Australia to trial world first city surveillance system

Australian cities will be a test bed for ‘next generation security’ systems that will combine live video with advanced real-time analytics for a level of surveillance impossible with current technology. ICT vendor NEC Australia, a major supplier of biometric software to government, has partnered with Silicon Valley vision analytics startup CrowdOptic to develop the technology. […]

Effective security means better systems

The Australian urban streetscape has long featured video surveillance via high definition cameras. But there is more to security than high quality hardware – you need the right systems and techniques behind it. Many countries are now stepping up their security in terms of technology, budget and the number and skills of people involved in […]

Consumers to own their own data, with new bill

The Federal Government has announced plans to legislate a national ‘Consumer Data Right’ bill, which will allow customers of banks, utilities and telecommunications companies better access to their transactional data. Under the proposed legislation consumers will own the data, not the companies they are dealing with. This will make it much easier for people to […]

Jury still out on police body cameras

Smile, you’re on body worn camera (WA Police) The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) has published a report on the effectiveness of police body-worn cameras in Australia. The report is based on interviews with 899 people detained by police across Australia. It also examines some of the existing literature on body-worn cameras (BWCs), highlighting many […]

Government records on a seven year burn down

Modern technology means it has never been easier or more cost-effective to store and access information. So it is surprising then that many government departments, from LGAs to federal agencies, are still relying on audio and video tapes to store their crucial records. While legislation mandates the retention of some of this content, such as […]

TechnolgyOne gets another Shared Services hub

Adrian Di Marco Brisbane-based enterprise software company TechnologyOne has secured a shared services hub contract with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS). It is the second shared services hub contract the Government has signed with TechnologyOne – the first was with the Department of Treasury in November 2015. Like the Treasury deal, the […]

DTA releases Govpass YouTube video

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has released a YouTube video showing how to create its new Govpass digital identity. The video was announced in a blog by Felicity Hitchcock, a product manager at the DTA. Govpass will replace the existing 100 point identifier used to access Federal Government services. It is still in its beta […]

Week of arrests, seizures net $680 million in drugs

This week has seen the discovery of over a tonne of precursor drugs and 92kg of cocaine in what authorities hope will be “disruptive” to the drug trade, but may just be an indicator of Australia’s drug problem.

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