Datacom, Dell win deals

Datacom has won a three year deal to build a state services Identity Verification Service.

In 2007, the project won $9 million in budget funding over two years, with $5 million budgeted for the 2008 financial year backed by a further $4 million in 2009. Datacom's share of that funding was not disclosed.

Laurence Millar, director of the SSC’s e-government programme, told Computerworld the IVS will allow people to verify their identity to agencies online in real time.

“In several terms it’s like presenting your passport online,” he says. “People can now go along and access and service and say ‘I am who I say I am,’ ” he said.

Millar said to do that, it’s necessary to have the appropriate level of robustness in the authentication system. That meant two-factor authentication, where a user name and password is augmented with a further identity mechanism, such as the RSA tags being used in the Government Log-on Service.

Millar added the development of the IVS was incremental and it was being built to accommodate whatever second factor identification system finds market acceptance.

Meanwhile, Dell has won a 12-month deal worth $5 to $6 million to supply desktop and laptop computers to Victoria University in Wellington.

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