Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Robot swarms could be used in search and rescue: expert

Flying and ground-based robots, which could potentially help search and rescue organisations, are under development at Monash University’s Swarm Robotics lab.

Changing of the guard at Cisco A/NZ

Cisco has undertaken a management change with Ken Boal appointed Australia and New Zealand managing director.

Foreign Affairs and Trade signs CRM contract with Fujitsu

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has awarded an eight-year managed services contract to Fujitsu to provide a Microsoft customer relationship management (CRM) system which will be used to issue Australian passports.

ASIC blocks Global Capital Wealth websites

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has warned Australians not to deal with a company operating under the name Global Capital Wealth.

Managing power and cooling costs in the data centre

Rising energy costs and increased spending on server hardware could mean more power and cooling strains put on data centre facilities over the next four years, according to an analyst from Gartner.

Q&A: REA Group IT service delivery manager Damian Fasciani

Taking the service approach to corporate IT has been Damian Fasciani’s mandate since he joined REA Group (ASX:REA) in July 2010 as IT service delivery manager.

CSIRO telepresence robots connect students with National Museum

The National Museum in Canberra and CSIRO are trialling a virtual tour system using robots called B1 and B2. The robots, which contain telepresence technology, navigate the galleries of the Museum with a human staff member on hand to explain the exhibits.

GS1 unveils iPhone allergy app

Australians with food allergies, special diets or an interest in nutritional information can now turn to their iPhone for help with the release of GoScan by GS1 Australia.

Cloudy future for Service Stream, Echo Entertainment

Moving to the cloud with ServiceNow has allowed the IT departments of Service Stream and Echo Entertainment Group to save costs and improve work efficiencies.

RedBalloon floats into the cloud with Amazon

Website crashes are a thing of the past for ecommerce website RedBalloon since a migration into Amazon Web Service’s cloud took place in early 2012.

Australian data centre spending to hit $2 billion in 2013: analyst

Spending on data centre hardware in Australia is projected to reach $2.09 billion this year due to the convergence of servers, storage and networking equipment according to one analyst firm.

In pictures: Norton revs up Melbourne F1

Team Norton drivers James Moffat and James Caruso took the opportunity to meet with guests of the security software company and Nissan fans during the Melbourne Formula One last weekend. Moffat finished the second race of the V8 supercar challenge in fifth place while Todd Kelly of sister team Jack Daniel’s Racing finished in eighth.

Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety program unveiled

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) on Cybersafety program for 2013 has been launched with the first online discussion forum taking place with primary school students in the Northern Territory, South Australia and West Australia tomorrow.

Telstra adds more Fox Sports channels to T-Box

Foxtel on T-Box subscribers with a hankering for sports have more channels to choose from today as Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3 have been added to the roster.

AFP shuts down P2P child abuse network

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested 21 people involved with a peer-to-peer child abuse file sharing network.