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ACS Week in Review: August 22, 2014

Friday, 22 Aug 2014

Last chance to register for Australia 3.0

In 2014, the Australia 3.0 Forum will focus on – Government Services, Health, Infrastructure and Mining. Click through for details. It is about creating an innovative environment to assist these key sectors adapt to an ever-changing marketplace.
It is NOT a talk-fest, it’s a do-fest!

It is an opportunity for you to share your own ideas and opinions. It is a national forum for the problem solvers within your team.
Over the last 2 months 32 stream members, 25 partner organisations, 13 organisers and 4 stream leaders have proposed, debated and disagreed.

All to make this year’s Australia 3.0 a real challenge – and opportunity – for you.
For the first time, Australia 3.0 will also incorporate infraHack for the true nerds amongst us. Attendees will have access to datasets made available by DataVic, NICTA and the City of Melbourne. The goal is to find answers to the burning issues in transport and our cities. This will define the services of the future.

St George leads biometric charge with fingerprint logon for mobile banking

Having deployed smartphone apps, "contactless payments" and wearable technologies, Australia's banks are now taking on technology's next frontier – biometrics – using human characteristics to verify the identities of customers.

St George Bank yesterday announced fingerprint log-on to its mobile banking service while ANZ said it would be rolling out technology to allow customers to be identified by their voice print.

It's the first wave of biometric banking applications intended to remove friction from the payments process while boosting security.

St George's TouchID will be made available for the iPhone 5S as soon as iOS8 is released, currently expected in September. The service will be available on the Galaxy 5 later in the year.

St George's CIO Dhiren Kulkarni made clear that the bank won't store its customers' fingerprint data, but will use Apple's application interface to link its mobile banking app with the fingerprint identification service that's available on the device.

Subscriber jump as iiNet revenue tops $1bn

THE nation’s No. 3 broadband provider, iiNet, has posted a 19 per cent increase in underlying net profit for the year as the company exceeded $1 billion in revenue for the first time in its history.

An addition of 40,000 new broadband subscribers in the 12 months to June 30 helped push iiNet’s profit to $65.8m on the back of a 7 per cent increase in revenue to $1.006bn.

Earnings at the company are now growing faster than revenue at iiNet which posted a 9 per cent increase in EBITDA to $196m.

“Having successfully acquired and integrated a number of complementary businesses over the past few years, the company is now focused on growing organically and maximising its operational performance,” said iiNet chief executive David Buckingham.