Local government wants beauty and brains in same software package too

Buying software for local government-specific business functions often presents the kind of challenge that is likely faced by NASA and the military on a regular basis. Like these organizations, our needs are often

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Quebec National Assembly sics BlueCat on spam

According to Réal Waite, QNS network manager, the National Assembly received 435,000 e-mail messages in August. Of these only 77,000 got through the Meridius appliance. The rest — 355,000 — were all rejected.

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Alex Anderson

Calgary, Toronto, interested in joining Intel’s digital communities initiative

Two Canadian cities have indicated their interest in a vendor-led program to implement wireless infrastructure in communities worldwide, according to Intel Corp. While Calgary and Toronto have expressed their desire to participate in

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Infoway expands into acting biz with a concept laboratory

Canadian e-health experts have put out a casting call for vendors to help establish a facility that will re-create hospital scenarios in order to demonstrate IT solutions such as electronic patient records. Located

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Shane Schick

Canadian grid computing project finds a place in ATLAS experiment

The development of Canada’s largest grid computing network is not only contributing to a worldwide particle physics project, it’s teaching high-performance users how to share their resources. In production since the fall of

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Shane Schick

Got a story to tell? Why not share it with your peers — warts and all.

That struck me as odd, because here at ITBusiness.ca, we get a huge number of pitches from vendors about public sector projects, many more than we could possibly cover. I realized, though, in

Published on: October 4th, 2005 Kathleen Sibley

Public sector has unprecedented number of computer platform choices

This industry has more than its share of myth-makers and FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) rakers. During the early 1980s with DEC, Honeywell and Data General as key minicomputer makers, there was at

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Dan Perley

U of T researcher uses particles of light to share secret encryption keys

Canada is among several countries researching an encryption technology based on quantum physics that creates decoys to distract hackers from accessing companies’ confidential data. A new quantum cryptography method, designed at the University

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Sarah Lysecki

Smart cards still stuck in first gear in government due to privacy concerns

Smart cards have been with us for more than a decade, but they haven’t exactly taken the public sector by storm. Yet there are some pockets of activity.On university campuses, smart cards are

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Grant Buckler

Rwanda aiming to become information technology hub for sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda won an international award this year for the dubious distinction of turning the human waste of 1,500 prisoners into useable gas — a necessary evil in a country plagued by water shortages

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Fawzia Sheikh

Singapore uses radio frequency ID tags in world’s most advanced library system

New technologies, like biometrics and RFID, hold promise for governments, but privacy issues have some citizens worried. Other countries are already embracing these technologies in schools and libraries. We’re not quite that far

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Vawn Himmelsbach

B.C. holds onto the old, paper-based way of conducting elections

Local governments in B.C. are preparing to hold general elections on Nov.19, and by now many are dusting off the “old” election technology in anticipation of the event. The emphasis on the “old”

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Rob Carnegie

Navigating the IT planning highway

Public sector IT managers need to have a vision — and a road map — of where they want their organizations to be in five to 10 years. But they also need to

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Fawzia Sheikh

New Brunswick test-driving international IT licence

The International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) began in Europe a decade ago and has been available in Canada for about five years. The certification follows a seven-module course: an introductory knowledge module on

Published on: September 26th, 2005 Neil Sutton