A visit next month to the US to discuss cooperation with a networking equipment maker is a particularly bright prospect.
Last month, Auckland-based Esphion landed $5 million in funding to develop NetDeflect and its other technology products. The money came from TMT Ventures, a $150 million fund partially paid for by Telecom, with contributions also from international communications companies Alcatel, Marconi and Lucent.
Esphion has been involved in discussion with the NZ Defence Force and overseas defence establishments, says Cates. Earlier this year, NetDeflect was demonstrated at the Joint Warrior Interoperability exercise, involving defence forces of New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the US, with other Nato observers (see NZ anti-DoS tool goes convincingly to war).
“Going through defence [establishments] takes time,” Cates says, but relationships are being strengthened, as they are with telcos and internet service providers.