ACS Week In Review: 4 October 2013
Oct 07, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
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Tweetaway but the boss is watching
Employers are allowing workers private internet use butthere are strings attached, reports NateCochrane.
News this week of the disciplining of a Tax Office workerfor using Facebook during work hours is a reminder that, even as organisationsembrace employees' personal use of technology, they are stepping up efforts toensure such activity complies with corporate policies.
The Australian Services Union complained this week of cyber-snooping on ATO workers , after a customer serviceemployee who posted on social media and surfed real estate listings in officehours was disciplined.
ACMAreceives 50 network interference complaints every week
The Australian Communications and Media Authority isreceiving about 50 complaints a week about instances of radiofrequencyinterference.
Executive manager of theoperations and services branch, Mark Loney, told the ACMA's annual RadCommssummit the authority had about "75 open complaints" concerninginterference as at the end of last week.
"We get about 50 complaints of interference a week[and] we resolve about 50 a week," he said.
"The average time that we have an interference caseopen is about three weeks.
"Some are dealt with much faster because they dealwith public safety or they're having a major impact on public access totelecommunications [services]."
Despite the number of complaints increasing over time , Loneybelieved that the numbers were "pretty good" considering the"tens or hundreds of millions of devices" in use in Australia.
Schoolsturn to BYOD as Government laptop programme ends
The cessation of the previous Australian government'slaptops in schools program is likely to see the mass adoption of bring your owndevice (BYOD) programs by schools as they seek to shift the cost of purchasingand maintaining iPads and laptop PCs from the government to parents.
One school, Georges River Grammar School, has alreadybegun a BYOD program for its 2014 students following confirmation by theDepartment of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in May thatthe laptops in schools project would be discontinued at the end of this year.
The school has just completed a major upgrade of itswired and wireless network in order to be able to support an anticipated influxof BYOD devices, as well as better enforced BYOD policies.
Its new wired network features HP switches with two10Gbps links and redundant core switches. The previous network was also basedon HP switches, and featured a 1Gbps backbone.
The new wireless network is also based on HP gear, andfeatures 66 access points serving every room at the school, and four accesspoints serving external sites. It also features 11 VLANs, allowing it greatercontrol over network access and security. Previously, it ran a Meru wirelesssystem with one access point to cover about four rooms.
Bankssharpen focus on mobile, tablets
Australia's first internet bank is shifting its focusfrom websites to mobile apps as it seeks new ways to serve customers-- especially those with tablets.
St George, now part of the Westpac group, was the firstto offer internet banking in 1995, when fewer than a handful of banks worldwidewere online. But as consumer preferences shift, St George is now prioritisingmobile devices as the simpler, more powerful way to reach customers. St Georgehas 1.1 million digital customers, half of whom use mobile platforms, said thebank's head of mobile Travis Tyler.
"The big piece of work at the moment is transformingthe mobile and tablet experience," Tyler said of the bank's mobileredesign project which needed to capitalise on tablet features such ascameras and gesture control.
The bank is also reportedly looking at smartwatches as apossible new avenue for mobile baking and payment apps, and a budget plannerpopulated with Australian Bureau of Statistics data, more use of geolocation,better integration with the group's BT superannuation products, and videoconferencing with bank experts.
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