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  • Defence Force invites tenders for satellite comms

    The New Zealand Defence Force has gone to tender for a satellite communications system, citing limitations and degradation of the current Royal New Zealand Navy system, rapid demand for near real-time applications using more bandwidth, and the evolution of technology.

  • Defence 'market tests' Oracle providers

    Australia’s major Defence intelligence agencies will shortly move to a new direct-source relationship for their Oracle-based hardware, software and services.

  • Defence to up ICT security skills

    Defence is set to brush up on ICT security skills, signalling intentions to provide all personnel with additional training on technology-related risk.

  • Security, IT essential capabilities: Defence

    Electronic warfare, high-end systems integration and software support have been identified by the Department of Defence as critical domestic industries for the future Defence capabilities of the country.

  • CTO slams defence ICT wastage

    The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Australian Department of Defence has slammed its ICT policy as not best practice.

  • Defence deploys Black Ice to secure mobile comms

    Locally developed communications technology played a key role in Defence’s contribution to last month’s international Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) exercise.

  • Aussie Defence scraps Vista, Office, Exchange upgrades

    The Australian Department of Defence has abandoned its deployment of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and will forgo plans to deploy Windows Vista and Office 2007, citing the products lack "significant business advantage".

  • Defence to turn out the lights on old IT system

    The New Zealand National Codification Bureau will retire its Defence Cataloguing Authority Integrated Database System (DIDS) this Friday.
    The NZNCB is one of 56 similar entities worldwide that allows individual defence forces to operate to a standardised set of equipment identities to ensure costs are kept down, duplication is avoided and interoperability with other defence forces is achieved.
    DIDS has been the main Defence codification tool used by the NZNCB to help maintain its vast database of equipment descriptions and numbers since it was commissioned in 1991.
    Earlier this year NZNCB began the replacement of DIDS with the NATO Codification Repository Next Generation (N-CORE NG) system.
    Chris Waghorn, manager of the National Codifications Bureau, says the new system was developed by ESG of Munich, Germany, and is based on internet technology.
    “The introduction of the new system represents an almost two generational jump in the processing capability for the NZNCB,” Waghorn says.
    After a period of running the two systems in parallel, NZNCB have reached the point where it is time to turn off the old system.
    This is set to happen on Friday at 10.00am at the Joint Logistics and Support Organisation at Trentham, Upper Hutt.