Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Macquarie Telecom to open $14M security data centre 'Bunker'

A $14 million Canberra security data centre dubbed the 'Bunker' by Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ) will be opened in mid-2013 to help protect government Internet gateways.

Data speeds power up MWA radio telescope research

Data processing rates of up to 4 gigabits per second will be realised next year when the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope correlator ramps up from February 2013.

Factory Direct Fencing stakes new boundaries with ERP, CRM

Queensland-based fencing product company, Factory Direct Fencing (FDF), has used a combined ERP and CRM system to automate functions and help with expansion into Australian sales markets.

NSW Institute of Sport casts IP camera eye on swimmers

A swimmer takes to the pool in Sydney’s Aquatic Centre. As he or she glides through the water, four IP cameras installed in the roof capture body movements and times — vital information when preparing for the Olympic Games where even a split second can mean the difference between winning gold or silver.

Vocus to acquire fibre provider Ipera Communications

Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) has entered a binding agreement to acquire Newcastle-based data centre and fibre provider Ipera Communications for $9.8 million.

Cricket Australia sends technology in to bat

When men and women step out onto cricket pitches around Australia this summer in their whites, it’s not just the eyes of the crowd upon them but a wider audience following the action online.

Telcos to dial up UC, security sectors in 2013: IDC

Telecommunications companies in Australia and New Zealand are set to capitalise on the growing use of UC for enterprise social networks as well as ramping up security offerings next year, according to IDC Australia.

Business analytics, M2M spell opportunity in 2013: IDC

Business analytics as a service and consulting on machine to machine (M2M) implementations are just two of the predictions IDC Australia has tipped as sure bets in 2013.

BAE Systems Detica expands Australian operations

Cyber-security vendor BAE Systems Detica has ramped up its operations in Australia with the hiring of Sydney-based managing director Richard Watson and recent growth through acquisition.

Telstra ramps up data centre investment

Telstra has announced the next stage of its $800 million cloud services investment with new data centres set to go live in WA, SA and ACT in Q1 of 2013.

Stella Maris College deploys social network protection for senior students

Sydney Catholic girls’ school, Stella Maris College, has reduced the risk of Internet threats posed by social networking sites by deploying a Web security gateway.

Dell A/NZ picking up Windows 8 consulting, tablet work

Hardware giant Dell is starting to see some traction from Windows 8 tablet sales with enterprises across Australia and New Zealand, said local boss Joe Kremer.

Mixed reaction to improved privacy protection

There has been a mixed reaction from the ICT industry to amendments to the Privacy Act with some organisations welcoming the changes while others say more work needs to done on privacy issues.

Privacy Amendment Bill passed, gives commissioner far-reaching powers

The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012 was passed in Parliament today, giving privacy commissioner Timothy Pilgrim more powers, including the right to seek civil penalties in the case of serious breaches of privacy.

Big data adoption still under consideration in A/NZ: Forrester

Many organisations in Australia and New Zealand are still only considering implementing big data strategies despite heavy promotion by technology vendors, a Forrester study has found.