Stories by Hamish Barwick


ACMA calls for improved senior citizen cyber safety education

Improving cyber safety education of senior citizens through more targeted programs would greatly improve their confidence and get more elderly Australians online, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) submission to a Senate committee investigating cyber safety for senior Australians.

In pictures: Cisco's world of solutions tour

Cisco took guests on a tour of its world of solutions area at the Melbourne conference. Delegates had access to free candy while checking out the latest services from companies such as Telstra.

Symantec signs deal with Fujitsu to double Cloud service capacity in Australia

Symantec has signed a three-year deal with Fujitsu to co-locate its servers in the vendor’s Sydney data centre, thereby doubling capacity of its Cloud services and setting the company up to sign more email archiving customers in Australia.

In pictures: Cisco Live in Melbourne

Cisco's three day conference, Cisco Live, is taking place in Melbourne and began with a song and dance act involving the Queen song `Don't Stop Me Now.' Reported attendance numbers are at 2800.


NBN trial sites to roll out e-health, education projects

National Broadband Network (NBN) trial sites in Townsville, Queensland and Armidale, New South Wales are in the process of rolling out separate trials over the NBN designed to help Townsville type two diabetes sufferers and, in Armidale, offer remote access to TAFE courses.

ANZ Private Wealth uses telepresence to improve customer service

ANZ Bank investment services division, ANZ Private Wealth, has implemented a telepresence offering called Wealth Presence to allow customers easier access to its staff following a four-month trial which began in September 2011.

AARNet video exchange kick starts academic research projects

Swinburne, Monash and Victoria Universities are amongst the first academic centres in Australia making use of a new video exchange service provided by Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and Cisco which promises speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. The video exchange has been in trial by the three universities since October ahead of its official launch this Monday.


Australia’s first national cyber security competition launched

A cyber security competition aimed at enticing ICT university students into the information security industry has been unveiled by the Gillard government.

In brief: Westnet NSW customers affected by outage

iiNet subsidiary, Westnet, has reported an outage in New South Wales which is affecting approximately 8000 Westnet off-net ADSL customers and 600 mobile broadband customers.


Social networking websites may face government regulation

Facebook, MySpace and Bebo are in the firing line from Cyber Safety Committee deputy chair, Alex Hawke, saying that Australian children younger than 13 use their websites despite the current 13+ age restriction.

Blackstone Waterhouse uses Cloud to attract staff

Sydney law firm, Blackstone Waterhouse, has been able to head hunt top legal talent with the enticement of greater work-life balance thanks to a new Cloud services implementation.

iiNet joins Optus in streaming TV fight

iiNet has come out swinging against proposed plans by the Federal Government to prohibit internet companies from streaming pre-recorded TV content to mobile devices.

Retail Prodigy Group charts Nike growth using BI

Nike Australia master franchise owner, Retail Prodigy Group, has been able to track sales and staff performance through the implementation of business intelligence (BI).

In pictures: Harvey Norman rolls out Fujivision digital signage

Retailer, Harvey Norman, has installed Fujifilm’s Fujivision networked digital signage in over 100 stores across Australia to help promote products instore.

More Australian enterprises turn to consumer communication products: Report

Consumer communication products are gaining popularity with Australian enterprises as IT executives face long upgrade cycles for traditional telephony equipment, according to the latest report from analyst firm Telsyte.