Defence scientists announce facial recognition breakthrough, while NSW flags Opal Card alternative with face detection tech15/07/2019 Anonymous Government
Research conducted by the DST’s biometrics team sought a new method to enhance facial recognition algorithms for use in "adverse environments", such as poorly lit alleyways and distances over 250 metres.
The algorithm can be also be tweaked interactively to adjust for changing environmental conditions.
“As the user moves the sliders the output will be updated in real-time, allowing a tailoring of the algorithm to get the best results for a particular environment," the DST revealed in a statement.
Australia's biggest urban renewal area to receive 'digital twin'15/07/2019 Anonymous Government
A first for Victoria, the project, to be headed by the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA), will collaborate with various industry and research bodies to collect, manage, and visualise complex digital information on cities and infrastructures. CSDILA's first assignment will be to digitally map the Fishermans Bend area – a 1.5km2 (480 hectare) precinct directly adjacent to Melbourne's CBD, considered Australia's largest urban renewal area.
Auditor-General slams Aus Post, lauds ASC over cyber resilience09/07/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
By contrast, the ANAO commended ASC and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) for their “effective” cyber risk management practices, having proactively implemented controls within their critical systems which fully align with the Australian Government Information Security Manual. The RBA also went a step further than the Manual's recommendations, deploying machine learning and analytics tools to spot cyber threats.
Big on promises, short on detail: NZ releases latest cyber strategy08/07/2019 Anonymous Government
The Government has pledged NZ$8 million to implement its revised cybersecurity strategy, alongside an extra NZ$9.3 million allocation to support the country's national cybersecurity response centre, CERT NZ.
“Our cyber security system is maturing. New institutions like CERT NZ have been established and all our government agencies with cyber security responsibilities are building significant connections across the system, both domestically and internationally,” the report said.
Connected vehicle trial hits Victorian roads in Australian first26/06/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
The project, known as Advanced Connected Vehicles Victoria (ACV2), will leverage artificial intelligence to monitor VicRoad’s traffic camera system and identify potential hazards, transmitting real-time notifications to a vehicle’s dashboard over Telstra’s 4G mobile network.
CSIRO develops mathematical ‘vaccine’ to resist AI attacks25/06/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
As machine learning (ML) technologies increasingly pervade Australia's public agencies and private enterprises, the CSIRO has acknowledged the potential vulnerability of ML algorithms to adversarial attack – with malicious agents triggering small, carefully designed changes to trick its algorithm into reaching fake conclusions or incorrect predictions.
NSW Trains set to overhaul workforce management platform24/06/2019 Anonymous Government
With a “significant growth in patronage” expected over the next decade, placing “new and unique demands on workforce planning, coverage and capabilities” of the NSW train network, Group Rail has sought a new digital platform to help improve its planning and operational capabilities, including capacity planning, supply management, scheduling, rostering, day of operations management and performance analytics, which was revealed in a notice of tender released last Friday.
NSW commits $100m for Digital Restart Fund – Budget 201921/06/2019 Anonymous Government
Divvied out over two years, the “seed fund” will go towards facilitating the adoption of common platforms across government, as well as removing duplication and increasing efficiency, Budget papers revealed.
The Fund is part of a broader push by Berejiklian Government to consolidate agencies, ensuring public administration “is streamlined, effective and citizen focused,” it said.
Noble to lead Australia’s chief cyber defence agency21/06/2019 Anonymous Government
Noble, a long-standing and decorated public servant, takes the reins from former ACSC chief Alastair MacGibbon, who announced his resignation in early May to coincide with the federal election that month. MacGibbon had led the cybersecurity agency since January 2018, overseeing the merger of several government agencies– including the ACSC – into the newly-independent ASD.
AWS & PwC join forces to build Australia’s 2021 online census15/05/2019 Anonymous Government
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), which conducts the quinquennial national census, has confirmed PwC Australia will be enlisted to build and operate the online survey. This includes an online form and website to be hosted on AWS servers, as well as added online assistance feature to help individuals complete the survey.
WA to pilot one-stop-shop gov services portal13/05/2019 Anonymous Government
Bunbury, a port city more than 170kms south of Perth, has been selected to pilot the ServiceWA initiative, which includes both face-to-face transaction points as well as a dedicated online service portal.
The Bunbury pilot will offer a single point of contact for 85 government services spanning five agencies, including the departments of Transport, Justice, Communities, Primary Industries and Regional Development; and the Western Australia Police Force.
ACT set to deliver major overhaul of health services tech08/05/2019 Anonymous Government
The Digital Health Strategy maps out “a ten-year vision” and investment focus for ACT's health service, including a range of new technologies for doctors, nurses, and patients.
Meegan Fitzharris, the Territory’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing, said the rollout of the Digital Health Strategy “will ensure the ACT public health system is able to adapt as new digital technologies are made available to improve health services and clinical care.”
NZ announces world-leading Digital Inclusion Blueprint06/05/2019 Nanda Lakhwani Government
Minister for Government Digital Services Dr Megan Woods spoke of the Blueprint as a manifesto for inclusivity, outlining the Ardern Government’s aim to ensure all Kiwis can reap the fruits of the digital world, whilst also identifying groups lacking adequate access to online services.
“That’s what we mean we talk about digital inclusion. As more vital services move online, those who don’t have the skills or access will find it more difficult to go about their daily lives… We want to ensure no one is left out or left behind as more and more of our lives move online,” Woods said.
Life saving tech: Vic Health deploys real-time high-risk prescription tracker03/05/2019 Anonymous Government
In a concerted effort to reduce this grim toll and prevent the growing misuse and abuse of prescription medications, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced it will pioneer the deployment of the nation's first real-time, cloud-based, prescription monitoring system.
Developed by Fred IT Group, a Victoria-based specialist pharma-tech developer, the $30 million program will allow doctors and pharmacists to track the dispensing of high-risk medications in real-time.
Melbourne picked to host national AI centre02/05/2019 Anonymous Government
Though an exact location is yet to be decided, the state government said its funding boost would help to identify and establish a Melbourne base for the new National Centre for Artificial Intelligence, which it said would “[bring] together a mix of world-leading businesses, start-ups and tertiary institutions.”
However, the Centre’s establishment – and the Vic Government's promise for it to be housed in Melbourne – will be contingent on a formal agreement with the next Federal Government, with Labor affirming its commitment to the project if elected.