Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Victorian police spend $15m on IT refresh

The Victorian police spent a total of $15 million on an IT refresh during the 2013-14 financial year, including the replacing of a distributed server network, transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 and designing new data centre

Telstra enters e-health space

Telstra (ASX: TLS) has launched an e-health business division called Telstra Health as it looks to connect patients with doctors via video conferencing, said group executive of retail, Gordon Ballantyne.

Identity crime costing Australia $1.6b every year, govt says

The economic impact of identity crime on Australia is costing the country up to $1.6 billion each year, according to a new report by the Attorney-General’s Department.

11 startups enter muru-D accelerator program

Eleven Australian startups have been selected for the second intake of the muru-D accelerator program.

Aussie university teams take to the ocean for robot challenge

Teams from Flinders University, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Newcastle are battling it out in a maritime robot challenge in Singapore this week.

Supercomputing facility to stay in Victoria after $6.65m grant

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI) can continue its supercomputing research in the state after a $6.65 million injection of funds from the Victorian government.

Free online library will help Australian councils share information

From November 3, Australian councils will be able to access a free online library that allows them to share processes such as building consents, wastewater management, environmental health and liquor licensing.

Privatisation has made Dell more agile, energetic: Angela Fox

Dell going private a year ago has allowed the vendor to focus on where investments need to be made, rather than being beholden to shareholders says Australia and New Zealand managing director Angela Fox.

Dell expands data centre services with Digital Realty hook-up

Dell has taken space in two Digital Realty data centres – Sydney and Melbourne – as it expands its cloud service offerings for customers.

NT Department of Education to launch ICT support portal

The Northern Territory Department of Education (DoE) is rolling out a ICT support portal called iCentre, which will provide staff with information including the status of IT networks, bandwidth, applications and servers at the click of a button.

Victorian emergency services’ dispatch system upgraded in response to audit

An audit of Victorian emergency response ICT systems by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO) has led to a $13 million upgrade of a computer aided dispatch (CAD) system and associated networks.

Phishing SMS targets ANZ Bank customers

ANZ Banking Group is urging customers to delete an SMS message that claims unusual activity has been detected on their bank account.

Aegis expansion could lead to 550 new jobs in Melbourne

Outsourcing and IT services company Aegis Limited is planning to build a $4 million Asia Pacific centre for analytics, social media and multilingual language services in Melbourne, leading to the creation of up to 550 new jobs, the company said.

Symantec split could lead to more innovation, says AISA

Symantec’s announcement that it is splitting into two companies – one focused on security and the other on information management – could lead to more innovation and better customer solutions, according to Australian Information Security Association (AISA) spokesperson Lani Refiti.

Rackspace considering Melbourne for its next data centre

Data centre and cloud computing vendor Rackspace is considering locating its second Australian data centre in Melbourne for disaster recovery and growth opportunities.