Whether inspired by an invigorating intake of Christmas cheer, the give-away Aussie dollar, or sheer good technology, Australia's IT suppliers have kicked off the new year with a stack of solid export contracts. Included on the latest list of exporters are regulars like Keycorp and Objectif, plus a few others like Solution 6 to whom a bit of good news will be welcome tidings indeed.
Leading the surge of Aussie IT exports in 2001 was Keycorp, which is part of a team - including IBM and AT&T - that has won a contract to produce a service that will allow the US Postal Service to introduce an Internet service enabling government agencies to secure and authenticate electronic correspondence. The new NetPost.Certified system will use the service's Electronic Postmark and Certificate Authority to enable government users to obtain digital certificates which are stored on a smart cards and enable users to send files securely to government computers. The Social Security Administration has become the first US Government agency to sign up for the service, which it is prototyping for a number of applications.
Keycorp became involved in the project through a relationship it entered with US security firm TECSEC last October. A spokesman said that even though Keycorp is part of a group of technology suppliers to the US Postal Service, it will be a primary supplier of smart cards for NetPost.Certified.