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Cybersecurity
Who is on Fortinet’s new Public Sector Advisory Council?
Fortinet says its new Public Sector Advisory Council will expand its commitment to secure public sector organisations worldwide.
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Cybersecurity
CompTIA forms Cybersecurity Advisory Council, led by 16 security execs
The new body will be co-chaired by Tech Data director of security solutions Tracy Holtz, and Alvaka Networks chief operating officer and chief information security officer Kevin McDonald.
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Education
New research project uses VR to make Australian roads safer
Virtual reality technology is being used to improve pedestrian safety for older Australians, thanks to the work of researchers at the University of South Australia.
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Digital Transformation
Hawkes Bay launches digital transformation project with TechnologyOne
New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay Regional Council has announced it is set to undergo significant digital transformation in partnership with enterprise Software-as-a-Service provider TechnologyOne.
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Government
Local Govt NZ: 12-months rates freeze misguided during COVID-19 pandemic
The request from the Taxpayers’ Union to implement a 12-month rates freeze is misguided and has the potential to put the brakes on economic recovery.
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Council
Northern Melbourne council launches cloud-based solution Nintex
The cloud-based solution will be used to improve customer experience, and to capture and manage processes, according to a statement.
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Council
How a complex new NSW Council balanced its workload
MidCoast Council’s ICT manager needed to deliver a robust IT system that allowed staff to do their jobs effectively.
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Internet of Things
Seven Aussie projects shortlisted in IDC's Smart Cities Awards
The nominated projects include three from Newcastle alone and span smart water metering, solar farms, virtualization and transport.
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Council
Sunshine Coast submarine cable landing station underway
The submarine cable will help deliver the fastest data and telecoms connection to Asia from the east coast of Australia.
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Internet of Things
Australian local government body develops IoT-enabled smart restrooms
The restrooms are one part of the councils latest set of IoT initiatives, with the second involving water metering of multi-story buildings.
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SaaS
TechnologyOne ink multi-million-dollar contract extension with Moreton Bay Regional Council
The eight-year deal will see Moreton Bay Regional Council adopt the vendors OneCouncil SaaS solution.
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SaaS
TechOne inks 8 year SaaS contract extension with Noosa Shire Council
The company has been delivering the council’s corporate systems through Amazon Web Services since late 2013.
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Digital Transformation
TechnologyOne scores local government contract with SA’s City of Mitcham
The local government authority has implemented TechnologyOne’s enterprise solution to replace paper-based work orders.
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Internet of Things
Exclusive Interview: The City of Newcastle on smart city investment
Deputy Lord Mayor of Newcastle Declan Clausen talks about how the city is investing in smart city technology.
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Management
Kiwi company Promapp picks up Aussie council body as client
According to Promapp, its cloud-based software will enable the council body to map, review and improve processes on an ongoing basis.
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Phishing
Kapiti Coast District Council sends spam to 'hundreds of people'
The Kāpiti Coast District Council accidentally sent spam email to hundreds of people last night.
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Workflow Automation
Fraser Coast Council deploys Promapp to ramp up workflow efficiency
For example, if a customer request for a water meter issue is received, a work order can then be generated and a council staff member dispatched.
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Innovation
How Cumberland Council embraces tech innovation to uphold transparency & customer focus
The story of Cumberland Council is one of amalgamation, adoption and great success; after just five months of operation.
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Promapp
Promapp's BPM software to service Bayside City Council
Bayside City Council in Victoria has brought Promapp on board to provide its business process management software.
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Cloud
Council switches off free Raetihi Wi-Fi
The Ruapehu District Council has switched off the free Wi-Fi that is available at Raetihi’s public library after hours.
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Unified Communications
Victoria city council chooses ShoreTel to begin major upgrade
Brimbank City Council in Victoria has announced ShoreTel is its chosen vendor for a new unified communications (UC) solution.
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MYOB
Auckland SMEs 'disappointed' with local council
MYOB surveyed more than 300 SME operators based in Auckland, and found disatisfaction with local council support is at its highest level in two years.
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CFO
Fonterra shareholders disappointed with Fonterra dividend given low milk prices
The Fonterra Shareholders' Council said farmers are disappointed with today's announcement of an interim dividend of 10 cents a share and a trimmed fo
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Promapp
New Zealand councils can now share knowledge with each other
New Zealand councils have a history of sharing with each other, but this is the first time that sharing has been centralised nationwide