovered. Called TorrentLocker, the malware is spread by social engineering emails with penalty notices that ask users to visit bogus Australia Post and NSW Office of State Revenue websites for payment.,researchers-uncover-aussie-ransomware-scourge.aspx

Australian state’s forest fire app issuing false alerts

A government app from the state of Victoria, Australia, has been issuing alerts for forest fires that don’t exist. Residents of Redesdale town received warnings last week from the FireReady app that there was a fire out-of-control 3.5km away, when there was no fire within 20km. The app is also displaying fire warnings for six hours by default, meaning that the app may issue warnings even if the fire has been put out. Craig Lapsley, Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) admitted that people should intervene in the automated system if the alert needs to be pulled down earlier.

NSW after CIO to lead ‘unprecedented’ library digitisation, from AU

NSW is looking for a chief information officer to oversee one of the country’s most diverse and precious information repositories. The NSW State Library is looking to hire a digital and IT chief that can turn the 188-year old institution into a “centre of digital excellence”. The key role will report directly to the state librarian Alex Byrne, and take responsibility for an IT team of 43 with a budget of around $21 million a year.,nsw-after-cio-to-lead-unprecedented-library-digitisation.aspx

Australian government warned to evolve IT security after US Central Command hack

Palo Alto Networks has advised Australian government agencies to evolve their IT networks in the wake of the Islamic State hijacking The US Central Command Twitter site. The hackers put a black-and-white banner with the image of a hooded fighter and the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS” in place of the usual Central Command Twitter banner. The warning follows the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) online alert advising Australians to be cautious about opening any emails received that refer to an ISIS threat.